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Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem

Mycroft Holmes

4 stars

Sherlock Holmes' older brother and his best friend face danger when they travel to Trinidad to solve a mystery.

Adams, Sara Nisha

Reading List (The)

5 stars

A delightful but poignant story of found family as a reading list found at a library draws people together.

Addario, Lynsey

It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War

3.5 stars

An unflinching look at a photojournalist's life as she tries to navigate a career as a war photographer and a personal life.

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi

Purple Hibiscus

4 stars

A young woman in Nigeria becomes an activist to try to save her village from a US oil company and their destruction of her tribe's land.

Adiele, Faith

Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun

4 stars

The personal journey of a black woman who grows up in small town Washington and ends up becoming an ordained Buddhist nun.

Albanese, Laurie

Hester

4.5 stars

A creative novel about the woman who inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne's book Scarlet Letter. (ARC)

Albanese, Laurie Lico

Stolen Beauty

4 stars

Historical fiction told in two timelines; Gustav Klimt and his muse at turn of the century and a woman and her family at the beginning of WWII.

Albert, Melissa

Hazel Wood (The)

3.5 stars

In this dark fairytale, a teen's mom disappears and to find her, the girl has to venture into the Hazel Wood, peopled by characters from her grandmother's dark stories. (mini review)

Alexie, Sherman

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (The)

4.5 stars

Award winning book to read in a day that explores some serious themes in a sometimes lighthearted way.

Anderson, James

Never-Open Desert Diner (The)

4 stars

A quiet book about a long distance trucker delivering to remote people along a highway in Utah; he meets a mysterious woman and his life changes.

Andrews, Alexandra

Who Is Maud Dixon?

4 stars

A young woman becomes the assistant to a reclusive author and only one survives a car crash - which one? A slow start but very twisty and surprising.

Andrews, Alexandra

Who is Maud Dixon?

4 stars

A twisty thriller that starts a little slowly but is worth the wait as we follow an author and her assistant on a trip to Morocco for book research. (mini review)

Armstrong, Kelley

Deepest of Secrets (The) #7

4 stars

Tensions run high in Rockton as the secrets they all work so hard to keep start coming out as the town is forced to close. Set up for next series.

Armstrong, Kelley

City of the Lost #1

4.5 stars

The beginning of a great series featuring a female detective in a small off-the-grid village in remote Canada. (mini review)

Armstrong, Kelley

A Rip Through Time #1

4 stars

A detective in present day is attacked and during the attack is transported to 1800s Scotland in the body of a housemaid to a doctor. Time travel and mystery combined to good effect.

Aveyard, Victoria

Red Queen #1

3.5 stars

YA fantasy standard story of enslaved race rebelling against ruling class - a young girl love triangle, politics, special powers, and more.

Babalola, Bolu

Love in Color

3.5 stars

Short stories retelling myths from around the world but with a twist - each one is changed to reflect empowered women. (mini review)

Backman, Fredrik

Beartown

5 stars

A small town that revolves around hockey deals with an accusation against their star player. (mini review)

Backman, Fredrik

Anxious People

3.5 stars

A group of people at an open house find themselves held hostage by a bank robber - and secrets are revealed as the day progresses.

Badani, Sejal

Storyteller's Secret (The)

4 stars

Evocative of India, the story has 2 storylines: present day where a woman tries to connect to her history, and the story of the grandmother's inspiring life. (mini review)

Baldacci, David

One Good Deed

3 stars

A parolee takes on what seems to be a simple debt collection job and finds himself a suspect for murder. (mini review)

Barclay, Linwood

Stone Rain

4 stars

A reporter gets caught up in a mystery when a good friend goes missing and he actually becomes a suspect. (mini review)

Barclay, Linwood

Find You First

3.5 stars

A man who donated his sperm years ago discovers he has a terminal disease so makes an effort to find his 'heirs' in this psychological thriller. - a Buddy Read

Barclay, Linwood

Elevator Pitch

4.5 stars

A thriller where the elevators of New York are being sabotaged. (mini review)

Bardugo, Leigh

Ninth House

5 stars

Magic and ghosts, a plucky teen heroine, and murder on the Yale campus.

Barker, J.D.

A Caller's Game

4 stars

A thriller where a shock disc jockey is challenged on air to a deadly game and there's only one cop on hand to stop the game.

Barker, J.D.

She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be

4 stars

Astonishing, creative story of a boy who meets a girl and follows their unique 'relationship' through the years.

Barry, Dave

Lessons From Lucy

4.5 stars

As humorist Dave Barry turns 70, he turns to his dog Lucy for an example of how to live a happy life - he talks about his dog's influence on him and the changes he's made in his life as a result of her gentle guidance.

Barry, Dave

Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs

4 stars

A funny collection of listener comments about the "worst" songs. (mini review)

Barton, Fiona

Widow (The)

3 stars

Set in the UK, a man is accused of abducting and killing a little girl. Does his wife know what really happened?

Bauermeister, Erica

Scent Keeper (The)

4.5 stars

Evocative writing about fragrances is the core of this story about a young girl raised on a remote island by her dad and how she survives his death and makes her way in the world. (mini review)

Bauerschmidt, Tim

Driving Miss Norma

3.5 stars

A 90 year old woman diagnosed with cancer takes an epic road trip instead of treatment. (mini review)

Beagle, Peter S.

Last Unicorn (The)

4.5 stars

Told in a fairy tale style, this lyrical and haunting fantasy is about a unicorn leaving her magical world and searching the 'real' world for more of her kind.

Beanland, Rachel

Florence Adler Swims Forever

3.5 stars

A hurtful tragedy, family secrets, a little romance, and friendship make this book a good read.

Benedict, Marie

Other Einstein (The)

3.5 stars

The loosely based-on-true story of Einstein's brilliant wife and their difficult marriage. (mini review)

Berg, Elizabeth

We Are All Welcome Here

4 stars

The complicated relationships between a mother confined by polio, a teenage daughter and a black caregiver. (mini review)

Berg, Elizabeth

Story of Arthur Truluv (The)

4 stars

A heartwarming story of three people who find their way through grief and loneliness to unlikely friendships. (mini review)

Biddle, Cordlia Francis

They Believed They Were Safe

3.5 stars

A graduate student boarding with an older couple struggles with her past, the man she's dating, and what her future holds in a town full of secrets. (ARC - mini review)

Bionde, J.C.

Do You Follow?

3 stars

Twin sisters are in and out of psychiatric facilities and each others lives as one sister tries to move forward with her life (mini review)