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Picks

What should you read next? These are some of the items we've been enjoying. Perhaps you'd like to give one a try! We add new picks every week.

August Reads

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Niagara Falls All Over Again

by Elizabeth McCracken

"I spent a weekend reading this book and I was unable to stop until I finished. It's the story of a legendary comedy duo, the old-timey combo of a skinny straight man plus a fat funny man, and follows the course of their professional partnership. I was captivated by the relationship between the two, which was so close that at times it seemed they could survive only together. It's also a lesson in the history of vaudeville and the golden age of Hollywood, where not even stars are so secure as to last forever.

Groundbreaking? Experimental? Life-changing? Not really. Instead, this is a moving, tragedy-filled, character-driven story that kept me interested me to the very end."

July Reads

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Hour of the Witch

by Chris Bohjalian

Darcie says, "Wow! It's not often I say the words 'Puritan historical fiction thriller' together in a sentence...but Hour of the Witch is all of those things. Mary Deerfield is young, beautiful, smart, and from a good family in 1663 Boston, but she happens to be married to a brutish older widower. What could go wrong?

I listened to this through the Libby app and am glad I did - the dialogue would have been hard to read (lots of thee, thou, dost, etc.) but listening to the story unfold was gripping!

June Reads

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The Unkindness of Ravens

by M.E. Hilliard

Nancy, our Queen of Mysteries says, "A good mystery, set in a library, in a small quaint town, all my favorite elements to make a great story!  This is the first in the Greer Hogan Mystery series and I'm already looking forward to the next.  I did not figure out who had done it till the end, another important element!"