Beth Hoffman-Looking for me

July 22nd, 2016 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

Teddi Overman found her life’s passion for furniture in a broken-down chair left on the side of the road in rural Kentucky.  She learns to turn other people’s castoffs into beautifully restored antiques, and opens her own graciously-appointed shop in Charleston. Breathing new life into these discarded objects gives Teddi purpose, but has never alleviated the haunting uncertainty she’s felt in the years since her brother Josh’s mysterious disappearance. When signs emerge that Josh might still be alive, Teddi is drawn home to find him. It’s a journey that could help her come to terms with her shattered family – and to find herself at last.  c. 2013

Suzanne Woods Fisher -The imposter (Bishop’s family;#1)

July 22nd, 2016 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

Katrina Stoltzfus thought she had life and love all figured out: she was going to marry John and live happily ever after. Those plans started to crumble when her father moved the family to Stoney Ridge, then completely collapsed when John decided to marry someone else. Katrina is devastated. How could she have felt so loved, yet been so deceived?  As she struggles to face a future without him, a widow asks for her help to start a new business and Katrina quickly agrees. She needs time to heal her broken heart, to untangle her messy life, to find a purpose.  c. 2015

Meg Wolitzer-The interestings

July 20th, 2016 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed.  Not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence. The kind of creativity rewarded at age fifteen is not always enough to propel someone through life at age thirty-not to mention age fifty.  c. 2013

Nick Hornby-Funny girl

July 20th, 2016 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

Funny Girl is the story of a popular 1960s tv comedy series. The writers are Tony and Bill, comedy obsessives, who each harbour a secret. The Oxbridge-educated director, Dennis, loves his job but hates his marriage. The male star, Clive, feels he’s destined for better things. And most of all there is Sophie Straw, once Barbara Parker, Miss Blackpool 1964, who’s changed her name and abandoned her old life because she just wants to make people laugh, like her heroine Lucille Ball of I Love Lucy fame.   c. 2014

Suzanne Woods Fisher-Anna’s crossing (Amish beginnings; #1)

July 20th, 2016 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

When Anna Konig first meets Bairn, the Scottish ship carpenter of the “Charming Nancy,” their encounter is anything but pleasant. Anna is on the ship only to ensure the safe arrival of her loved ones to the New World. Hardened by years of living at sea, Bairn resents toting these naive farmers–dubbed “Peculiars” by deckhands–across the ocean. As delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions afflict crew and passengers alike, Bairn finds himself drawn to Anna’s serene nature. For her part, Anna can’t seem to stay below deck and far away from the aloof ship’s carpenter, despite warnings.
When an act of sacrifice leaves Anna in a perilous situation, Bairn discovers he may not have left his faith as firmly in the past as he thought. But has the revelation come too late?   c. 2105

Mary Higgins Clark-All dressed in white (Under suspicion; #3)

July 16th, 2016 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

Five years ago Amanda Pierce was excitedly preparing to marry her college sweetheart. She and Jeffrey had already battled through sickness and health, although their lives were certainly more richer than poorer as Amanda was set to inherit her father’s successful garment company. Then Amanda disappeared the night of her bachelorette party. In present-day New York City, Laurie Moran realizes a missing bride is the perfect cold case for her ‘Under Suspicion’ television series to investigate. By recreating the night of the disappearance at the wedding’s Florida resort with Amanda’s friends and family, Laurie hopes to find the same success solving the cases featured in the series’ first episodes.  c. 2015

James Patterson-NYPD Red 4

July 16th, 2016 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

It’s another glamorous night in the heart of Manhattan: at a glitzy movie premiere, a gorgeous starlet, dressed to the nines and dripping in millions of dollars’ worth of jewelry on loan, makes her way past a horde of fans and paparazzi. But then there’s a sudden loud noise, an even louder scream, and a vicious crime with millions of witnesses and no suspect–and now NYPD Red has a new case on its hands.  c. 2016

Helen Simonson-The summer before the war

July 16th, 2016 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

East Sussex, 1914. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha’s husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won’t come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master.  When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking – and attractive – than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be.  But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha’s reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.  c. 2016

Chris Bohjalian-The guest room

July 15th, 2016 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

When Richard Chapman offers to host his younger brother’s bachelor party he expects a certain amount of debauchery. He sends his wife, Kristin, and his young daughter off to his mother-in-law’s for the weekend and he opens his Westchester home to his brother’s friends and their hired entertainment. What he does not expect is this: bacchanalian drunkenness, a dangerously intimate moment in his guest bedroom, and two naked women stabbing and killing their Russian bodyguards before driving off into the night.   c. 2016

Joyce Carol Oates-A man without a shadow

July 15th, 2016 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

In 1965, neuroscientist Margot Sharpe meets the attractive, charismatic Elihu Hoopes – the “man without a shadow” – whose devastated memory, unable to store new experiences or to retrieve the old, will make him the most famous and most studied amnesiac in history. Over the course of the next 30 years, Margot herself becomes famous for her experiments with E. H. – and inadvertently falls in love with him, despite the ethical ambiguity of their affair and though he remains forever elusive and mysterious to her, haunted by mysteries of the past.   c. 2016