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The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 2:10pm -- JGranatino

Fans of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments may enjoy this dark tale of an unnamed dystopian island where familiar natural and man-made objects randomly disappear – and subsequently also disappear from the collective memory. Those who retain memories of disappeared items are in grave danger, potentially attracting the attention of frightening authoritarian enforcers called the Memory Police, and so many of them go into hiding.

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 2:29pm -- JGranatino

After losing her job and her live-in boyfriend all in one day, Jules is struggling to stay afloat. So when the job of a lifetime - being an apartment sitter in one of Manhattan's most exclusive apartment buildings, the Bartholomew - drops in her lap, giving her not only an income but a upscale place to live, Jules accepts without asking any questions. But maybe she should have...

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 11:29am -- JGranatino

Laurel’s life was turned upside down when her youngest daughter and golden girl, Ellie, goes missing weeks before her sixteenth birthday. It’s been ten years and Laurel is still searching for answers. But there is a spot of light in her life when she meets the handsome and charismatic man named Floyd who she quickly becomes involved with. Floyd has a mysterious past and a precocious daughter, Poppy, who reminds Laurel of her missing daughter. The more time she spends with Floyd and Poppy the more motivated Laurel is to find out what happened to Ellie. Where did she go? Where is she now?

Why You Like It: the science and culture of musical taste by Nolan Gasser

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 10:21am -- JGranatino

Why do we like particular kinds of music? Why is music so richly resonant for us? Dr. Glasser, a musicologist, pianist, and composer, explores these questions from many angles – our earliest attractions to rhythm, how music impacts our brains and our emotions. He helps us to discover our musical “genotype,” or responses to particular types of music.

The Stationary Shop by Marjan Kamali

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 9:29am -- JGranatino

In 1953 Iran, Roya meets the love of her life in a small stationary shop run by kindly Mr. Fakhri, amidst delicate writing paper, jeweled inks and stamps, and volumes of Persian poetry and translated novels. Bahman is also taken with her, but his mother has already promised him to another, a woman whose family is highly placed. Against his mother’s wishes, he became engaged to Roya but the volatile mother is set against the match.

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 2:11pm -- BHanley

Imagine finding out your father is not your biological father? At 54 years old, author Dani Shapiro, after submitting her DNA for analysis on a whim, discovers just that, and in an instant her world is forever altered. In her new memoir Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love, Dani takes us on a whirlwind journey from the discovery and initial shock through to finding out who her biological father is.

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 10:33am -- JGranatino

Jessica Farris is a young woman living in NYC, living month to month as a makeup artist. When an opportunity to make money presents itself, she jumps at the chance to participate in a psychological study constructed by the mysterious Dr. Lydia Shields whose ad reads “Seeking women ages 18-32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.” Jess signs up as Subject 52 and is soon captivated by Dr.

NOS4A2 By Joe Hill

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 1:40pm -- JGranatino

Take a ride with Charlie Manx to Christmasland! A wonderland for children where every day is Christmas and unhappiness is against the law! Using his special Rolls Royce Wraith, Charlie Manx “rescues” children from their parents and drives them to Christmasland. Strange things happen to both Manx and the children as they travel through the snowy hidden highways.

Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 10:15am -- JGranatino

Eden Malcolm lies in a hospital bed, unable to communicate or move after an IED killed all his fellow soldiers in the Humvee. His wife Mary stays by his side while their young daughter is cared for by her grandmother, three years after the explosion. She wrestles with her emotions – sorrow for her husband’s condition and anger for his decision to extend his military service. Eden drifts in and out of consciousness in constant pain.

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