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A Gentleman in Moscow

By: Amor Towles
Published: ©2016
Pages: 462
Total Copies: 15
Genre: Fiction | Historical Fiction | Regional, Europe

Description: A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

By: Jonas Jonasson
Published: ©2009, 2014
Pages: 384
Total Copies: 15 (Includes Reading Group Guide)
Genre: Fiction | Books Made Into Movies

Description: A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it’s not too late to start over. After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).

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Before We Were Yours

By: Lisa Wingate
Published: ©2017
Pages: 242
Total Copies: 15
Genre: FictionHistorical Fiction

Description: In this poignant novel, inspired by a true story, two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice. Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

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The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women

By: Liane Moriarty
Published: ©2017
Pages: 479 (408 pages + Reader’s Guide, notes, bibliography, & index)
Total Copies: 15
Genre: NonfictionBiographies & MemoirsScience & TechnologyHealth & MedicineSocial IssuesWomen in History

Description: The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War. Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” are the luckiest alive – until they begin to fall mysteriously ill. But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women’s cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America’s early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights that will echo for centuries to come.

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The Husband’s Secret

By: Liane Moriarty
Published: ©2013
Pages: 457 (Includes Reader’s/Discussion Guide)
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  Fiction | Mysteries & Thrillers

Description: My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died… Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

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The Burgess Boys

By: Elizabeth Strout
Published: ©2013
Pages: 332 (Includes Reader’s/Discussion Guide)
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  Fiction

Description: Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan—the Burgess sibling who stayed behind—urgently calls them home. Her lonely teenage son, Zach, has gotten himself into a world of trouble, and Susan desperately needs their help. And so the Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood, where the long-buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever.

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My Italian Bulldozer

By: Alexander McCall Smith
Published: ©2016
Pages: 232
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  Fiction | Adventure & Travel | Love & Romance | Regional, Europe

Description: Paul Stuart, a renowned food writer, finds himself at loose ends after his longtime girlfriend leaves him for her personal trainer. To cheer him up, Paul’s editor, Gloria, encourages him to finish his latest cookbook on-site in Tuscany, hoping that a change of scenery will offer a cure for both heartache and writer’s block. But upon arrival, things don’t go quite as planned. A mishap with his rental-car reservation leaves him stranded until a newfound friend leads him to an intriguing alternative: a bulldozer. Paul accepts the offer, and as he slowly trundles into the idyllic hillside town of Montalcino, he discovers the bulldozer may be the least of the surprises that await him. What follows is a delightful romp through the lush sights and flavors of the Tuscan countryside, as Paul encounters a rich cast of characters, including a young American woman who awakens in him something unexpected.

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The Christmas Town

By: Donna VanLiere
Published: ©2016
Pages: 228
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  Fiction | Holiday Stories

Description: Lauren Gabriel spent many years of her childhood in foster homes, wishing her mother would come back for her and be the family she needs. Now twenty-years-old, she still longs for a place that she can truly call home. Her work as a cashier is unfulfilling, and at Christmas it’s unbearable with the songs and carols and chatter of Christmas that she hears throughout the day. When Lauren ends her shift one night, she finds herself driving aimlessly in order to avoid returning to her lonely apartment. And when she witnesses a car accident she is suddenly pulled into the small town of Grandon, first as a witness but then as a volunteer for the annual fundraiser for Glory’s Place, a center for single mothers and families who need assistance. Could this town and its people be the home she has always longed for?

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Love & Romance

Love & Romance books focus on relationships between characters. This Book Buzz genre is not limited to typical romance novels. It includes romance novels, love stories, love and loss, and biographies or memoirs of romance novelists. It also includes nonfiction books about relationships.

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts
by Gary Chapman

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
by Jan-Philipp Sendker

Beautiful Ruins
by Jess Walter

Becoming Jane Austen
by Jon Spence

The Beginner’s Goodbye
by Ann Tyler

The Blue Castle
by L.M. Montgomery

by Joanne Harris

Cold Mountain
by Charles Frazier

Dancing at the Rascal Fair
by Ivan Doig

by Bram Stoker

by Julianne Donaldson

The End of the Affair
by Graham Greene

A Farewell to Arms
by Ernest Hemingway

The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green

Gone with the Wind
by Margaret Mitchell

Home Front
by Kristin Hannah

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
by Jamie Ford

The Hourglass Door
by Lisa Mangum

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest
by Melanie Dickerson

Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte

Labor Day
by Joyce Maynard

The Language of Flowers
by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances
by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments, with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies
by Laura Esquivel

Love Medicine: New and Expanded Version
by Louise Erdrich

Major Pettigrew’s Last stand
by Helen Simonson

My Italian Bulldozer
by Alexander McCall Smith

The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

Romiette and Julio
by Sharon M. Draper

The Sheriffs of Savage Wells
by Sarah M. Eden

Snow Falling on Cedars
by  David Guterson

That Summer
by Lauren Willig

The Summer Before the War
by Helen Simonson

Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston

These is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901: Arizona Territories
by Nancy E. Turner

Tiger’s Curse
by Colleen Houck

To Dance With the White Dog: A Novel of Life, Loss, Mystery and Hope
by Terry Kay

A Town Like Alice
by Nevil Shute

Winter’s Tale
by Mark Helprin

The Year of Magical Thinking
by Joan Didion

The Year of Pleasures
by Elizabeth Berg

Holiday Stories

Fiction and nonfiction holiday stories. Includes books that take place during Christmas and Halloween.

Christmas Bells
by Jennifer Chiaverini

The Christmas Sweater
by Glenn Beck

The Christmas Town
by Donna VanLiere

The Christmas Train
by David Baldacci

Hallowe’en Party
by Agatha Christie

The Halloween Tree
by Ray Bradbury

Holidays on Ice
by David Sedaris

Knit the Season
by Kate Jacobs

Practical Magic
by Alice Hoffman

A Redbird Christmas
by Fannie Flagg

Skipping Christmas
by John Grisham

A Winter Dream
by Richard Paul Evans