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The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
Historical fiction
A ring of daring female spies known as the Alice Network left a legacy of blood and betrayal. Kate Quinn strums the chords of every human emotion with two storylines that race over continents and through decades.
Recommended by Marlene Houghan

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives inhabiting the forested mountains and struggling small farms of southern Appalachia.
Recommended by Cindy Franseen

Beartown by Fredrik Backman
"One of the plainest truths about both towns and individuals is that they usually don't turn into what we tell them to be, but what they are told they are."
-from Beartown

Recommended by Bette Puschel

Give a Girl a Knife by Amy Thielen
A beautifully written food memoir chronicling one woman's journey from her rural Midwestern hometown to the intoxicating world of New York City fine dining - and back again - in search of her culinary roots.
Recommended by Margaret Travis

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
An electrifying thriller about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she'll go to protect him.
Recommended by Terry Gremel

Henry David Thoreau : a life by Laura Dassow Walls
"Surprising information into people we think we know a great deal about, such as Thoreau, Emerson and the Alcotts. The author is an authority on her subject, is an engaging writer and brings a unique and modern perspective in examining Thoreau and his life."
Recommended by Kenneth Wylie

Rizzoli & Isles: I Know a Secret
"Tess Gerritsen's clever plotting and medical knowledge give her thrillers that extra edge. Expect a white-knuckle ride to very dark places." -Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
Recommended by Laurie Remter

New Boy by Tracy Chevalier
The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970s suburban D.C. schoolyard. This short novel is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, which sees Shakespeare's works retold by acclaimed and bestselling novelists of today.
Recommended by Coralyn Riley

The Marsh King's Daughter
"This thriller set in the U.P. about an escaped psychopath on the hunt for his daughter will have you turning pages late into the night...and locking your car door the next time you drive through the Seney stretch."
Recommended by Nellie Danke 

The Widow Nash by Jamie Harrison
Historical fiction
Is it possible to disappear from your old life and create another? This novel is a riveting narrative, filled with a colorful cast of characters, rich historical details, and epic set pieces.
Recommended by Darlene Stanley

The Locals by Jonathan Dee
Here are the dramas of twenty-first century America - rising inequality, working class decline, a new authoritarianism - played out in the classic setting of some of our greatest novels: the small town.
Recommended by Mary Krueger

In Harm's Way: The sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the extraordinary story of its survivors by Doug Stanton
A harrowing, adrenaline-charged account of America's worst naval disaster at sea - and of the heroism of the men who, against all odds, survived.
Recommended by Janet Shroyer