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Popular Fiction and Non-Fiction Collection

The Popular Fiction and Non-Fiction Collection is a changing collection of current  best-sellers, popular fiction and non-fiction books, including graphic novels, for your reading pleasure.  The collection is located on the main floor of the Lucy Scribner Library near the DVD and CD collections.   These books may be checked out for two weeks.  The books are arranged on the shelves alphabetically by author and can be searched in the Library Catalog by either author or title.

This guide is intended to aid you in your book selection as it identifies books by genre, see above tabs (adventure, biography, mystery,etc) and those most recently published.  Happy Reading!

 

July 2014: New Popular Books

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Lucky Us - Bloom, Amy
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9781400067244
Publication Date: 2014-07-29
With their friends in high and low places, Iris and Eva stumble and shine through a landscape of big dreams, scandals, betrayals, and war. Filled with gorgeous writing, memorable characters, and surprising events, Lucky Us is a thrilling and resonant novel about success and failure, good luck and bad, the creation of a family, and the pleasures and inevitable perils of family life. From Brooklyn’s beauty parlors to London’s West End, a group of unforgettable people love, lie, cheat, and survive in this story of our fragile, absurd, heroic species. (Family)

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Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands - Bohjalian, Chris
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9780385534833
Publication Date: 2014-07-08
Emily Shepard, a homeless teen living in an igloo made of ice and trash bags filled with frozen leaves. Half a year earlier, a nuclear plant in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom had experienced a cataclysmic meltdown, and both of Emily's parents were killed. Devastatingly, her father was in charge of the plant, and the meltdown may have been his fault. Was he drunk when it happened? (Suspense)

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A Catered Fourth of July - Crawford, Isis
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9780758274915
Publication Date: 2014-06-24
After a few cheery exchanges of "Moveth" and "Thou speakest treason," the muskets are fired and the fake battle is over. But the blood on notorious town playboy Jack Devlin looks very real. Is it possible that Jack has had his last tryst? When town councilman and resident loudmouth Rick Evans fingers Libby's beau, Marvin, as the killer, Bernie and Libby know they've got to get cooking on the case. But the former Casanova has burned half the town-including the hot-headed politician and his occasionally faithful wife. And what about re-enactor Elise Montague, who is training to be an EMT yet almost fainted at the sight of blood on the deceased? (Mystery)

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The Sweet Spot - Evanovich, Stephanie
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9780062234810
Publication Date: 2014-07-08
When pro baseball player Chase Walker first meets Amanda at her restaurant, it’s love at first sight. While Amanda can’t help noticing the superstar with the Greek-god-build, he doesn’t have a chance of getting to first—or any other—base with her. A successful entrepreneur who’s built her business from scratch, Amanda doesn’t need a Prince Charming to sweep her off her feet. And a curvy girl who likes to cook and eat isn’t interested in being around the catty, stick-thin herd of females chasing Chase and his teammates. (Romance)

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The Book of Life - Harkness, Deborah
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9780670025596
Publication Date: 2014-07-15
At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago. (SciFi/Fantasy)

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One Plus One - Moyes, Jojo
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9780525426585
Publication Date: 2014-07-01
One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You American audiences have fallen in love with Jojo Moyes. Ever since she debuted Stateside she has captivated readers and reviewers alike, and hit the New York Times bestseller list with the word-of-mouth sensation Me Before You. Now, with One Plus One, she's written another contemporary opposites-attract love story. Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess's life in a nutshell-until an unexpected knight in shining armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess's knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages. maybe ever. One Plus One is Jojo Moyes at her astounding best. You'll laugh, you'll weep, and when you flip the last page, you'll want to start all over again. (Romance)

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The Night Searchers - Muller, Marcia
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9781455527939
Publication Date: 2014-07-01
When new clients Jay and Camilla Givens come to Sharon McCone with Camilla's stories of devil worshippers performing human sacrifices in San Francisco, the detective is skeptical, to say the least. However, when she discovers that Jay is involved with the treasure hunting group The Night Searchers, she starts looking into what exactly he and the other participants are up to after dark. As she digs deeper into the Searchers, Sharon joins their ranks in order to find out more-while someone is searching for her. (Mystery)

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How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky - Netzer, Lydia
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9781250047021
Publication Date: 2014-07-01
Beyond the skyline of Toledo stands the Toledo Institute of Astronomy, the nation's premier center of astronomical discovery and a beacon of scientific learning for astronomers far and wide. One of these is George Dermont, a dreamer and a man of deep faith, who's trying to prove the scientific existence of a Gateway to God, and speaks to ancient gods and believes they speak back. Its newest star is Irene Sparks, a pragmatist and mathematician invited to lead the Institute's work on a massive superconductor being constructed below Toledo. This would be a scientist's dream come true, but it's particularly poignant for Irene who has been in self-imposed exile from Toledo and her estranged alcoholic mother, Bernice. When Bernice dies unexpectedly, Irene resolves to return to Toledo, and sets in motion a series of events which place George and Irene on a collision course with love, destiny and fate.George and Irene were born to be together. Literally. Their mothers, friends since childhood, hatched a plan to get pregnant together, raise the children together and then separate them so as to become each other's soulmates as adults. Can true love exist if engineered from birth? (Family)

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Margaret Truman's Undiplomatic Murder - Truman, Margaret
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9780765333674
Publication Date: 2014-07-15
Private investigator Robert Brixton has always hated Washington. Against his better judgment, he decides to stick around and take a job as an agent in a new State Department security agency headed by his former boss at the Washington P.D. After work one day he meets his youngest daughter, Janet, for a drink at an outdoor cafe. Shockingly, a young Arabic woman blows herself up, killing Janet and a dozen others. Seeking revenge for his daughter, Brixton follows the tracks of the bomber to a powerful senator’s son. (Mystery)

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The Care and Management of Lies - Winspear, Jacqueline
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9780062220509
Publication Date: 2014-07-01
By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained—by Thea’s passionate embrace of women’s suffrage, and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea’s brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. When Kezia and Tom wed just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea’s gift to Kezia is a book on household management—a veiled criticism of the bride’s prosaic life to come. Yet when Tom enlists to fight for his country and Thea is drawn reluctantly onto the battlefield, the farm becomes Kezia’s responsibility. Each must find a way to endure the ensuing cataclysm and turmoil. (Romance)

 

June 2014: New Popular Books

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A Dark and Twisted Tide - Bolton, Sharon
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9781250028587
Publication Date: 2014-06-03
Now living in a houseboat on the River Thames, Lacey Flint is becoming a part of London's weird and wonderful riverboat community. But at dawn one hot summer morning, Lacey finds the body of a shrouded young woman in the river. She assumes it was chance--after all she's recently joined the marine policing unit--but further investigation leads her team to suspect it was deliberately left for her to find. She is no longer a detective, but as she begins to suspect someone is watching her very closely, she can't help but be drawn into the investigation. Award-winning author Sharon Bolton has once again crafted a tightly-plotted, utterly unpredicatable thriller around one of the most compelling characters in crime fiction today, enigmatic London police officer Lacey Flint. (Suspense)

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Nine Lives to Die - Brown, Rita Mae
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9780345530509
Publication Date: 2014-06-24
Winter has come to Crozet, Virginia, bringing with it a fresh blanket of snow. Harry and her husband, Fair, are hip deep in their usual end-of-the-year activities: distributing food to needy residents, and shopping for outfits for the Silver Linings youth organization’s annual fundraising gala. But buried beneath the white stuff are dark secrets from Crozet’s past—and Harry and her posse of pet detectives are determined to sniff them out. (Mystery)

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Top Secret Twenty-One - Evanovich, Janet
ISBN: 9780345542922
Publication Date: 2014-06-17
Trenton, New Jersey's favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he's out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. (Mystery)

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The Hurricane Sisters - Frank, Dorothea Benton
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9780062132529
Publication Date: 2014-06-03
Best friends since the first day of classes at The College of Charleston, Ashley Anne Waters and Mary Beth Smythe, now 23 years old, live in Ashley’s parents’ beach house rent-free. Ashley is a gallery assistant who aspires to become an artist. Mary Beth, a gifted cook from Tennessee, works for a caterer while searching for a good teaching job. Though they both know what they want out of life, their parents barely support their dreams and worry for their precarious finances. (Chick Lit)

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Vertigo 42 - Grimes, Martha
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9781476724027
Publication Date: 2014-06-03
Richard Jury is meeting Tom Williamson at Vertigo 42, a bar on the forty-second floor of an office building in London’s financial district. Despite inconclusive evidence, Tom is convinced his wife, Tess, was murdered seventeen years ago. The inspector in charge of the case was sure Tess’s death was accidental—a direct result of vertigo—but the official police inquiry is still an open verdict and Jury agrees to re-examine the case. (Mystery)

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A Shiver of Light - Hamilton, Laurell K.
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9780425255667
Publication Date: 2014-06-03
Private detective-turned-princess Merry Gentry, a fertility goddess descendant, must rely on her lovers to protect her when news of her pregnancy brings desperate courts of faerie nobles to her door and the king who raped her falsely claims that Merry is about to birth his child. (Fantasy)

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The Last Magazine - Hastings, Michael
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9780399169946
Publication Date: 2014-06-17
Young intern Michael M. Hastings may think he has what it takes to land a full-time job at The Magazine, but everything he thought he knew about the world of journalism is torn to shreds when the United States invasion of Iraq soon forces Hastings to choose between listening to his superiors at The Magazine or standing behind the only reporter brave enough to cover the real story...the one whose very life is on the line. (Fiction)

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Summer House with Swimming Pool - Koch, Herman
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9780804138819
Publication Date: 2014-06-03
A doctor's deadly mistake could cost him dearly as he fights to cover up a crucial error from family and friends in the wake of a celebrity patient's death. (Fiction)

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Mambo in Chinatown - Kwok, Jean
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9781594632006
Publication Date: 2014-06-24
Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Wong grew up in New York’s Chinatown, the older daughter of a Beijing ballerina and a noodle maker. Though an ABC (America-born Chinese), Charlie’s entire world has been limited to this small area. Now grown, she lives in the same tiny apartment with her widower father and her eleven-year-old sister, and works—miserably—as a dishwasher. But when she lands a job as a receptionist at a ballroom dance studio, Charlie gains access to a world she hardly knew existed, and everything she once took to be certain turns upside down. Gradually, at the dance studio, awkward Charlie’s natural talents begin to emerge. With them, her perspective, expectations, and sense of self are transformed—something she must take great pains to hide from her father and his suspicion of all things Western. (Family)

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The Quick - Owen, Lauren
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9780812993271
Publication Date: 2014-06-17
London, 1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing-rooms of high society, and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace. Unnerved, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him. In the sinister, labyrinthine city that greets her, she uncovers a secret world at the margins populated by unforgettable characters: a female rope walker turned vigilante, a street urchin with a deadly secret, and the chilling “Doctor Knife.” But the answer to her brother’s disappearance ultimately lies within the doors of one of the country’s preeminent and mysterious institutions: The Aegolius Club, whose members include the most ambitious, and most dangerous, men in England. (Suspense)

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The Farm - Smith, Tom Rob
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9780446550734
Publication Date: 2014-06-03
Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden. But with a single phone call, everything changes. Your mother...she's not well, his father tells him. She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things. She's had a psychotic breakdown, and been committed to a mental hospital. Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad... I need the police... Meet me at Heathrow. (Suspense)

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That Night - Stevens, Chevy
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9781250034601
Publication Date: 2014-06-17
As a teenager, Toni Murphy had a life full of typical adolescent complications: a boyfriend she adored, a younger sister she couldn’t relate to, a strained relationship with her parents, and classmates who seemed hell-bent on making her life miserable. Things weren’t easy, but Toni could never have predicted how horrific they would become until her younger sister was brutally murdered one summer night. (Mystery)

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All Fall Down - Weiner, Jennifer
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9781451617788
Publication Date: 2014-06-17
Allison Weiss is a typical working mother, trying to balance a business, aging parents, a demanding daughter, and a marriage. But when the website she develops takes off, she finds herself challenged to the point of being completely overwhelmed. Her husband's becoming distant, her daughter's acting spoiled, her father is dealing with early Alzheimer's, and her mother's barely dealing at all. As she struggles to hold her home and work life together, and meet all of the needs of the people around her, Allison finds that the painkillers she was prescribed for a back injury help her deal with more than just physical discomfort--they help her feel calm and get her through her increasingly hectic days. (Family)

 

May 2014: New Popular Books

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The Orenda - Boyden, Joseph
ISBN: 9780385350730
Publication Date: 2014-05-13
History reveals itself when, in the seventeenth century, a Jesuit missionary ventures into the Canadian wilderness in search of converts-the defining moment of first contact between radically different worlds. What unfolds over the next several years is truly epic, constantly illuminating and surprising, sometimes comic, always entrancing and ultimately all too human in its tragic grandeur. Christophe has been in the New World only a year when his native guides abandon him to flee their Iroquois pursuers. A Huron warrior and elder named Bird soon takes him prisoner, along with a young Iroquois girl, Snow Falls, whose family he has just killed, and holds them captive in his massive village. (Historical)

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The One and Only - Giffin, Emily
Call Number: 1st floor-- Near Circulation Desk
ISBN: 9780345546883
Publication Date: 2014-05-20
Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade. (Family)

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Booty Bones - Haines, Carolyn
ISBN: 9781250046130
Publication Date: 2014-05-20
Sarah Booth Delaney's fiance, Graf Milieu, has become depressed while recovering from a severe leg injury, but Sarah Booth knows just how to help him heal. She's arranged a romantic getaway for the two of them at a lovely beach cottage on Dauphin Island off the Gulf Coast. On the first day of their island adventure, they take a historical tour led by Angela Trotter, a young woman well-versed in local lore, including rumors of pirate treasure hidden somewhere on the island. (Mystery)

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I Am Pilgrim - Hayes, Terry
ISBN: 9781439177723
Publication Date: 2014-05-27
The astonishing story of one man's breakneck race against time . . . and an implacable enemy. An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity. One path links them all, and only one man can make the journey. (Suspense)

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The Painter - Heller, Peter
ISBN: 9780385352093
Publication Date: 2014-05-06
Years ago, a well-known expressionist painter named Jim Stegner shot a man in a bar. The man lived, Jim served his time, and he has learned to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. Jim enjoys a quiet life in the valleys of Colorado. He works with a lovely model, he doesn't drink, he goes fly fishing in the evenings. His paintings fetch excellent prices at a posh gallery in Santa Fe. He is--if he can admit it--almost happy. One day, driving down a dirt road, Jim sees a man beating a small horse. Jim leaps out of the truck, tackles the man, and bloodies his nose. The man is Dell, a cruel hunting outfitter notorious among locals. Jim cannot shake his rage over the little horse. (Psychological)

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Delicious! - Reichl, Ruth
ISBN: 9781400069620
Publication Date: 2014-05-06
Working as a public relations hotline consultant for a once-prestigious culinary magazine, Billie Breslin unexpectedly enters a world of New York restaurateurs and artisanal purveyors while reading World War II letters exchanged between a plucky 12-year-old and James Beard. (Fiction)

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The Secret Life of Violet Grant - Williams, Beatriz
ISBN: 9780399162176
Publication Date: 2014-05-27
Passion, redemption, and a battered old suitcase full of secrets: the New York Times-bestselling author of A Hundred Summers returns with another engrossing tale of lost love and female ambition that crosses generations. Manhattan, 1964. Vivian Schuyler, newly graduated from Bryn Mawr College, has recently defied the privilege of her storied old Fifth Avenue family to do the unthinkable for a budding Kennedy-era socialite: break into the Mad Men world of razor-stylish Metropolitan magazine. But when she receives a bulky overseas parcel in the mail, the unexpected contents draw her inexorably back into her family's past, and the hushed-over crime passionnel of an aunt she never knew, whose existence has been wiped from the record of history. (Historical)

 

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