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The Wind Knows My Name

From those who sought to help the Adlers in Vienna to the bonds between Samuel and his wife, Selena and Anita, and Anita and her grandmother, there’s much love in a book whose poles are moments of great violence. Classic Allende enlarging her framework, as she did with A Long Petal of the Sea and Violeta.

The King’s Pleasure: A Novel of Henry VIII

Even at just over 600 pages, Weir’s novel has to maintain a fairly brisk pace to cover all the events of Henry’s life from adolescence onward, making this read best suited for those already familiar with the basics of his life and marital history. Tudor fiction written from Henry’s perspective is relatively rare, and Weir offers just enough of a different take here to satisfy the era’s many enthusiastic fans eager to revisit this fascinating period one more time.

Perilous Times

Highly recommended for lovers of Arthurian reinterpretations and climate-disaster thrillers.


Appiah’s storytelling is heartrending, with a sharp insight that few have dared attempt.

The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable, and Compassionate Adolescents

Comprehensive and encompassing of the many of the struggles teens face today, this book is a must for libraries looking for mental health resources for parents of teens.

The Golden Doves

This well-written and emotional tale of daring women, espionage, and lasting friendship should appeal strongly to fans of Kelly’s previous novels, especially Lilac Girls, which shares a few characters as well as the setting of the Ravensbrück concentration camp. This is also a great read-alike pick for the novels by Kate Quinn, Pam Jenoff, and Ariel Lawhon that feature women spy protagonists.

I Know Who You Are: How an Amateur DNA Sleuth Unmasked the Golden State Killer and Changed Crime Fighting Forever

Rae-Venter describes other cases she helped solve, which is fascinating, but she uses genealogical terms that may be challenging for some readers to follow. Nevertheless, this book belongs in libraries that have a solid true crimes collection.

The Bandit Queens

This is a deeply human book, with women surviving and overcoming in their culture while still remaining a part of it. Similar in feel to Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.

The Ferryman

The velvety prose, the creepy heart-clenching suspense, and the meaning and emotion layered into every word all give rise to an incredibly thought-provoking sci-fi thriller from Cronin (The City of Mirrors).

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