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01/29/2018 - 12:16am
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

We've become a race of Peeping Toms. What people ought to do is get outside their own house and look in for a change. - Stella, Rear Window (1954)

Doctor Anna Fox has agoraphobia, the fear of going outside, thanks to the ravaging PTSD that settled in after a near-fatal accident during New England winter over a year ago. Anna has been confined to her house in Harlem for 10 months. Even worse, her beloved husband Ed has left her and has taken their eight-year-old daughter Olivia with him. Her successful child psychology firm is being run alone by her business partner. The only contacts Anna has with the outside world are her own psychologist Dr. Fielding, a specialist in agoraphobia; her physical therapist Bina, who helps heal her broken leg; and the helpful, young, attractive tenant David, who lives in the basement in what used to be Ed's office.

01/26/2018 - 12:14am
If you like The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks

This readalike is in response to a patron's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids.  You can browse the book matches here.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks

The divorce has just become final, and Richard is already engaged to someone. One woman is determined to change that situation—no matter what it takes. Soon a tangle of lies binds her life with those of Richard and his new fiancée. A tangle of lies—that hide some dangerous truths. (catalog summary)

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01/24/2018 - 12:13am
Snow Scene by Richard Jackson

What do you know about the out-of-doors and the changing of seasons? What happens when snow falls? What do the trees look like in winter? Icy boughs, covered in snow. How do you feel when snow falls? Look here! We have red ears. And, there? Frosty hair!

Look at the animal prints, the snowmen. How about at night? Everything is white—night white! What will you see soon? A hint of green? Suddenly, it's April, May, June. Springtime is almost here!

01/22/2018 - 9:09am
Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Five kids, one well, and no coincidences. At least that’s what Kaori Tanaka, self-proclaimed 12-year-old psychic, tells her clients: no coincidences.

Of course, right now, Kaori’s psychic business is limited to an assistant—her little sister Gen—and one client—Virgil Salinas. Virgil is shy, misunderstood by everyone in his boisterous family except his Filipina grandmother, and bullied by Chet Bullens. He also needs Kaori’s help in figuring out how to approach Valencia Somerset, whom he would desperately like to befriend. Valencia is deaf, loves nature, secretly wants a friend, and has just found Kaori’s flyer at the supermarket.

01/18/2018 - 8:38am
Cover to Tentacle & Wing by Sarah Porter

Ada looks completely human . . . but she has a secret.

Twelve years ago, right before Ada was born, a genetic experiment on Long Island went horribly wrong. The result? Hundreds of children born with Chimera Syndrome—the combination of human DNA and animal DNA. Nearly all the children who lived have animal features. Their wildly different appearances and altered senses set them apart from everyone else. These children became known as kimes, and everyone is terrified of them.

01/15/2018 - 12:06am
Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired

Bestselling author Lawrence Block's collection of short stories, published in 2016, In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper was a huge success. The panoply of contributors' ideas about well-known American artist Edward Hopper was widely hailed by literary crowds around the nation. Block knew he had to come up with an encore, which is another collection of short stories based on famous artwork, Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired.

01/12/2018 - 12:04am
If you like The Maze Runner series by James Dashner

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.

01/10/2018 - 12:02am
The Alienist by Caleb Carr

"Prior to the twentieth century, persons suffering from mental illness were thought to be 'alienated,' not only from the rest of society but from their own true natures. Those experts who studied mental pathologies were therefore known as alienists." 

01/05/2018 - 11:19am
If you like Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches by John Hodgman

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01/01/2018 - 2:56am
A History of the World in 500 Walks by Sarah Baxter

When you travel, is walking always part of the itinerary? Besides being good exercise generally and a great way to unstiffen those limbs after the tight quarters on an airplane, train, or car, walking lets you see so much more of your destination. Take your time, and you can see –and- understand the sites much better than if you whirled past them on a tour bus.

Set your own pace, and you’ll have the opportunity to make interesting discoveries, about a place’s history, maybe even how it relates to the history of the world itself. A History of the World in 500 Walks is an intriguing blend of travel book and history book. With chapters ranging from Prehistory (the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk, a 34-mile rainforest traverse in Queensland, Australia) to the 20th Century (the Selma to Montgomery Trail in Alabama and the Long Trail in Vermont—completed in 1930), you’ll become more aware of history’s triumphs and tragedies and nature’s sometimes harsh beauty, as well as other cultures' histories, as can be found on the Nakasendo Trail in Japan.

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