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Anticipated Reads - Spring '24

Anticipated Reads – March, April, May

Adult Nonfiction

  • The Everything War: Amazon's Ruthless Quest to Own the World and Remake Corporate Power by Dana Mattioli [April]
    An exposé of the company's never-ending drive for power, which the author argues has changed the global economy as well as the economy and culture of the U.S.
  • Selling the Dream: The Billion-Dollar Industry Bankrupting Americans by Jane Marie [March]
    A piercing debut with investigation into the pyramid schemes underlying well-known brands like Amway and Mary Kay and the thwarting of legislation intending to regulate them.
  • The Situation Room: The Inside Story of Presidents in Crisis by George Stephanopoulos [May]
    The former White House senior advisor examines the inner sanctum where presidents make their most consequential decisions, beginning with the fallout after President Kennedy was shot and ending with the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.


Adult Fiction

  • Funny Story by Emily Henry [April]
    A joyful new novel about a pair of opposites with the wrong thing in common.
  • How to Solve Your Own Murder by Kristen Perrin [March]
    A dual narrative, feel good mystery in which a woman spends a lifetime trying to prevent her murder as predicted by a fortune teller when she was 17.
  • James by Percival Everett [April]
    Pulitzer Prize finalist Everett presents an ingenious retelling of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with Jim as the narrator.
  • Sunbringer by Hannah Kaner [March]
    Gods are forbidden in the kingdom of Middren, but now they are stirring, whispering of war. Godkiller Kissen sacrificed herself to vanquish the fire god Hseth, but gods cannot be destroyed so easily.
  • Table for Two by Amor Towles [April]
    From the bestselling author of The Lincoln Highway, A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility, comes a richly detailed and sharply drawn collection of stories, including a novella featuring one of his most beloved characters.


Children’s & Middle Grades

  • Ahoy! by Sophie Blackall [April]
    Raise the mainsail! Batten the hatches! It's time to set sail… on the couch in this picture book from the Caldecott-winning author/illustrator.
  • Built to Last by Minh Lê, illus. by Dan Santat [March]
    As merry as it is moving, here is a story that recognizes the friendships in life that are truly built to last.
  • Finding Things By Kevin Henkes, illust. by Laura Dronzek [May]
    An invitation to find joy in the simple things that are all around, if you know how to notice them.
  • The Night War by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley [April] T
    his poignant story moves quickly but takes care to consider with sensitivity the excruciating choices Miri must make as she's torn between choosing safety and honoring her heritage and convictions.
  • The One and Only Family by Katherine Applegate [May]
    The one and only Applegate has crafted an unforgettable final foray into the world of Ivan, the world's favorite silverback.
  • Orris and Timble: The Beginning by Kate DiCamillo [April]
    From the beloved storyteller and Newbery Award-winning author comes the first book in a warm and funny early-reader trilogy about a misanthropic rat and a naive owl.
  • Plain Jane and the Mermaid by Vera Brosgol [May]
    An instant classic that flips every fairy tale you know and shows one girl's crusade for the only thing that matters - her own independence.


Teen Fiction

  • Flawless Girls by Anne-Marie McLemore [May]
    Tautly written, tense and evocative, this is a stunning YA horror novel by award-winning and critically acclaimed author McLemore.
  • Heavenly Tyrant by Xiran Jay Zhao [April]
    With political unrest and perilous forces aiming to undermine Zetian at every turn, can she enact positive changes as a fair and just ruler? Find out in this sequel to Iron Widow.
  • The Prisoner's Throne by Holly Black [March]
    An imprisoned prince. A vengeful queen. And a battle that will determine the future. Holly Black returns readers to Elfhame in this sequel to The Stolen Prince.
  • The Reappearance of Rachel Price by Holly Jackson [April]
    From the author of bestselling A Good Girl's Guide to Murder series comes a new true crime fueled mystery thriller about a girl determined to uncover the shocking truth about her mother's disappearance.
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