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Anticipated Reads - Spring '23


Anticipated Reads Spring 2023

Adult Nonfiction

Be the Bus: The Lost & Profound Wisdom of The Pigeon by Mo Willems [Apr]
A must-have read for any adult Pigeon fans.

A Fever in the Heartland by Timothy Egan [Apr]
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Egan examines the terrifying 1920s rise of the Ku Klux Klan and the bravery of Madge Oberholtzer, who countered the Klan at great personal cost

LeBron by Jeff Benedict [Apr]
The story of the greatest basketball player of the 21st century, and maybe of all time. From the author of Tiger Woods and The Dynasty, about the New England Patriots.

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder by David Grann [Apr]
On Jan. 28, 1742, a ramshackle vessel of patched-together wood and cloth washed up on the coast of Brazil. Inside were thirty emaciated men, barely alive, with an extraordinary tale to tell. By the author of Killers of the Flower Moon and The Lost City of Z.

The World: A Family History of Humanity by Simon Sebag Montefiore [May]
In this epic, ever-surprising book, Montefiore chronicles the world's great dynasties across human history through palace intrigues, love affairs and family lives, linking grand themes of war, migration, plague, religion and technology to the people at the heart of the human drama.


Children's Fiction

The One and Only Ruby by Katherine Applegate [May]
This novel in verse is the perfect mix of heartfelt and humorous, poignant and sweet; it picks up Ruby’s story a few months after the events of The One and Only Bob. From the author of the  Newbery Medal-winning The One and Only Ivan.

School Trip by Jerry Craft [Apr]
When their trusted faculty guides are replaced at the last minute, a school trip takes an unexpected — and hilarious — turn. From the Coretta Scott King Award-winning author of the Newbery Medal winning New Kid.

Dog Man: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea by Dav Pilkey [Apr]
The latest book in the highly popular Dog Man series.


Adult Fiction

Hang the Moon by Jeannette Walls [Mar]
Walls's breathtaking latest traces the trajectory of two feuding Virginia families and a woman who rises to the top of a bootlegging empire.

Happy Place by Emily Henry [Apr]
Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college. Except they broke up five months ago. And still haven't told their best friends. After years of being in love, how hard can it be to fake it for one week ... in front of those who know you best?

Homecoming by Kate Morton [Apr]
An epic novel that spans generations, Homecoming asks what we would do for those we love, and how we protect the lies we tell.

I Will Find You by Harlan Coben [Mar]
The Edgar-, Shamus-, and Anthony Award-winning Coben tells the story of a father serving life for a murder he didn't commit — that of his own son. Then he learns that his son might still be alive and must find a way to spring himself from prison to discover what's happening.

In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune [Apr]
A modern Pinocchio retelling, In the Lives of Puppets is a powerful story of humanity and what survives after we’re gone. It’s an epic quest of rescue and discovery with the author’s trademark charm, heart and bittersweetness.


Teen Fiction

Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley [May]
From the award-winning author of Firekeeper’s Daughter comes Angeline Boulley’s follow-up novel. Perry Firekeeper-Birch has always known who she is — the laid-back twin and the troublemaker. Her aspirations won't ever take her far from home, and she wouldn't have it any other way. But as the rising number of missing Indigenous women starts circling closer to home and as her family becomes embroiled in a high-profile murder investigation, Perry begins to question everything.

Sunshine by Jarrett J. Krosoczka [Apr]
The extraordinary follow-up to Hey, Kiddo arrives this spring.

The Sinister Booksellers of Bath by Garth Nix [Mar]
The anticipated sequel to The Left-Handed Booksellers of London. After the discovery of a sorcerous map, Susan, Merlin and Vivien are led to a place separated from this world and guarded by monstrous living statues.


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