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Library Corner by Gloria Kinley & Library Lines by Andrea Trembath

Library Corner December 7th

New Fiction 

From Cynthia Swanson comes a gripping literary suspense novel called The Glass Forest set in the 1960s about a deeply troubled family and three women who will reveal its dark truth. In the autumn of 1960, Angie Glass is living an idyllic life in her Wisconsin hometown. At 21, she's married to charming, handsome Paul, and has just given birth to a baby boy. But one phone call changes her life forever. When Paul's niece, Ruby, reports that her father, Henry, has committed suicide, and that her mother, Silja, is missing, Angie and Paul drop everything and fly to the small upstate town of Stonekill, New York to be by Ruby's side. Angie thinks they're coming to the rescue of Paul's grief-stricken young niece, but Ruby is a composed and enigmatic 17-year-old who resists Angie's attempts to nurture her. As Angie learns more about the complicated Glass family, staying in Henry and Silja's eerie and ultra-modern house on the edge of the woods, she begins to question the very fabric of her own marriage. Through Silja's flashbacks, Angie's discovery of astonishing truths, and Ruby's strategic dissection of her parents' state of affairs, a story of love, secrets, and ultimate betrayal is revealed.

With his dying breath, Carl Venable, head of the CIA task force on terrorism and Jude Brandon's final link to terrorist ringleader Max Huber, gives Brandon a mandate: keep his daughter Rachel safe - at all costs. But Rachel Venable has a shocking, twisted past of her own, one that comes rushing back after her medical clinic abroad is attacked by Huber - the same man who murdered her father and kept her imprisoned for months. Now, along with agent Catherine Ling, Rachel's longtime ally and fierce protector, Brandon is determined to keep Rachel out of danger. As he and Rachel race against the clock to bring Huber down before he can orchestrate a disaster that will lay waste to half the country, they also fight a growing attraction to each other - one that could prove just as dangerous as Huber himself. . .In this gripping fast-paced novel from Iris Johansen called Vendetta, one thing is clear: everyone has a vendetta and no one will rest until they get their revenge.

The Fox, By Frederick Forsyth is based on the stories of British hackers Gary McKinnon and Lauri Love and centers around an 18-year-old schoolboy with Asperger's Syndrome who is able to penetrate intricate firewalls to access the secrets at the highest level of foreign governments and other major organizations. He has no agenda, no secrets, just a blisteringly brilliant mind.

'Think of it as an adventure, Perry had said right at the beginning of all this. And it had seemed like one. A bit of a lark, she had thought. A Girls' Own adventure.' In 1940, 18-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever. Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence. Transcription, by Kate Atkinsonn is a work of rare depth and texture, a bravura modern novel of extraordinary power, wit and empathy. It is a triumphant work of fiction from one of this country's most exceptional writers. 

New Non Fiction 

Where There’s Hope, by Elizabeth Smart, is a book about healing, moving forward, and never giving up. Since her abduction she has married, become a mother, and travelled the world as the president of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, sharing her story with the intent of helping others along the way. She also calls upon victims of violence, disease, war, and loss- to explore pathways toward hope. This book is the result of Elizabeth’s mission: It is both an up-close-and-personal glimpse into her healing process and a heartfelt how-to-guide for anyone looking to make peace with the past and embrace the future. 

Krista Law