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Library Corner by Gloria Kinley & Library Lines by Andrea Trembath

Library Corner January 11, 2019

New Fiction

 Robyn Harding returns with a chilling new domestic drama called Her Pretty Face, about two women whose deep friendship is threatened by dark, long-buried secrets. Frances Metcalfe is struggling to stay afloat. A stay-at-home mom whose troubled son is her full-time job, she thought that the day he got accepted into the elite Forrester Academy would be the day she started living her life. Overweight, insecure, and lonely, she is desperate to fit into Forrester's world. But after a disturbing incident at the school leads the other children and their families to ostracize the Metcalfes, she feels more alone than ever before. Until she meets Kate Randolph. Kate is everything Frances is not: beautiful, wealthy, powerful, and confident. And for some reason, she's not interested in being friends with any of the other Forrester moms - only Frances. As the two bond over their disdain of the Forrester snobs and the fierce love they have for their sons, a startling secret threatens to tear them apart...because one of these women is not who she seems. Her real name is Amber Kunik. And she's a murderer. Robyn Harding spins a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal, asking the question: Can people ever change? And even if they can, is it possible to forgive the past?

Matriarch Nancy knows she hasn't been the best mother but how can she ever tell her daughters the reason why? Lauren and Jenna are as close as two sisters can be and they made a pact years ago to keep a devastating secret from their mother - but is it time to come clean? Lauren's teenage daughter Mackenzie masks her own pain by keeping her mother at a distance. Her mother, aunt and grandmother keep trying to reach her but will it take a stranger to show her the true meaning of family? When life changes in an instant, the Stewart women are thrown together for a summer and suddenly they must relearn how to be a family. And whilst unravelling their secrets might be their biggest challenge, it could also be their finest moment . . .Heartwarming and fresh, sarah Morgan’s brilliant new novel called How To Keep A Secret is witty and deeply upliftingand a look at the power of a family of women.

Former FBI rising star, Lawson Raines, isn't the man he used to be. He's become a monster. Losing your wife, your daughter, and spending ten years behind bars will do that to a man. Especially an innocent one . . .Now Lawson's life sentence has been pardoned, and the people who conspired to put him away are desperately scrambling to bury their little secret in the Las Vegas desert once and for all. Dodging bullets while chasing clues, Lawson races to uncover the truth behind the conspiracy against him. Along the way, friends become enemies, enemies become friends, and a broken man realizes that his only path to redemption, is revenge. But that path is paved with powerful people--dangerous people. People who took everything from him. And if Lawson can evade their pursuit long enough to find them, he'll prove that a man with nothing to lose might just be the most dangerous of them all. Jaw-dropping surprises, an edge-of-your-seat pace, characters that leap off the page, and one man's journey so intense that Bradley Wright’s book When the Man Comes Around it will leave your palms sweating and your heart racing until the very last page.

Midwestern movie house owner Virgil Wander is "cruising along at medium altitude" when his car flies off the road into icy Lake Superior. Virgil survives but his language and memory are altered and he emerges into a world no longer familiar to him. Awakening in this new life, Virgil begins to piece together his personal history and the lore of his broken town, with the help of a cast of affable and curious locals - from Rune, a twinkling, pipe-smoking, kite-flying stranger investigating the mystery of his disappeared son; to Nadine, the reserved, enchanting wife of the vanished man, to Tom, a journalist and Virgil's oldest friend; and various members of the Pea family who must confront tragedies of their own. Into this community returns a shimmering prodigal son who may hold the key to reviving their town. With intelligent humor and captivating whimsy, Leif Enger conjures a remarkable portrait of a region and its residents, who, for reasons of choice or circumstance, never made it out of their defunct industrial district in his new book called Virgil Wander. 

New Non Fiction 

We spend too much precious time and energy managing perception and creating carefully edited versions of ourselves to show to the world. There is a constant barrage of social expectations that teach us that being imperfect is synonymous with being inadequate. Everywhere we turn, there are messages that tell us who, what, and how we’re supposed to be. So we learn to hide our struggles and protect ourselves from shame, judgment criticism and blame by seeking safety in pretending and perfection. In Brene Brown’s book called I Thought It Was Just Me it shows us our inperfections are what connect us to one another and to our humanity. Our vulnerabilities are not weakneses: they are powerful reminders to keep our hearts and minds open to the reality that we’re all in this together.

Krista Law