New Releases

Looking for new releases? The following books are coming soon and are certain to be popular. To place a hold, just click on the title and then on “Request/Hold” and have your Library card handy. The following plot lines are provided by Syndetics, a Bowker service.

New Releases for April 2021

Eternal by Lisa Scottoline
Scottoline offers a sweeping and shattering epic of historical fiction fueled by shocking true events, the tale of a love triangle that unfolds in the heart of Rome, in the creeping shadow of fascism. Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro grow up as best friends despite their differences. But in the autumn of 1937, everything changes as Mussolini asserts his power, aligning Italy’s Fascists with Hitler’s Nazis.

Birder on Berry Lane by Robert Tougias
Tougias’s house on Berry Lane may look like a typical suburban home, but as his fascinating account reveals, its backyard is teeming with
nature’s mysteries. Sensitive to the activities of birds, he notes which species are present, which are breeding, and where their nests are. Acutely observed writing reveals the miracles of the ordinary in the subtle changes of the ecosystem of the woods, streams, and meadow that make up the sprawling backyard on Berry Lane.

Later by Stephen King
The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood but he is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mom urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see and learn what no one else can. But the cost of using this ability is high, as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave.

Transient Desires by Donna Leon
In Transient Desires, Guido Brunetti is drawn into a heinous crime committed outside his jurisdiction. Two American women have been badly injured in a boating accident, joy riding in the Laguna with two Italians. As Brunetti and his colleague investigate the incident, they discover that one of the men works for a sinister man. Brunetti must trust unfamiliar colleagues to solve a peculiarly horrible crime.

Super Host by Kate Russo
Bennett Driscoll was once a rising star but now he struggles to find purpose in his day-to-day. His wife has left him and he hasn’t sold a painting in two years. He’s forced to move into his artist’s studio in the back garden and list his house on the popular vacation rental site, AirBed. Warm, witty, and utterly humane, Super Host offers a captivating portrait of middle age, relationships, and what it truly means to take a new chance at life.

How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue
Told from the perspective of a generation of children and the family of a girl named Thula who grows up to become a revolutionary, How Beautiful We Were is a masterful exploration of what happens when the reckless drive for profit, coupled with the ghost of colonialism, comes up against one community’s determination to hold on to its ancestral land and a young woman’s willingness to sacrifice everything for the sake of her people’s freedom.


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