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"A retelling of The Fall of the House of Usher, Kingfisher's latest adds the creepiest of flesh to the bare-bones tale by Poe. Complete with a scary, isolated mansion and eerie behaviors of the residents, this version not only makes perfect sense within the original narrative, but adds a depth of understanding that suddenly makes all the pieces fall into place. For fans of Mexican Gothic, The Haunting of Hill House, and The Night Strangers."
Sheri Stanley, Gulfport Library, Gulfport, FL
NoveList read-alike: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Bet On It: A Novel by Jodie Slaughter"Aja meets a handsome stranger while having a panic attack. Walker's not looking for a relationship, especially in his hometown, the source of his PTSD and anxiety. But Aja is beautiful, understands him, and kisses like a dream. The bingo hall setting, the senior characters, the body-positive and steamy sex scenes--so much to love in this fun, interracial romance. For fans of Talia Hibbert and Gail Honeyman."
Elizabeth Gabriel, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee, WI
NoveList read-alike: Getting His Game Back by Gia De Cadenet
Big Girl: A Novel by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan"For eight-year-old Malaya who must attend weekly Weight Watchers meetings with her mother, enough of anything...especially food...is never enough. This beautifully written, heart-breaking, hopeful story follows Malaya as she navigates middle school and high school, her family, and her burgeoning sexuality, told with compassion and honesty. For fans of Queenie and Dominicana."
Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ
NoveList read-alike: What the Fireflies Knew by Kai Harris
Booked on a Feeling: A Novel by Jayci Lee"After experiencing a panic attack during her first trial appearance, lawyer Lizzie Chung decides to take a leave of absence and visit her childhood friend Jack. They team up to help a struggling bookstore. It brings them closer, but will their anxieties and insecurities doom their relationship? A sweet romance that deals with some serious topics. For fans of Ten Rules for Faking It and Girl Gone Viral."
Shari Suarez, Genesee District Library, Flint, MI
NoveList read-alike: A Lot Like Adios by Alexis Daria
Grace Under Fire by Julie Garwood"Romantic suspense at its best. A beautiful woman who is a talented songwriter and a great listener is at her sister-in-law's awaiting a trip to Scotland. During a brief walk around the block, her whole world changes. Of course, a handsome man helps her save the day. Loads of fast-paced fun. For fans of Catherine Coulter and Karen Robards."
Susan Willis, Chanute Public Library, Chanute, KS
NoveList read-alike: Reluctant Heroes series by Suzanne Brockman
A Lady's Guide to Fortune-Hunting: A Novel by Sophie Irwin"In Regency London, recently orphaned Kitty Talbot is intent on finding a wealthy husband who will settle the family's debts and allow her sisters to remain in their home. Kitty is nuanced and layered, a well-developed heroine amid a cast of riveting characters. This enthralling novel is a must-read for Bridgerton and Jane Austen fans."
Janet Schneider, Peninsula Public Library, Lawrence, NY
NoveList read-alike: Regency Vows series by Martha Waters
The Pallbearers Club: A Novel by Paul Tremblay"Tremblay always knows how to tap into the deepest of emotions, and this dual-narration horror thriller is both unrelentingly creepy and filled with the bittersweet pathos of a formative, toxic, unforgettable friendship in which one participant may or may not be a vampire. For fans of Stephen Graham Jones and Samanta Schweblin."
Kate Currie, Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, MN
NoveList read-alike: Jawbone by Monica Ojeda
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy: A Monk and Robot Book by Becky Chambers"The second volume of this series returns to a world which is both post-apocalyptic and hopepunk, focusing on the ways that both the Monk and Robot have to deal with other people now that they’ve re-entered society after their travels together. For those who enjoyed The Murderbot Diaries and the more hopeful aspects of Station Eleven."
Monica Shin, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
NoveList read-alike: Rampart Trilogy by M.R. Carey
Sugar and Salt: A Novel by Susan Wiggs"Margot Salton, a Texas BBQ master, sets up a new restaurant in San Francisco, sharing a kitchen with Jerome’s bakery. She has been running from a huge secret that eventually catches up to her. An intriguing story that addresses heavy topics of date rape and racism but is also full of hope and love. For fans of Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake and Recipe for Persuasion."
Jaime Bink, Harford County Public Library, Whiteford, MD
NoveList read-alike: The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman
Wash Day Diaries by Jamila Rowser"At its core, this graphic novel is a story about four beautiful, strong Black women and their friendship. Within the framework of hair wash day, we see each character dealing with her own issues, from work and relationships to mental health struggles. For readers of Another Brooklyn and Queenie."
Aryn O'Connor, Cabarrus County Library, Concord, NC
NoveList read-alike: The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
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