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"In this worthy prequel to Legends & Lattes, a young Viv is laid up in the quiet town of Murk after her enthusiastic inexperience leads to a serious injury. She gradually assembles a group of friends including a swear-happy bookshop owner, a mercenary turned baker, and an irrepressible Gallina, eager to join Rackham's Raiders. Murk doesn't stay quiet for long with Viv around, and there's plenty of coziness in the bookshop, eating delicious baked goods, and flirting with a new friend."
Lauren Abner, KY Dept. for Libraries & Archives, KY
NoveList read-alike: Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
The Future: A Novel by Naomi Alderman"What would happen if three companies (think Amazon, Facebook and Twitter), were removed from the world and their money put to saving the planet and all of the people on it? Alderman once again places the reader in a world that is falling apart, run by greedy billionaires who don't care what damage they do as long as they keep making more money. Look into The Future and get an idea of how that might go."
Linda Quinn, LibraryReads Ambassador
NoveList read-alike: Stay This Day and Night With Me by Belen Gopegui and Mark Schafer
Day: A Novel by Michael Cunningham"This intimate and almost claustrophobic book follows a family on the same day in three different years: April 5th of 2019, 2020, and 2021. The story is about endings, beginnings, aging, relationships, and the impact of Covid-19. A lyrical novel, with deft prose and a focus on the internal lives of the characters. Cunningham has a gift of providing just enough detail to engage readers without weighing the prose down."
Chad Cunningham, Monroe County Library System, NY
NoveList read-alike: Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout
Good Girls Don't Die by Christina Henry"Celia finds herself trapped in someone else's life. Allie's birthday trip turns into a slasher fest in a cabin in the woods. Maggie is kidnapped and made to play a dangerous dystopian type maze game. All three women find themselves in situations reminiscent of their favorite horror fiction, and are fighting to survive. What is really happening and is it possible to make it out alive? A thrilling page turner."
Candice Machata, North Kingstown Free Library, RI
NoveList read-alike: My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
Plot Twist by Erin La Rosa"Romance writer Sophie has the hots for her landlord, former indie movie star Dash. He's stand-offish, but that's because he's harboring a secret crush on her. Their paths collide when, hungover, she barfs on him. Readers will be charmed by this sexy, low-stakes romance as the relatable characters slowly build themselves up to reach for each other."
Jennifer Rusche, William Jeanes Memorial Library, PA
NoveList read-alike: Exes and O's by Amy Lea
Class: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education by Stephanie Land"Life after Maid is where Class begins, and takes us to the heart of systemic inequity that exists in this country. Unflinchingly honest and gripping, this is a memoir that is either relatable, pivotal, and/or eye opening. It will change readers."
Jessica Sweedler DeHart, Neill Public Library, WA
NoveList read-alike: How Far to the Promised Land by Esau McCaulley
The Manor House by Gilly Macmillan"Childhood sweethearts Nicole and Tom win the lottery and are thrust into a life of splendor, including a dreamy glass mansion. When Tom turns up dead in the pool, Nicole doesn't know whom she can trust -- was Tom's death a tragic accident or is someone trying to get a piece of the winnings? Macmillan's latest is perfectly paced suspense."
Kaite Stover, Kansas City Public Library, MO
NoveList read-alike: The Last Party by Clare Mackintosh
A Grandmother Begins the Story: A Novel by Michelle Porter"A young Métis woman seeks to learn about her heritage as her mother tries to reconcile their lost years while protecting her daughter from what she perceives as the sins of her own mother. Told from the point of view of five generations of women, this is a beautiful and affecting debut."
Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, NJ
NoveList read-alike: Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
The Mystery Guest: A Maid Novel by Nita Prose"When a famous author dies before he can make an important announcement about his career, Molly can't help but insert herself into the investigation. Molly and her friend Angela work to prove the author was murdered, but solving the case is not easy. Fans of the first book in this series will not be disappointed, and the ending may mean another sequel."
Cari Dubiel, Twinsburg Public Library, OH
NoveList read-alike: How Lucky by Will Leitch
The Other Half by Charlotte Vassell"There's something about the sleaze hidden beneath a thick veneer of lucre that is always compelling. The posh characters here are in and out of each others' pockets (and beds). When one winds up dead beneath a hedge, a trio of outsider detectives seek out who is responsible. The mystery is tidied up nicely, with enough hanging threads to leave readers excited for more."
Krista Feick, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH
NoveList read-alike: The Guest List by Lucy Foley
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