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There’s been a spate of new novels involving libraries or bookstores set in remote, picturesque locations. One of the more recent titles is The Library at the Edge of the World, set in the fictional Irish peninsula of Finfarran (very similar to the Dingle Peninsula, the windswept, most westerly bit of Europe), is penned by Felicity Hayes-McCoy.
 

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Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult

There are certain books from our childhoods that continue to resonate well into adulthood. In Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult, author Bruce Handy takes readers on a journey through some of the most memorable children’s stories and characters, from Maurice Sendak’s wild rumpus to Dr.

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Read: Devour-worthy Series

Readers who enjoy authors Luke McCallin, Ben Pastor, Joseph Kanon, Susan Elia MacNeal, Alan Furst and Philip Kerr should dive into James Benn’s series, featuring Billy Boyle.

Did you know that General Dwight D. Eisenhower had an intrepid, young nephew who investigated sensitive military matters in WWII Europe? Well, in truth he didn’t, but Benn has created the ingenious character in Irish-American Boyle, who stars in a long-running series of mysteries just perfect for an afternoon of armchair spying.

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Read: Ink in Water

In her graphic novel memoir, writer, podcaster and body image advocate, Lacy J. Davis, tells the history of her eating disorder from the first nagging thought that she might be “too big” to admitting she had a problem, to her gradual recovery. In Ink in Water: An Illustrated Memoir (Or, How I Kicked Anorexia’s Ass and Embraced Body Positivity), Davis also writes about her life as an artist and awakening activist in the body positive movement.

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Read: Author Offers New Take on Othello in New Boy

Bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier, is a master of compelling historical fiction. In this slim but powerful new novel, she takes Shakespeare’s Othello and sets it into the racially-charged 1970s world of a suburban Washington, D.C. middle school. The characters are all sixth-graders—Ian, the calculating class bully; kind but naïve Dee; and Osei or “O,” the son of a Ghanaian diplomat.

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Read: Duluth Marathon Inspires Novel’s Backdrop

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see.”  This is a good way to approach Brian Freeman’s new book, Marathon, the eighth in his award-winning Jonathan Stride series.

The setting is Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth (although it’s referred to as “a marathon”). Reminiscent of the 2013 Boston Marathon, a bomb is detonated, killing and injuring runners and spectators. Readers are taken into the investigation, seeking the perpetrator and the motivation behind the crime.

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Read: Digging for Richard III

Digging for Richard III: The Search for the Lost King (revised edition) by Mike Pitts offers readers a meaty summer read. For centuries, speculation had abounded with respect to the fate of King Richard III’s remains—were they moved to another location or dug up, desecrated and scattered? Given Richard’s nefarious reputation, the latter wouldn’t have been surprising.

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Author Provides Insightful Look into Parenting

Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me about a Parent’s Expectations by Ron Fournier—how I wish this book had been written when my daughter was little. It is the best “parenting guide” I have ever read, and I have read a lot.

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Read: Mother and Daughter Stumble Upon Death and Danger

Looking for a good mystery for Mother’s Day? The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton is a page-turning thriller which takes place in Alaska, where Yasmin and her 10-year-old daughter, Ruby, set out to reunite with husband and father, Matt, a wildlife photographer who has been staying in the small village of Anaktue on assignment. Upon their arrival, they discover that a fire has taken the lives of all the residents of Anaktue, and Matt is now missing and presumed dead, which Yasmin refuses to believe.

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