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Debbie’s Recent Reads – 2021


Debbie’s Recent Reads – 2021
Library BooksTalks on Zoom, April 2, 2021
Debbie A. (formerly of Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries, now retired)

The Testaments
by Margaret Atwood (Science Fiction 2019)

Margaret Atwood’s brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale picks up the story more than fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.

Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
by Suzanne Collins (Young Adult Science Fiction 2020)

The dystopian action-adventure prequel to the 2008bestsellerThe Hunger Games, centering on the events that occurred 64 years prior to the trilogy and the rise of Coriolanus Snow.

Believe Me
by J.P. Delaney (Thriller 2018)

In this twisty psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before, an actress plays both sides of a murder investigation.

The Witch Elm
by Tana French (Mystery 2018)

When a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden of his family’s ancestral home, Toby Hennessy is forced to face the possibility that hi spast may not be what he has always believed.

The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History
by Andy Green (Non-Fiction 2020)

The untold stories behind The Office, one of the most iconic television shows of the twenty-first century,told by its creators, writers, and actors.

The Unwanted Guest
by Shari Lapeña (Thriller 2018)

A remote lodge in upstate New York is the perfect getaway…until the bodies start piling up. The weekend getaway has turned deadly. For some couples,it’s their first time away. For others, it will be their last.

The Breakdown
by P.A. Parris (Thriller 2017)

A psychological thriller by the author of Behind Closed Doors, follows schoolteacher Cassandra “Cass” Anderson as she is drawn into the mystery surrounding the death of an acquaintance, Jane Walters. Complicating Cass’s struggle are apparent memory lapses which might be a sign of early-onset dementia.

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
by David Quammen (Non-Fiction 2012)

Ebola, SARS, Hendra, AIDS, and countless other deadly viruses all have one thing in common: the bugs that transmit these diseases all originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. David Quammen shows us how, where from, and why, these diseases emerge and asks the terrifying question: What might the next big one be?

Say You’re Sorry
by Karen Rose (Romantic Suspense 2020)

Introducing the first novel in the pulse-pounding Sacramento series from New York Times bestselling author Karen Rose.

After Anna
by Lisa Scottoline (Mystery 2018)

Dr Noah Alderman is finally content after marrying Maggie. And they’re both thrilled when Maggie gets an unexpected chance to be a mother to Anna,the daughter she once thought she’d lost forever. But when seventeen-year-old Anna arrives, everything changes…

In Five Years
by Rebecca Serle (Women’s Fiction 2020)

Where do you see yourself in five years? Brimming with joy and heartbreak, In Five Years is an unforgettable love story that reminds us of the power of loyalty, friendship, and the unpredictable nature of destiny.

The Dreamers
by Karen Thompson Walker (Fiction 2019)

In an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a freshman girl stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep—and doesn’t wake up. Then a second girl falls asleep, and then another. Those infected are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, more than has ever been recorded. They are dreaming heightened dreams—but of what?

The Lying Game
by Ruth Ware (Mystery 2017)

From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel.

The Sound of Gravel
by Ruth Wariner (Memoir 2016)

A riveting, deeply-affecting true story of one girl’s coming-of-age in a polygamist cult.

This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place Yyou Live
by Melody Warnick (Non-Fiction 2017)

After her 6th move, the author wondered: Aren’t we supposed to put down roots at some point? How does where we live become the place where we want to stay? Rather than hold her breath and hope this new town would be a perfect fit, the author would figure out how to fall in love with it—no matter what.