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Brown Bags & Books

Join us at the library on the fourth Wednesday of the month at noon for Brown Bags & Books. Bring a sack lunch or enjoy our light refreshments as you listen to a book review.

January 22 Roger Lyons

The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution by Eric Foner

 

February 26 Kelly Phelps

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas

 

March 25 David Berry

Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

 

 April 22 Kevin Corley

13 Steps for Charlie Birger by Kevin Corley

 

 May 27 Leo Gher

Fire & Wind  by Leo Gher

 

June 24 Sam Stearns

War Is a Racket by Smedley Butler

 

 July 22 Jeff Campbell

Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann

 

 August 26 Rachel Parish

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

 

 September 23 Emily Drone

The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes and The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

 

October 28 Janet Jones

The Overstory by Richard Powers

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Fantastic Fiction

A great website where you can search for your favorite authors and easily see all of the books they have written.  Plus, find all of your favorite series in order! https://www.fantasticfiction.com/

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Cloud Library

The 3M Cloud Library app is available for Harrisburg District Library patrons to download e-books and e-audiobooks for free! All you need is your Harrisburg District Library card number and 4-digit PIN. The app is available for free download to iOS and Android devices. The Cloud Library has fiction and non-fiction for kids, teens, and adults.

https://www.yourcloudlibrary.com/

*Choose Illinois Heartland Library System when prompted to “Find Your     Local Library.”

Sherry’s Pick of the Month

Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison

This book is available at our library.

Check out this synopsis from Goodreads.

Goode girls don’t lie…

Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond. But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous.

In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder. But when a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide.

But look closely…because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened.

J.T. Ellison’s pulse-pounding new novel examines the tenuous bonds of friendship, the power of lies and the desperate lengths people will go to to protect their secrets.

Krys’ Pick of the Month

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber.

Available at our library.

A synopsis from Goodreads is below.

Heather Webber’s Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe is a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small-town Southern charm.

Nestled in the mountain shadows of Alabama lies the little town of Wicklow. It is here that Anna Kate has returned to bury her beloved Granny Zee, owner of the Blackbird Café.

It was supposed to be a quick trip to close the café and settle her grandmother’s estate, but despite her best intentions to avoid forming ties or even getting to know her father’s side of the family, Anna Kate finds herself inexplicably drawn to the quirky Southern town her mother ran away from so many years ago, and the mysterious blackbird pie everybody can’t stop talking about.

As the truth about her past slowly becomes clear, Anna Kate will need to decide if this lone blackbird will finally be able to take her broken wings and fly.

Lisa’s Pick of the Month

 The Cleaner by Kiersten Modglin

Available at our library.

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below.

Gunner James is good at death.
An expert.
His job is to clean up the messes no one else can.
But behind that tough exterior, Gunner has a few secrets of his own.
Eight years ago, Gunner left his hometown and vowed to never look back. When his past collides with his present in the form of a familiar face, Gunner must return home to take care of one final mess…the woman he left behind.Reagan Orrick knows heartbreak.
Eight years ago, the love of her life disappeared without a trace or goodbye.
In his absence, she has fought to build a life she can be proud of.
When tragedy strikes, Reagan must go it alone or make a choice to trust the man who shattered her heart once again.Their secrets can save or destroy them…but only the truth will allow them to be cleaned.

Makenzie’s Pick of the Month

Revan: Star Wars Legends (The Old Republic) by Drew Karpyshyn

Available as an ebook on the Cloud Library.

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below.

There’s something out there:
a juggernaut of evil bearing down to crush the Republic–
unless one lone Jedi, shunned and reviled, can stop it.

Hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior–the man called Revan has been all of these. He left Coruscant a Jedi, on a mission to defeat the Mandalorians. He returned a Sith disciple, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but the price of redemption was the loss of his memories. All that’s left are nightmares–and deep, abiding fear. What happened beyond the Outer Rim that Revan can’t quite remember or entirely forget? One thing he’s certain of: Something dark is plotting to destroy the very existence of the Republic. With no idea how to identify the threat, let alone stop it, Revan may be doomed to fail. For he’s never faced a more powerful and diabolic enemy. But only death can stop him from trying.

Emily’s Pick of the Month

American Predator by Maureen Callahan

Available at our library and as an ebook and eaudiobook on the Cloud Library.

Check out this synopsis from Goodreads.

A gripping tour de force of investigative journalism that takes us deep into the investigation behind one of the most frightening and enigmatic serial killers in modern American history, and into the ranks of a singular American police force: the Alaska PD.

Most of us have never heard of Israel Keyes. But he is one of the most ambitious, meticulous serial killers of modern time. The FBI considered his behavior unprecedented. Described by a prosecutor as “a force of pure evil”, he was a predator who struck all over the United States. He buried ‘kill kits’ – cash, weapons, and body-disposal tools – in remote locations across the country, and over the course of fourteen years, would fly to a city, rent a car, and drive thousands of miles in order to use his kits. He would break into a stranger’s house, abduct his victims in broad daylight, and kill and dispose of them in mere hours. And then he would return home, resuming life as a quiet, reliable construction worker devoted to his only daughter.

When journalist Maureen Callahan first heard about Israel Keyes in 2012, she was captivated by how a killer of this magnitude could go undetected by law enforcement for over a decade. And so began a project that consumed her for the next several years – uncovering the true story behind how the FBI ultimately caught Israel Keyes, and trying to understand what it means for a killer like Keyes to exist. A killer who left a path of monstrous, randomly committed crimes in his wake – many of which remain unsolved to this day.

American Predator is the ambitious culmination of years of on-the-ground interviews with key figures in law enforcement, and in Keyes’ life, and research uncovered from classified FBI files. Callahan takes us on a journey into the chilling, nightmarish mind of a relentless killer, and the limitations of traditional law enforcement, in one of America’s most isolated environments – Alaska – when faced with a killer who defies all expectation and categorization.

 Ray’s Pick of the Month

Genesis by Robin Cook

Available at our library.

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below.

New York Times-bestselling author Robin Cook takes on the ripped-from-the-headlines topic of using genealogical DNA database tracking to catch a killer in this unforgettable new medical thriller.

When the body of twenty-nine-year-old social worker Gloria Montoya, seven weeks pregnant with her first child, shows up on Chief New York City Medical Examiner Laurie Montgomery’s autopsy table, she’s baffled to find no apparent causes of death. With no clues to go on, Laurie enlists the help of Dr. Tricia Albanese, a forensic pathology resident with a background in genetic science, to help her trace the identity of the unborn baby’s father using DNA from the mother and child. But when Tricia is found dead in her apartment in a manner strikingly similar to Gloria’s death, Laurie realizes she might have two linked homicides on her hands…and now it’s up to her, with the help of her husband, ME Jack Stapleton, to continue the tracking work Tricia had begun before a killer can strike again.