Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

“I loved the characters. They are so realistic and so perfectly imperfect!” – Nancy, Adult & Teen Services 

This is the story of Frances and Bobbi, two college students in Dublin, Ireland. Frances is the quiet one, while Bobbi is the beautiful, ebullient one. The novel explores their friendship as well as their friendship with a well-known photographer and the photographer’s husband. Things get complicated when Frances’ relationship with the photographer’s husband crosses a line.

Soon by Lois Murphy

“This is a great mix of horror and drama, in which the reader can easily identify with the main characters.” – Misty, Adult & Teen Services

Residents of a small Australian town are plagued by a deadly mist that only appears at night. Most of the people have disappeared into the mist or have fled in fear. A small group is determined to stay and attempt to go about their normal lives.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

“Mindy auditioned for an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. (Yes, Mindy Kaling from The Office.) She professionally impersonated Ben Affleck. She used to be a member of a middle school Cheesecake Factory gang of girls. I had to reread multiple chapters because I was laughing too hard the first time.” – Kelly K., Circulation

Mindy Kaling – the obedient, chubster child of immigrant professionals, playwright, and comedy writer/actress – writes a “memoir.” But really, she just makes you feel like she’s in the room with you, reliving her most humiliating failures. And finally, finally, reaching a few goals.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

“While the subject might seem a bit dry, this book was a page-turner that touches on corporate greed, Silicon Valley start-ups, smart and educated people being duped by a narcissistic leader, and family feuds. It has something for everyone, and I could not put it down.” – Nancy, Adult & Teen Services

Written by a WSJ reporter, Bad Blood is the true story of the rise and fall of Theranos, a Silicon Valley biotech start-up, once valued at over $9 billion, that developed a blood-testing machine that would make blood testing fast and cheap. The company’s charismatic founder, Elizabeth Holmes, saw herself as the next Steve Jobs, but she was far from that.

Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden

“This graphic novel is an emotional, yet hopeful little road trip story. It discusses important and difficult topics such as coming out and sexual assault, while also being whimsical and slightly spooky with its touches of magic. The art is gorgeous and the story kept me enthralled from cover to cover.” – Gina, Circulation

Bea is running away from home when, on the way, she runs into a familiar face. On their road trip throughout Texas, Bea and Lou try to return a lost cat back to its owner. Along the way, they run into strange and mysterious roadblocks that they can’t explain.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

“A tightly written thriller from a first-time author, enough twists and turns to keep the reader up all night. A thriller for people who don’t even like thrillers. A great book club choice as well.” – Joy & Misty, Adult & Teen Services

Theo Faber is a psychotherapist on a mission–why is his patient refusing to speak? Alicia Berenson was indicted for shooting her husband in the face five times while he was tied up, but no one knows a motive since she descended into selective mutism after the murder. Will Theo succeed in opening up Alicia before it’s too late?

Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness

“I absolutely loved listening to Van Ness’ audiobook. I could not get enough of him in the series, Queer Eye. His joy for life just radiates and his quippy lines stick with you. I am really just amazed by his ability to turn his pain into passion. With humor and inspiration, his story is a must-listen!” – Kira, Adult & Teen Services

Van Ness, one of the stars in the Netflix series “Queer Eye” shares his story of how he transformed pain into strength. Through years of endured trauma and abuse, he turned his story around to inspire and inform others about the true meaning of self-love.

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

“I loved how layered and complex the characters and relationships are.  This short book packs a powerful punch, taking readers on a funny, weird, and poignant ride!” – Van, Adult & Teen Services

Lillian, who has no experience taking care of children, is called upon by a former roommate to take care of twin ten-year-olds for the summer. The kids are easily bored, perpetually hungry, and happen to burst into flames when they get upset.

The Expanse Series by James S.A. Corey

“Amos! And Avasarala. The characters are all pretty great; nobody is perfect and they all have their own personal issues. The series (books 1-8 so far) is sort of like a space-based A Song of Ice and Fire (George R. R. Martin), with the chapters following different characters – but don’t worry, the books are released at a much quicker pace. If you enjoy TV adaptations, we’ve been enjoying that as well.” – DGPL Staff

It’s the space-future, and the human residents of Earth, Mars, and The Belt in space are totally at odds with each other. Then things take a hard turn for the even-worse, as some sort of unimaginable and terrifying alien weirdness is re-awoken. And the humans STILL can’t get along.

Well Met by Jen Deluca

“The perfect light-romantic read for nerdy Renaissance Faire fans. Simon is your everyday English teacher hero who is very much the guy next door, and Emily is a lovely relatable heroine.” – Joy, Adult & Teen Services

Emily is just in town to take care of her older sister who’s a single mom recovering from a car accident when she gets wrangled into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire with her 14-year-old niece. Local English teacher Simon is the grumpy leader of the troupe, who dresses up as a pirate to Emily’s tavern wench character. Hilarious in-character flirty dialogue ensues.