Heartwarming, heart pounding or lighthearted

These new releases are all focused on relationships. Read about relationships with friends, strangers and even enemies in this mix of heartwarming, heart-pounding and lighthearted fiction.

1. The Story of Arthur Trulu by Elizabeth Berg

Here’s an uplifting story of unlikely friendship. At one of his daily visits to his wife’s grave, Arthur meets a troubled teen who’s skipping school, Maddy. She nicknames Authur “Truluv” because of his kindness and devotion. Arthur’s neighbor Lucille joins the mix and through small acts of compassion they create a bond and find happiness.

I dare you to read this novel and not fall in love with Arthur Truluv. His story will make you laugh and cry, and will show you a love that never ends, and what it means to be truly human.”—Fannie Flagg, author of The Whole Town’s Talking

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2. The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes McCoy

In this U.S. debut a local librarian must find a way to rebuild her community and her own life. Driving her mobile library between villages of Ireland’s West Coast, Hanna Casey tries not to think about her past and her problems. Like finding her husband in bed with another woman, that she’s living in her overbearing mother’s retirement bungalow or her fear that she’s a focus of local gossip.

Hanna is determined to reclaim her independence by restoring a cottage she inherited from her great-aunt. When the threatened closure of the Lissbeg Library jeopardizes her plans, Hanna leads a battle to restore the heart and soul of the community.

“An appealing novel that will delight Maeve Binchy fans. There are plenty of good discussion points about the nature of community for book clubs and thoughtful readers.” -Library Journal

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3. Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner

“Weiner’s award-winning writing and producing of such renowned television shows as The Sopranos and Mad Men is neatly evident in his quietly thrilling debut novel. Written in descriptive and illuminating scene-like snippets-though nearly free of dialogue-this one-sitting read concerns the eerily shared delusions of a privileged Manhattan family and a man who stalks the periphery of their lives…The sense of doom is sharply rendered, characters are well developed, and their motivations are finely wrought. Readers will hope for more book-form fiction from Weiner.”―Booklist

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4. The Sorcerer’s Appendix by P.J. Brackston

“Bestseller Brackston’s comic mystery series set in a Grimm fairy tales version of 18th-century Bavaria hits its stride with this often hilarious fourth entry (after 2016’s The Case of the Fickle Mermaid). The wry humor is a delight.” – Publishers Weekly

Gretel is all grown up and working as a private investigator. She reluctantly takes the case to find out what happened to a murdered sorcerer (all that’s left of him is his appendix). This case takes her into the deep, dark woods and face to face with an old enemy.

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5. Murder in the Manuscript Room by Con Lehane

A library curator of crime fiction decides to solve a real murder that takes place in his library, New York City’s 42nd Street Library. Solving the murder is complicated by personal entanglements with his friend (or maybe more than friend) Adele Morgan and her relationship with the murder victim, a fellow library staffer. This is the second in Con Lehane’s 42nd Street Library mystery series.

“Con Lehane’s Murder at the 42nd Street Library offers up a masterful tale of intrigue, jealousy, and revenge in the grand tradition of Ross Macdonald. Not to be missed.” ―Megan Abbott, crime fiction author

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Jennifer Jones

I’m the library’s fiction selector and I’ve been suggesting new books to library and bookmobile customers for over 17 years. I keep up on all the new book reviews, and my favorite question is “What are you reading?” I love to talk about books and to read books. I like to tell library customers, “Try something new. If you don’t like it, at least the price is right!”