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"The Shoemaker's Wife" by Adrianna Trigianni

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​A novel about Italian immigrants and their lives in northern Italy as well as in America in the early 1900s. Enza and Ciro meet on a moonlit night in the cemetery of Sant'Antonio da Padova in Schilpario, Italy when they are just teenagers. They go their separate ways to new lives in America but they never quite leave behind their beautiful homeland. The descriptions are magically vivid and although it is a love story of sorts, it's also a powerful testimony on the strength of the human spirit and the importance of family.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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As snow falls on Columbus today one might be contemplating an engrossing long winter’s read?  Donna Tartt’s first book in ten years, The Goldfinch weighs in at nearly 800 pages, but don’t be daunted.  The writing is lovely and deep as a snowdrift.  Just plow right in.

The Sweetheart, by Angelina Mirabella

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The Sweetheart is a riotous coming-of-age novel set in the outrageous world of professional wrestling in the 1950s.

Plain, shy, lonely Leonie Putzkammer is headed for a lifetime of waiting tables and cooking dinner for her widower father when she meets a wrestling promoter in her diner. With the promise of fame dangling before her, she sets out for Otherside, Florida and Joe Pospisil’s School for Lady Grapplers, where she learns to wrestle and, more importantly, to perform. Renamed Gwen Davies and teamed with Screaming Mimi Hollander, Leonie tours the country and finds fame, friendship, and first love. But in the brutal world of professional wrestling, fame is fleeting and identity is tenuous: torn between her family, her boyfriend, her friend Mimi, and her ambition, Leonie can’t have it all—so she’ll have to decide what she really wants.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel by J. Ryan Stradal

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Do you have a voracious appetite for food and literature? If so, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, a novel about a girl with an exceptional palate who rises to culinary celebrity, just might be your cup of tea. Told from the varying viewpoints of those in and around her orbit, you learn about Eva Thorvold, the child prodigy of a chef and a sommelier. Born with an exceptional palate, Eva is a loner that doesn’t quite fit in anywhere but the kitchen. Each chapter is named after, and features a recipe for, a dish that features some significance to Eva’s life. From the absurd to the sublime there’s something for everyone in this quirky, heartfelt novel that simultaneously glorifies and pokes fun at our foodie culture.  

The Widow by Fiona Barton

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 “It's a strange feeling, owning a secret. It's like a stone in my stomach, crushing my insides and making me feel sick every time I think of it.”

Jean leads a pleasant life. She married a man she loves, lives in a nice house and seems by all accounts to be quite contented. But then her husband is accused of a horrific crime. Her life becomes a nightmare. She begins to doubt the man she loves.

Is he guilty or is he not? Does Jean know the truth and, if so, when did she learn? In this psychological thriller the author wraps each character in layers of truth and half-truths, lies and deceit. As soon as you get through one layer and think you know, you will find yourself pulled in another direction and questioning your previous assumptions.

Juvenile Fiction Selection: Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington

Mysti Murphy is starting seventh grade and so far nothing is turning out as expected.  Her best friend Anibal Gomez has blown her off to become a “hipster” and gain the attention of a pretty girl at school.  Meanwhile, Mysti has plenty of problems at home.  Her family has a secret; her mother is agoraphobic which means she never leaves the house.  Mysti and her sister keep this secret and their father takes care of everything that needs to be done outside of the house.  Things take a bad turn when her father falls and suffers an injury that lands him in the hospital for a long stay.  Now it is up to Mysti to move beyond her mother's projected fears and find the courage to help herself and her family.  With the loss of her best friend Mysti ends up at the “loser island” lunch table and eventually befriends a strong and sassy Rama Khan who helps her find that courage.  Mysti is a character that you'll be rooting for from beginning to end!  (Grades 5-8 School Library Journal)

Juvenile Fiction Selection: The Not-So Itty-Bitty Spiders by Amy Marie Stadelmann

This is the first book of the new Scholastic Branches series Olive and Beatrix.  Olive and Beatrix are twins sisters but while Olive is “normal” her sister just happens to be a witch!  Beatrix loves to use her magic powers to play tricks on her science-loving twin and Olive's best friend Eddie.  When one of Beatrix's pranks ruins Olive and Eddie's science project they decide to play a trick on her and rig up a bucket of spiders to fall on her head.  Unfortunately their plan goes all wrong when the spiders get into one of Beatrix's potions and become giants spiders on the loose. Now Beatrix and Olive need to work together, along with the help of Eddie, to save their town from the giant creatures.  Perfect first chapter book for emerging readers who want a little magic in their stories.

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