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Friend Request by Laura Marshall
Louise, a single mother, is forced to confront the unthinkable act she committed as a desperate teenager in this addictive thriller with a social media twist. Louise is shocked to receive a friend request from her high school friend Maria who has been dead for many years. As Louise tries to piece together exactly what happened the night that changed both of their lives forever, she discovers there's more to the story than she ever knew. To keep her secret, Louise must first uncover the whole truth before Maria—or whoever's pretending to be her—exacts revenge.


Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land
Milly’s mother is a serial killer. Though Milly, 15 years old, loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family and a spot at an exclusive private school.
But Milly has even more secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.


The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
Amber Patterson has tired of her insignificant life. She sets out to get the one she deserves. A life of money, power and privilege, just like the one blonde-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted. Amber’s plan to become close to Daphne and take over her comfortable life, husband and children is easily accomplished. However, there are many secrets lurking beneath the surface of Daphne’s seemingly perfect life. As both Amber and Daphne narrate the story, many shocking twists and turns will keep you guessing until the very end.


Check Out Our Book Club Kits

posted by: October 19, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover Art for Commonwealth Cover Art for Truly, Madly, GuiltyStumped on your next read for your book club? Baltimore County Public Library has book club kits that check out for six weeks that will do all of the work for you (except for actually reading the book, of course).


Each kit comes with either eight or 12 print copies of the book and a folder with pre-written questions and talking points about the title. All come packed in an easy-to-carry canvas bag for pick-up at your closest location.


Currently, there are 66 titles to choose from in a variety of discussable genres.


The two newest titles are Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth, an engrossing read about a drunken kiss that breaks up (and brings together) two families in California and Virginia, and Liane Moriarty’s Truly Madly Guilty, the most recent book by the author of the hit HBO show Big Little Lies.


Fearless Females

posted by: October 16, 2017 - 7:00am

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Breaking Free: How I Escaped Polygamy, the FLDS Cult, and My Father, Warren Jeffs by Rachel Jeffs

Rachel Jeffs is the daughter of the self-proclaimed prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Breaking Free is her story of a polygamist cult and how she escaped it.


The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad

A human rights activist, Murad recounts her traumatic and ultimately inspiring story of captivity by the Islamic State. In 2014, the Islamic State slaughtered the people of her small farming village, killing most of her family members.


The Mother of Black Hollywood by Jenifer Lewis

Jenifer Lewis, star of black-ish, chronicles her journey from growing up poor in the Midwest to making it in Hollywood. The road to Hollywood was filled with dysfunction and an undiagnosed mental illness.

The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien

Maude Julien’s parents raised her to be an ultimate survivor, she grew up on an isolated estate and endured numerous drills, such as sitting perfectly still in a rat-infested cellar, to eliminate weakness. Julien’s story has been compared to Jeannette Walls’ Glass Castle


Two Funny Women with New Books 

posted by: October 13, 2017 - 7:00am

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I'm Fine...and Other Lies by Whitney Cummings 
Comedian and co-creator of the TV show 2 Broke Girls and star, albeit briefly, of her own eponymous sitcom, Whitney. Cummings shares tales of full humiliation, mortification and schadenfreude. Her astute observations are both hilarious and honest. A totally engaging and witty memoir. 


Unqualified by Anna Faris 
Actress and star of the TV show Mom, Faris started podcasting in 2015 with Anna Faris Is Unqualified, which bills itself as “not-great-relationship advice from completely unqualified Hollywood types” and has an average of 2 million downloads a month. This is a candid comic memoir filled with entertaining stories and relationship advice.


Cover art for Spinning Three new graphic memoirs show the wide scope that personal storytelling can take on in an illustrated format. Tillie Walden’s look back at her years in the world of competitive ice skating in Spinning, her debut. About a young woman, only a few years removed from her own adolescence, which makes her smart coming-of-age observations all the more remarkable. Delicate, mostly two-toned illustrations coupled with spare text describe cutthroat rivalries, early morning training and her coming-out process.


Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home by Nicole J. Georges describes the author/illustrator’s life with Beija, theCover Art for Fetch rescue dog that she adopted as a gift to her then high school boyfriend. The relationship didn’t work out, but Beija remained for the next 15 years of Georges’ many moves. Although the dog had behavioral and temperamental issues, she remained a rock in the memoirist’s life and created a sort of home that otherwise wouldn’t exist for human or canine. Hand-lettered text and black-and-white zine-like illustrations capture their unique friendship. 


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Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do is a testament to the immigrant experience. As a child, Bui arrived in California in the 1970s from Vietnam. Her difficult transition to a very different culture, she recalls, was considerable but nothing compared to the trauma her parents faced as the Vietnam War raged around them. As much a family memoir as her own, Bui’s beautiful illustrations in vibrant shades of orange cut with strong black ink make for an incredible presentation. 


The finalists for the National Book Award presented by the National Book Foundation were announced this morning. These awards are intended to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America. Awards are given in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young Person’s Literature. The winners in each category will be announced at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala on November 15 in New York City. Congratulations to all the finalists!


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Young People's Literature 

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