New Kid in Town

The New Girl” is a raven-haired beauty who stands out evenmong her classmates at an exclusive private school in Switzerland for her evident wealth and remote mien. She is said to be the daughter of a wealthy international businessman, but in truth, her father is Khalid bin Mohammed, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia.   And when she disappears from campus, the prince turns not to his own agents but Gabriel Allon, the head of Israel in intelligence, to find her. LP and CD copies are also available.

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Home-grown fiction

Etched in Granite” is an historical novel M. J. Pettengill.   Set in 1872, this novel is a harrowing account of life and death on a rural New England Poor Farm at the end of the Civil War. It is both a tragic, yet triumphant novel that tells a story of courage, survival, and secrets surrounding lost love. Inspired by the author’s discovery of a pauper cemetery, the author seeks to give voices to those silenced. 

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Stories we could tell

Maybe you should Talk to Someone” shares a psychiatrist’s insights from the couch as well as the chair. Lori Gottlieb, a therapist, finds herself needing to go into therapy.  She invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others. This book is a hilarious and thought-provoking tightrope walk between hope and change.  And in “American Summer”, which details effects of gun violence in one American city through the eyes these involved, Alex Kotlowitz reminds us that’s it’s not all about hot dogs and pretzels and beer.  

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Force of nature

After the success of “The Dry” and “The Lost Man”, the Nichols Library knew it needed more books by Jane Harper. In her “Force of Nature”, a woman disappears on a corporate wilderness retreat.    Each of her colleagues tells a slightly different story about what happened. Agent Aaron Falk’s investigation   takes him deep into isolated forest and into a tangled web of   friendship, suspicion, and betrayal.

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Maine Man

Almost Midnight” by Paul Doiron finds ranger Mike Bowditch with two challenging cases on his hands. A prison snitch calls out a new female guard with a shaky past. When the guard is brutally attacked, Bowditch becomes concerned that his informant and his family may also be at risk.  Meanwhile, a wolf-hybrid has been illegally shot by an unknown bowman, but Mike’s investigation is blocked at every turn by a hostile community.  Bowditch predictably break every rule in the book to get to the heart of the matter.

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B&J summer reading challenge!

Young readers can double their reading pleasure at the Nichols Library in Center Harbor this summer.   Meet your reading goal and get a free small cone at the Ben and Jerry’s in Mill Falls, Meredith.  Here’s how it works. Set a reading goal. Beginning readers:  read two step-into-reading stories; Independent readers: reader a full length story. Record the titles you read and bring them to the library. Our staff will fill out a coupon for your free cone! Enjoy your cone but as importantly, enjoy your stories! (the journey is the part of the fun!)

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Psychological suspense

The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides is a psychological thriller about a seemingly senseless murder.   A chic fashion photographer returns to the home he shares with his artist wife.  She shots him on the spot and then goes silent.  Her silence lends itself to public notoriety, which causes the value of her art to skyrocket but baffles authorities.  Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist, is tasked with getting her to talk and making sense of her motivations, a task that threatens to be all-consuming.

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