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Hot New Reads – October 2015

City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg A big-hearted, boundary-vaulting novel that heralds a remarkable new talent: set in 1970s New York, a story outsized in its generosity, warmth, and ambition, its deep feeling for its characters, its exuberant imagination. The individuals who live within this extraordinary first novel are: Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city's largest fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown's punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbor; and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park. Their entangled relationships open up the loneliest-seeming corners of the crowded city. And when the infamous blackout of July 13, 1977, plunges this world into darkness, each of these lives will be changed forever. A novel about love and betrayal and forgiveness, about art and truth and rock 'n' roll, about how the people closest to us are sometimes the hardest to reach--about what it means to be human.   The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge by Charlie Lovett A delightful sequel to Dickens’s beloved A Christmas Carol by the bestselling author of First Impressions and The Bookman’s Tale. On a hot summer day some twenty years after he was famously converted to kindness, Ebenezer Scrooge still roams the streets of London, spreading Christmas cheer, much to the annoyance of his creditors, nephew, and his employee Bob Cratchit. However, when Scrooge decides to help his old friend and former partner Jacob Marley, as well as other inhabitants of the city, he will need the assistance of the very people he’s annoyed. [...]

Hot New Reads – September 2015

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg On the eve of her daughter’s wedding, June Reid’s life is completely devastated when a shocking disaster takes the lives of her daughter, her daughter’s fiancé, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend, Luke—her entire family, all gone in a moment. And June is the only survivor. Alone and directionless, June drives across the country, away from her small Connecticut town. In her wake, a community emerges, weaving a beautiful and surprising web of connections through shared heartbreak. From the couple running a motel on the Pacific Ocean where June eventually settles into a quiet half-life, to the wedding’s caterer whose bill has been forgotten, to Luke’s mother, the shattered outcast of the town—everyone touched by the tragedy is changed as truths about their near and far histories finally come to light. Elegant and heartrending, and one of the most accomplished fiction debuts of the year, Did You Ever Have a Family is an absorbing, unforgettable tale that reveals humanity at its best through forgiveness and hope. At its core is a celebration of family—the ones we are born with and the ones we create. audio / ebook / Audiobook Sample   Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years. At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with [...]

Hot New Reads – August 2015

Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford It's 2006 in the Manhattan of the young and glamorous. Money and class are colliding in a city that is about to go over a financial precipice and take much of the country with it. At 26, bright, funny and socially anxious Evelyn Beegan is determined to carve her own path in life and free herself from the influence of her social-climbing mother, who propelled her through prep school and onto the Upper East Side. Evelyn has long felt like an outsider to her privileged peers, but when she gets a job at a social network aimed at the elite, she's forced to embrace them.   Recruiting new members for the site, Evelyn steps into a promised land of Adirondack camps, Newport cottages and Southampton clubs thick with socialites and Wall Streeters. Despite herself, Evelyn finds the lure of belonging intoxicating, and starts trying to pass as old money herself. When her father, a crusading class-action lawyer, is indicted for bribery, Evelyn must contend with her own family's downfall as she keeps up appearances in her new life, grasping with increasing desperation as the ground underneath her begins to give way. Bracing, hilarious and often poignant, Stephanie Clifford's debut offers a thoroughly modern take on classic American themes - money, ambition, family, friendship - and on the universal longing to fit in.    Coming of Age at the End of Days by Alice LaPlante Never one to conform, Anna always had trouble fitting in. Earnest and willful, as a young girl she quickly learned how to hide her quirks from her parents and friends. But when, at sixteen, a sudden melancholia takes hold of her life, she loses her sense [...]

Hot New Reads – July

Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont Jack Shanley is a well-known New York artist, charming and vain, who doesn’t mean to plunge his family into crisis. His wife, Deb, gladly left behind a difficult career as a dancer to raise the two children she adores. In the ensuing years, she has mostly avoided coming face-to-face with the weaknesses of the man she married. But then an anonymously sent package arrives in the mail: a cardboard box containing sheaves of printed emails chronicling Jack’s secret life. The package is addressed to Deb, but it’s delivered into the wrong hands: her children’s. With this vertiginous opening begins a debut that is by turns funny, wise, and indescribably moving. As the Shanleys spin apart into separate orbits, leaving New York in an attempt to regain their bearings, fifteen-year-old Simon feels the allure of adult freedoms for the first time, while eleven-year-old Kay wanders precariously into a grown-up world she can’t possibly understand. Writing with extraordinary precision, humor, and beauty, Julia Pierpont has crafted a timeless, hugely enjoyable novel about the bonds of family life—their brittleness, and their resilience. Bradstreet Gate by Robin Kirman Georgia, Charlie and Alice each arrive at Harvard with hopeful visions of what the future will hold. But when, just before graduation, a classmate is found murdered on campus, they find themselves facing a cruel and unanticipated new reality. Moreover, a charismatic professor who has loomed large in their lives is suspected of the crime. Though his guilt or innocence remains uncertain, the unsettling questions raised by the case force the three friends to take a deeper look at their tangled relationship. Their bond has been defined by the secrets they’ve kept from [...]

Hot New Reads – June

Second Life by Paul Griner The brutal murder of her sister shatters Julia’s ordinary life, and old wounds are opened. She briefly finds solace in her sister’s best friend, only to receive more shocking news: her sister led a disturbing second life in the shadowy corners of the Internet. Certain that her sister’s death is somehow connected to her cyber-life, Julia sets out to find answers. But the search for the truth unexpectedly turns into an exploration of herself and her own desires. The Internet is a private sexual playground, an anonymous, addictive netherworld where Julia can be anyone she wants to be and indulge her fantasies. Nothing is forbidden. It’s harmless pleasure far removed from her everyday world. And unlike her reckless sister, Julia is in control. She’s safe. That is, until she meets the dark and mysterious Lukas in an online chat room, and suddenly the virtual becomes all too real . . . and very dangerous indeed. Love May Fail by Matthew Quick Portia Kane is having a meltdown. After escaping her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, she finds herself back in South Jersey, a place that remains largely unchanged from the years of her unhappy youth. Lost and alone, looking to find the goodness in the world she believes still exists, Portia sets off to save herself by saving someone else—a beloved high school English teacher who has retired after a traumatic incident. Will a sassy nun, an ex-heroin addict, a metal-head little boy, and her hoarder mother help or hurt her chances on this madcap quest to restore a good man’s reputation and find renewed hope in the human race? Love May Fail is a story of the great highs and [...]

Hot New Reads – May

The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcroft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives. But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity--that she, in fact, is Lydia--their world comes crashing down once again. As winter encroaches, Angus is forced to travel away from the island for work, Sarah is feeling isolated, and Kirstie (or is it Lydia?) is growing more disturbed. When a violent storm leaves Sarah and her daughter stranded, they are forced to confront what really happened on that fateful day. War of the Encyclopaedists by Chris Robinson & Gavin Kovite In a superb, rare literary collaboration, two major new talents join their voices to tell the story of a generation at a crossroads, and a friendship that stretches over continents and crises—from the liberal arena of Boston academia to the military occupation of Iraq—in this ambitious and electrifying debut novel. On a summer night, in the arty enclave of Capitol Hill, Seattle, best friends Mickey Montauk and Halifax Corderoy throw one last blowout party before their lives part ways. At twenty-three, they had planned to move together to Boston for graduate school, but global events have intervened: Montauk has just learned that his National Guard unit will deploy to Baghdad at the end of the summer. In the confusion of this altered future, Corderoy is faced with a moral dilemma: his girlfriend Mani has just been evicted and he must decide whether or not to abandon her when she needs him most. He turns to Montauk for [...]

Hot New Reads – April

Sisters of Heart and Snow by Margaret Diloway The award-winning author of How to Be and American Housewife returns with a poignant story of estranged sisters, forced together by family tragedy, who soon learn that sisterhood knows no limits. Rachel and Drew Snow may be sisters, but their lives have followed completely different paths. Married to a wonderful man and is a mother to two strong-minded teens, Rachel hasn't returned to her childhood home since being kicked out by her strict father after an act of careless teenage rebellion. Drew, her younger sister, followed her passion for music but takes side jobs to make ends meet and longs for the stability that has always eluded her. Both sisters recall how close they were, but the distance between them seems more than they can bridge. When their deferential Japanese mother, Haruki, is diagnosed with dementia and gives Rachel power of attorney, Rachel's domineering father, Killian becomes enraged. In a rare moment of lucidity, Haruki asks Rachel for a book in her sewing room, and Rachel enlists her sister's help in the search. The book-which tells the tale of real-life female samurai Tomoe Gozen, an epic saga of love, loss, and conflict during twelfth-century Japan-reveals truths about Drew and Rachel's relationship that resonate across the centuries, connecting them in ways that turn their differences into assets.   Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight From the author of the New York Times bestseller and 2014 Edgar and Anthony nominee Reconstructing Amelia comes another harrowing, gripping novel that marries psychological suspense with an emotionally powerful story about a community struggling with the consequences of a devastating discovery. At the end of a long winter in well-to-do Ridgedale, New [...]

Isn’t it Pinteresting?

The Kenton County Public Library offers a gargantuan amount of programs, materials and services for all ages. To add to these services, the library has started a Pinterest videos series to guide you through great crafts for your family. Marker Robots!   Try past episodes: Erlanger Adult Programmer Laura Loechle demonstrates how to make Celtic Knot Jewelry. Covington Children's Librarian Amy Schardein demonstrates a fun Pinterest craft - how to color pasta noodles for crafts. Follow the Pinteresting board on Pinterest Find other Kenton County Public Library boards Questions?  Just ask!

March Mania

March Mania Book Tournament @ the Library Completed! 2015 March Mania Book Champion is: MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins Brackets: 3rd place = Jamir Nowak 2nd place = Bryn Connelly GRAND PRIZE WINNER = Laura Laws Congratulations!  Thanks to everyone for participating. Hopefully we will see you next year for the 2106 Tournament. March 1st – April 5th March Madness is approaching, but why should basketball fans have all the fun?! 32 of your favorite Adult/YA books of 2014 will go head to head in a battle to crown a book champion. Vote for the round victors to be entered for the weekly raffle prize. Round 1:  Vote for the Select Sixteen March 1-7 ---> (Matchups completed) Round 2:  Vote for the Exclusive Eight March 8-15 ---> (Matchups completed) Round 3:  Vote for the Fantastic Four March 16-22 ---> (Matchups completed) Round 4:  Vote for the Terrific Two March 23-29 --->  (Matchups completed) Championship Round:   Vote for the 2015 March Mania Book Tournament Champion March 31-April 5 ---> (Matchup completed) Submit your questions to KCPLMarchMania@gmail.com Brackets: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bYORSbBGKYNhNHx-7j64RYQTm9nBzirc5pLyWV72Fow/pub

Oscar Film Fest @ the Covington Library

Planning to watch the Academy Awards this year? You can start the cinematic celebration early by stopping by the Covington Branch on Friday, February 20th, to enjoy a viewing of some Oscar-winning films, courtesy of Hoopla. We’ll be showing movies from 10am to 5pm. Popcorn will be provided and you can grab an Oscar ballot to make your guesses for this year’s winners. All completed ballots may be entered into a drawing for a prize. Schedule: Best of the Three Stooges -10am In the Heat of the Night – 11am The Sting – 1pm The King’s Speech – 3:15      Hoopla is the newest digital service offered through the Kenton County Public Library. With Hoopla, you can borrow movies, music, and audiobooks – all for FREE. Hoopla works with smartphones, tablets, or your home computer. You can even watch movies with Apple TV. Just click on the link, sign up with your Library card, and you’re ready to go: https://www.kentonlibrary.org/hoopla      Items are always available on Hoopla, so you’ll never have to place a hold. You may check out ten items a month and they are automatically returned at the end of the lending period—that means no  late fees ever! Here is a list of more great films on Hoopla Find out what’s new on Hoopla Get the apps: