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Suggested Reading for July 2020

Check Out These Titles for Adults & Teen

Available at a library or book store near you, these true crime titles were suggested by Youth Services Librarian Tiffany Harkleroad of Butler.

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The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley - When Julian Jessup, an eccentric, lonely artist who believes that most people aren’t really honest with each other, writes the truth about his own life in a green journal and leaves it behind, others start writing in their own truth, which leads to unexpected friendship and love.

Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler - A tech expert and building superintendent finds his circumscribed routines upended by his significant other’s eviction and the appearance of teen at his doorstep who claims to be his son. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Breathing Lessons.


The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix - When her hectic but predictable life is upended by a vicious attack by an elderly local, Patricia unexpectedly bonds with a well-read neighbor who her senile mother-in-law claims to have known herself when she was a girl.

Big Summer: a novel by Jennifer Weiner - A woman confronts the dynamics of friendship and forgiveness while visiting Cape Cod to attend an old friend's increasingly disastrous wedding. By the best-selling author of Good in Bed and Mrs. Everything.


The Last Trial by Scott Turow - A brilliant octogenarian defense lawyer on the brink of retirement seeks to prove the innocence of a long-time friend, a former Nobel Prize winner who has been charged with murder.


The Book of Lost Friends: a novel by Lisa Wingate - A modern-day teacher discovers the story of three Reconstruction-era women and how it connects to her own students’ lives in this latest from the New York Times best-selling author of Before We Were Yours.


All Adults Here by Emma Straub - A matriarch confronts the legacy of her parenting mistakes while her adult children navigate respective challenges in high standards and immaturity, before a teen granddaughter makes a courageous decision to tell the truth. By the best-selling author of Modern Lovers.

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel - The award-winning author of Station Eleven presents a tale of crisis and survival in the hidden landscapes of homeless campgrounds, luxury hotels, private clubs and federal prisons, where a massive Ponzi scheme is tied to a woman’s disappearance at sea.

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd - A first-century intellectual fights the limitations imposed on women before an encounter with an 18-year-old Jesus leads to their marriage, his dangerous public ministry and her flight to safety in Alexandria. By the author of The Invention of Wings.

Walk the Wire by David Baldacci - The best-selling author of The Fix presents a highly charged thriller in which fan-favorite character Amos Decker embarks on an action-packed investigation that is complicated by Baldacci’s signature twists and turns. One million first printing.


The Wedding Dress: a novel by Danielle Steel - A treasured wedding gown made in 1928 Paris is handed down through four generations of women in a family shaped by the San Francisco social scene, two world wars, the Civil Rights era and the rise of Silicon Valley.


Code name Hélène: a novel by Ariel Lawhon - A novel based on the life of spy Nancy Wake follows a woman who kills a Nazi and becomes one of the most decorated women in World War II. By the New York Times best-selling author of I Was Anastasia.


Camino Winds by John Grisham - The best-selling author of Fair Warning presents a follow-up to Camino Island that finds novelist Mercer Mann’s continued efforts to find literary inspiration in the idyllic region complicated by mysterious intrigues.


The Night Watchman: a novel by Louise Erdrich - A historical novel based on the life of the National Book Award-winning author’s grandfather traces the experiences of a Chippewa Council night watchman in mid-19th-century rural North Dakota who fights Congress to enforce Native American treaty rights.

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel - Enduring decades of serious illness as a victim of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy before exposing her mother’s behavior, Rose Gold invites her unrepentant mother back into her life to secretly settle the score. A first novel.

Shelby's Story : a dog's way home tale by W. Bruce Cameron - A fictionalized account of the story of the canine star of A Dog's Way Home depicts a cold and hungry stray who is rescued by a kind woman before being launched to big-screen fame. Movie tie-in.


Deacon King Kong: a novel by James McBride - In the aftermath of a 1969 Brooklyn church deacon’s public shooting of a local drug dealer, the community’s African-American and Latinx witnesses find unexpected support from each other when they are targeted by violent mobsters.



Writers & Lovers: a novel by Lily King - A follow-up to the award-winning Euphoria follows the story of a former child golf prodigy-turned-unemployed writer whose determination to live a creative life is complicated by her relationships with two very different men.

The Fifth Avenue Story Society: a novel by Rachel Hauck - From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a captivating new novel about the healing power of story, community, and love.


Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain - Imprisoned for a crime she did not commit, an artist is offered a chance to complete her remaining time by restoring a post office mural in a sleepy Southern town where another artist confronted violent prejudice decades earlier.


All the Ways We Said Goodbye: a novel of the Ritz Paris by Beatriz Williams - An heiress, a resistance fighter and a widow find their lives intertwined by their wartime experiences and the turbulent 1960s when they seek refuge at Paris’ legendary Ritz hotel.


Out of the Dark by Gregg Andrew Hurwitz - Evan Smoak, the Nowhere Man, is pitted against one of his own for the future of the country when a murderous President Bennett activates the Orphan program's first recruit.


Dark Tribute by Iris Johansen Despite her tragic childhood, violin prodigy Cara Delaney has finally found peace in her career as a professional musician and stability in her relationship with her guardians, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and ex-Navy SEAL Joe Quinn. If only Jock Gavin, Cara's lifelong friend and a man with his own twisted history, would come back into her life, everything would be perfect. But the carefully constructed world Cara has built for herself is suddenly threatened when she is kidnapped by a mysterious man trying to settle a score against her family, setting off a violent chain of events that puts everyone Cara loves in danger. Now, Cara will have to use every instinct she has to stay one step ahead, or else she will pay the deadly tribute of her family's dark past.


This Tender Land: a novel by William Kent Krueger - Fleeing the Depression-era school for Native American children who have been taken from their parents, four orphans share a life-changing journey marked by struggling farmers, faith healers, and lost souls.


The Invited by Jennifer McMahon - When an inspired effort to build her dream home is overshadowed by discoveries about her rural property's violent past, a former history teacher becomes obsessed with the stories of three generations of local women who died under suspicious circumstances.



Long Bright River by Liz Moore - A policewoman races to find her missing sister, a homeless addict, amid a vicious killing spree in a Philadelphia neighborhood, in a story that alternates between the investigation and memories of their shared childhood. By the award-winning author of Heft.


Crooked River by Douglas J Preston - Investigating dozens of grisly blue shoes containing severed human feet floating in the ocean off the coast of Florida, Pendergast and Junior Agent Coldmoon make harrowing discoveries while confronting an adversary of unimaginable power.

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