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Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe. The author of Say Nothing moves from the Irish Troubles to the opiod crisis with a devastating portrait of the Sackler family, famed for their philanthropy, whose fortune was built by Valium and whose reputation was destroyed by OxyContin.

Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny. A wise, bighearted, and joyful novel of love, disaster, and unconventional family from the celebrated author of Standard Deviation. "Laugh-out-loud scenes seamlessly flow into deep consideration of what it means to be a family and the power of accepting one another, eccentricities and all."  -- Library Journal

What Comes After by Joanne Tompkins. After the shocking death of two teenage boys tears apart a community in the Pacific Northwest, a mysterious pregnant girl emerges out of the woods and into the lives of those same boys' families - a moving story of strangers and friends not only helping each other forward after tragedy, but inspiring a new kind of family.

All Adults Here by Emma Straub (now in paperback).  A warm, funny, and keenly perceptive novel about the life cycle of one family -  kids become parents, grandchildren become teenagers, and a matriarch confronts the legacy of her mistakes.  "Straub's modern saga of a complicated family web is a literary security blanket."-- Entertainment Weekly













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What Comes After by Joanne Tompkins. This is a mystery about the deaths of two teenage boys, but it's also a beautifully written novel about grief and families and what binds us together. It's set in Washington state, full of mist and beauty, and is intense and unforgettable.  - Carolyn

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (in paperback). After her family deserts her over a four year period, 10-year-old Kya is completely on her own, using what she learned about the natural world around her to survive. The novel intersperses Kya's life and involvement with two boys she meets as a teenager with the investigation of a murder that finds the now-adult Kya as the prime suspect. Mystery, romance, and a protagonist to fall in love with.  - Hut

No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood. This book should come with a warning label, so here it is - It Is Devastating. Billed as a novel, the author's critical interest in online life and her prowess as a poet are on full display here - startlingly powerful and tragic. Highly recommended. - Nick

Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood.  Meet a great new detective duo! Scrappy circus runaway Willowjean Parker is right-hand woman to ace private investigator Lillian Pentecost, whose multiple sclerosis limits her sleuthing abilities. Set in 1940s New York, their latest case - a classic locked room murder mystery - combines gritty noir with wit and charm. Will is an engaging, street-smart narrator, and one hopes this is the beginning of beautiful partnership.  - Hut

Deacon King Kong by James McBride (in paperback). This was my favorite book of 2020 (and I read a lot in 2020!). Wonderful characters, artful plotting, and a deep love for humanity that shines through the pages...this is McBride at the top of his game. Highly Recommended. - Nick

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker. You can't help but root for 13-year-old Duchess -- tough, smart, fiercely protective of her young brother and determined to survive family failures. Add an intriguing and puzzling mystery and a caring small town cop and you have a fabulous novel in your hands.  - Hut

The Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley. This is one of the best YA books of the year! Set amidst the Ojibwe community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, it's a heart-thumping story with mysterious deaths, drug addiction and undercover agents. But more than that, it's the story of Daunis Fontaine, the 18-year-old Native narrator whose strength, self discovery and love for her culture and family that shine through. You don't have to be a young adult to love this fantastic novel.  - Carolyn


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reading Explosion at the Poem Factory.

"Offbeat nonsense humor of the highest order: not to be missed."--Kirkus, starred review

Be sure to watch within 24 hours of broadcast before the video disappears! 

Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 10:00am
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By Kyle Lukoff, Mark Hoffmann (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781773061320
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Groundwood Books - April 7th, 2020

Kilmer Watts makes his living teaching piano lessons, but when automatic pianos arrive in town, he realizes he's out of a job. He spots a "Help Wanted" sign at the poem factory and decides to investigate -- he's always been curious about how poems are made.

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