May Adult Picks

The Twelve The Twelve
by Justin Cronin
F CRO

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as “Last Stand in Denver,” has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned—and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.
-Serena

The First Days The First Days
by Rhinannon Frater
F FRA

If you’re a fan of zombie books and movies this is the book for you. Could you survive in The First Days? Really solid zombie series that’s great for “Walking Dead” fans.
-Serena

I Shall Be Near You I Shall Be Near You
by Erin Lindsay McCabe
F MCC

A newly married woman disguises herself as a man and fights by her husband’s side in the Civil War. Rosetta grew up helping her father run the farm and preferred doing that to “woman’s work.” When her husband left to fight for the Union, she was alone with his family and relegated to cooking, cleaning and sewing. She cut her hair, dressed in men’s clothes and enlisted. This novel is based on true events described in letters by women who fought in the war.
-Debbie

Blood on the Snow Blood on the Snow
by Jo Nesbo
F NES

Olav is a professional hitman who is very good at his job. When he is asked by his boss to kill his wife, things take a bizarre turn.
-Debbie

Emma: A Modern Retelling Emma: A Modern Retelling
by Alexander McCall Smith
F MCC

The original “Emma” by Jane Austin tells a delightful tale about an innocently-flawed heroine trying to be a match-maker in early-19th century England, The same cannot be said of this new version, which does not seem to fit in with present-day. The characters and plot seem contrived and out of place. For those longing for a return to the world of Austin, it may be a disappointment, but read it anyway; it will remind you of just how great a writer Austin really is.
-Robin

Still Missing Still Missing
by Chevy Stevens
F STE

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens is about a Realtor who gets abducted from an open house. It was an excellently-written and fast-paced psychological thriller. It pulled me in and through the book so fast, I didn’t want to put it down!
-Sara

Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
by Elle Luna
158.1 LUN

This may just be the book to get you to stop procrastinating and make your art. A must read for creative types!
-Mike

The Wright Brothers The Wright Brothers
by David McCullough
629.13 MCC

Once again, David McCullough has written a historical masterpiece that reads like a good piece of fiction. The Wrights come to life in the context of their family relationships and community in Dayton, OH, showcasing the development of their early interest in flying machines. This account makes it clear that the brothers were geniuses, each with his own gifts and dedication that contributed to the brilliant invention that gave mankind the ability to fly.
-Robin

Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad
by Eric Foner
977.711 FON

Foner’s latest is a detailed history of the Underground Railroad, adding to his tremendous body of work on slavery. This work focuses on the anti-slavery movement in New York City, and makes the connection between business support for slavery and ties to Southern trade. Interesting book but mostly for those truly interest in the subject matter.
-Robin

April Adult Picks

Here’s what we’ve been reading lately. What about you?

Inside the O'Briens Inside the O’Briens
by Lisa Genova
F GEN
Joe O’Brien, a veteran police officer, is just not acting the same. His wife Rose finally convinces him to go to the doctor where he is diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease. They have four children and each child has a 50/50 chance of coming down with HD. The children rally around Joe, supporting him as his symptoms worsen, each trying to decide if they want to be tested for the gene. A heartbreaking, heartwarming story of love and commitment and family. -Debbie

Girl On the Train Girl On the Train
by Paula Hawkins
F HAW
Brings back memories (in some ways) of Rear Window, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, but with a more in depth psycho-emotional plot. The plot, by the way, is quite good. I do not believe you will figure it out until the end. Good read, but pay attention to details. -John

Station Eleven Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel
F MAN
“Station Eleven” tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. Reading this inspired me to read The Passage by Justin Cronin, which I’m currently enjoying. -Serena

NYPD Red 3 NYPD Red 3
by James Patterson
F PAT
NYPD Red is the elite, highly trained task force assigned to protect the rich, the famous, and the connected. And Detective Zach Jordan and his partner Kylie MacDonald-the woman who broke his heart at the police academy-are the best of the best, brilliant and tireless investigators who will stop at nothing to deliver justice. -Crystal

Never Knowing Never Knowing
by Chevy Stevens
F STE
“Never Knowing” is a fast-paced, riveting, and adrenaline-filled psychological thriller. You will not want to put this book down! -Sara

Outcast Outcast Vol. 1 – A Darkness Surrounds Him
by Robert Kirkman
741.59 KIR
Well-crafted tale of a man seeking to understand why he is haunted by demonic possessions. For fans of Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” or horror comics in general. -Mike

Lessons of History Lessons of History
by Will and Ariel Durant
901 DUR
Haven’t gotten around to reading Will and Ariel Durant’s 10-volume Pulitzer-winning “The Story of Civilization” yet? Try their concise and insightful “best parts” version instead. -Mike