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10/02/2017 - 1:39pm
If you like FX's American Horror Story

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American Horror Story is an American anthology horror series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Described as an anthology series, each season is conceived as a self-contained miniseries, following a different set of characters and settings, and a storyline with its own "beginning, middle, and end." Some plot elements of each season are loosely inspired by true events.¹

American Horror Story: Cult is the seventh season of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story. The season premieres on September 5, 2017. Returning cast members from previous seasons include Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Cheyenne Jackson, Adina Porter, Frances Conroy, Mare Winningham, Emma Roberts, and Chaz Bono. Joining them are new cast members Billie Lourd, Alison Pill, Colton Haynes, Billy Eichner, Leslie Grossman, and Lena Dunham.² 

Looking forward to season 7 of American Horror Story? Check out these book titles similar to each theme of all 7 seasons.

10/02/2017 - 1:40pm
Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

Thirty-something Billie Flanagan is the perfect mother and wife. She's agile and free-spirited, embracing her attraction to nature and hiking. Her husband Jonathan is the senior editor of a popular science magazine Decode, while her teenage daughter Olive attends a prestigious all-girls private school in their little coastal California town. The domestic bliss between the three of them is perfect—or so it seems.

10/02/2017 - 1:40pm
Cover to George Washington’s Virginia by John R. Maass

Virginia has long held the nickname of “the mother of presidents,” and surely its most famous native son was the first president, George Washington. His birthplace in Westmoreland County, now a national monument, can be visited today and often features living history performers demonstrating what life was like in the times he knew. George Washington’s Virginia, by John R.

10/02/2017 - 1:40pm
Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem

In Jewish lore, there is the legend of the golem, a being composed of earth and given life with ritual prayer. It is a protector that might be brought forth for the darkest days. And, surely World War II must be counted among those days.

Dark Horse Comics’ Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem imagines a scenario where a poor Jewish village, whose fighting-age men have gone to war, has mercy on a downed British pilot, even knowing that his presence will endanger them all.

10/02/2017 - 1:40pm
If you like The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

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The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
Four girls are best friends and inseparable at Salten, a second-rate boarding school near the cliffs of the England Channel. They are notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies to both fellow boarders and faculty. Their little game has consequences when they soon learn their shared past was not as safely buried as they had once hoped. (catalog summary)
 

If you're waiting for The Lying Game, or, you would like to read more titles like it, check out these titles:

Gossip of the Starlings by Nina Gramont

Gossip of the Starlings
by Nina Gramont

When Catherine Morrow is admitted to the Esther Percy School for Girls, it's on the condition that she reform her ways. But that's before the beautiful and charismatic Skye Butterfield, daughter of the famous Senator Butterfield, chooses Catherine for her best friend. Skye is in love with danger and the thrill of breaking rules, taking risks, and crossing boundaries, no matter the stakes. The problem is, the stakes keep getting higher, and Catherine can neither resist Skye nor stop her from taking down everyone around her. (catalog summary)

 

10/02/2017 - 1:40pm
My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis

On May 17, a beautiful spring day, P. Mantis is born. On October 17, she lies down to “take a long nap” and says “Good-bye!” What happens in-between is her Awesome Summer.

The first thing you will notice when you open this picture book are all the praying mantis facts. The facts are different inside the front and back covers, so you will want to read both sides. But you don’t need to read those to enjoy P. Mantis’ story, though the facts will help you understand it better.

10/02/2017 - 1:40pm
The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman

The Chalk Artist first reads like a love story as Poor Boy and Rich Girl meet and fall in love, but Allegra Goodman has a bigger message. It is the real world versus the virtual world in this story. What are the roles of teachers and artists in the modern world? In the old stories and fairy tales, magic can grant wishes and create happy narratives, but it can turn menacing. In this modern story, technology takes on the role of magic. It is the real world versus the virtual world as the characters in the novel battle the technology that can destroy them. To find happiness, the characters must find balance in their lives and make connections to each other.

10/02/2017 - 1:40pm
Unsub: A Novel by Meg Gardiner

Caitlin Hendrix is a young detective on the San Francisco's narcotics task force. For her entire life, she's always been ready for anything that comes her way, including busting dangerous drug houses with infants trapped inside. After encountering a particularly rough drug bust, Caitlin is ready to relax. That is, until she's called to the scene of a brutal crime in the middle of a desolate cornfield.

10/02/2017 - 1:41pm
Cover to Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Awkward, by Svetlana Chmakova, is a graphic novel that delves into the world of middle school and all of the ups and downs that come with it.

For Penelope, who also goes by Peppi, surviving school means following a set of very simple and very straightforward rules. Some of these rules, such as “seek out groups with similar interests and join them,” are not so hard to follow. As an artist, she found her niche within the art club. Some of her rules, particularly “don’t get noticed by the mean kids,” are turning out to be much more difficult to follow—even on the very first day!

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