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01/19/2018 - 1:00pm
If you like A Discovery of Witches by Deborah E. Harkness
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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah E. Harkness (Book #1 of the All Souls Trilogy)
Witch and Yale historian Diana Bishop discovers an enchanted manuscript, attracting the attention of 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont. The orphaned daughter of two powerful witches, Bishop prefers intellect but relies on magic when her discovery of a palimpsest documenting the origin of supernatural species releases an assortment of undead who threaten, stalk, and harass her. (catalog summary)
 
There are two other books in the All Souls trilogy:
Shadow of Night by Deborah E. HarknessThe Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
 
Some other titles that have similar themes, or evoke the same "feeling" as A Discovery of Witches include:
01/19/2018 - 12:09am
By Winter's Light by Stephanie Laurens

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By Winter's Light by Stephanie Laurens
As the six Cynster families gather together for the holidays at snowbound Casphairn Manor in Scotland, Claire Meadows, widow, and governess to Gabriel Cynster's daughter starts a relationship with tutor Daniel Crosbie. (catalog summary)


In the Midst of Winter: A Novel by Isabel Allende
In the Midst of Winter: A Novel
by Isabel Allende

Richard Bowmaster—a 60-year-old human rights scholar—hits the car of Evelyn Ortega—a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala—in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor's house seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant Lucia Maraz—a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile—for her advice. These three very different people are brought together in a mesmerizing story that moves from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil, sparking the beginning of a long overdue love story between Richard and Lucia. (catalog summary)
 

01/16/2018 - 2:35pm
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

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01/15/2018 - 12:06am
Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired

Bestselling author Lawrence Block's collection of short stories, published in 2016, In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper was a huge success. The panoply of contributors' ideas about well-known American artist Edward Hopper was widely hailed by literary crowds around the nation. Block knew he had to come up with an encore, which is another collection of short stories based on famous artwork, Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired.

01/12/2018 - 10:06am
5 Hot New Titles for February

Here are five popular adult titles that have hit the shelves for the month of February. To find more new titles, check out the booklist New February 2018 Books You'll Want to Read and our recent arrivals page.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah, is an intense portrait of human frailty and resilience. 

Alaska, 1974. Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed. For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival. Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam War a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America's last true frontier. But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt's fragile mental state deteriorates, and the family begins to fracture. Soon, the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in 18 hours of the night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves. (catalog summary)
 

01/10/2018 - 12:02am
The Alienist by Caleb Carr

"Prior to the twentieth century, persons suffering from mental illness were thought to be 'alienated,' not only from the rest of society but from their own true natures. Those experts who studied mental pathologies were therefore known as alienists." 

01/05/2018 - 11:19am
If you like Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches by John Hodgman

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01/03/2018 - 11:08am
Marvel's Black Panther

Are you looking forward to 2018's new movies? From the discovery of a mysterious country to a sultry romantic finale, this year is starting off with strong on the big screen. Read the books before Hollywood releases the movie versions, and log them with the Adult Winter Reading Challenge to receive a complimentary reading club mug* and a chance to win Splitsville movie tickets or a bag of books!

12/22/2017 - 2:48am
Come Winter: A Novel by Evan Hunter

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Come Winter: A Novel by Evan Hunter
Sandy, David, and Peter met as bored teenagers vacationing with their parents on a small resort island. The horrific crime they committed five years ago bound them together forever, cursing their friendship in blood and setting them on a path toward nihilism and destruction. Now in their early twenties, the glamorous and sophisticated trio has come to an exclusive ski resort just days before Christmas to satisfy their appetite for danger and enjoy the physical company of the only human beings they can still tolerate: one another. But an interloper soon finds her way into their closed circle. Mary Margaret is no gullible innocent. She's smart and mischievous and appears bent on tearing the friends apart. Will Sandy, Peter, and David keep their sinister ménage-à-trois intact, or have they finally met their match? (catalog summary)



Cruel Winter by Sheila Connolly Cruel Winter by Sheila Connolly
Snow is a rarity in Maura Donovan's small village in County Cork, Ireland, so she wasn't sure what to expect when a major snowstorm rolled in around Sullivan's pub. But now she's stranded in a bar full of patrons—and a suspected killer in a long-ago murder. Maura's been in Ireland less than a year and hasn't heard about the decades-old unsolved crime that took place nearby, let alone the infamous suspect, Diane Caldwell. But the locals have, and they're not happy to be trapped with her. Diane, meanwhile, seeks to set the record straight, asserting her innocence after all this time. And since no one is going anywhere in the storm, Maura encourages Diane to share her side of the story, which she'd never had a chance to do in court. Over the next few hours, the informal court in Sullivan's reviews the facts and theories about the case—and comes to some surprising conclusions. But is it enough to convince the police to take a new look at an old case? (catalog summary)

12/18/2017 - 11:53am
2018 Great Lives Lecture Series

The William B. Crawley Great Lives Lecture Series returns to the University of Mary Washington in 2018 with a fabulous lineup. The popular lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall and are free and open to the public. For more information about each lecture and presenter, see the full schedule here.

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