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Nov 30

November Staff Picks

Posted on November 30, 2022 at 8:54 AM by Maggie Witte

We've got an eclectic selection of books from our KTB staff.

Michael Lang, Director

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DB 110551 Sign here by Claudia Lux

"A darkly humorous, surprisingly poignant, and utterly gripping debut novel about a guy who works in Hell (literally) and is on the cusp of a big promotion if only he can get one more member of the wealthy Harrison family to sell their soul Peyote Trip has a pretty good gig in the deals department on the fifth floor of Hell. Sure, none of the pens work, the coffee machine has been out of order for a century, and the only drink on offer is Ja¨germeister, but Pey has a plan-and all he needs is one last member of the Harrison family to sell their soul. When the Harrisons retreat to the family lake house for the summer, with their daughter Mickey's precocious new friend, Ruth, in tow, the opportunity Pey has waited a millennium for might finally be in his grasp. And with the help of his charismatic coworker Calamity, he sets a plan in motion. But things aren't always as they seem, on Earth or in Hell. And as old secrets and new dangers scrape away at the Harrisons' shiny surface, revealing the darkness beneath, everyone must face the consequences of their choices." -- Provided by publisher.

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DB 103378 PTA mysteries, books 1-3 by Laura Alden

Three mysteries, written between 2010 and 2012, featuring Beth Kennedy, a PTA secretary, children's bookstore owner, mother of two, and savvy sleuth. Includes Murder at the PTA, Foul Play at the PTA, and Plotting at the PTA, in which a PTA fundraiser is hampered by murder. 2012.

Amanda Diggs, Production Manager

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DB 104847 My heart is a chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

In a quickly gentrifying rural town, tourists begin to die, and the tension between the community and the celebrity newcomers heads to a tipping point. Protected by her encyclopedic knowledge of horror films, Jade, of Blackfoot descent, hopes it is enough to help her survive. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.

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DB 80256 Library lover’s mysteries, books 1-5: On borrowed time by Jenn McKinlay

Books one through five, written between 2011 and 2014, in the series featuring library director and amateur sleuth Lindsey Norris of Briar Creek, Connecticut. In Books Can Be Deceiving, Beth Stanley, Lindsey's friend and employee and an aspiring children's author, is suspected of murdering her famous-writer boyfriend. 2014.

Jason Brinkman, Library Assistant

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DB 105286 A carnival of snackery: diaries 2003-2020 by David Sedaris

This collection of curated diary entries, sequel to Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) (DB 88081), covers the next seventeen years of the humorist's life. Many entries discuss the weird and wonderful people he has encountered while on book tours around the world. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.

Maggie Witte, Outreach Librarian

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DB 109351 The cheat sheet by Sarah Adams

"Hi, my name is Bree Camden, and I'm hopelessly in love with my best friend and star quarterback Nathan Donelson (so is half of America, judging by the tabloids and how much the guy dates). The first step is admitting it, right? Except, I can never admit it to him because he clearly doesn't see me that way, and the last thing I want is for things to get weird between us. Nothing but good old-fashioned no-touching-the-sexiest-man-alive platonic friendship for us! Everything is exactly how I like it! Yes. Good. (I'm not crying; I'm just peeling an onion.) Our friendship is going swimmingly until I accidentally spill my beans to a reporter over too much tequila, and now the world seems to think Nathan and I belong together. Oh, and did I mention we have to date publicly for three weeks until after the Super Bowl because we signed a contract with...oops, forgot I can't tell anyone about that! The bottom line is that my best friend is now smudging all the lines and acting very un-platonic, and I'm just trying to keep my body from bursting into flames every time he touches me. How am I going to make it through three weeks of fake dating Nathan without anything changing between us? Especially when it almost-sorta-kinda seems like he's fighting for a completely different outcome. Send help. XO Bree." -- Provided by publisher.  --  Unrated. Commercial audiobook.

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DB 97574 Class 5, books 1-4 by Michelle Diener

Four books of science fiction romance written between 2015 and 2019. In Dark Horse, Rose has been kidnapped from Earth and must work with a rogue AI to gain her freedom. Also includes Dark Deeds, Dark Minds, and Dark Matters. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2019.