Sadly, summer is slowly drawing to an end. But that means plenty of lovely fall afternoons to discover that next great read, and the Madison County Public Library is your one-stop shop. Paper books, audio books, eBooks -- we have them all!
This week's booklist looks at the hot reads of these dog days of summer. Fair warning -- these books are so popular, you may have to go on hold for them. I will start out with the book everyone -- at least in my circle -- is raving about. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens. We have had to order additional copies of this book to at least attempt to keep up with demand.
Stop by either of our convenient locations to find your next great read. Or use your handy MCPL card to download eBooks or eAudio books from our eResources -- Overdrive (Kentucky Libraries Unbound), One Click Digital, or our newest addition -- Hoopla. You can find them all on our website, www.madisonlibrary.org.
Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
"For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life-until the unthinkable happens.
"Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps." From GoodReads.com
Available in regular and large type print, CD audio and Playaway audio, and eBook and eAudio formats
Outfox, by Sandra Brown
"FBI agent Drex Easton is relentlessly driven by a single goal: to outmaneuver the conman once known as Weston Graham. Over the past thirty years, Weston has assumed many names and countless disguises, enabling him to lure eight wealthy women out of their fortunes before they disappeared without a trace. The only common trait among the victims: a new man in their life who also vanished, leaving behind no evidence of his existence.
"Drex is convinced that these women have been murdered, and that the man he knows as Weston Graham is the sociopath responsible. But each time Drex gets close to catching him, Weston trades one persona for another and disappears again. Now, for the first time in their long game of cat and mouse, Drex has a suspect in sight.
"Attractive and charming, Jasper Ford is recently married to a successful businesswoman many years his junior, Talia Shafer. Drex insinuates himself into their lives, posing as a new neighbor and setting up surveillance on their house. The closer he gets to the couple, the more convinced he becomes that Jasper is the clever, merciless predator he's sought-and that his own attraction to Talia threatens to compromise his purpose and integrity.
"This is Drex's one chance to outfox his cunning nemisis before he murders again and eludes justice forever. But first he must determine if the desirable Talia is a heartless accomplice . . . or the next victim." From GoodReads.com
Available in print, eBook, and eAudio formats
Evvie Drake Starts Over, by Linda Holmes
"In a small town in Maine, recently widowed Eveleth 'Evvie' Drake rarely leaves her house. Everyone in town, including her best friend, Andy, thinks grief keeps her locked inside, and she doesn't correct them. In New York, Dean Tenney, former major-league pitcher and Andy's childhood friend, is struggling with a case of the 'yips': he can't throw straight anymore, and he can't figure out why. An invitation from Andy to stay in Maine for a few months seems like the perfect chance to hit the reset button.
"When Dean moves into an apartment at the back of Evvie's house, the two make a deal: Dean won't ask about Evvie's late husband, and Evvie won't ask about Dean's baseball career. Rules, though, have a funny way of being broken--and what starts as an unexpected friendship soon turns into something more. But before they can find out what might lie ahead, they'll have to wrestle a few demons: the bonds they've broken, the plans they've changed, and the secrets they've kept. They'll need a lot of help, but in life, as in baseball, there's always a chance--right up until the last out." From GoodReads.com
Available in print, eBook and eAudio formats