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For your winter's reading

Debut novels, paranormal romances, mysteries

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Looking for cozy reads during the winter months, try one or more of these titles.  You’ll find debut novels, paranormal romance, mystery, and more.  Remember, the Dauphin County Library System has even more titles to enjoy.  Find out by either visiting us in person or online at www.dcls.org

Find Me, by Andrè Aciman: "In this spellbinding exploration of the varieties of love, the author of the bestseller "Call Me by Your Name" revisits its complex and beguiling characters decades after their first meeting. No novel in recent memory has spoken more movingly to contemporary readers about the nature of love." (From the publisher)

 Stay and Fight, by Madeline Ffitch: “Ffitch's remarkable and gripping debut novel traces the journeys of a makeshift family in contemporary Appalachian Ohio.  After Helen leaves Seattle with her boyfriend to live off the land and acquires 20 acres and a camper to sleep in, she is soon left by herself when he finds the life he imagined for them too daunting. She quickly adapts to fend for herself, . . .[and] soon, Karen and Lily, a neighboring couple, give birth to a son, Perley, and are no longer welcome at the radical Women's Land Trust, so Helen offers them a new home with her.  As the years go by and Perley decides he wants to go to school and be a part of the world the others so despise, the life this family has built threatens to fully unravel.  As the stakes rise, for both the family and the preservation of the region, the novel skewers stereotypes and offers only a messy, real depiction of people who fully embody the imperative of the novel's title. This is a stellar novel.” (From Publishers Weekly)

For Today I am a Boy, by Kim Fu: “Peter Huang is born to Chinese immigrant parents in small-town Ontario in 1979 as the long-awaited boy in a household of girls.  His father, eager to shed all vestiges of Chinese language and culture, speaks his last words in Cantonese after Peter's birth, assigning his newborn son the unofficial moniker Juan Chuan, or "Powerful King." Peter's father holds to strictly traditional ideas about gender and is uncomfortable with his son's reluctance to embrace conventionally masculine pursuits as well as his close association with his sisters.  For his part, Peter wants nothing more than to emulate his beautiful, alluring oldest sister, Adele.  Emotionally stunted by the disapproval of both his father and society at large and growing up in a home where such things are never discussed, Peter is very slow to realize that his long-repressed dream is attainable.“ (From Library Journal)

Shadow’s Seduction, by Kresley Cole: “Prince Mirceo Daciano and his new friend, Caspion the Tracker, comb the streets of Dacia, drunkenly seeking out pleasures of the flesh. In what should have been a typical night, they coax a bevy of nymphs to bed. To impress their females, the demon and the vampire kiss on a dare. Once they finally break away from their soul-searing kiss, they find themselves alone--and shaken. Had they imagined their explosive chemistry?" (From the publisher)

Dodging and Burning: A Mystery, by John Copenhaver: “Fifty-five years after the events that turned their lives upside down, Bunny Prescott writes to her childhood friend Ceola Bliss, asking if she also received a photograph of a murdered woman.  In alternating chapters, the two women recount what happened in the summer of 1945 in a small Virginia town.  Mourning the loss of her brother who had gone down with his ship in the Pacific, 12-year-old Ceola spends time with his best friend, Jay Greenwood, who shows Ceola a photo of a woman he found dead in the woods.  Bunny tags along with them, and the trio discover the body has disappeared.  While Ceola wants to play detective, the slightly older Bunny suspects there's something more happening. Family secrets, fears, and hatreds are uncovered, and events escalate until they explode in violence.  Copenhaver, who writes a crime fiction column for the Lambda Literary website, makes a powerful debut with this unconventional novel that mixes a coming- of-age tale with a puzzling mystery and a haunting portrait of the experiences of the LGBTQ community in the 1940s.” (From Library Journal)

Juno’s Swan, by Tamsen Wolff: “It's the summer before Nina's senior year in high school and she needs to get away.  She escapes from her family and small town and enrolls in an acting course in Cape Cod.  There, she meets Sarah, a teaching assistant with the theatre program, who captures her heart.  Nina knows they are destined to be "coupled and inseparable," as Shakespeare describes the faithful swans of Juno.  Bright and independent, Nina has long yearned for a deeper emotional connection with someone, and this seems to be the chance for the love she has always craved.  Yet as her own world revolves around Sarah, the heady summer moves urgently onwards.  As Nina comes to understand the nature of love and loss, she sees the people in her life anew, and at last, she finds her way home.  With lyrical prose and an evocative narrative voice, Tamsen Wolff brings to life the dizzying experience of first love--and its partner, first heartbreak." (From the book’s jacket)