New Castle County Staff Picks - July 2023

Updated August 28, 2023
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Mastering the art of French murder
Cambridge, Colleen
Fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Marie Benedict, Nita Prose, and of course, Julia Child, will adore this magnifique new mystery set in Paris and starring Julia Child's (fictional) best friend, confidante, and fellow American. From the acclaimed author of Murder at Mallowan Hall, this...
Crow Mary : a novel
Grissom, Kathleen
The New York Times bestselling author of the book club classics The Kitchen House and Glory Over Everything returns with a sweeping and "richly detailed story of a woman caught between two cultures" (Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author) inspired by the...
The Eden Test
Sternbergh, Adam
"A galloping and exhilarating thriller." --Laura Dave, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Thing He Told Me From Edgar Award-finalist Adam Sternbergh, an electrifying domestic suspense novel for fans of The Perfect Marriage and Rock Paper...
The collected regrets of Clover
Brammer, Mikki
"This weird, lovely and sweetly satisfying novel [is] engaging and accessible...Clover's emergence from a shuttered life is moving enough to elicit tears, and Brammer's take on death and grieving is profound enough to feel genuinely instructional." --The New York Times Book Review...
The perfumist of Paris
Joshi, Alka
  "A stunning portrait of a woman blossoming into her full power...this is Alka Joshi's best book yet!" --Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Diamond Eye From the author of Reese's Book Club Pick The Henna Artist, the final...
Old God's time
Barry, Sebastian
LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE Named a Best Book of 2023 by the New Yorker, Washington Post, NPR, and Kirkus Reviews "You should be reading Sebastian Barry. [He] has a special understanding of the human heart." --The Atlantic
The guest : a novel
Cline, Emma
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * A young woman pretends to be someone she isn't in this "spellbinding" (Vogue), "smoldering" (The Washington Post) novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Girls.   "Under Cline's command, every...
Vera Wong's unsolicited advice for murderers
Sutanto, Jesse Q.
A lonely shopkeeper takes it upon herself to solve a murder in the most peculiar way in this captivating mystery by Jesse Q. Sutanto, bestselling author of Dial A for Aunties. Vera Wong is a lonely little old lady--ah, lady of a certain age--who lives above her forgotten...
The postcard
Berest, Anne
A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR TIME Magazine・NPR・Library Journal Winner of the Choix Goncourt Prize, Anne Berest's The Postcard is a vivid portrait of twentieth-century Parisian intellectual and artistic life, an enthralling investigation...
Brave the wild river : the untold story of two women who mapped the botany of the Grand Canyon
Sevigny, Melissa L.
In the summer of 1938, botanists Elzada Clover and Lois Jotter set off down the Colorado River, accompanied by an ambitious expedition leader and three amateur boatmen. With its churning rapids, sheer cliffs, and boat-shattering boulders, the Colorado was famed as the most dangerous river in the...
Enchantment : awakening wonder in an anxious age
May, Katherine
#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER "When I tell you that I dogeared almost every page in this book, I'm telling God's honest truth. I didn't know how much I needed someone else to validate what I was going through. The sense that I had lost my curiosity, my imagination, my ability to make...
Taste makers : seven immigrant women who revolutionized food in America
Sen, Mayukh
Who's really behind America's appetite for foods from around the globe? This group biography from an electric new voice in food writing honors seven extraordinary women, all immigrants, who left an indelible mark on the way Americans eat today. Taste Makers stretches from World War II to the...
Poverty, by America
Desmond, Matthew
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Evicted reimagines the debate on poverty, making a "provocative and compelling" (NPR) argument about why it persists in America: because the rest of us benefit from it. A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR...
Raw dog : the naked truth about hot dogs
Loftus, Jamie
A NEW YORK TIMES AND INDIE BESTSELLER! Part travelogue, part culinary history, all capitalist critique--comedian Jamie Loftus's debut, Raw Dog, will take you on a cross-country road trip in the summer of 2021, and reveal...
What an owl knows : the new science of the world's most enigmatic birds
Ackerman, Jennifer
An instant New York Times bestseller! A New York Times Notable Book of 2023 Named a Best Book of 2023 by Publishers Weekly From the author of The Genius of Birds and The Bird Way, a brilliant scientific investigation into...

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