New Fiction: Friday, July 16

The Macedon Public Library is fully open for in-person visits. Computers are available and the Discovery Room is also open. We ask patrons who are not yet vaccinated to please wear masks, but we will not be monitoring this. We will continue to offer “Grab and Go” services for those who prefer to place their books on hold online and then pick them up in the cabinet outside the library.

Here are a few of the new books that have come in to the library recently. We invite you to check them out!

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The Personal Librarian

The remarkable, little-known story of Belle da Costa Greene, J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian — who became one of the most powerful women in New York despite the dangerous secret she kept in order to make her dreams come true. In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. Pierpont Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Morgan Library. But Belle has a secret, one she must protect at all costs. She was born not Belle da Costa Greene but Belle Marion Greener. Belle’s complexion isn’t dark because of her alleged Portuguese heritage that lets her pass as white — her complexion is dark because she is African American. The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman, famous for her intellect, style, and wit, and shares the lengths she must go-for the protection of her family and her legacy — to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives.

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An Ambush of Widows

Henry North is a down-on-his-luck cybersecurity expert from New Orleans. Wei “Adam” Zhang is the cofounder of one of Austin’s most successful venture capitalist firms. These two men didn’t know each other. Yet they died together, violently, in a place neither had any business being, leaving behind two widows. Kirsten North is a 30-year-old consultant for the tech sector, when one day, Henry doesn’t return from a business trip. When she frantically searches for information, she finds the days-old news about the murdered millionaire and the unknown man found with him. Flora Zheng knew her husband was keeping secrets. And with no explanation for her husband’s murder, the police begin to suspect her. An uneasy alliance forms as the two widows delve into their husbands’ deadly and dangerous secrets — as they try to protect their own.

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The Stepsisters

Once upon a time, when her dad married Sage’s mom, Daisy was thrilled to get a bright and shiny new sister. But Sage was beautiful and popular, everything Daisy was not, and she made sure Daisy knew it. Sage didn’t have Daisy’s smarts; she had to go back a grade to enroll in the fancy rich-kid school. So she used her popularity as a weapon, putting Daisy down to elevate herself. After the divorce, the stepsister’s rivalry continued until the final, improbable straw: Daisy married Sage’s first love, and Sage fled California. Eighteen years, two kids and one troubled marriage later, Daisy never expects — or wants — to see Sage again. But when the little sister they have in common needs them both, they put aside their differences to care for Cassidy. As long-buried truths are revealed, no one is more surprised than they when friendship blossoms. Their fragile truce is threatened by one careless act that could have devastating consequences. They could turn their backs on each other again — or they could learn to forgive once and for all and finally become true sisters of the heart.

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