New Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction Books for August 2021

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Billy Summers : a novel

Billy Summers : a novel

King, Stephen, 1947- author
2021

"When Billy Summers was twelve years old, He shot and killed his mother's boyfriend after he kicked Billy's sister to death. At 17, he enlisted in the army. At 18, he was a sniper in Iraq and involved in the deadly battle to recapture Fallujah. For nearly twenty years, he's worked as a paid assassin. He's a good guy in a bad job, and he wants out. He takes on a very complicated, very lucrative job that he hopes will be his last. He's got a perfect new identity lined up and a scrupulously orchestrated, flawless escape plan. And then something happens that changes everything for Billy. A stranger needs rescuing, and Billy sacrifices the safety of his own perfectly devised new life to offer her protection. And then the two of them-the most compelling and surprising duo in King fiction-set out on one last mission, to rectify the injustices of one extraordinarily evil man."-- Provided by publisher.

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Black ice : a thriller

Black ice : a thriller

Thor, Brad, author
2021

Leaving his favourite Oslo café, Harvath watches as a ghost climbs out of a taxi - a man he killed years ago, halfway around the world. In a race against time that will take him high above the Arctic Circle, Harvath will be tested in ways he has never imagined and pushed to a limit few human beings could ever endure. If he succeeds, he'll walk away with everything. If he fails, the United States and its allies will be at the mercy of one of the world's most dangerous actors.

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Choose me

Choose me

Gerritsen, Tess, author
2021

Taryn Moore is young, beautiful, and brilliant - so why would she kill herself? When Detective Frankie Loomis arrives on the scene to investigate the Taryn Moore's fatal plunge from her apartment balcony, she knows in her gut there's more to the story, especially after the autopsy reveals that the college senior was pregnant. There was also a dark side to Taryn, a dangerous streak that threatened those she turned her affections to.

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Dark roads

Dark roads

Stevens, Chevy, author
2021

For decades, people have been warned about the Cold Creek Highway. Hitchhikers have vanished and women have been known to have their cars break down and never be seen again. Beth Chevalier arrives in Cold Creek to attend a memorial for the victims of the highway. Maybe this will finally bring her peace. Beth wants to find who killed her sister and put her own life back together, but as she gets closer to the truth, she learns that there is more than one person lying in Cold Creek.

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Devil in disguise

Devil in disguise

Kleypas, Lisa, author
2021

Lady Merritt Sterling, a strong-willed young widow who's running her late husband's shipping company, knows London society is dying to catch her in a scandal. So far, she's been too smart to provide them with one. But then she meets Keir MacRae, a rough-and-rugged Scottish whisky distiller. Their passion blazes with an intensity Merritt has never known before, making her long for the one thing she can't have from Keir MacRae: forever. As danger draws closer, she'll do whatever it takes to save the man she loves - even knowing he might be the devil in disguise.

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False witness : a novel

False witness : a novel

Slaughter, Karin, 1971-, author
2021

Leigh Collier has worked hard to build what looks like a normal life. She's an up-and-coming defense attorney at a prestigious law firm in Atlanta, would do anything for her sixteen-year-old daughter Maddy, and is managing to successfully coparent after an amicable separation from her husband Walter. On a Sunday night, she gets a call from one of the firm's partners who wants Leigh to come on board to defend a wealthy man accused of multiple counts of rape. When she meets the accused face-to-face, she realizes that it's no coincidence that he's specifically asked for her to represent him.

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The forbidden

The forbidden

Graham, Heather, author
2021

Playing the victim of a vampire king on an island off New Orleans is actress Avalon Morgan's creepiest role to date. It's also scary good fun - until the victim of a real killer is discovered on set, laid out for all to see. With a rising body count and zero leads, Grayson Avery can't help but be impressed by Avalon's amateur sleuthing, which takes her to the darkest corners of the internet, where killers confess their crimes. With no one they can trust, Avalon and Gray are determined to unbury the truth at any cost, but a return to the deadly island could be the last thing they do.

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How to raise kids who aren't assholes : science-based strategies for better parenting-from tots to teens

How to raise kids who aren't assholes : science-based strategies for better parenting-from tots to teens

Moyer, Melinda Wenner, author
2021

On social media, in the news, and from the highest levels of government, kids are increasingly getting the message that being selfish, obnoxious, and cruel is okay. This book provides a fresh, often surprising perspective on parenting issues, from toddlerhood through the teenage years. First, award-winning science journalist, Melinda Wenner Moyer outlines the traits we want our children to possess - including honesty, generosity, and antiracism - and then she provides scientifically-based strategies that will help parents instill those characteristics in their kids.

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How to talk when kids won't listen : whining, fighting, meltdowns, defiance, and other challenges of childhood

How to talk when kids won't listen : whining, fighting, meltdowns, defiance, and other challenges of childhood

Faber, Joanna, author
2021

From tantrums to technology to talking to kids about tough topics, this guide offers concrete strategies for these and many more difficult situations. Part One introduces readers to the How To Talk "toolbox." In Part Two, Joanna and Julie answer specific questions and share relatable stories, offering practical tools for addressing issues such as homework hassles, sibling battles, digital dilemmas, problems with punishment, and more. Joanna and Julie offer real solutions to struggles familiar to every parent, grandparent, teacher, and anyone else who lives or works with children.

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It's better this way : a novel

It's better this way : a novel

Macomber, Debbie, author
2021

It's been nearly six years since Julia Jones' ex became involved with another woman. Now, having settled into her new community, she's embraced a fulfilling new life - one that doesn't seem to need a man in it. But when Julia meets a handsome new resident, she can't help but be drawn to him. Heath Johnson is a welcome change from the men she's encountered. As she and Heath, a divorcé himself, begin to grow close, their friendship blossoms into an unexpected love. However, they soon realize that combining families proves to be a challenge, even though their four children are adults.

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The man with the silver Saab

The man with the silver Saab

McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-, author
2021

Life--and crime--is not always as it seems for Ulf Varg and the other fearless detectives in Malmo's Department of Sensitive Crimes. There are always surprising new cases to take on, and the latest batch is no exception. And that's not to mention Ulf's struggle to contain his feelings for his colleague Anna Bengsdotter. All in all, things are distinctly difficult in Malmo, and it seems up to Ulf and the Department to set them right.

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Nine lives : a novel

Nine lives : a novel

Steel, Danielle, author
2021

After a carefree childhood, Mary Margaret Kelly came of age in the shadow of grief. Now on her own, feeling a sense of adventure for the first time, Maggie decides to face her fears, setting off on a whirlwind trip from San Francisco to Rome, Paris, and Monaco. Her travels reconnect her with the very same irresistible, thrill-seeking man she's spent thirty years trying to forget. While Maggie tries to outrun her fears and painful memories of her past, fate will surprise her in the most astounding of ways, as she walks the tightrope between danger and courage, and between wisdom and love.

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Not a happy family

Not a happy family

Lapeña, Shari, 1960- author
2021

Brecken Hill in upstate New York is an expensive place to live. You have to be rich to have a house there. And they don't come much richer than Fred and Sheila Mercer. But even all their money can't protect them when a killer comes to call. The Mercers are brutally murdered the night after Easter dinner with their three adult kids. Each child stands to inherit millions. Did one of them snap after that dreadful evening? Or was it someone else who crept in with the worst of intentions?

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Once a laird

Once a laird

Putney, Mary Jo, author
2021

Called home to take his rightful place as laird, Kai Ramsey, returning to the remote Thorsay Islands, works together with Signy Matheson, a force to be reckoned with, for their people until unspoken desire and unexpected danger threaten to tear them apart.

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Protector

Protector

Iggulden, Conn, author
2021

Set in the bloody, brutal world of Ancient Persia, an age of ever-shifting loyalties and epic battles. Witness the rise and fall of the world's greatest empire.

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Safe in my arms : a novel

Safe in my arms : a novel

Shepard, Sara, 1977- author
2021

Andrea, Lauren, and Ronnie all see themselves as good, loving moms who are trying their best, but they each arrive at the Silver Swans preschool Welcome Breakfast with something to hide. Then notes appear in their children's backpacks after the first day at school. Notes that indicate that someone knows their deepest, darkest secrets and needs them gone. The three moms must band together to uncover the school's many secrets before the other suspicious parents and town police close in and use their outsider status to blame them - and before they lose what they have worked so hard for.

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Sawbones

Sawbones

MacBride, Stuart, author
2021

They call him Sawbones: a serial killer touring America, kidnapping young women. The FBI are trying to catch him - but they're getting nowhere. The latest victim is Laura Jones: 16, blonde, pretty ... and the daughter of one of New York's biggest gangsters. Laura's dad wants revenge - and he knows just the guys to get it. This time Sawbones has picked on the wrong family!

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Sixteen horses

Sixteen horses

Buchanan, Greg, 1989- author
2021

"Sixteen Horses is a story of enduring guilt, trauma, and punishment, set in a small seaside community the rest of the world has left behind. In Ilmarsh, England, local police detective Alec Nichols discovers sixteen horses' heads on a farm, each buried with a single eye facing the low winter sun. After Veterinary Forensics expert Cooper Allen travels to the scene, a pathogen is discovered lurking within the soil, and many of those who have come into contact with the corpses grow critically ill. A series of crimes comes to light-disappearances, arson, and mutilations-and in the dark days that follow, the town slips into panic and paranoia. Everything is not as it seems. Anyone could be a suspect. And as Cooper finds herself unable to leave town, Alec is stalked by an unseen threat. The two investigators race to uncover the truth behind these frightened and insidious mysteries-no matter the cost"-- Provided by publisher.

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The women's march : a novel of the 1913 woman suffrage procession

The women's march : a novel of the 1913 woman suffrage procession

Chiaverini, Jennifer, author
2021

Inspired by actual events, an enthralling historical novel of the woman's suffrage movement inspired by three courageous women who bravely risked their lives and liberty in the fight to win the vote. Twenty-five-year-old Alice Paul organizes a magnificent procession down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. Joining the march is thirty-nine-year-old Maud Malone, librarian and advocate for women's and workers' rights; and civil rights activist and journalist Ida B. Wells-Barnett, who resolves that women of colour must also be included in the march.

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