PPL recommends these books: Blood Sugar, The Measure and Yonder

Portsmouth Public Library would like to recommend these book titles. Every title can be borrowed with your library card! For more book recommendations or information about applying for a library card, visit www.yourppl.org or call 740-354-5688.

blood sugar by Sascha Rothchild – Although she may be a murderess, Ruby is not a sociopath. She is an animal-loving therapist with a thriving practice. She felt empathy and sympathy. She has longstanding friendships and relationships and has a husband, Jason, whom she adores. But Miami Beach Police Department homicide detectives aren’t convinced of their happy marriage. When we meet Ruby, she is in a police interrogation room accused of Jason’s murder. Which, ironically, is a murder she didn’t commit, though her vicious mother-in-law and a scandal-obsessed public disagree. Alternating between Ruby’s memories of her past crimes and today’s struggle to clear her name, Blood Sugar is a curvaceous, clever debut with an unforgettable protagonist you can’t help but root for – an addictive mix of sour and sweet. Readers might also enjoy Lucy Clarke’s One of the Girls or Samantha Downing’s My Lovely Wife.

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The measure by Nikki Erlick – Eight Ordinary People. An exceptional choice. It seems like any other day. You wake up, pour yourself a cup of coffee and go outside. But today when you open your front door, a small wooden box is waiting for you. This box contains your destiny: the answer to the exact number of years you will live. From the front door of a suburb to the tent in the desert, every person on every continent receives the same box. In an instant, the world goes into collective madness. Where did these boxes come from? What do you mean? Is what they promise true? As society comes together and falls apart, everyone faces the same shocking choice: do they want to know how long they will live? And if so, what will they do with this knowledge? Readers might also like The Midnight Library by Matt Haig or You and Me at the End of the World by Brianna Bourne.

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Over there by Ali Standish – Danny Timmons has looked up to Jack Bailey ever since the older boy saved two young children from drowning in 1940. Now that his father is fighting in World War II and his mother is about to give birth to a new baby, Danny is counting on Jack’s friendship and guidance more than ever. When Jack disappears from their small Appalachian town, Danny is determined to find him. Readers may also like Ruta Sepetys’ I Must Betray You or Julie Berry’s Lovely War.

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