April’s Photo Contest Winner Is…
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April’s Photo Contest Winner Is…

Congratulations to Paula Mitchell, winner of the AAPLD Spring Photo Contest for April. Her striking photo depicting April’s theme, “Showers” earned 119 votes. Thanks to all eleven photographers who entered and to the 247 voters. We’re now taking entries for our May contest! This month’s theme is “Flowers,” so please send us an original photo that you feel reflects the […]

Fiction Addiction (05/16/2024): The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
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Fiction Addiction (05/16/2024): The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

Samuel Hawley isn’t like the other fathers in Olympus, Massachusetts. A loner who spent years living on the run, he raised his beloved daughter, Loo, on the road, moving from motel to motel, always watching his back. Now that Loo’s a teenager, Hawley wants only to give her a normal life. In his late wife’s hometown, he finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at the local high school.
Growing more and more curious about the mother she never knew, Loo begins to investigate. Soon, everywhere she turns, she encounters the mysteries of her parents’ lives before she was born. This hidden past is made all the more real by the twelve scars her father carries on his body. Each scar is from a bullet Hawley took over the course of his criminal career. Each is a memory: of another place on the map, another thrilling close call, another moment of love lost and found. As Loo uncovers a history that’s darker than she could have known, the demons of her father’s past spill over into the present—and together both Hawley and Loo must face a reckoning yet to come. […]

Spring Photo Contest – April Voting
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Spring Photo Contest – April Voting

Here are the fabulous entries we received for the AAPLD Spring Photo Contest!  Please take a look at the photos below (click to enlarge) with the April theme of “Showers” and select your favorite. A couple things to keep in mind: One Vote Per Person! – You may not vote more than once! You are allowed to vote for only […]

Nail Biters (05/21/2024): Quiet in Her Bones
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Nail Biters (05/21/2024): Quiet in Her Bones

In this gripping thriller set in New Zealand, New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes you into the twisted world of an exclusive cul-de-sac located on the edge of a sprawling forest.

My mother vanished ten years ago.
So did a quarter of a million dollars in cash.
Thief. Bitch. Criminal.
Now, she’s back.
Her bones clothed in scarlet silk.

When socialite Nina Rai disappeared without a trace, everyone wrote it off as another trophy wife tired of her wealthy husband. But now her bones have turned up in the shadowed green of the forest that surrounds her elite neighborhood, a haven of privilege and secrets that’s housed the same influential families for decades.
The rich live here, along with those whose job it is to make their lives easier. And somebody knows what happened to Nina one rainy night ten years ago. Her son Aarav heard a chilling scream that night, and he’s determined to uncover the ugly truth that lives beneath the moneyed elegance…but no one is ready for the murderous secrets about to crawl out of the dark.
Even the dead aren’t allowed to break the rules in this cul-de-sac. […]

Happily Ever After (05/20/2024): Two Wrongs Make A Right
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Happily Ever After (05/20/2024): Two Wrongs Make A Right

There’s much ado about everything when two adversaries become allies and fake a relationship to fool their meddling friends in this swoony, inclusive reimagining of the Bard’s beloved play Much Ado About Nothing. Jamie and Bea have nothing in common except a meet-disaster and the mutual understanding that they couldn’t be more wrong for each other. But when the people closest to them play Cupid and trick them into dating, Jamie and Bea realize they have something else in common after all–an undeniable need for revenge. Soon their plan is in place: 1. Fake date. Obnoxiously. Convince the meddlers they’re madly in love. 2. Break up. Spectacularly. Dash everyone’s hopes and put a stop to the matchmaking madness–once and for all. To convince everyone they’ve actually fallen for each other, Jamie and Bea will have to nail the performance of their lives. But as their final act nears and playing parts becomes easier than not, what once felt fake now seems all too real. What if Cupid’s arrow wasn’t so off the mark? And what if two wrongs do make a right? […]

Unicorns and Spaceships (05/14/2024): Exhalation
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Unicorns and Spaceships (05/14/2024): Exhalation

Tackling some of humanity’s oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine, these stories will change the way you think, feel, and see the world. They are Ted Chiang at his best: profound, sympathetic, revelatory.
Ted Chiang tackles some of humanity’s oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine.
In “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate,” a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and second chances. In “Exhalation,” an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications that are literally universal. In “Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom,” the ability to glimpse into alternate universes necessitates a radically new examination of the concepts of choice and free will. […]

Forever Young (05/13/2024): Scythe
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Forever Young (05/13/2024): Scythe

Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor–winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Scythe is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award–winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price. […]

Spinecrackers (05/03/2024): Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers
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Spinecrackers (05/03/2024): Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers

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 tea shop in the middle of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Despite living alone, Vera is not needy, oh no. She likes nothing more than sipping on a good cup of Wulong and doing some healthy detective work on the Internet about what her Gen-Z son is up to.
Then one morning, Vera trudges downstairs to find a curious thing—a dead man in the middle of her tea shop. In his outstretched hand, a flash drive. Vera doesn’t know what comes over her, but after calling the cops like any good citizen would, she sort of . . . swipes the flash drive from the body and tucks it safely into the pocket of her apron. Why? Because Vera is sure she would do a better job than the police possibly could, because nobody sniffs out a wrongdoing quite like a suspicious Chinese mother with time on her hands. Vera knows the killer will be back for the flash drive; all she has to do is watch the increasing number of customers at her shop and figure out which one among them is the killer.
What Vera does not expect is to form friendships with her customers and start to care for each and every one of them. As a protective mother hen, will she end up having to give one of her newfound chicks to the police? […]

Discover April’s Library Reads
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Discover April’s Library Reads

Who doesn’t love a mystery? Whether its a warm-hearted cozy, a light romp into magical realism, or something on the dark side, readers love working through clues and twists to reach the end. April’s Library Reads selections offers something for every mystery lover, (along with romance, fantasy, horror, and memoir lovers, too!)  Not familiar with Library Reads?  They’re ten new […]

Stranger than Fiction (05/07/2024): The Anthropocene Reviewed
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Stranger than Fiction (05/07/2024): The Anthropocene Reviewed

The Anthropocene is the current geologic age, in which humans have profoundly reshaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays, bestselling author John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale—from the QWERTY keyboard and sunsets to Canada geese and Penguins of Madagascar. Funny, complex, and rich with detail, the reviews chart the contradictions of contemporary humanity.
John Green’s gift for storytelling shines throughout this masterful collection. The Anthropocene Reviewed is an open-hearted exploration of the paths we forge and an unironic celebration of falling in love with the world. […]