All of these books are available at Cortland Free Library or through the Finger Lakes Library System.
The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
In this first book in a remarkable trilogy, an orphan is forced into a twisted game with deadly stakes.
Choose to lie…or choose to die. In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify
the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator
of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete
for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than
questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he
will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.
As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of
treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous
than all of the lies taken together. An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.
Maybe You Should Tak to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes
her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose office she
suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from
Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but.
As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients’ lives — a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a young
newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen threatening to end her life on her birthday if nothing
gets better, and a twenty-something who can’t stop hooking up with the wrong guys — she finds that the questions
they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to Wendell.
With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient,
examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire,
meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.
The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love.
Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life
in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen
events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.
Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler,
the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined . . .
and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out
the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew — about Tuck,
about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear — was not as it seemed. Forced to confront painful
memories, the two former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the
course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?
The Library Book by Susan Olean
On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed,
the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual fire alarm.
As one fireman recounted, “Once that first stack got going, it was ‘Goodbye, Charlie.’” The fire was disastrous:
it reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed
four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene,
but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—
and if so, who? Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning
New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely
compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never
been done before. In The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger,
crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country
and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity;
brings each department of the library to vivid life through on-the-ground reporting; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself;
reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak,the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire
to the LAPL more than thirty years ago.
Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company,
Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly
revealing the messiness of her own life.
Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often
hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.
With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling
overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them.
In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes
to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be. With unflinching faith and rock-hard
tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle–and how to give yourself grace without giving up.
Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids by David Walsh
Backed by science and filled with stories, Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids finds the practical advice in groundbreaking
scientific headlines about memory, language, emotions, nutrition, play, and more. Dr. Walsh equips you with usable
information about exercise, sleep, emotional intelligence, connection—all of which work together to help kids reach
their full potential. Some of the recent discoveries in neuroscience confirm age-old parental wisdom, while other
discoveries will prompt some immediate changes. With accessible explanations and handy tool kits for building your
personalized brain-wise parenting plan, Dr. Walsh helps you help your kids grow up healthy, happy, and smart as you
navigate today’s unique challenges—including bullying, stress, and the risks of the Internet and other digital media.
Particularly timely in its information on the highly adaptable teenage brain and how to help adolescents manage the
transition into adulthood, this is a personal plan for the most important job in the world: raising kids.
Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick
In September 1776, the vulnerable Continental Army under an unsure George Washington
(who had never commanded a large force in battle) evacuates New York after a devastating defeat by the
British Army. Three weeks later, near the Canadian border, one of his favorite generals, Benedict Arnold,
miraculously succeeds in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have
ended the war. Four years later, as the book ends, Washington has vanquished his demons and Arnold
has fled to the enemy after a foiled attempt to surrender the American fortress at West Point to the British.
After four years of war, America is forced to realize that the real threat to its liberties might not come from
without but from within.
While relating specific events which he remembers about his own father, Leo Buscaglia has written this book
“in celebration of all fathers.” Readers are reminded that seemingly ordinary events can forever remind us
of a cherished family member.
On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when
Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its
startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society—
where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve.
Educated: a Memoir by Tara Westover
Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho,
she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her
“head-for-the-hills bag”. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the
winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse.
Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was
so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and
no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. Then, lacking any formal education,
Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar
to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world
events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over
oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far,
if there was still a way home.
The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr
From the outside looking in, Lauren Delaney has a life to envy—a successful career, a solid marriage to a
prominent surgeon and two beautiful daughters who are off to good colleges. But on her twenty-fourth
wedding anniversary Lauren makes a decision that will change everything.
Lauren won’t pretend things are perfect anymore. She defies the controlling husband who has privately
mistreated her throughout their marriage and files for divorce. And as she starts her new life, she meets a
kindred spirit—a man who is also struggling with the decision to end his unhappy marriage.
But Lauren’s husband wants his “perfect” life back and his actions are shocking. Facing an uncertain future,
Lauren discovers an inner strength she didn’t know she had as she fights for the love and happiness she deserves.