A hard-boiled noir romance set in a 1940s Chicago where magicians form a sort of secret police, and an exiled magician plies her trade as a private paranormal investigator. Helen Brandt has to find the White City Vampire before her time on Earth expires, and protect her beloved Edith from her dangerous life. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby.
On Wednesday, June 7th at our South Side location, and on Saturday June 24th, at our Downtown location, CLP will be reprising the popular 30 Books in 30 Minutes program – but with all titles that we picked for Pride Month! Join us for a blitz of booktalking, some tasty refreshments, and even book giveaways.
Here’s a taste of some of the titles we’ll be talking up. These are all titles with a speculative twist, either alternate histories, slightly magical realities, or creepy fantasy-tinged worlds. Come to one of our programs to get the real in-depth scoop on why these are great titles to put on your holds list. We’d love to see you!
If you’re looking for more book suggestions, we’re happy to recommend them to you! Use this Book Recommendation form to send us some information about what you like to read and we’ll curate a list just for you.
Linus, a caseworker in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, must ascertain whether six magical orphans are dangerous enough to end the world. The orphanage director, Arthur, would protect them with his life. Even though they may end up being at odds, Arthur and Linus also feel a connection, and try to find answers together. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby and in eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.
A long lost manuscript brings to light the “true” story of Jack Sheppard and Edgeworth Bess, notorious thieves of 18th century London. What is revealed is a story of love, gender transformation, and criminal plots against utopian societies. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby and in eAudio on Hoopla.
The transition from middle to high school shattered the Girls Can Solve Anything club, the club that Margaret founded and led. Now Margaret feels lost and friendless and finds herself in treatment for an eating disorder. But recovery isn’t easy, especially when the treatment center offers even more and stranger mysteries for Margaret to try to solve. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby, as an eBook on Hoopla, and in eAudio on Hoopla.
An alien called The Seep has invaded, connecting everything and everyone on earth, making imagination become reality. Deeba, the wife of trans woman Trina, decides to use this to become reborn, and leaving Trina alone and angry at the Seep, wanting to escape its grasp. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby.
When Mars’s twin Caroline dies, they infiltrate the heteronormative and upper-crust prep school where Caroline thrived. Mars thinks something is up with Caroline’s friend group – known as the Honeys – and starts to feel like someone or something is stalking them. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby, in eAudio on OverDrive/Libby and in eAudio on Hoopla.