Bookish Vibes With David Bell

* Attention fellow readers and book lovers!* 

Are you an avid reader looking to discuss novels by popular and trending authors with other readers?  If so, our Bookish Vibes book club is for you! Bookish Vibes meets monthly at 7pm via Zoom and is all about “vibing” with a great read.  Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, October 7th at 7pm, where we will be discussing books by best selling author David Bell.  The best part?  David Bell will also be zooming into our discussion! 

If you have read books by Bell before, join us and discuss what you have read.  If you haven’t read books by Bell, a copy of his latest novel Kill All Your Darlings  will be available for you to borrow from the Patron Services Desk. You can register for our upcoming Bookish Vibes meeting, here.  The day before the event an email with information on how to access the Zoom meeting will be sent to you. 

Interested in exploring David Bell’s other books?  You can find the below titles at the Livingston Public Library!

Kill All Your Darlings print book

From the Publisher: “After years of struggling to write following the deaths of his wife and son, English professor Connor Nye publishes his first novel, a thriller about the murder of a young woman.    

There’s just one problem: Connor didn’t write the book. His missing student did. And then she appears on his doorstep, alive and well, threatening to expose him.    

Connor’s problems escalate when the police insist details in the novel implicate him in an unsolved murder from two years ago. Soon Connor discovers the crime is part of a disturbing scandal on campus and faces an impossible dilemma—admit he didn’t write the book and lose his job or keep up the lie and risk everything. When another murder occurs, Connor must clear his name by unraveling the horrifying secrets buried in his student’s manuscript.  

This is a suspenseful, provocative novel about the sexual harassment that still runs rampant in academia—and the lengths those in power will go to cover it up.”

The Request print book

From the Publisher: “When a man agrees to do a favor for a friend, he gets more than he bargained for as he becomes embroiled in a woman’s murder in this new thriller from the USA Today bestselling author of Layover. Ryan Francis has it all–great job, wonderful wife, beautiful child. That is until an old friend, Blake Norton, asks Ryan to help keep his affair a secret by retrieving an incriminating item from the woman’s home. Ryan refuses to help, but when Blake threatens to reveal his deepest and darkest secret–which could put everything in Ryan’s life in jeopardy–Ryan has no choice. When he arrives at the woman’s house, Ryan is shocked to learn two things: he knows the woman Blake is having an affair with, and she is dead on her bedroom floor. With the sound of police sirens rapidly approaching, Ryan flees, wondering why his old friend was setting him up for murder. Determined to keep his life intact and to clear his name, Ryan can’t rest until he finds out who the real murderer is–but solving the crime may lead him closer to home than he ever could have imagined.”

Layover print book

From the Publisher: “In this high-concept psychological suspense novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Somebody’s Daughter, a chance meeting with a woman in an airport sends a man on a pulse-pounding quest for the truth…. Joshua Fields takes the same flights every week for work. His life is a series of departures, arrivals, and airports. But during yet another layover, Joshua meets Morgan, a beautiful stranger with whom he feels an immediate connection. When it’s time for their flights, Morgan kisses him, leaves, and laments that she’ll never see him again. Joshua makes the impulsive decision to follow her, and buys a ticket for her flight. He’s surprised to discover that she has been reported as missing. On the plane, Morgan is a completely different person, their connection seemingly gone. Once they’re back on the ground, she slips away. Joshua makes a second impulsive decision and sets out to find her himself. What follows is a whirlwind, fast-paced journey, filled with lies, deceit, and secrets, to discover the truth about why Morgan is on the run. But with every mystery solved, another rears its head, and Joshua’s worst enemy may be his own assumptions about those around him…”

The Forgotten Girl print book | audiobook 

From the Publisher: “The past has arrived uninvited at Jason Danvers’s door and it’s his younger sister, Hayden, a former addict who severed all contact with her family as her life spiraled out of control. Now she’s clean and sober but in need of a desperate favor-she asks Jason and his wife to take care of her teenage daughter for forty-eight hours while she handles some business in town. But Hayden never returns. And her disappearance brings up more unresolved problems from Jason’s past, including the abrupt departure of his best friend on their high school graduation night twenty-seven years earlier. When a body is discovered in the woods, the mysteries of his sister’s life-and possible death-deepen. And one by one these events will shatter every expectation Jason has ever had about families, about the awful truths that bind them and the secrets that should be taken to the grave.”

Never Come Back print book | audiobook 

From the Publisher: “On an icy winter night in an isolated house in rural Vermont, a seasoned midwife named Sibyl Danforth takes desperate measures to save a baby’s life. She performs an emergency cesarean section on a mother she believes has died of stroke. But what if—as Sibyl’s assistant later charges—the patient wasn’t already dead? The ensuing trial bears the earmarks of a witch hunt, forcing Sibyl to face the antagonism of the law, the hostility of traditional doctors, and the accusations of her own conscience. Exploring the complex and emotional decisions surrounding childbirth, Midwives engages, moves, and transfixes us as only the very best novels ever do.”

Since She Went Away print book | audiobook

From the Publisher: “Three months earlier, Jenna Springer was supposed to meet her lifelong best friend, Celia. But when Jenna arrived late, she found that Celia had disappeared–and hasn’t been seen again. Jenna has blamed herself for her friend’s disappearance every single day since then. The only piece of evidence is a lone diamond earring found where Celia and Jenna were planning to meet, leading the national media to dub Celia “The Diamond Mom.” And even though Jenna has obsessively surfed message boards devoted to missing persons cases, she is no closer to finding any answers–or easing her guilt. But when her son’s new girlfriend–who suddenly arrived in town without a past–disappears, a stricken Jenna begins to unwind the tangled truth behind Celia’s tragedy. And as long-buried secrets finally come to light, she discovers how completely lives can be shattered by a few simple lies.”

Somebody’s Daughter print book 

From the Publisher: “When Michael Frazier’s ex-wife, Erica, shows up on his doorstep pleading for help, she drops a bombshell that threatens to rip his family apart: Erica’s nine-year-old daughter is missing, and Michael is the father. But finding Felicity comes at a price, the closer Michael gets to the truth, the further into jeopardy his marriage falls and the faster his family begins to unravel.”

Cemetery Girl print book 

From the Publisher: “Tom and Abby Stuart had everything: a perfect marriage, successful careers, and a beautiful twelve-year-old daughter, Caitlin. Then one day Caitlin vanished without a trace. For a while they grasped at every false hope and followed every empty lead, but the tragedy ended up changing their lives, overwhelming them with guilt and dread, and shattering their marriage. Four years later, Caitlin is found alive–dirty and disheveled yet preternaturally calm. She won’t discuss where she was or what happened. Then the police arrest a suspect connected to the disappearance, but Caitlin refuses to testify, leaving the Stuarts with a choice: Let the man who may be responsible for destroying their lives walk away, or take matters into their own hands. And when Tom decides to try to uncover the truth for himself, he finds that nothing that has happened yet can prepare him for what he is about to discover.”

The Hiding Place print book 

From the Publisher: “Twenty-five years after a child’s murder shocks a small Ohio town, new evidence forces everyone to question what they believe in this tense thriller from the bestselling author of Bring Her Home and Cemetery Girl.

Janet Manning has been haunted by the murder since the day she lost sight of her four-year-old brother in the park. Now, with the twenty-fifth anniversary of Justin’s death looming, a detective and a newspaper reporter have started to ask questions, opening old wounds and raising new suspicions. Could the man convicted of the murder–who spent more than two decades in prison–really be innocent?

Janet’s childhood friend and high school crush, who was in the park with her that day, has returned to Dove Point, where he is wrestling with his own conflicted memories of the events. And a strange man appears at Janet’s door in the middle of the night, claiming to know the truth. 

Soon, years of deceit will be swept away, and the truth about what happened to Janet’s brother will be revealed. And the answers that Janet has sought may be found much closer to home than she ever could have imagined.”

Bring Her Home print book | ebook

From the Publisher: “Just a year and a half after the tragic death of his wife, Bill Price’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Summer, and her best friend, Haley, disappear. Days later, the girls are found in a city park. Haley is dead at the scene, while Summer is left beaten beyond recognition and clinging to life.

As Bill holds vigil over Summer’s bandaged body, the only sound the unconscious girl can make is one cryptic and chilling word: No. And the more time Bill spends with Summer, the more he wonders what happened to her. Or if the injured girl in the hospital bed is really his daughter at all.

When troubling new questions about Summer’s life surface, Bill is not prepared for the aftershocks. He’ll soon discover that both the living and the dead have secrets. And that searching for the truth will tear open old wounds that pierce straight to the heart of his family…”

Somebody I Used To Know print book | audiobook

From the Publisher: “A new novel about a man who is haunted by a face from his past. When Nick Hansen sees the young woman at the grocery store, his heart stops. She is the spitting image of his college girlfriend, Marissa Minor, who died in a campus house fire twenty years earlier. But when Nick tries to speak to her, she acts skittish and rushes off. The next morning the police arrive at Nick’s house and show him a photo of the woman from the store. She’s been found dead, murdered in a local motel, with Nick’s name and address on a piece of paper in her pocket. Convinced there’s a connection between the two women, Nick enlists the help of his college friend Laurel Davidson to investigate the events leading up to the night of Marissa’s death. But the young woman’s murder is only the beginning … and the truths Nick uncovers may make him wish he never doubted the lies.”

We hope to see you at our October book club meeting!

-Jessica, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

On Display at the Livingston Public Library: Paintings by Susan Greenwald

We are delighted that the Livingston Public Library’s display case is once again showcasing artwork and special collections by community members.

The display for September features colorful paintings by local resident Susan Greenwald.

In Susan’s words, “Art is my passion!  My first experience as an artist was hand painting children’s gifts and clothing when my own children were young.  After transforming a window from my husband’s childhood home into a decorative table, I started working in mosaics, creating tables, mirrors and trays.  In 2014 I took my first oil painting class and have been hooked ever since.”

Susan works primarily in oil paints but enjoys working with different mediums.  She experiments with different styles and techniques, both traditional and abstract, and relishes working with both monochromatic and full color palettes. 

Says Susan, “ I paint landscapes, portraits, still life and animals.  I’m inspired by nature, color, light, people, vistas – everything!  Primarily self-taught, I’m motivated by the creative process and goal of conveying the beauty of life in my work.”

A member of the Visual Arts Center of Summit, NJ since 2015,  Susan  exhibits her work at their member show each year. She has also exhibited at the ACL Gallery shows in Livingston since 2019. 

Susan adds “I’m thrilled to show my work this month at the Livingston Public Library.    The exhibition features original oil paintings on paper as well as two watercolors.  I’ve found this gives a “lighter” feeling to the paintings, while still working in oils.”

On display are two series of paintings, “Fun at the Beach” and “Nature Snippets”, and “these cheerful florals and beach scenes are sure to brighten your September”, adds Librarian Archana Chiplunkar.

Susan can be reached via email at Gigistudios1@gmail.com and on Instagram at @gigiartstudios

Archana, Adult Services and Acquisitions Librarian