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“The Villa” by Rachel Hawkins

Jumping between two time lines and following two woman, Rachel Hawkins “The Villa” is a richly detailed and mysterious rehashing of the infamous time that Mary Shelley spent in Geneva where she wrote the seminal “Frankenstein”. In 1974, Villa Aestas in Italy was called home by a group of rock stars, musicians, their tag-a-long friends, […]


Curious about AI?

What exactly is AI? What are the benefits to society that AI can bring? What risks does it pose? And what can we do to prepare ourselves to the increase in AI technology across all fields? If you’re curious about this topic, we have a plethora of books and resources to give you a better, […]

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“Motherthing” by Ainslie Hogarth

Abby Lamb has found the love of her life in Ralph. But when they have to move into her mother-in-law’s home to take care of Ralph’s depressed mother, Laura, she has to act as the intermediary in their codependent relationship. But then Laura takes her own life and starts to haunt Abby and Ralph in […]

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“Devolution” by Max Brooks

“As the ash and chaos from Mount Rainier’s eruption swirled and finally settled, the story of the Greenloop massacre has passed unnoticed, unexamined, until now. But the journals of resident Kate Holland, recovered from the town’s bloody wreckage, capture a tale too harrowing and too earth-shattering in its implications, to be forgotten. Because if what […]

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“Pearl” by Ti West

“In 1918, a young woman on the brink of madness pursues stardom in a desperate attempt to escape the drudgery, isolation and lovelessness of life on her parents’ farm.” Happy women’s history month! I am such a sucker for any movie or media where a woman let’s her rage get the better of her and […]

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Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman

“A restless young journalist with big dreams interviews a Hollywood heartthrob–and, ten years later, it’s clear that their time together meant more than meets the eye in this sexy, engrossing adult debut novel.” Did I pick this book up because of the fun cover? 100% yes. Did I end up really enjoying it? Also yes! […]

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“Spencer is a 2021 historical psychological drama film directed by Pablo Larraín from a screenplay by Steven Knight. The The marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles has long since grown cold. Though rumors of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. There’s eating and […]

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2022 releases your HPL staff loved!

Just because you missed them last year doesn’t mean we don’t still recommend them-check out this list of 2022 releases that staff loved! Click on the cover image to be brought to our catalog where you can request these titles. Delilah Green swore she would never go back to Bright Falls—nothing is there for her […]

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“Stick Season” by Noah Kahan

In case you didn’t know, stick season is the time in New England between fall and winter. With that in mind, Noah Kahan’s “Stick Season” really puts you in that place of feeling like you’re just leaving autumn, but anticipating the cold days and piles of snow. If you’re facing the upcoming cold months and […]


Reserve the pod for meetings and studying!

The Haverhill Public Library now offers a soundproof booth for small meetings or gatherings! It is located on the first-floor of the library near the Reference Department. This booth can be reserved but if available, drop-ins are welcome. Please see a member of staff to be let into the booth as the door will be […]