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Showtime’s Yellowjackets is about a high school girls soccer team in 1996 whose plane crashes in the wilderness on their way to nationals. Stranded for 19 months, the girls must find ways to survive. Also, there might be something…supernatural out there? The show also takes place 25 years later and shows some of the girls […]

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Feel the Bern: A Bernie Sanders Mystery by Andrew Shaffer

Crash Robertson, newly hired intern to Senator Bernie Sanders, finds herself tasked with keeping the iconic senator on track as they travel back to Vermont, where he is scheduled to give speeches, meet with constituents, and serve as Grand Marshall at the Champ Days Parade in Crash’s hometown on Lake Champlain. Soon after their arrival, […]

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“Drunken Master” by Yuen Woo-ping

Drunken Master, a classic Hong Kong martial arts movie, was directed and action choreographed by Yuen Woo-ping, who would go on to choreograph the fight scenes in films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Kill Bill; and the Matrix movies. Jackie Chan stars as Wong Fei-hung, a cocky, rude, and belligerent rising talent in his […]

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“Anatomy: A Love Story” by Dana Schwartz

Edinburgh, 1817. A secluded castle becomes a make-shift teaching hospital for one pupil determined to solve a mystery endangering the city’s impoverished and make her lifelong dream a reality. In “Anatomy: A Love Story” by Dana Schwartz, Hazel Sinnett loses her status as the brightest prospect of a renowned surgeon’s anatomy class when it is […]

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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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“The Hundred-Year Walk: An Armenian Odyssey” by Dawn Anahid MacKeen

On April 24th, 1915 the Ottoman Empire began its systematic annihilation of the Armenian people with the arrest and deportation of Armenian leaders from Constantinople. The ensuing genocide resulted in the deaths of at least 600,000 Armenian men, women, and children before the First World War was over. The toll is estimated even higher, with […]

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Shady Hollow by Juneau Black

First in a newer series of cozy mysteries, this is a fun novel for when you want an easy read with a bit of a twist. All the main characters are anthropomorphic creatures living in the quiet woodland community of Shady Hollow. Think Midsomer Murders meets Wind in the Willows. Local curmudgeon, Otto the Toad, […]


Haverhill Reads 2023: Andre Dubus III

Every year the Haverhill Public Library picks one book for a community-wide read. This year Andre Dubus III returns to the library to discuss his 2018 novel, Gone So Long. The author last visited the library in 2011 to discuss his autobiography Townie written about his teenage years growing up in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Sign up […]

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“Decision to Leave” by Park Chan-wook

“From a mountain peak in South Korea, a man plummets to his death. Did he jump, or was he pushed? When detective Hae-joon arrives on the scene, he begins to suspect the dead man’s wife Seo-rae. But as he digs deeper into the investigation, he finds himself trapped in a web of deception and desire.” […]

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“The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon’s Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I” by Lindsey Fitzharris

1914 saw the start of a new type of war, where technological advances in weaponry reshaped the battlefield into an unforeseen nightmare. The Great War is cited as the first modern, mechanized war, its impact reverberating far beyond the toll of almost ten million soldiers lost. Another twenty-one million who survived would be irrevocably changed […]