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Monday, August 22, 2016

September 2016 LibraryReads List


Announcing the
September 2016

LibraryReads list!

You voted, we counted, and 
September's LibraryReads Favorite is:

 Leave Me
A Novel
by Gayle Forman
(Algonquin Books)

“Aren’t there days when you just want to leave it all behind? After a life threatening event, that's exactly what Maribeth Klein does. Maribeth, wife, mom of 4-year old twins, and editor of a glossy magazine is told to rest. Sure! The choice she makes is not the one for most, but following Maribeth on this journey is compelling nonetheless. Fast paced narrative and terrific writing make this one hard to put down. Recommended!"
--Carol Ann Tack, Merrick Library, Merrick, NY
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads
September Top 10:
The Bookshop on the Corner
A Novel
by Jenny Colgan
(William Morrow)

“Despite losing her job as a librarian who liked to put the right book into a patron's hands, Nina continues her mission by moving to rural Scotland, purchasing a van, converting it into a bookmobile, and taking to the road. The plot revolves around the romance of the road, the romance of books and reading, and just plain old romance. Another marvelous book by Colgan! A gem of a book!”

Virginia Holsten, Vinton Public Library, Vinton, IA 
Commonwealth
by Ann Patchett
(Harper)

“The Cousins and the Keatings are two California families forever intertwined and permanently shattered by infidelity. Bert Cousins leaves his wife for Beverly Keating, leaving her to raise four children on her own. Beverly, with two children of her own, leaves her husband for Bert. The six children involved are forced to forge a childhood bond based on the combined disappointment in their parents. As adults, they find their families' stories revealed in a way they couldn't possibly expect. Patchett has written a family drama that perfectly captures both the absurdity and the heartbreak of domestic life.”

Michael Colford, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA 
The Tea Planter's Wife
A Novel
by Dinah Jefferies
(Crown)

“When Gwendolyn Hooper comes to Ceylon as a young bride, she has no idea that she’s entering a region on the cusp of political upheaval or that she’s living with a widower and his secret-filled past. The Tea Planter’s Wife has all of the elements that I’m looking for in historical fiction: compelling characters, an evocative setting, a leisurely pace, and a plot that unfolds like the petals of a flower, or, in this case, the tea plant.”

Amy Lapointe, Amherst Town Library, Amherst, NH 
Daisy In Chains
A Novel
by Sharon Bolton
(Minotaur Books)

“Another great book from Bolton!  Convicted serial killer Hamish Wolfe has proclaimed his innocence from the beginning and has solicited the help of lawyer Maggie Rose who is known for her ability to get convictions overturned. The story unfolds in alternating chapters from the past to the present and keeps readers on the edge of their seats with a twist you won't see coming! Highly recommended!”

Karen Zeibak, Wilton Library Association, Wilton, CT
Darktown
 A Novel
by Thomas Mullen
(Atria/37 Ink)
“In Atlanta in the late 1940s, the integration of black police officers into the force is proving to be challenging. White civilians don't respect their authority and black civilians don't trust that they can protect them. Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith are men with heavy burdens on their shoulders. Every move they make is examined. When the body of a young black woman is found, they will put everything on the line to gain justice for a woman who turns into a symbol of all that is wrong with their town. Despite its historical setting, so many elements of this tale seem timely and readers will have much to think about after turning the last page.”

Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library, South Huntington, NY 
The Masked City
by Genevieve Cogman
(Roc)


“A mysterious new Fae couple is causing Irene and crew major grief in this second installment of the Invisible Library series. After getting a book, Irene and Kai get attacked by a group of werewolves. Irene plans to go to the Library, turn in the book, and find information on the newcomers while Kai will go to Vale’s house. Kai is attacked and taken away. To get to the chaos filled world where Kai is held, Irene has to get help from Silver and fight to not be overrun by chaos and the Fae. I like this series because Irene is a smart, tough, stubborn, and loyal librarian who has survived many crazy, dangerous, and interesting worlds and people.”

Julie Horton, Greenwood County Library, Greenwood, SC
Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd
A Flavia de Luce Novel
by Alan Bradley
(Delacorte Press)                               
“Flavia deLuce has returned from Canada to find her father in the hospital and her sisters distant. When she is sent to deliver a message for the vicar’s wife, she steps into another mystery – one she is determined to solve, preferably before Inspector Hewitt can do the same. Flavia is once again a fun, science-loving protagonist. Flavia arrives at a turning point in her life and how she handles what happens next will tell much about the path that she will take into adulthood. This series entry ends on a note that begs for the next story.”
Chris Andersen, Stow Munroe Falls Public Library, Stow, OH
Blood at the Root
A Racial Cleansing in America
by Patrick Phillips
(W.W. Norton)

“Phillips digs into the history of a series of events in his hometown in Georgia. After a series of crimes were blamed on some of the area’s young black men, the citizens of the town saw fit to run off the entire African American population. Phillips researches the crimes and the mob mentality that followed, and shows how certain citizens of Forsyth County continued to intimidate and assault African Americans who wandered across their border for almost eighty years.This is the type of history that is far too important ever to forget.”
Amy Hall, Jefferson County Public Library, Wheat Ridge, CO 
The Secrets of Wishtide
A Novel
by Kate Saunders
(Bloomsbury USA)
“A charming mystery introduces Laetitia Rodd, a widow who moonlights as a sleuth in 1850s London. She's tapped to help uncover the mysterious past of a prospective bride, but the more Laetitia digs, the more certain individuals want to keep their secrets buried.  And when those secrets turn deadly, Laetitia may be in danger herself. Saunders nails the raucous world of Victorian London, capturing the Dickens-like characters from the lowest of society to the lofty ranks of the wealthy. A fine read for those who love vivid settings and memorable characters.”
Katie Hanson, Madison Public Library, Madison, WI

Monday, August 8, 2016

Salem's Lot by Stephen King

A donation was made recently of many Stephen King books in excellent condition. I took the opportunity to add a few we didn't have to our collection. One such book was Salem's Lot. I decided it was time I read some of Kings older stories so I took it home. I have to say it was one of the better Vampire stories  I've read. Very entertaining! The good books are always good, even years later.

Monday, August 1, 2016

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

If you love Louise Penny as I do, and feel the release of a new book by her is worthy of a national holiday, check out the Anderson's Bookstore website. They are holding a launch event for her new book, "A Great Reckoning," on August 30, at North Central College in Naperville. I've heard her before, a fun speaker.  -- Becki

http://www.andersonsbookshop.com/event/louise-penny-1  

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

LibraryReads List August 2016

Announcing the 
August 2016

LibraryReads list!

You voted, we counted, and 
August's LibraryReads Favorite is:
 A Great Reckoning
A Novel
by Louise Penny
(Minotaur)

"Armand Gamache is back, and it was worth the wait. As the new leader of the Surete academy, Gamche is working to stop corruption at its source and ensure the best start for the cadets. When a copy of an old map is found near the body of a dead professor, Gamache and Beauvoir race against the clock to find the killer before another person dies. A terrific novel that blends Penny's amazing lyrical prose with characters that resonate long after the book ends. Highly recommended."
 
--David Singleton, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte, NC
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads 
August Top 10:


The Couple Next Door
by Shari Lapena
(Pamela Dorman Books)

"This book is so full of twists and turns that my head was swiveling. Who took baby Cora? Marco and Anne decide to leave their baby home alone. After all, they share a wall with their neighbors, with whom they are partying. They would take turns checking in on her baby monitor. But when they return to their flat the first thing they find is an open door and no Cora. Who's to blame? Could it be an unlikely suspect that you won't see coming? If you like a book that keeps you guessing until the very end you won't be disappointed.”

Debbie Frizzell, Johnson County Library, Roeland Park, KS
 


Watching Edie
by Camilla Way
(NAL)


"Twisty psychological banter makes this book a thrill ride. Edie was the girl in high school who had it all. Heather was the awkward girl who wanted so badly to be accepted. That was high school and now Edie is a single mom caught in a dead end job. She is about to lose it when Heather comes to her rescue. While Edie loves being able to get her life back, the hold that Heather has on her and the baby is disconcerting. The story jumps back and forth between past and present and you will change your mind about their friendship right up to the last page."


Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX
 


The City Baker's Guide to Country Living
by Louise Miller
(Pamela Dorman Books)
 
"Talented chef Olivia Rawlings didn’t make the best decisions in her love life, but it takes an accident with a flambĂ©ed dessert to force her into a major life change. She flees to a small town in Vermont and takes a job at a small inn.  Miller’s writing is descriptive enough to imagine Olivia in this setting, smell her pastries baking, and hear the music in the story. Miller has captured the essence of a great character in a setting that could easily feel like home to many readers."
Jennifer Ohzourk, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, MO
 


The Dollhouse
A Novel
by Fiona Davis
(Dutton)

"This is the story of the women who stayed in the Barbizon Hotel in the 1950's. A reporter is tipped off about one of the women, who still lives in the building over 60 years later. As she tries to research a murder and a case of switched identities, she starts becoming part of the story. The narration switched between 2016 and 1952, and as I read the novel, I soon got caught up in the next piece of the puzzle. It had history, romance, and a way to view the changing roles of women. Enjoyed it very much!"

Donna Ballard, East Meadow Public Library, East Meadow, NY
 


The Book That Matters Most
 
A Novel
by Ann Hood
(W.W. Norton)
 
“A recently separated woman seeks solace and purpose in a local book group, while her daughter is dealing with her own life-changing problems that just might be resolved with a little literary assistance. The juxtaposition of the idyllic small town and the harsh reality of the seedier side of Paris, the weight of memory and regret,  and the power of human connection, along with the engaging characters all work together to  create an enthralling read. Readers will be carried away with the hope that these lovely and damaged characters can find their own happy ending.”

Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library, South Huntington, NY


Arrowood
A Novel
by Laura McHugh(Spiegel & Grau)

“Arden Arrowood returns to the family home, a stately Second Empire mansion, after the death of her father. She is hoping to find some peace and possibly an answer to the decades old mystery of her twin sisters’ kidnapping. Arden, at age 8, was the only witness to their disappearance, but memory is a tricky thing. The spooky old house, the setting on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River Bluffs, the small town atmosphere, a creepy caretaker, and many family secrets make this novel Un-put-down-able! Highly recommended."

Mary Vernau, Tyler Public Library, Tyler, TX
 


Behind Closed Doors
by B.A. Paris
(St. Martin's Press)                               
"On the surface, Jack and Grace have the perfect marriage, the perfect house, and the perfect jobs. What lies beneath the surface is something so sinister yet so believable that it will horrify most readers. What happens behind closed doors and could, or would, you believe it? This is a superb story of psychological abuse that will have your heart racing right up to the end."
Marika Zemke, Commerce Township Public Library, Commerce Twp, MI 


First Star I See Tonight
A Novel
by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
(William Morrow)

First Star I See Tonight is a satisfying addition to the Chicago Stars series. Cooper Graham has just retired as the quarterback when he meets private investigator Piper. Their relationship starts off with a mutual dislike that quickly turns into one full of sparks.  Watching them navigate the waters is fascinating.  In the end Cooper lays it all on the line in order to win his biggest game ever...a happily ever after. I highly recommend the book.”
 
Jennifer Cook, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire, WI 


Die Like An Eagle
A Meg Langslow Mystery
by Donna Andrews
(Minotaur Books)
"Meg and her family embrace America's favorite past time. It's the opening weekend for the Caerphilly Summerball baseball league and Meg finds a body in the porta-potty. Meg, her friends and family must catch a killer and figure out how to oust the petty league president before everyone's weekend is ruined. Reading Andrews' books are like a visit home to your favorite relatives, plus she weaves humor and fun while still penning an enjoyable mystery."
Karen Emery, Johnson County Public Library, Franklin, IN