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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

June Library Reads list

               
Announcing the June 2015 LibraryReads list!
Update: We can't believe it is already time for the June list!  Below find the
JUNE (not May) LibraryReads favorites!
You voted, we counted, and June's LibraryReads Favorite is:
Eight Hundred Grapes
by Laura Dave (Simon & Schuster)
"Take your time and savor the family dynamics. Enjoy the romantic twists in this tale of a career-minded young woman circling back to her roots at a California winery.  The appeal is broader than that of a romance since it delves into the complexities of various relationships-- parent to parent, parents and children, even winery and owner. This is an excellent summer read!"
Joan Hipp, Florham Park Public Library, Florham Park, NJ
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads June Top 10:
The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows
(The Dial Press)

“It is 1938 in a rural West Virginia town and
a young woman arrives to write the town's history. Layla doesn't really know what to expect from the town, and the town doesn't know what to make of her. This is the heart
of the South, the soul of small towns, where everyone looks out for you and knows your history. Sweet story tailor-made for fans of Billie Letts, Fannie Flagg, Pat Conroy and Harper Lee.”

Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX


The Invasion of the Tearling: A Novel
by Erika Johansen

(Harper)
“The Mort are coming! Johansen introduces new characters and enticing bits of history, with the second volume of her intriguing tale of fantasy, mystery and royal politics. Kelsea, the new Tearling Queen, has broken the Red Queen's treaty and prepares to suffer the consequences as her nation is about to be invaded. Readers will be eager for the final volume in the Tearling saga.”
Lucy Lockley, St. Charles City-County Library, St. Peters, MO


The Precipice: A Novel
by Paul Doiron
(Minotaur Books)
“When two women go missing while
hiking a difficult part of the Appalachian Trail, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch helps in trying to determine where the women were last seen. Mike then
discovers there is no shortage of people whose behaviors make them suspicious. With a puzzle that keeps the reader guessing, and a main character that you can't help but empathize with,
The Precipice is another home run.”
Lora Bruggeman, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL
The Book of Speculation: A Novel
by Erika Swyler
(St. Martin's Press)
“A roller coaster of a read! This is the story of a librarian from a splintered family with a tragic past who is gifted a mysterious book that leads him to dive deep into his family's history, all while his present life seems to be falling to pieces around him.
If you loved Morgenstern's The Night Circus or Kostova's The Historian, this is
a book for you.”
Amanda Monson, Bartow County Library System, Cartersville, GA


In the Unlikely Event: A Novel
by Judy Blume
(Knopf)
“The obvious ‘unlikely events’ of Blume's latest--the three plane crashes afflicting Elizabeth, NJ in one horrifying winter--set the framework for everyday unlikely events around love, family, friendship, relating all that can go so wrong, and so right, with all three. Readers will enjoy the period detail and relatable characters that feature in this hybrid domestic/disaster tale.”
Becky Bowen, Kenton County Public Library, Independence, KY


My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel
by Fredrik Backman

(Atria Books)
“From the author of one my favorite books of last year, A Man Called Ove, this book packs
a similar emotional punch at the end, but has some significant differences. It is told from
the point of view of Elsa, a seven-year-old child who loves Harry Potter, fairy tales, and her grandmother. Once I stopped trying to make the story fit my adult view of the world and entered into Elsa's world, I had a whale
of a time.”
Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC

The Little Paris Bookshop:  A Novel
by Nina George
(Crown)
“Quirky and delightful, George's book focuses on Jean Perdu, owner of the Literary Apothecary, a floating bookshop. When a new tenant in his apartment building sets in motion events that force Jean to re-evaluate his past, he finds himself floating off down the rivers of France in search of lost love, new love, and friends he didn't know he needed.”
Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

The Rumor: A Novel
by Elin Hilderbrand
(Little, Brown and Company)

“Hilderbrand has done it again! Grace is married to Fast Eddie, a successful real estate broker on the island. They live with their twin teenage daughters in a beautiful house with three manicured acres overlooking the harbor. Financial troubles, affairs or supposed affairs, teenage angst and shady deals kick the rumor mill on the island in high gear. The Rumor is the ideal beach book for this summer!”
Claudia Silk, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT



Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
by Robert Kurson

(Random House)
“This is the journey of Tracy Bowden, John Chatterton, and John Mattera as they follow a quest to find the sunken pirate ship named the Golden Fleece. I think anyone would be interested in the treasure of a famous buccaneer, Joseph Bannister. Many people, including me, have dreamed of digging up a treasure chest of gold. What could be more fun than traveling along with treasure hunters to find a lost pirate ship?”
Linda Payne, Lake Placid Memorial Library, Lake Placid, FL

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall




Here is an epic fantasy for those of you who like the Game of Thrones books. Marshall creates a mid-evil world where fighting is hand to hand combat, travel is by animals or walking and rule is by fear. Throw in some more modern day banter for humor and few horned wolves, devils and old Villains that have come out of retirement and you have an action packed fantasy that culminates on a battle field where something unprecedented takes place. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

May Library Reads List

               
Announcing the May 2015 LibraryReads list!

You voted, we counted, and May's LibraryReads Favorite is:
Uprooted
by Naomi Novik (Del Ray)
“A young girl is unexpectedly uprooted from her family and becomes involved in a centuries-old battle with The Wood, a malevolent entity which destroys anyone it touches. Fast-paced, with magic, mystery and romance, Novik's stand-alone novel is a fairy tale for adults.”
Lucy Lockley, St. Charles City-County Library, St. Peters, MO
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads May Top 10
(now with corrected cover for
Little Black Lies):
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
(Bloomsbury USA Children’s)
“The human world is in peril. Feyre, a semi-literate girl, hunts for her family's survival. After she kills an enormous wolf, a fierce fey shows up at her doorstep seeking retribution. Feyre is led to beautiful eternal springs, but the journey is not without danger. Maas masterfully pulls the reader into this new dark fantasy series which feels like a mix of fairy tales, from Beauty and the Beast to Tam Lin.”
Jessica C. Williams, Westlake Porter Public Library, Westlake, OH


The Knockoff: A Novel
by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

(Doubleday)
The Knockoff is a digital-age mash-up of old-school movies The Women and All About Eve, set in the Devil Wears Prada world of a high fashion magazine. I absolutely loved this fresh, charming, addictive and ultimately heroic story of 40-something cancer survivor Imogen's quest to rescue and rebuild her career, despite the machinations of a younger tech-wiz rival.”
Janet Schneider, Bryant Library, Roslyn, NY


The Ghost Fields
by Elly Griffiths
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
“Griffiths has written another strong entry in her excellent Ruth Galloway series. Here, Ruth is called in when a World War II plane is excavated, complete with pilot--but the pilot is in the wrong plane. Strong characters combine with an absorbing puzzle to create a hard-to-put-down mystery.”
Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY


A God in Ruins: A Novel
by Kate Atkinson
(Little, Brown and Company)
“In A God in Ruins, we become reacquainted with Teddy Todd, the beloved little brother of Ursula from Atkinson's last book. As with Life After Life, this novel skims back and forth in time, and we see the last half of the 20th century through Ted's eyes and the eyes of his loved ones. At times funny and at others heartbreaking, Atkinson revels in the beauty and horror of life in all its messiness.”  
Jennifer Dayton, Darien Library, Darien, CT




Early Warning: A Novel
by Jane Smiley
(Knopf)
“In the second book of the Langdon trilogy, the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist follows the next generation of the unforgettable Iowa family introduced in Some Luck. Beginning with the death of the patriarch Walter in 1953, Smiley chronicles the social consciousness in America of the 1960s. The book goes up to events in the 1970s and early 1980s that touch each family member in unforeseen ways.”
Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ


Our Souls at Night: A Novel
by Kent Haruf

(Knopf)
“Beautiful, elegant and poignant, this novel is a distilled experience of Haruf's writing. The story of how two elders attempt to poke at the loneliness and isolation that surrounds them will stick with me for a long time to come. I’m amazed at how Haruf says so much with such spare prose. He will be missed.”
Alison Kastner, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

The Water Knife: A Novel
by Paolo Bacigalupi
(Knopf)
“Bacigalupi’s novel looks at the possible struggle for water rights in the southwestern United States. Reading Bacigalupi’s novel made me thankful for the current easy access to clean drinking water, yet fearful for our future. A great read for any fan of dystopian fiction.”
Lindsay Atwood, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ







Seveneves: A Novel
by Neal Stephenson
(William Morrow)
“Stephenson’s back in fine form with this hard science fiction masterpiece, combining the detail of Cryptonomicon with the fast-paced action of Reamde. Fans of Anathem will appreciate Stephenson's speculation about the possibilities of human evolution. This book is a great follow-up for readers who enjoyed the science of Weir's The Martian. I heartily recommend Seveneves to SF readers.”
Keith Hayes, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC



Little Black Lies
by Sharon Bolton
(Minotaur Books)
“Set in the Falkland Islands, this novel grabs you from the opening paragraph. A child is missing, and he’s not the first. The incident sets off a chain of events leading to multiple characters confessing to murder. Accustomed to living in an idyllic community, fear and anger escalate among the locals. Bolton has created a page-turner of a story with a surprise ending.”
Elizabeth Kanouse, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy





So, I was almost late to work because I had to finish this book! Couldn't put it down! It has an old Mansion in the mountains of New England, a young family from New York who buys the old place to turn into an inn, and they have a curious boy who likes to play in the woods. Oh, yes, there is also a sinister watcher in those woods and the small village has an interest in the family genealogy of this young family. Is that enough of a hook for you? I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler



A well written story about a family that is held together not by a thread but by the force of the wives and mothers even though the story seems to be mostly about the men of the family and the house they built. The men of the Whitshank family through the generations think they control their family's life but it is really the women. The color blue also runs through the story and connects the women to the men in both conflict and seduction. An enjoyable read.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

April Library Reads List

               
Announcing the April 2015 LibraryReads list!

You voted, we counted, and April's LibraryReads Favorite is:
At the Water's Edge: A Novel
by Sara Gruen (Spiegel & Grau)
“Set in Loch Ness, right in the middle of WWII, a foolish group of rich Americans arrive in search of the famous monster. Narrator Maddie must make sense of the circumstances that have brought her to this wild locale. Only then can she discover the strength she needs to make her own decisions. Enjoy a delightfully intriguing cast of characters and the engaging style of storytelling that has made Gruen so popular.”
Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads April Top 10:
The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
(Grand Central Publishing)
“This delightful spin on the story of Prince William and Kate Middleton is the perfect beachy, weekend read for anyone who loves love stories with a healthy dose of humor. Here, Will and Kate are replaced by Nick and Bex--he's the heir to the British throne, she's the American who effortlessly steals his heart. Can they weather many obstacles to find their Happily Ever After? Part fairy tale, part cautionary tale, the novel is pure fun from start to finish.”
Donna Matturri, Pickerington Public Library, Pickerington, OH


Still the One
by Jill Shalvis

(Berkley)
“Oh Jill Shalvis, how I love thee! Although all the books in this Animal Magnetism series have strong heroines, this one is the absolute best. And chemistry--wowza, it’s intense. The novel brings a focus on two important social issues: the lack of funding available for those who need physical therapy, and the fact that service dogs who do not pass their certification should not be thrown away. I fell in love and learned something at the same time. Instant classic.”
Amanda Brown, Roanoke Public Libraries,  Roanoke, VA


The Precious One: A Novel
by Marisa de los Santos
(William Morrow)
“Taisy hasn’t seen her father since he dumped her family and started another one 17 years ago. An unexpected invitation to write his biography returns her to her hometown, and gives her a rare chance to knit together a broken web of relationships. Like all de los Santos’ books, The Precious One features smart, funny characters who form an unconventional family. It’s luminous and heartwarming, without an ounce of sap.”
Heather Bistyga, Anderson County Library, Anderson, SC

A Desperate Fortune
by Susanna Kearsley
(Sourcebooks Landmark)
“While transcribing an old manuscript of a young girl’s diary, Sara decodes an account of Jacobite spies. Long before, Mary Dundas gets involved in a mission which makes her confidante to the King of Scotland in exile. And along the way, both women fall for men they know little about. Kearsley is a master at seamlessly blending stories from two time periods. Readers who enjoy a little puzzle solving with their historical fiction will be rewarded.”
Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX






Inside the O'Briens: A Novel
by Lisa Genova
(Gallery Books)
“The O'Briens are an Irish Catholic family living in Boston. Joe, the father, is a cop, and when he is diagnosed with Huntington’s, he must somehow tell his wife and four grown children and learn to live with the disease. I couldn't put the book down for too long. Genova made me feel as if I was part of the family. I loved the way she developed her characters with style and warmth.”
Valerie Giambona, Secaucus Public Library, Secaucus, NJ





The Bone Tree: A Novel
by Greg Iles

(William Morrow)
“Based on a real series of unsolved murders from the civil rights era in Louisiana, and the crusading journalist who uncovered the story, Iles’ novel shines a bright light of truth upon one of America’s darkest secrets. Iles’ compelling writing makes this complex tale of good versus evil a must-read for those who love thrillers, and those who want to learn a little bit of American history not normally taught in school.”
Ellen Jennings, Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL

The Dream Lover: A Novel
by Elizabeth Berg
(Random House)
“George Sand leaves her estranged husband and children to embark on a life of art in bohemian Paris. A talented writer who finds monetary and critical success, Sand adopts a man's name, often dresses as a gentleman and smokes cigars. Through her writing, politics, sexual complexities and views on feminism, Sand is always seeking love. This novel has spurred me to learn more about George Sand, a woman truly ahead of her time.”
Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA






House of Echoes: A Novel
by Brendan Duffy
(Ballantine Books)
“Eager to get out of the big city, Ben and Caroline Tierney purchase a large, old house upstate hoping to renovate it into a hotel. However, their house, called The Crofts, has a dark, mysterious past, and terrifying secrets begin to threaten the family. This wonderfully eerie and atmospheric debut novel is a great recommendation for fans of Bohjalian’s The Night Strangers and McMahon’s The Winter People."
Sara Kennedy, Delaware County District Library, Delaware, OH



Where They Found Her: A Novel
by Kimberly McCreight
(Harper)
“Molly Sanderson is covering a feature for the Ridgedale Reader that not only stirs up her recent grief over a stillborn child, but secrets that have been kept hidden for over two decades in this northern New Jersey college town. As the stories of four different women unfold, a new piece of the puzzle is revealed. Chilling and gruesome at times, this is a novel with characters who will stay with the reader long after the final page is turned.”
Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ