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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

LibraryReads List January 2017

Announcing the 
January 2017

LibraryReads list!

You voted, we counted, and 
January's LibraryReads Favorite is:
The Girl Before
A Novel
by JP Delaney
(Ballantine Books)

“A page turner that is sure to be a hit. Each chapter alternates between two time periods. Back “then,” there is Emma, looking for the perfect flat. Her agent suggests One Folgate Street, built by architect Edward Monkford. In present day, Jane, a single thirty-something also ends up on Folgate Street. Both women learn the sinister history of the property and readers won’t know who to trust as Delaney’s debut clutches you by the throat and won’t let you go.”
-Kara Kohn, Plainfield Public Library District, Plainfield, IL
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads 
January Top 10:


The Bear and the Nightingale
A Novel
by Katherine Arden
(Del Rey)

“We journey to 14th century Russia where the old ways still hold sway in the outlying villages and spirits and magical creatures are real. When Vasya's stepmother and the new village priest try to end the pagan offerings, it us up to Vasya to stop the Bear from awakening. Can she find the strength to accept who she really is and protect her family and village? This magical story captivated me and pulled me fully into that world. The last third and the pulse-pounding finish had me on the edge of my seat.”

Joseph Jones, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cuyahoga, OH


The Dry
A Novel
by Jane Harper
(Flatiron Books)

“Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.” These eight words will change everything for Agent Aaron Falk, summoned by the father or his former best friend. It appears Luke went on a rampage, murdering his wife, son, and then himself. At Luke's father's request, Aaron agrees to look into the murders/suicide and learns that the small town has long held grudges and secrets that may be best kept hidden in this atmospheric, chilling complex tale of anger and revenge.”
Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ


Behind Her Eyes
A Novel
by Sarah Pinborough
(Flatiron Books)

“Louise meets a charming man in a bar and is smitten. The attraction is mutual, but David confesses he is married. They go their separate ways...until the next morning when Louise goes to work and realizes that the new psychiatrist who has been hired by the practice is David. Adele, David’s wife, is struggling to keep their marriage alive, but David has tired of her lies. A friendship begins between Adele and Louise. David and Louise are still attracted to each other and the triangle is complete. This is not your average thriller. It is absolutely riveting!”

Mary Vernau, Tyler Public Library, Tyler, TX


Books For Living
by Will Schwalbe
(Knopf)

"Every book changes your life. So I like to ask: How is this book changing mine?' Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club, focuses on a personal collection of books that changed his life. Each book he selects provides a lesson, a reminder as to how to live his life. Readers will remember favorite books, find new books to try, and lessons to think about. Schwalbe's book is warm, charming, and very personal. It's a book for all avid readers.”

Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, Evansville, IN


The Second Mrs. Hockaday
A Novel

by Susan Rivers
(Algonquin)
 
“Placidia is seventeen when she marries Major Hockaday, an older man and recent widower with a child. After he is recalled to service in the Civil War, she must manage his farm, take care of his son and all with little help. When he returns, it is to find that she has given birth, and said to have murdered the child. Told in journal entries, letters, and court documents we learn about her life and the answers to this puzzling and horrifically charged event. A dark book that highlights the amazing strength so many of these women had to develop.”

Diane Scholl, Batavia Public Library, Batavia, IL


The Fifth Petal
A Novel
by Brunonia Barry
(Crown)


“Barry takes her readers back to Salem with a mesmerizing tale filled with familiar characters from her previous works and new ones as well. Towner Whitney and John Rafferty come to the aid of Callie Cahill as they attempt to piece together the circumstances surrounding the brutal murder of her mother while trying to keep herself from becoming a victim as well. This is a beautifully written story, full of twists and turns. Fans of The Lace Reader will love The Fifth Petal, though the book stands on its own and can be recommended to all readers.”

Marianne Colton, Lockport Public Library, Lockport, NY


The Most Dangerous Place on Earth
A Novel
by Lindsey Lee Johnson
(Random House)                               
“Not for the faint of heart, Johnson’s first book is a beautifully crafted work that delves into the perils of teen-dom in a wealthy, insulated California neighborhood. The story opens with the suicide of an outcast middle-school boy. Fast forward to high school, where seemingly minor struggles of both teens and adults expose themselves to be deeply ominous, leaving few untouched by the ensuing tragedies. As the plot slowly builds, the intricate web of relationships that intertwine the lives of characters and the events that they experience become apparent, ultimately returning full circle.”
Amy Christiansen, Jefferson County Public Library, Wheat Ridge, CO


Her Every Fear
A Novel

by Peter Swanson
(William Morrow)

“Kate Priddy is moving to Boston to swap apartments with her cousin. Haunted by an abusive ex, she wants to leave behind her previous life. But when her neighbor, Audrey Marshall, is murdered, Kate is drawn into a web of fear even darker than her past. Varying points of view add new perspectives to the narrative as the book goes on; the mystery of what really happened to Audrey is just a part of the intrigue as we delve into the minds of imperfect, broken people. As a fan of Swanson’s previous work, I was not disappointed. “
Cari Dubiel, Twinsburg Public Library, Twinsburgh, OH


Heartstone
by Elle Katharine White
(Harper Voyager)
“A fun take on Pride and Prejudice in a fantasy setting. Merrybourne Manor has a gryphon infestation and has contracted with a band of Riders to kill them. As you can imagine, the main Rider is a little haughty and our heroine has a long memory. Familiar trials and tribulations occur with some detailed world-building, laying the groundwork for a sequel. Good for readers who don't mind literary re-imaginings, love P&P, and Anne McCaffery's Pern novels.”

Jenna Persick, Chester County Library, Exton, PA




Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Wolf Boys by Dan Slater

This is a very good narrative nonfiction book about the drug trade on the border town of New Laredo, Mexico. Slater relates background information on Mexican Drug cartels, their bosses and how interwoven they were with Mexican law enforcement and politics. His story takes shape when two teenagers find themselves involved in transporting drugs into the US for the Zeta cartel and and the police officer they encounter across the border in Laredo, Texas, trying to keep drugs out of his town.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

My Top 10 of 2016


2016 LibraryReads favorites (not necessarily my favorites)

Announcing the 
Favorites of Favorites 2016

LibraryReads list!
You voted, we counted, and the LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites is:

 The Woman in Cabin 10
by Ruth Ware
(Gallery/Scout Press)

“An intruder in the middle of the night leaves Lo Blacklock feeling vulnerable. Trying to shake off her fears, she hopes her big break of covering the maiden voyage of the luxury cruise ship, the Aurora, will help. The first night of the voyage changes everything. What did she really see in the water and who was the woman in the cabin next door? The claustrophobic feeling of being on a ship and the twists and turns of who, and what, to believe keep you on the edge of your seat.”
Joseph Jones, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH




AND NOW,THE REST OF THE
LIBRARYREADS
FAVORITES OF FAVORITES:


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


My Name is Lucy Barton
A Novel
by Elizabeth Strout
(Random House)
 
“Set in the mid-1980s, Lucy Barton, hospitalized for nine weeks, is surprised when her estranged mother shows up at her bedside. Her mother talks of local gossip, but underneath the banalities, Lucy senses the love that cannot be expressed. This is the story that Lucy must write about, the one story that has shaped her entire life. A beautiful lyrical story of a mother and daughter and the love they share.”

Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA


The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
by Katarina Bivald
(Sourcebooks Landmark)

“Sara arrives in the small town of Broken Wheel to visit her pen pal Amy, only to discover Amy has just died. The tale of how she brings the love of books and reading that she shared with Amy to the residents of Broken Wheel is just a lovely read. Any book lover will enjoy Sara’s story and that of the friends she makes in Broken Wheel. If ever a town needed a bookstore, it is Broken Wheel; the healing power of books and reading is made evident by this heartwarming book.”

Barbara Clark-Greene, Groton Public Library, Groton, CT


A Great Reckoning:
A Novel 
by Louise Penny
(Minotaur Books)

“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


The Nest
by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
(Ecco)

“If you think your family is dysfunctional, move over, because here come the Plumbs. Suddenly faced with the dismantling of the nest egg they’ve counted on to solve their financial woes, the four Plumb siblings have to grow up, and fast. But though they all do some terrible things in the name of ambition, there’s something lovable about the Plumbs. You can’t fail to be moved by the beating heart of this novel, which seems to say that family, for good or ill, unites us all.”

Mary Kinser, Whatcom County Library System, Bellingham, WA


Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys
(Philomel Books)

“Titanic. Lusitania. Wilhelm Gustloff. All major maritime disasters, yet the last is virtually unknown. Ruta Sepetys changes that in her gripping historical novel. Told in short snippets, Salt to the Sea rotates between four narrators attempting to escape various tragedies in 1945 Europe. Powerful and haunting, heartbreaking and hopeful–a must read.”

Jennifer Asimakopoulos, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL


The Summer Before the War:
A Novel
by Helen Simonson
(Random House)   

“Fans of Simonson’s Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand have reason to rejoice. She has created another engaging novel full of winsome characters, this time set during the summer before the outbreak of World War I. Follow the story of headstrong, independent Beatrice Nash and kind but stuffy surgeon-in-training Hugh Grange along with his formidable Aunt Agatha. Make a cup of tea and prepare to savor every page!”
      
                       
Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI


Lilac Girls:
A Novel
by Martha Hall Kelly
(Ballantine Books)

“This is story of the Ravensbruck Rabbits: seventy-four women prisoners in the Ravensbruck concentration camp. Using alternating first-person narratives, the characters relate their experiences from 1939 through 1959. Drawing upon a decade of research, Hall reconstructs what life was like in Ravensbruck. More than a war story, this is a tale of how the strength of women’s bonds can carry them through even the most difficult situations. Lilac Girls is a solid, compelling historical read.”
 
Andrea Larson, Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL


Truly Madly Guilty
by Liane Moriarty
(Flatiron Books)


“A typical afternoon barbecue among friends becomes something much bigger when one pivotal moment of inattention leads to repercussions for all in attendance. In trademark Moriarty style, the story flashes back and forth between the day of the barbecue and two months later, slowly revealing the events of the day and its consequences, creating a delicious momentum for the reader as the tension builds and the pieces fall into place. Moriarty has another sure-fire winner with this look at the complexities of friendship, marriage, and familial relationships.”

 Halle Eisenman, Beaufort County Library, Hilton Head, SC