You voted, we counted, and June's LibraryReads Favorite is:
Elizabeth is Missingby Emma Healey (Harper)
"Maude sinks into a confusing world in this gripping psychological mystery written in the voice of an aging woman with Alzheimer's. She can't remember what she's doing or where she is, but she is obsessed with one thought--her good friend Elizabeth is missing. Book groups will enjoy this satisfying and entertaining read!"
Mary Campanelli, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH
"Set in 1938 San Francisco, this book follows the lives of three young women up through WWII. Grace travels to California seeking stardom, where she meets Helen, a young woman from Chinatown, and the two find jobs as nightclub dancers. While auditioning, they cross paths with Ruby, and the book alternates between all three viewpoints. Lisa See is one of my favorite authors, and her newest title doesn't disappoint."
Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, CT
The Matchmaker: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand(Little, Brown and Company)
"Set in romantic Nantucket, Hilderbrand's newest novel is a heartwarming and moving story about the power of love. Dabney Kimball Beech, long denied her own true love, is determined to match up those closest to her before it is too late. This captivating book had me weeping through the last few chapters. A beautifully written and heartbreaking story!"
Jill Kaufman, Desloge Public Library, Desloge, MO
The Hurricane Sisters: A Novel by Dorothea Benton Frank(William Morrow)
"Having just completed my annual trek to the Carolina Lowcountry, compliments of Dorothea Benton Frank, I'm happy to report that a good time was had by all. It was, as ever, a pleasure to meet her new characters, travel down Highway 17 (llama optional), sit back with a glass of wine and take in the beautiful sunsets and ocean breeze, all without leaving the comfort of my easy chair."
Yvonne Jefferson, Pittsylvania County Public Library, Dry Fork, VA
The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street: A Novel by Susan Jane Gilman(Grand Central Publishing)
"In the tenements of old New York, a young Russian Jewish immigrant woman is taken in by an Italian family who sells ice. Through sheer persistence and strong will, she manages to build an ice cream empire. Lillian Dunkle is a complex character who will both make you cheer even as you are dismayed. Have ice cream on hand when you read this book!"
Marika Zemke, Commerce Township Public Library, Commerce Twp, MI
Summer House with Swimming Pool: A Novelby Herman Koch(Hogarth)
"A deliciously nasty study in sociopathy, veiled in the alluring sheen of European upper class lifestyles and sensibilities. Summer House with Swimming Pool will grip you with an uneasy dread and won't let you stop turning the pages until the riveting end. Fair warning: you will never look at your family doctor the same way again."
Kristin Cole, The Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA
The Quick: A Novelby Lauren Owen(Random House)
"This book starts out slowly, with an unconventional Victorian-era romance, and builds to an unexpected development by the end of part one. Owen continues the slow boil of suspense with a curiously enticing plot, centering on members of an exclusive London gentleman's club who are testing the boundaries of their own organization. For those who enjoy historical fiction with a twist."
Lucy Lockley, St. Charles City-County Library, St. Peters, MO
I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You: A Novel by Courtney Maum(Touchstone)
"Set mainly in Paris, this love story for grown-ups tells the story of a decent man who almost ruins his life and then goes to great lengths to restore his marriage. If your path to a happy marriage has been straight-forward, you may not appreciate this book – but it’s perfect for the rest of us!"
Laurel Best, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, Huntsville, AL
The Lobster Kings: A Novelby Alexi Zentner(W. W. Norton & Company)
"This well-crafted story truly captures the beauty and brutality of living by the sea. The characters show what it's like to have saltwater in your veins and commitment to family and community. Zentner depicts a way of life that is fast disappearing. Perfect for summer reading."
Lisa Marie Joyce, Portland Public Library & South Portland Public Library, Portland, ME
Rogues edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois(Bantam)
"This anthology is worth reading for the Rothfuss's story alone! 'The Lightning Tree' follows Bast spending a day outside the tavern, which left me anxious for Kingkiller Book 3 to come out. Other stand-outs are stories by Garth Nix, Cherie Priest and Connie Willis. Roguesshould enjoy a large audience of Martin fans, and is a good entry point to the other contributing authors' works."
Keith Hayes, West Regional Library, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC
Yes, we have the Witcher books! The basis for the next major Netflix series, this original story by Polish author Sapkowski could be as popular as the Game of Thrones.
The story-line is a fantasy, with the Witcher of Rivia as the main character who's job it is to slay monsters of all kinds on his own or with the help of wizards, sorceresses, elves, and occasionally humans. Subtlety and ingeniously inserted are references to the fairy tales we all grew up with.
After reading the first book I'm hooked and a fan. I hope that Netflix is up to the challenge of bringing this fantasy to life.
July 2019 LibraryReads
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
by Abbi Waxman
Published: 7/9/2019 by Berkley
“Nina likes her bookish life just fine. She works in a bookstore and is on a highly competitive trivia team. She is funny and snarky and great company (says this reader). Suddenly, a father she never knew dies and leaves her with a pack of brothers and sisters and Nina may be forced out of her comfortable reading chair. For readers who enjoyed Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey and The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald.” Eileen Curley, Hagaman Public Library, East Haven, CT
NoveList Read-alike: The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland
The Book Charmer
by Karen Hawkins
Published: 7/30/2019 by Gallery Books
“Sarah is the librarian in a small Southern town called Dove Pond. Her magic is matching the right book to the right reader at the right time in their life. Grace is a city girl, new in town and in need of a little magic herself. For read…