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October Library Reads list
Announcing the October 2014 LibraryReads list!
You voted, we counted, and October's LibraryReads Favorite is: A Sudden Light: A Novel by Garth Stein (Simon & Schuster)
"Garth Stein has given us a masterpiece. This beautiful story takes readers on a thrilling exploration of a family estate brimming with generations of riveting Riddell family ghosts and secrets. This is a true exploratory novel, taking readers through secret passageways, hidden rooms, and darkened corridors that engage all of the senses."
Whitney Gayle, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT This month, LibraryReads is celebrating its first anniversary! Hearty thanks to all reading this email for their support, be it in the form of votes, recommendations, tweets, and displays. Next week we will be sending a survey that will let you select your favorite of all of the last year's LibraryReads picks--keep an eye out and join in the celebration!
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads October Top 10:
Leaving Time: A Novelby Jodi Picoult(Ballantine)
“Leaving Time is a love story - love between mother and child, love between soulmates, and love between elephants. The story is told from a variety of narrators, all of whom are broken and lost. Jenna is searching for answers to the disappearance of her mother, and seeks the help of a retired police detective and a psychic. Alice, Jenna's mom, disappeared after a tragic accident at the elephant sanctuary, and her work with the elephants is fascinating and touching. The book is an ode to motherhood in all its forms--the good, bad and the ugly--and it is brilliant.”
Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX
Some Luck: A Novel by Jane Smiley (Knopf)
"Smiley’s latest is a love song to American farms and the people who keep them. This glorious and heartfelt novel chronicles the lives of an Iowan farm family over 30 years, beginning in 1920. Family members are born, grow, change, and die. Readers follow their triumphs and crushing losses and, along the way, learn about the evolution of farming and society in the United States. Definitely one of the best novels of 2014.”
Laurie Van Court, Douglas County Libraries, Parker, CO
Reunion: A Novel by Hannah Pittard (Grand Central)
“When Kate learns that her estranged father has committed suicide, she and her siblings travel to Atlanta to bury him and work out years of resentment. Life seems overwhelming to Kate as she battles with infidelity, divorce, and a massive debt. It’s only when she takes a good look at herself that she begins to heal the rift in her family. Unfolding like a saga, this short book packs a punch.”
Elizabeth Kanouse, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden, foreword by Rob Reiner(Touchstone)
“Even if you don't have a crush on Cary Elwes, you'll enjoy this vivid behind-the-scenes account of the making of The Princess Bride. His stories, especially those involving Andre the Giant, will leave you in stitches. Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal, and others also recount their experiences. An amusing account of a group of performers who came together to make a heartfelt film that is loved by many.”
Emily Weiss, Bedford Public Library, Bedford, IN
The Boy Who Drew Monsters: A Novel by Keith Donohue (Picador)
“Emotionally scarred by a near-drowning experience, young Jack Keenan spends all his time indoors, fanatically preoccupied with drawing strange things. While Jack's parents chalk his drawings up to the imagination, Nick, Jack's only friend, notices mysterious things happen whenever Jack picks up a pencil. This detailed coming-of-age tale with a twist offers unique insights into boyhood friendships and the complexities of adult relationships.”
Courtney Block, Charlestown Clark County Public Library, Charlestown, IN
Malice: A Mystery by Keigo Higashino; translated by Alexander O. Smith (Minotaur Books)
“Detective Kaga is investigating the murder of best-selling author Kunihiko Hidaka. Hidaka’s wife and best friend both have rock-solid alibis, but Kaga discovers that the friendship might not have been what it seemed. A classic cat-and-mouse game with twists that keep the pages turning.”
Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA
Not My Father's Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming (Dey Street Books)
“This memoir focuses on Cumming's reaction to being told that his father was not, in fact, his father. An appearance on the UK's Who Do You Think You Are was meant to reveal the mystery behind what happened to Cumming's maternal grandfather. Instead, his father’s admission leads Cumming to resolve long-held memories of verbal abuse. Cumming is extremely open, allowing readers to share in his pain and understand his relationships.”
Tracy Babiasz, Alachua County Library District, Newberry, FL
The Life We Bury by Allen Eskins (Seventh Street Books)
“In this well-crafted debut novel, Joe Talbert has finally left home, but not without guilt over leaving his autistic brother in the care of his unreliable mother. A college assignment gets the young man entangled in a cold case, racing to clear the name of a Vietnam veteran. Characters with layers of suppressed memories and emotions only add to the suspenseful plot. Looking forward to more from this Minnesotan author!”
Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI
Murder at the Brightwell: A Mystery by Ashley Weaver (Minotaur Books)
“Lovers of Agatha Christie and Jacqueline Winspear will enjoy this elegant murder mystery set on holiday at the English seaside. What starts out as a lark, intended to make Amory Ames's misbehaving-but-oh-so-delicious husband jealous, turns into a dangerous and deadly game of whodunit for Amory and her friends. Love, jealousy, and revenge are tangled together in this smart and sophisticated British mystery reminiscent of the genre's golden age.”
Vanessa Walstra, Kent District Library, East Grand Rapids, MI
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…