May 2014 LibraryReads List

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We Were Liars

by E. Lockhart

Published: 5/13/2014 by Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780385741262

“This brilliant and heartbreaking novel tells the story of a prestigious family living on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts. Full of love, lies, secrets, no shortage of family dysfunction, and a shocking twist that you won’t see coming. Though this book is written for teens, it shouldn’t be overlooked by anyone looking for a fantastic read.”

Susan Balla, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT

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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

by Anthony Doerr

Published: 5/6/2014 by Scribner
ISBN: 9781476746586

“Set during World War II Europe, this novel is sobering without being sentimental. The tension builds as the alternating, parallel stories of Werner and Marie-Laure unfold, and their paths cross. I highly recommend this beautiful and compelling story.”

Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN


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The Bees: A Novel

by Laline Paull

Published: 5/6/2014 by Ecco
ISBN: 9780062331151

“This book is set entirely in a beehive, but the novel and its characters are so beautifully rendered that it could have been set anywhere. Societal codes and social mores combine with the ancient behavior rituals of bees, bringing forth a remarkable story that is sure to be a book club favorite.”

Ilene Lefkowitz, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ


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Delicious!: A Novel

by Ruth Reichl

Published: 5/6/2014 by Random House
ISBN: 9781400069620

“Billie leaves college to take a job with a soon-to-be disbanded food magazine. What follows is an intriguing story involving dusty archives, long-forgotten letters written during World War II to the illustrious James Beard, and a young woman in New York City who learns to trust her culinary talents. This novel is a delectable feast.”

Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI


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The Forgotten Seamstress

by Liz Trenow

Published: 5/6/2014 by Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 9781402282485

“Two women’s stories, separated by close to 100 years, connect through a patchwork quilt. Carolyn finds a quilt in her mother’s attic and is intrigued by its origin, and quiltmaker Maria’s story is told through transcripts. Trenow carefully stitches together a novel about family secrets, using many interesting details about fabrics, needlework, and textile conservation. A strong sense of place and well-told story make this book superior women’s fiction.”

Leslie DeLooze, Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia, NY


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Bird Box: A Novel

by Josh Malerman

Published: 5/13/2014 by Ecco
ISBN: 9780062259653

“Close your eyes! Don’t look! Something is out there that will drive you mad if you see it. Is it an alien invasion? An environmental toxin? Two sisters, Malorie and Shannon, embark on a journey seeking safety and other survivors. I was unable to put this book down. Horror at its best, not graphic, but truly creepy and scary. Highly recommended for fans of psychological suspense.”

Mary Vernau, Tyler Public Library, Tyler, TX


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Bittersweet: A Novel

by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Published: 5/13/2014 by Crown
ISBN: 9780804138567

“As unlikely a pair of roommates as you’re ever likely to meet: plain, working class Mabel Dagmar and beautiful, privileged Genevra Winslow. Mabel spends the summer in the Winslows’ idyllic lakefront property in Vermont, dreaming of being one of them–only to discover that being a Winslow is not all sunshine, yachts, and ease. Being a Winslow means keeping very disturbing family secrets.”

Nancy Russell, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH


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Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage

by Molly Wizenberg

Published: 5/6/2014 by Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781451655094

“As Wizenberg tells the story of how she and her husband opened the successful pizza restaurant Delancey, I felt like I was hanging out with a close friend. She also shares delicious sounding recipes for the everyday food they made at home during the hectic days of launching the restaurant. Wizenberg’s writing is so sincere and relatable.”

Michelle Marx, Eagle Valley Library District, Avon, CO


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Sixth Grave on the Edge: A Novel

by Darynda Jones

Published: 5/20/2014 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250045638

“The continuing adventures of P.I. Charley Davidson and Grim Reaper (not as mutually exclusive as one would think) are just as delightful as in previous books, with new characters including a wonderfully snarky new demon. Jones expands on Charley’s existing relationships and supernatural powers. It’s the perfect paranormal-romance-mystery blend that you never knew you always wanted.”

Donna Matturri, Pickerington Public Library, Pickerington, OH


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The Blessings

by Elise Juska

Published: 5/6/2014 by Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 9781455574032

“This finely-crafted story is told through a series of Blessing family members’ points of view over a two-decade span of time. A deceptively small book with very big themes, this novel is gentle and wise. It made me look at my own close and extended family with new eyes; now I see the ways in which we are alike, not the ways in which we are different. A transformative reading experience. Highly recommended.”

Janet Schneider, Great Neck Library, Great Neck, NY


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April 2014 LibraryReads List

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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry:
A Novel

by Gabrielle Zevin

Published: 4/1/2014 by Algonquin Books
ISBN: 9781616203214

“A middle-aged bookseller mourning his lost wife, a feisty publisher’s rep, and a charmingly precocious abandoned child come together on a small island off the New England coast in this utterly delightful novel of love and second chances.”

Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

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Frog Music: A Novel

by Emma Donoghue

Published: 4/1/2014 by Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 9780316324687

“Donoghue returns to historical fiction in this latest offering, based on the unsolved murder of Jenny Bonnet, a cross-dressing frog catcher with a mysterious past. Set in 1870s San Francisco, this brilliant book includes impeccable historical details, from a smallpox epidemic to period songs.”

Diane Scholl, Batavia Public Library, IL


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And the Dark Sacred Night: A Novel

by Julia Glass

Published: 4/1/2014 by Pantheon
ISBN: 9780307377937

“Four stars to Julia Glass for this, her best work since Three Junes. We become reacquainted with old characters Malachy, Fenno, and Walter and learn more about their life stories. The individuals are imperfectly human, and perfectly drawn. A wonderful, highly recommended novel.”

Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN


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Silence for the Dead: A Novel

by Simone St. James

Published: 4/1/2014 by NAL Trade/Penguin
ISBN: 9780451419484

“A young nurse working in an isolated hospital for WWI veterans finds herself in over her head. Are the patients in the mysterious estate haunted by their wartime experiences, or something more malevolent? St. James is an up-and-coming author with a flair for combining horror and romance. A great choice for readers of either genre.”

Jenna Persick, Chester County Library, Exton, PA


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By its Cover: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

by Donna Leon

Published: 4/1/2014 by Atlantic Monthly Press
ISBN: 9780802122643

“In the 23rd book in this delightful series, Commissario Guido Brunetti is brought in to investigate the theft of pages and maps from rare books. Brunetti is a great character with warmth, style and elegance. Leon’s book enlightens us about Venetian customs and delivers a solid mystery.”

Joanne Genovese, Smithtown Special Library District, Smithtown, NY


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The Intern’s Handbook: A Thriller

by Shane Kuhn

Published: 4/8/2014 by Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781476733807

“How did Shane Kuhn pull this off? He’s written an action-packed, twisting thriller about professional assassins, and–guess what?–it’s funny and romantic, too! In a totally quirky way, of course. You have to read it to believe it.”

Nancy Russell, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH


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Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home

by Nina Stibbe

Published: 4/22/2014 by Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 9780316243391

“With a unique voice, Stibbe brings 1980s literary Camden back to life in this delightful epistolary memoir. The letters that Stibbe writes to her sister are a hoot, featuring unexpected cooking advice from the great Alan Bennett, and droll commentary on just about everything from Mary-Kay Wilmers.”

Jennifer Estepp, Queens Library, Jamaica, NY


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The Axe Factor: A Jimm Juree Mystery

by Colin Cotterill

Published: 4/15/2014 by Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9781250043368

“I love this sharply-written and quirky cozy mystery. Jimm Juree is a wonderful character, slyly funny and insightful, with an oddball cast of family and friends to back her up. Set in coastal Thailand, this is a laugh-out-loud funny mystery with plenty of great twists and turns that will keep readers guessing.”

Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA


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Family Life: A Novel

by Akhil Sharma

Published: 4/7/2014 by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393060058

“The Mishras move from India to New York City in the 1980s in order to give their two sons better educational opportunities. When tragedy strikes, the family tries to recover the optimism and hope that propelled them to America. Beautiful, clear-eyed and compelling, this book packs a powerful punch.”

Anbolyn Potter, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ


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On the Rocks: A Novel

by Erin Duffy

Published: 4/22/2014 by William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062205742

“After her fiance dumps her on Facebook, Abby retreats to her apartment until her best friend invites her to spend the summer in Newport. This book is for every woman who’s been determined to put things back together after finding herself on the wrong side of social media, in the aftermath of a bad breakup, or elbow deep in Ben & Jerry’s when things fall apart.”

Sara Grochowski, Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library, Alpena, MI


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March 2014 LibraryReads List

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The Weight of Blood: A Novel

by Laura McHugh

Published: 3/11/2014 by Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: 9780812995206

“The Dane family has been keeping secrets in the Ozark town of Henbane for years. An outsider steals the heart of one of the Dane brothers, and the secrets threaten to unravel. When sixteen-year-old Lucy’s friend is found murdered after being missing for a year, Lucy begins to ask questions–the answers to which may destroy her family. Atmospheric and visceral, McHugh’s story is vividly and effectively told.”

Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ

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The Accident

by Chris Pavone

Published: 3/11/2014 by Crown
ISBN: 9780385348454

“Kudos to Pavone for coming through with another captivating international suspense novel. How ironic that I couldn’t put down a book about Isabel, a literary agent who stays up all night to finish an unsolicited manuscript that’s so explosive, some will kill to keep it from being published. During the 24 hours that Isabel is on the run, readers will be on the edge of their seats. Be prepared to lose some sleep!”

Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI


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The Divorce Papers: A Novel

by Susan Rieger

Published: 3/18/2014 by Crown
ISBN: 9780804137447

“When Sophie, a loveable 29-year-old lawyer, gets roped into working on a divorce case, her life takes an unexpected turn. Though this gives her a new perspective on life, it also forces her to confront some unresolved childhood issues. Except for a few tearful, poignant moments, I had a smile on my face for the entire book. Engaging and humorous, this debut epistolary novel has become a favorite read.”

Jennifer Asimakopoulos, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL


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The Outcast Dead

by Elly Griffiths

Published: 3/11/2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547792774

“After the bones of the notorious Mother Hook are possibly uncovered in Norfolk, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway finds herself on TV. Was Mother Hook truly guilty of child murder? This is just one strand in a mystery that revolves around children and the people who care for them. One of the most addictive mystery series being written today.”

Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC


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Panic

by Lauren Oliver

Published: 3/4/2014 by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780062014559

“A deadly high-stakes game of Panic takes place in modern-day small town America, and Oliver does a wonderful job making all of it seem real. I loved that the book didn’t take place in a post-apocalyptic future like so many titles do nowadays. Oliver is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!”

Carol Brumfield, Timberland Regional Library, Tumwater, WA


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A Circle of Wives

by Alice LaPlante

Published: 3/4/2014 by Atlantic Monthly Press
ISBN: 9780802122346

“When prominent plastic surgeon Dr. John Taylor is found dead, the police investigation uncovers his secret polygamous life. As the narration alternates between Taylor’s three wives and a young female detective, the story explores the characters’ motivations and relationships. Part psychological thriller and part literary mystery, the end result is wholly captivating reading.”

Melissa DeWild, Kent District Library, Comstock Park, MI


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Gemini: A Novel

by Carol Cassella

Published: 3/4/2014 by Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781451627930

“After an unidentified hit-and-run victim is received in ICU, Dr. Charlotte Reese struggles to keep her alive, questioning how far medical technology should go to do so. Meanwhile, in an alternate story, teens Bo and Raney explore their budding friendship and attraction. Book groups will devour this compulsively readable novel with thought-provoking themes. Perfect for readers of Jodi Picoult and Chris Bohjalian.”

Robin Beerbower, Salem Public Library, Salem, OR


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Precious Thing: A Novel

by Colette McBeth

Published: 3/4/2014 by Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9781250041197

“Clara and Rachel have been friends since high school. Life has intervened and they’ve grown apart, so when Clara invites Rachel for drinks to catch up, it’s a chance to reconnect. But before that can happen, Rachel is called to cover a missing girl story, and the missing girl is Clara. Was she abducted, murdered or did she simply leave on her own? In the vein of Gone Girl and The Husband’s Secret, this is a fast read that is sure to entertain.”

Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH


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Kill Fee: A Stevens and Windermere Novel

by Owen Laukkanen

Published: 3/20/2014 by Putnam
ISBN: 9780399165528

“In the third book in this series, Carla Windermere and Kirk Stevens find themselves reunited when people around the country seem to be dying from contract hits. Young war veterans, under the influence of a mysterious man, are turning into emotionless killers. Stevens and Windermere try piecing together who’s behind the crimes, but keep falling one step behind. Reminiscent of Thomas Perry’s novels, and fast-paced.”

Lora Bruggeman, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL


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Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered

by Austin Kleon

Published: 3/11/2014 by Workman Publishing
ISBN: 9780761178972

Show Your Work! is a wonderful follow-up to Austin Kleon’s first book, Steal Like an Artist. Utilizing the same fun, graphic novel-ish type of format, Kleon gives practical recommendations about using the Internet and social media to create a community. I particularly appreciate his advice to concentrate on process, not on product, and the rest will follow. A must-read for anyone involved in the creative process.”

Rebekka Hanson, Madison Library District, Rexburg, ID


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