September 2015 LibraryReads List

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The Art of Crash Landing:
A Novel

by Melissa DeCarlo

Published:9/8/2015
by Harper Paperbacks
ISBN: 9780062390547

“At once tragic and hilarious, this book is a roller coaster of a read. You’ll find yourself rooting for the snarky and impulsive but ultimately lovable Mattie. At the heart of this tale is a beautifully unraveled mystery that has led Mattie to her current circumstances, ultimately bringing her to her first real home.”

                                                        Patricia Kline-Millard, Bedford Public Library, Bedford, NH

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Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel

by Lee Child

Published: 9/8/2015 by Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780804178778

“Jack Reacher is back. Jack gets off a train at an isolated town. Soon, he is learning much more about the town, and its residents are learning not to mess around with Jack Reacher. Readers new to this series will find this book a good starting point, and fans will be pleased to see Jack again.”

Jenna Persick, Chester County Library, Exton, PA


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House of Thieves: A Novel

by Charles Belfoure

Published: 9/15/2015 by Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 9781492617891

“Belfoure’s intriguing novel is set in Gilded Age New York City. John Cross, head of the family, finds an unexpected talent for planning robberies, while his wife and children also discover their inner criminals. The historical details and setting evoke old New York. I enjoyed every minute of their escapades.”

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


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Fates and Furies: A Novel

by Lauren Groff

Published: 9/15/2015 by Riverhead Books
ISBN: 9781594634475

Fates and Furies is a modern portrait of marriage. Lotto Satterwhite is the center, the hub around which all the characters revolve in the first half of the book. In the second half of the book, the lens turns to Lotto’s wife Mathilde, and her side of the lopsided partnership gives us a totally different view. Groff is a master of language. It’s not a gentle read. But it’s magnificent.”

Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN


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Did You Ever Have A Family

by Bill Clegg

Published: 9/8/2015 by Gallery/Scout Press
ISBN: 9781476798172

“Clegg’s devastatingly beautiful fiction debut is the portrait of a community in the aftermath of a tragedy. June Reid, the broken woman at the epicenter of the novel, is struggling with a loss so profound that she is unable to see beyond her grief, unaware that it has touched many people. Clegg tells their stories with heartbreaking sensitivity and insight.”

Mary Coe, Fairfield Woods Branch Library, Fairfield, CT


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The Gates of Evangeline

by Hester Young

Published: 9/1/2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
ISBN: 9780399174001

“Journalist Charlie Cates goes to gloomy, swampy Louisiana to write a book about the disappearance of a young child. Her research uncovers family secrets, lies, and clandestine affairs. This first book in a new series is incredibly suspenseful, with a vivid setting, a supernatural tinge, and an intricate plot that keeps you guessing until the end.”

Anbolyn Potter, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ


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Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

by Jenny Lawson

Published: 9/22/2015 by Flatiron Books
ISBN: 9781250077004

“Lawson’s hilarious memoir is a romp between absurdity and despondency. Passages alternate from ridiculously funny stories of her life to episodes of her sometimes debilitating depression. Lawson embraces living life, rather than merely surviving it. Why be just happy when you can be furiously so? Recommended to fans of David Sedaris and Sloane Crosley.”

                                                               PJ Gardiner, Wake County Public Libraries, Raleigh, NC


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This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!

by Jonathan Evison
Published: 9/8/2015 by Algonquin Books
ISBN: 9781616202613

“Harriet Chance receives word that her recently deceased husband, Bernard, has won an Alaskan cruise. Deciding to go on the trip, she is given a letter from her close friend Mildred, with instructions not to open it until she is on the cruise. The contents of this letter shatter Harriet and she begins to reevaluate her life and her relationships.”

Arleen Talley, Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation, Annapolis, MD


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Girl Waits With Gun

by Amy Stewart

Published: 9/1/2015 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544409910

“When the Kopp sisters and their buggy are injured by Henry Kaufman’s car, Constance Kopp at first just wants him to pay the damages. As she pursues justice, she meets another of Kaufman’s victims, the young woman Lucy. Stewart creates fully developed characters, including the heroine, Constance, who is fiercely independent as she faces down her fears. The time period and setting are important parts of the story as well, providing a glimpse of 1914 New Jersey.”

                                                                  Maggie Holmes, Richards Memorial Library, North Attleboro, MA


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The Scribe: A Novel

by Matthew Guinn

Published: 9/14/2015 by W.W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393239294

“A shunned detective is pulled back to Atlanta to solve some brutal murders that seem to be the work of a serial killer. Political intrigue, a fascinating time in this country’s history, and a good old-fashioned murder mystery make this one fascinating read. This book asks the question: when a man has had everything taken away, will he still fight for what is right?”

Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX



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Best Boy: A Novel

by Eli Gottlieb

Published:8/24/2015
by Liveright
ISBN: 9781631490477

“What happens when someone on the autism spectrum grows up, and they aren’t a cute little boy anymore? Gottlieb’s novel follows the story of Todd Aaron, a man in his fifties who has spent most of his life a resident of the Payton Living Center. Todd begins to wonder what lies beyond the gates of his institution. A funny and deeply affecting work.”

                                                                  Elizabeth Olesh, Baldwin Public Library, Baldwin, NY

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The Nature of the Beast:

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

by Louise Penny

Published: 8/25/2015 by Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9781250022080

“Louise Penny set the bar high with her last two books, but she had no trouble clearing it with this one. All our old friends are back in Three Pines where a young boy with a compulsion to tell tall tales tells one true story with disastrous results. But which story is the truth and why is it so threatening? Exquisitely suspenseful, emotionally wrenching and thoroughly satisfying.”

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


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A Window Opens: A Novel

by Elisabeth Egan

Published: 8/25/2015 by Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781501105432

“Alice Pearce has a pretty great life. She has a loving family and works part-time as an editor for a magazine. When her family’s financial situation takes a drastic turn, Alice finds that she needs to step up to the plate and contribute more, and she finds this comes at a cost. I think many women will see themselves in Alice’s character. I recommend this book to moms who need a little time to themselves; they might realize that maybe things aren’t so bad for them after all.”

                                                                  Rosanna Johnson, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ


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The Marriage of Opposites: A Novel

by Alice Hoffman

Published: 8/4/2015 by Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781451693591

“Exquisite…Alice Hoffman’s finest work to date. The Marriage of Opposites is a beautiful love story of a man and woman and a mother and child intricately woven together to capture the author’s true message: Love more, not less.

Marianne Colton, Lockport Public Library, Lockport, NY


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Everybody Rise: A Novel

by Stephanie Clifford

Published: 8/18/2015 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250077172

“Stephanie Clifford’s debut novel takes us into the world of NYC high society in 2006. Evelyn Beegan, who’s always been on the fringes of the smart set, meets It girl Camilla Rutherford, and her ambition and desire to belong get the best of her. Evelyn’s deceptive effort to keep pace with Camilla wreaks all kinds of havoc with her finances, her family, and her sense of self. With a sympathetic main character and a fascinating look into how the other half lives, this astute tale is irresistible.”

                                                                    Anbolyn Potter, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ


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The Fall of Princes: A Novel

by Robert Goolrick

Published: 8/25/2015 by Algonquin
ISBN: 9781616204204

“I loved this novel about the rise and fall of a man in NYC during the 80s, when money was easy to make and easy to spend. What happens when you can get anything you want, and what does it really end up costing you? The story of the people working in the financial industry during that time is interwoven with the reality of AIDS, cocaine and the changes going on in society. So many sentences were so well-written that I found myself stopping to take them in and relish them.”

                                                                    Jennifer Cook, Cheshire Public Library, Cheshire, CT


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In a Dark, Dark Wood: A Novel

by Ruth Ware

Published: 8/4/2015 by Gallery/Scout Press
ISBN: 9781501112317

“Leonora Shaw is a crime writer who lives a solitary life in London until she receives an invitation to a hen party for a friend she hasn’t seen in nearly ten years. The party takes place in a remote location with spotty phone service. Are you nervous yet? We know from the opening pages that something horrible happens, but just what, and to whom, how, and why will keep readers guessing — and flipping the pages. Recommended for fans of The Girl on the Train.”

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


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Black Eyed Susans: A Novel

by Julia Heaberlin
Published: 8/11/2015 by Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780804177993

“In 1995, Tessie went out for a run, and she went missing. She was found eventually, a surviving victim of the Black-Eyed Susan serial killer. The supposed killer is in prison, yet Tessie is still being plagued by mysterious Black Eyed Susan flowers blooming where they shouldn’t. The viewpoint shifts between Tessie in the present day and teenage Tessie in 1995, and was quite clever. I think this novel will appeal to fans of Gone Girl.

Shannon Fukumoto, Kapolei Public Library Kapolei, HI


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Lord of the Wings:
A Meg Langslow Mystery

by Donna Andrews

Published: 8/4/2015 by Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9781250049582

“It’s Halloween in Caerphilly and the town has come up with another festival to bring in the tourists. Meg Langslow is heading up the “Goblin Patrol”, there’s trouble at the Haunted House, and body parts are being found at the zoo. Meg is once again called in to save the day and solve the crime. If you enjoy your mysteries packed with humor and fun, don’t miss this return to Caerphilly with Meg and her zany family and friends.”

                                                                Karen Emery, Johnson County Public Library, Franklin, IN


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Browsings:
A Year of Reading, Collecting,
and Living with Books

by Michael Dirda

Published: 8/15/2015 by Pegasus
ISBN: 9781605988443

“This collection of Dirda’s musings on writers, book collecting and the literary landscape is a must read for all bibliophiles. Michael Dirda won a Pulitzer for his work at the Washington Post and has been called “the best-read person in America”. I always learn something new when I read his work and this book is no exception. Great fun for all book nerds!”

                                                                   Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Hilliard, OH



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Kitchens of the Great
Midwest: A Novel

by J. Ryan Stradal

Published:7/28/2015
by Pamela Dorman Books
ISBN: 9780525429142

“This novel is quirky and colorful. The story revolves around chef Eva Thorvald and the people who influence her life and her cooking. With well-drawn characters and mouthwatering descriptions of meals, Kitchens of the Great Midwest will appeal to readers who like vivid storytelling. Foodies will also enjoy this delicious tale.”

                                                                    Anbolyn Potter, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ

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Circling the Sun: A Novel

by Paula McLain

Published: 7/28/2015 by Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345534187

“I couldn’t stop reading this fascinating portrayal of Beryl Markham, a complex and strong-willed woman who fought to make her way in the world on her terms. McLain paints a captivating portrait of Africa in the 1920s and the life of expats making their home there. Highly, highly recommended.”

Halle Eisenman, Beaufort County Library, Hilton Head, SC


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Kiss Me: A Novel

by Susan Mallery

Published: 6/30/2015/2015 by HQN Books
ISBN: 9780373780129

“As always, Ms. Mallery has given us a fantastic read. As soon as I pick up her titles, I can’t put them down until I have finished them. They are feel-good, heartwarming —
I need more synonyms. I love seeing all the previous characters, the friendships and families that have formed since Chasing Perfect came out five years ago. Thanks, Ms. Mallery, for another amazing read.”

Jenelle Klavenga, Marshalltown Public Library, Marshalltown, IA


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Second Chance Summer: A Novel

by Jill Shalvis

Published: 6/30/2015 by Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 9781455586738

“I loved this book, a perfect start to the newest series by Jill Shalvis. It contains the same humor, heart and heat that we’ve come to expect from this author. It should be on every romance reader’s summer reading list.”

Carole Tossman, Howard County Library System, Columbia, MD


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Speaking in Bones: A Novel

by Kathy Reichs

Published: 7/21/2015 by Bantam
ISBN: 9780345544049

“This book lives up to the expectations we have for Kathy Reichs. A compelling and dangerous mystery, lots of medical details, and good characterization make this a title that will be easy to recommend!”

Leslie Johnson, Jefferson County Public Library, Lakewood, CO


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Those Girls: A Novel

by Chevy Stevens

Published: 7/7/2015 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250034588

Those Girls follows the lives of the Campbell sisters. After running away from their alcoholic father, they find themselves caught in a worse situation when they are kidnapped. As events spiral out of control, they manage to escape and create new lives. This is a tale that will captivate readers and show just how strong the bond between family members can be.”

Annice Sevett, Willmar Public Library, Willmar, Minnesota


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Maybe in Another Life: A Novel

by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Published: 7/7/2015 by Washington Square Press
ISBN: 9781476776880

“Hannah Martin has just moved back to LA after ending a relationship. Her best friend, Gabby, takes her out to a bar on her first night home. Enter Ethan, the One Who Got Away, and suddenly, Hannah has to decide if she’ll leave with Ethan or Gabby. We follow Hannah after choosing both options, alternating chapters to explore the consequences of each. A must for anyone who loves a hankie with their books!”

                                                                  Tracy Babiasz, Chapel Hill Public Library, Chapel Hill, NC


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Crooked Heart: A Novel

by Lissa Evans

Published: 7/28/2015 by Harper
ISBN: 9780062364838

Crooked Heart is a rewarding, addictive read. Orphaned ten-year-old bookworm Noel, sent away to rural St. Albans, finds himself under the reluctant guardianship of Vee, aka Mrs. Vera Sledge. Amidst a chaotic background of bombings and uncertain futures, Vee and Noel gradually form a powerful bond. I recommend this darkly humorous, honest, and complex story. It is book club heaven.”

Janet Schneider, Oceanside Library, Oceanside, NY


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Love Lies Beneath: A Novel

by Ellen Hopkins

Published: 7/21/2015 by Atria Books
ISBN: 9781476743653

“An intriguing tale of sex, romance and deception. Tara is a brilliant, sexy forty-something. She’s enjoying being single until Cavin, a handsome doctor, enters her exam room. They have a hot and steamy romance but there is much, much more to this story. Ellen Hopkins commands each word on the page from her prose to verse.”

Laura Hartwig, Meriden Public Library, Meriden, CT


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Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day

by Leanne Brown

Published: 7/14/2015 by Workman Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780761184997

“Wow! This is a great looking book. Great for beginners with its details about ingredients and kitchen tools. Best of all, each recipe is made from ingredients that most everyone has; there were only two ingredients in the whole book that I don’t own. This book is just what my doctor ordered, literally. I am a basic cook and like simple and tasty. This book is OUTSTANDING!”

Nancy Chalk, Charlton Public Library, Charlton, MA


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