July 2014 LibraryReads List

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Landline

by Rainbow Rowell

Published: 7/8/2014
by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250049377

Landline explores the delicate balance women make between work and family, considering the tradeoffs and pain. Rowell has a special gift for offering incredible insights into ordinary life. Never heavy-handed, Rowell’s writing is delivered with humor and grace. I finish all of her books wanting to laugh and cry at the same time–they are that moving. Landline captured my heart.”

Andrea Larson, Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL

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One Plus One: A Novel

by Jojo Moyes

Published: 7/1/2014 by Pamela Dorman Books
ISBN: 9780525426585

“A single mom, her math genius daughter, her eye-shadow-wearing stepson, a wealthy computer geek and a smelly dog all get into a car…it sounds like the start of a bad joke, but it’s actually another charming novel from Jojo Moyes. It’s more of a traditional romance than Me Before You, but will also appeal to fans of quirky, hard-working characters. A quick read and perfect for summer.”

Emily Wichman, Clermont County Public Library, Milford, OH


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The Black Hour

by Lori Rader-Day

Published: 7/8/2014 by Seventh Street Books
ISBN: 9781616148850

“This first novel about two broken people is a psychological thriller like the best of Alfred Hitchcock. Amelia Emmet is a professor desperately trying to recover from a gunshot wound, and Nathaniel Barber is a student struggling to come to grips with his mother’s death and a lost love. Their journey, told in alternating chapters, is riveting and full of surprising discoveries. Highly recommended.”

Mattie Gustafson, Newport Public Library, Newport, RI


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The Queen of the Tearling: A Novel

by Erika Johansen

Published: 7/8/2014 by Harper
ISBN: 9780062290366

“The first of a trilogy, this book is so much more than just another fantasy. Yes, there is magic, a princess and a really bad queen, but there is also an apocalyptic twist that makes readers hungry for the next installment. This book caught me from the first page and kept me guessing till the last. A great read!”

Cindy Stevens, Pioneer Library System, Norman, OK


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Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands: A Novel

by Chris Bohjalian

Published: 7/8/2014 by Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385534833

“Thousands of lives are irrevocably changed by a nuclear disaster in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. When her parents are blamed, Emily becomes homeless and her situation, desperate. Told retrospectively, Emily’s story is devastating to read, but her passionate interest in Emily Dickinson comes with flashes of brilliance and a growing acceptance of her past.”

Kim Storbeck, Timberland Regional Library, Tumwater, WA


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World of Trouble: The Last Policeman Book III

by Ben H. Winters

Published: 7/15/2014 by Quirk Books
ISBN: 9781594746857

“Still the last policeman, Detective Hank Palace tirelessly pulls together clues from crime scenes and interrogates witnesses to find his missing sister. Winters paints a believable picture of a world awaiting its end thanks to an asteroid on a collision course. A great series for mystery and science fiction lovers, as well as anyone looking for a pre-apocalyptic tale without a single zombie.”

Jenna Persick, Chester County Library, Exton, PA


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California: A Novel

by Edan Lepucki

Published: 7/8/2014 by Little Brown
ISBN: 9780316250818

“Driven away from the violence of cities and a crumbling society, Cal and Frida live an isolated existence, struggling to survive on what they grow and forage. When an unplanned pregnancy pushes the couple to search for other people, they discover an unexpected community. This well-written debut is great for apocalyptic fiction fans and fans of realistic, character-driven fiction.”

Sara Kennedy, Delaware County District Library, Delaware, OH


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Dollbaby: A Novel

by Laura Lane McNeal

Published: 7/3/2014 by Pamela Dorman Books
ISBN: 9780670014736

“In this coming-of-age story set in the Civil Rights era, Ibby is dropped off at the home of her eccentric grandmother in New Orleans after the death of her beloved father. Filled with colorful characters, family secrets and lots of New Orleans tidbits, this book will appeal to fans of Saving Ceecee Honeycutt.”

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


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The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

by Marja Mills

Published: 7/15/2014 by Penguin Press
ISBN: 9781594205194

“A warm and engaging telling of the life story of Harper Lee. Like no other biography, this book offers insights directly from Lee’s point of view as shared with the journalist she and her sister embraced in friendship late in their lives. Informative and delightful!”

Jan Fisher, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT


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Dry Bones in the Valley: A Novel

by Tom Bouman

Published: 7/7/2014 by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393243024

“A body has been found in an elderly recluse’s field, neighbors are fighting over fracking, and meth labs and heroin dealers have settled deep in the woods of Officer Henry Farrell’s Wild Thyme Township. Bouman’s prose reveals not only the beauty of northeastern Pennsylvania, but also abject poverty and despair. A startling debut rich in setting and character with an intricate plot that will stay with readers after the last page.”

Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ


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2 Responses to “July 2014 LibraryReads List”

  1. denise auger says:

    Hi I am with the largest library system in Georgia, larger than #2 and 3 combined (as measured by foot traffic and # items checked out). I host the Meet the Author series and we were mailed a copy of The Queen of the Tearling: A Novel

    This book is going to get me fired! I am skipping the summer reruns and bland Tv and reading it this week and cannot put it down. I’m losing sleep and it’s making me late to work. I’ll be sorry to see it end but will be better rested, I am considering passing it on to my daughter but her Masters in Accountancy cost her 25k. Can’t afford to blow that!

    Thanks so much!

  2. Melissa DeWild says:

    I loved it too! Thanks for sharing!

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