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February 2016 LibraryReads List

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Salt to the Sea

by Ruta Sepetys

Published:2/2/2016
by Philomel Books
ISBN: 9780399160301

“Titanic. Lusitania. Wilhelm Gustloff. All major maritime disasters, yet the last is virtually unknown. Ruta Sepetys changes that in her gripping historical novel. Told in short snippets, Salt to the Sea rotates between four narrators attempting to escape various tragedies in 1945 Europe. Powerful and haunting, heartbreaking and hopeful–a must read.”

Jennifer Asimakopoulos, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL

Black Rabbit Hall

by Eve Chase

Published: 2/9/2016 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
ISBN: 9780399174124

“Young Amber Alton and her family adore Black Rabbit Hall, and the joy and peace it brings to them all. That is, until a tragic accident changes everything. Three decades later, Lorna decides her wedding must be celebrated at the crumbling hall. As the book moves between these two time periods, secrets slowly unfold. Perfectly twisty with interesting characters and a compelling story that kept me up too late.”

Deborah Margeson, Douglas County Libraries, Parker, CO


A Girl’s Guide to Moving On: A Novel

by Debbie Macomber

Published: 2/23/2016 by Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780553391923

“Leanne and her daughter-in-law Nichole both leave cheating husbands to start over. They learn that it is never easy and that hardships abound, but they meet many wonderful people on their way to happily-ever-after. Believable characters and an enjoyable story made this perfect for relaxing reading—definitely one of Macomber’s best. An excellent choice both for long-time fans of the author and for those who have never read her novels.”

Linda Tilden, Cherry Hill Public Library, Cherry Hill, NJ

 


Be Frank With Me: A Novel

by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Published: 2/2/2016 by William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062413710

“Meet Frank. Frank is an odd 9-year-old boy who has a higher IQ than Einstein’s and dresses as if he were on a movie set in the early 1920s–and he is someone with whom you are sure to fall in love. Frank’s reclusive mother is an author whose publisher has just sent Alice Whitley to serve as an assistant and ensure the next book is completed. The relationship between Frank and Alice is magical. Readers will devour this book and want more. Just magical.”

Marika Zemke, Commerce Township Public Library,Commerce Township, MI

 


Flight of Dreams: A Novel

by Ariel Lawhon

Published: 2/23/2016 by Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385540025

Flight of Dreams chronicles an author’s imagined scenario on the ill-fated last flight of the Hindenburg, which was shrouded in mystery. Lawhon does a masterful job by giving meticulous detail of the ship and delving into the lives of many of the characters on board. I read with mounting dread and intensity as the storyline of the disaster unfolded. Historical detail and wonderful storytelling make this a must read for historical fiction lovers.”

Kristin Fields, Farnhamville Public Library, Farnhamville, IA

 


13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

by Mona Awad

Published: 2/23/2016 by Penguin Books
ISBN: 9780143128489

“Everyone loves Lizzie–she is the confidant, the late night go-to, and she is always there and hungry for attention. Lizzie becomes even more obsessed and needy when she no longer feels insecure about being overweight and it becomes painfully obvious that she will always feel bad about herself. It is a candid and sad look at how we mistreat people with different body types.”

Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX

 


Fighting Dirty: An Ultimate Novel

by Lori Foster

Published: 2/23/2016 by HQN Books
ISBN: 9780373789177

“What. A. Ride! I absolutely loved this book. I loved finally getting Armie and Merissa’s story. I also enjoyed being able to go back and revisit past characters and getting to know future ones! The story was fast-paced and dreamy. Armie’s fight with himself over his emotions wasn’t drawn out, nor did it get tedious to read. All around, this book was an absolute pleasure, and I can’t wait to read more from Foster!”

Jessica McCroskey, Holston River Regional Library, Johnson City, TN

 


Find Her: A Novel

by Lisa Gardner
Published: 2/9/2016 by Dutton
ISBN: 9780525954576

“WOW. Find Her is intense. Those initial pages are a testament to the strength of Lisa Gardner’s writing. I had to know what was going to happen! At times it was so bleak and dark, and yet I still had to know what Flora and Stacy were going to be doing. A very suspenseful, twisty, unpredictable page-turner.”

Allie Williams, Parnell Memorial Library, Montevallo, AL

 


The Opposite of Everyone: A Novel

by Joshilyn Jackson

Published: 2/16/2016 by William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062105684

“Fans of Jackson’s Someone Else’s Love Story will be pleased to see William’s acerbic friend Paula take center stage. A successful divorce lawyer, Paula’s carefully constructed life starts to fracture when family secrets come to light, forcing her to try to come to terms with the power of her story to hurt and heal, and a growing need for family connections. A wonderful cast of offbeat, memorable characters make this book a winner.”

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

 


The Girl in the Red Coat

by Kate Hamer

Published: 2/16/2016 by Melville House
ISBN: 9781612195001

“There is not much more terrifying than losing your child. There’s the terror, the guilt, and then the relentless and unending chasm left behind by your child. I am grateful to not know that pain, and yet what Beth, the main character of this book, went through, resonated with me. I have had so many things on my to-do list, and yet I found myself delaying laundry and dusting and research so that I could find out how this story would unfold.”

Kim Dorman, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ

 


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February 2014 LibraryReads List

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Red Rising

by Pierce Brown

Published: 1/28/2014 by Del Rey
ISBN: 9780345539786

“The next great read for those who loved The Hunger Games. This story has so much action, intrigue, social commentary and character development that the reader who never reads science fiction will happily overlook the fact that the story takes place on Mars far in the future. The characters are perfectly flawed, causing the reader to feel compassion and revulsion for both sides. Can’t wait for the next installment!”

Cindy Stevens, Pioneer Library System, Norman, OK

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The Good Luck of Right Now: A Novel

by Matthew Quick

Published: 2/11/2014 by Harper
ISBN: 9780062285539

“Socially-awkward 40-year-old Bartholomew has lived with his mother all his life and has never held a job. When she succumbs to cancer, he channels her favorite actor, Richard Gere, to make her happy during her last days. Funny and sad, with moving, unsentimental prose and a quick, satisfying pace. Highly recommended.”

Michael Colford, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA


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This Dark Road to Mercy: A Novel

by Wiley Cash

Published: 1/28/2014 by William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062088253

“Cash’s second novel is as good as his first. In this story, we meet Easter and her sister Ruby, who have been shuffled around the foster care system in Gastonia, North Carolina. Then their ne’er-do-well father whisks them away in the middle of the night. I was on the edge of my seat as I followed the girls’ tale and hoping for a safe outcome. Fans of A Land More Kind Than Home will enjoy this book as well.”

Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH


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The Martian: A Novel

by Andy Weir

Published: 2/11/2014 by Crown
ISBN: 9780804139021

“An edge-of-your seat debut thriller with laugh-out-loud dialogue mixed in. After a bad storm cuts his team’s Mars mission short, injured astronaut Mark Watley is stranded. Now he’s got to figure out how to survive without air, shelter, food, or water on the harsh Martian landscape until the next manned mission in four years. It’s Science Fiction with a capital S, but Weir does a fabulous job of making it accessible to non-science geeks (like me).”

Dan Brooks, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC


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After I’m Gone: A Novel

by Laura Lippman

Published: 2/11/2014 by William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062083395

“So much fun to read. In Lippman’s newest book, bookie Felix Brewer goes missing just before his indictment because he can’t stand the thought of spending years in prison. He leaves behind a wife, three young daughters, a mistress, and Burt, his best friend and attorney. Enter retired police detective Sandy Bayard who works as a consultant on cold cases. A delicious bon bon!”

Anne Lee, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


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Ripper: A Novel

by Isabel Allende

Published: 1/28/2014 by Harper
ISBN: 9780062291400

“Allende does an amazing job of developing characters in this taut, suspenseful literary thriller. The story has a lightning-fast denouement, and the mystery is artfully styled to keep the reader guessing.”

Amanda Viana, Norton Public Library, Norton, MA


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The Ghost of the Mary Celeste: A Novel

by Valerie Martin

Published: 1/28/2014 by Nan A. Talese
ISBN: 9780385533508

“A cargo ship sailing from New York to Italy is discovered empty and drifting near Gibraltar in the 1870s. The mystery brings grief to two Massachusetts seafaring families and ignites the public’s imagination, including one Arthur Conan Doyle, who authors a fantastical magazine piece that purports to be an account by the ship’s doctor. Crossing time and space, this wide-ranging story proves Martin once again to be a master of the historical novel.”

Margaret Donovan, Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA


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The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress

by Ariel Lawhon

Published: 1/28/2014 by Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385537629

“A captivating mystery, based on the real-life disappearance of New York Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater. Told through the voices of the three women closest to Judge Crater–his trophy wife, his beautiful maid, and his Broadway starlet mistress– this is excellent historical fiction, about the era of Prohibition and the culture of 1930s New York City. Riveting characters make for a quick and entertaining read.”

Mary Vernau, Tyler Public Library, Tyler, TX


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The Winter People: A Novel

by Jennifer McMahon

Published: 2/11/2014 by Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385538497

“The small Vermont town of West Hall has been the scene of mysterious deaths, disappearances, and ghost sightings. The scattered pages of a turn-of-the-century diary relate the events that lead to a murder and the apparent beginning of all the trouble. Odd and intriguing clues emerge, and the final conclusion is thrilling.”

Nancy Russell, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH


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E.E. Cummings: A Life

by Susan Cheever

Published: 2/11/2014 by Pantheon
ISBN: 9780307379979

“Cummings is a pivotal figure in the creation of modern verse, and Cheever conveys his journey with color, warmth, and understanding, especially his imprisonment in France during the First World War, his father’s death and his final reunion with his daughter. She leaves the reader with only one wish: to be a fly on the wall while the poet held forth to his friends.”

Linda Jeffries-Summers, Howard County Library, Columbia, MD


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