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May 2015 LibraryReads List

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Uprooted

by Naomi Novik

Published: 5/19/2015 by Del Rey
ISBN: 9780804179034

“A young girl is unexpectedly uprooted from her family and becomes involved in a centuries-old battle with The Wood, a malevolent entity which destroys anyone it touches. Fast-paced, with magic, mystery and romance, Novik’s stand-alone novel is a fairy tale for adults.”

Lucy Lockley, St. Charles City-County Library, St. Peters, MO

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A Court of Thorns and Roses

by Sarah J. Maas

Published: 5/5/2015 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s
ISBN: 9781619634442

“The human world is in peril. Feyre, a semi-literate girl, hunts for her family’s survival. After she kills an enormous wolf, a fierce fey shows up at her doorstep seeking retribution. Feyre is led to beautiful eternal springs, but the journey is not without danger. Maas masterfully pulls the reader into this new dark fantasy series which feels like a mix of fairy tales, from Beauty and the Beast to Tam Lin.”

Jessica C. Williams, Westlake Porter Public Library, Westlake, OH


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A God in Ruins: A Novel

by Kate Atkinson

Published: 5/5/2015 by Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 9780316176538

“In A God in Ruins, we become reacquainted with Teddy Todd, the beloved little brother of Ursula from Atkinson’s last book. As with Life After Life, this novel skims back and forth in time, and we see the last half of the 20th century through Ted’s eyes and the eyes of his loved ones. At times funny and at others heartbreaking, Atkinson revels in the beauty and horror of life in all its messiness.”

Jennifer Dayton, Darien Library, Darien, CT


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The Water Knife: A Novel

by Paolo Bacigalupi

Published: 5/26/2015 by Knopf
ISBN: 9780385352871

“Bacigalupi’s novel looks at the possible struggle for water rights in the southwestern United States. Reading Bacigalupi’s novel made me thankful for the current easy access to clean drinking water, yet fearful for our future. A great read for any fan of dystopian fiction.”

Lindsay Atwood, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ


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The Knockoff: A Novel

by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

Published: 5/19/2015 by Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385539586

The Knockoff is a digital-age mash-up of old-school movies The Women and All About Eve, set in the Devil Wears Prada world of a high fashion magazine. I absolutely loved this fresh, charming, addictive and ultimately heroic story of 40-something cancer survivor Imogen’s quest to rescue and rebuild her career, despite the machinations of a younger tech-wiz rival.”

Janet Schneider, Bryant Library, Roslyn, NY


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Early Warning: A Novel

by Jane Smiley

Published: 4/28/2015 by Knopf
ISBN: 9780307700322

“In the second book of the Langdon trilogy, the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist follows the next generation of the unforgettable Iowa family introduced in Some Luck. Beginning with the death of the patriarch Walter in 1953, Smiley chronicles the social consciousness in America of the 1960s. The book goes up to events in the 1970s and early 1980s that touch each family member in unforeseen ways.”

Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ


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Seveneves: A Novel

by Neal Stephenson

Published: 5/19/2015 by William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062190376

“Stephenson’s back in fine form with this hard science fiction masterpiece, combining the detail of Cryptonomicon with the fast-paced action of Reamde. Fans of Anathem will appreciate Stephenson’s speculation about the possibilities of human evolution. This book is a great follow-up for readers who enjoyed the science of Weir’s The Martian. I heartily recommend Seveneves to SF readers.”

Keith Hayes, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC


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The Ghost Fields

by Elly Griffiths

Published: 5/19/2015 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544330146

“Griffiths has written another strong entry in her excellent Ruth Galloway series. Here, Ruth is called in when a World War II plane is excavated, complete with pilot–but the pilot is in the wrong plane. Strong characters combine with an absorbing puzzle to create a hard-to-put-down mystery.”

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


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Our Souls at Night: A Novel

by Kent Haruf

Published: 5/26/2015 by Knopf
ISBN: 9781101875896

“Beautiful, elegant and poignant, this novel is a distilled experience of Haruf’s writing. The story of how two elders attempt to poke at the loneliness and isolation that surrounds them will stick with me for a long time to come. I’m amazed at how Haruf says so much with such spare prose. He will be missed.”

Alison Kastner, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR


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Little Black Lies

by Sharon Bolton

Published: 5/19/2015 by Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9781250028594

“Set in the Falkland Islands, this novel grabs you from the opening paragraph. A child is missing, and he’s not the first. The incident sets off a chain of events leading to multiple characters confessing to murder. Accustomed to living in an idyllic community, fear and anger escalate among the locals. Bolton has created a page-turner of a story with a surprise ending.”

Elizabeth Kanouse, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ


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October 2014 LibraryReads List

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A Sudden Light: A Novel

by Garth Stein

Published: 9/30/2014
by Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781439187036

“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

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Leaving Time: A Novel

by Jodi Picoult

Published: 10/14/2014 by Ballantine
ISBN: 9780345544926

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


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As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride

by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden
Foreword by Rob Reiner

Published: 10/14/2014 by Touchstone
ISBN: 9781476764023

“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, NH


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Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir

by Alan Cumming

Published: 10/7/2014 by Dey Street Books
ISBN: 9780062225061

“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


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Some Luck: A Novel

by Jane Smiley

Published: 10/7/2014 by Knopf
ISBN: 9780307700315

“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


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The Boy Who Drew Monsters: A Novel

by Keith Donohue

Published: 10/7/2014 by Picador
ISBN: 9781250057150

“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


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The Life We Bury

by Allen Eskens

Published: 10/14/2014 by Seventh Street Books
ISBN: 9781616149987

“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


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Reunion: A Novel

by Hannah Pittard

Published: 10/7/2014 by Grand Central
ISBN: 9781455553617

“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


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Malice: A Mystery

by Keigo Higashino; translated by Alexander O. Smith

Published: 10/7/2014 by Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9781250035608

“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


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Murder at the Brightwell: A Mystery

by Ashley Weaver

Published: 10/14/2014 by Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9781250046369

“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


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