For Your Consideration: January 2017 LibraryReads Titles
Download, read, and nominate your favorite December 2016 AND January 2017 titles for the January 2017* LibraryReads list!
*Nominations are due November 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.
THE DRY by Jane Harper
“Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.”
This is the note Federal Agent Aaron Falk receives after hearing that his childhood best friend Luke has been found dead after committing a terrible crime in Jane Harper’s first mystery. When Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown amid the worst drought in a century to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, a long-buried mystery from Falk’s past resurfaces and he finds that small towns have always hidden big secrets.
“A stunner… It’s a small-town, big-secrets page-turner with a shocker of an ending… Recommend this one to fans of James Lee Burke and Robert Crais, who mix elements of ‘bromance’ into their hard-boiled tales.” — Booklist, starred review
THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz
In “bestseller Hurwitz’s stellar sequel to 2016’s ORPHAN X,”* Evan Smoak, a.k.a. “The Nowhere Man,” is captured, drugged, and spirited off to a remote location, heavily guarded from all approaches. His captors think they have Evan trapped and helpless, but they don’t realize that they’ve locked themselves in with one of the deadliest and most resourceful Orphans. “Evan’s efforts to elude Van Sciver and company will keep readers on the edge of their seats, but it’s Hurwitz’s engaging, sympathetic characters who place this thriller above the pack.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred review
THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel
Based on Frankel’s own experience as the mother of a transgender second-grader, THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS is the story of a family whose youngest son decides he wants to be a girl and passes as Poppy… until she doesn’t. “A big, brave, messy modern family struggles with the challenges of raising a transgender child. As thought-provoking a domestic novel as we have seen this year.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough
“Pinborough, an accomplished author of horror, mysteries, dark fantasy, and psychological suspense, has drawn on all her gifts to tell her latest story, a masterpiece of suspense centered on a bad marriage. Give this intense book to patrons freely, but especially target those who are fatigued with the current spate of female-driven psychological suspense. It will be enough to shake things up for them (it even has a hashtag campaign, #WTFThatEnding).”
— Booklist, starred review
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MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY by Coretta Scott King
The life story of Coretta Scott King—wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and singular twentieth-century American civil rights activist—as told fully for the first time.
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LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK by Kathleen Rooney
Two starred reviews! “Inspired by Margaret Fishback, poet and Macy’s ad-writing phenom of the 1930s, Rooney imagines an extraordinary walk through the streets of New York City on the last night of 1984, one that triggers a flood of memories for fictional ad woman Lillian Boxfish. Elegantly written, Rooney creates a glorious paean to a distant literary life and time—and an unabashed celebration of human connections that bridge the past and future.” — Publishers Weekly, boxed & starred review
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TRANSIT by Rachel Cusk
Two starred reviews! In the stunning second novel of a trilogy that began with OUTLINE (one of The New York Times Book Review’s ten best books of 2015), a writer and her two young sons move to London in the wake of family collapse. “With the sparest prose, Cusk has again created an expertly crafted portrait in this distinctive novel about the fear and hope that accompany change, and one woman’s quest to conquer them. A masterful second installment to a promising trilogy.” — Booklist, starred review
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RISE: How a House Built a Family by Cara Brookins
“In this honest, tough memoir, Brookins documents how building a home for herself and her four children created a pathway out of domestic abuse and into a new life. Brookins deftly narrates the extreme learning curve the family experienced during the construction process, while putting a family back together again.”
— Publishers Weekly
LETTERS TO A YOUNG MUSLIM by Omar Saif Ghobash
In a series of bold and intimate personal letters to his sons, the Ambassador of the UAE to Russia explores what it means to be a Muslim in the twenty-first century. Blending diplomatic experience and the personal responsibility of fatherhood, Ghobash advises the next generation of Muslims how to be faithful to their religion and still navigate through the complexities of today’s world. “This is a fantastic book for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.” — Publishers Weekly
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LOTUS by Lijia Zhang
This “compelling” (Publishers Weekly) debut novel follows a young Chinese woman as she defies her fate and escapes to the neon lights of Shenzhen and all it holds for her—be it love, danger, or destiny. “Poignantly, this work was inspired by Zhang’s grandmother, who was sold into a brothel in her youth.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert
I LIKED MY LIFE by Abby Fabiaschi
An engrossing debut about a devoted mother who commits suicide, leaving her husband and teenage daughter to redefine their understanding of family, while she meddles from beyond the grave. “Warm and hopeful, this marvelous debut stands next to novels from Catherine McKenzie and Carolyn Parkhurst in taking the reader on the emotional rides that define marriage and family.” — Booklist, starred review
THE RISING by Heather Graham & Jon Land
“The New York Times best-selling Graham, a Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award winner and a ThrillerMaster at this summer’s Thrillerfest, and USA Today best-selling author Land join forces to ask a simple question. Why would anyone want to kill the doctor and the parents of high school football star Alex Chin, laid up in the hospital after an injury, and why are they now going after Alex?”
— Library Journal, pre-pub alert
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