For Your Consideration: December 2015 AND January 2016 LibraryReads Titles

The 2015 Favorite of Favorites voting is happening now, but it’s never too early to download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the combined December 2015/January 2016* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due November 20! Click here for the full list of 2016 deadlines.

THE THINGS WE KEEP by Sally Hepworth
Librarians are gushing over this novel reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks’s THE NOTEBOOK and Lisa Genova’s STILL ALICE about a 38-year-old woman with early onset Alzheimer’s who falls in love with another care home resident. “Reading this gave me the same feeling as when I first read Nicholas Sparks’s THE NOTEBOOK.” — Robin Beerbower, EarlyWord
“Loved THE THINGS WE KEEP about early onset dementia… Realistically imagined.” — Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington NJ

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ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz
Two starred reviews! Evan Smoak, a.k.a The Nowhere Man, is a legendary figure with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. But now, someone with similar skills and training is on Evan’s tail with one mission: find and eliminate him. “Knowing that this is the start of a series reduces tension only a sliver in this hi-tech, nonstop thriller. Hurwitz, known for this kind of adrenaline-producing fiction, adds enough humanity to the action to make this is a standout, and readers should get in at the start. As if a big print run and marketing plans weren’t enough, screen rights have already been sold, with Hurwitz doing the screenplay and Bradley Cooper as producer and possible star.” — Booklist, starred review

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ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
From the editor in chief of, a stunning novel about the end of the world—and the beginning of our future. “Clever and wonderfully weird… Fans of genre fiction will be delighted by Patricia and Laurence’s story, and Anders’s smart, matter-of-fact prose will appeal to a mainstream audience as well.” — Publishers Weekly

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by Daniel Friedman

Thriller Award–finalist Friedman (DON’T EVER LOOK BACK) succeeds in making his unique blend of humor, crime, and an unusual protagonist work in the first of a new series starring the famous Romantic poet [Lord Byron]. Besides adroitly placing the major plot twists, Friedman manages to make one of the most obnoxious leads in recent memory oddly endearing and even sympathetic.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

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EVEN THE DEAD by Benjamin Black
“Quirke’s latest entanglement forces him to revisit some unresolved issues that go back to the series’ beginnings: the Magdalene Laundries atrocity and threats from his powerful nemesis, Costigan. Fans will welcome this tying up of loose ends, as Black (a pseudonym for Booker-winning John Banville) crafts a way for Quirke to close the book on some of his most troubling personal demons and even offers the seething pathologist a measure of incongruous happiness.” — Booklist

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CITY OF THORNS by Ben Rawlence
Two starred reviews! In CITY OF THORNS, Rawlence interweaves the stories of nine individuals to show what life is like in the Dabaab camp and to sketch the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped there. Lucid, vivid and illuminating, CITY OF THORNS is an urgent human story with deep international repercussions, brought to life through the people who call Dabaab home. “By combining his own experiences with interviews with residents of Dabaab, [Rawlence] makes the human rights crisis—rarely covered in the media—vivid and immediate for readers.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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by Ruth Wariner

Jeannette Walls’ THE GLASS CASTLE meets ESCAPE by Carolyn Jessup, THE SOUND OF GRAVEL is the remarkable true story of one girl’s coming-of-age in a polygamist Mormon Doomsday cult. “Fab memoir of escaping polygamous Mormon household. Combo GLASS CASTLE & NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER. Everyone should read this.” — Robin Beerbower, EarlyWord

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FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown
THREE starred reviews! A vividly imagined first novel about a young couple on the run from pursuers across Sherman’s March through Georgia in the final year of the Civil War. “Brown’s expressive language captures the harsh realities of the South at the time. A nail-biting journey from first page to last.” — Library Journal, starred review

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There are even more December 2015 & January 2016 titles in our Edelweiss collection!

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