September 1, 2014
As summer winds down, we have begun the Fall 2014 push for new books. Although many people have less time to read as lives get increasingly busier after the Labor Day holiday, publishers and authors are churning out books in hopes that people will make time for reading. If you are looking for a new read, this weeks selection has a wide variety of genres.
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
The Bone Clocks follows the life of Holly Sykes, who readers first meet as a 15 year-old girl that runs away to live with the love of her life. Her lost weekend is a prelude to a shocking disappearance that echos throughout Holly’s life, impacting all those she loves. The story is told through different perspectives that shed light on Holly and her story.
Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
Personal, out this week, is the 19th book in the Jack Reacher Series. This book takes Reacher to Paris and London, where the stakes have never been higher because in this case, it’s personal.
Leaving the Pink House by Ladette Randolph
Randolph explores the contours of her life, heavily shaped by her roots in Nebraska, including how she overcame devastating losses in her young adult years. Her memoir focuses on the themes of home and family, and how they never really leave us even if we leave them.
The Permanent Nature of Everything by Judith Cowan
The Permanent Nature of Everything is a memoir about growing up in Canada. Cowan draws on recollections from a vanished time and traces awareness in the world of a child.
Silent Witnesses by Nigel McCrery
McCrery provides an account of the major areas of forensic science from around the world in this new book. Readers are taken through narratives and scientific principles that allow them to figure out the crimes as he writes about them. This book is perfect for true crime fans who want to learn more about the science behind forensics.
Transgender Lives: Complex Stories, Complex Voices by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Seven individuals open up and tell their stories of being transgender, helping readers understand what it means to be trans in America.
The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession by Dana Goldstein
Dana Goldstein recounts 175 years of teaching in America, finding answers to controversies that exist in our public schools today. The book opens up conversations about American education by using history to shed light on present dilemmas.
The River by Beverly Lewis
Two formerly Amish sisters are plagued by unresolved relationships upon returning to Lancaster County for their parent’s wedding anniversary. The two sisters want acceptance and redemption, but will it be given to them? Find out by reading this new book.
Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera
Island of a Thousand Mirrors follows two families as they are engulfed in opposite sides of the Sri Lankan Civil War. The story explores how the eldest daughter in each family negotiates war, migration, love, exile and belonging.
An Italian Wife by Ann Hood
An Italian Wife focuses on the story of Josephine Rimaldi, told over more than seven decades. The mother of seven children, Josephine is engulfed in the joys and hardships of motherhood, and Hood does an excellent job detailing the life of this fictional mother.
Seven Wonders by Ben Mezrich
A mathematician goes missing and his estranged brother must find out what happened, leading him on a journey to a variety of countries. During this journey he unravels the mystery that links the seven wonders of the world. With the help of a scientist, he discovers a conspiracy to hide a map to the Garden of Eden and the truth behind an ancient culture. This is the first book is a new trilogy that fans of the Da Vinci Code will love.
Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer
Acceptance is the final installment in the Southern Reach trilogy by Vandermeer.
10:04 by Ben Lerner
The narrator of 10:04 must reckon with his own mortality and the prospect of fatherhood in New York City, which may soon be underwater due to frequent superstorms. Lerner captures what it is like to be alive during the twilight of an empire, when the difficulty of imagining a future is changing our relationship to the past and the present.
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
Set in 1922 in a London filled with anxiety, a widow and her daughter prepare to take in lodgers to help out financially. A modern young couple moves in and shakes up the house, altering the course of the daughter’s life.
Women in Clothes by Shella Heti, Heidi Julavits & Leanne Shapton
Women in Clothes is a conversation between women of all nationalities about the clothes we put on every day and how they define and shape our lives. The book embraces the idea of how complex our style choices are, revealing the thoughtful impulses that influence our daily ritual of getting dressed.
Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon
After a long hiatus, Karon returns to her popular Mitford series with Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good. The characters are back with new struggles and fans of this series will love spending time with these individuals.
Murder of a Needled Knitter by Denise Swanson
This is the 17th book in the Scumble River mystery series. Skye Denison and her new husband Wally Boyd are on a honeymoon cruise when she spots her mother on board. After discovering a dead body, they get tangled up in another murder investigation rather than enjoying their honeymoon like had planned.
Reluctant Witnesses by Arlene Stein
Stein writes in Reluctant Witnesses a part memoir, part history and part sociological analysis to explain the rise of Holocaust consciousness in the United States from the perspective of survivors and their descendants. The book documents how this group of people managed to find a voice at a time when most Holocaust survivors are in the last years of their lives.
Books that Cook by Jennifer Cognard-Black and Melissa A. Goldtwaite
Books that Cook is a collection of American literature written on the theme of food. Each section begins with an excerpt from a well known American Cookbook followed by writing that is an extension of the excerpt. The book reveals the ways authors use recipes in writing and all cooking fans and those who like to read about cooking will enjoy this new book.
The Low Road by A.D. Scott
The fifth book in A.D. Scott’s series finds journalist John McAllister caught up in gang warfare in 1950s Glasgow, where he must search for his friend. In this pursuit, he finds himself in danger of losing everything. This book is a portrait of extremes, exploring the issues of city v. glen, law v. street rules and love v. passion.
All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant
Kat, a single 26 year-old, is still deciding what to do in life while working at her aunt’s bakery. Her best friend, Lucas, enters her into a reality TV bake off and while the competition heats up, Lucas must decide whether to help his friend achieve her dreams of sabotage her changes to keep her where she is, satisfying his dreams.
Rock n Roll Soccer by Ian Plenderleith
Rock n Roll Soccer explores the short history of the North American Soccer League, the world’s first truly international league. The book explores how it sold itself to a country not very interested in the sport to its bankruptcy.
The Secret Place by Tara French
The Secret Place is French’s next novel in her Dublin Murder Squad series. A photo of a boy who was murdered on the grounds of a girls’ boarding school is brought to Detective Moran and he must find out who pinned the photo to a bulletin board and why. Teaming up with another detective, he investigates this and finds out what goes on in the private lives of teenage girls. French explores the themes of friendship and loyalty in this new novel.
The Moment of Everything by Shelly King
The Moment of Everything is a romantic novel about a woman, recently laid off from her high paying job, who finds her calling while trying to save a used bookstore.