September 8, 2014
The Children Act by Ian McEwan
Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London, presiding over family court cases. When her husband moves out after an argument, she throws herself into a case involving a 17 year old whose parents want to deny her a lifesaving operation due to religious reasons. The pressure to resolve this case and her crumbling marriage will test Fiona, keeping readers engaged until the end.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would be savior, and a nomadic group of actors risking everything for art. The novel spans the course of decades, depicting life before and after a flu epidemic, telling a story about relationships, the nature of fame, and the beauty of the world.
The Distance by Helen Giltrow
Charlotte, an elite socialite, turns into Karla behind locked doors, where her business is making information disappear. Her new job – to take out an inmate inside a prison colony. As she is making progress, it seems all leads are false and she must solve this crime and protect a killer.
The Dog by Joseph O’Neill
The hero of the novel leaves New York after a breakup for Dubai, where he struggles with his job as a family officer to a wealthy family. The Dog explores what has become of humankind’s moral progress.
A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernandez
Daisy Hernandez writes in this coming of age memoir about what she learned on the subjects of love, money and race from the Cuban-Columbian women in her life. Readers learn from Hernandez what is means to grow up female in an immigrate home as Daisy tells the story of how she found herself and created a new life.
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns
This engaging book looks intimately into the lives of the Roosevelts – Theodore, Eleanor and FDR. In looking at the history of the Roosevelts, the book ultimately explores how humans overcome obstacles and find the need to forgive and be loyal to family. The book ties in with the PBS documentary that will air in the fall.
The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us by Diane Ackerman
Ackerman confronts the reality that Homo Sapiens are shaping the future of the planet. She takes the reader on a journey through our new reality, introducing us to people and ideas that will help save our future.
Hold the Dark by William Giraldi
Wolf expert Russel Core is called in to Keelut, an isolated Alaskan village, to investigate the disappearances of 3 kids. He soon discovers the horrifying darkness of one of the children’s mothers and a truth of the village, coming face to face with this secret about the bonds of family and the untamed animal in the soul of every human.
The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami
Lalami tells the tale of imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America – a Moroccan slave whose testimony was left out of any records. This work of historical fiction provides readers with an alternative narrative for the famed expedition of Panfilo de Narvaez. Readers will learn that black men played large roles in New World exploration, a fact that is often not explored in other books and history narratives.
In Case of Emergency by Courtney Moreno
A rookie EMT responds to a call outside a mall where a man only tells her “I can’t function.” This question, of how to function, haunts her as her experiences as a rookie EMT break her down and open her up. Moreno does a good job exploring the theme of trauma – its causes, methods, and disguises.
How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why it Happens by Benedict Carey
How We Learn explores what we really know about learning and memory today and how we can apply it to our own lives. Carey writes about how our brains absorb and retain information, demonstrating how we should be training our brains to make deep learning possible.
The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory
The King’s Curse is the final novel in the cousin’s war series.
Festive in Death by J.D. Robb
In the latest In Death book by bestselling author J.D. Robb, Eve Dallas deals with a homicide and the holiday season.
People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges by Jen Mann
Jen Mann is the author of a popular blog and is known for her hilarious observations. Drawing on her popularity, she has debuted a collection of essays along the same lines as her blog.