In search of the next big read to share with your patrons? Below you will find a few of our favorites.
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We Were Liars
By E. Lockhart
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
“Surprising, thrilling, and beautifully executed in spare, precise, and lyrical prose, Lockhart spins a tragic family drama, the roots of which go back generations. And the ending? Shhhh. Not telling. (But it’s a doozy)…This is poised to be big.”
—Booklist (starred review)
Delicious! A Novel
By Ruth Reichl
Bestselling food memoirist Ruth Reichl now brings her talents to fiction.
Billie Breslin has a job at Delicious, the most iconic food magazine in New York. But, when the publication is summarily shut down, she is the only staff member offered a job: staying behind to man the public relations hotline for complaints and recipe inquiries. What Billie doesn’t know is that this boring, lonely job will be the portal to a life-changing discovery.
“[Reichl’s] satisfying coming-of-age novel of love and loss vividly demonstrates the power of food to connect people across cultures and generations.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
Ruby: A Novel
By Cynthia Bond
The epic, unforgettable love story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her.
“[A] powerful, explosive novel. Bond immerses readers in a fully realized world, one scarred by virulent racism and perverted rituals but also redeemed by love.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Bracing….Undeniable….The echoes of Alice Walker and Toni Morrison are clear….A very strong first novel that blends tough realism with the appealing strangeness of a fever dream.”—Kirkus Reviews
The Painter: A Novel
By Peter Heller
“Jim Stegner, celebrated painter, ardent fisherman and homespun philosopher, narrates this masterful novel, in which love (parental and romantic), artistic vision, guilt, grief, and spine-chilling danger propel a suspenseful plot…Heller is equally skillful at describing the creation of a painting as he is at describing the thrilling details of a gunfight. Here, he explores the mysteries of the human heart and creates an indelible portrait of a man searching for peace, while seeking to maintain his humanity in the face of violence and injustice.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Heller’s writing is sure-footed and rip-roaring, star-bright and laced with ‘dark yearning,’ coalescing in an ever-escalating, ravishing, grandly engrossing and satisfying tale of righteousness and revenge, artistic fervor and moral ambiguity.” —Booklist (starred review)
The Garden of Burning Sand
By Corban Addison
Combining his three great passions—storytelling, human rights, and exotic locales—Corban Addison, the bestselling author of A Walk Across the Sun, returns with , a powerful and poignant novel that takes the reader from the red light areas of Lusaka, Zambia to the gilded chambers of the Washington, D.C. elite to the splendor of Victoria Falls and Cape Town.
An accomplished young human rights lawyer, Zoe Fleming has made a life for herself in Zambia, far from her estranged father, a business mogul with presidential aspiration, and from the devastating betrayals of her past. When a girl with Down syndrome is sexually assaulted in a Lusaka slum, Zoe demands justice, but at every turn, she gets caught in a great clash between the forces of justice and power.
“Fans of Addison’s first novel and readers who enjoy socially conscious fiction will want this.”—Library Journal
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