march pick

Public library staff across the nation have spoken! Congratulations to all the books selected for the March 2016 LibraryReads Top Ten list!

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The Summer Before the War: A Novel (Top Pick!)
By Helen Simonson
“Fans of Simonson’s Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand have reason to rejoice. She has created another engaging novel full of winsome characters, this time set during the summer before the outbreak of World War I. Follow the story of headstrong, independent Beatrice Nash and kind but stuffy surgeon-in-training Hugh Grange along with his formidable Aunt Agatha. Make a cup of tea and prepare to savor every page!”―Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI

Jane Steele (#2)
By Lyndsay Faye
“Jane Steele is a great read for lovers of Victorian literature who especially love their characters to have a lot of pluck! Jane Steele is the adventurous, irreverent, foul-mouthed broad that I so often loved about Jane Eyre, but in more wily circumstances. Remember that fabulous scene in Jane Eyre when she stands up to her aunt for the first time, and how you wanted to stand up from your comfy reading chair and cheer for her? Imagine an entire book just of those sorts of scenes. Absolutely fabulous fun!” ―Abbey Stroop, Herrick District Library, Holland, MI

Marked in Flesh: A Novel of the Others (#4)
By Anne Bishop
“In this thrilling installment, Bishop continues to explore the relationships of The Others and the humans who live at the Lakeside compound. Meanwhile, Humans First and Last organization has been making themselves known, after the attacks in the previous book that killed numerous Others along with their “Wolf Lover” friends, they are not backing down. Little do they know it’s not the Others humans need to be wary of but the Elders for which the Others act as a buffer. This is an excellent installment in the novels of the Others, exciting, heart-wrenching and suspenseful.” ―Emily Peros, Denver Public Library, Denver, CO

Fool Me Once (#6)
By Harlan Coben
“Coben has made me lose more sleep over the years than all my other favorite authors combined. Joe Burkett has been murdered in front of his wife Maya. They have a two year old daughter who has a nanny. After the funeral, a friend gives her a picture frame that hides a camera so she can check on the care the nanny is providing her daughter. She watches the recording. Can she believe what she saw? Is she going crazy? Both? Buy a ticket for the coaster and find out for yourself. Keep your hands inside the car; it’s going to be a wild ride.” ―Lisa Sprague, Public Services Librarian, Enfield Public Library, Enfield, CT

All Things Cease to Appear: A Novel (#10)
By Elizabeth Brundage
“When the Clare family purchases a ramshackle farmhouse at a foreclosure auction, it appears that all is well in their world, until George comes home one evening from his job as an Art History Professor at the local private college and finds his wife murdered and their three-year-old untended yet unharmed. Told through the eyes of the townspeople and the families involved, this is a gorgeously unsettling look at a marriage and what happens to a community in the process of change.”―Jennifer Dayton, Darien Library, Darien, CT

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  • This was a great month for you! Adored “Jane Steele”, scared to death by “All Things Cease to Appear and felt very posh and British reading “The Summer Before the War”. Congrats!

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