may picks

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

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Sweetbitter: A Novel (#4)
by Stephanie Danler
“At her new job at one of NYC’s posh restaurants, Tess falls for a mysterious bartender and negotiates the politics of the service industry while building a social life. Danler drew from her own experience and the writing is vivid and stimulating.I’m always interested in a story about a girl trying to find her place in the world and her adventures, but anyone who appreciates writing that pulses with life will drink this down.”―Sonia Reppe, Stickney-Forest View Public Library, Stickney, IL

I Let You Go (#5)
by Clare Mackintosh
“Five-year-old Jacob is killed in a hit and run, an event that sends the police in search of the driver. Jenna Gray flees to Wales to mourn the loss of her son and recover from her past. As the anniversary of Jacob’s still unsolved death approaches, a tip to police results in an arrest and a very different picture emerges. This self-assured debut combines jaw-dropping moments with complex, believable characters and an ending that is hard to see coming.”―Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ

Smoke: A Novel (#6)
by Dan Vyleta
“In an alternate historical London, people who lie reveal themselves by giving off smoke but the rules of how this works are complicated.There are some people who can lie and not trigger any smoke and this lends an interesting element to the story. The rules we are given are changeable. The setting lends itself well to the story.The writing is descriptive, and the tone is atmospheric. Similar authors that come to my mind were Neil Gaiman and China Mieville. This is a dark, delicious tale.”―Jennifer Ohzourk, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, MO

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