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April 2016 Book List

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Amazon (Editor’s Picks for Spring)- these might not all be available yet

 

Zero K by Don De Lillo

The Nest by Cynthis D’Aprix Sweeney

The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

The Sellout: A Novel by Paul Beatty

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo

Maestra: A Novel by Saleem Haddad

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline

LaRose by Louise Erdich

Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen

All Stories are Love Stories by Elizabeth Percer

As Close as Breathing: A Novel by Elizabeth Poliner

The 14th Colony: A Novel by Cotton Malone

The Trials of Apollo Book One The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Unashamed by LaCrae Moore

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices) by Cassandra Clare

Lust and Wonder: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs

 

Independent Booksellers  – Always report what people have been buying.

 

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King

The Ancient Minstral by Jim Harrison

At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier

The Waters of Eternal Youth by Donna Leon

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Medicine Walk: A Novel by Richard Wagamese

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrick Backman

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

The Whites by Richard Price

Emma by Alexander McCall Smith

Uprooted by Naomi Novak

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Outline by Rachel Cush

My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

I Am Radar by Rief Larsen

A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

What is Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

Off the Grid by CJ Box

The Other Side of Silence by Philip Kerr

The Widow by Fiona Barton

The 14th Colony by Steve Berry

Felicity by Mary Oliver

Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Domenic Smith

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Family Jewels by Stuart Woods

For a Little While by Rick Bass

The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota

Welcome to the Night Vale by Joseph Fink

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom

The Story of Kullervo by J. R. R. Tolkien

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

 

Publisher’s Weekly – Some of these titles have not been published here yet

 

Booked by Kwame Alexander (Language, Literature and Soccer)

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (Robot on rocky island) (YA)

I Will Find You by Joanna Connors

Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto by Lesley Hazelton (NF)

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse “riveting Holocaust novel”

The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks (Trilogy) (YA)

The Golden Condom and Other Essays on Love Lost and Found by Jeanne Safer (NF)

The Passion of Dolssa (1241) by Julie Berry

Golden Boys: A Novel by Sonya Hartnett

Vexation Lullaby by Justin Tussing

Agony by Mark Beyer

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve

I Will Miss You Tomorrow by Heine Bakkeid

The Savages, 4th volume by Sabri Louatah

Affections by Rodrigo Hasbùn (Bolivian) (not out yet)

Badlands by Arne Dahl (Swedish) (not out yet)

War Fairy by Daniela Tully (German) (not out yet)

The Substance of Evil by Luca D’Andrea (Italian) (not out yet)

Now Let’s Dance by JC Lattés (French) (not out yet)

Yoro by Marina Perezagua (Spanish) (not out yet)

Compiled by Nancy Brisson

 

March 2016 Book List

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Independent Booksellers – The independent booksellers give us lists of what books people have been buying at independently owned book stores. These lists do not usually reflect the newest publications because they have not had time to become big sellers. My list only includes the newest additions to the Indie lists.

Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbø

A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin

Opening Belle by Maureen Sherry

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

The Life of Elves by Muriel Barbery

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Outline by Rachel Cusk

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad

The Door by Magda Szabo

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

The Widow by Fiona Barton

Georgia by Dawn Tripp

Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey

The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal

Arcadia by Iain Pears

The Past by Tessa Hadley

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian

A Gathering of Shadows by Victoria Schwab

The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson

A Few of the Girls by Maeve Binchy

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

Breaking Wild by Diana Les Becquets

The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick

Publisher’s Weekly – Books that are hot off the presses and even a few that are not out yet. They tend to only present the cream of the crop, according to their own reviewers.

Lesser Evils by Joe Flanagan

Character, Driven by David Lubar

Behave by Andromeda Romano-Lax

Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee

All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage

Redeeming the Kamasutra by Wendy Doniger

High Dive: A Novel by Jonathan Lee

The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End by Katie Roiphe

Innocents and Others: A Novel by Dana Spiotta

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The Movements by Geir Tangen (Norwegian Blogger)

Red Girls (no author given) Look for this title which is coming from Japan

A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century by Jerome Charyn

Playing for the Devil’s Fire by Phillippe Diederick

Free Verse by Sarah Dooley (main character is 12, has 60+ page section of poetry)

Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton

Exit, Pursued by Bear by E. K. Johnston

The Song of Hong Gildong (author unknown) (Korean) from Korean by Minsao Kang

The North Water by Ian McGuire

A Life Apart by Neel Mukherjee

The Cosmopolitans by Sarah Schulman

Amazon – Giant bookseller who pretty much lists everything that is coming out in a given month, but does present editor’s picks.

Literature and Fiction

The Summer Before the War: A Novel by Helen Simonson

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

As Close to Us as Breathing: A Novel by Elizabeth Poliner

Innocents and Others: A Novel by Dana Spiotta

All Things Cease to Appear: A Novel by Elizabeth Brundage

What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyeni (connected stories)

Behave by Andromeda Romano-Lax

All Stories are Love Stories: A Novel by Elizabeth Percer

Guapa by Safeem Haddad

Bottomland: A Novel by Michelle Hoover

Shelter: A Novel by Jung Yun

The North Water: A Novel by Ian McGuire

Terrible Virtue: A Novel by Ellen Feldman (Margaret Sanger)

A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale

Biographies and Memoirs

The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan (Thomas Francis Meagher)

Love, Loss and What We Ate: A Memoir by Padma Lakshmi

From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization through Ten Extraordinary Lives by Jeffry E Garten

The King and Queen of Malibu: The True Story of the Battle for Paradise by David K. Randall

Lust and Wonder: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs

Dimestore: A Writer’s Life by Lee Smith

I Swear I’ll Make it Up to You: A Life on the Low Road by Mishka Shubaly

Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America by Douglas Brinkley

John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit by James Traub

All the Ways We Kill and Die: An Elegy for a Fallen Comrade, and the Hunt for His Killer by Brian Castner

Mystery and Thriller

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

The Travelers: A Novel by Chris Pavone

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

All Things Cease to Appear: A Novel by Elizabeth Brundage

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Cold Barrel Zero by Matthew Quirk

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Brotherhood of the Wheel by R. S. Belcher

The Lyre Thief (The Hythrun Chronicles) by Jennifer Fallon

The Courier: A San Angeles Novel by Gerald Brandt

Of special interest to me:

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

Compiled by Nancy Brisson

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 2016 Book List

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Happy President’s Day, Happy Reading!

 

PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson

The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull (fantasy)

The Goblin’s Puzzle by Andrew Chilton (fantasy)

What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell “the 1st great novel of 2016”

Real Tigers by Mick Herron (spy thriller)

We Are the Ants by Shaun David (science fiction)

A Song for the Brokenhearted by William Shaw (end of a crime trilogy)

Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets (adult thriller)

Sudden Death by Alvaro Enrique

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri, trans.by Ann Goldstein (memoir)

Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey

My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir by Chris Offutt

Wreck and Order: A Novel by Hannah Tennant-Moore

Some of the Parts by Hannah Barnaby

A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbø (stand alone)

AMAZON

The Forgetting Time: A Novel by Sharon Guskin

The High Mountains of Portugal: A Novel by Yann Martel

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

A Doubler’s Almanac: A Novel by Ethan Canin

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

Youngblood: A Novel by Matt Gallagher

Girl through Glass: A Novel by Sari Wilson

The Ramblers: A Novel by Aiden Donnelly Rowley

The Yid: A Novel by Paul Goldberg

Be Frank with Me: A Novel by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Under the Influence: A Novel by Joyce Maynard

The Opposite of Everyone: A Novel by Joshilyn Jackson

Green Island: A Novel by Shawna Yang Ryan

Private Citizens: A Novel by Tony Tulahimutte

Black Rabbit Hall by Eva Chase

The Golden Son: A Novel by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Where My Heart Used to Beat: A Novel by Sebastian Faulks

The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick

Hide by Matthew Griffin

BIOGRAPHY AND MEMOIR

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri, trans. by Ann Goldstein

On My Own by Diane Rehm

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold, Andrew Soloman

The Battle for Room 314: My Year of Hope and Despair in a New York City High School by Ed Boland

My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir by Chris Offutt

Walking the Nile by Levison Wood

The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights by Gail Lumet Buckley

Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcom X by Randy Roberts

Wild by Nature: From Siberia to Australia, Three Years Alone in the Wilderness on Foot by Sarah Marquis

Sunny’s Nights: Lost and Found at a Bar on the Edge of the World by Tom Sultan

MYSTERY AND THRILLER

The Ex: A Novel by Alafair Burke

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

The God’s Eye View by Barry Eisler

Shaker: A Novel by Scott Frank

Keep Calm: A Thriller by Mike Bender

Arcadia: A Novel by Iain Pears

Where My Heart Used to Beat: A Novel by Sebastian Faulks

Perfect Days: A Novel by Raphael Montes

The Good Liar: A Novel by Nicholas Searle

The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore

THE INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLERS

Descent by Tim Johnston

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

Dictator by Robert Harris

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

The Guest Room by ChrisBohjalian

Opening Belle by Maureen Sherry

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

The Door by Magda Szabo

What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell

Compiled by Nancy Brisson

 

 

 

January 2016 Book List

 

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Independent Booksellers – these are some of the books that sold well at Independent Bookshops in the first half of January, 2016. Not all of these books are new releases.

The Revenant by Michael Punke

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

Descent by Tim Johnston

The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian

The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins

Rules for a Knight by Ethan Hawke

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink

The Past by Tessa Hadley

After Alice by Gregory Maguire

Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro

House of the Rising Sun by James Lee Burke

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

Tom Clancy Commander in Chief by Mark Greaney

The Mare by Mary Gaitskill

A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George

The Danish Girl by David Evershoff

The Door by Magda Szabo

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm

The Song of Hartgrove Hall by Natasha Solomons

Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova

Amazon – Amazon gives a list of the ten best new books for each month. This list will start with a few titles from December because I did not do a book list in December and then I will give the titles from January.

Boys in the Trees by Carly Simon (Memoir)

The Relic Master: A Novel by Christopher Buckley

House of the Rising Sun: A Novel by James Lee Burke

The Short Drop by Matthew Fitzsimmons

The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins

Like Family: A Novel by Paolo Giordano, Anne Milano Appel

The Age of Reinvention: A Novel by Karine Tull

Time and Time Again: A Novel by Ben Elton

Time of Departure: A Novel by Douglas Schofield

January

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

The Past: A Novel by Tessa Hadley

The Expatriates: A Novel by Janice Y. K. Lee

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sumil Yapa

This Census-Taker by China Miéville

Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt

The Longest Night: A Novel by Andria Williams

Fallen Land: A Novel by Taylor Brown

The Kindness of Enemies: A Novel by Leila Aboulela

The Other Me by Saskia Sarginson

Couple Mechanics by Nelly Alard, Adriana Hunta

Mystery and Thriller

Dictator: A Novel (Ancient Rome Trilogy) by Robert Harris

Scandalous Behavior by Stuart Woods

Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin

River Road: A Novel by Carol Goodman

The Drifter by Nicholas Petrie

Terms of Use by Scott Allan Morrison

A Paper Son by Jason Bucholz

Hunters in the Dark: A Novel by Lawrence Osborn

Memoirs

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese

The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

The Sound of Gravel – A Memoir by Ruth Wariner

The Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas by Alison Weir

The Gilded Razor: A Memoir by Sam Lansky

Sharon Tate: A Life by Ed Sanders

Loving Amy: A Mother’s Story by Janis Winehouse

The Lovers: Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet the true story of How They Defied Their Families and Escaped an Honor Killing by Rod Nordland

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Census-Taker by Ching Miéville

The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine

Skinner Luce by Partricia Sarrafian Ward

Blue Darker Than Black: A Thriller by Mike Jenne

A title I saw in the New York Times and forgot to add to my list

Numero Zero by Umberto Eco

Publisher’s Weekly – I did not find these titles on anyone else’s radar except for Bryson’s memoir so these are most likely new releases.

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson

The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull

The Goblin’s Puzzle by Andrew Chilton

What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell

Real Tigers by Mick Herron

We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship by Paul Lisicky

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

A Song for the Brokenhearted by William Shaw

Compiled by Nancy Brisson

 

Books I Read in 2015

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Here is the list of books I read this year. Since I write about each book I read Goodread.com keeps track for me and this year they sent me an attractive summary of my book list. I tried to use the document they created because it had a lot of graphic appeal and even some statistics like how many pages I read in total, what was the shortest book I read, what was the longest book I read, what overall rating I gave to the books I read this year, but it was not transferrable. If you’re a reader you ought to sign in to goodreads.com and share your titles with them. Of course, I also wrote about each of these books in my blog and you can find them in the archives. Another great year for books and I missed so many great titles. You can only read so much if you also want to have a life. There is always next year.

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café by Alexander McCall Smith

Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella

Tibetan Peach Pie by Tom Robbins

A Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin

Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Paris by Edward Rutherford

The Dead Key by D. M. Pulley

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Wreckage by Emily Bleeker

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

Broken Dreams by Rissa Blakeley

The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg

Early Warning by Jane Smiley

Euphoria by Lily King

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Queen of the Trailer Park by Alice Quinn

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

The English Spy by Daniel Silva

Memory Man by David Baldacci

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

The Bourbon Kings by J. R. Ward

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Young Babylon by Lu Nei

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

Young Eliot by Robert Crawford

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving

November, 2015 Book List

November was a fairly quiet month for book publishers so this list is shorter than usual. My book list sources do seem to agree about the best offerings so some titles appear several times. We have offerings from John Irving and David Mitchell, two of my favorites and the author of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn has a new novel. Two categories have the most titles, mysteries and thrillers, and biographies and memoirs. Soon we will have the results of the Best Books of 2015 surveys which will be presented by all major book sources such as Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Goodreads, New York Times, etc. Happy reading. Take a book shopping with you, find a quiet nook at a local establishment and have a little nosh while you finish the next couple of chapters.

Amazon

Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving

Slade House by David Mitchell

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

The Mare: A Novel by Mary Gaitskill

The Muralist by BA Shapiro

Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise by Oscar Hijuelos

Tightrope by Simon Mawer

Dream House: A Novel by Catherine Armsden

Mystery and Thrillers

The Crossing by Michael Connelly (Bosch)

The Promise by Robert Crais

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

The Muralist: A Novel by BA Shapiro

Tightrope by Simon Mawer

Beatlebone: A Novel by Kevin Barry

Dark Turn by Cate Holahan

A Blossom of Bright Light by Suzanne Chazin

Corrupted by Lisa Scottoline

Biographies and Memoirs

Notorious RBG – The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg by Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

Hunger Make Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir by Carrie Brownstein

Petty: The Biography by Warren Zanes

Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker

Letters to Vera by Brian Boyd and Vladimir Nabokov

David Lynch: the Man from Another Place by Dennis Lim

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Slade House by David Mitchell

Made to Kill: A Novel (LA Trilogy) by Adam Christopher

Here and There by Joshua V Scher

Independent Booksellers

Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Career of Evil by John Galbraith (JK Rowling)

Slade House by David Mitchell

A Banquet of Consequences by Elisabeth George (Scotland Yard crime drama)

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (from podcast)

City on Fire by Garth Risk Halberg

After Alice by Gregory Maguire

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante by Susan Ella MacNeal

Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

Julia’s Daughters by Colleen Faulkner

The First Bad Man by Miranda July

How to Be Both by Ali Smith

10:04 by Ben Lerner

The Peripheral by William Gibson

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George RR Martin

Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell

The Crossing by Michael Connelly

The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith

Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts

Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann

The Golden Age by Jane Smiley

Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon

The Muralist by BA Shapiro

Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

Submission by Michael Houellebecq

A Passage to Shambhala by Kevin Costner, John Baird, Rick Ross

All the Stars in Heaven by Adriana Trigiani

Publisher’s Weekly

Beatlebone by Kevin Barry

Memory Theater by Simon Critchley

White Leopard by Laurent Guillaume (P I) (1st book trans. to English)

Calvin by Martine Leavitt (schizophrenia, YA)

Shigeru Mizuki’s Hitler by Shigeru Mizuki (candidate for year’s best graphic novel)

The Bassoon King – My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy by Rainn Wilson

Rules for a Knight by Ethan Hawke

A Wild Swan and Other Tales by Michael Cunningham

Compiled by Nancy Brisson

October, 2015 Book List

Publisher’s Weekly – most up-to-date list of new publications but I did not get all my Tip Sheets this month or perhaps I deleted some by mistake.

A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond

Twain’s End by Lynn Cullen

Calf by Andrea Kleine

Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan

Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann (Connected stories)

Mrs. Engels by Gavin McCrea

Find me unafraid: Love, loss, and hope in an African Slum by Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner (NF)

MARtians by Blythe Woolston

The Arab of the Future: A Graphic Memoir by Riad Sattouf (Memoir)

The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones

Independent Booksellers– these picks tell what readers are buying at the Independent bookshops who are members of the ABA. Sometimes older books are mixed in on these list because they are still selling.

After You by Jojo Moyes

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-eight Nights by Salman Rushdie

X by Sue Grafton

The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

Family Furnishings by Alice Munro

Room by Emma Donoghue

Eve by William Paul Young

The Occupation Trilogy by Patrick Modiano

Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon

Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

The Visiting Privilege by Joy Williams

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins

Armada by Ernest Cline

Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner

Sweet Caress by William Boyd

This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! By Jonathan Evison

The Blue Guitar by John Banville

Patriot by Ted Bell

Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash

Fear of Dying by Erica Jong

Aftermath by Chuck Wendig

The Company She Kept by Archer Mayor

So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood by Patrick Modiano

A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan

Amazon – Amazon performs a service for readers (and for itself) by giving us lists of new books each month, divided by genre. I’m sure Barnes and Noble does the same. Which service you use depends on which electronic reader you have – Kindle is Amazon; Barnes and Nobles is Nook. So unless you read paper books still or own both a Kindle and a Nook you have perhaps voted for a bookstore chain when you purchased your reader. I hope we don’t lose either of the big two that remain.

Pretty Girls: A Novel by Karin Slaughter

*City on Fire: A Novel by Garth Risk Halberg (highly rec. by all)(70’s NYC mystery and more)

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

Mrs. Engels: A Novel by Gavin McCrea

The Secret Chord: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks (King David)

*The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

*A Strangeness in My Mind: A Novel by Orhan Pamuk, Ekin Oklap

A Gap of Times: A Novel by Jeanette Winterson

Death by Water by Kenzaburo Oe

Katherine Carlyle by Rupert Thomson

Mysteries and Thrillers

The Survivor by Vince Flynn

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

Pretty Girls by Karen Slaughter

Saturn Run by John Sanford, Ctein

Foreign Affairs (Stone Barrington) by Stuart Woods

Fear of the Dark: A Bishop/SCU Novel by Kay Hooper

Icarus by Deon Meyer

The Dead Student by John Katzenbach

The Tears of Dark Water by Corban Addison

Biographies and Memoirs

M Train by Patti Smith

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson

Unfaithful Music by Elvis Costello

My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park

Empire of Self – A Life of Gore Vidal by Jay Parini

Find a Way by Diana Nyad

The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue by Frederick Forsyth

Becoming Nicole: the Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt

Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 3 by Mark Twain and Harriet E Smith

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits: A Novel by David Wong

Compiled by Nancy Brisson

September 2015 Book List

Independent Booksellers

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

X by Sue Grafton

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

Aftermath by Chuck Wendig

Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford

A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin

A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan

Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

The Cartel by Don Winslow

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpon

The State We’re In by Anne Beattie

Amazon

*Fates and Furies: A Novel by Lauren Groff

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrente, trans. By Ann Goldstein

The Art of Memoire by Mary Karr (NF)

Purity: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

A Window Opens: A Novel by Elisabeth Egan

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine: A Novel by Alexandra Kleeman

Bream Give Me Hiccups by Jesse Eisenberg (short stories)

Under Major Domo Minor: A Novel by Patrick deWitt

*Jade Dragon Mountain: A Novel by Elsa Hart

*Sweet Caress by William Boyd

The Hundred-Year Flood by Matthew Salesses

Amazon Mystery and Thrillers

The Girl on the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

Make Me by Lee Child

X by Sue Grafton

One Year After: A Novel by William R Forstchen

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse

Jade Dragon Mountain: A Novel by Elsa Hart

The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young

Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni

So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood by Patrick Modian and Evan Cameron

The Zig Zag Girl (Magic Men Mystery) by Elly Griffiths

The Scribe: A Novel by Matthew Guinn

The Killing Lessons: A Novel by Saul Black

A Poisonous Plot by Susanna Gregory

Those We Left Behind by Stuart Neville

Amazon Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaimen and Chris Riddell

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Lightless by C. A. Higgins

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickenson

Supersymmetry by David Walton

Publisher’s Weekly

Liar of Dreams (A Diviners Novel, Sequel to The Diviners) by Libba Bray

The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion by Tracy Daugherty (NF)

Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb (“autism, fast read, captivating plot”)

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell (YA)

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (Wild West adventure of a female, Kate Thompson)

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante, trans. From Ital. by Ann Goldstein (4)

Bk. 1 – My Brilliant Friend

Bk. 2 – The Story of a New Name

Bk. 3 – Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

Dryland by Sara Joffe (YA)

Infinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler (YA)

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin by Andrew Wilson (NF)

The Last September by Ninade Gramont

The Point of Vanishing: A Memoir of Two Years in Solitude by Howard Axelrod

Mrs. Engels by Gavin McCrea

The Do-Right by Lisa Sandlin

The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli, trans. By Christina MacSweeney

Calf by Andrea Kleine (“dread stalks every page”)

Little Sister Death by William Gray

The Reflection by Hugo Wilcken

Serpentine by Cindy Pon (new fantasy series inspired by ancient China)

Beauty is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan, trans. By Annie Tucker

Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan

Katherine Carlyle by Rupert Thomson

Destruction and Sorrow Beneath the Heavens: Reportage by Lázló Krasznahorkai, trans. by Ottilie Mulzet (offers a travel memoir of China at the dawn of the new millennium and the precipice of its emergence as a global power)(NF) (2015 Man Booker International Prize)

9/14 – Best Book Day of 2015

The Suicide of Claire Bishop: A Novel by Carmiel Banasky

The Blue Guitar by John Banville

House of Thieves by Charles Belfoure (Gilded Age Novel)

One by Sarah Crossan (YA) (conjoined twins)

Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick de Witt

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

The Scribe by Matthew Guinn

The Entrophy of Bones by Ayize Jama-Everett (fantasy)

The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli trans from Span. by Christina McSweeney

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy (YA)

The Marvels by Brian Selznik (1st 500 pages – pencil art, last 200 – prose)

The Double Life of Liliane by Lily Tuck (history, biography and fiction) (metanarrative)

Shanghai Redemption: An Inspector Chen Novel by Qui Xiaolong

Compiled by Nancy Brisson

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari – Book

If you want to have someone talk about something as serious as finding the one person who you will love forever when there are so many ways for this search to go awry get a comedian to write a book about it. If that book explores romantic disasters that range from the heartbreaking to the ridiculous, all the better. If that comedian does his due diligence and confers with experts who study dating, comparing dating options over several generations the deal gets even several notches better. We get graphs and jokes and an illumination of cultural trends in heterosexual pairing (not just in America but also in some interesting international locations).

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari reads almost like one of those ethnographies anthropologists used to write about various isolated tribes (á la Margaret Meade). Fortunately Aziz’s humor is not intrusive, is usually quite hip, and causes readers to chortle out loud on occasion. The author’s obvious love of good food and his continual gastronomic observations add to the fun and perhaps prove that ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’.

Technology changes so fast that there is always the danger that a book such as this will quickly turn into an ancient artifact. But right now it is au currant and you probably shouldn’t procrastinate about reading it, whether or not you are in the relationship marketplace, because of the sometimes interesting research, both informal and more academic that Ansari discusses.

Modern Romance ends with a discussion of whether a couple, after experiencing that magical attraction of the first year to year and a half of a great relationship should move into the less passionate, companionate phase that follows it, or if an individual should just go from person to person and peak to peak. Science makes a pretty good argument for growing up and moving into that second phase apparently. Aziz says “But we want more than love. We want a lifelong wingman/wingwoman who completes us and can handle the truth, to mix metaphors from three different Tom Cruise movies.”

If you don’t know what it means to swipe right or swipe left you should really find yourself a copy of Modern Romance and dive right in. If you know what this means this might be required reading.

By Nancy Brisson

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August, 2015 Book List

Publisher’s Weekly

Incarnations by Susan Barker

The American Trail: An American Journey by Rinker Buck (NF)

A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball

The Flicker Man by Ted Kosmatka

The Other Son by Alexander Soderberg

Purity by Johnathan Franzen

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende (Nov.)

Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving (Nov.)

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante (Sept.)

A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk trans. by Ekin Oklap

Rock, Paper, Scissors by Noja Marie Aidt

Collector of Secrets by Richard Goodfellow

The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips

Mystery and Thriller

The Girl in the Spider’s Web (continues Steig Larsson’s Millennium Series) by David Lagercrantz (Sept.)

Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz (Sept.)

Sci Fi/Fantasy/Horror

The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin (Aug.)

Independent Booksellers

The Secret Place by Tana French

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Wind/Pinball: Two Novels by Haruki Murakami

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J Ryan Stradal

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Armada by Ernest Cline

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh

Dragonfish: A Novel by Vu Tran

The Watchmaker of Filigree St. by Natasha Pulley

The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand

The Cartel by Don Winslow

The President’s Shadow by Brad Meltzer

Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont

Let Me Tell You by Shirley Jackson

The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera

Three Moments of an Explosion by China Miéville

The Novel Habits of Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith

In a dark, dark wood by Ruth Ware

Villa America by Lisa Klaussmann

Brush Back by Sara Paretsky

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrick Backman

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Naked Greed by Stuart Woods

The Dust that Falls from Dreams by Louis De Bernieres

The Night Sister by Jennifer Mc Mahon

The Rocks by Peter Nichols

Amazon

Infinite Home by Kathleen Alcott

Days of Awe by Lauren Fox

Rising Strong by Brené Brown (NF)

Barefoot to Avalon: A Brother’s Story by David Payne (NF)

Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig

Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slim by Justin Gifford (NF)

Voices in the Ocean by Susan Casey (NF) (Dolphins)

Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capé Crucet

The Bourbon Kings by JR Ward

In a dark, dark wood by Ruth Ware

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Biographies and Memoirs

You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day

Avenue of Spies by Alex Kershaw

Barefoot to Avalon: A Brother’s Story by David Payne (NF)

Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the woman who captivated CS Lewis by Abigail Santamaria

Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slim by Justin Gifford (NF)

The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion by Tracy Daugherty

Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padilla Peratta

Kissinger’s Shadow: The Long Reach of America’s most controversial Statesman by Greg Grandin

The Orpheus Clock: The Search for My Family’s Art Treasures Stolen By the Nazi’s by Simon Goodman

Literature and Fiction

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J Ryan Stradal

Wind/Pinball: Two Novels by Haruki Murakami

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

They Dying Grass: A Novel of the Nez Perce War by William T Vollman

Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig

The Bourbon Kings by JR Ward

Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh

Infinite Home by Kathleen Alcott

Days of Awe by Lauren Fox

Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford

Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet

The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips

Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes

How to be a Grown Up by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

The Girl Who Slept with God by Val Brelinski

No. 4 Imperial Lane by Jonathan Weisman

Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb

The Automobile Club of Egypt by Alaa Al Aswany and Russell Harris

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The End of All Things (Old Man’s War) by John Scalzi

Imperial Handbook: A Commander’s Guide by Daniel Wallace

Zeroes by Chuck Wendig

Mysteries and Thrillers

Badlands by CJ Box

In a dark, dark wood by Ruth Ware

Friction by Sandra Brown

Devil’s Bridge by Linda Fairstein

Black Eyed Susan: A Novel of Suspense by Julia Heaberlin

Woman with a Secret by Sophie Hannah

The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips

Last Words by Michael Koryta

Trust No One: A Thriller by Paul Cleave

Eileen: A Novel by Ottesa Moshfegh

The Eternal World by Christopher Farnsworth

The Blue by Lucy Clarke

Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer

Darkness the Color of Snow by Thomas Cobb

To preorder

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham (10/20/2015)

NYT Book Newsletter

Eileen by Ottesa Moshfegh

Dragonfish by Vu Tran

Compiled by Nancy Brisson