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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

 

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

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

June, 2015 Book List

 

 

Independent Booksellers

 Adultery by Paulo Coelho

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Memory Man by David Balducci

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

At the Water’s Edge Edge by Sara Gruen

Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews

The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride

Make Something Up by Chuck Palahniuk

The Rocks by Peter Nichols

Dry Bones by Craig Johnson

The Green Road by Anne Enright

The Bone Tree by Greg Iles

Mislaid by Neil Zink

The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

The Fateful Lightning by Jeff Shaara

Gathering Prey by John Sandford

Disclaimer by Renee Knight

Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey

Dinner With Buddha by Roland Merullo

The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein

The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida

Emma by Alexander McCall Smith

Rock With Wings by Anne Hellerman

Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo

Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry

Falling in Love by Donna Leon

Publisher’s Weekly

 The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff

Zodiac Station by Tom Harper

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf (Plainsong, Eventide, The Tie That Binds)

The Border by Robert McCammon

The Rocks by Peter Nichols

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud (from the French)

The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein

The Theft of Memory: Losing My Father. One Day at a Time by Jonathan Kozol (NF)

Freedom’s Child by Jax Miller

Tin Sky by Ben Pastor

Book of Numbers by Joshua Cohen

American Meteor by Norman Lock

Crazy Mountain Kiss by Keith McCafferty

A History of Money by Alan Pauls (trans from Spanish by Ellie Robins)

The Sunken Cathedral by Kate Walbert

Amazon

 Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg

Modern Romance by Eric Klinenberg, Aziz Ansari

Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Seven Good Years: A Memoir by Etgar Keret

The Book of Speculation: A Novel by Erika Swyler

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

Our Souls at Night: A Novel by Kent Haruf

The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud, John Cullen

China Rich Girlfriend : A Novel by Kevin Kwan

The Shore by Sara Taylor

Mystery and Thrillers

The English Spy by Daniel Silva

Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews

Day Four: A Novel by Sarah Lotz

Innocence by Heda Margolius Kovaly

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Compiled by Nancy Brisson

April, 2015 Book List

Here we have the book list for April, 2015 but I am months back, still reading books from earlier lists. Some of these titles are very tempting. I am really attracted to a couple of the nonfiction titles. The Essay book by Donald Revell looks so good that I put in the little blurb from PW to remind me. I am a T.S. Eliot fan so I think I would enjoy the biography about his early years. Jo Nesbo has a new book to add to the many I have enjoyed. Romances are hardly ever on literary best seller lists but PW tells us that Josi S. Kilpack has written a very good one called A Heart Revealed which I would like to check out. So many great books, so much dust piled up on the furniture. Sometimes you have to do housework. Those of us addicted to reading do the best we can. No white gloves please.

Amazon

Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris

Orhan’s Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian

The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander

So You’ve Been Publically Shamed by Jon Ronson

I Refuse by Per Petterson

TheChildren’s Crusade by Ann Packer

Mysteries, Thrillers, and Suspense

The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle

The Bone Tree by Greg Iles

Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight

The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy

House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy

The Invention of Fire by Bruce Holsinger

The Winter Family by Clifford Jackman

All Involved by Ryan Gattis

What You Left Behind by Samantha Hayes

Independent Booksellers

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

World Gone By by Dennis Lehane

A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear

Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon

The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry

The Whites by Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt

The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis

Game of Mirrors by Andrea Camilleri

Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Cuba Straits by Randy Wayne White

The Tusk That Did the Damage by Tania James

The Big Seven by Jim Harrison

The Shadows by J.R. Ward

The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett

Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud

The Beauty by Jane Hirshfield

Publisher’s Weekly

Simon v The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Odysseus Abroad by Amit Chaudhuri

Young Eliot: A Biography by Robert Crawford (NF)

A Scourge of Vipers by Bruce De Silva

The Lady from Zagreb by Philip Kerr

A Heart Revealed by Josi S. Kilpack

The American People: Vol. 1: Search for My Heart by Larry Cramer

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris (NF)

The Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer

I Refuse by Per Petterson

Essay A Critical Memoir by Donald Revell

Essay: A Critical Memoir by Donald Revell (Omnidawn) – Revell (Tantivy), in his 12th poetry collection (which is actually more of a hybrid essay/memoir/prose poem), reminds readers that “hesitation and delay must never be mistaken for rest.” At turns memoir and literary analysis, allegory and reenactment, this fragmented and deeply personal exploration of memory and literature’s place in the soul resembles a type of scrapbook book that asks, “Who’s crazy? Whose pomp is prophetic?” Revell’s prose is a contemplative, forceful incorporation of disparate elements: a dervish at half speed that absorbs and refigures Dante, Thoreau, Shakespeare, old photographs, the Vietnam War, and more into a love letter to reading, a pageant of deliberate contemplation and devotion. “Am I afraid to cross over the river without my Virgil—my allusions, my heralds and cross-references? I must read more. Am I afraid to die? I must love more.” Unable to contain itself, Revell’s work challenges and denies more than just its generic conventions; it takes to task the notion that reading and storytelling can be anything less than transformative—which therefore makes them essential.
I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Cailin Alifirenka and Martin Garda (NF)

The Turner’s House by Angela Flournoy

The Buddha’s Return by Gaito Gazdanov

The Truth Commission by Susan Juby

The Fisherman by Chigozie Obioma

The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

The Stranger Vine by M.J. Carter

Lulu Anew by Etienne Davodeau

The Cherokee Rose: A Novel of Gardens and Ghosts by Tiya Miles

So You’ve Been Shamed by Jon Ronson

Ordinary Light by Tracy Smith (memoir)

Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

Compiled by Nancy Brisson

March, 2015 Book List

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There were the usual number of new fiction books published this month but some are very dark indeed, darker than the apocalyptic literature we have seen in the recent past. These novels explore the failings in our human societies without much mercy. While these may turn out to be important novels and reveal important lessons that we poor flawed humans need to learn, I cannot bring myself to tackle some of the grimmer offerings that were summarized this month, especially those offered by Publisher’s Weekly, which is well known for finding literature that wins prizes. I will include the titles of these novels here but I will wait and see how these titles fare out in the world before I put them on my more condensed wish list. Literature may be headed places that I am not philosophically flexible enough to follow.

There are also a number of excellent short story collections which I do not include on my lists but Amazon includes these on their lists of new fiction so if you love short stories see the Best Books of the Month on Amazon.  If I had more time I would love to include some of the best memoirs and nonfiction titles, but I am not in a position where I can spend all of my time reading. Although such a life sounds appealing I would fall behind in my housework and no meals would be provided and life would disintegrate fairly rapidly. Balance and prioritizing are the keys, as in all things.

Amazon

Bettyville by George Hodgman

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

H is for Hawk by Helen Mac Donald

All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer

Aquarium by David Vann

The Last Flight of Poxl West by Daniel Torday

The Animals by Christian Kiefer

The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom by Blaine Harden

Future Crimes: Everything is Connected, Everything is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It by Marc Goodman (NF)

Mystery, Thriller and Suspense

Endangered by C.J. Box

The Stranger by Harlan Coben

A Dangerous Place (Maisie Dobbs) by Jacqueline Winspear

All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer

Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon

World Gone By by Dennis Lehane

The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell

The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry

Murder on the Champ de Mars by Cara Black

The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy

Small Mercies by Eddie Joyce

Someone is Watching by Joy Fielding

The Dead Play On by Heather Graham

Too Bad to Die by Francine Matthews

In Wilderness by Diane Thomas

Independent Booksellers

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

Twelve Days by Alex Berenson

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King

The Big Seven by Jim Harrison

Murder on the Champ de Mars by Cara Black

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Descent by Tim Johnston

Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell

Mightier Than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

The Alphabet House by Jussi Adler-Olsen

The Swimmer by Joakim Zander

Honeydew by Edith Pearlman

Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiaverini

The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer

By Its Cover by Donna Leon

Ripper by Isabel Allende

The Forever Bridge by T. Greenwood

Suspended Sentences by Patrick Modiano

Serena by Ron Rash

Family Life by Akhil Sharma

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

The Whites by Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Out in Paperback

The Storied Life a AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

China Dolls by Lisa See

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand

Publishers Weekly

The Dream of my Return by Horacio Castellanos Moya trans. from Spanish by Katherine Silver

The Only Ones by Carola Dibbell

Bones and All by Camille DeAngelis

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the ‘Lusitania’ by Erik Larson

American Ghost: A Family’s Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest by Hannah Nordham

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

The Discreet Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa trans. from Spanish by Edith Grossman

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Delicious Foods: A Novel by James Hannaham

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey lee

Family Found in China F by JL Bowman

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

The Bunker Diaries by Kevin Brooks

The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell

The Buried Ghost by Kazuo Ishiguro

Call Me Home by Megan Kruse

The Four Books by Yan Lianke trans from Chinese by Carlos Rojas

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

Into the Savage Country by Shannon Burke

Shame and the Captives by Thomas Keneally

I am Radar by Raif Larsen

Hush by Laura Lippman

Compiled by Nancy Brisson

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February, 2015 Book List

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It’s that time again; time to look at what new books authors, publishers, and book sellers have to offer us. A few of these titles may shoot right to the top of my reading list but most will have to wait while I deal with my ever lengthening wish list. Of course titles that create buzz may distract me from my wish list and change the order of things, always a possibility. The books listed by the independent booksellers as titles that are selling well are not always new titles, but even the older books are, for various reasons, trending with readers right now.

Independent Booksellers

The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy

Funny Girl  by Nicky Hornby

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The First Bad Man by Miranda July

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

Descent by Tim Johnston

Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

Suspended Sentences by Patrick Modiano

The Story of a Name by Elena Ferrante

In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

Family Life by Akhil Sharma

Euphoria by Lily King

The Big Seven by Jim Harrison

We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Chris Scotton

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

Holy Cow by David Duchovny

Outline by Rachel Cusk

The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith

Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper

West of Sunset by Stewart O’Nan

Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar

Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm

Insatiable Appetites by Liane Moriarty

Amazon

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby

My Sunshine Away by Mo Walsh

We are Pirates by Daniel Handler

Green on Blue by Elliot Ackerman

The Long and Faraway Gone by Lori Berney

Motive by Jonathan Kellerman

Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Red Queen by Aveyard Victoria

Mysteries and Thrillers

The Whites by Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Shark Skin Suite by Tim Dorsey

The Maurauders by Tim Cooper

The Jaguar’s Children by John Vaillant

The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney

The Swimmer by Joakim Zander

Nobody Walks by Mick Herron

Golden State by Stephanie Kagan

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly

The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman

Dark Intelligence: Transformation by Neal Asher

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy

The Room by Jonas Karlsson

Publisher’s Weekly (thank you for sending me your tip sheets)

The Question of Miracles by Elana K. Arnold

The Octopus Game by Nicky Beer

Fancy by Jeremy M. Davies

Beastkeeper by Cat Hellison

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby

Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud (graphic novel)

Crow Work by Eric Pankey

Disgruntled by Asali Solomon

Will Starling by Ian Weir

Most Anticipated Spring Books

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

The Buried Giant by Kasuo Ishiguro

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby

Mystery, Thriller, Crime

Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews

The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell

The Whites by Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt

Jack of Spade by Joyce Carol Oates

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror

City of Savages by Lee Kelly

The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor

Internationals Releases

Rivka by Femmetje de Wind

Paris is Always a Good Idea by Nicolas Barreau

The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty by Amanda Fillpacci

Nobody Walks by Mick Herron

Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson

Doctor Death: A Madeleine Karno Mystery by Lene Kaarberbøl

The Room by Jonas Karlson

Making Nice by Matt Sumell

Plague Land by S. D. Sykes

Compiled by Nancy Brisson

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