Despite glimmers of familiar playfulness, Backman has undoubtedly taken a dark turn in Beartown; Libraries will want to acquire Miss Burma immediately; The Pink Panther Collection brings together the best of these films and is highly recommended for public and academic libraries; Sink or Swim will leave the audience thinking further on the effects of global warming on real people
Adams’s intriguing new mystery series celebrates the power of books and women’s friendships; award-winning debut novelist Birkby shines a spotlight on the overlooked female characters of the Sherlock Holmes stories; the landscape of Hannah’s latest is hard and bleak, but our young heroine learns to accept it and discover her true self; Parks knows how to get readers to empathize emotionally with his characters while amping up the tension
A well-written love story filled with suspense, mystery, and a loving family; an excellent stand-alone noir novel; a compelling portrayal of a young woman’s struggles; Grisham’s 32nd novel; for readers of popular chick lit and those who enjoy foodie literature; Land has written an intense, insightful first novel; for fans of Boston noir; Raphael spins a satisfying detective story; Stasi’s thriller is fascinating and clever; for readers who Victorian crime fiction
Benedict “follows the war home,” engaging readers with an insightful story right up until the gut-wrenching conclusion; debuter McKibben will have readers grappling with the ethical questions of resistance; Chakraborty brings to vivid life the ancient mythological traditions of an Islamic world unfamiliar to most American readers
Secrets, intrigue, mystery, love, forgiveness, and drama—it’s all here. And it is riveting; readers won’t be able to put down this engrossing read until the final page
Some of the best novels are those that get people talking. By introducing a new perspective, featuring gripping plots, and tackling ethical dilemmas, they become perfect catalysts for discussion among bibliophiles.
Never didactic, this slice-of-life portrait of Cuba at a crucial moment will find readers beyond Latin American enthusiasts; an unsettling and brilliant document of contemporary life—highly recommended; Nevo shows us life’s complexities in a thoroughly satisfying read
Forty-one timely titles for autumn and beyond
Into the Water floats to the top; Al Franken joins the nonfiction list
Khan’s ambitious work is a good choice for popular fiction readers; a countercultural spirit and rollicking humor shine through in this worthy sequel; this debut offers a suspenseful and twisty foray into the world of obsessive love; Thomas advances her marvelous take on the Holmes canon
Among the fine, newly released story collections of summer/fall are James McBride’s Five-Carat Soul , Josh Weil’s The Age of Perpetual Light, and Paul Yoon’s The Mountain. With such ripe conditions, it’s an ideal time to consider new anthologies of short fiction. Here are five worth noting and sharing.
A tension-filled tour de force of suspense and human emotions from debuter Nelson; Snow’s action-packed, erotic series concludes with a scintillating Rule Changer; Remender and Murphy turn in one of the most fully realized graphic works of the last decade; Nobel Laureate Modiano, Latin American sensation Gamboa, best-selling Israeli author Nevo, and more; Massey’s fans and historical fiction lovers will enjoy this original outing
In her debut novel, Burns slowly uncovers an unsettling and grim world; Clark nimbly handles the warp and weft of her interwoven characters; reimagining Little Women; fans of noir and regional fiction will be intrigued; a beautiful, angst-filled, and heart-wrenching debut; Witt and Z pack suspense, action, and family ties into this series installment
A Q&A with author Jane Davis, plus the top historical fiction novels being read through SELF-e Select, a subscription-based digital discovery platform that culls the best self-published submissions. To bring SELF-e to your library, visit the SELF-e website.
Strongly recommended for readers who enjoy the work of authors such as Jane Hamilton and M.L. Stedman; reminiscent enough of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter to continue reading; a rare miss from Hannah; its biggest strength is its evocative depiction of the Windy City; the perfect read for a day at the beach
Ben-David knows Mossad to its core; longtime readers will be lining up for Coben’s new stand-alone; a surprisingly subtle exploration of sexual ethics; Realism with a touch of magical realism; a moving coming-of-age story with a noir twist; Alderman is not recommended
Romance author Boyd’s first historical novel captivates on every level; Orange Prize winner Dunmore’s final novel (the author died in June) is a gripping psychological mystery set in a compellingly portrayed period of exhilaration and unrest
This year marks the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death on July 18, 1817. A proper celebration of the author’s life must begin with her iconic novels.
This fascinating piece of history should appeal widely; Barber weaves a twisty tale that will grip readers; Billingsley has written another engrossing page-turner; Carlino writes a bittersweet, funny story; Holahan gets better with each novel; a nod to W.E.B. Dubois’s essay “The Talented Tenth”; for someone looking for a new historical mystery; an enjoyable tale of finding oneself and starting afresh; Rushdie should garner even more readers with this cautionary tale; debut author Wolas’s work is breathtaking
Tense, intriguing, and surprising, Meyer’s thriller is a solid choice for readers who enjoy well-researched and detailed survival stories; Steyn’s Cape Town will be familiar to any city dweller who no longer knows their neighbors and hides behind barred windows
Fans of Paula Hawkins, A.S.A. Harrison, Mary Kubica, and Karin Slaughter will want to add Ellison to their summer reading list; Finn’s riveting and mature first novel stands out in a crowded genre; despite its flaws, Frances’s debut novel will appeal to fans of fast-paced psychological thrillers; Rouda’s latest is destined to fly off the shelves
Following an impulse to investigate an often enjoyed writer/illustrator from her childhood, Laurel Davis Huber embarked on a ten-year adventure that resulted in a captivating debut novel, The Velveteen Daughter, which traces the life of Pamela Bianco, a young artist growing up in early 20th-century America.
Brady’s riveting psychological debut chiller will wow thriller lovers; a must-read for DeMille’s many fans; Ribchester’s fascinating historical mystery is a sure bet for fans of Hitchcockian suspense; sexy, racy, and simmering with heart-pounding passion, Jordan’s latest romp is just plain fun; a Sip of Carr’s haunting first novel will leave readers hopeful for the future
Baxter’s second take on Wells is appropriate for young adult audiences; for book lovers, short story readers; enjoy Grafton’s California sleuthing sister; for fans of domestic suspense; series fans and Lee Child aficionados will appreciate Sharp’s latest; the new Todd title is flawed but still enjoyable for series fans
Tales of families never fail to fascinate. Whether a story of zany characters or of bonds unraveled, how mothers, fathers, and siblings navigate their unions is always rich reading. Here are four novels and one memoir that solidify these points.