Friday, December 12, 2014

Reader's Shelf


From Library Journal

Year-End Review:  Adult Readers' Round Table Favorites from 2014




The Enchanted
The Enchanted
By Denfeld, Rene
2014-03 - HarperTorch
9780062285508 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize (2014)

The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him. A female investigator searches for buried information from prisoners' pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of …More


On Immunity: An Inoculation
On Immunity: An Inoculation
By Biss, Eula
2014-09 - Graywolf Press
9781555976897 Check Our Catalog
Why do we fear vaccines? A provocative examination by Eula Biss, the author of "Notes from No Man's Land," winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
Upon becoming a new mother, Eula Biss addresses a chronic condition of fear--fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what is in your child's air, food, mattress, medicine, and vaccines. She finds that you cannot immunize your
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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
By Murakami, Haruki
Translator Gabriel, Philip
2014-08 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780385352109 Check Our Catalog

A "New York Times" #1 Bestseller
"Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage" is the long-awaited new novel--a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan--from the award-winning, internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami.
Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and
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Dry Bones in the Valley
Dry Bones in the Valley
By Bouman, Tom
2014-07 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393243024 Check Our Catalog
In Wild Thyme, Pennsylvania, secrets and feuds go back generations. The lone policeman in a small township on the sparse northern border, Henry Farrell expected to spend his mornings hunting and fishing, his evenings playing old-time music. Instead, he has watched the steady encroachment of gas drilling bring new wealth and erode neighborly trust. The drug trade is pushing heroin into the …More


The Boy Who Drew Monsters
The Boy Who Drew Monsters
By Donohue, Keith
2014-10 - Picador USA
9781250057150 Check Our Catalog
From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Stolen Child" comes a hypnotic literary horror novel about a young boy trapped inside his own world, whose drawings blur the lines between fantasy and reality.
Ever since he nearly drowned in the ocean three years earlier, ten-year-old Jack Peter Keenan has been deathly afraid to venture outdoors. Refusing to leave his home in a small
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California
California
By Lepucki, Edan
2014-07 - Little Brown and Company
9780316250818 Check Our Catalog
"In her arresting debut novel, Edan Lepucki conjures a lush, intricate, deeply disturbing vision of the future, then masterfully exploits its dramatic possibilities." ---Jennifer Egan, author of "A Visit from the Goon Squad"
The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working …More