Staff Choices: Holiday Books 2015
FATES AND FURIES
Groff has written a literary sensation that presents the story of a marriage over the course of twenty-four years from both the husband and the wife’s very different points of view. It is deeply layered with flashes of brilliance in perception and writing.
TSAR OF LOVE AND TECHNO
From the best-selling author of CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA, these are dazzling, poignant and connected short stories that move from Stalin’s Leningrad to Siberia to Chechnya with the skill of a writer who has been compared to Chekhov.
AVENUE OF MYSTERIES
Irving returns to the themes that established him as one of our most admired and beloved authors in this absorbing novel of fate and memory.
ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy in Occupied France.
The author of THE CORRECTIONS has written another compelling and thought-provoking novel that captures contemporary life with unforgettable characters.
From the best-selling and internationally acclaimed author of NAME OF THE ROSE comes a novel of the murky world of media politics, conspiracy and murder and a fragile love story between two born losers.
A WILD SWAN AND OTHER TALES
A book of fairy tales for our times from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE HOURS. These tales take the myths of our childhood and transforms them into tales that are dark, perverse and true.
Spanning five decades, from the 1970s to the present, this intricately woven novel will pull you into a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story, as only the author of CLOUD ATLAS could imagine it.
GAP OF TIME
The first of Hogarth Press’s retelling of the stories of Shakespeare by acclaimed modern writers, this is the re-imagined “Winter’s Tale.” Set in 2008 London and a storm-ravaged American city, it modernizes the story of the power of jealousy and the redemption and enduring love of a lost child.
LAST BUS TO WISDOM
The final novel from a great American storyteller is charming wise and slyly funny–a last sweet gift from a writer whose books have bestowed untold pleasure on countless readers.
CAREER OF EVIL
When J.K. Rowling morphed into Robert Galbraith, adults got a first-rate mystery writer. This is the third, and best, of the Cormoran Strike private detective series.
This wonderful and wittily illustrated book about how dogs bring out the best in us is the perfect gift for any family of dog lovers or owners.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of CLEOPATRA explores a dark period in the early history of our country – the imprisonment of over two hundred persons and the execution of fourteen women, five men and a dog for the practice of witchcraft.
From the National Book Award-winning author of JUST KIDS, comes an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the prism of the cafes and the haunts she has worked in around the world.
MY LIFE ON THE ROAD
The writer, activist and feminist leader tells the story of her itinerant childhood with her father and how it began a lifetime of activism. She is witty, moving and always an inspiration.
Perfect for fans of BOYS IN THE BOAT, it combines risk, adventure and daring as four American bobsledders race for the gold in the most dangerous competition in Olympic history.
HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL
From the guitarist of the pioneering band Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia star, a candid, funny, and deeply personal look at making a life–and finding yourself in music.
LAFAYETTE IN THE SOMEWHAT UNITED STATES
A humorous and and insightful account of the Revolutionary War hero, Marquis de Lafayette, the Frenchman who ignited our love affair with France–and an insightful portrait of a nation’s idealism. This is as entertaining and vastly informative as her previous bestseller ASSASSINATION VACATION.
BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME
One of the talked-about books of the year, a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by a man who has been acclaimed as “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States.”
H IS FOR HAWK
Heart-breaking and humorous, this unflinching account of personal bereavement and the practice of falconry, with a unique look at an extraordinary bird, is nature writing at its very best.
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. The author of EAT, PRAY, LOVE digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity.
UNFAITHFUL MUSIC AND DISAPPEARING INK
The long-awaited, unconventional but indelible memoir by one of the music world’s greatest and most influential songwriters and performers.
FIND A WAY
Her mantra was “find a way” and Nyad invoked it continually as she swam from Cuba to Florida, an epic feat of endurance and human will, in fifty-three hours at the age of sixty-four. It reads like a thriller and will inspire us all to never let go of achieving our dreams.
A deeply moving testimony and celebration of how to embrace life by the late, beloved writer and neurologist. It includes his essays, written before his death, in the New York Times.
Twelve year old Suzy can not accept that her friend’s death by drowning can be explained by the words “sometimes things just happen.” As Suzy sets out to discover exactly what caused Franny’s death, she retreats into silence….partly because she feels that small talk is meaningless, and partly because her last words to Franny were hurtful. THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH, by Ali Benjamin, is a tender and moving story about life, perseverance, friendship and forgiveness.
In the brand new DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: OLD SCHOOL, Greg tries to determine whether life was really better in the “good old days.” He is put to the test when his whole town voluntarily “unplugs” for the weekend, and Greg experiences the ups and downs of being electronics-free. Like Jeff Kinney‘s previous books, this new story is very funny and very clever.
Willowdean, aka Dumplin’, may be overweight, but she is comfortable with who she is as a person. That is until certain events conspire to challenge her confidence and self-acceptance. DUMPLIN’, by Julie Murphy, is a beautiful, often humorous, look at believing in yourself against all odds.
Magic, romance, ghosts and nerds abound in CARRY ON, by Rainbow Rowell. In this thrilling, lusty, and funny story of life at a wizard school, Simon Snow is the unlikely “chosen one” who must stop a villain. But Simon, who is supposed to be the most powerful, is unable to control his magic. For teens who loved Harry Potter, this book is a must! Ages 14 and over.