I really enjoy doing this post at the beginning of every month. Do we all really need more books to add to our TBR list? No. But I thoroughly enjoy finding new books and new authors to add to my reading radar. As the year is coming to a close, there are less and less books coming out. My Edelweiss “tabs” page for November was light and December is even lighter.
The main point of doing this post is to bring awareness to new authors and new literature as well as highlight some of the books I am excited about. Yes, you will also recognize some well established authors returning with their latest feat. One thing I have learned from working at the library is: request, request, request! Especially for debut authors and books that don’t get as much hype. Help build up your public library by requesting up and coming and diverse books (James Patterson gets plenty of shelf space). I am very serious about this. There is an interesting dynamic at a public library. Those books that are “popular” get purchased and have numerous copies. Many of the books I review here do not. They are not as trendy and have a smaller audience, so the library purchases one if at all. Most of the books I choose to read have to be requested from a reciprocal library and that’s great that the library offers that service but it’s still important to offer people a variety of literature.
November has some great literature coming out, even if the numbers are smaller than the previous months. Click on each title below to read a full synopsis.
Mermaids in Paradise – Lydia Millet (Nov 1) “A tropical honeymoon goes comically wrong when mermaids are sighted on a nearby reef.” Adult Contemporary/Humor/Fantasy – 304 pages.
All Days Are Night – Peter Stamm (Nov 4) This translated story follows the survival of a woman who is completely disfigured from a car accident and once spent the spotlight as a beautiful TV host. Adult Contemporary Fiction – 192 pages.
Citizens Creek – Lalita Tademy ( Nov 4) “Set in the 1800s, Citizen Creek chronicles two different lives in its two parallel sections: those of Cow Tom, a slave born in Alabama and sold to a Creek Indian chief prior to his 10th birthday, and his granddaughter, Rose.” Historical Fiction – 432 pages.
The Forgers – Bradford Morrow (Nov 4) “A literary forger-who created fake documents purportedly by famous authors-looks back on the havoc he has caused.” Adult Fiction/Mystery/Thriller/Books About Books – 258 pages.
Ugly Girls – Lindsay Hunter (Nov 4) “Two high school girls put on a tough act to hide deep-seated insecurities in this gripping character-driven novel.” And I hear an ending that is shocking and sad. Contemporary Fiction – 240 pages
The Happiest People in the World – Brock Clarke (Nov 4) “A darkly funny tale of paranoia and the all-American obsession with security and the conspiracies that threaten it, written in a tone that is simultaneously filled with wonder and anger in almost equal parts.” Adult Fiction/Humor – 352 pages
The Walled City – Ryan Graudin (Nov 4) A standalone (imagine that!) Young Adult novel that combines adventure, romance and science fiction. Reviews are mixed. -432 pages
Lives in Ruins: Archeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble – Marilyn Johnson (Nov 11) “Johnson explores the strange world of archaeologists in this fascinating look at those who search for our buried past.” Non Fiction/History – 272 pages
Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995-2014 – Alice Munro (Nov 11) – “Family Furnishings brings us twenty-four of Alice Munro’s most accomplished, most powerfully affecting stories, many of them set in the territory she has so brilliantly made her own: the small towns and flatlands of southwestern Ontario.” Short Stories – 640 pages * THIS is going to have to be a holiday gift for me (hint, hint). I still can’t believe I haven’t read anything by this 2013 Nobel Prize winner!
Like Water on Stone – Dana Walrath – “Blending magical realism and lyrical free verse, this is an intense survival story of three siblings caught up in the horrific events of the Armenian genocide of 1915.” Young Adult/Historical Fiction – 368 pages.