DEC/JAN Library Reads – ARC of Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz – Now Claimed – thanks!
December 10, 2015
The December/January LibraryReads list is out (with librarians’ comments), and among the new selections is Dean Koontz’ latest Ashley Bell. I have a physical ARC of that one for the first SI employee commenter.
The favorite is by Elizabeth Strout of Burgess Boys and Olive Kitteridge fame. I don’t have an ARC for that one, I’m afraid, but we have 40 copies on order with only 15 holds at the moment. It comes out January 16th. Among the well-established names making an appearance are Bill Bryson (holding up the non-fiction category and with mention at a recent reader’s advisory training) with The Road to Little Dribbling and Ian Rankin with Even Dogs in the Wild.
The only print title we don’t already have on order is an original paperback title What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan. I will get that in line to be ordered today. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend has been getting a lot of attention from ARC readers and will likely be a book discussion kit candidate. A new story collection, Helen Ellis’ American Housewife, has also attracted genuine pre-pub enthusiasm.
Strout, Elizabeth. My Name Is Lucy Barton.
Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.
Bivald, Katarina. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend.
Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy’s funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor — not much else to do in a small town that’s almost beyond repair. They just never imagined that she’d start a bookstore. Or that books could bring them together – and change everything.