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LibraryReads for October

October 10, 2013 by Reader's Connection

Here are ten books that were scheduled for October or late September publication, and have been picked as favorites by librarians around the country.

The Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project


Don Tillman, a brilliant geneticist, thinks that having women fill out a six-page, double-sided questionnaire before a date is logical and reasonable. Rosie Jarman, an impetuous barmaid, thinks Don should loosen up and learn to live a little. Follow the unlikely pair in this laugh-out-loud, feel-good story of unexpected joys, discovery and love. — Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI





Longbourn: A Novel by Jo Baker



Using Pride and Prejudice’s familiar setting and characters, Baker tells a very different story of family, love and self-discovery. Bold and intelligent, Sarah is an orphaned housemaid whose days are filled with hard, body-punishing work. Baker doesn’t sugar-coat. A beautiful, uplifting novel full of mystery, hope and romance. Highly recommended for Austen fans and historical fiction readers. — Jenifer May, Secaucus Public Library, Secaucus, NJ



The Lowland: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Lowland: A Novel


Spanning the oceans from India to Rhode Island, this is a story of brothers and allegiances, mothers and challenges, families and turmoil. Lahiri fleshes out her characters and events with such exquisite prose that I find myself rereading sentences just for the experience of their impact. Another literary triumph for Lahiri! — Jeanne Altman, Darien Library, Darien, CT




Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois

Cartwheel: A Novel


College student Lily Hayes is an accident waiting to happen. While studying abroad in Buenos Aires, she becomes the prime suspect in her roommate Katy’s murder. DuBois’s haunting story captures a family shattered by their young daughter’s imprisonment. A well-written novel highly recommended for book clubs. — Karen Kilbride, Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, MN





We Are Water by Wally Lamb

We Are Water


Annie Oh, a newly famous artist, sends her family into a tailspin when she announces her intention to marry her powerful gallerist, Viveca. While Annie’s husband Orion is devastated by the loss of his wife of 27 years, her children’s responses range from delight to denial. Good writing and distinct characters, personalities and voices. — Katie Karkheck, Valley Cottage Library, Valley Cottage, NY





The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch


Fans of The Secret History will rediscover the Tartt they loved back in 1992. 9Readers who love the novelist for her richly developed, dark, multi-layered characters and thoroughly researched topics will not be disappointed. Tartt pulls together many threads of a story across a long span of pages and into a complete masterpiece. — Kim Dorman, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ





The Tilted World by Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly

The Tilted World


The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 is the backdrop for one of my favorite historical novels of the last few years. Bootleggers, revenuers, an orphaned child, extreme weather, a disintegrating marriage and romance. There are no dull characters or moments in this beautifully-written story. — Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC






Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town by Mirta Ojito

Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town


Ojito, a former New York Times reporter, chronicles the events leading up to the 2008 murder of an undocumented Ecuadorian immigrant on Long Island, detailing the reactions of family and community members, government officials, civic leaders and public library staff. A nuanced and in-depth look at hate crimes, and a powerful story that deserves to be told. –Anne Lee, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA




The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement by Nick Saul & Andrea Curtis

The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement


Nick Saul chronicles his years spent as director of The Stop, a community food center in Toronto, Ontario that reinvented itself by starting several innovative programs to combat poverty and hunger while building community in the process. Read this book and be inspired to create change in your own neighborhood! — Melissa DeWild, Kent District Library, Comstock Park, MI





Hawthorn & Child by Keith Ridgway

Hawthorn & Child


Ridgway has taken the ‘partner cops’ and ‘troubled cops’ sub-genres to new levels. Hawthorn is a haunted man with a callous worldview. Child is his apt foil: humane, funny and insightful. Set in contemporary London, the story draws readers quickly and completely into a complex, seedy world of crime, madness and despair. — Margaret Donovan, Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA


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