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LibraryReads April 2014

March 29, 2014 by Reader's Connection

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LibraryReads March 2014

When I made my little LibraryReads map, last month, to show which states had contributed reviews of their favorite new books, I thought that it would be embarrassing if the same states showed up every month.

I needn’t have worried. There were a few repeaters, this month, but New York, a state which contributed no reviews last month, turned in three for April.

And YES, there’s a review from Indiana, this time around. (Librarians interested in reviewing for LibraryReads should look at their website at http://libraryreads.org/.)

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LibraryReads April 2014 – My thanks to Delphi, Indiana, for letting me know that Julia Glass has written a new novel. I’ll probably blog about it.

So here we go: 10 just-released (or soon-to-be-released) books that have been picked as favorites by librarians around the country.


The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin

 The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

 

A middle-aged bookseller mourning his lost wife, a feisty publisher’s rep, and a charmingly precocious abandoned child come together on a small island off the New England coast in this utterly delightful novel of love and second chances. — Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

 

 

 

 

 

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Frog Music

 

Donoghue returns to historical fiction in this latest offering, based on the unsolved murder of Jenny Bonnet, a cross-dressing frog catcher with a mysterious past. Set in 1870s San Francisco, this brilliant book includes impeccable historical details, from a smallpox epidemic to period songs. — Diane Scholl, Batavia Public Library, IL

 

 

 

 

And the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass

And the Dark Sacred Night

 

Four stars to Julia Glass for this, her best work since Three Junes. We become reacquainted with old characters Malachy, Fenno, and Walter and learn more about their life stories. The individuals are imperfectly human, and perfectly drawn. A wonderful, highly recommended novel. — Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN

 

 

 

 

 

By its Cover: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery by Donna Leon

By its Cover: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

 

In the 23rd book in this delightful series, Commissario Guido Brunetti is brought in to investigate the theft of pages and maps from rare books. Brunetti is a great character with warmth, style and elegance. Leon’s book enlightens us about Venetian customs and delivers a solid mystery. — Joanne Genovese, Smithtown Special Library District, Smithtown, NY

 

 

 

 

The Intern’s Handbook: A Thriller by Shane Kuhn

The Intern’s Handbook: A Thriller

 

How did Shane Kuhn pull this off? He’s written an action-packed, twisting thriller about professional assassins, and–guess what?–it’s funny and romantic, too! In a totally quirky way, of course. You have to read it to believe it. — Nancy Russell, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH

 

 

 

 

 

The Axe Factor: A Jimm Juree Mystery by Colin Cotterill

The Axe Factor: A Jimm Juree Mystery

 

I love this sharply-written and quirky cozy mystery. Jimm Juree is a wonderful character, slyly funny and insightful, with an oddball cast of family and friends to back her up. Set in coastal Thailand, this is a laugh-out-loud funny mystery with plenty of great twists and turns that will keep readers guessing. — Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA

 

 

 

 

Family Life by Akhil Sharma

Family Life

 

The Mishras move from India to New York City in the 1980s in order to give their two sons better educational opportunities. When tragedy strikes, the family tries to recover the optimism and hope that propelled them to America. Beautiful, clear-eyed and compelling, this book packs a powerful punch. — Anbolyn Potter, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ

 

 

 

 

Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James

Silence for the Dead

 

A young nurse working in an isolated hospital for WWI veterans finds herself in over her head. Are the patients in the mysterious estate haunted by their wartime experiences, or something more malevolent? St. James is an up-and-coming author with a flair for combining horror and romance. A great choice for readers of either genre. — Jenna Persick, Chester County Library, Exton, PA

 

 

 

On the Rocks by Erin Duffy

On the Rocks

 

After her fiancé dumps her on Facebook, Abby retreats to her apartment until her best friend invites her to spend the summer in Newport. This book is for every woman who’s been determined to put things back together after finding herself on the wrong side of social media, in the aftermath of a bad breakup, or elbow deep in Ben & Jerry’s when things fall apart. — Sara Grochowski, Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library, Alpena, MI

 

 

 

Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home by Nina Stibbe

Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home

 

With a unique voice, Stibbe brings 1980s literary Camden back to life in this delightful epistolary memoir. The letters that Stibbe writes to her sister are a hoot, featuring unexpected cooking advice from the great Alan Bennett, and droll commentary on just about everything from Mary-Kay Wilmers. — Jennifer Estepp, Queens Library, Jamaica, NY

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