If you've read Jennifer Weiner's books before and are expecting hilarious, witty, easy-breezy reading, then this book will be a surprise. Although still trademarked with her sly wit, reading a novel about an upper class woman spiraling into drug addiction is not for the faint of heart. In many other authors’ hands, this kind of subject matter easily could become preachy or heavy handed, but it truly is neither.
This sequel to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats brings Julia Win, a successful Manhattan lawyer, back ten years later to her father’s homeland of Burma. Julia’s personal life is in turmoil when she begins to hear in her head the voice of NuNu, a Burmese woman who is trying to discover the fate of her son who was a child soldier during the war in Burma. Julia seeks answers for NuNu and in doing so learns what is truly important in her own life. This beautifully written story keeps you wanting more while demonstrating what really matters in life.&nb
In 1915, new college graduate Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Aleppo, Syria, to help deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide. There she meets and falls in love with Armen, a young Armenian engineer. Years later, their granddaughter, Laura, embarks on a journey back through her family’s history, uncovering a story of love and loss as well as a wrenching secret. Critically acclaimed bestselling author Bohjalian, the grandson of Armenian survivors, writes his most personal novel yet. ~Karen Neal
Call number: Fiction BOHJALIAN, C.
The winner of the 2013 Printz Award, Midwinterblood is a wildly imaginative exploration of folk ritual, human connection, and enduring love. The book opens in 2073, when Eric Seven travels to the isolated island of Blessed. He is a reporter who has been assigned to uncover the secrets of a rare breed of orchid flower which seems to give the island’s inhabitants eternal youth. Nothing is as it first appears, however, and readers are taken farther and farther into the past through seven fantastic stories connected to this ethereally beautiful, but dang
Seventeen-year-old Richard’s recent transfer from the oncology ward to hospice signifies he has less than one month to live. The utter finality of this diagnosis causes him to coin the term SUTHY Syndrome (Somebody Up There Hates You). But as he is about to discover, there is a lot of adventure, love, and self-discovery to be had in a month. This bittersweet story told from the perspective of an honest and sarcastically hilarious teenager is a great bet for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. ~Lynette Pitrak
In a quiet Vermont community a series of severed right hands appear in milk cartons on the steps of the police department. Five days later, the body of each hand’s owner is found on public display. Alternating chapters from the past and present follow Reggie Dufrane, first as a 13 year-old living through this time of horror, with her mother the last victim, and then as an adult 25 years later, when her mother is found alive in a homeless shelter mentally and physically ill.
In a mad attempt to save a batch of light elixir, novice mage Iolanthe Seabourne calls down a bolt of lightning and is thrown headfirst into fulfilling a prophecy that will pit her against some of the most powerful figures in the country. Helping her is Prince Titus of Elberon, who has sworn to protect her and his country. ~Debra Wischmeyer
Call Number: Teen Fiction THOMAS, S.
Since she was young, Nyx has always known she was destined to marry the Dark Lord who has enslaved her kingdom. Her father has been preparing her for this match for many years, and while her destiny is marriage, the prophecy states that she will be the one to kill him, if he doesn’t kill her first. Nyx rails against the unfairness of the prophecy, as it was her father who bonded her and not her angelic twin sister to the Dark Lord, and yet her fierce determination will be what is needed to defeat him in the end. Or is the Dark Lord not what he seems?
A small town waitress seeking to shake up her life gets more than she bargained for in this light, funny, and magical paranormal romance about friendship, love, and adorable magical creations. After spending years in her small hometown living in the same house, working at the same diner, and in love with the cook, Tobias, Olivia decides she needs to get out of her rut. Then everything changes when a mysterious woman shows up at the diner, warning Olivia that she not only has magic of her own, but she’s also in grave danger.
Jodi Brett and Todd Gilbert seem to possess an enviable life together. Todd, a general contractor, flips houses on Chicago’s north side affording them a comfortable lifestyle. Jodi, a psychologist in part-time private practice from their lakeside condo, celebrates her professional achievements alongside their twenty-year relationship. Then Todd’s best friend’s daughter, a college student named Natasha, announces her pregnancy and upcoming nuptials to Todd, and Jodi’s world tilts on its axis. Receiving notice to vacate their home spurs Jodi to