Fiction Recommendations

Tiger's Wife

Train Dreams

Train dreamsBy Johnson, Denis, 1949-
This brief novella evokes the American Northwest in the first half of the Twentieth century, depicting the life of an honest man haunted by the loss of his family. He wears his body down with rough labor -- logging or building railroads -- revealing both the difficulty and the simplicity in this existence. A lonesome loner, he pays homage to the death of his wife by remaining in the location of their chosen home his entire lifetime.... Read more
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National Book Awards 2016 Finalists in Fiction (5 items)

Another Brooklyn

Another Brooklyn : a novelBy Woodson, Jacqueline
"Another Brooklyn is heartbreaking and restorative, a gorgeous paean to all we must leave behind on the path to becoming ourselves." --Tracy K. Smith "Jacqueline Woodson sings memory. Her words like summer lightning get caught in my throat...a wild sea pausing in the wind." -Sister Sonia Sanchez
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The Vegetarian

The vegetarian : a novelBy Han, Kang, 1970-
"This is a horror story in its depiction of the unknowability of others—of the sudden feeling that you've never actually known someone close to you. It's also a decidedly literary story for its exploration of despair, inner unrest, and the pain of coming to understand yourself." -Publishers Weekly
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This Must Be the Place

This must be the placeBy O'Farrell, Maggie, 1972- author.
"A magical story...When it ends, the reader is stunned and grateful." -Publishers Weekly
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Head Full of Ghosts

A head full of ghosts : a novelBy Tremblay, Paul
Beautifully written, dark and profoundly disturbing story of a family fallen on hard times and falling apart.
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Britt-Marie Was Here

Britt-Marie was here : a novelBy Backman, Fredrik, 1981- author.
Insightful, introspective, and thought-provoking, Britt-Marie Was Here provides another big helping of Backman’s delightful witticisms, as Britt-Marie proves that it’s never too late to start over and live the life you deserve.... Read more
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Grace : a novel

Grace : a novelBy Deón, Natashia, author.
The dual stories of a mother, a runaway plantation slave and the child she never knew are woven through the historic events of the mid-19th century, including the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation. (PUB)
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Angels of Detroit

Angels of Detroit : a novelBy Hebert, Christopher, author.
"Christopher Hebert gets Detroit right in this beautifully made book.....between last hope and postapocalyptic nightmare." -Jaimy Gordon, author of Lord of Misrule
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The Marriage of Opposites

The marriage of opposites : a novel based on the life of Rachel PizzarroBy Hoffman, Alice
The Marriage of Opposites first tells the story of young Rachel Pomié, daughter of a refugee Jewish merchant on the lush island of St. Thomas in the late 1800s. As a girl Rachel dismisseds tradition, favoring to learn the family business, write imaginative stories of the island’s folklore, and dream of far-away Paris.
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The Past

The PastBy Hadley, Tessa author.
Hadley’s masterful storytelling, astute insight into her characters, and attention to minute details combine to create this satisfying family drama set mainly at a summer home outside London which has fallen into disrepair and where they all used to vacation.... Read more
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Brooklyn

Brooklyn : a novelBy Tóibín, Colm, 1955-
Eilis Lacey is happy living in a small town in Ireland with her mother and sister despite her uninspiring job and nonexistent love life. It is at the urging of her sister that she decides to take a leap of faith, and accepts an offer from an Irish priest who sponsors her trip to America.
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The Lightkeepers

The lightkeepers : a novelBy Geni, Abby
Experienced nature photographer Miranda takes an assignment on the remote Farallon Islands, also known as “The Islands of the Dead”, once the site of an important lighthouse. There she joins a group of biologists, expert in the various types of wildlife native to the area: a variety of birds, whales, sea lions and sharks.... Read more
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The Other Typist

The other typistBy Rindell, Suzanne
The setting is Prohibition Era New York, where quite ordinary Rose Baker is employed as a stenographer at the local police precinct. Listening to and typing up confessions taken in the station’s interrogation room is the highlight of Rose’s dull life.... Read more
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Blackbirds

BlackbirdsBy Wendig, Chuck
Miriam Black has an unusual gift, or maybe it’s a curse. When she touches someone, she knows exactly how and when they will die. Most of the time, they are old, or sick or there is some sort of catastrophe. But, when she meets Louis, she finds out he is going to be murdered horribly. Up to this point, she’s figured she has to watch fate take its course, but now she wonders: can she stop Louis from getting murdered? Can she change fate?... Read more
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The Mare

The mare : a novelBy Gaitskill, Mary, 1954-
Hardscrabble Dominican pre-teen Velvet lives in Brooklyn with her perpetually angry Mami and little brother Dante. Velvet is sent to stay with a well-to-do white family as part of the Fresh Air Fund, which places inner-city youth in country settings for a few weeks. Velvet stays with childless couple Paul and Ginger, and falls in love with a rescued mare named Fugly Girl at the stables next door.... Read more
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Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of A Fist

Your heart is a muscle the size of a fist : a novelBy Yapa, Sunil author.
The setting is Seattle , November 30, 1999, at the protest to shut down the World Trade Organization (WTO) summit meeting. The narrative follows Victor, a disaffected young man who has left home after the death of his mother, and has been living off the grid for three years. His Dad is Police Chief Bishop, charged by the Mayor with keeping 50,000 protesters contained so the WTO meeting can begin.... Read more
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The Fireman

The fireman : a novelBy Hill, Joe author.
A chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.(PUB)
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Cool Summer Reads for Adults (7 items)

The fireman : a novelBy Hill, Joe author.
"Horror buffs will take note of this latest offering by the Bram Stoker winner." Library Journal May 2016
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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

My grandmother asked me to tell you she's sorry : a novelBy Backman, Fredrik, 1981-
"The best stories are never completely realistic and never entirely made-up." So says the titular Granny in Fredrik Backman's second novel. Granny is a 77-year-old superhero and only friend to Elsa, a precocious and bullied 7-year-old who feels she doesn't quite fit into her divorced parents' new lives. Since her parents' divorce, Granny has regaled Elsa with tales of the Land-of-Almost-Awake and its kingdoms.... Read more
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A Man Called Ove

A man called Ove : a novelBy Backman, Fredrik, 1981-
Snarky, sweet, and sad, Fredrik Backman’s debut novel is wholly satisfying. Meet Ove: the curmudgeonly man next door, staunch in his principles and with a strong opinion on everything. Ove lives alone and is biding his time until he no longer lives. His beloved wife, Sonja, has already gone, and there were no children. He was forced into early retirement and feels his life no longer has purpose.... Read more
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The Thing About December

The thing about DecemberBy Ryan, Donal, 1977-
"[A]nd everything was lovely and normal and comfortable and destroyed forever at the same time."... Read more
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The Spinning Heart

The spinning heartBy Ryan, Donal, 1977- author.
Primarily a work of psychological fiction, this debut book by Donal Ryan is brief, but it packs a lot of insights into human nature along the way.
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1Q84

1Q84By Murakami, Haruki, 1949-
This hefty translation was originally 3 books in Murakami’s native Japan. The plot of this quirky story is fascinating, though it takes many fantastical leaps and leaves many things unexplained.... Read more
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Award Winners & Bestsellers

Nobel Prize
2015 Prize in Literature
Svetlana Alexievich

National Book Award

2015 Prize for Fiction
Fortune Smiles
by Adam Johnson

2015 Prize for Nonfiction
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Newbery Medal
2016 award
Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Peña

Caldecott Medal
2016 award
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear
b
y Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Printz Award

2016 award
Bone Gap

by Laura Ruby

New York Times Fiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sales)
The Last Mile
, by David Baldacci
The Obsession
, by Nora Roberts
Stuck-up Suit, by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Bounty, by Kristen Ashley
The Girl on the Train
, by Paula Hawkins
 

New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sale)
The Rainbow Comes and Goes, by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
The Sleep Revolution, by Arianna Huffington
When Breath Becomes Air
, by Paul Kalanithi
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaegar
Alexander Hamilton
, by Ron Chernow

 

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Caldecott Medal

Coretta Scott King Award

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Newbery Medal

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