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PLEASE NOTE: I don’t end up keeping most of these. If you see one in the list that looks interesting to you, let me know and if I’ve still got it around, you may get lucky.

  • Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road, by Kate Harris (August 2018)
  • All Happy Families, by Jeann McCullogh (August 2018)
  • The Man Who Couldn’t Miss: A Stewart Hoag Mystery, by David Handler (August 2018)
  • Another Woman’s Husband, by Gill Paul (August 2018)
  • Second Time Sweeter, by Beverly Jenkins (August 2018)
  • The Secret of the Irish Castle, by Santa Montefiore (August 2018)
  • Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine: Stories, by Kevin Wilson (August 2018)
  • French Exit, by Patrick deWitt (August 2018)
  • Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago, by Max Allan Collins & A. Brad Schwartz (August 2018)
  • Horse, by Talley English (August 7, 2018)
  • Putney, by Sofka Zinovieff (August 2018)
  • Ahab’s Return, or the Last Voice, by Jeffrey Ford (August 2018)
  • Other People’s Love Affairs: Stories, by D. Wystan Owen (August 21, 2018)
  • The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World, by Sarah Weinman (September 2018) A fascinating and fast-read piece of true crime writing, interspersed with seemingly solid evidence that the sordid story of Sally Horner’s 21-month ordeal played a role in creating Nabokov’s infamous novel. 
  • Ordinary People, by Diana Evans (September 2018) Felt like homework within a few chapters. Bailed.
  • A Key to Treehouse Living, by Elliot Reed (September 2018) More focused on form than story. Did not finish.
  • Rainsongs, by Sue Hubbard (September 2018) It’s really annoying when an author doesn’t use quotation marks for dialogue. Did not finish.
  • Lake Success, by Gary Shteyngart (September 4, 2018) I didn’t really care much for this one. An irritatingly clueless main character, obsessed with wristwatches and running from the SEC.
  • Not Our Kind, by Kitty Zelds (September 2018) Definitely written in the shadow of #metoo. Set in late 1940s New York City, a Jewish woman lands a job as private tutor in a WASP-y family, looking after the angry tween daughter who has a leg damaged by polio.
  • Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall, by Tim Mohr (September 11, 2018) A fascinating read, but just as important, an approachable one. I know virtually nothing about either East Germany or punk rock, but Mohr made the story intelligible to me.
  • Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan (September 2018) Excellent. Slightly ambiguous search for a root system and a sense of place, told by a boy who begins as a slave in Barbados and ends up traveling the world in pursuit of freedom, science, and answers to questions he can’t quite formulate.
  • How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler, by Ryan North (September 18, 2018) Not as funny as the author thinks it is.
  • Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, by Alec Nevala-Lee (October 2018)
  • Family Trust, by Kathy Wang (October 2018)
  • When the Men Were Gone, by Marjorie Herrera Lewis (October 2018)
  • News of Our Loved Ones, by Abigail DeWitt (October 2018)
  • Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver (October 2018) Kingsolver is a remarkably gifted storyteller, and many moments in this book struck me straight in the heart. A paired storyline with past and present twining around each other, linked by one poorly-built house in a small community in New Jersey. Explores family, the power of money and charisma, and the fears that can arise when long-held beliefs are challenged.
  • The Lost Letters of William Woolf, by Helen Cullen (October 2, 2018)
  • Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners, by Gretchen Anthony (October 16, 2018)
  • Dracul, by Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker (October 2, 2018)
  • The Collector’s Apprentice, by B.A. Shapiro (October 16, 2018)
  • Gone So Long, by Andre Dubus III (October 2018)
  • Trinity, by Louisa Hall (October 2018)
  • The Gradual Disappearance of Jane Ashland, by Nicolai Houm, transl. Anna Patterson (October 2018)
  • Melmoth, by Sarah Perry (October 2018)
  • Vita Nostra, by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko, transl. Julia Meitov Hersey (November 2018)
  • Prague Spring, by Simon Mawer (November 2018)
  • The Museum of Modern Love, by Heather Rose (November 27, 2018)
  • Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence, by Michael Marshall Smith (November 6, 2018)
  • The Dakota Winters, by Tom Barbash (December 2018)
  • Annelies, by David R. Gillham (January 15, 2019)
  • The Au Pair, by Emma Rous (January 8, 2019)
  • House of Stone, by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (January 2019)
  • The Only Woman in the Room, by Marie Benedict (January 8, 2019)
  • Bowlaway, by Elizabeth McCracken (February 2019)
  • A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1), by Alyssa Cole (Undated)
  • Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage, by Brian Castner (December 2017)
  • Red Sky at Noon, by Simon Sebag Montefiore (January 2, 2018)
  • The Lucky Ones, by Tiffany Reisz (February 13, 2018)
  • Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers, by Sara Ackerman (February 13, 2018)
  • Love and Death in the Sunshine State: The Story of a Crime, by Cutter Wood (April 17, 2018)
  • My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie (April 2018)
  • The Overstory, by Richard Powers (April 2018)
  • Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History, by Yunte Huang (April 2018)
  • Ace of Shades, by Amanda Foody (April 10, 2018)
  • Unbury Carol, by Josh Malerman (April 10, 2018)
  • A Necessary Evil (Wyndham, Book 2), by Abir Mukherjee (April 3, 2018)
  • Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine, By Edward Lee (April 2018)

DAYS UNTIL I PICK UP THE NEXT BATCH OF ARCS: 117 (ALA Midwinter 2019, January 25-29, 2019)