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.
White Hot Grief Parade: A Memoir, by Alexandra Silber (July 2018)A memoir about Silber’s loss of her father to cancer when she was 18, and how her friends gathered around to help. Real and darkly funny.
Whistle in the Dark, by Emma Healey (July 2018)An interesting sort of post-traumatic mystery: 15-year-old Lana disappears for 4 days, is found wet and bruised (this is where the story starts), then either refuses to talk about what happened or claims she remembers nothing. Her mother tells the story and is determined to find out why her daughter went missing and what happened while she was “lost.”
The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump, by Michiko Kakutani (July 2018)Sobering and thought-provoking.
Clock Dance, by Anne Tyler (July 2018)A tale of a woman who tries so hard to be what others need her to be that she practically disappears. Interesting – might resonate particularly with women with grown children/of an age to have grown children.
Open Mic Night in Moscow: And Other Stories from My Search for Black Markets, Soviet Architecture, and Emotionally Unavailable Russian Men, by Audrey Murray (July 2018)An oddball travelogue of a comedian exploring the former USSR. Made me laugh sometimes, but also made me feel totally exasperated by the author’s blithe lack of preparation for such a complex trip.
Believe Me, by JP Delaney (July 24, 2018)Twisty-turny psychological novel that plays cat-and-mouse with the unreliable narrator trope. Not my thing, but if it’s yours, look into this one.
The Last Thing I Told You, by Emily Arsenault (July 2018)A mystery, a whodunnit, and unfortunately for how I feel about the book, I finished it 10 days ago and have completely forgotten what it’s about. That tells you something.
What Remains of Her, by Eric Rickstand (July 2018)Mystery/thriller with a really random swerve at the end, but still an engrossing read.
The Locksmith’s Daughter, by Karen Brooks (July 2018)Spies, plots, theater, love, and secrets in Elizabethan London. SIGN ME UP.
- 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)
- Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water’s Edge, by Susan Hand Shetterly (August 7, 2018)
- Temper, by Nicky Drayden (August 2018)
- The Story of H, by Marina Perezagua (August 2018)
- Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island, by Earl Swift (August 2018)
- We That Are Young, by Preti Taneja (August 30, 2018)
- Putney, by Sofka Zinovieff (August 2018)
- Ahab Return, or the Last Voice, by Jeffrey Ford (August 2018)
- Other People’s Love Affairs: Stories, by D. Wystan Owen (August 21, 2018)
The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found, by Bart Van Es (August 14, 2018)A different kind of Holocaust memoir: Lien de Jong was sent into hiding by her parents at age 8, after the Netherlands surrendered to Germany. This is the story of her years in hiding and her life after the war, written by the grandson of one of the couples who hid her.
Connect, by Julian Gough (August 2018)Not quite sure what to do with this one. It was totally gripping, but I can’t decide if I actually liked it. Near-future science fiction based in VR gaming, biotech, neuroscience, and unsupervised AI learning.
Sweet Little Lies, by Caz Frear (August 2018)Murder mystery for people who like Tana French but might prefer something slightly less doom-laden. Kept me up past my bedtime. Couldn’t stop for the night with just 80 pages left, now could I?
The Sea Queen, by Linnea Hartsuyker (August 2018)I just love this series so much. Second of a trilogy based on the sagas of Harald Fairhair, a ninth-century king of Norway. Vikings, battles, honor… it’s pretty great.
Under a Dark Sky, by Lori Rader-Day (August 2018)A murder takes place in a group house at a dark sky park. Not exactly Great Literature, but twistier than I expected, and kept me engaged.
- An Unwanted Guest, by Shari LaPena (August 7, 2018)
- A River of Stars, by Vanessa Hua (August 2018)
- The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World, by Sarah Weinman (September 2018)
- Ordinary People, by Diana Evans (September 2018)
- A Key to Treehouse Living, by Elliot Reed (September 2018)
- Rainsongs, by Sue Hubbard (September 2018)
- Lake Success, by Gary Shteyngart (September 4, 2018)
- Not Our Kind, by Kitty Zelds (September 2018)
- The Order of the Day, by Eric Vuillard (September 25, 2018)
- Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall, by Tim Mohr (September 11, 2018)
- Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan (September 2018)
- How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler, by Ryan North (September 18, 2018)
- 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)
- 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: 178 (ALA Midwinter 2019, January 25-29, 2019)