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LibraryReads surveys library staff across the country to recommend their favorite upcoming books each month. November is full of fantastic reads...and the Alachua County Library District owns all of them! Place your request now.

Bellman & Black by Diane SetterfieldBellman & Black by Diane Setterfield

Published: 11/5/2013 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. ISBN: 9781476711959

“William Bellman is a happily married father with a promising future, until an event from his childhood comes to haunt him and everyone he loves. Beautifully written with a vividly enticing setting, Bellman & Black is a truly gothic tale that will you have entwined in its arms until the very end.”

Scott Lenski, Whitefish Bay Public Library, Whitefish Bay, WI

Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-FlemingThrough the Evil Days: A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Published: 11/5/2013 by Minotaur Books ISBN: 9780312606848

“Reverend Clare Fergusson and Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne’s honeymoon retreat to the Adirondacks is interrupted by a brutal winter storm and a complicated police investigation involving a kidnapping, a drug ring and the murder of federal agents. Spencer-Fleming’s suspenseful and engrossing procedural introduces a fun, new character (Oscar the German Shepherd) and ends with a signature cliffhanger.”

Leslie DeLooze, Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia, NY


The Death of Santini by Pat ConroyThe Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son by Pat Conroy

Published: 10/29/2013 by Nan A. Talese ISBN: 9780385530903

“Pat Conroy’s amazing voice is back and makes me realize how much I have missed hearing it. The Death of Santini takes a hard look at what has been the most obvious influence on Conroy’s work–his family. Happily, this is not anything close to a pity party, but rather a lesson about how redemptive the powers of love and humor can be.”

Jennifer Dayton, Darien Library, Darien, CT

Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn JacksonSomeone Else’s Love Story: A Novel by Joshilyn Jackson

Published: 11/19/2013 by William Morrow ISBN: 9780062105653

“Being held at gunpoint during a convenience store robbery jolts Shandi, a young single mom, out of her denial about her 3-year-old miracle son’s origins. When her rescuer, William, a geneticist with Asperger’s, offers a way to find out what really happened the night her son was conceived, Shandi has to face the past to find her own love story. I loved every page of this funny and endearing Southern novel.”

Melissa DeWild, Kent District Library, Comstock Park, MI

The Valley of Amazement by Amy TanThe Valley of Amazement: A Novel by Amy Tan

Published: 11/5/2013 by Ecco ISBN: 9780062107312

“A new Amy Tan novel is an event. Under her sharp-eyed observations of mothers and daughters and their inexplicable bonds, is a powerful story of love, family, courage, and history.”

Kaite Stover, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, MO

Lies You Wanted to HearLies You Wanted to Hear: A Novel by James Whitfield Thomson

Published: 11/5/2013 by Sourcebooks Landmark ISBN: 9781402284281

“What causes a person to make bad choices, and to remain on a path so disastrous it could destroy a family? Thomson’s first novel raises these questions and explores the course of a failed marriage. The story is bitter and painful, but you’ll want to stick with it for the surprising turn that makes you wonder who is most to blame.”

Nancy Russell, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH

The Cartographer of No Man's Land The Cartographer of No Man’s Land: A Novel by P. S. Duffy

Published: 10/28/2013 by Liveright ISBN: 9780871403766

“Angus MacGrath is caught between the artist he longs to be and the naval career his father believes is more fitting for a man supporting a family on the coast of Nova Scotia. Angus enlists in World War I with the promise of a safe cartographer’s job, but finds himself thrust on the front lines of battle in France. The emotional havoc is palpable. Life changes in the blink of an eye and Duffy does a masterful job of letting the reader watch everyone desperately trying to catch up.”

Jennifer Hendzlik, Anythink Libraries, Thornton, CO

The Raven's Eye by Barry MaitlandThe Raven’s Eye: A Brock and Kolla Mystery by Barry Maitland

Published: 11/12/2013 by Minotaur Books ISBN: 9781250028969

“The latest Brock/Kolla mystery begins with a sudden death on a London houseboat. Unusual setting, great plot, wonderful writing. This fabulous series is yet to be discovered by many American lovers of British police procedurals. Great recommendation for fans of Ruth Rendell, Elizabeth George, early Martha Grimes and Deborah Crombie.”

Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC

Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete FriisDeath of a Nightingale: A Novel by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis

Published: 11/5/2013 by Soho Crime ISBN: 9781616953041

“Compulsive do-gooder Nina Borg is now involved with Ukrainian detainees seeking asylum in Denmark. Among them are Natasha, an abused refugee and widow of a slain journalist, and her anxious 8-year-old daughter, Katerina. The two are pursued by a mysterious, powerful Ukrainian woman and Danish security forces, who consider Natasha a suspect in her fiance’s murder. Two plots gradually merge in a dramatic climax. Recommended for fans of Karin Fossum, Arnaldur Indridison, Colin Cotterill and mystery lovers who prefer plots that explore social justice and morality.”

Margaret Donovan, Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA

Parasite by Mira GrantParasite by Mira Grant

Published: 10/29/2013 by Orbit ISBN: 9780316218955

“Mira Grant’s first outing after the completion of the Newsflesh Trilogy lives up to the standard entirely. What a creepily plausible look at the medical industry and scientific experimentation. I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for the sequel to this one.”

Emily Hartman, Spring Lake District Library, Spring Lake, MI

Posted by TracyB on November 8, 2013