One of the perks of being a librarian is getting advance copies of forthcoming books. The recently launched LibraryReads provides a monthly top ten book list identifying those titles librarians nationwide identify as their favorites publishing that month. Now you, too, can be in the know about the hot new titles and breakout debuts before they hit the shelves. Here are just a few librarian picks for September, along with their publishers’ descriptions.
“Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell
Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life – and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go.
“Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital ” by Sheri Fink
Read Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink’s landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina – and her suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice. In the tradition of the best writing on medicine, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos.
“The Returned” by Jason Mott
“Jacob was time out of sync, time more perfect than it had been. He was life the way it was supposed to be all those years ago. That’s what all the Returned were.” Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they’ve settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time….Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep – flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old.