After his friend Michael commits suicide, Charlie must begin his first year of high school alone. He begins to write letters to an anonymous friend. It is through these letters we learn about Charlie, his family, friends, mentor and life. This is a well-written, articulate, funny, and poignant coming-of-age book.
Engineer-botanist Mark Watney is presumed dead and left by his crew mates on Mars as a dust storm forces them to abort their mission. Logbook style narratives describe Watney's efforts to extend his life until the next scheduled mission arrives in 4 years. Watney exemplifies the “never say die” attitude we associate with heroes but he is facing tough odds while trying to stay alive on Mars. Part astronaut primer and deep space survival guide, The Martian is an interesting sci-fi yarn!
Last week Andrew McMillan became the first poet to win the Guardian’s book prize (worth approximately $15,000) with his debut collection, Physical, about the anxieties and tensions of modern masculinity.
While Physical is currently unavailable in the United States, four of the other books nominated for the Guardian prize are available to request now, including:
- Diane Cook’s Man v Nature, an “absurd and funny” collection of short stories;
- Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen, a Cain-and-Abel-esque novel of family and madness;
- Peter Pomerantsev’s Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, a “dizzying” look into the “glittering, surreal heart” of modern Russia;
- Sara Taylor’s The Shore, a collection of short stories spanning more than a century of mystery and family drama in a group of islands on the Chesapeake Bay.
It begins with dinner at a high-end restaurant in Amsterdam. Two brothers, Paul and Serge, and their wives meet to discuss their teenage sons. It is quickly apparent this is no ordinary discussion. What have the cousins done? What is to be done about it? Slowly the tension builds and the reader becomes anxious as the story unfolds. The ending is a stunner!
When a routine MRI reveals a bullet lodged in Georgetown professor Caroline Cashion’s neck, she’s shocked. The discovery soon leads to other revelations: that she was adopted, and that her birth parents were murdered in front of her—by a killer who was never caught. As the bullet in her neck drifts closer to her spine, Caroline searches for answers in Atlanta, drawing the attention of her parents’ murderer. Soon, she’ll have to make a choice: run for her life, or risk everything to confront the killer.
A suspenseful, expertly-crafted novel of family, secrets, and revenge, perfect for fans of James Patterson, Lee Child, and Harlan Coben.
Mystery and historical novel fans, get in the Christmas spirit with these new books:
The Fruitcake Murders, Ace Collins: A detective in 1946 Chicago must find out who is killing people with twenty-year-old fruitcake tins while dodging a persistent (and annoying) reporter.
Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue, Victoria Thompson: When a friend’s daughter is found with her murdered husband in her arms, Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt become an innocent woman’s only hope in turn-of-the-century New York.
Away in a Manger, Rhys Bowen: Molly Murphy Sullivan investigates the disappearance of a young girl’s mother in 1905 New York.
Two Bronze Pennies, Tom Harper: DI Tom Harper must use unorthodox methods to track down the killer of a man found dead in Leeds, England’s Jewish district.
The Hanged Man, P.N. Elrod: On Christmas Eve in 1879, a London psychic reader called to the scene of a suicide discovers it’s actually a magic-influenced murder.
The Humbug Murders, L.J. Oliver: When Ebenezer Scrooge is framed for the death of Fezziwig, his former boss, he’ll need the help of the Artful Dodger, Fagin, Pickwick, and other Dickens characters—including the author himself—to clear his name.
Mr. Rosenblum is a Jewish refugee who fled to England from Germany before the outbreak of WWII. He longs to be accepted as a true Englishman. As a profitable businessman, he buys the correct Savile Row suit, a Jaguar, and shops at Fortnum & Mason. But his Jewish background prevents his membership into a golf club, for him the ultimate sign of an English gentleman. In desperation he decides to build his own golf course which proves to be a greater endeavor than anticipated. The character is exasperating at times, but heartwarming overall, especially when you learn the author is writing about her grandfather.
The photographer. The priest. The cook. The huntsman. The clown. They killed her husband. Now they’ll face her vengeance.
Undertaker Brunhilde Blum has a near-perfect life: a satisfying job with great coworkers, two adorable daughters, and a husband who loves her deeply. When a hit-and-run accident shatters her perfect world, despair threatens to drown her—until she discovers that the “accident” that took her husband’s life was actually murder. Now, she’ll chase down any lead and go to any length to find the men responsible for her husband’s death—unless they find her first.
Chilling and taut, this translated thriller from German bestseller Bernhard Aichner will appeal to fans of Jeffry Lindsey’s Dexter series.
The Nebula Award nominees for best novel are here! This award, presented by the Science Fiction Writers of America, recognizes the best science fiction or fantasy work published in the previous year. Check out the nominees in all categories at the website of the Science Fiction Writers of America.
Kate Moore and her husband decide to accept a job offer in Luxemburg. While her husband begins his new job and Kate spends more time with her children she must learn how to adjust to the daily life in a new country. Kate begins to notice her husband’s suspicious behavior and also becomes suspicious of another American couple they have befriended. As she begins to investigate she becomes nervous they are connected to her past. Mystery lovers will enjoy this novel which keeps them guessing until the very end.