New Books January 2016

Fiction

Golden Age by Jane Smiley
A conclusion to the “Last Hundred Years” trilogy finds a new generation of Langdons tackling the unique economic, social, cultural, and political challenges of the 1980s and beyond.  After a hundred years of personal change and U.S. history, filled with words unsaid and moments lost, Golden Age brings to a magnificent conclusion the century-long portrait of one unforgettable family.

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
(Neapolitan series book 3)
While marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila, Elena continues her journey of self-discovery.  The two young women share a complex and evolving bond that brings them close at times, and drives them apart at others.  With this complicated and meticulously portrayed friendship at the centre of their emotional lives, the two girls mature into women.

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
(Neapolitan series book 4)
Elena and Lila are adults; life’s great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered.  Through it all, the women’s friendship remains the gravitational center of their lives.

 

Non-Fiction

Stalin’s Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess by Andrew Lownie
The extraordinary true story of Guy Burgess, the man at the heart of the Cambridge Spy Ring and a linchpin of Cold War espionage.

Pacific: The Ocean of the Future by Simon Winchester
Traveling the circumference of the truly gigantic Pacific, Simon Winchester tells the story of the world’s largest body of water, and in matters economic, political and military the ocean of the future.

1944: FDR and the Year that Changed History by Jay Winik
It was not inevitable that World War II would end as it did, or that it would even end well.  1944 was a year that could have stymied the Allies and cemented Hitler’s waning power.  Instead, it saved those democracies but with a fateful cost.

The House by the Lake: A Story of Germany by Thomas Harding
A portrait of twentieth century Germany seen through the prism of a house which was lived in, and lost, by five different families.

Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War by Svetlana Alexievich (2015 Nobel Prize for Literature)
Zinky Boys presents the candid and affecting testimony of the officers and grunts, nurses and prostitutes, mothers, sons, and daughters who describe the war and its lasting effects.

The Goddess Pose by Michelle Goldberg
The life of the incredible woman who brought yoga to the West.

The Art of Forgery by Noah Charney
Explores and investigating the motivations of the artists and criminals who have faked great works of art, and in doing so conned the public and the art establishment alike.

 

Mystery / Thriller

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.  Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

Dogstar Rising by Parker Bilal
When the Coptic community of Cairo is implicated in a series of child murders in the summer of 2001, Sudanese private investigator Makana fears an increase in religious tensions and identifies links to a woman with a dangerous secret.

The Ghost Runner by Parker Bilal
It is 2002 and Private Investigator Makana is shaken out of his grief when a routine surveillance job leads him to the horrific murder of a teenage girl.  In a country where honour killings are commonplace and the authorities turn a blind eye, Makana determines to track down the perpetrator.   He travels into the desert heart of Egypt to solve a series of brutal murders and explore the shifting sands of the past.

The Dungeon House by Martin Edwards
Twenty years ago the wealthy Whiteley’s called it home, but not a happy one.  Malcolm Whiteley had begun to disintegrate under financial and emotional pressures.  He suspected various men in their social circle of being his wife’s lover.

The Moth Catcher by Ann Cleeves
This case was different from anything Vera had ever worked before.  Two bodies, connected but not lying together.  As Vera is drawn into the claustrophobic world of this increasingly strange community, she realizes that there may be deadly secrets trapped here.

Inspector Imanishi Investigates by Seichō Matsumoto
The corpse of an unknown provincial is discovered under the rails of a train in a Tokyo station, and Detective Imanishi is assigned to the case.

 

Young Adult

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. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids.  Now, as they start college but not as roommates, Cath fears she is not ready to live without Wren holding her hand.  Is she ready to start living her own life, writing her own stories?

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

 

Children’s Books

Ice in the Jungle by Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
In a Village by the Sea by Muon Van
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie
Pip and Posy: The Big Balloon by Axel Scheffler
Elmer’s Treasury by David McKee
Poka & Mia by Kitty Crowther
The Never Girl Series Books 1 – 4 by Kiki Thorpe
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney
Korean Children’s Favorite Stories by So-un Kim