January 2017 Adult Top 10 Picks

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  1. The Beautiful Dead
    by Belinda Bauer
    Atlantic Monthly Press
    Jan 13, 2017
    FICTION / Thrillers / General
    Hardcover
    The Beautiful Dead
    by Belinda Bauer
    Atlantic Monthly Press
    Jan 13, 2017
    FICTION / Thrillers / General
    Hardcover
    ?Belinda Bauer is a marvel. Her novels are almost indecently gripping and enjoyable.”?Sophie Hannah,New York Times bestselling author ofThe Monogram Murders andWoman with a Secret

    Belinda Bauer is an award-winning British crime writer of the highest caliber, whose smart, stylish novels have captivated readers and reviewers on both sides of the Atlantic and earned her a reputation as ?the true heir to the great Ruth Rendell” (Mail on Sunday (UK)). Her latest,The Beautiful Dead, is a riveting narrative centered on a down-on-her-luck journalist and a serial killer desperate for the spotlight.

    TV crime reporter Eve Singer’s career is flagging, but that starts to change when she covers a spate of bizarre murders?each one committed in public and advertised like an art exhibition. When the killer contacts Eve about her coverage of his crimes, she is suddenly on the inside of the biggest murder investigation of the decade. But as the killer becomes increasingly obsessed with her, Eve realizes there’s a thin line between inside information and becoming an accomplice tomurder?possibly her own.

    A seamlessly-plotted thriller that will keep readers breathless until the very end,The Beautiful Dead cements Belinda Bauer’s reputation as a master of heart-stopping suspense.
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  2. Indelible
    by Adelia Saunders
    Bloomsbury USA
    Jan 17, 2017
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    Indelible
    by Adelia Saunders
    Bloomsbury USA
    Jan 17, 2017
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover

    An Indie Next Pick

    A masterful, enthralling debut novel about fate, family secrets, and the stories our bodies tell.

    Magdalena has an unsettling gift. She sees the truth about people written on their skin--names, dates, details both banal and profound--and her only relief from the onslaught of information is to take off her glasses and let the world recede. Mercifully, her own skin is blank.

    When she meets Neil, she is intrigued to see her name on his cheek. He’s in Paris for the summer, studying a medieval pilgrimage to the coast of Spain, where the body of Saint Jacques is said to have washed ashore, covered in scallop shells. Magdalena, desperate to make things right after her best friend dies--a tragedy she might have prevented--embarks on her own pilgrimage, but not before Neil falls for her, captivated by her pale eyes, charming Eastern European accent, and aura of heartbreak.

    Neil’s father, Richard, is also in Paris, searching for the truth about his late mother, a famous expatriate American novelist who abandoned him at birth. All his life Richard has clung to a single memory of his mother--her red shoes--which her biographers agree he never could have seen.

    In Adelia Saunders’ arresting debut, secrets are revealed among forgotten texts in the old archives of Paris, on a dusty cattle ranch in the American West, along ancient pilgrim paths, and in a run-down apartment in post-Soviet Lithuania. By chance, or perhaps by fate, the novel’s unforgettable characters converge, and Magdalena’s uncanny ability may be the key to their happiness.

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  3. The Chosen Maiden
    by Eva Stachniak 'Canada'
    Doubleday Canada
    Jan 17, 2017
    FICTION / Historical / General
    Paperback
    The Chosen Maiden
    by Eva Stachniak 'Canada'
    Doubleday Canada
    Jan 17, 2017
    FICTION / Historical / General
    Paperback
    The lush, sweeping story of a remarkable dancer who charts her own course through the tumultuous years of early twentieth-century Europe. Beautifully blending fiction with fact, The Chosen Maiden plunges readers into an artistic world upended by modernity, immersing them in the experiences of the era's giants, from Anna Pavlova and Serge Diaghilev to Coco Chanel and Pablo Picasso.

    From their earliest days, the Nijinsky siblings appear destined for the stage. Bronia is a gifted young ballerina, but she is quickly eclipsed by her brother Vaslav. Deemed a prodigy, Vaslav Nijinsky will grow into the greatest, and most provocative, dancer of his time. To prove herself her brother's equal in the rigid world of ballet, Bronia will need to be more than extraordinary, defying society's expectations of what a female dancer can and should be.
    The real-life muse behind one of the most spectacular roles in dance, The Rite of Spring's Chosen Maiden, Bronia rises to the heights of modern ballet through grit, resilience and fervor. But when the First World War erupts and rebellion sparks in Russia, Bronia—caught between old and new, traditional and ground-breaking, safe and passionate—must begin her own search for what it means to be modern.
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  4. Everything You Want Me to Be
    by Mindy Mejia
    Atria/Emily Bestler Books
    Jan 03, 2017
    FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
    Hardcover
    Everything You Want Me to Be
    by Mindy Mejia
    Atria/Emily Bestler Books
    Jan 03, 2017
    FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
    Hardcover
    People’s Best New Books Pick

    The Wall Street Journal’s Best New Mysteries

    “Fans of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl will devour this fast-paced story.” —InStyle

    “Readers drawn to this compelling psychological thriller because of its shared elements with Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl (2012) will be pleasantly surprised to discover that Mejia’s confident storytelling pulls those themes into an altogether different exploration of manipulation and identity.” —Booklist (starred review)

    2017’s Best Fiction Books —Bustle

    12 Books Gone Girl Fans Should Have on Their Wish List —BookBub

    No one knows who she really is…

    Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good girlfriend. But Hattie wants something more, something bigger, and ultimately something that turns out to be exceedingly dangerous. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death, the tragedy rips right through the fabric of her small-town community.

    It soon comes to light that Hattie was engaged in a highly compromising and potentially explosive secret online relationship. The question is: Did anyone else know? And to what lengths might they have gone to end it? Hattie’s boyfriend seems distraught over her death, but had he fallen so deeply in love with her that she had become an obsession? Or did Hattie’s impulsive, daredevil nature simply put her in the wrong place at the wrong time, leading her to a violent death at the hands of a stranger?

    Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront…and she inches closer and closer to death.

    Evocative and razor-sharp, Everything You Want Me to Be challenges you to test the lines between innocence and culpability, identity and deception. Does love lead to self-discovery—or destruction?
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  5. The Bear and the Nightingale
    by Katherine Arden
    Del Rey
    Jan 10, 2017
    FICTION / Fantasy / Action & Adventure
    Hardcover
    The Bear and the Nightingale
    by Katherine Arden
    Del Rey
    Jan 10, 2017
    FICTION / Fantasy / Action & Adventure
    Hardcover
    Katherine Arden’s bestselling debut novel spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice.

    “A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up.”—Naomi Novik, bestselling author of Uprooted

    Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil.

    Then Vasya’s widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow. Fiercely devout, Vasya’s stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village.

    But Vasya’s stepmother only grows harsher, determined to remake the village to her liking and to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or a convent. As the village’s defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed—to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

    Praise for The Bear and the Nightingale

    “Arden’s debut novel has the cadence of a beautiful fairy tale but is darker and more lyrical.”The Washington Post

    “Vasya [is] a clever, stalwart girl determined to forge her own path in a time when women had few choices.”—The Christian Science Monitor

    “Stunning . . . will enchant readers from the first page. . . . with an irresistible heroine who wants only to be free of the bonds placed on her gender and claim her own fate.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    “Utterly bewitching . . . a lush narrative . . . an immersive, earthy story of folk magic, faith, and hubris, peopled with vivid, dynamic characters, particularly clever, brave Vasya, who outsmarts men and demons alike to save her family.”Booklist (starred review)

    “An extraordinary retelling of a very old tale . . . The Bear and the Nightingale is a wonderfully layered novel of family and the harsh wonders of deep winter magic.”—Robin Hobb
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  6. Hope Has Two Daughters
    by Monia Mazigh 'Canada'
    Arachnide Editions
    Jan 28, 2017
    FICTION / Literary
    Paperback
    Hope Has Two Daughters
    by Monia Mazigh 'Canada'
    Arachnide Editions
    Jan 28, 2017
    FICTION / Literary
    Paperback

    Unwilling to endure a culture of silence and submission, and disowned by her family, Nadia leaves her native Tunisia in 1984 amidst deadly violence, chaos, and rioting brought on by rising food costs, eventually emigrating to Canada to begin her life.

    More than twenty-five years later, Nadia’s daughter Lila reluctantly travels to Tunisia to learn about her mother’s birth country. While she’s there, she connects with Nadia’s childhood friends, Neila and Mounir. She uncovers agonizing truths about her mother’s life as a teenager and imagines what it might have been like to grow up in fear of political instability and social unrest. As she is making these discoveries, protests over poor economic conditions and lack of political freedom are increasing, and soon, Lila finds herself in the midst of another revolution — one that will inflame the country and change the Arab world, and her, forever.

    Weaving together the voices of two women at two pivotal moments in history, the Tunisian Bread Riots in 1984 and the Jasmine Revolution in 2010, Hope Has Two Daughters is a bracing, vivid story that perfectly captures life inside revolution.

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  7. Lucky Boy
    by Shanthi Sekaran
    G.P. Putnam's Sons
    Jan 10, 2017
    FICTION / Women
    Hardcover
    Lucky Boy
    by Shanthi Sekaran
    G.P. Putnam's Sons
    Jan 10, 2017
    FICTION / Women
    Hardcover
    A gripping tale of adventure and searing reality, Lucky Boy gives voice to two mothers bound together by their love for one lucky boy.

    Sekaran has written a page-turner that’s touching and all too real.People

    “A fiercely compassionate story about the bonds and the bounds of motherhood and, ultimately, of love.”Cristina Henríquez, author of
    The Book of Unknown Americans

    Eighteen years old and fizzing with optimism, Solimar Castro-Valdez embarks on a perilous journey across the Mexican border. Weeks later, she arrives in Berkeley, California, dazed by first love found then lost, and pregnant. This was not the plan. Undocumented and unmoored, Soli discovers that her son, Ignacio, can become her touchstone, and motherhood her identity in a world where she’s otherwise invisible.

    Kavya Reddy has created a beautiful life in Berkeley, but then she can’t get pregnant and that beautiful life seems suddenly empty. When Soli is placed in immigrant detention and Ignacio comes under Kavya’s care, Kavya finally gets to be the singing, story-telling kind of mother she dreamed of being. But she builds her love on a fault line, her heart wrapped around someone else’s child.

    “Nacho” to Soli, and “Iggy” to Kavya, the boy is steeped in love, but his destiny and that of his two mothers teeters between two worlds as Soli fights to get back to him. Lucky Boy is a moving and revelatory ode to the ever-changing borders of love.
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  8. Copycat
    by Kimberla Lawson Roby
    Grand Central Publishing
    Jan 31, 2017
    FICTION / African American / Women
    Hardcover
    Copycat
    by Kimberla Lawson Roby
    Grand Central Publishing
    Jan 31, 2017
    FICTION / African American / Women
    Hardcover
    From the New York Times bestselling author who "writes with high-octane levels of emotion" (USA Today).

    Befriending Traci Calloway Cole is the best thing Simone Phillips has ever done. Traci is the kind of woman Simone wants to be-in every way possible. She begins copying her role model. Not because she wants to be Traci. She just wants to be exactly like Traci.

    Traci doesn't worry, though. She knows Simone doesn't mean any harm and that her mimicry is only sincere admiration. Until she discovers how far Simone's obsession has gone.

    It is then that Simone's entire world begins unraveling, and dreadful secrets from her past are exposed with no warning. Secrets that she'll do almost anything to protect...

    Email: kim@kimroby.com
    Facebook.com/kimberlalawsonroby
    Twitter.com/KimberlaLRoby
    Instagram.com/kimberlalawsonroby
    Periscope.com/kimberlalawsonroby
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  9. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
    by Kathleen Rooney
    St. Martin's Press
    Jan 17, 2017
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
    by Kathleen Rooney
    St. Martin's Press
    Jan 17, 2017
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover

    NOW A NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER

    “Transporting…witty, poignant and sparkling.”
    People(People Picks Book of the Week)

    “Prescient and quick....A perfect fusing of subject and writer, idea and ideal.”
    Chicago Tribune

    “Extraordinary…hilarious…Elegantly written, Rooney creates a glorious paean to a distant literary life and time—and an unabashed celebration of human connections that bridge past and future.
    Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed)

    "Rooney's delectably theatrical fictionalization is laced with strands of tart poetry and emulates the dark sparkle of Dorothy Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Truman Capote. Effervescent with verve, wit, and heart, Rooney’s nimble novel celebrates insouciance, creativity, chance, and valor."
    Booklist(starred review)

    “In my reckless and undiscouraged youth,”Lillian Boxfish writes, “I worked in a walnut-paneled office thirteen floors above West Thirty-Fifth Street…”

    She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, “in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it.”

    Now it’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. It’s chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier now—her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl—but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed—and has not.

    A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur,Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

    Lillian figures she might as well take her time. For now, after all, the night is still young.

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  10. Juliet's Answer
    by Glenn Dixon 'Canada'
    Simon & Schuster
    Jan 03, 2017
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
    Paperback
    Juliet's Answer
    by Glenn Dixon 'Canada'
    Simon & Schuster
    Jan 03, 2017
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
    Paperback
    Eat, Pray, Love (from a man’s perspective) meets Under the Tuscan Sun—a fresh, heartwarming story about a man who travels to Verona, where he answers letters addressed to Shakespeare’s Juliet, all in an attempt to understand heartbreak, to heal and to find love again.

    In fair Verona where we lay our scene…

    When Glenn Dixon is spurned by love, he does something unusual. He travels to Verona, Italy, to become a scribe of Juliet, Shakespeare’s fictional character, all in an attempt to understand his heartbreak. Once there, he volunteers to answer the thousands of letters that arrive addressed to Juliet, letters sent from lovelorn people all over the world who long to understand the mysteries of the human heart.

    Glenn’s journey takes him deep into the charming community of Verona, where he learns the traditions of the townspeople and becomes involved in unravelling the truth behind Romeo and Juliet—Did these star-crossed lovers actually exist? Did they live in Verona? Why have they remained at the forefront of hearts and minds for centuries? And what can they teach us about love? At the same time, we learn about Claire, Glenn’s unrequited love, the source of his heartbreak. Was she truly his soul’s match, or was she, like Rosalind in Shakespeare’s classic play, a mere infatuation who pales in comparison the moment his real Juliet enters his life?

    When Glenn returns home to Canada and resumes his duties as a Grade 10 English teacher, he undertakes a lively reading of Romeo and Juliet with his students, engaging them in passions past and present. But in an intriguing reversal of fate and fortune, his students—along with an old friend—instruct the teacher on the true meaning of love, loss, and moving on.

    An enthralling tale of modern-day love steeped in the romantic traditions of eras past, this is a memoir that will warm your heart.
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