Happy Thanksgiving! Here at the library, we are always thankful for new books. Here are some of this month’s new titles:
Moonglow by Michael Chabon
Chabon is an accomplished novelist of big literary fiction (e.g. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Telegraph Avenue). In Moonglow, the narrator’s grandfather breaks his lifelong reticence on his deathbed, telling stories of boyhood in Philly, moon missions and WWII bombardments, science and war crimes.
Night School by Lee Child
The 21st Jack Reacher novel is set back in the mid-1990s, when Jack is sent to night school as an undercover to unravel a scheme that stretches back to the Cold War; Jack gets to show his deductive side.
The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connolly
A billionaire hires former LAPD detective Harry Bosch to find a possible heir and report back; Harry does the former but the latter is impossible, since the billionaire has been murdered in the meantime. Harry’s other case involves catching a serial rapist with his partner from the San Fernando Police Department.
Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
Goodwin draws on Queen Victoria’s own diaries to create this portrait of the young queen during her accession to the throne and her marriage proposal to Prince Albert. Goodwin also wrote the screenplay to the upcoming Masterpiece TV series.
Faithful by Alice Hoffman
Veteran novelist Hoffman presents the story of Shelby Richmond, who is wracked with guilt after a car accident that leaves her best friend permanently damaged. Shelby herself is traumatized when her stay in a mental institution does far more harm than good. Eventually a mysterious “angel” encourages her to return to life in the world, and she moves to New York.
The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
The Tearling trilogy (The Queen of the Tearling, The Invasion of the Tearling) concludes with The Fate of the Tearling. There is great unrest in the land, and Queen Kelsea Glynn has surrendered herself to the enemy. She is still having visions of one of the first settlers of the Tearling. Booklist writes, “The finale of this popular series expands upon the past and provides answers to unresolved issues from earlier in the series...This is a thrilling conclusion to a fantastic trilogy.”
I’ll Take You There by Wally Lamb
Sixty-year-old film professor Felix Funicello is visited by a pair of ghosts who show him films of his own life – including the story of his older sister, who was adopted before he was born – enabling him to understand his own family dynamics more fully than before.
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
Two girls in northwest London in the 1980s form a competitive friendship over a love of dance. Their lives diverge, with Tracey pursuing dance seriously and our unnamed narrator becoming the assistant to a pop star who wants to build a school in a Muslim West African country. Booklist calls Swing Time an “acidly funny, fluently global, and head-spinning novel.” Fans of Smith’s previous novels (White Teeth, On Beauty, NW) will be pleased, and new readers will be drawn in.