Title Swap ~ December 2018

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (2018)

Realizing that her beautiful, beloved younger sister has murdered yet another boyfriend, an embittered Nigerian woman works to direct suspicion away from the family, until a handsome doctor she fancies asks for her sister's number.

 

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo  (2017)

A couple struggles with fertility-and fidelity-as Nigeria falls apart around them.

 

Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne  (2018)

An all-consuming ambition to be a successful writer drives a young man down unusual paths to literary acclaim in this compelling character study.

 

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa  (2018)

An ode to kindness, sacrifice and the power of small things traces the experiences of adventurous Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they embark on a road trip across Japan to visit three old friends.

 

Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart  (2018)

A hedge fund manager on the skids takes a cross-country Greyhound bus trip to reconnect with his college girlfriend, leaving his pregnant wife to deal with their autistic 3-year-old son.

 

American by Day by Derek Miller  (2018)

Police Chief Inspector Sigrid Odegard departs Oslo for the United States to search for her missing brother, a quest that plunges her into political/racial minefields and backwoods undercurrents of the Adirondacks.

 

Norwegian by Night by Derek Miller  (2013)

After witnessing a murder in Oslo, elderly former Marine sniper and watch repairman, Sheldon Horowitz, flees to safety with the newly orphaned son of the victim and becomes haunted by memories of his own son who died in Vietnam.

 

November Road by Lou Berney (2018)

A street lieutenant for a New Orleans mob boss flees when his knowledge about JFK's assassination makes him a target, a situation that is dangerously complicated by his relationship with housewife escaping a failed marriage.

 

Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney (2015)

A lone survivor of a robbery shooting and the grieving sister of a missing girl forge a passionate relationship and obsessively search for answers when a suspect resurfaces 25 years later.

 

The Awkward Squad by Sophie Henaff (2018)

A Parisian police squad specifically designed to corral misfits and make the rest of the department look good lands a pair of cold cases that promptly turn red-hot.

 Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson  (2018)

A disenchanted farmer's wife and a widowed museum curator begin a correspondence over their mutual fascination with poet Seamus Heaney's "The Tollund Man" and gradually share details from their lives, forging an unexpected bond along the way.

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (2018)

Years after growing up in the care of a group of mysterious protectors who served in unspecified ways during World War II, a young man endeavors to piece together the truth about his parents and the unconventional education he received.

 

The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason  (2018)

A young doctor and nurse fall in love while navigating the brutal realities of World War I at an underequipped and understaffed field hospital in the Carpathian Mountains.

 

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving  (1989)

While playing baseball in the summer of 1953, Owen Meany hits a foul ball that kills his best friend's mother, and he becomes convinced that he is an instrument of God.

 

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie  (1939)

A killer stalks ten strangers on an isolated island off the Devon coast, in a suspenseful story of murder and retribution set to a sinister nursery rhyme.

 

The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah (2018)

Accused by strangers of trying to set them up for murder, Hercule Poirot teams up with Scotland Yard policeman Edward Catchpool to investigate the drowning death of an elderly man.

 

The Gentleman from Moscow by Amor Towles  (2016)

Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin, where he endures life in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold.

 

The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles  (2011)

A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a jazz bar on New Year's Eve 1938 catapults Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multi-millionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well and a single-minded widow.

 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (2018)

Viewed with suspicion in the aftermath of a murder, Kya Clark, who has survived alone for years in a marsh near the North Carolina coast, becomes targeted by unthinkable forces.

 

You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld  (2018)

A collection of ten short stories that feature both new and previously published pieces, including "The World Has Many Butterflies," in which married acquaintances play an intimate game, with devastating consequences.

 

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick  (2007)When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toy seller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

 

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter (2018)

The daughter of a woman who has wanted nothing more than a quiet life in her small beachside home embarks on a desperate search for answers when she discovers the explosive truth about her mother's true identity.

 

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine  (2017)

A coolly manipulative woman worms her way into the lives of a wealthy golden couple from Connecticut as part of her plot to achieve a privileged life, unveiling dark secrets along the way.

 

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (2018)

When her new husband is arrested and imprisoned for a crime she knows he did not commit, a rising artist takes comfort in a longtime friendship, only to encounter unexpected challenges in resuming her life when her husband's sentence is suddenly overturned.

 

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness  (2011)

Discovering a magical manuscript in Oxford's library, scholar Diana Bishop, a descendant of witches who has rejected her heritage, inadvertently unleashes a fantastical underworld of demons, witches and vampires whose activities center around an enchanted treasure.

 

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton (2018)

In 1862, Edward Radcliffe and a group of artists descend on Birchwood Manor for an artist's retreat, but the retreat ends in murder and theft, and over a century later a young archivist from London tries to discover the manor's secrets.

 

The Witch Elm by Tana French  (2018)

After being beaten and left for dead by burglars, a happy-go-lucky charmer returns to his ancestral home where he stumbles on a family secret.

 

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

An agoraphobic recluse languishes in her New York City home, drinking wine and spying on her neighbors, before witnessing a terrible crime through her window that exposes her secrets and raises questions about her perceptions of reality.

 

The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani   (2018)

After a French couple finds a too-good-to-be-true nanny to care for their two children, the relationship between the couple and the nanny soon becomes full of jealousy, resentment and suspicion.

 

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda   (2017)

As they head for a romantic weekend away at their lake house, tension rises between Paul and Mia Strom as deception and betrayal reveal the true nature of their "perfect" marriage over a period of twenty-four hours.

 

Leaving Time by Jody Picoult  (2014)

Abandoned by a grief-stricken father and scientist mother who disappeared under mysterious circumstances, thirteen-year-old Jenna Metcalf approaches a disgraced psychic and a jaded detective in the hopes of finding answers.

 

Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny  (2018)

Still coping with the events that led to his suspension, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is curious when he discovers that an elderly woman who was a complete stranger to him has named him as one of the executors of her will.

 

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird  (2018)

In 1864 Missouri, newly freed slave Cathy Williams makes the difficult decision to fight in the Army disguised as a man with the Buffalo Soldiers.

 

Hum If You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais  (2017)

Growing up living parallel but very different lives built on apartheid in 1970s Johannesburg, a white girl from a secure family and a Xhosa widow in a rural village meet by chance in the wake of the Soweto Uprising, during which the girl's parents are killed and the widow's daughter goes missing.

 

Elephant Run by Roland Smith  (2007)

Nick endures servitude, beatings, and more after his British father's plantation in Burma is invaded by the Japanese in 1941, and when his father and others are taken prisoner and Nick is stranded with his friend Mya, they plan a daring escape on elephants, risking their lives to save Nick's father and Mya's brother from a Japanese prisoner of war camp.

 

The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo

A novel commemorating the unsung heroines of World War II traces the experiences of two military nurses who fight for survival and care for others in a makeshift medical unit and a POW camp, enduring dangerous existences while waiting for the war to end.

 

The Address by Fiona Davis  (2017)

Struggling to rebuild after rehab, an interior designer leaps at a chance to renovate her heiress cousin's lavish apartment and learns the scandalous history of a distant ancestor's connection to the murder of the building's architect a century earlier.

NON-FICTION

 

The Library Book by Susan Orlean  (2018)

Reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, the 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire, while exploring the crucial role that libraries play in modern American culture.

 

Heartland by Sarah Smarsh (2018)

A journalist born into a Kansas farming family relates her experience growing up among the working poor, discussing the impact of intergenerational poverty on individuals, families and communities.

 

Endurance by Scott Kelly (2018)

An illustrated memoir by the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station shares candid reminiscences of his voyage, his colorful formative years and the off-planet journeys that shaped his early career.

 

Infinite Wonder by Scott Kelly (2018)

Offers photographs from the author's year spent aboard the International Space Station, documenting life on the space station as well as images of space, sky, and, especially, the Earth, along with his commentaries giving the images context.

 

Evicted by Matthew Desmond  (2016)

A Harvard sociologist examines the challenge of eviction as a formidable cause of poverty in America, revealing how millions of people are wrongly forced from their homes and reduced to cycles of extreme disadvantage that are reinforced by dysfunctional legal systems.

 

Nomadland by Jessica Bruder  (2017)

The author chronicles her time embedded in a pool of transient older Americans who have taken to the road in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans, forming a growing community of nomads, migrant laborers who call themselves "workampers."

 

My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper (2018)

The comedian and star of "The Office" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" presents a collection of essays about her journey from a naïve Midwestern to Hollywood semi-celebrity to outrageously reasonable New Yorker.

 

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming  (2017)

The story of a young Syrian refugee's attempt to reach Sweden, focusing on her ordeal in icy waters after the dilapidated fishing vessel in which she was traveling--along with 500 others--sinks.

 

Leadership: in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin  (2018)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of No Ordinary Time draws on five decades of scholarship to offer an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth and exercise of leadership as demonstrated by Presidents Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, FDR and Lyndon Johnson.