BOOKS TO KNOW – Top 10 List – September 2016

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  1. Paradime

May 31, 2016

By: Alan Glynn

In this new thriller from the author of Limitless, Danny Lynch, an Iraqi War veteran, signs up for a stint at a private food-services facility in Afghanistan in hopes of supporting a future with his fiancée. Danny is a witness when underfed workers riot and Gideon Logistics, the owner, cracks down. He is soon fired. Back in New York, a Gideon consultant named Phil Coover helps him find a new job at a restaurant whose clientele includes Teddy Trager, a young venture capitalist who looks just like Danny. Already haunted by his experience in of conflict, Danny is unhinged by the existence of this billionaire doppelgänger. He tracks Teddy, then realises: “They’re watching you like you’re a video game, Danny.” No one spins 21st Century facts into high-tech fantasies like Glynn.

  1. Before

June 14, 2016

By: Carmen Boullosa

This 1989 novel from one of Mexico’s most prolific authors won the Xavier Villarutia Prize, the country’s most prestigious literary award. In its first English translation, Before offers a perfect introduction to Boullosa’s fluid and powerful writing. It is inspired by the death of Boullosa’s own mother when she was in her teens. The narrator tells us she is haunted by “fear, panic, and terror.” Her story begins with her birth in 1954 in Mexico City. She claims her mother Esther is not her mother; that she is a ghost. Beneath the events Boullosa presents in often comic terms – playing childhood games with her half-sisters, visits to her grandmother, the shock of coming into womanhood at the time of her mother’s death, her savage dreams – is a powerfully rendered sense of loss and separation.

  1. Gesell Dome

August 9, 2016

By: Guillermo Saccomanno

In the off season the Villa, a summer resort off the coast of Buenos Aires, is filled with daily dramas, from unexpected pregnancies, suicides, love affairs, revenge murders and car accidents to allegations of the sexual abuse of local children. The Villa was rumoured to have been founded by former Nazis; during the Dirty War, bodies of the ‘disappeared’ washed up on its beaches. Argentine noir novelist Saccomanno tells his complex tale through a series of voices, bringing to life dozens of villagers, including the Quiroses, considered “owners of the Villa’s destinies”; Dante, who writes and edits the local newspaper; the shrink, the poet, the priests, and El Muertito, the anguished orphan whose screams fill the night air. Gesell Dome captures the chorus of discontent, malice, rumour and rage that is hidden once the tourists return.

  1. It Ends with Us

August 2, 2016

By: Colleen Hoover

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

  1. Everything We Keep

August 1, 2016

By: Kerry Lonsdale

A luminous debut with unexpected twists, Everything We Keepexplores the devastation of loss, the euphoria of finding love again, and the pulse-racing repercussions of discovering the truth about the ones we hold dear and the lengths they will go to protect us.

  1. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

August 16, 2016

By: Amy Schumer

The Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star of Inside Amy Schumer and the acclaimed film Trainwreck has taken the entertainment world by storm with her winning blend of smart, satirical humor. Now, Amy Schumer has written a refreshingly candid and uproariously funny collection of (extremely) personal and observational essays.

  1. Furthermore

August 30, 2016

By: Tahereh Mafi

The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.

  1. The Underground Railroad

August 2, 2016

By: Colson Whitehead

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all slaves, but Cora is an outcast even among her fellow Africans, and she is coming into womanhood; even greater pain awaits. Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her of the Underground Railroad and they plot their escape. Like Gulliver, Cora encounters different worlds on each leg of her journey.

  1. The Couple Next Door

August 23, 2016

By: Shari Lapena

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

  1. Another Brooklyn

August 9, 2016

By: Jacqueline Woodson

Running into a long-ago friend sets memories from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—a part of a future that belonged to them.

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