Peak Picks for January 2019

Eight titles will be joining our Peak Picks collection of most in-demand titles this month including a twisty thriller, a pair of dystopian novels and an Homeric odyssey ​round out the fiction picks. A genealogical mystery, a memoir about the working poor and a history of Indian America from Wounded Knee to Standing Rock complete the nonfiction picks.

Here’s what’s coming to your library:

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Adult Fiction. “Struggling Manhattan makeup artist Jessica Farris impulsively decides to chase some quick cash by lying her way into an NYU psychiatrist’s study—of ethics and morality, no less— in this slickly twisty psychological thriller from bestsellers Hendricks and Pekkanen (The Wife Between Us). —Publishers Weekly
Also a January 2019 IndieNext Pick!

From the Ground Up: A Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America by Howard Schultz
Adult Nonfiction. “Howard Schultz’s story is a clear reminder that success is not achieved through individual determination alone, but through partnership and community. Howard’s commitment to both have helped him build one of the world’s most recognized brands. It will be exciting to see what he accomplishes next.” – Bill Gates
Local connection: CEO of Starbucks!

The Golden State by Ben H. Winters
Adult Fiction. “Tell a fib, a whopper, a confabulation in California, and, promises Winters (The Last Policeman, 2013, etc.), you’ll wind up in a heap of trouble. For those who like their dystopias with a dash of humor. No lie.” — Kirkus Reviews
Also a January 2019 IndieNext Pick!

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Indian America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer
Adult Nonfiction. “An Ojibwe novelist and historian delivers a politically charged, highly readable history of America’s Indigenous peoples after the end of the wars against them. A welcome modern rejoinder to classics such as God Is Red and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.” — Kirkus Reviews
A Vanity Fair Best Nonfiction Read for Winter!

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro
Adult Nonfiction. “In this fascinating memoir, Shapiro (Hourglass) writes of how she questioned her identity when a DNA test revealed that she was not, as she believed she was, 100% Jewish. This beautifully written, thought-provoking genealogical mystery will captivate readers from the very first pages.” – Publishers Weekly
Also a January 2019 IndieNext Pick!

Maid:  Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land
Adult Nonfiction. “First-time author Land chronicles her years among the working poor as a single mother with only a high school diploma trying to earn a living as a minimum-wage housecleaner. An important memoir that should be required reading for anyone who has never struggled with poverty.” – Kirkus Reviews
Local connection: Land worked as a maid in Mt. Vernon WA!

An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma
Adult Fiction. “A modern love story that examines what a person might do for love—and whether fate can render those efforts moot. A deeply original book that will have readers laughing at, angry with, and feeling compassion for a determined hero who endeavors to create his own destiny.” – Kirkus Reviews
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize!

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh
Adult Fiction. “Three sisters, secreted away during a global crisis of male violence, learn to fight for their survival in this spare, dystopian debut. An evocative coming-of-age novel that captures the fear, rage, and yearning of three women growing up in a time of heightened violence.” – Kirkus Reviews
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and a January 2019 IndieNext Pick!

~posted by Frank B.

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