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.

 

For Your Listening Pleasure: Always Available Audiobooks

Are you looking for a digital audiobook to listen to while you’re waiting for Becoming to become available? Are you dreading the Seattle Squeeze and wondering how you’ll pass the time on those long commutes? We’ve got a solution for you. Fifty of them, actually.

The Seattle Public Library is happy to provide 50 Always Available Audiobooks through OverDrive! You can access them through OverDrive’s Libby app or stream them from your desktop computer, and they are available immediately. No holds, no wait, no worries! Continue reading “For Your Listening Pleasure: Always Available Audiobooks”

New Nonfiction Roundup – January 2019

It’s a new year, and there’s no shortage of books to make 2019 happier and healthier. A few memoirs and a pair of revealing histories round out the best of January nonfiction.

1/1: Bad With MoneyPut your financial house in order with this humorous guide from Gaby Dunn.

1/1: The Martha ManualFrom entertaining to cleaning and everything in-between, Martha Stewart provides guidance on all things domestic.

1/8: 5 IngredientsQuick and easy recipes from acclaimed British chef Jamie Oliver. Continue reading “New Nonfiction Roundup – January 2019”

New Nonfiction Roundup – December 2018

December’s not just about the holidays. Enjoy these nonfiction titles being released this month.

12/4: Babel. Gaston Dorren explores the twenty most widely spoken languages in the world, which accounts for half of the Earth’s population.

12/4: Congo Stories. Fidel Bafilemba and John Prendergast consider the impact of five decades of exploitation of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Continue reading “New Nonfiction Roundup – December 2018”

New Nonfiction Roundup – November 2018

11/6: Born to Be PosthumousEdward Gorey’s macabre stories and illustrations have influenced Tim Burton, Neil Gaiman and Lemony Snicket, and Mark Dery’s biography looks at the eccentric author’s private life.

11/6: Churchill. Andrew Roberts chronicles the life of Winston Churchill; extensive new content make this a standout biography of the one of the twentieth century’s foremost leaders.

11/6: Holiday & Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a DayBaking during the holidays? The latest entry from Zoë François and Jeff Hertzberg present 100 quick and easy bread recipes from around the world. Continue reading “New Nonfiction Roundup – November 2018”