Pre-Pub Pick: The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green by Erica Boyce

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Pre-Pub Pick: The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green by Erica Boyce (Expected publication: April 2, 2019 by Sourcebooks)

A lighthearted debut from Westwood resident, Erica Boyce, that combines a small-town Vermont, a road trip and of course, crop circles.  A story of dreams realized and the power of family and reconciliation. The perfect, feel good story that you didn't know you needed. 

Don't miss Erica Boyce discussing and signing TFWODG at the Main Library on Tuesday, April 30 at 7:00 PM! Books will be available for purchase from Haley Booksellers. 

Place a hold on The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green by clicking here!

Many thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for providing me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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PRE-PUB PICK: Lights All Night Long by Lydia Fitzpatrick

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Pre-Pub Pick: Lights All Night Long by Lydia Fitzpatrick  (Expected publication: April 2, 2019 by Penguin Press).

Lights All Night Long follows Ilya, a 15-year-old boy growing up in a former gulag community in northwestern Russia, and his journey in becoming an exchange student to America as his brother, Vladimir, is arrested for murder. As Ilya attempts to integrate into his new community, he also begins to investigate and piece together the crimes that Vladimir has, and has not, committed.  

A story of love, addiction, corruption, and guilt, Lights All Night Long expertly illustrates how siblings inevitably shape our lives. Highly recommended, especially those interested in Russian settings, though Fitzpatrick's depiction of siblings is universal.  

Place a hold on Lights All Night Long by clicking here!

Many thanks to Edelweiss and Penguin Press for providing me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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PRE-PUB PICK: THE SUSPECT BY FIONA BARTON

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Pre-Pub Pick: The Suspect by Fiona Barton (Expected publication: January 22, 2019 by Berkley Books).

Barton's third novel in the Kate Waters series is every mother's worst nightmare. Such a great, suspenseful that will not disappoint fans of her previous novels. A definite LibraryReads star! 

Place a hold on The Suspect by clicking here!

Many thanks to Edelweiss and Berkley Books for providing me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Westwood’s Top 100 Books (Adult & YA) for 2018

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2018 was a great year for books at the Westwood Public Library. We hosted some wonderful authors (and you can expect more author talks in 2019!), expanded our Librarian Book Buzz Panels, and rolled out two new services: ReadNext! Personalized Reading Suggestions and Homebound Delivery! Check out our 2018 Top 100 Titles- not only to see reading trends here in Westwood, but to also get some ideas for your next read! 

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Pre-Pub Pick: LOOKER by Laura Sims

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Pre-Pub Pick: Looker by Laura Sims (Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Scribner).

A quick and disturbing trip in the mind of a woman on the verge of losing everything. A woman living and teaching in NYC is reeling from her both the breakup of her marriage and her unsuccessful IVF treaments and infertility. The unnamed woman begins making irrational choices in her personal and professional life- most notably her growing obsession with her actress neighbor. 

This is a great psychological thriller, told from the POV of the "villain"- who is clearly in the middle of a mental breakdown. The tone and language used by Sims creates a feeling of unease- as if you are in the midst of derailing your own life. A great, creepy read- for fans of Leïla Slimani's The Perfect Nanny. *Thanks to Edelweiss and Scribner for providing an e-galley for an unbiased review.* *

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Pre-Pub Pick: LITTLE FAITH by Nickolas Butler

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Pre-Pub Pick: Little Faith by Nickolas Butler (Expected publication: March 5th 2019 by Ecco).

Family, faith and reality collide together in Butler's latest literary, small town drama. Lyle and Peg, a stable and hardworking retired couple in rural WI, take in their adopted, adult daughter Shiloh, and her 5 year son, Issac. Still reeling from the loss of their first biological child decades ago, Lyle's love for and bond with Issac is all-consuming. When Shiloh takes up with a fundamentalist Christian church and its young and charismatic preacher, concerns are raised but are quickly ignored in order to preserve a line of communication. What follows is a heartbreaking entanglement of love, loss, prayer and faith. 

Butler's brings compassion, love and sorrow together in a way that will remind readers of Jodi Picoult, but with a distinctly midwestern flair. For fans of small town family dramas and literary fiction.*Thanks to Edelweiss and Ecco for providing an e-galley for an unbiased review.*

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