I’m sure I speak for the majority of Canadians when I say that we have just about had enough of the snow and extreme cold, but keep the faith! Spring is coming in a few weeks! To get you through the last of those chilly March evenings and to take you into April showers, check out some of the most anticipated books being released over the next few weeks (all of which are available at GPL with just a the click of a mouse!):
Frog Music – Emma Donoghue
Burlesque dancer Blanche Beunon tries to discover who murdered her friend Jenny, who was shot through a window in a railroad saloon in 1876 San Francisco, amidst a record-breaking heat wave and smallpox epidemic
Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything – Barbara Ehrenreich
Part memoir, part philosophical and spiritual inquiry, this book brings an older woman’s wry and erudite perspective to a young girl’s uninhibited musings on the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all. Ehrenreich’s most personal book ever will spark a lively and heated conversation about religion and spirituality, science and morality, and the meaning of life.
All Our Names – Dinaw Mengestu
Coming of age during an African revolution, a brilliant university student-turned-fighter eventually flees the escalating violence of his country to resettle in the United States, where he is haunted by his past.
The Weight of Blood – Laura McHugh
Treated like an outsider by Ozark Mountain neighbors who regard her mother’s disappearance years earlier with suspicion, 16-year-old Lucy is further haunted by a friend’s murder, which compels her to investigate family secrets and sacrifices.
Strange Bodies – Marcel Theroux
Nicholas Slopen has been dead for months. So when a man claiming to be Nicholas turns up to visit an old girlfriend, deception seems the only possible motive. Yet nothing can make him change his story.
The Enchanted – Rene Denfeld
A wondrous and redemptive debut novel, set in a stark world where evil and magic coincide, this book combines the empathy and lyricism of Alice Sebold with the dark, imaginative power of Stephen King.
The Accident – Chris Pavone
Feverishly paging through a disturbing anonymous manuscript that she believes has world-changing potential, New York literary agent Isabel Reed catches the attentions of Copenhagen veteran station chief Hayden Gray, who resolves to keep the book’s secrets from being exposed.
Boy, Bird, Snow– Helen Oyeyemi
A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she’d become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy’s daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white. Among them, Boy, Snow, and Bird confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.
The Black-Eyed Blonde – Benjamin Black
It is the early 1950s, Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. Then a new client is shown in: young, beautiful, and expensively dressed, she wants Marlowe to find her former lover. Marlowe sets off on his search, but almost immediately discovers that his disappearance is merely the first in a series of bewildering events. Soon he is tangling with one of Bay City’s richest families and developing a singular appreciation for how far they will go to protect their fortune.