LibraryReads: Librarians Pick Their Favorite New Books

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b2ap3_thumbnail_rainbowrowell.jpgIf you want to know about some of the best new books that librarians love, check out LibraryReads. Once a month librarians across the country vote for their favorite books, and only 10 make the list.

The July list has just been announced, and we are so excited because our own Andrea Larson’s review was picked for the number one book! Andrea recommended the novel Landline by Rainbow Rowell, who is a favorite among librarians for her young adult novels Eleanor & Park and Fangirl. Landline is Rowell’s first adult novel. Andrea wrote that “Landline explores the delicate balance women make between work and family, considering the tradeoffs and pain. Rowell has a special gift for offering incredible insights into ordinary life. Never heavy-handed, Rowell’s writing is delivered with humor and grace. I finish all of her books wanting to laugh and cry at the same time–they are that moving. Landline captured my heart.”

b2ap3_thumbnail_loriraderday.pngWe also are thrilled because The Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day is one the top 10 books picked for July. Rader-Day is coming to Cook Library to talk about her terrific debut mystery at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15. The Black Hour also has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and was listed by Chicago Magazine as one of six great summer reads by local authors. We are so proud to host this talented author, and hope you can join us. Register here.

We also are happy to see Chris Bohjalian, another amazing author who visited our library, make the LibraryReads list for his upcoming novel, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands. To see the July LibraryReads list, click here. We also have a copy posted at the Cook Park Library reference desk. Previous months' lists also can be found in the archives link.

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Jo Hansen has been a Readers’ Advisor at Cook Library for several years, after a 20-year career as a newspaper journalist. Libraries rock! She especially enjoys literary and historical fiction as well as mysteries and fantasy. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she enjoys playing with her chocolate Labrador Yogi Bear and watching great movies.