Spot-Lit for December 2012

December brings new releases by a number of favorite authors, including: Jim Butcher, Tom Clancy, Joy Fielding, W.E.B. Griffin, Linda Howard, Karen Robards, Stuart Woods, and the team of Douglas Preston &Lincoln Child.

But we wanted to be sure you also heard about the titles below.

General Fiction / Literary Fiction

A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks

Faulks links five remarkable stories across continents and centuries as his characters seek human connection and understanding.

A Thousand Morons by Quim Monzó

Nineteen stories, a mix of longer pieces and flash fiction, that surprise, amuse, horrify, and astonish.

First Novels

Ru by Kim Thúy

A flowing reminiscence of the immigrant experience that takes ten-year-old Nguyen An Tinh from her beloved Saigon to Quebec – and decades later, back to Vietnam. Winner of Canada’s Governor General Award.

Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See by Juliann Garey

A stark exploration of the ravages of mental illness is at the heart of this story of a man who goes off his meds, abandons his family, and travels the world in search of himself.

Crime Fiction /Suspense

Dying on the Vine by Aaron Elkins

In Tuscany, detective Gideon Oliver discovers the remains of a vintner and his wife, and he’s not buying the police’s assertion that it’s a murder-suicide.

Thieves of Legend by Richard Doetsch

In this globe-hopping thriller, reformed thief Michael St. Pierre and his ex-girlfriend must steal two artifacts that, together, will solve one of history’s greatest mysteries.

Come the Fear by Chris Nickson

Constable Richard Nottingham investigates the death of a woman and her unborn fetus in the seedy environs of 18th-century Leeds.

Be sure to visit A Reading Life for more reviews and news of all things happening at the Everett Public Library

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