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Week of March 01, 2015
FICTION
#1  (Last Week: 1 Weeks on List: 6)  
The Girl On The Train
Click to search this book in our catalog   Paula Hawkins
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All The Light We Cannot See
Click to search this book in our catalog   Anthony Doerr
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A Spool Of Blue Thread
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The Nightingale
 Kristin Hannah
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The Whites
 Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt

Library Journal Loyal readers have been waiting seven years for the next masterpiece from Richard Price (following 2008's Lush Life), who delivers his latest crime opera under the Brandt pen name. Sgt. Billy Graves leads the Night Watch squad in Manhattan, prepping overnight crime scenes for morning detectives, when he begins investigating a fatal slashing at Penn Station. Billy discovers the victim has links to his old team, the Wild Geese, a group of young cops working violent crime back in the early 1990s. They've all moved on from the department except Billy, but they get together every month to have dinner and obsess, Ahab-like, on the Great White Whales who eluded their capture and continue to haunt their dreams. Thing is, a lot of their Whites seem to be dying at a surprising rate, and Billy can't ignore that his fellow Geese may be involved. Meanwhile, a fellow officer with a long-simmering vendetta against Billy's wife is about to complicate things even further. Verdict This "debut" novel from Brandt hews closer to the tropes of standard police procedurals than much of Price's best work, but whichever name appears on the cover, his books, with their crackling dialog and panoramic view of urban life, remain essential reading for all fans of crime fiction. [Audio edition previewed in Audio in Advance, 12/11/14; library marketing.]-Michael Pucci, South Orange P.L., NJ (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Obsession In Death
 J D Robb
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The Accidental Empress
Click to search this book in our catalog   Allison Pataki

Library Journal Starred Review. Fifteen-year-old Elisabeth ("Sisi"), heroine of this second historical novel from Pataki (The Traitor's Wife), is utterly enchanted by her sister's intended fiance, Franz Joseph, the dashing young Emperor of the Habsburgs. Franz is equally attracted to her, and before long the free-spirited Sisi has married Franz and taken her sister's planned place as Empress, to her sister's relief but her controlling mother-in-law's horror. Unprepared for the realities of her new role, particularly the stifling rules of protocol and lack of control over her environment, Sisi repeatedly clashes with the wishes of both her mother-in-law and, more dangerously, her husband. VERDICT Sisi's story is still popular in Austria but is less well known outside of it, and this novel offers an engrossing introduction to this colorful 19th-century personality. Even historical fiction readers who have grown weary of "royal marriage" plots will find much to savor here in the striking depictions of the Viennese court and intriguing descriptions of the political maneuvers between Austria and Hungary. Highly recommended for fans of both Michelle Moran and Philippa Gregory. [For another fictional interpretation of Sisi's life, see Daisy Goodwin's The Fortune Hunter.-Ed.]-Mara Bandy, Champaign P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Dreaming Spies
Click to search this book in our catalog   Laurie R King
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Trigger Warning
Click to search this book in our catalog   Neil Gaiman
 
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Private Vegas
 James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
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NONFICTION
#1  (Last Week: 1 Weeks on List: 20)  
Being Mortal
 Atul Gawande
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Believer
 David Axelrod
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Killing Patton
 Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
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Yes Please
Click to search this book in our catalog   Amy Poehler
#5  (Last Week: 5 Weeks on List: 25)  
What If?
Click to search this book in our catalog   Randall Munroe
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Red Notice
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Leaving Before The Rains Come
 Alexandra Fuller
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H Is For Hawk
 Helen Macdonald

Library Journal After the sudden death of her beloved father, Macdonald (history and philosophy of science, Cambridge Univ., England), an experienced falconer, acquired, raised, and trained a goshawk-a bird that is found in North America and Eurasia-as a means of coping with her loss. The author had been captivated by hawks since childhood and upon caring for Mabel, she saw the goshawk's fierce and feral anger mirrored in herself. Using T.H. White's The Goshawk as guidance, Macdonald introduces readers to the craft of falconry, chronicling the patience required to successfully raise and train a hawk. The author's descriptions of Mabel's powerful beauty, along with observations of the natural countryside near Cambridge, are very lovely, but readers might find the British vocabulary too unfamiliar. Also the constant references to White's book and analysis of his life, though they are obviously important to Macdonald, feel superfluous and detract from the focus of the work-the relationship between Mabel and Macdonald. VERDICT Overall, this unsatisfying mishmash of memoir, nature writing, and commentary might be of interest to falconers but will be of limited appeal to armchair naturalists.-Eva Lautemann, formerly with Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Clarkston (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Publishers Weekly In this elegant synthesis of memoir and literary sleuthing, an English academic finds that training a young goshawk helps her through her grief over the death of her father. With her three-year fellowship at the University of Cambridge nearly over, Macdonald, a trained falconer, rediscovers a favorite book of her childhood, T.H. White's The Goshawk (1951), in which White, author of The Once and Future King, recounts his mostly failed but illuminating attempts at training a goshawk, one of the most magnificent and deadly raptors. Macdonald secures her own goshawk, which she names Mabel, and the fierce wildness of the young bird soothes her sense of being broken by her father's untimely death. The book moves from White's frustration at training his bird to Macdonald's sure, deliberate efforts to get Mabel to fly to her. She identifies so strongly with her goshawk that she feels at one with the creature. Macdonald writes, "I shared, too, [White's] desire to escape to the wild, a desire that can rip away all human softness and leave you stranded in a world of savage, courteous despair." The author plunges into the archaic terminology of falconry and examines its alleged gendered biases; she finds comfort in the "invisibility" of being the trainer, a role she undertook as a child obsessed with watching birds and animals in nature. Macdonald describes in beautiful, thoughtful prose how she comes to terms with death in new and startling ways as a result of her experiences with the goshawk. (Mar.) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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I Am Malala
 Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
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#10  (Last Week: 13 Weeks on List: 4)  
Ghettoside
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