Monday Morning Book Buzz

Welcome to the Monday Morning Book Buzz, a preview of notable books being released this week. Some of them will be added to the Academy Library collection; if you read about a title that you would like added to the collection, let me know by either commenting on this post or by contacting me directly at the Library.

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This week’s releases are listed by category: Young Adult Fiction, General Fiction and Nonfiction. On-sale dates are indicated in parentheses.

Notable New Releases for the week of January 30th:

Young Adult Fiction

  • Article 5 by Kristen Simmons (1/31/2012) — Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller, living in a world in which the Bill of Rights has been revoked, is able to keep a low profile until her mother is arrested for noncompliance and she realizes the officer responsible is her first love, Chase Jennings.
  • The Dead of Winter by Chris Priestley (1/31/2012) — After Michael’s parents die, he is invited to stay with his guardian in a desolate country house. He begins to suspect something is not quite right on the day he arrives when he spots a mysterious woman out in the frozen mists. But little can prepare him for the solitude of the house itself. As the chilling suspense builds, Michael realizes that the house and its grounds harbor many more secrets — both dead and alive.
  • Destiny and Deception (13 to Life Series #4) by Shannon Delany (1/31/2012) — With the threat of the Russian mafia seemingly gone, Jessica and the Rusakuvas fight to overcome one of their biggest challenges yet — the possibility of a cure for lycanthropy.
  • Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (1/31/2012) — Ana is the first new soul born into a world where the same souls have been reincarnated for five thousand years, and, on her eighteenth birthday, she sets out to find the truth about her existence.
  • Lenobia’s Vow: A House of Night Novella by P. C. Cast (1/31/2012) — In 18th-century France, sixteen-year-old Lenobia watches her half-sister get everything she wants and longs to fit in. On board a ship to New Orleans where she will be married off to a rich man, she tries to hide from an evil bishop who had his eye on her before they left and secretly visits the ship’s stables and a handsome young man whose horses are being kept in them.
  • Wings of the Wicked (Angelfire Series #2) by Courtney Allison Moulton (1/31/2012) — Seventeen-year-old Ellie, who has the reincarnated soul of an ancient reaper-slayer, must put aside her feelings for Will, her immortal guardian angel, in order to concentrate on the monstrous creatures from Hell who stalk her day and night. But after learning about Bastian’s new plan, Ellie must overcome a betrayal in order to save herself and the world.
  • A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition by Madeleine L’Engle (1/31/2012) — Meg Murry, her brother Charles, and their friend Calvin, embark on a journey through space and time, assisted by three otherworldly women, to find Meg’s father, a physicist who disappeared while experimenting with time travel. This commemorative edition includes an afterword from the author’s granddaughter with photographs, the author’s Newberry Medal acceptance speech, and more.

General Fiction

  • All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps by Dave Isay (2/2/2012) — A celebration of love from StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, who shares stories of love and marriage from the revolutionary oral history project, revealing the many and remarkable paths that relationships can take.
  • Defending Jacob by William Landay (1/31/2012) — Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But after a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next — his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student. “With its masterfully crafted characterizations and dialogue, emotional depth, and frightening implications, the novel rivals the best of Scott Turow and John Grisham.” — Booklist
  • The Fear Index by Robert Harris (1/31/2012) — Bestselling author Harris returns with this intensely suspenseful thriller set at the nexus of high finance and sophisticated computer programming — a searing glimpse into an all-too-recognizable world of greed and fear, a novel that forces readers to confront the deepest questions about what it means to be human. “[A] brilliant integration of fascinating research, compelling themes, and vivid characterization.” — Library Journal
  • Home Front by Kristin Hannah (1/31/2012) — Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all, but after twelve years together, the couple has lost their way; they are unhappy and edging toward divorce. When the Iraq war starts, an unexpected deployment tears their already fragile family apart, sending one of them deep into harm’s way and leaving the other at home, waiting for news. “Hannah has written a remarkable tale of duty, love, strength, and hope that is at times poignant and always thoroughly captivating and relevant.” — Library Journal


  • Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 by Charles Murray (1/31/2012) — From the bestselling author of The Bell Curve comes a harrowing portrait of the haves and have nots in white America, showing how class — not race or ethnicity — is putting the greatest tension on the seams of American society. “Writing from a libertarian perspective, Murray offers a hopeful long view of elites, who have enormous influence on economic and social policy, coming to understand the peril of their disconnection from the rest of America.” — Booklist
  • The Great American Cereal Book: How Breakfast Got Its Crunch by Martin Gitlin (2/1/2012) — The definitive compendium of breakfast cereal history and lore, celebrating the most recognizable brands and packaging with behind-the-scenes stories about the creation of these iconic kitchen-table companions, with 350 images of cereal boxes, vintage ads, and rare memorabilia.

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