LibraryReads: Librarians Announce September Favorites

A quirky romance tops September’s LibraryReads, the monthly list featuring new books that librarians around the country nominate as their favorites. Library Journal reviewer Robin Nesbitt of Columbus Metropolitan Library, says that Graeme Simsion’s lighthearted novel The Rosie Project is “a delightful read” and recommends it for fans of the TV show The Big Bang Theory.

Interested in getting involved? LibraryReads welcomes recommendations from all public library staff members, not just readers’ advisory experts or credentialed librarians.

1. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (S. & S.).
“Don Tillman, a brilliant geneticist, thinks that having women fill out a six-page, double-sided questionnaire before a date is logical and reasonable. Rosie Jarman, an impetuous barmaid, thinks Don should loosen up and learn to live a little. Follow the unlikely pair in this laugh-out-loud, feel-good story of unexpected joys, discovery, and love.”—Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove P.L., WI
See LJ‘s review

2. Longbourn by Jo Baker (Knopf).
“Using Pride and Prejudice’s familiar setting and characters, Baker tells a very different story of family, love and self-discovery. Bold and intelligent, Sarah is an orphaned housemaid whose days are filled with hard, body-punishing work. Baker doesn’t sugar-coat. A beautiful, uplifting novel full of mystery, hope and romance. Highly recommended for Austen fans and historical fiction readers.”Jenifer May, Secaucus P.L., NJ
See LJ‘s starred review


3. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (Knopf).
“Spanning the oceans from India to Rhode Island, this is a story of brothers and allegiances, mothers and challenges, families and turmoil. Lahiri fleshes out her characters and events with such exquisite prose that I find myself rereading sentences just for the experience of their impact. Another literary triumph for Lahiri!”Jeanne Altman, Darien Lib., CT
See LJ‘s starred review

4. Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois (Random).
“College student Lily Hayes is an accident waiting to happen. While studying abroad in Buenos Aires, she becomes the prime suspect in her roommate Katy’s murder. DuBois’s haunting story captures a family shattered by their young daughter’s imprisonment. A well-written novel highly recommended for book clubs.”Karen Kilbride, Hennepin Cty. Lib., Minneapolis
See LJ‘s review

5. Hawthorn & Child by Keith Ridgway (New Directions).
“Ridgway has taken the ‘partner cops’ and ‘troubled cops’ sub-genres to new levels. Hawthorn is a haunted man with a callous worldview. Child is his apt foil: humane, funny and insightful. Set in contemporary London, the story draws readers quickly and completely into a complex, seedy world of crime, madness and despair.”Margaret Donovan, Cary Memorial Lib., Lexington, MA

6. The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement by Nick Saul & Andrea Curtis (Melville).
“Nick Saul chronicles his years spent as director of The Stop, a community food center in Toronto, Ontario that reinvented itself by starting several innovative programs to combat poverty and hunger. Read this book and be inspired to create change in your own neighborhood!”Melissa DeWild, Kent Dist. Lib., Comstock Park, MI

7. We Are Water by Wally Lamb (Harper).
“Annie Oh, a newly famous artist, sends her family into a tailspin when she announces her intention to marry her powerful gallerist, Viveca. While Annie’s husband Orion is devastated by the loss of his wife of 27 years, her children’s responses range from delight to denial. Good writing and distinct characters, personalities and voices.”Katie Karkheck, Valley Cottage Lib., NY
See LJ‘s starred review

8. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown).
“Fans of The Secret History will rediscover the Tartt they loved back in 1992. Readers who love the novelist for her richly developed, dark, multi-layered characters and thoroughly researched topics will not be disappointed. Tartt pulls together many threads of a story across a long span of pages and into a complete masterpiece.”Kim Dorman, Princeton P.L., NJ
See LJ‘s review

9. The Tilted World by Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennell (William Morrow).
“The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 is the backdrop for one of my favorite historical novels of the last few years. Bootleggers, revenuers, an orphaned child, extreme weather, a disintegrating marriage and romance. There are no dull characters or moments in this beautifully written story.”Janet Lockhart, Wake Cty. P.L., Cary, NC
See LJ‘s review

10. Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town by Mirta Ojito (Beacon Pr.).
“Ojito, a former New York Times reporter, chronicles the events leading up to the 2008 murder of an undocumented Ecuadorian immigrant on Long Island, detailing the reactions of family and community members, government officials, civic leaders and public library staff. A nuanced and in-depth look at hate crimes, and a powerful story that deserves to be told.”—Anne Lee, Free Lib. of Philadelphia

Henrietta Verma About Henrietta Verma

Henrietta Verma is Senior Editorial Communications Specialist at NISO, the National Information Standards Organization, Baltimore, and was formerly the reviews editor at Library Journal.