LibraryReads: Librarians Announce June Favorites

Elizabeth is missingEmma Healey’s Elizabeth is Missing, a psychological puzzle in the vein of Alice LaPlante’s Turn of Mind, tops the list of June publications that librarians are reading. In a surprising tenth place is George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois’s anthology Rogues. Also surprising: there’s no nonfiction on the list. Perhaps beach reading is starting to beckon?

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

1. Healey, Emma. Elizabeth is Missing: A Novel. Harper. ISBN 9780062309662. $25.99. F
“Maude sinks into a confusing world in this gripping psychological mystery written in the voice of an aging woman with Alzheimer’s. She can’t remember what she’s doing or where she is, but she is obsessed with one thought—her good friend Elizabeth is missing. Book groups will enjoy this satisfying and entertaining read!”—Mary Campanelli, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH
See LJ’s starred review

2. See, Lisa. China Dolls: A Novel. Random. ISBN 9780812992892. $27. F
“Set in 1938 San Francisco, this book follows the lives of three young women up through WWII. Grace travels to California seeking stardom, where she meets Helen, a young woman from Chinatown, and the two find jobs as nightclub dancers. While auditioning, they cross paths with Ruby, and the book alternates between all three viewpoints. Lisa See is one of my favorite authors, and her newest title doesn’t disappoint.”—Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
See LJ’s starred review

3. Gilman, Susan Jane. The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street: A Novel. Grand Central. ISBN 9780446578936. $26. F
“In the tenements of old New York, a young Russian Jewish immigrant woman is taken in by an Italian family who sells ice. Through sheer persistence and strong will, she manages to build an ice cream empire. Lillian Dunkle is a complex character who will both make you cheer even as you are dismayed. Have ice cream on hand when you read this book!”—Marika Zemke, Commerce Township Public Library, Commerce Twp, MI
See LJ’s starred review

4. Maum, Courtney. I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You: A Novel. Touchstone. ISBN 9781476764580. $25.99. F
“Set mainly in Paris, this love story for grown-ups tells the story of a decent man who almost ruins his life and then goes to great lengths to restore his marriage. If your path to a happy marriage has been straight-forward, you may not appreciate this book – but it’s perfect for the rest of us!”—Laurel Best, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, Huntsville, AL
See LJ’s starred review

5. Hilderbrand, Elin. The Matchmaker: A Novel. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 9780316099752. $28. F
“Set in romantic Nantucket, Hilderbrand’s newest novel is a heartwarming and moving story about the power of love. Dabney Kimball Beech, long denied her own true love, is determined to match up those closest to her before it is too late. This captivating book had me weeping through the last few chapters. A beautifully written and heartbreaking story!”—Laurel Best, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, Huntsville, AL

6. Koch, Herman. Summer House with Swimming Pool: A Novel. Hogarth. ISBN 9780804138819. $24. F
“A deliciously nasty study in sociopathy, veiled in the alluring sheen of European upper class lifestyles and sensibilities. Summer House with Swimming Pool will grip you with an uneasy dread and won’t let you stop turning the pages until the riveting end. Fair warning: you will never look at your family doctor the same way again.”—Kristin Cole, The Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA
See LJ’s starred review

7. Zentner, Alexi. The Lobster Kings: A Novel. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 9780393089578. $26.95. F
“This well-crafted story truly captures the beauty and brutality of living by the sea. The characters show what it’s like to have saltwater in your veins and commitment to family and community. Zentner depicts a way of life that is fast disappearing. Perfect for summer reading.”—Lisa Marie Joyce, Portland Public Library & South Portland Public Library, Portland, ME
See LJ’s starred review

8. Frank, Dorothea Benton. The Hurricane Sisters: A Novel. William Morrow. ISBN 9780062132529. $26.99. F
“Having just completed my annual trek to the Carolina Lowcountry, compliments of Dorothea Benton Frank, I’m happy to report that a good time was had by all. It was, as ever, a pleasure to meet her new characters, travel down Highway 17 (llama optional), sit back with a glass of wine and take in the beautiful sunsets and ocean breeze, all without leaving the comfort of my easy chair.”—Yvonne Jefferson, Pittsylvania County Public Library, Dry Fork, VA

9. Owen, Lauren. The Quick: A Novel. Random House. ISBN 9780812993271. $27. F
“This book starts out slowly, with an unconventional Victorian-era romance and builds to an unexpected development by the end of part one. Owen continues the slow boil of suspense with a curiously-enticing plot, centering on members of an exclusive London gentleman’s club who are testing the boundaries of their own organization. For those who enjoy historical fiction with a twist.”—Lucy Lockley, St. Charles City-County Library, St. Peters, MO
See LJ’s starred review

10. George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. Rogues. Bantam. ISBN 9780345537263. $30. F
“This anthology is worth reading for the Rothfuss’s story alone! ‘The Lightning Tree’ follows Bast spending a day outside the tavern, which left me anxious for Kingkiller Book 3 to come out. Other stand-outs are stories by Garth Nix, Cherie Priest and Connie Willis. Rogues should enjoy a large audience of Martin fans and is a good entry point to the other contributing authors’ works.”—Keith Hayes, West Regional Library, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC

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.