A Woman's Quest to Find Her Husband a Wife

Before I Go by Colleen Oakley
Twenty-seven-year-old Daisy already beat breast cancer three years ago. How can this be happening to her again? 

Confronting the final months of her life when her breast cancer returns, Daisy endeavors to find her husband another wife, an effort that forces her to make difficult choices.

Daisy scouts local parks, coffee shops and online dating sites looking for Jack’s perfect match. But the further she gets on her quest, the more she questions the sanity of her plan. As the thought of her husband with another woman becomes all too real, Daisy’s forced to decide what’s more important in the short amount of time she has left: her husband’s happiness—or her own?

In her debut novel Before I Go"Oakley expertly tugs at the heartstrings with well-rounded characters and a liberal dose of gallows humor." (Publishers Weekly Reviews)

New Installment in Sci-Fi Bone Season Series

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
In The Bone Season, author Shannon Smith gave us a fantasy/sci-fi epic dystopian tale set in the near future London where major world cities are controlled by a formidable security force, Scion, and where clairvoyant underworld cell member Paige (a rare dreamwalker) is captured by an otherworldly race that would make her a part of their supernatural army.

The action continues in the second installment of Shannon's seven book Bone Season series with The Mime Order where Paige flees Scion while Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare for a rare assembly of the clairvoyant community that is clouded by dark secrets.

"A Clockwork Orange meets A Tale of Two Cities meets Harry Potter in this clever, caring, and spellbinding tale, which promises more to come." (Booklist Reviews)

Think this sounds like the making of a great summer movie? You're in luck - Fox Studios has already purchased the rights to develop this series into a possible movie franchise. Read about it here. The movie is listed at IMDB.com as "in production" with no further details as of yet. In the meantime stop by the library to pick up this book series.

Can't Get Enough Dystopia?

Looking for another dystopian read? You're not alone! We've pulled together a new display on our lower level featuring dystopian picks you may have missed.

The Word Exhange by Alena Graedon
The Word Exhange by Alena Graedon:
In a near-future world where the "death of print" has become a near reality, Anana Johnson, an employee at the North American Dictionary of the English Language (NADEL) working on the last print version of the dictionary, searches for her missing father. As Anana penetrates the mystery of her father’s disappearance and a pandemic of decaying language called “word flu” spreads, The Word Exchange becomes a cautionary tale that is at once a technological thriller and a meditation on the high cultural costs of digital technology.

Lighthouse Island by Paulette Jiles
Lighthouse Island by Paulette Jiles:
In the coming centuries the world's population has exploded. The earth is crowded with cities, animals are nearly all extinct, and drought is so widespread that water is rationed. There are no maps, no borders, no numbered years, and no freedom, except for an elite few. Orphan Nadia dreams of a green vacation spot called Lighthouse Island. When an opportunity for escape arises, Nadia embarks on a dangerous and sometimes comic adventure. Along the way she meets James Orotov, a mapmaker and demolition expert. Together, they evade arrest and head north toward the wild beauty that lies beyond the megapolis—Lighthouse Island.

California by Edan Lepucki
California by Edan Lepucki:
The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them living in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. The tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant. Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead
Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead:
Living in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims, Justin March, a man from a near-future world decimated by religious extremists, is invited to join an elite branch of the military by genetically enhanced soldier Mae, with whom he confronts formidable enemies to solve a string of ritual murders. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board. (This is the first of a projected New Adult series Age of X.)

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami:
The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo. A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ "A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled. 

Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Thomas Sweterlitsch
Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Thomas Sweterlitsch:
A decade has passed since the city of Pittsburgh was reduced to ash. While the rest of the world has moved on, survivor John Dominic Blaxton has not, reliving his lost life by immersing in the Archive's fully interactive digital reconstruction of Pittsburgh, accessible to anyone who wants to visit the places and people they remember. Dominic investigates deaths recorded in the Archive to help close cold cases, but when he discovers glitches in the code for a crime scene he stumbles into a web of deceit taking him from the darkest corners of the Archive to the ruins of the city itself, and into the heart of a nightmare more horrific than anything he could have imagined.

For more dystopia related recommendations, click on the dystopian tag in the tag list under this post and speak with a librarian at the reference desk.

New Titles on 'The New York Times' Best Sellers List

Here are this week's newest hardcover titles appearing for the first time on The New York Times Best Sellers list. (To see the full list for January 25, 2015 click here.) Click the covers below to place a hold/request for these popular titles.

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell
Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz
The Third Target by Joel C. Rosenberg
Insatiable Appetites by Stuart Woods

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley (Mystery)
Chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce uses her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve a crime in the unsavory world of Canadian boarding schools.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown (Science Fiction)
A follow-up to Red Rising follows the efforts of tragedy-forged rebel hero Darrow to infiltrate the world of the elite Golds to secure his people's freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future.

The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell (Historical Fiction)
Supporting the widow of the dying ruler of 10th-century Mercia in her unconventional fight for leadership, wounded soldier Uhtred searches for his lost sword to regain his strength.

Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz (Romantic Suspense)
After finding her boss's body, Grace retreats to her hometown to regroup and tries to put everything she's learned about positive thinking into practice - a process complicated by her evening with venture-capitalist Julius, a man she has nothing in common with.

The Third Target by Joel C. Rosenberg (Suspense)
When New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins hears rumors that an al-Qaeda splinter cell has captured a cache of chemical weapons inside Syria, he knows this is a story he must pursue at all costs.

Insatiable Appetites by Stuart Woods (Mystery/Suspense)
Settling the estate of a respected friend and mentor, Stone Barrington uncovers secrets ranging from surprising to alarming while an underhanded foe stealthily spreads violent havoc.

National Readthon Day this Saturday

National Readthon Day January 24, 2015
Join readers across the country this Saturday, January 24th from Noon-4pm for National Readathon Day sponsored by Penguin Random House, GoodReads, Mashable and the National Book Foundation to raise awareness of the issues of literacy and the need to "educate, tutor, create and sustain a lifelong love of reading." Visit National Readathon Day to learn more.