Looking for a good book to read this holiday season?
Here is a list of recently released fiction books you can borrow or request now.
What happens: After the megalomaniac real estate developer, Victor Tuchman, died of a heart attack, his family finds a way to reconcile with Victor’s history and move forward.
Why you might like it: Unfolding over the course of only one day, the readers are privy to the innermost thoughts of the characters, who are inscrutable to each other.
For fans of: Elizabeth Strout’s The Burgess Boys or Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. This is a well-written contemporary family saga.
A Tall History of Sugar
by Curdella Forbes
The gist of the story: This is a modern fairy tale about an unlikely love story between Moshe Fisher and Arrienne Christie as well as a compelling story that explores post colonial Jamaican history.
Why you might like it: With a strong sense of place, a touch of magical realism, lyrical writing, and well-crafted dialogue, this is a powerful novel that interweaves social history and romance.
Reviewers say: “It’s a novel of colonialism and its tragic aftermath of racism and economic despair. But most of all, the book is a journey. The characters so vivid, their depictions so intimate, that the skin of the pages themselves almost pulse beneath the reader’s fingers. A powerful journey into the souls of two lovers, two countries, and the people caught in the wakes of empires (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2019).”
Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts
by Kate Racculia
Starring: An eclectic cast of characters, all sent on an inventive treasure hunt across Boston by an unconventional billionaire’s final request.
For fans of: Literary and pop culture references; ghost stories; inheritance drama; loners; bankers who used to be theater kids; Edgar Allan Poe; cape-wearing gentlemen; scavenger hunts; camp, whimsy, and eccentricity. And, of course, Ellen Raskin’s classic kids’ book The Westing Game.
Read this next: Ernest Cline’s nostalgic, sci-fi scavenger hunt, Ready Player One.
Frankissstein: A Love Story
by Jeanette Winterson
What it is: A modern re-telling of the creation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, featuring Mary as a narrator, as well as a modern-day tale in which a trans doctor falls for a professor working to chain AI to a fusion of body parts.
Why you might like it: Ever questioned what makes us human? If so, this one’s for you.
Reviewers say: “As the subtitle declares, this is a love story, paralleling the relationship between Mary Shelley and Percy Shelley and that between Ry and Victor. The forthright description of non-binary choice forms a replete example of embracing transgender experience, and both Victor Stein and Victor Frankenstein are finally shown to be illusory characters, adding spookiness. Highly recommended (Henry Bankhead, Library Journal).”
Inside the O’Briens
by Lisa Genova
Starring: 44-year-old Joe O’Brien, a cop with a recent diagnosis of Huntington’s disease, his wife, and their four children, who must decide whether or not to be tested for this incurable hereditary condition.
What happens: As Joe’s health worsens, youngest daughter Katie is, at 21, just starting her adult life, and she isn’t sure if she wants to know what her future holds. How the O’Briens cope is both heart-wrenching and riveting.
Why you might like it: If you’ve read and enjoyed Lisa Genova’s Still Alice, you will like this book. This is also similar to Danielle Steele’s Silent Night and Jodi Picoult’s Lone Wolf.
How Are You Going to Save Yourself
by J.M. Holmes
What it is: The interconnected stories of four friends coming of age in working-class Rhode Island and recognizing the restrictions placed on black men in America.
Narrated by: Gio, Dub, Rye, and Rolls, each with their own advantages, flaws, and struggles, who get out of Pawtucket, or don’t, on their own or with the help of the women in their lives.
Reviewers say: “The stories are by turns comedic, bawdy, heartbreaking, and grisly. What links them all is the heady style deployed throughout; language with the same taut rhythm and blunt imagery as the best hip-hop yet capable of intermittent surges of lyricism that F. Scott Fitzgerald in his own precocious stories of youthful romance and remorse could summon. The publisher says Holmes is working on his first novel. This collection makes you thirst for whatever’s coming next. (Kirkus Reviews).”
by André Aciman
What it is: This is a follow-up to Call Me By Your Name, revisits Elio, Samuel (Elio’s father), and Oliver decades after they meet.
Is it for you? Readers who loved the meditation on love found in the earlier book will want to pick that story up again here.
But what about Elio and Oliver? You’ll have to be patient to find out if they ever get back together
Nothing to See Here
by Kevin Wilson
What it’s about: When 28-year-old Lillian Breaker accepts a job working for her former roommate, Madison Roberts (who is now wife to a senator eyeing a chance to be secretary of state), Lillian has no idea what she’s in for. Lillian’s job is to be the governess for the senator’s twin children, ten-year-olds Bessie and Roland. What’s the catch? The twins randomly burst into flames when agitated. Lillian guides the children in how to control their emotions.
What happens: Lillian, whose life has stalled ever since she was kicked out of school, has no experience with children. And yet she starts to love these two unloved kids. The relationship that develops between Lillian and the twins is something readers will easily identify with.
Why you might like it: Flawed, quirky characters and offbeat humor make this a wry, engaging read. If liked Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, you will enjoy this book.
Book buzz: Nothing to See Here was selected for the Today show’s book club.