2011 Best of the Best – Adult List

Carol’s Best of the Best 2011

Aaronovitch, Ben  Midnight riot [BKL* PWK+] {Ages Adult, 813, OCLC 0606763650} — Del Rey/Ballantine Books, 2/1/2011, 310p
034552425X
Peter Grant, a probationary constable with aims at becoming a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police, has the ability to communicate with ghosts and begins to work with Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale as a series of bizarre, magic-related murders plague the city.
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7.99

 Ali, Monica  Untold story : a novel [BKL* KIR* LBJ+ NYT+ PWK*] {Ages Adult/YA, 823, OCLC 0699767337} — Scribner, 6/28/2011, 259p
1451635486
Reimagines the life of Princess Diana, supposing that she averted the tragic accident that claimed her life in 1997, and depicting the life of a mysterious Englishwoman named Lydia who is living in the American Midwest.
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25.00

Boyle, T. Coraghessan When the killing’s done  [BKL* KIR+ LBJ* NYT+ PWK+] {Ages Adult/YA, 813, OCLC 0650210695} — Viking, 2/22/2011, 369p
0670022322
Alma Boyd Takesue, a biologist for the National Park Service, is determined to save Santa Barbara from invasive species, but her dreadlocked antagonist, Dave LaJoy, and his lover, folksinger Anise Reed, are adamantly opposed to the killing of any species and will do everything they can to stop Alma and her colleagues from ridding the area of rats and feral pigs.
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26.95

Brooks, Geraldine Caleb’s crossing [BKL+ LBJ+ PWK*] {Ages Adult, 823, OCLC 0679930983} — Viking, 5/3/2011, 306p
0670021040
Bethia Mayfield befriends Caleb, the son of a Wampanoag chieftain, as she grows up near Martha’s Vineyard in the mid-seventeenth century, and watches as her minister father attempts to convert the Native Americans, but the fates of the children are tied together as Bethia’s father encourages the education of Caleb, a privilege Bethia has always wished for, and the two are reunited in Cambridge.
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26.95

Brown, Eleanor The weird sisters [BKL* KIR+ LBJ+ NYT+ PWK*] {Ages Adult, 813, OCLC 0646111849} — Amy Einhorn Books/G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1/20/2011, 320p
0399157220
Three estranged sisters are surprised when they all show up at their childhood home, each hoping to spend time with and help care for their ailing mother while they escape their own troubles, and as the sisters struggle to find common ground they each come to realizations about their sisterhood and the small town they all sought to leave as children.
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24.95

Edgerton, Clyde The night train [BKL* KIR+ LBJ* PWK*] {Ages Adult/YA, 813, OCLC 0668192485} — Little, Brown, 7/25/2011, 215p
0316117595
In 1963, Dwayne Hallston spends his time perfecting his musical talents and dreaming of a career as a musician with his African-American friend, Larry Lime, who wants to be just like pianist Thelonious Monk, but as racial tensions in their small town rise, the pair find their friendship tested and their dreams for the future begin to crumble.
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23.99

Evison, Jonathan  West of here [LBJ+ PWK+] {Ages Adult, 813, OCLC 0505423879} — Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2/15/2011, 486p
1565129520
Traces the fictional history of the town of Port Bonita in Washington State from its early inhabitants in the nineteenth century and examines the impact of their choices on those who live in Port Bonita in the early twenty-first century.
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24.95

Fforde, Jasper Thursday Next in One of our Thursdays is missing  [KIR+ LBJ+ PWK*] {Ages Adult, 823, OCLC 0635459425} — Viking, 3/8/2011, 362p
0670022527
The Council of Genres asks the written Thursday to pretend to be the real Thursday, who has retired to the Realworld, and travel as a peacekeeping emissary to the warring factions of BookWorld.
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25.95

Gregory, Philippa The lady of the rivers [BKL+ KIR* NYT+ PWK+] {Ages Adult, 823, OCLC 0709673465} — Simon & Schuster, 10/18/2011, 443p <Cousins’ war>
1416563709
“A Touchstone book.”;Includes bibliographical references (p. 441-443). When the death of Joan of Arc shows her the dangers faced by strong women, Jacquetta, a psychic descendant of a river goddess, studies alchemy and becomes the secret wife of Richard Woodville before returning to the court of Henry VI.
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27.99

King, Stephen  11/22/63 [BKL+ KIR* LBJ+ NYT+ PWK*] {Ages Adult, 813, OCLC 0706026997} — Scribner, 11/8/2011, 849p
1451627289
When English teacher Jake Epping discovers a portal to the past he decides to use it to prevent the John F. Kennedy assassination.
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35.00

Lippman, Laura The most dangerous thing [BKL* KIR+ LBJ+] {Ages Adult/YA, 813, OCLC 0703206577} — William Morrow, 8/23/2011, 344p
0061706515
Old friends are reunited after many years by the death of Gordon, the youngest and wildest of five, and, though they have grown apart, they share a common bond through the terrible lie they all share, but begin to wonder whether there is more danger in keeping their secret or hiding the truth from the ones they love.
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25.99

Makkai, Rebecca The borrower [BKL+ KIR* LBJ* PWK+] {Ages Adult/YA, 813, OCLC 0681488382} — Viking, 6/9/2011, 324p
0670022810
Lucy Hull and Ian Drake travel from Missouri to Vermont, and while Ian is running away from his parents, Lucy contemplates if she is also fleeing from something rather than just helping Ian on his journey.
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25.95

McLain, Paula The Paris wife [BKL+ KIR* LBJ* PWK+] {Ages Adult, 813, OCLC 0642842926} — Ballantine Books, 2/22/2011, 320p
0345521307
Portrays the love affair and marriage between Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Mowrer from their Chicago meeting in 1920 to their lives during the Jazz Age in Paris, but as Ernest struggles to find his literary voice, Hadley tries to define her role in their relationship as wife, friend, and muse.
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25.00

Obreht, Tea The tiger’s wife : a novel: [LBJ* NYT+ PWK+] {Ages Adult/YA, 813, OCLC 0551199480} — Random House, 3/8/2011, 337p
0385343833
Natalia, a young doctor on a medical mission to an orphanage in the Balkans, ponders the mystery of her beloved grandfather’s recent death. She finds the answers she seeks in the story of an abused deaf-mute woman in the village of his childhood who formed a bond with a tiger that escaped from the zoo following the German bombardment in 1941.
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25.00

Parker, Robert B. Sixkill [BKL+ KIR* LBJ* PWK*] {Ages Adult, 813, OCLC 0646111828} — G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 5/3/2011, 293p
0399157263
Maps on endpapers. Spenser is called in to investigate when actor Jumbo Nelson is accused of raping and murdering a young woman, and as Spenser tries to uncover the truth, he forms an unusual alliance with Jumbo’s bodyguard, a young Native American known as Sixkill.
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26.95

Patchett, Ann State of wonder [BKL+ KIR+ LBJ+ PWK*] {Ages Adult, 813, OCLC 0649701863} — Harper, 6/7/2011, 353p
0062049801
Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist with a Minnesota-based pharmaceutical company, is sent to Brazil after the death of her friend and colleague, to take up his mission of finding Dr.Annick Swenson, a ruthless woman, now in her seventies, who has been conducting research among the Lakashi tribe on a reputed miracle drug, and refuses to let anything stand in her way.
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26.99

Penny, Louise  A trick of the light [BKL* KIR+ LBJ* NYT+ PWK*] {Ages Adult, 813, OCLC 0704383836} — Minotaur Boooks, 8/30/2011, 339p <Chief Inspector Gamache novel>
0312655452
Fifty-year-old artist Clara Morrow, having survived her first solo show at the famed Musee in Montreal, returns to her home in the tiny village of Three Pines for a celebration with close friends, but her high spirits are dashed when the body of an old art school classmate is found in her garden, leaving Chief Inspector Gamache to navigate the light and shadow of the art world in search of answers.
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25.99

Russell, Karen  Swamplandia! [BKL+ KIR* LBJ+ PWK+] {Ages Adult/YA, 813, OCLC 0613432205} — Alfred A. Knopf, 2/1/2011, 315p
0307263991
As their island home and alligator-wrestling theme park is threatened by a sophisticated competitor, twelve-year-old Ava struggles to cope with her mother’s death while her sister, brother, and father all try to deal with their grief in their own unusual ways.
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24.95

Russell, Mary Doria  Doc [PWK*] {Ages Adult, 813, OCLC 0607084395} — Random House, 5/3/2011, 394p
1400068045
Dr. John Henry Holliday, having become a professional gambler after moving from Atlanta to the Texas frontier, agrees to travel to Dodge City, Kansas, with Hungarian prostitute Maria Katarina Harony, where he opens a dental office, meets part-time policeman Wyatt Earp, and becomes involved in the investigation into the murder of a boy named Johnnie Sanders.
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26.00

Schaffert, Timothy The coffins of Little Hope [BKL+ KIR+ LBJ+ NYT+ PWK*] {Ages Adult, 813, OCLC 0676063338} — Unbridled Books, 4/19/2011, 262p
1609530403
A once quiet small town in Nebraska becomes the focus of national attention after excerpts from a much-anticipated young adult novel being secretly printed on the presses of the local newspaper are leaked, and when Essie, an octogenarian obituary writer, latches onto the story of a possible child abduction.
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24.95

Towles, Amor  Rules of civility [BKL* LBJ+] {Ages Adult, 813, OCLC 0681488389} — Viking, 7/26/2011, 335p
0670022691
Twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent, having met banker Tinker Grey while hanging out at a Greenwich Village jazz bar, finds her way into the upper echelons of New York society, and, as she makes new friends and waits for circumstances to bring Tinker back into her life, she begins to realize she regrets some of the choices she has made.
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26.95

Vreeland, Susan  Clara and Mr. Tiffany [BKL* LBJ+] {Ages Adult, 813, OCLC 0544474617} — Random House, 1/11/2011, 405p
1400068169
Louis Comfort Tiffany, owner of a glass studio, hires only unmarried female artisans, and Clara Driscoll, who he employs as manager, remains unmarried after the death of her husband and the disappearance of another suitor, and continues to craft the jewel-toned glass windows and lamps at the studio.

  

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