Thursday, December 10, 2015

NPR's 'Best Books of 2015'

NPR just posted their choices for the best books of 2015. These books below are available with your library card twenty-four hours a day:



The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
Intended for grades nine and up, The Walls Around Us is a mesmerizing psychological thriller. It is the haunting story of female friendship gone wrong.
The Walls Around Us
“[An] Intricately plotted psychological horror story . . .  With evocative language, a shifting timeline, and more than one unreliable narrator, Suma subtly explores the balance of power between the talented and the mediocre, the rich and the poor, the brave and the cowardly--and the unpleasant truths that are released when these scales are upset.”
New York Times Book Review

“Gripping. . . Just try to put this down.”
Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review


*******

Descent by Tim Johnston
The Courtland family decides to take a vacation together before their daughter Caitlin leaves for college. They arrive in the Rocky Mountains hoping for some positive changes. Caitlin is a runner and wants to challenge herself in the steep roads that the destination offers. Her parents hope that time together will help heal their own marriage difficulties. One morning, Caitlin heads out for a run with her brother. She does not return and her brother is badly injured.
Descent 
Outstanding . . . The days when you had to choose between a great story and a great piece of writing? Gone.
Esquire

“This is much more than your typical thriller. Tim Johnston has written a book that makes Gone Girl seem gimmicky . . . Johnston is an excellent writer. You want to set this one down so you can take a breath, and keep reading--all at the same time.”
Alan Cheuse on NPR’s All Things Considered 


*******

We Were Brothers by Barry Moser
Even though Barry and Tommy were raised by the same parents, in the same house, they were very different people. As they got older, their differences broadened.They stayed in touch with each other, but their relationship was fragile. After years of  living completely different lives, a particularly tense conversation ends what little connection they had. 

We Were Brothers 
“A complex meditation on how two men who grew up together came away with diametrically opposing views on so many social and civil-rights issues . . . [a] lyrical memoir . . . [Moser] writes movingly about his rapprochement with Tommy before his death in 2005.The brothers’ reconciliation is deeply affecting in a memoir that Barry Moser considers an homage to Tommy ‘as well as a history of our burdened brotherhood.’” 
The Boston Globe

"A valiantly forthright, superbly illustrated family memoir...by crisply and frankly chronicling his battles and eventual reconciliation with his brother, Moser looks to a more caring and just future world."
-Booklist