Every month, we’re profiling new-ish releases that are getting critical and commercial buzz. For December, we’re looking at an unusual, animal-centric memoir; a pulse-stopping suspense thriller; and a hilarious ode to the quirks of families.
Sy Montgomery’s How to be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals (2018)
One of the most acclaimed memoirs from this year isn’t a typical memoir at all. Naturalist Sy Montgomery’s book is a lyrical reflection on 13 of the animals she has known in a life and career surrounded by them. Some are common pets (border collie) while others are decidedly more exotic animals (octopus), Montgomery’s book isn’t a trite recitation of life lessons but rather an examination of themes as diverse and universal as love, family, and loss, all told through the lens of the animal kingdom.
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Peter Matthiessen and James Herriot.
Riley Sager’s The Last Time I Lied (2018)
Emma is a newcomer to Camp Nightingale, but she soon befriends the three other girls in her cabin. Part of life in the cabin is the game “Two Truths and a Lie.” One night, however, a bewildered Emma watches as her three roommates slip out into the darkness, never to be seen again. Years have past and Emma is a rising artist invited back to the summer camp, this time as an art instructor. Emma ends up right back in her cabin from that fateful summer, and she starts to find clues that one of her missing roommates left behind. . . .
Author Riley Sager is getting a lot of buzz for his suspense thrillers and is well worth checking out for fans of the genre.
Recommended for those who enjoy Ruth Ware.
Tom Papa’s Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas (2018)
If you prefer your nonfiction a little less literary than Sy Montgomery’s work, consider Tom Papa’s latest book instead. An anthology of humorous anecdotes about the zaniness of families, chances are you’ll recognize at least a few of the eccentric relatives that Papa profiles in his affectionate yet hilarious Your Dad Stole My Rake.
Recommended for those who enjoy David Sedaris.
What’s your favorite new-ish books? What books are you buzzing about these days? Have you read any of these books? Tell us in the comments! As always, please follow this link to our online library catalog for more information about any of these items.