Book Buzz: Adventure Memoirs, Rural Noir, and YA Romance + Zombies

Every month, we’re profiling new-ish releases that are getting critical and commercial buzz. For September, we’re looking at a heartbreaking memoir about adventure gone wrong, a series that brands itself as rural noir, and a YA romance comedy that also features zombies.

Roman Dial’s The Adventurer’s Son (2020)


In the summer of 2014, Cody Dial left for a solo hiking trip in Costa Rica. He told his father, National Geographic Explorer Roman Dial, that he expected to be gone for five days. But Cody never emerged from the remote wilderness he entered. When Roman realizes his son is missing, he heads off to Costa Rica to find Cody. Part memoir, part adventure story, and part detective story, Dial recounts his experiences looking for his son while he also grapples with fears that his own background as an explorer may have made his son too fearless in the wilderness.

Recommended for those who enjoyed Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, and David Grann’s The Lost City of Z.

Clayton Lindemuth’s Baer Creighton series (2013-present)

Baer Creighton has a knack for finding trouble. Or maybe more correctly he has a knack for trouble finding him. Bear would rather live quietly in his home in the woods, making moonshine and mourning his difficult past, but that doesn’t stop him from getting dragged into facing off against a ring of dogfighters, a kidnapper, a human trafficker and more. Author Clayton Lindemuth bills his series as rural noir, and Baer is in many ways a country throwback to the noir detectives of old, even if their stomping ground is far more urban.

Recommended for those who like gritty noir thrillers.

Suzanne Park’s The Perfect Escape (2020)

Nate has money problems. He’s been offered money to help someone cheat at school, and the offer is tempting. But he doesn’t want to bring shame on his proud Korean family, no matter how much he needs the money. Kate, his coworker at the local zombie escape room, suggests to him that they sign up for a weekend zombie survivalist weekend. The winners will split a prize, and she could use the money too. Nate and Kate can count on zombie-themed adventure that weekend–but what about the possibility of falling in love?

Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Melissa de la Cruz.

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 on any of these items or to place them on hold.

Author: berryvillelibrary

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