This is a list of new fiction titles ordered for the Springfield City Library this month. If you wish to place a hold on a title, you may do so by placing a request yourself through the online catalog, or by calling your local library branch, or by using our AskaLibrarian service.

July 2015

Author Title Librarian’s Picks
Abercrombie, Joe Half a War
Adler, Elizabeth One Way or Another
Alcott, Kathleen Infinite Home
Andrews, Donna Lord of the Wings
Andrews, Ilona Magic Shifts
Arlidge, M. J. Eeny Meeny Detective Inspector Helen Grace tracks down a sadistic killer who pits his victims against one another. An international best-seller.
Armstrong, Kelley Deceptions
Atkins, Ace The Redeemers
Baggott, Julianna Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders Gathering around the deathbed of their matriarch, a reclusive famous author who may have written a final manuscript, three generations of women share respective secrets that have shaped their lives and loves.
Ball, Jesse A Cure for Suicide
Barclay, Linwood Broken Promise
Beattie, Ann The State We’re In An award-winning short story master presents a collection of new, linked tales that impart the diverse perspectives of women orbiting around a disaffected teen who is staying with relatives while attending summer school.
Boilard, Jon The Castaway Lounge Set in a busted Massachusetts mill town circa 1986, The Castaway Lounge is the story of Jackson "Applejack" Thibedeaux. Cocaine dealer, womanizer and tough-guy-for-hire, he is weary of the wrong life and trying to leave it behind, but all bets are off when a young pole dancer named Peanut ends up dead during an after-hours party with a local businessman and politician.
Bowen, Rhys Malice at the Palace
Box, C. J. Badlands
Brelinski, Val The Girl Who Slept With God When the moral-minded eldest daughter of a 1970s Idaho family returns from a missionary trip and claims she is pregnant with God’s child, her strong-willed sister and she bond with fellow outcasts while awaiting the birth.
Brett, Simon Mrs Pargeter’s Principle
Brown, Sandra Friction
Bruen, Ken Green Hell
Caletti, Deb The Secrets She Keeps
Cameron, W. Bruce The Dog Master
Cannell, Dorothy Death at Dovecote Hatch
Castillo, Linda After the Storm Attempting to identify human remains that are uncovered by a tornado, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder discovers that the person had been murdered and was tied to a family’s long-hidden secrets.
Cheney, J. Kathleen The Shores of Spain
Clayton, Meg Waite The Race for Paris
Cline, Ernest Armada Struggling to complete his final month of high school only to glimpse a UFO that exactly resembles an enemy ship from his favorite video game, Zack Lightman questions his sanity before becoming one of millions of gamers tasked with protecting the Earth during an alien invasion.
Coughlin, Jack Night of the Cobra
Crider, Bill Between the Living and the Dead
Dahl, Julia Run You Down
Daoud, Kamel The Meursault Investigation
Datlow, Ellen (EDT) The Best Horror of the Year
Davis, Lindsey Deadly Election
De Robertis, Carolina The Gods of Tango Struggling to make her way in Buenos Aires after the murder of her husband, seventeen-year-old Leda masters the violin and disguises herself as a man so that she can join a troupe of tango musicians and perform in public.
Deutermann, Peter T. Cold Frame
Diffenbaugh, Vanessa We Never Asked for Wings When her parents return to Mexico, 15-year-old Letty Espinosa is forced to become a parent to her young sister and considers a risky move that jeopardizes their fragile hopes for the future. By the best-selling author of The Language of Flowers.
Doig, Ivan Last Bus to Wisdom Rejected by his domineering great aunt during the summer of 1951, imaginative eleven-year-old Donal travels back to his ailing grandmother’s home accompanied by his German great uncle while experiencing haphazard adventures along the way.
Dozois, Gardner R. (EDT) The Year’s Best Science Fiction
Eriksson, Kjell Open Grave
Evans, Lissa Crooked Heart
Fairstein, Linda A. Devil’s Bridge
Flint, Eric
Forsyth, Kate The Wild Girl Falling in love with a poor fairy-tale scholar during Germany’s early 19th-century occupation by France, Dortchen Wild, one of six sisters, defies her father and the challenges of war to help the Grimm brothers preserve forgotten fairy tales.
Fox, Lauren Days of Awe Enduring a year marked by her husband’s abandonment, her daughter’s rebelliousness and her best friend’s shattering death, Isabel gains new insights into her friend’s difficulties while considering a new relationship prospect.
Francis, Wendy The Summer of Good Intentions
Gaiman, Neil Neverwhere
Garlock, Dorothy Twice in a Lifetime
Ghosh, Amitav Flood of Fire
Goodkind, Terry The First Confessor
Grafton, Sue X
Graham, Heather The Forgotten
Gregory, Philippa The Taming of the Queen
Griffin, W. E. B. Deadly Assets
Hall, Louisa Speak Exploring the creation of artificial intelligence and illuminating the very human need for communication, connection and understanding, a thought-provoking novel is told from the perspectives of five very different people from different times and places.
Hannon, Irene Hope Harbor
Harbison, Beth If I Could Turn Back Time
Hashimi, Nadia When the Moon Is Low When her happy middle-class life in Afghanistan is shattered by the rise of the Taliban and her husband’s murder by fundamentalists, former schoolteacher Fereiba embarks on a high-risk effort to escape to England with her three children.
Heaberlin, Julia Black-Eyed Susans
Hobbs, Roger Vanishing Games
Hoffman, Alice The Marriage of Opposites
Holmes, Lauren Barbara the Slut and Other People
Hopkins, Ellen Love Lies Beneath
Jemisin, N. K. The Fifth Season
Johansen, Iris The Naked Eye
Johncock, Benjamin The Last Pilot
Karjel, Robert The Swede Jo Nesbø meets Homeland in this sophisticated debut literary thriller about a Swedish security force agent sent to the U.S. for a special assignment, which delivers a breathtaking global twist on the darkly riveting narrative tradition of Nordic noir.
Kava, Alex Silent Creed
Keating, Kevin P. The Captive Condition
Kellerman, Jonathan The Murderer’s Daughter
Kenyon, Sherrilyn Dragonbane
Keyes, Marian The Woman Who Stole My Life
Kirman, Robin Bradstreet Gate
Klaussmann, Liza Villa America A tale based on the real-life inspirations for Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night finds expats Sara and Gerald Murphy sharing freewheeling days, hosting parties and hiding heartbreaking secrets in the 1920s French Riviera. By the author of the national best-seller Tigers in Red Weather .
Kleypas, Lisa Brown-Eyed Girl
Koryta, Michael Last Words
Kosmatka, Ted The Flicker Men
Kubica, Mary Pretty Baby A chance encounter sparks an unrelenting web of lies, in a new psychological thriller from the national best-selling author of The Good Girl .
Kuhn, Shane Hostile Takeover
Laplante, Alice Coming of Age at the End of Days
Lawson, Mike House Rivals
Lee, Patrick Signal
Leine, Kim Prophets of Eternal Fjord An award-winning saga of a Greenlandic community torn by the forces of colonialism follows the experiences of a misguided late-18th-century priest whose faith is tested during his tragic efforts to convert the Inuit. An international best-seller.
Liftin, Hilary Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper When her marriage to a Hollywood mega-star is over, actress Lizzie Pepper, America’s Girl Next Door, decides to tell her side of the story and, in doing so, realizes that her romance wasn’t what she and everyone else thought.
Liontas, Annie Let Me Explain You
Liu, Cixin The Dark Forest
Lovesey, Peter Down Among the Dead Men
Lowell, Elizabeth Perfect Touch
Macomber, Debbie Silver Linings
Magson, Adrian Close Quarters
Mahoney, Dennis Bell Weather
Makkai, Rebecca Music for Wartime
Mallery, Susan Thrill Me
Mansbach, Adam The Devil’s Bag Man
Maron, Margaret Long upon the Land
McLain, Paula Circling the Sun
McLaughlin, Emma How to Be a Grown-Up
Michaels, Fern Point Blank
Michaels, Fern Wishes for Christmas
Mieville, China Three Moments of an Explosion A collection of twenty-eight short stories explores an alternate world where nature renders the human race an endangered species.
Miller, Judith The Potter’s Lady
Mitchell, Maggie Pretty Is
Morrison, Mary B. Baby, You’re the Best
O’Connor, Nuala Miss Emily Striking up a deep friendship with reclusive poet Emily Dickinson, plucky Irish maid Ada Concannon struggles with Emily’s obsessive life, which is called into question when the poet endeavors to protect Ada’s reputation.
Panowich, Brian Bull Mountain Taking a job as sheriff to distance himself from his drug-running family and keep the peace in their Georgia mountain territory, Clayton Burroughs is approached by a federal agent who claims he wants to help shut down the family’s operations.
Paretsky, Sara Brush Back
Parks, Brad The Fraud
Patterson, James Alert
Penny, Louise The Nature of the Beast
Phillips, Helen The Beautiful Bureaucrat
Pierpont, Julia Among the Ten Thousand Things A former ballet dancer struggles to protect her children before receiving an anonymous package revealing her weak artist husband’s infidelities, a discovery that leads to a difficult breakup during a New York summer.
Pratchett, Terry Darwin’s Watch
Pulley, Natasha The Watchmaker of Filigree Street When a strange watch saves his life, warning him of a blast that destroys Scotland Yard, telegraphist Thaniel Steepleton goes in search of its maker and meets Keita Mori, a Japanese immigrant who remembers the future, and soon Thaniel discovers that nothing in this world is certain.
Quinn, Spencer Scents and Sensibility
Rankin, Ian The Beat Goes On A complete anthology of the author’s John Rebus short stories.
Reichs, Kathy Speaking in Bones
Reilly, Matthew The Tournament
Rich, A. J. The Hand That Feeds You Returning home to discover that her fiance has been mauled to death by her dogs, psychology doctorate student Morgan Prager learns that her fiance was leading a dangerous double life involving other women who are now being systematically murdered.
Richards, Emilie The Color of Light
Robards, Karen The Last Time I Saw Her
Robinson, Kim Stanley Aurora Generations after leaving Earth on humanity’s first voyage beyond the solar system, a starship draws near to a planet that may serve as a new home world for those on board, but their best laid plans may not be enough to survive.
Robinson, Peter In the Dark Places
Rosenfelt, David Who Let the Dog Out?
Rosnay, Tatiana de A Paris Affair
Saintcrow, Lilith Trailer Park Fae
Scalzi, John The End of All Things
Sigler, Scott Alive
Silver, Charlotte Bennington Girls Are Easy
Slim, Iceberg Shetani’s Sister A newly discovered work from a former hustler who became an influential African-American author, tells the story of a deadly duel between a Los Angeles vice detective and street-wise master pimp who controls his whores with violence and heroin.
Smith, Alexander Mccall The Novel Habits of Happiness Investigating a young boy’s uncanny claims about his past life in Scotland, Isabel Dalhousie discovers increasingly strange questions surrounding the house where the boy claimed to live.
Snelling, Lauraine Someday Home
Soderberg, Alexander The Other Son
Somer, Bradley Fishbowl
Spencer, Sally Best Served Cold
Stevens, Chevy Those Girls
Stradal, J. Ryan Kitchens of the Great Midwest Raised with a sophisticated palate by her single father, Eva learns the culturally rich stories behind a series of Midwestern dishes while becoming the star chef at a legendary restaurant.
Stroby, Wallace The Devil’s Share
Sutton, Phoef Crush
Swanwick, Michael Chasing the Phoenix
Tanenbaum, Robert K. Trap
Taseer, Aatish The Way Things Were An absorbing family saga set amid the commotion of the last forty years of Indian history.
Thurlo, Aimee Looking Through Darkness
Todd, Charles A Pattern of Lies
Tran, Vu Dragonfish Unable to forget the mysterious Vietnamese wife who left him and blackmailed by her second husband into searching for her, a rugged Oakland cop infiltrates the sleazy gambling dens of Las Vegas to uncover his ex’s painful past in a Malaysian refugee camp.
Turtledove, Harry Bombs Away
Urza, Gabriel All That Followed Three citizens in a quiet northern Basque Country town in 2004 Spain are targeted with suspicion and hostility in the aftermath of the Atocha train bombings in Madrid.
Vollmann, William T. The Dying Grass Describes the 1877 war that pitted the legendary Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce against Civil War Veteran General Oliver Otis Howard.
Walters, Louise Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase A lonely bookstore clerk discovers a hidden letter that reveals her grandmother’s struggles with singlehood, a whirlwind affair during World War II, and the fateful choices that shaped decades of their family life.
Walton, Jo The Philosopher Kings
Ward, J. R. The Bourbon Kings The return of the wealthy, secret-carrying Bradford family to their estate has bitter ramifications for a gardener who fell in love with their prodigal son two years earlier.
Weiner, Jennifer Who Do You Love
Williams, Naomi Landfalls
Willig, Lauren The Other Daughter
Woods, Stuart Naked Greed
Yuknavitch, Lidia The small backs of children