Happy December! Strange that this is the final Stock Your Shelves post of 2014! It flew by, especially when you look at it in terms of monthly book releases and reviews. The year is definitely going out with a bang with these releases though! What better way to end the year than with another Murakami release? And the sequel to The Rosie Project? None!
The Strange Library – Haruki Murakami ( December 2) A lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plot their escape from the nightmarish library of internationally acclaimed, best-selling Haruki Murakami’s wild imagination. (Goodreads)
Moriarty – Anthony Horowitz (December 9) Days after Holmes and Moriarty disappear into the waterfall’s churning depths, Frederick Chase, a senior investigator at New York’s infamous Pinkerton Detective Agency, arrives in Switzerland. Chase brings with him a dire warning: Moriarty’s death has left a convenient vacancy in London’s criminal underworld. There is no shortage of candidates to take his place–including one particularly fiendish criminal mastermind. (Goodreads)
The Boston Girl – Anita Diamant (December 9) Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her “How did you get to be the woman you are today.” She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, Addie recalls her adventures with compassion for the naïve girl she was and a wicked sense of humor. (Goodreads)
The Gardener’s Son – Cormac McCarthy (December 9) The Gardener’s Son is the tale of two families: the Greggs, a wealthy family that owns and operates the local cotton mill, and the McEvoys, a family of mill workers beset by misfortune. The action opens as Robert McEvoy, a young mill worker, is having his leg amputated – the limb mangled in an accident rumored to have been caused by James Gregg, son of the mill’s founder. McEvoy, crippled and isolated, grows into a man with a troubled heart; consumed by bitterness and anger, he deserts both his job and his family. Returning two years later at the news of his mother’s terminal illness, Robert McEvoy arrives only to confront the grave diggers preparing her final resting place. His father, the mill’s gardener, is now working on the factory line, the gardens forgotten. These proceedings stoke the slow burning rage McEvoy carries within him, a fury that ultimately consumes both the McEvoys and the Greggs. (Goodreads)
The Rosie Effect – Graeme Simsion (December 30) Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because surprise! Rosie is pregnant. Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie. As Don tries to schedule time for pregnancy research, getting Gene and Claudia to reconcile, servicing the industrial refrigeration unit that occupies half his apartment, helping Dave the Baseball Fan save his business, and staying on the right side of Lydia the social worker, he almost misses the biggest problem of all: he might lose Rosie when she needs him the most. (Goodreads)
What are you looking forward to reading before the year ends?