Consumed by J.R. Ward

Consumed by J.R. Ward (Gallery Books: S. & S.)

“This first book in Ward’s newest series featuring firefighters in New Brunswick, NJ, includes well-crafted macho heroes, tough female characters, and believable relationships. Readers will be excited to see where this series goes. For fans of Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series and readers who like gritty and steamy suspense.” — Kelsey Hudson, Middleton Public Library, Middleton, WI

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine Books: Random House; LJ starred review)

“This harrowing and insightful novel unwinds backwards in time over the course of a day during a tense hostage situation at a Mississippi women’s clinic and is told through multiple points of view: the gunman, the hostage negotiator, patients, clinic staff, and a right to life advocate. All sides of the abortion issue are explored with compassion through the characters’ stories, helping readers empathize and connect. Fans of Picoult’s issue-driven novels will not be disappointed.” — Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA (Note: With this book, Picoult becomes LibraryRead’s first Hall of Fame Author).

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung (Catapult; LJ starred review)
“Nicole Chung’s memoir is a moving account of a young woman’s gradually evolving understanding of family and of herself as she uncovers the truth about the circumstances behind her adoption. Refusing the false dichotomy of adoption as inherently positive or negative, she reminds us that adoption is a fact and that it’s always complicated. This is an extraordinary account, told with candor and empathy. Though the transracial adoption of Asian Americans into white families and communities is common, few books have been written from the perspective of the adoptee. Chung has much to teach us, and readers approaching this book with a heart as open as hers will find much to nourish them here.” — Karen Maeda Allman, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA