2013 was a year of plenty for good books, and there's no reason to think the new year won't be the same. Here are the January titles that our selectors - the people who purchase books for the library - are looking forward to reading.
Meg's Picks for upcoming non-fiction:
Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel is the remarkable story of an ordinary man whose world was transformed when a traumatic brain injury left him with an extraordinary mathematical gift.
Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away by Rebecca Goldstein debunks the theory that philosophy is obsolete. In fact, the author shows how philosophy underpins much of our thinking, and imagines what Plato would say to the host of a television show who insists that there can be no morality without religion.
Daughter of the King: Growing Up in Gangland, the only daughter of Meyer Lansky opens up about her life as a wild child of the 1950's, her heartbreak and tragedy -- including the insanity of her mother, and the crippling handicap of her baby brother - and her father's unexpected tenderness.
Amy's picks for hot teen books:
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson isn't so new and already has some buzz, but I keep coming back to it, and recommending it. Future Sci-Fi Romance in Brazil.
I can hardly wait for Cress by Marissa Meyer, Book 3 in The Lunar Chronicles. It's coming Feb 4th and the hold list is building. Look for it in Lucky Day when the time comes.
Melissa's Picks for adult fiction:
Booklist says of Rachel Snyder's What We've Lost is Nothing, "Veteran journalist Snyder crafts a muscular and fearless debut novel that boldly tackles the heady themes of prejudice, self-preervation, poverty, and privilege."
Gregoire Delacourt's My Wish List asks the question, "if you won the lottery would you trade your life for the life of your dreams?" When Jocelyn, a woman who lives in a small town in France, wins the lottery, she decides to tell no one, and instead evaluates what she wants from life now that she can have everything.
Cambridge by Susanna Kaysen is billed as a fictional prequel to Girl, Interrupted. Susanna, the precocious narrator, who longs for what she considers home while living in the realm of academics and artists who made up her father's life.