The Evelyn S. Field Library at Raritan Valley Community College offers popular titles for recreational reading. Items can be checked out with a valid RVCC ID.
A Bad Character: a novel, by Deepti Kapoor (2015)
“A highly charged fiction debut about a young woman in India, and the love that both shatters and transforms her. The story of a twenty-year-old girl in New Delhi caught up in a dangerous love affair"-- Provided by publisher.
In Some Other World, Maybe, by Shari Goldhagen (2015)
"In December 1992, three groups of teenagers head to the theater to see the movie version of the famed Eons & Empires comic books. For Adam it's a last ditch effort to connect with something (actually, someone, the girl he's had a crush on for years) in his sleepy Florida town before he leaves for good. Passionate fan Sharon skips school in Cincinnati so she can fully appreciate the flick without interruption from her vapid almost-friends ... And in suburban Chicago, Phoebe and Ollie simply want to have a nice first date and maybe fool around in the dark ... Over the next two decades, these ... characters criss-cross the globe, becoming entwined by friendship, sex, ambition, fame, and tragedy"-- Provided by publisher.
The Magician's Lie: a novel, by Greer Macallister (2015)
Award: Chosen one of "3 Books For a Long Winter Weekend" at Oprah.com
The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man in half on stage. One night in Waterloo, Iowa, with young policeman Virgil Holt watching from the audience, she swaps her trademark saw for a fire ax. Is it a new version of the illusion, or an all-too-real murder? When Arden's husband is found lifeless beneath the stage later that night, the answer seems clear. But when Virgil happens upon the fleeing magician and takes her into custody, she has a very different story to tell. Even handcuffed and alone, Arden is far from powerless-and what she reveals is as unbelievable as it is spellbinding. Over the course of one eerie night, Virgil must decide whether to turn Arden in or set her free... and it will take all he has to see through the smoke and mirrors.
My Sunshine Away, by M. O. Walsh (2015)
Awards: A New York Times Bestseller, An Amazon Featured Debut, Entertainment Weekly's "Must" for 2015, A Library Journal Essential Debut, An Ingram's Premier Pick, An Indie Next Pick & An Okra Pick
A man reflects on the summer of his fourteenth year, where in Baton Rouge he fell in love with a golden-haired girl across the street before an unspeakable crime shattered illusions in his seemingly idyllic neighborhood.
Still Alice: a novel, by Lisa Genova (2014)
Awards: A New York Times Bestseller, 2008 Bronte Prize, 2011 Bexley Book of the Year, nominated for the 2010 Indies Choice Debut Book of the Year by the American Booksellers Association, the #6 Top Book Group Favorite of 2009 by Reading Group Choices, a 2009 Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, a 2009 Indie Next pick, a 2009 Borders Book Club Pick, and a 2009 Target Book Club pick. It was chosen as one of the thirty titles for World Book Night 2013. Still Alice is now a major motion picture from Sony Pictures Classics.
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's disease.
Trigger warning: short fictions and disturbances, by Neil Gaiman (2015)
Awards: The Crime Writers’ Association Daggers Award for Short Story 2013 (The Case of Death and Honey)
This third collection of short fiction by Gaiman includes previously published pieces of short fiction -- stories, verse, and a Doctor Who story written for the series' fiftieth anniversary (Nothing o'clock). There is also "Black Dog," a new tale that revisits the world of his novel American Gods. The collection explores the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves. Horror and ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry explore the realm of experience and emotion. In Adventure Story -- a thematic companion to The Ocean at the End of the Lane -- Gaiman ponders death and the way people take their stories with them when they die. His social media experience A Calendar of Tales are short takes inspired by replies to fan tweets about the months of the year -- stories of pirates and the March winds, an igloo made of books, and a Mother's Day card that portends disturbances in the universe. Gaiman offers his own spin on Sherlock Holmes in his award-nominated mystery tale The Case of Death and Honey. And Click-Clack the Rattlebag explains the creaks and clatter we hear when we're all alone in the darkness.
We are pirates: a novel, by Daniel Handler (A.K.A Lemony Snicket) (2015)
"A boat has gone missing. Goods have been stolen. There is blood in the water. It is the twenty-first century and a crew of pirates is terrorizing the San Francisco Bay. (novel for adults) Provided by publisher.
When books went to war: the stories that helped us win World War II, by Molly Guptill Manning (2014)
Chronicles the joint effort of the U.S. government, the publishing industry, and the nation's librarians to boost troop morale during World War II by shipping more than one hundred million books to the front lines for soldiers to read during what little downtime they had.
The work: my search for a life that matters, by Wes Moore (2015)
Award: New York Times Best Seller.
"Wes Moore's remarkable bestseller The Other Wes Moore ends when Wes completes his journey from a fatherless delinquent to college graduate and heads off to Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship. But what happens next? Next, he had to figure out the answer to the question: What is your work? More than finding a job, he had to find the work he was meant to do. For the next decade, Wes traced a path through some of the most fascinating and high-pressure workspaces in the world: an American student at Oxford after 9/11; a combat officer in Afghanistan during the most intense years of fighting; a White House fellow during the tumult of the late Bush years; an Obama organizer during that historic campaign; a Wall Street banker at the cusp of the financial crisis; and finally, back home to Baltimore, working to revitalize that troubled city. This is the story of how one young man traced a path through the world to discover the meaning of his life -- and how after a series of misdirections and lesson-teaching mistakes, he found that meaning in service. Wes weaves the episodes and moments of decision in his own life with those of a dozen other changemakers from every walk of life who confronted the question "what is my work?" and found their own answers, to help readers see how we can each find our own path to purpose and to creating a better world"-- Provided by publisher.
Edited and credits added by Ben Auletta.