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Friday, November 29, 2013

Library Journal Genre Fiction Lists of Best in 2013

Library Journal has come out with their best in 2013 list and they include lists for the best in various genre. Today, I will talk about some of the ones that they included in their Romance; Women's Fiction; Historical Fiction and African American Fiction lists. I am not going to talk about every title in the list although I will give you the titles and authors of all of them.

The Arrangement by Mary Balogh. A war-blinded nobleman escapes to the country village where he grew up and is rescued from a marriage trap by a resourceful young woman.
No Place for a Dame by Connie Brockway
The Wanderer by Robyn Carr
Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare - Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season—or any season—but his diabolical mother abducts him to “Spinster Cove” and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl. One reviewer has said this book oozes "humor, it’s filled with witty dialogue and the banter is ever flowing. It also has very sensual love scenes and offers a story that flows faultlessly from beginning to end. "
The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie
The Best Man by Kristan Higgins. Faith Holland avoided her hometown after fleeing to San Francisco. Having been jilted at the alter by the love of her life and he was outed by his best friend, she needed to be away from the pitying stares of her small hometown and running into her ex. But when she comes back to Blue Heron for a couple of months to work on a project at the family winery, she has to come face to face with the past and the man she felt ruined everything, Levi Cooper.
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean.  You may remember that MacLean's next book in this series, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, was just picked by librarians and the top book coming out in December.  In this title, Lady Philippa Marbury, the bespectacled, brilliant fourth daughter of a  cares more for books  and science than the fashion. Newly engaged , Pippa wants to explore the physical side of marriage before the big day. And she knows just who to ask: the tall, charming, quick-witted bookkeeper of The Fallen Angel, London's most notorious and coveted gaming hell, known only as Cross. 
Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster
Take Me Home for Christmas by Brenda Novak
The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas

Women's Fiction
Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham. This is the debut novel for Graham - an actress in Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. Franny Banks is a struggling actress in New York City, with just six months left of the three year deadline she gave herself to succeed.  This work is based on a fictionalization of her experiences in the New York acting scene in the mid-1990s.
Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann
The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey
Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer
Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots by Jessica Soffer.  Lorca is a fourteen-year-old whose entire life revolves around trying to get her totally self-absorbed mother to love her with a penchant for cutting. She forms a bond with an elderly widow who teaches middle eastern cooking.

Historical Fiction
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Longbourn by Jo Baker. A retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with the focus on the servants.
The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally. Following the death of their mother, two Australian sisters volunteer as nurses during WWI.
The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale.  At the tail end of the cowboy days in East Texas, sixteen year old Jack Parker and his sister Lula have a helluva bad week. After their parents die in a smallpox epidemic, their grandfather is murdered by a gang of bank robbers who kidnap Lula. The only help that Jack can find is a grave digging black man named Eustace and the midget bounty hunter Shorty. Along with a giant hog, they set out to rescue Lula. Jack tries to hold to his Christian beliefs that the gang should be caught and tried, and he is horrified at Shorty and Eustace’s willingness to kill and ignore common decency in the name of a greater good, namely their own.  As they meet more victims of the gang along the trail and see how cruel they truly are, Jack starts to realize that there’s no way to get Lula back without getting blood on his hands and that his traveling companions may have a better understanding of the world than he  does.  It has been reviewed as " a rip-roaring adventure equal parts True Grit and Stand by Me".
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride.

African American Fiction
Sister Betty Says I Do by Pat G'Orge-Walker.
Losing to Win by Michele Grant. 15 years after her high school cheer leading days, Carissa Wayne is bribed into becoming a contestant on a weight-loss reality show. 
Rise of an American Gangstress Part 2 by Kim K. 
Dirty Rotten Liar : The Misadventures of Mink LaRue  by Noire.
The Man in 3B by Carl Weber. 

We still have Mystery, Thrillers, SciFi/Fantasy and Christian Fiction to cover - but that will have to wait.

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