By: Adam Sockel, Marketing & Communications Specialist.
(Ed. Note: All our top spring new book releases can be found here.)
Despite what your thermometer may say, around the United States, Spring has officially sprung. Here in Cleveland, we’re anxiously awaiting the weather to start reflecting this change in the seasons but luckily we have a massive selection of new books coming out that are already drawing rave reviews to tide us over. Spring is always a big time for book releases and 2017 is no exception. To help your collection development team, we’ve created a list at overdrive.com of our staff librarians’ favorite and most anticipated new books which would make a perfect curated collection in your digital library.
Here are just some of the books we’re most excited for this spring:
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
This incredible true story highlights the inspiring young women who lost their lives working with radium-based paint and their struggle to prove the gross negligence of their employers. These women, whose lives were cut tragically short, fought tirelessly against impossible odds and led to life-changing workplace regulations, research into nuclear bombs and saved hundreds of thousands of future lives.
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda’s bestselling novel Americanah was just chosen as the winner of the One Book, One New York campaign and her latest title is just as wonderful. Several years ago, she received a letter from a close childhood friend asking her hot to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is her empowering, funny and compelling response.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
It wasn’t long ago that Paula Hawkins took the literary world by storm with her #1 New York Times bestseller, The Girl on the Train. Now, she’s returned with an addictive psychological suspense novel, Into the Water. As women continue to lose their lives in a river that runs through town, secrets are dredged up that forces the town to face the devastating ways the past can affect the present. This is sure to garner a ton of interest from your readers so be sure to pre-order it today!
American War by Omar El Akkad
Omar El Akkad has spent his life traveling the world to cover important news stories in locations like Afghanistan, Egypt, Guantanamo Bay and Ferguson, Missouri. In his debut novel, American War, Akkad tells the story of a second American Civil War and a devastating plague. In 2074, the country is torn apart again by political and societal beliefs and Sarat Chestnut is caught in the Middle. Akkad portrays the life of a family who knew nothing but war and how their actions decide the fate of an entire nation.
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti
Samuel Hawley has long been a loner living on the run with his daughter, Loo. Hawley is a survivor who has taught Loo how to hunt, shoot a gun, hotwire a car and live a minimalist life. As Loo becomes a teenager, she begins to wonder what happened to her mother and begins to investigate her past. Tinti tells Hawley and Loo’s story while peppering in the chapters about how Hawley got the twelve different scars on his body throughout his life. This book keeps you guessing until the very end.
The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
Kostova put herself in the upper echelon of literary voices with her #1 bestselling novel The Historian and she returns with an engrossing novel that spans multiple timelines to unearth the dark secrets of Bulgaria. When Alexandra Bord helps an elderly couple into a taxi she realizes too late that she’s accidentally kept one of their bags. Inside, she finds an urn of human ashes and sets off to return this precious item. This kicks off a novel of immense scope that reveals the culture and landscape of this mysterious country while also exploring the power of stories and the shattered life of a talented musician torn apart by political oppression.