Cherry by Nico Walker

A highly biographical novel about a former U.S. Army medic turned bank robbing heroin addict. Everyone from the Washington Post’s Ron Charles to President Obama has been talking about this book, taken with its energetic prose and the lack of self-pity behind it.

Spoiler Alert: don’t expect a Hollywood happy ending. There are commenters on the Twitterverse conflicted at best over the damage Walker caused in his real-life bank robbing junkie days. Now, seven years into an eleven year jolt for armed robbery, Walker bought the ticket and is taking the ride.

Adult Fiction Hardcover pr2094861

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Any new work from the author of The Orchid Thief is cause for celebration, but to her latest, a love letter to the Los Angeles Public Library and the institution in general should be enough to cause librarians and book-lovers to lose their minds. This is incredibly rich, fascinating popular history. Librarians will surely note how many of the most pressing challenges they currently face – along with many of the most innovative new lending practices – were in the forefront over 100 years ago. Essential reading for anyone working in or with public libraries today.

Adult Non-Fiction Hardcover pr2506681

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