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9 essential books of 2016 for adults...
Year of Awesome 2016

01/07/16
By Kelly Sennott ksennott@hippopress.com



We asked local librarians, writing teachers and booksellers what titles they were most looking forward to in 2016, and they came back with a slew of responses, from fiction to nonfiction to memoir.

 
Nonfiction
The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson
Expected publication: January 
Plot: Sequel to Notes From a Small Island, his love letter to his adopted country, England
Anticipated by: Sarah St. Martin, Manchester City Library. “I’m sure that this sequel … will be just as humorous and insightful!”
 
The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places, from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley by Eric Weiner
Expected publication: January 
Plot: Travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas.
Anticipated by: Mat Bose, Hooksett Public Library
 
Dead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation’s Leaders by Brady Carlson
Expected publication: February 
Plot: New Hampshire Public Radio host takes readers to presidential gravesites, monuments and memorials to tell death stories of our greatest leaders, mixing biography with travelogue and answering questions like, did William Henry Harrison really die of a cold? Why were Zachary Taylor’s remains exhumed 140 years after his death? Was it really an assassin’s bullet that killed James A. Garfield? And why do people still play “Hooverball” in Iowa?
Anticipated by: Michael Herrmann, Gibson’s Bookstore

Destruction and Sorrow Beneath the Heavens: Reportage by László Krasznahorka
Expected publication: February
Plot: A series of reports from traveling through China
Anticipated by: Monica Bilson, New Hampshire Institute of Art creative writing department chair, who quoted New York Times book reviewer Larry Rohter in her email: “If gloom, menace and entropy are your thing, then László is your man.”
 
Fiction
The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
Expected publication: January 
Plot: A tale of a party gone horribly wrong, with two men lying dead in a suburban living room, two women on the run from the police and a marriage ripped apart
Anticipated by: Michael Herrmann
 
Mr. Splitfoot, by Samantha Hunt
Expected publication: January 
Plot: Contemporary gothic novel, tracking two women in two time periods as they move to the same point of crisis
Anticipated by: Mat Bose. “Described as surreal, spellbinding, and genre-defying, this novel is about the intertwined lives of a 19th-century medium and her modern-day descendant.”
 
Good on Paper by Rachel Cantor
Expected publication: January 
Plot: A freelancer gets an assignment that might just change her life.
Anticipated by: Tim Horvath, New Hampshire Institute of Art writing faculty. “Cantor's novel is about translation, a subject I'm obsessed with, but it sounds as though it takes it in some unusual directions, where minding the gap between language and reality becomes a springboard for examining the life and world around the translator.”
 
The Unfinished World: And Other Stories by Amber Sparks
Expected publication: January 
Plot: Collection of short stories populated with sculptors, librarians, astronauts, warriors and more
Anticipated by: Tim Horvath. “Sparks manages to find the uncanny middle-slice of some Venn Diagram where fabulism meets Andrea Barrett-like explorations of science and history.”
 
Morning Star by Pierce Brown
Expected publication: February 
Plot: Book 3 in the Red Rising trilogy
Anticipated by: Meryle Zusman, Derry Public Library
Also anticipated by: Mat Bose, Hooksett Library. “The final installment in a thrilling dystopian trilogy spanning our solar system. Not to be missed!”





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