LibraryReads, the nationwide library staff-picks list, offers the top 10 August titles public library staff across the country love:
Vox by Christina Dalcher (Berkley, $26, 9780440000785). "In the future world depicted in Vox, women are limited to speaking 100 words per day. Readers will want to shout every word in their heads, hoard every book in their libraries, and second guess the words of every person in their lives. A captivating, timely book that explores women's rights in a fast-paced, compelling story." --Jennifer Gaenzle, Fort Fairfield Public Library, Fort Fairfield, Me.
Our House by Louise Candlish (Berkley, $26, 9780451489111). "Full of secrets and surprises, Our House poses the question, 'How well do you know the person you live with?' An attempt to co-habitate for the sake of the children leaves divorced mom Fiona alone and out in the cold. Readers will have a hard time putting down this twisty domestic suspense novel. Even after the last page is turned, the characters will linger." --Annette Herbst, Columbia County Rural Library, Dayton, Wash.
Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley (Sourcebooks Landmark, $26.99, 9781492665274). "A character-driven story with a nice surprise twist, this gothic-style fiction, set in 1759 Long Island, will not disappoint Kearsley's many fans. Readers who enjoy good doses of romance, history, and magic will be pleased." --Julie Raynor, High Point Public Library, High Point, N.C.
Good Luck with That by Kristan Higgins (Berkley, $16, 9780451489395). "Emerson, Georgia, and Marley met as teens at a 'fat camp.' When one of them dies young, the others are forced to confront their own struggles with self-esteem and acceptance. With equal measures of humor and heartbreak, this book sparks questions about society's idea of the perfect size and explores how body image can have far-reaching effects." --Claudia Silk, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, Conn.
The Masterpiece: A Novel by Fiona Davis (Dutton, $26, 9781524742959). "Disparate decades of New York City are capably brought to life through two strong and resourceful female characters in Davis's latest work. At the center is the Grand Central Terminal, which served as an art school in the 1920s, is threatened with demolition in the 1970s, and connects the threads of Clara Darden's and Virginia Clay's lives. Well researched and captivating." --Kelly Baroletti, Wantagh Public Library, Wantagh, N.Y.
The Other Woman: A Novel by Sandie Jones (Minotaur, $26.99, 9781250191984). "Emily thinks she's found the man of her dreams in Adam. But when she meets Pammie, the woman she hopes will be her future mother-in-law, things take a sinister turn. Fast-paced, gripping, and ultimately satisfying." --Jenny Moore, Hillsboro Public Library, Hillsboro, Ore.
Rust & Stardust: A Novel by T. Greenwood (St. Martin's Press, $26.99, 9781250164193). "Disturbing crime fiction based on real events that inspired Nabokov's Lolita. In 1948, fifth grade Sally Horner is kidnapped by a man pretending to be a police officer." --Ninoshka Aviles, Osceola Library, Osceola, Fla.
Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen (Berkley, $26, 9780425283523). "The 12th book in the Royal Spyness mystery series finds our heroine, Georgie, juggling all manner of details as she prepares for her upcoming marriage to Darcy. A fun, breezy mystery." --Cori Dodds, Derby Public Library, Derby, Kan.
Meet Me at the Museum: A Novel by Ann Youngson (Flatiron, $23.99, 9781250295163). "A touching epistolary novel about an English farmer's wife and a museum curator who may be in for an unexpected second act." --Marilyn Sieb, L.D. Fargo Public Library, Lake Mills, Wis.
A River of Stars: A Novel by Vanessa Hua (Ballantine, $27, 9780399178788). "A Chinese woman makes her way to America with her unborn daughter determined to make a life for them both. For readers who enjoy modern immigration stories like Behold the Dreamers and Little Fires Everywhere." --Abby Johnson, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, New Albany, Ind.