Top Library Recommended Titles for July

LibraryReads, the nationwide library staff-picks list, offers the top 10 July titles public library staff across the country love:

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (Del Rey, $28, 9780399180989). "A wonderful reimagining of the Rumpelstiltskin story. A tale of love, family, magic, and destiny, told from the perspective of three strong female characters." --Melanie Liechty, Logan Library, Logan, Utah

Clock Dance: A Novel by Anne Tyler (Knopf, $26.95, 9780525521228). "Willa Drake gets a second act when she steps in to care for a nine-year-old in a complicated situation. Character driven fiction and a sweeping storyline." --Mary Anne Quinn, Warwick Public Library, Warwick, R.I.

Dear Mrs. Bird: A Novel by AJ Pearce (Scribner, $26, 9781501170065). "In 1940s London, Emmy takes a job as a typist that evolves into answering rejected letters sent to an advice columnist." --Judy Hartman, Mechanicsville Public Library, Mechanicsville, Iowa

Baby Teeth: A Novel by Zoje Stage (St. Martin's Press, $26.99, 9781250170750). "A fragile woman struggles against her mute daughter's schemes for her father's undivided attention. Dark, creepy, and downright scary." --Kathryn Neal, Skiatook Library, Skiatook, Okla.

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown, $27, 9780316547185). "Kit competes for her dream job with a rival who was once her closest friend. Gripping psychological suspense." --Kristy Gates, Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, Jonesboro, Ark.

Believe Me: A Novel by JP Delaney (Ballantine, $27, 9781101966310). "An unemployed actress works for a divorce lawyer entrapping unsuspecting husbands until she finds herself ensnared in a murder investigation. This roller-coaster ride of a book will keep you guessing with an unreliable narrator and and a twisty plot." --Linda Quinn, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, Conn.

Caught in Time: A Novel by Julie McElwain (Pegasus, $25.95, 9781681777665). "The third book in the Kendra Donovan series finds our protagonist investigating the murder of a mill owner against the the backdrop of the Industrial Revolution." --Melissa Barber, Lubbock Public Library, Lubbock, Tex.

Somebody's Daughter by David Bell (Berkley, $26, 9780399584466). "Michael Frazier is searching for the missing daughter he never knew he had. A multi-layered plot with so many compelling, complex characters, this book grabbed me from the first sentences." --Evelyn Cunningham, Norwalk Public Library, Norwalk, Conn.

The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna by C.W. Gortner (Ballantine, $28, 9780425286166). "A look at Maria, Empress of Russia, and her trials before and after becoming the Russian Empress. Well written historical fiction." --Janette McMahon, Fremont County Library System, Wyo.

Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385542722). "Set against the violence of 1990s Columbia, a young girl and a maid form an unlikely and dangerous relationship. Equal parts heartwrenching and beautiful." --Alejandra Rodriguez, Osceola County Library, Fla.

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