, the nationwide library staff-picks list, offers the top 10 January titles public library staff across the country love:
Dear Edward: A Novel by Ann Napolitano (The Dial Press, $27, 9781984854780). "A dear, dear wonderous novel. Edward is The Miracle Boy, the only survivor of a plane crash. As he struggles to navigate the landscape of his new life, we hear the voices of those who didn't make it. Napolitano is an amazing writer who deserves a wider audience. For fans of Did You Ever Have a Family (Bill Clegg), The Grief of Others (Leah Hager Cohen), and The Friend (Sigrid Nunez)." --Jennifer Dayton, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, Conn.
All the Ways We Said Goodbye: A Novel of the Ritz Paris by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White (Morrow, $27.99, 9780062931092). "Three time periods, three women, three authors combine for an absorbing read. Aurelie is ready to fight the Germans during World War I. Daisy, a woman with a collaborator husband, is embroiled in the fight against the Nazis. Babs, an Englishwoman in the 1960s, is anxious to find the truth about her dead husband. For readers who liked The Alice Network and Sarah's Key." --Ellen Firer, Merrick Library, Merrick, N.Y.
American Dirt: A Novel by Jeanine Cummins (Flatiron, $27.99, 9781250209764). "A literary thriller chronicling the migration of a mother and her young son. Under threat, Lydia and Luca leave their middle-class life in Acapulco and begin a traumatic journey to the border, evading cartels, thieves, corrupt police, and others forced into malevolent behavior by extreme violence and poverty. For readers who enjoyed The Other Americans (Laila Lalami) and And the Mountains Echoed (Khaled Hosseini)." --Molly Riportella, Westwood Public Library, Westwood, Mass.
Followers: A Novel by Megan Angelo (Graydon House, $26.99, 9781525836268). "A thrilling, satirical critique of societal values. The timeline alternates before and after 'the Spill,' a psychological terrorist attack using online data, and society is wildly changed. But one thing is still the same--family is complicated. For fans of The Circle (Dave Eggers) and Super Sad True Love Story (Gary Shteyngart)." --Jessica Rodrigues, Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library, Chicago, Ill.
Highfire: A Novel by Eoin Colfer (Harper Perennial, $19.99, 9780062938558). "Vern, a dragon living in the Louisiana swamps, may be the last of his kind, so he tries to remain unnoticed. When teenage Squib stumbles on Vern's hideout, he ends up working for him and keeping his secret. A fantasy with suspense, humor, and danger and a heartfelt story about family and friendship. For readers who enjoyed Anansi Boys (Neil Gaiman) and Bad Monkey (Carl Hiaasen)." --Carolynn Waites, Manvel Library, Manvel, Tex.
How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann (Berkley, $26, 9781984805171). "In 1941 Alaska, a woman whose twin disappeared 20 years earlier crosses paths with a sinister stranger threatening to reveal the truth of what happened. Does she dare risk what little she has left to save her sister? For readers of moody thrillers such as Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown and The Dry by Jane Harper." --Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, N.J.
Long Bright River: A Novel by Liz Moore (Riverhead, $26, 9780525540670). "A compelling literary police procedural set in an opioid ravaged Philadelphia neighborhood and centered on the relationship between two sisters whose lives have taken opposite paths. Your heart will ache as you grow to love the complex, strong, and incredibly vulnerable characters. For readers of Tana French and Dennis Lehane." --Maggie Thomann, Northbrook Public Library, Northbrook, Ill.
Love Her or Lose Her: A Novel by Tessa Bailey (Avon, $15.99, 9780062872852). "This story of a married couple losing--and then finding--their way together is beautiful, touching and hot, with just the right touch of comic relief. For readers of Sally Thorne and Christina Lauren." --Carole Tossman, Howard County Library System, Ellicott City, Md.
When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald (Gallery/Scout Press, $27, 9781982126766). "A beautifully written novel about a young woman--and unabashed Viking enthusiast--born with fetal alcohol syndrome. Zelda feels not quite 'normal,' but as she discovers through her quests, who really is? Perfect for fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and The Silver Linings Playbook." --Kat Neal, Tulsa Library, Tulsa, Okla.
You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley (Berkley, $16, 9781984806468). "Mia is happily married to Harrison, but keeps dreaming about another man. One day her path crosses with this mystery man, and the results are devastating. This is a realistic, engrossing love story suited for fans of Liane Moriarty and Jodi Picoult." --Danielle Hansard, Public Library of Westland, Westland, Mich.