Hack the Holds Queue: January 2017
Hack the Holds Queue is a new series from Readers Services in which we alert librarians—on the front lines in libraries across the city—to books getting a lot of attention. Your patrons will be in asking for them. You may have to put them on hold, but don’t let that reader leave empty handed!
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran is about a young Mexican mother placed in detention in the US and the Silicon Valley couple who foster her baby.
Lucky Boy was an Indie Next pick for January, the author was interviewed on All Things Considered and Publisher’s Weekly did an in-depth piece on the book’s origins.
Here are more thoughtful, moving stories with sympathetic characters:
My Real Children by Jo Walton (39 copies)
Orphans of the Carnival by Carol Birch (20 copies + 8 ebooks)
Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova (11 copies + 3 ebooks)
The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes not only talks about the health risks of sugar, but also delves into the lobbies that work to obscure the scientific research.
The book made the cover of the New York Times Book Review.
More dirt on the food industry:
Sugar, Salt, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss (26 copies)
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser (8 copies + 7 ebooks)
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan (6 copies)
The Dry by Jane Harper is a thriller from a debut author that received a rave review from the Times and is quickly rising in the ranks of Amazon sales.
More atmospheric, compelling, suspense:
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (35 copies + 6 ebooks)
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (34 copies)
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (10 copies + 6 ebooks)