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Page 4 • Cognotes 2012 Midwinter Meeting HIGHLIGHTS—Dallas

RUSA Notable Books, Reading List, Listen List Announced

2012 Notable Books List

The 2012 Notable Books List includes approximately 25 very good, very readable and, at times very important fiction, nonfiction and poetry books for the adult reader.

Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks (Ecco)
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Knopf)
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick de-Witt (Ecco)
Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman (Grove)
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (Little, Brown)
Light Lifting by Alexander MacLeod (Biblioasis)
The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht (Random House)
The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje (Knopf)
The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips (Random House)
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (Knopf)
We the Animals by Justin Torres (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Selected Stories by William Trevor (Viking)

Right Turn at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams (Dutton)
The Memory Palace by Mira Bartók (Free Press)
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick (Knopf)
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt (Norton)
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House)
Arguably: Essays
by Christopher Hitchens (Twelve)
Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans (Random House)
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (Farrar, Strauss, Giroux)
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable (Viking)
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candace Millard (Doubleday)
Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Scribner)
Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion by Janet Reitman (Houghton Mifflin

Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud; translated by John Ashbery (Norton)
Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability by Jennifer Bartlett, Sheila Black and Michael Northen (Cinco Puntos)

Reading List

These are the top picks for 2012 in eight popular genres: adrenaline titles (including suspense, thrillers, and action adventure), fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction and women’s fiction.

Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson (Harper Collins)
Short List:
Now You See Me by S. J. Bolton (St. Martin’s)
Spiral by Paul McEuen (Dial Press)
The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill (HarperCollins)
You’re Next by Gregg Hurwitz (St. Martin’s)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday)
Short List:
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Little, Brown)
The Magician King by Lev Grossman (Viking)
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (DAW)
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes (Angry Robot)

Historical Fiction:
Doc by Mary Doria Russell (Random House)
Short List:
Bright and Distant Shores by Dominic Smith (Pocket Books)
Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman (Putnam)
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Viking)
The Sea Captain’s Wife by Beth Powning (Penguin)

The Ridge by Michael Koryta (Little, Brown)
Short List:
The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan (Knopf)
The Night Strangers, by Chris Bohjalian (Crown)
Raising Stony Mayhall by Daryl Gregory (Del Rey)
The White Devil by Justin Evans (HarperCollins)

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino (Minotaur)
Short List:
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran (Houghton, Mifflin)
Killed at the Whim of a Hat by Colin Cotterill (Minotaur)
The Snowman by Jo Nesbø (Knopf)
A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny (Minotaur)

Silk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase (Avon)
Short List:
Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison (Berkley)
A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal by Meredith Duran (Pocket)
My One And Only by Kristin Higgins (Harlequin)
When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James (Avon)

Science Fiction:
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey (Orbit)
Short List:
Embassytown by China Miéville (Del Rey)
The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi (Tor)
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Crown)
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan (Algonquin)

Women’s Fiction:
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Ballantine)
Short List:
Deep Down True by Juliette Fay (Penguin)
Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister (Putnam)
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown (Putnam)
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (Penguin)

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The Spanish Gatekeeper

by Bernard Dukas

a science fiction fantasy adventure

“Powerful dialogue and twists and turns of plot make this an exceptional read …The strong protagonists and their interactions make these highly recommended young adult fantasy reads.”

– The Midwest Book Review
Children’s Bookwatch, Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

2011 Compton Crook Award Finalist for best new novel

Lured to a distant world where they are swept apart, an English schoolboy named Peter and his Spanish cousin, Bonifacia, are forced by events to travel starkly different roads.

An entwined tale of adventure, romance, ignominy and courage, set in the year 1900. Flush with creatures both familiar and unfamiliar. A skillful blending of science fiction and fantasy sure to delight Young Adults and adults alike. Told in three Books. Suitable for ages 14 and up.

Available in eBook or trade paperback formats
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