What will Pikesville readers desire later this summer and early this fall?
Librarian Paula Gallagher of the Pikesville Branch Library knows her customers, and has compiled a list of what she thinks will be hot among readers.
Because they will be popular, readers should sign up for the branch's waiting list, titled "Book Ahead."
"If someone is interested in getting the latest and most anticipated, they can get on this list," Gallagher said.
Put your name on the list by selecting a book from the library's catalog. Here's a good place to start. Search for the title you want, then click on it. You'll see an option to "Place Request." You'll need to enter your library card's barcode number.
Other ways to Book Ahead: Stop in at the branch, or call 410-887-1234.
If you're on the list and happen to be one of the first to receive the book, there's a $1 fee, she said.
Here's the inside info from Gallagher, including the title, the date the title was or will be available at the branch, the author, and Gallagher's own summary:
Nonfiction Titles to Watch For
1. Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness (Aug. 21), by Alexandra Fuller
It's the sequel to Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, about growing up in South Africa.
2. The Arrogant Years (Sept. 6), by Lucette Lagnado
This is a companion to The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit; it's her mother’s story.
3. Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President (Sept. 20), by Candice Millard
History and political intrigue with the flavor of true crime.
4. The Orchard (Sept. 21), by Theresa Weir
A Silent Spring love story.
5. My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner: A Family Memoir (Oct. 4), by Meir Shalev
Humorous memoir by celebrated Israeli novelist (A Pigeon and a Boy).
Hot Fiction Titles
2. Turn of Mind (July 5), by Alice LaPlante
Literary thriller about an orthopedic surgeon with dementia.
3. The Language of Flowers (Aug. 23), by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Inspired by the Victorian language of flowers.
4. The Night Circus (Sept. 13), by Erin Morgenstern
Magical realism love story, beautiful literary fiction.
5. The Dovekeepers (Oct. 4) by Alice Hoffman
Historical fiction based on Masada.
6. The Art of Fielding (Oct. 7), by Chad Harbach
Literary fiction meets college baseball.