Library News

By: Elizabeth Cate
For: Red Rock News
Date: March 27, 2015

Look for These Upcoming Book Releases

You’ve probably heard about the most anticipated book of the year: Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” the sequel to the reclusive author’s only published novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The manuscript was written in the 1950s but was long believed to be lost, until it was recently unearthed by Lee’s attorney. Although not due for publication until July, the book is already a best-seller because of advance orders. The print and audiobook versions are available in the Yavapai Library Network catalog for you to place on hold. Here is a selection of several other anticipated books you can reserve ahead of their release.

Coming out in April is the critically acclaimed novel “The Children’s Crusade, by Ann Packer. This saga spans 30 years of a California family’s history, unfolding from the perspectives of the four siblings. Reviewers describe the book as “literary fiction at its finest” and “a marvelously absorbing novel.”

The lives and works of two icons in the American environmental movement are at the center of “All the Wild that Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West” (April). In this dual biography and travelogue, author David Gessner contrasts the starkly different personalities of the men, who nevertheless shared a passion for the West.

If you enjoyed Kate Atkinson’s “Life After Life,” the tale of a woman who is doomed to die and be reborn over and over, check out the novel’s companion book “A God in Ruins” (May). It explores the story of a supporting character in “Life After Life,” the protagonist’s brother. Set in England during World War II and the post-war years, the book has been praised as “a grown-up, elegant fairy tale, with a humane vision of people in all their complicated splendor.”

Science fiction fans can look forward to Neal Stephenson’s post-apocalyptic epic “Seveneves” (May). After the moon explodes, humanity must find a way to ensure its survival by colonizing outer space. The narrative then moves 5,000 years into the future, when the colonists’ descendents plan a journey back to Earth. Even the title of this thought-provoking work is witty—a palindrome that refers to the seven women who are sent into space to repopulate the human race.

Need more ideas as you stock up on books? BookPage, available in print at Sedona Public Library and online through our web site,, contains great recommendations for reads in fiction, nonfiction, mystery, lifestyles, and more. Pick up this free monthly publication the next time you are at the Library.

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Sedona Public Library is located at 3250 White Bear Road in West Sedona. Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sedona Public Library in the Village is located at 7000 Highway 179, Suite D-100, in the courtyard of Tequa Plaza. Library hours in the Village are Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
Elizabeth Cate is Collection Development Librarian of the Sedona Public Library.