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New Fiction — Ready for Your Winter Break

By Gerald Dierkes

Craving a good read for the holidays? Falvey continuously adds award-winning contemporary fiction to its collection. A sampling of these new fiction titles is currently on the new book display near the library entrance for you to browse and check out. Joanne Quinn designed the display.

Let us know what new fiction you would like us to order.

Historical fiction:

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet: a Novel by David Mitchell

A Short History of Women: a Novel by Kate Walbert

The Surrendered by Chang-Rae Lee

Glorious: a Novel by Bernice L. McFadden


Short story collections:

Wild Child: Stories by T. Coraghessan Boyle

Aliens in the Prime of their Lives: Stories by Brad Watson

Novella Collections:

The Farmer’s Daughter by Jim Harrison

I Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashita


Noir by Robert Coover

The Four Fingers of Death: a Novel by Rick Moody

I Am Not Sidney Poitier: A Novel by Percival Everett

The following novels are not easily categorized, but they demonstrate the range of interests Falvey’s new fiction satisfies:

Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich

Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott

Bitter in the Mouth: a Novel by Monique T. D. Truong

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

Under the Dome: a Novel by Stephen King

The Imperfectionists: a Novel by Tom Rachman

To find more books, browse the library’s fiction section for other titles: the English and American literature books are shelved on the fourth floor.

English literature: Call numbers PR6050 through PR 6076 include English literature from the year 1961 to 2000. Call numbers beginning with PR6100 through PR 6126 cover English literature from 2001 onward.

American literature: Call numbers PS3550 through PS 3576 include American literature from 1961 to 2000. Call numbers PS3600 through PS 3626 cover American literature from the year 2001 and up.

Those sections are quite large, though, so search the library catalog for new books for the English department. New fiction in English will appear in this list.

Here is one search strategy:

1. From the library home page, click the “Search” tab.

2. Click on Books & More and then the Advanced Search link.

3. Fill in the fields as indicated below. This will provide a list of titles ordered for the English department in 2010 that have the word Novel in the title and Fiction as a Subject. Some, but not all, will be recent novels added to the library. Insert Stories instead of Novel for short story collections.


Happy reading!



  1. Comment by Mandura — December 12, 2010 @ 8:02 PM

    Thanks for the list….
    One small book I heard about on NPR was called something like “The Sound of Snails Eating”, and sounded fascinating.
    I believe I’ll be Kindling that as well.

  2. Comment by Judy — December 16, 2010 @ 2:21 PM

    Sound of a Wild Snail Eating.
    Thank you for your comment. I just ordered this “quirky memoir” for the library.

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