INHERITANCES


inheritance1Bleak House / Charles Dickens

Bleak House defies a single description. It is a mystery story, in which Esther Summerson discovers the truth about her birth and her unknown mother’s tragic life. It is a murder story, which comes to a climax in a thrilling chase, led by one of the earliest detectives in English fiction, Inspector Bucket.

Absalom’s Daughters: a novel / Suzanne Feldman

Self-educated and brown skinned, Cassie works full time in her grandmother’s laundry in rural Mississippi. Illiterate and white, Judith falls for “colored music” and dreams of life as a big city radio star. These teenaged girls are half-sisters. And when they catch wind of their wayward father’s inheritance coming down in Virginia, they hitch their hopes to a road trip together to claim what’s rightly theirs. In an old junk car, with a frying pan, a ham, and a few dollars hidden in a shoe, they set off through the American Deep South of the 1950s, a bewitchingly beautiful landscape as well as one bedeviled by racial striving and violence. Absalom’s Daughters combines the buddy movie, the coming-of-age tale, and a dash of magical realism to enthrall and move us with an unforgettable, illuminating novel.

The Turner House / Angela Flournoy

A powerful, timely debut, The Turner House marks a major new contribution to the story of the American family. The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street for over fifty years. Their house has seen thirteen children grown and gone–and some returned; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit’s East Side, and the loss of a father. The house still stands despite abandoned lots, an embattled city, and the inevitable shift outward to the suburbs. But now, as ailing matriarch Viola finds herself forced to leave her home and move in with her eldest son, the family discovers that the house is worth just a tenth of its mortgage. The Turner children are called home to decide its fate and to reckon with how each of their pasts haunts–and shapes–their family’s future. Already praised by Ayana Mathis as “utterly moving” and “un-putdownable,” The Turner House brings us a colorful, complicated brood full of love and pride, sacrifice and unlikely inheritances. It’s a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams and futures, and the ways in which our families bring us home.

Orhan’s Inheritance: a novel / Aline Ohanesian

When Orhan’s brilliant and eccentric grandfather, who built a dynasty out of making kilim rugs, is found dead in a vat of dye, Orhan inherits the decades-old business. But his grandfather’s will raises more questions than it answers. Kemal has left the family estate to a stranger thousands of miles away, an aging woman in a retirement home in Los Angeles. Her existence and secrecy about her past only deepen the mystery of why Orhan’s grandfather would have left their home to this woman rather than to his own family. Intent on righting this injustice, Orhan boards a plane to Los Angeles.

The Nest / Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Gathering to confront their older brother, who has recently been released from rehab after a drunk driving accident, the Plumb siblings watch as the trust fund left by their father rises and falls according to self-inflicted problems.

Island Girls / Nancy Thayer

When the will of a recently deceased ladies’ man mandates a summer-long reunion for his daughters from different marriages at his posh Nantucket house, the three sisters are forced to confront long-festering resentments and misunderstandings as well as challenges in their private and professional lives, a situation that is complicated by a shocking revelation and the arrival of their mothers.

The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs / Nick Trout

After fifteen years, Dr. Cyrus Mills returns to rural Vermont to inherit the Bedside Manor for Sick Animals, the failing veterinary practice of his recently deceased and long-estranged father. Cyrus, a veterinary pathologist far more comfortable with cold clinical facts than living, breathing animals (not to mention their quirky, demanding owners), intends to sell the practice and get out of town as fast as he can.

The apple Orchard / Susan Wiggs

Tess Delaney makes a living restoring stolen treasures to their rightful owners. People like Annelise Winther, who refuses to sell her long-gone mother’s beloved necklace–despite Tess’s advice. To Annelise, the jewel’s value is in its memories. But Tess’s own history is filled with gaps: a father she never met, a mother who spent more time traveling than with her daughter. So Tess is shocked when she discovers the grandfather she never knew is in a coma. And that she has been named in his will to inherit half of Bella Vista, a hundred-acre apple orchard in the magical Sonoma town called Archangel. The rest is willed to Isabel Johansen. A half-sister she’s never heard of. Against the rich landscape of Bella Vista, Tess begins to discover a world filled with the simple pleasures of food and family, of the warm earth beneath her bare feet. A world where family comes first and the roots of history run deep. A place where falling in love is not only possible, but inevitable. And in a season filled with new experiences, Tess begins to see the truth in something Annelise once told her: if you don’t believe memories are worth more than money, then perhaps you’ve not made the right kind of memories.

That Summer / Lauren Willig

Inheriting a London house from an unknown relative, Julia begins work on the house at the side of an alluring antiques dealer before discovering an old painting that reveals the house’s shrouded history and the story of a mid-nineteenth-century woman trapped in a loveless marriage.

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Just In – October 2017


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Ranger Games: a story of soldiers, family, and an inexplicable crime / Ben Blum

Documents the story of an aspiring U.S. Army Ranger who inexplicably participated in an armed robbery hours before being deployed to Iraq, investigating the influence of the young man’s superior and the Ranger indoctrination program.

Motherest: a novel / Kristen Iskandrian

A young college student in the early 1990s writes letters to her estranged and seemingly disappeared mother to try and capture a closeness they never had until she discovers she is pregnant and grapples with the concept of being a mother herself.

The Boat Runner: a novel / Devin MurphySent to a Hitler Youth Camp to secure German business for his family’s Dutch company, Jacob Koopman, the privileged nephew of a fisherman, finds his world upended by the outbreak of the war, which eventually forces him to make a transformative decision about his life purpose.

Something Like Happy / Eva Woods

Annie Hebden is stuck. Stuck in her boring job, with her irritating roommate, in a life no thirty-five-year-old would want. But deep down, Annie is still mourning the terrible loss that tore a hole through the perfect existence she’d once taken for granted–and hiding away is safer than remembering what used to be. Until she meets the eccentric Polly Leonard.

Impossible Views of the World / Lucy Ives

Navigating a sticky personal life, a colleague’s disappearance and an exhibit by a megalomaniacal corporation, museum curator Stella comes into possession of a map depicting a mysterious 19th-century utopian settlement and embarks on an all-consuming research mission that is complicated by a counterfeiting scheme.

Brave Deeds: a novel / David Abrams

A powerful novel of war, brotherhood, and America. Spanning eight hours, the novel follows a squad of six AWOL soldiers as they attempt to cross war-torn Baghdad on foot to attend the funeral of their leader, Staff Sergeant Rafe Morgan. In an inhospitable landscape, these men recall the most ancient of warriors while portraying a cross section of twenty-first century America–sometimes strong, sometimes weak, but subject to the same human flaws as all of us.

The Secret Rescue: an untold story of American nurses and medics behind Nazi lines / Cate Lineberry

Recounts how the passengers and crew of an American medical evacuation plane, including thirteen nurses and thirteen medics, survived after it crashed in Nazi-controlled Albania in November, 1943, until they could be rescued

What we Lose: a novel / Zinzi Clemmons

Raised in America, the multiracial daughter of a mother from Johannesburg struggles with her mother’s terminal cancer and her own need to find love and a place to belong, quests shaped by losses, changes in her sense of identity and unexpected motherhood.

Young Jane Young: a novel ; Gabrielle Zevin

Young Jane Young’s heroine is Aviva Grossman, an ambitious Congressional intern in Florida who makes the life-changing mistake of having an affair with her boss who is beloved, admired, successful, and very married and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the Congressman doesn’t take the fall, but Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins.

Women in Science


womeninscienceRemarkable Creatures / Tracy Chevalier

When Mary Anning uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home on the English coast, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to vicious gossip, and the scientific world alight. Luckily, Mary finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, and in the struggle to be recognized in the wider world, Mary and Elizabeth discover that friendship is their greatest ally.

 

The Signature of all Things / Elizabeth Gilbert

Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, this sweeping novel follows the fortunes of the Whittakers — a family of botanical explorers, led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker, a poor-born Englishman who makes his fortune in the South American quinine trade and swiftly becomes the richest man in the New World. His daughter, Alma, born into great luxury in 1800, ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. She is brilliant and insatiable, driven by an unquenchable sense of wonder, and also by a desperate need to understand the hidden mechanism behind all life.

Prodigal Summer: a novel / Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver’s fifth novel is a hymn to wildness that celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature, and of nature itself. It weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives amid the mountains and farms of southern Appalachia. Over the course of one humid summer, this novel’s intriguing protagonists face disparate predicaments but find connections to one another and to the flora and fauna with which they necessarily share a place.

State of Wonder / Ann Patchett

Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist with a Minnesota-based pharmaceutical company, is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have all but disappeared in the Amazon while working on what is destined to be an extremely valuable new drug. Nothing about the assignment is easy : not only does no one know where Dr. Swenson is, but the last person who was sent to find her, Marisa’s research partner Anders Eckman died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marisa embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding Dr. Swenson as well as answers to troubling questions about her friend’s death, the state of company’s future, and her own past.

A Perfect Life : a novel / Danielle Steel

A mother and daughter confront challenges, cope with celebrity, and work through tragedy while maintaining an idyllic facade to the outside world.

 Chemistry : a novel / Weike Wang

Three years into her graduate studies at a demanding Boston university, the unnamed narrator of this nimbly wry, concise debut finds her one-time love for chemistry is more hypothesis than reality. She’s tormented by her failed research–and reminded of her delays by her peers, her advisor, and most of all by her Chinese parents, who have always expected nothing short of excellence from her throughout her life. But there’s another, nonscientific question looming: the marriage proposal from her devoted boyfriend, a fellow scientist, whose path through academia has been relatively free of obstacles, and with whom she can’t make a life before finding success on her own. Eventually, the pressure mounts so high that she must leave everything she thought she knew about her future, and herself, behind. And for the first time, she’s confronted with a question she won’t find the answer to in a textbook: What do I really want?

Silent Spring / Rachel Carson

Discusses the reckless annihilation of fish and birds by the use of pesticides and warns of the possible genetic effects on humans.

Lab Girl / Hope Jahren

A memoir by an award-winning paleo biologist traces her childhood in her father’s laboratory, her longtime relationship with a brilliant but wounded colleague and the remarkable discoveries they have made both in the lab and during extensive field research assignments.

The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks / Rebecca Skloot

Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization and gene mapping.

Hidden Figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race / Margot Lee Shetterly

Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.

Gorillas in the Mist / Dian Fossey                                                                                                                                             

One of the most important books ever written about our connection to the natural world, GORILLAS IN THE MIST is the riveting account of Dian Fossey’s thirteen years in a remote African rain forest with the greatest of the great apes. Fossey’s extraordinary efforts to ensure the future of the rain forest and its remaining mountain gorillas are captured in her own words and in candid photographs of this fascinating endangered species. As only she could, Fossey combined her personal adventure story with groundbreaking scientific reporting in an unforgettable portrait of one of our closest primate relatives. Although Fossey’s work ended tragically in her murder, GORILLAS IN THE MIST remains an invaluable testament to one of the longest-running field studies of primates and reveals her undying passion for her subject.

Just In – September 2017


Do Not Become Alarmed : a novel / Maile Meloy

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A tropical vacation cruise turns nightmarish for two families whose children go missing during a stop in Central America, a crisis that triggers blame, animosity, and new priorities as the once-happy parents scramble to recover their children and their lives.

When the English Fall : a novel / David Williams

Seen through the diary of Jacob, an Amish farmer trying to protect his family and his way of life, the book examines the idea of peace in the face of deadly chaos when an Amish community in Pennsylvania is caught up in the devastating aftermath of a catastrophic solar storm and the subsequent collapse of modern civilization.

See What I Have Done / Sarah Schmidt

On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid Bridget: Someone’s killed father. The discovery of the brutal axe-murders of Andrew and Abby Borden under their own roof in Fall River, Massachusetts paralyzes the small community. No one can understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens. But secret witnesses to the crime have a different tale to tell — of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful step-mother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence.

Daring to Drive: a Saudi woman’s awakening / Manal al-Sharif

A ferociously intimate memoir by a devout woman from a modest family in Saudi Arabia who became the unexpected leader of a courageous movement to support women’s right to drive.

The Child: a novel / Fiona Barton

As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby? As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found.

A House among the Trees / Julia Glass

When a revered children’s book author dies accidentally and leaves everything to his trusted assistant, the assistant reflects on their long bond and the complicated aspects of her late employer’s life and final wishes.

A Speck in the Sea: a story of survival and rescue / John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski

Two veteran sailors who co-own and operate a Montauk lobster boat recount the 2013 search-and-rescue mission for co-author John Aldridge, describing how his partner, their families, the local fishing community and the U.S. Coast Guard in three states mobilized an unprecedented and ultimately successful operation.

The Marsh King’s Daughter / Karen Dionne

A woman whose birth occurred as a result of her teen mother’s abduction and imprisonment in an isolated marshland cabin risks the adult family that does not know her past when she uses survival skills honed in childhood to track down her murderous father.

The Chalk Artist: a novel / Allegra Goodman

A disarming chalk artist who thinks nothing of erasing his dazzling work and an idealistic teacher who believes that things are meant to last forge an unlikely romance marked by her powerful father’s virtual reality company and a brilliant but unstable student who is obsessed with video games.

Music in Our Lives


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A Visit from the Goon Squad / Jennifer Egan

Working side-by-side for a record label, former punk rocker Bennie Salazar and the passionate Sasha hide illicit secrets from one another while interacting with a motley assortment of equally troubled people from 1970s San Francisco to the post-war future.

Ready Player One / Ernest Cline

Immersing himself in a mid-twenty-first-century technological virtual utopia to escape an ugly real world of famine, poverty, and disease, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world’s creator.

High Fidelity / Nick Hornby

A pop music junkie ponders life, love, and hangs out with the two offbeat clerks who work at his semi-failing record store.

Talking to Girls about Duran Duran : one young man’s quest for true love and a cooler haircut / Rob Sheffield
One young man’s quest for true love and a cooler haircut.

How Music Got Free : the end of an industry, the turn of the century, and the patient zero of piracy / Witt, Stephen

A riveting story of obsession, music, crime, and money, featuring visionaries and criminals, moguls and tech-savvy teenagers. It’s about the greatest pirate in history, the most powerful executive in the music business, a revolutionary invention and an illegal website four times the size of the iTunes Music Store.

Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue / Marc Spitz

A biography and cultural examination of the Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger and the Cultural Revolution he led.

Station Eleven / Emily St. John Mandel

The sudden death of a Hollywood actor during a production of “King Lear” marks the beginning of the world’s dissolution in a story told at various past and future times from the perspectives of the actor and four of his associates.

Reckless: my life as a Pretender / Chrissie Hynde

A memoir by the frontwoman for The Pretenders traces her 1950s childhood in Ohio, her immersion in the music scenes of subsequent decades, and her band’s instant rise to fame in the heyday of 1980s culture.

In the Pleasure Groove : love, death, & Duran Duran / John Taylor with Tom Sykes

A personal account by the co-founder of Duran Duran traces their meteoric rise in the 1980s while evaluating the impact of fame on the author’s life, his struggles with addiction and depression and his subsequent journey toward peace.

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink / Elvis Costello

A personal introspective by the influential pop songwriter and performer traces his Liverpool upbringing, artistic influences, creative pursuit of original punk sounds, and emergence in the MTV world.

 

M Train / Patti Smith

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee presents reflections on her inner life from the unique perspectives of the cafes and cultural haunts she has visited and worked in around the world.

The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones / Rich Cohen

Rich Cohen enters the Stones epic as a young journalist on the road with the band and quickly falls under their sway—privy to the jokes, the camaraderie, the bitchiness, the hard living. Inspired by a lifelong appreciation of the music that borders on obsession, Cohen’s chronicle of the band is informed by the rigorous views of a kid who grew up on the music and for whom the Stones will always be the greatest rock ’n’ roll band of all time.

Billie Holiday: the musician and the myth / John Szwed

Drawing on a vast amount of new material that has surfaced in the last decade, … jazz writer John Szwed considers how [Holiday’s] life inflected her art, her influences, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, a number of her signature songs, and her legacy.

Just Listen / a novel by Sarah Dessen

Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life.

The piano teacher / Janice Y.K. Lee

Hired by the wealthy Chen family as a piano instructor, Claire Pendleton is seduced by the social life of Hong Kong’s expatriate community and begins an affair with Will Truesdale, an enigmatic Englishman with a devastating past.

This is your Brain on Music : the science of a human obsession / Daniel J. Levitin

Explores the relationship between the mind and music by drawing on recent findings in the fields of neuroscience and evolutionary psychology to discuss topics such as the sources of musical tastes and the brain’s responses to music.

Man on the Run : Paul McCartney in the 1970s / Tom Doyle

Based on exclusive first-hand interviews, a chronicle of Paul McCartney’s struggles in the first decade after the Beatles’ breakup discusses his reclusive life, substance abuses, arrests, and efforts to launch his band Wings.

Waging Heavy Peace : a hippie dream / Neil Young

An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture (inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Neil Young has written his eagerly awaited memoir.

Bob Dylan in America / Sean Wilentz

A noted historian presents an assessment of Bob Dylan and his music that draws on unprecedented access to rare materials and illuminates key cultural influences.

A Freewheelin’ Time: a memoir of Greenwich Village in the sixties / Suze Rotolo

Set against the backdrop of the cultural revolution of the 1960s, a memoir of Greenwich Village describes growing up as the politically active daughter of Italian working-class Communists from Queens, the author’s love affair with Bob Dylan and its disintegration under the pressures of his growing fame, and her memories of a time of dramatic change and possibility.

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl : a memoir / Carrie Brownstein

The guitarist and vocalist of feminist punk trio Sleater-Kinney presents a candid and deeply personal assessment of life in the rock-and-roll industry that reveals her struggles with rock’s double standards and her co-development of the comedy “Portlandia.”

The Soloist : a lost dream, an unlikely friendship, and the redemptive power of music / Steve Lopez

Lost dream, an unlikely friendship, and the redemptive power of music.

Audrey, Wait! / by Robin Benway

While trying to score a date with her cute co-worker at the Scooper Dooper, sixteen-year-old Audrey gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts.

Songbook / Nick Hornby

Celebrates thirty-one of the author’s favorite songs in a collection of essays about such musical renditions as Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road,” Led Zeppelin’s “Heartbreaker,” and Van Morrison’s “Caravan.”

There Goes Gravity : a life in rock and roll / Lisa Robinson

An influential music columnist for The New York Post presents an insider’s assessment of major rock-and-roll personalities while tracing her career and the genre’s evolution throughout the past four decades.

Love is a Mix Tape : life and loss, one song at a time / Rob Sheffield

In a memoir of love, loss, and music, a rock and pop culture critic shares the story of his romance and marriage, and his wife’s tragic early death, all viewed from the perspective of the mix tapes that the couple had compiled.

Where She Went / Gayle Forman

Adam, now a rising rock star, and Mia, a successful cellist, reunite in New York and reconnect after the horrific events that tore them apart when Mia almost died in a car accident three years earlier.

This Song will Save your Life / Leila Sales

Nearly a year after a failed suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Elise discovers that she has the passion, and the talent, to be a disc jockey.

Musicophilia : tales of music and the brain / Oliver Sacks

Drawing on the individual experiences of patients, musicians, composers, and ordinary people, the author explores the complex human response to music, and how music can affect those suffering from a variety of ailments.

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Top Science Fiction & Fantasy


scifiArmada: a novel / Ernest Cline

An actor playing King Lear dies onstage just before a cataclysmic event changes the future of everyone on Earth. What will be valued and what will be discarded? Will art have a place in a world that has lost so much? What will make life worth living? These are just some of the issues explored in this beautifully written dystopian novel.

Rogue One: a Star Wars story / Alexander Freed

The official novelization of the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, starring a band of rebels on a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans.

The Library at Mount Char / Scott Hawkins

After she and a dozen other children found them being raised by “Father,” a cruel man with mysterious powers, Carolyn and her “siblings” begin to think he might be God; so when he dies, they square off against each other to determine who will inherit his library, which they believe holds the power to all Creation.

Lightless / C.A. Higgins

Serving aboard the Ananke, an experimental military spacecraft launched by the ruthless organization that rules Earth and its solar system, computer scientist Althea has established an intense emotional bond–not with any of her crewmates, but with the ship’s electronic systems, which speak more deeply to her analytical mind than human feelings do. But when a pair of fugitive terrorists gain access to the Ananke, Althea must draw upon her heart and soul for the strength to defend her beloved ship.

Wonder Woman – the official movie novelization / Nancy Holder

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers… and her true destiny.

The Wanderers / Meg Howrey

Station Eleven meets The Martian in this brilliantly inventive novel about three astronauts training for the first-ever mission to Mars, an experience that will push the boundary between real and unreal, test their relationships, and leave each of them–and their families–changed forever.

Children of Earth and Sky / Guy Gavriel Kay

From the small coastal town of Senjan a young woman seeks vengeance for her lost family, and from the wealthy city-state of Seressa come two very different people: a young artist travelling to paint the grand khalif at his request, and a fiercely intelligent and angry woman, posing as a doctor’s wife, but secretly sent by Seressa as a spy. Further east a boy is training to become a soldier in the infantry of the khalif. As these lives entwine, their fates will hang in the balance.

 

Arabella of Mars: the adventures of Arabella Ashby / David D. Levine

Arabella Ashby loves her life on the British colony of Mars. Her parents, however, despair of Arabella’s refusal to act like a proper English lady and sends her to Oxfordshire, where she must endure an endless succession of social events for the purpose of finding a husband. But when Arabella receives word that her brother, still on Mars, is in danger, she disguises herself as a boy and joins the crew of the Diana, a Mars Trading Company vessel. But will she arrive in time to save him?

Station Eleven / Emily St. John Mandel

The sudden death of a Hollywood actor during a production of “King Lear” marks the beginning of the world’s dissolution in a story told at various past and future times from the perspectives of the actor and four of his associates.

League of Dragons / Naomi Novik

The final adventure in the New York Times bestselling Temeraire series. The deadly campaign in Russia has cost both Napoleon and those allied against him. Napoleon has been denied his victory…but at a terrible price. Lawrence and the dragon Temeraire pursue the fleeing French army back west, but are demoralized when Napoleon makes it back to Paris unscathed. Worse, they soon learn that the French have stolen Termeraire and Iskierka’s egg. Now, it is do or die, as our heroes not only need to save Temeraire’s offspring but also to stop Napoleon for good!

Version Control / Dexter Palmer

Convinced that “nothing is as it should be; everything is upside down,” Rebecca Wright struggles to explain her conviction to her husband, physicist Philip Steiner, who’s skeptical to say the least. Could the “wrongness” that Rebecca perceives have something to do with Philip’s work? Philip has spent the better part of ten years developing a causality violation device. The CVD is NOT a time machine, although the way it works (if it, in fact, works) seems remarkably similar to how a time machine might behave, disrupting the space-time continuum in subtle, yet powerful ways.

Arcadia / Iain Pears

Spanning multiple worlds, this stylistically complex, yet accessible, novel tracks the intersecting lives of several characters. There’s Henry Lytten, a 1960s Oxford scholar; Angela Meersen, a “psychomathematician” from a dystopian future world who has discovered a method of accessing parallel universes; and Jay, a precocious young man from Anterworld, a universe created by Meersen based on Lytten’s writings — an “Arcadia” visited by Rosie Wilson, an otherwise ordinary British teenager who can travel between dimensions.

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JUST IN – August 2017


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Celine: a novel / Peter Heller

A luminous, spine-tingling novel of suspense–the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past.

Persons Unknown: a novel / Susie Steiner

Enduring cold-case work as the price she must pay for a transfer back to Cambridgeshire and a better work-life balance, pregnant detective Manon Bradshaw becomes unwittingly embroiled in the murder of her former brother-in-law when the case threatens her family and pits her against close colleagues.

The Essex Serpent: a novel / Sarah Perry

In late-nineteenth century England, intellectually minded young widow Cora Seaborne and pious vicar William Ransome investigate rumors about a mythical sea creature that has been blamed for a death in coastal Essex.

Lilli de Jong: a novel / Janet Benton

Lilli finds herself unwed and pregnant, the subject of scandal. Retreating to a charitable home for wronged women, Lilli intends to give her daughter up for adoption. But when she grasps the Dickensian life awaiting Charlotte as the castoff of an unmarried woman, Lilli resolves that whatever their future may be, mother and child must stay together. And so she embarks upon the herculean task of providing for herself and her daughter, while at every turn the pair are beset by misogyny, and misunderstanding.

Rabbit Cake / Annie Hartnett

A debut novel by an award-winning writer follows the darkly comic experiences of a precocious 12-year-old girl named Elvis who worries about her troubled family and tries to figure out her place in the world in the aftermath of her mother’s accidental death.

The Radium Girls : the dark story of America’s shining women / Kate Moore

The so-called “Radium Girls” painted luminescent faces on clock and watch dials using a paint mixture that contained radium. Instructed to “lip-point” their brushes as they painted, they absorbed high doses of radium into their bodies. When the effects of the radium led to horrific disfigurement and pain, the company refused to take responsibility.

The Outrun / Amy Liptrot

The author relates her return home to her family’s Orkney sheep farm at the age of thirty, after a decade of heavy drinking in London, where she discovered the natural healing she needed to put her on the path to recovery from addiction.

Gather the Daughters : a novel / Jennie Melamed

A smoldering debut about an insular community on an island at the end of the world and the girls who start to question the rules that bind them.

Behold the Dreamers : a novel / Imbolo Mbue

In 2007, Manhattan-based Cameroonian immigrant Jende Jonga gets a job chauffeuring for Lehman Brothers executive Clark Edwards, easing the financial strain on his family. At first, all goes well, but problems in the Edwards’ marriage lead to problems for the Jongas, and when Lehman falls, both families are caught up in the terrible aftermath.

 Reading with Patrick : a teacher, a student, and a life-changing friendship / Michelle Kuo

A former alternative school teacher and Harvard Law School fellow shares the story of her work with a gifted student who was imprisoned for murder in the Mississippi Delta and whose education she continued through classic works of literature.

June is Audio Book Month – Try One


junepictopBefore the Fall / Noah Hawley

Eleven people – ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter – depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs – the painter – and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family.

My Name is Lucy Barton: a novel / Elizabeth Strout

Set in the mid-1980s, Lucy Barton, hospitalized for nine weeks, is surprised when her estranged mother shows up at her bedside. Her mother talks of local gossip, but underneath the banalities, Lucy senses the love that cannot be expressed. This is the story that Lucy must write about, the one story that has shaped her entire life. A beautiful lyrical story of a mother and daughter and the love they share.

Here I Am: a novel / Jonathan Safran Foer

The story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the very meaning of home, and the fundamental question of how much life one can bear.

The Trespasser / Tana French

Aislinn Murray is beautiful, lives in a picture-perfect cottage, and has a boy she’s crazy about. Antoinette Conway is a tough member of the Dublin Murder Squad who knows no one likes her and says she doesn’t care. When Aislinn is murdered, Conway and her partner Steve Moran take the case and start listening to all the stories about Aislinn. Which ones are true? Was she in love and with whom? Are the stories we tell ourselves and others anywhere near the truth?

The Underground Railroad: [a novel] / Colson Whitehead

Chronicles the daring survival story of a cotton plantation slave in Georgia, who, after suffering at the hands of both her owners and fellow slaves, races through the Underground Railroad with a relentless slave-catcher close behind.

Behind Her Eyes : a novel / Sarah Pinborough

Louise meets a charming man in a bar and is smitten. The attraction is mutual, but David confesses he is married. They go their separate ways…until the next morning when Louise goes to work and realizes that the new psychiatrist who has been hired by the practice is David. Adele, David’s wife, is struggling to keep their marriage alive, but David has tired of her lies. A friendship begins between Adele and Louise. David and Louise are still attracted to each other and the triangle is complete.

 

The Rainbow Comes and Goes: a mother and son talk about life, love, and loss / by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

Anderson Cooper’s intensely busy career as a journalist for CNN and CBS’ 60 Minutes affords him little time to spend with his ninety-one year old mother. After she briefly fell ill, he and Gloria began a conversation through e-mail unlike any they had ever had before, a correspondence of surprising honesty and depth in which they discussed their lives, the things that matter to them, and what they still want to learn about each other.

Mischling  / Affinity Konar

Its 1944 when the twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. In their benighted new world, Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures, comforting themselves with the private language and shared games of their childhood. As part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele’s Zoo, the girls experience privileges and horrors unknown to others, and they find themselves changed, stripped of the personalities they once shared, their identities altered by the burdens of guilt and pain.

The Pigeon Tunnel: stories from my life / by John le Carré

In this, his first memoir, le Carre is as funny as he is incisive, reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. Best of all, he gives listeners a glimpse of a writer’s journey over more than six decades, and his own hunt for the human spark that has given so much life and heart to his fictional characters.

The Lost City of the Monkey God: a true story / Douglas Preston

The co-author of the FBI Agent Pendergast series presents a high-suspense account of the discovery of a lost civilization, contemporaries of the Mayans who lived deep in the Honduran jungle.

Today Will Be Different / Maria Semple

Eleanor Flood is going to re-examine her life, clean up her act, get dressed, only change into yoga clothes for yoga, which today she will actually attend, and be a better version of herself, all in one day.

The Wrong Side of Goodbye: a Bosch novel / Michael Connelly

Soon one of Southern California’s biggest moguls come calling. The reclusive billionaire is nearing the end of his life and is haunted by one regret. When he was young, he had a relationship with a Mexican girl, his great love. But soon after becoming pregnant, she disappeared. Did she have the baby? And if so, what happened to it? Desperate to know whether he has an heir, the dying magnate hires Bosch, the only person he can trust. With such a vast fortune at stake, Harry realizes that his mission could be risky not only for himself but for the one he’s seeking. But as he begins to uncover the haunting story, and finds uncanny links to his own past, he knows he cannot rest until he finds the truth.

Lilac Girls/ Martha Hall Kelly

This is story of the Ravensbruck Rabbits: seventy-four women prisoners in the Ravensbruck concentration camp. Using alternating first-person narratives, the characters relate their experiences from 1939 through 1959. Drawing upon a decade of research, Hall reconstructs what life was like in Ravensbruck. More than a war story, this is a tale of how the strength of women’s bonds can carry them through even the most difficult situations. The novel inspired by the life of debutante turned unlikely WWII hero Caroline Ferriday.

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Ginny Moon / Benjamin Ludwig

Ginny Moon, an autistic teenager, has found her forever home, but takes measures to exploit the good intentions of those who try to care for her.

The Stranger in the Woods: the extraordinary story of the last true hermit /
Michael Finkel

The true story of a man who endured a hardscrabble, isolated existence in a tent in the Maine woods, never speaking with others and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins, for 27 years, in a portrait that illuminates the survival means he developed and the reasons behind his solitary life.

The Leavers: a novel / Lisa Ko

One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. Set in New York and China, it is the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away.

Salt Houses / Hala Alyan

Foreseeing blessings and troubles in the lives of her daughter and grandchildren, Salma endures hardships stemming from the Six-Day War of 1967 in Palestine before rebuilding in Kuwait, before the family is scattered by Saddam Hussein’s regime.

The Jersey Brothers : a missing naval officer in the Pacific and his family’s quest to bring him home / Sally Mott Freeman

Documents the extraordinary story of three brothers in World War II who found themselves at the epicenter of three of the war’s most crucial moments, describing the rescue mission launched by the elder two when their youngest brother was declared missing in action in the Philippines.

Exit West: a novel / Mohsin Hamid

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet–sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, thrust into premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors–doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As violence and the threat of violence escalate, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.

The Light we Lost / Jill Santopolo

Lucy and Gabe, two Columbia University students who meet as seniors, decide they want their lives to mean something, launching a thirteen-year journey of dreams, betrayals, and love that brings Lucy to a point where she must make a life-altering choice.

The Stars are Fire: a novel / Anita Shreve

Grace, a young woman with two small children, lives by the coast in Maine in 1947. Her marriage isn’t very happy, but she’s dutiful and devoted to her children. After escaping a devastating fire that wiped out her town and nearby forests, Grace has to become braver, stronger, and more resourceful than she’s ever had to be before. She manages it, and it’s lovely to watch happen, until something unexpected makes her life contract once more. A real window on what it would have been like to be a woman in a small town in the 1940s.

Jazz Fiction


jazz2Half-Blood Blues: a novel / Esi Edugyan

In the aftermath of the fall of Paris, 1940, Hieronymus Falk, a rising star on the cabaret scene, was arrested in a cafe and never heard from again. He was twenty years old, a German citizen, and black. Fifty years later, Sid, Hiero’s bandmate and the only witness that day, is going back to Berlin.

Bertie Plays the Blues: a 44 Scotland Street Novel / Alexander McCall Smith

Once more, we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith. With customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith gives us another instalment in this popular series, currently running in The Scotsman. Anything could happen to Bertie and the gang, especially with an invitation to one of Scotland’s premier jazz festivals.

Of Song and Water: a novel / Joseph Coulson

Moving from the Great Lakes to the jazz bars of Detroit and Chicago, Of Song and Water is a tale of singlehanded sailors and jazz musicians, of working-class dreams blighted by family duty, personal betrayals, and the untold violence between fathers and sons. The novel follows the life of Coleman Moore, a jazz guitarist of early fame who finds himself adrift and in the company of ghosts: his mentor, a black jazz legend trying to live peacefully on the edge of a white town; his grandfather, a Prohibition rumrunner turned ruthless entrepreneur; and his first love, a clear-headed woman who refuses to live in the dark tunnels of the past.

Shout Down the Moon: a novel / Lisa Tucker

After her tumultuous childhood and a destructive teenage romance, Patty Taylor is struggling to build a new life for herself and her two-year-old son, but finds her new world undermined by the reappearance of her son’s father.

The Wicked City / Beatriz Williams

Moving into the building that once hid a speakeasy, Ella Hawthorne uncovers the Jazz Age story of a scandalous love triangle involving redheaded flapper Gin Kelly, a rugged Prohibition agent, and a wealthy debonair Princetonian.

Written in Dead Wax / Andrew Cartmel

He is a record collector — a connoisseur of vinyl, hunting out rare and elusive LPs. His business card describes him as the Vinyl Detective and some people take this more literally than others. Like the beautiful, mysterious woman who wants to pay him a large sum of money to find a priceless lost recording — on behalf of an extremely wealthy (and rather sinister) shadowy client. Given that he’s just about to run out of cat biscuits, this gets our heroes full attention. So begins a painful and dangerous odyssey in search of the rarest jazz record of them all.

The Haters / Jesse Andrews

A road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band.

The Jazz Palace: a novel / Mary Morris

The son of a grieving Jewish family in jazz age Chicago impresses patrons of a mob-controlled saloon with his piano talents, which become subject to a changing music era, his need to survive, and exacting mob demands.

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death: the Grantchester Mysteries / James Runcie

It is 1953, the coronation year of Queen Elizabeth II. Sidney Chambers, vicar of Grantchester and honorary canon of Ely Cathedral, is a thirty-two-year-old bachelor. Tall, with dark brown hair, eyes the color of hazelnuts, and a reassuringly gentle manner, Sidney is an unconventional clerical detective. He can go where the police cannot. Together with his roguish friend, inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney inquires into the suspect suicide of a Cambridge solicitor, a scandalous jewelry theft at a New Year’s Eve dinner party, the unexplained death of a jazz promoter’s daughter, and a shocking art forgery that puts a close friend in danger. Sidney discovers that being a detective, like being a clergyman, means that you are never off duty, but he nonetheless manages to find time for a keen interest in cricket, warm beer, and hot jazz – as well as a curious fondness for a German widow three years his junior.

Saint Monkey: a novel / Jacinda Townsend

Two friends from the mountains of eastern Kentucky try to retain their friendship when one of them is invited to play the Apollo with a jazz group while the other sinks lower in her poor, backward, backwoods life.

Rainey Royal / Dylan Landis

Living in a decaying 1970s brownstone with her cultish jazz musician father, 14-year-old Rainey endures unwanted advances from her father’s friend while pursuing her own creative ambitions and struggling to build a substitute family.

2 a.m. at The Cat’s Pajamas: a novel / Marie-Helene Bertino

Traces the unlikely bond between a precocious nine-year-old jazz singer, a divorced teacher hoping to reunite with her high-school sweetheart, and a club owner facing the imminent loss of his Philadelphia business.

Last night at the Blue Angel / Rebecca Rotert

In early 1960s Chicago, Naomi Hill, a fiercely ambitious, yet extremely self-destructive jazz singer at the Blue Angel club, embarks on a desperate journey to stardom, while her 10-year-old daughter Sophie becomes even more anxious as she struggles for her mother’s love.

Tiger Rag: a novel / Nicholas Christopher

Faced with her disintegrating family life, Dr. Ruby Cardillo enlists her daughter to accompany her on a trip up the East Coast to discover her family’s ties to a long-rumored Edison cylinder recording of jazz musician Buddy Bolden.

Cinnamon Roll Murder / Joanne Fluke.

When the keyboard player for the Cinnamon Roll Six jazz band is murdered after a tour bus accident on the way to Lake Eden, Minnesota, Hannah Swensen investigates and comes up with several local suspects.jazz1

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Behind Her Eyes / Sarah Pinborough

Only two can keep a secret if one of them is dead. David and Adele seem like the ideal pair. He’s a successful psychiatrist; she is his picture-perfect wife who adores him. But why is he so controlling? And why is she keeping things hidden? As Louise, David’s new secretary, is drawn into their orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can’t guess how wrong–and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

Reputations / Juan Gabriel Vásquez

An influential political cartoonist is paid an unexpected visit by a young woman who upends his sense of personal history and forces him to reevaluate his life, work, and position in the world.

Only the Hunted Run: a novel / Neely Tucker

An influential political cartoonist is paid an unexpected visit by a young woman who upends his sense of personal history and forces him to reevaluate his life, work, and position in the world.

The Young Widower’s Handbook: a novel / Tom McAllister

For Hunter Cady, meeting Kait was the greatest thing that ever happened to him. Having spent roughly half his twenty-nine years accomplishing very little, he’s the luckiest man on earth when it comes to his wife. When she dies quite suddenly, Hunter is crushed. Numb with grief, he stumbles forward the only way he knows how: by running away.

All That Man Is / David Szalay

Nine men. Each of them at a different stage of life, each of them away from home, and each of them striving in the suburbs of Prague, beside a Belgian motorway, in a cheap Cypriot hotel to understand just what it means to be alive, here and now. Tracing an arc from the spring of youth to the winter of old age, All That Man Is brings these separate lives together to show us men as they are ludicrous and inarticulate, shocking and despicable; vital, pitiable, hilarious, and full of heartfelt longing. And as the years chase them down, the stakes become bewilderingly high in this piercing portrayal of 21st-century manhood.

The Past: a novel / Tessa Hadley

Assembling at their country house one final time before it is sold, four siblings and their children share past memories, hidden passions, and devastating secrets that threaten to overwhelm them.

Judas / Amos Oz

Jerusalem, 1959. Shmuel Ash, a biblical scholar, is adrift in his young life when he finds work as a caregiver for a brilliant but cantankerous old man named Gershom Wald. There is, however, a third, mysterious presence in his new home. Atalia Abarbanel, the daughter of a deceased Zionist leader, a beautiful woman in her forties, entrances young Shmuel even as she keeps him at a distance. Piece by piece, the old Jerusalem stone house, haunted by tragic history and now home to the three misfits and their intricate relationship, reveals its secrets. At once an exquisite love story and coming-of-age novel, an allegory for the state of Israel and for the biblical tale from which it draws its title.

The Pigeon Tunnel: stories from my life / John Le Carré

The author shares personal anecdotes from his life, discussing subjects ranging from his Cold War-era service in British intelligence to his work as a writer in Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

The Last Days of Night: a novel / Graham Moore

When electric light innovator Thomas Edison sues his only remaining rival for patent infringement, George Westinghouse hires untested Columbia Law School graduate Paul Ravath for a case fraught with lies, betrayals, and deception.

Good as Gone: a novel of suspense / Amy Gentry

When a young woman appears on Anna Whitaker’s doorstep claiming to be her long-lost daughter, kidnapped at the age of thirteen, Anna has nagging doubts and turns to a private eye for help.

Irish and Irish American Lives in Historical Fiction


irish1Brooklyn: a novel / Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín’s sixth novel, Brooklyn, is set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s, when one young woman, Eilis Lacey, crosses the ocean to make a new life for herself.

The Canal Bridge : a novel of Ireland, love, and the First World War / Tom Phelan

After suffering the horrors of World War I, two friends return to a changed Ireland, as the effects of the war make them violent participants in the Irish struggle for freedom from Britain.

Charming Billy / Alice McDermott

A young woman, cousin to the late Billy Lynch who has just died of alcoholism, traces the story of his lost love, discovering her own father’s role in trying to keep Billy from being hurt by the truth about Eva, and contemplating the effect her father’s lie had on the rest of the family.

Forever: a novel / Pete Hamill

Cormac O’Connor, who arrives in New York City from Ireland in 1741, has been given the gift of immortality–but only on the condition that he never leaves the island of Manhattan. Through his eyes, this magical epic follows the city’s transformation from a burgeoning settlement to the thriving metropolis of the present day. But this is also Cormac’s story as he explores the mysteries of time and immortality, death and loss, sex and love.

Ghost Moth / Michèle Forbes

As tensions rise between the Catholic Republicans and the Protestant Loyalists in 1969 Belfast, Katherine, a former actress who is gravely ill, and George, a firefighter, keep secrets from each other in order to save their marriage.

The Given Day / Dennis Lehane

An epic tale set at the end of World War I follows the experiences of a family whose lives mirror the political unrest of an America caught between its well-patterned past and an unpredictable future. Police officer Danny Coughlin, the latest in a long line of cops, is a fresh face on the force and anxious to impress his father. Thus, he agrees to go undercover to infiltrate a group of anarchists involved in labor strikes. As Danny penetrates this underground world, however, he befriends people such as a beautiful Irish immigrant and a black servant-turned-criminal who force him to re-evaluate his beliefs.

Ironweed / a novel by William Kennedy

This tale, set during the Depression, tells about Francis Phelan and other inhabitants of skid row in Albany, New York. Ironweed, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is the best-known of William Kennedy’s three Albany-based novels. Francis Phelan, ex-ballplayer, part-time gravedigger, full-time drunk, has hit bottom. Years ago he left Albany in a hurry after killing a scab during a trolley workers’ strike; he ran away again after accidentally – and fatally – dropping his infant son. Now, in 1938, Francis is back in town, roaming the old familiar streets with his hobo pal, Helen, trying to make peace with the ghosts of the past and the present. Chronicles the final wanderings of a one-time ballplayer turned down-and-out murderer.

Love and Summer / William Trevor

Living an unfulfilling existence at the side of a tragic husband, shy orphan Ellie Dillahan begins an affair that forces her to choose between an uncertain future with the man she loves and the desolate life she has built for herself.

The Matchmaker of Kenmare: a novel of Ireland / Frank Delaney

When matchmaker Kate Begley’s husband, U.S. intelligence officer Charles Miller disappears, she enlists Ben MacCarthy’s help in finding him. They travel to France and Germany, where they stumble across the German army about to launch its last-gasp assault in the Ardennes and end up questioning the wisdom of remaining neutral in the face of overwhelming evil.

Mrs. Engels / Gavin McCrea

From the bathing huts of Ramsgate to the hovels of Soho, from a surreptitious life in Manchester to a notorious one on the handsome new parade that is London’s Regents Park Road, we follow Lizzie and the Engels household as it struggles to match its communist principles with its hunger for the high life. At the heart of all the revolutionary tumult stands the woman who will one day become Mrs. Engels, as compelling and charismatic a figure as ever walked the streets of Victorian England, or its novels. In giving her new life, Gavin McCrea earns his place in the pantheon of great debutant novelists.

The Outside Boy / Jeanine Cummins

Christy Hurley, a young gypsy in 1950s Ireland, is treated as an outsider after his father tries to settle in a single town and the boy finds himself questioning who he is and where he belongs after discovering a family secret.

Redemption Falls / Joseph O’Connor

Having escaped the Irish famine only to face America’s Civil War, Eliza sets out on a mysterious cross-country quest, while a poetess denies other suitors to take up with a mercurial revolutionary, and a rebel guerilla sets out on a brutal rampage across the West.

Just In – March 2017


Perfect Little World / Kevin Wilson

When Isabelle Poole meets Dr. Preston Grind, she’s fresh out of high school, pregnant with her art teacher’s baby, and totally on her own. Izzy knows she can be a good mother but without any money or relatives to help, she’s left searching. Dr. Grind, an awkwardly charming child psychologist, has spent his life studying family, even after tragedy struck his own. Now, with the help of an eccentric billionaire, he has the chance to create a “perfect little world”–to study what would happen when ten children are raised collectively, without knowing who their biological parents are. He calls it the Infinite Family Project and he wants Izzy and her son to join. This attempt at a utopian ideal starts off promising, but soon the gentle equilibrium among the families disintegrates: unspoken resentments between the couples begin to fester; the project’s funding becomes tenuous; and Izzy’s growing feelings for Dr. Grind make her question her participation in this strange experiment in the first place.

Little Deaths: a novel / Emma Flint

It’s 1965 in a tight-knit working-class neighborhood in Queens, New York, and Ruth Malone–a single mother who works long hours as a cocktail waitress–wakes to discover her two small children, Frankie Jr. and Cindy, have gone missing. Later that day, Cindy’s body is found in a derelict lot a half mile from her home, strangled. Ten days later, Frankie Jr.’s decomposing body is found. Immediately, all fingers point to Ruth. As police investigate the murders, the detritus of Ruth’s life is exposed. Seen through the eyes of the cops, the empty bourbon bottles and provocative clothing which litter her apartment, the piles of letters from countless men and Ruth’s little black book of phone numbers, make her a drunk, a loose woman–and therefore a bad mother. The lead detective, a strict Catholic who believes women belong in the home, leaps to the obvious conclusion: facing divorce and a custody battle, Malone took her children’s lives. Pete Wonicke is a rookie tabloid reporter who finagles an assignment to cover the murders. Determined to make his name in the paper, he begins digging into the case.

Transit / Rachel Cusk

In the wake of family collapse, a writer and her two young sons move to London. The process of upheaval is the catalyst for a number of transitions–personal, moral, artistic, practical–as she endeavors to construct a new reality for herself and her children. In the city she is made to confront aspects of living she has, until now, avoided, and to consider questions of vulnerability and power, death and renewal, in what becomes her struggle to reattach herself to, and believe in, life.

A Book of American Martyrs / Joyce Carol Oates

When evangelical Luther Dunphy assassinates abortion doctor Augustus Vorhees, the two grieving families find their lives intricately linked.

The Next / Stephanie Gangi

Turning away from the loved ones she believes disappointed her before succumbing to breast cancer, Joanna DeAngelis becomes a ghost bent on revenge against her ex and is eventually forced to reevaluate her life choices and the qualities of a proper death.

My Husband’s Wife / Jane Corry

When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start, to leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe, convicted murderer whom Lily is strangely drawn to. For whom she will soon be willing to risk almost anything. But Lily is not the only one with secrets. Her next-door neighbor Carla may be only nine, but she has already learned that secrets are powerful things. That they can get her whatever she wants. When Lily finds Carla on her doorstep sixteen years later, a chain of events is set in motion that can end only one way.

The Fifth Petal: a novel / Brunonia Barry

When a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween, chief of police John Rafferty suspects it may be linked to the triple homicide twenty-five years earlier involving three descendants of Salem Witch Trial victims.

JUST IN – 2017


Selection Day: a novel / Aravind Adiga

Manjunath Kumar is fourteen and living in a slum in Mumbai. He knows he is good at cricket—if not as good as his older brother, Radha. He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket-obsessed father, admires his brilliantly talented sibling, and is fascinated by curious scientific facts and the world of CSI. But there are many things, about himself and about the world that he doesn’t know. When Manju meets Radha’s great rival, a mysterious Muslim boy privileged and confident in all the ways Manju is not, everything in Manju’s world begins to change, and he is faced by decisions that will challenge his understanding of it, as well as his own self.

Conclave / Robert Harris

The Pope is dead. Behind locked doors of the Sistine chapel, 118 cardinals from around the world will cast their votes in the world’s most secretive election. They are holy men, but they are men of the world, and they have rivals. And over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.

The Lost City of the Monkey God: a true story / Douglas Preston

Recounts how the author and a team of scientists discovered a legendary sacred city, the Lost City of the Monkey God, hidden deep in the Honduran jungle.

Anything is Possible: fiction / Elizabeth Strout

Written in tandem with My Name Is Lucy Barton and drawing on the small-town characters evoked there, these pages reverberate with the themes of love, loss, and hope that have drawn millions of readers to Strout’s work. A brilliant latticework of fiction that recalls Olive Kitteridge in its richness, structure, and complexity.

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir / Ryan, Jennifer

Told through diary entries, this is a wonderful glimpse into life in a small British town during WWII. Ryan is a skilled writer who gives each diary entry a clear voice: Mrs. Paltry is dishonest and scheming, Venetia, the self-centered young woman in love with a mysterious man, Kitty, the love struck teenager with big dreams, and Mrs. Tilling, the midwife and moral compass of the town. Through their entries, you really see them grow. The power of music brings them strength that they didn’t know that they had.

The Spy: a novel / Paulo Coelho

A novel of Mata Hari’s final days, as written by the woman herself while accused of espionage.

This Road We Traveled / Jane Kirkpatrick

When three generations of Brown women take to the Oregon Trail with separate goals in mind, hardship and obstacles test their faith and threaten their survival.

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk / Kathleen Rooney

She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, “In some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it.” Now it’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed–and has not. A portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

Books for Living / Will Schwalbe

Presents a highly personal celebration of reading, sharing impassioned recommendations for specific books that can offer guidance through daily life.

The Dry / Jane Harper

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead. Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them.

 

Hollywood Fiction


hollywood1Hollywood Wives: the new generation / Jackie Collins

Power! Sex! Money! Fame! The new Hollywood wives are back with a vengeance. Whatever they don’t have, they want — and whatever these women want, they get. Unlike their counterparts in the ’80s, who were happy to give charity dinners and exclusive parties to further their husbands’ careers, today’s Hollywood wives are hungry to create their own identities. Ambitious, young, smart and lethal, the new Hollywood wives are into yoga, fasting, spinning, Pilates, their own production companies, and making things happen.

 

Hollywood Hills / Joseph Wambaugh

A circle of teenage burglars that the media has dubbed The Bling Ring has taken to pillaging the homes of Hollywood celebutants, and when a pair of drug-addled young copycats stumbles upon an art heist, that’s just the beginning of the disaster to come. Soon LAPD veteran “Hollywood Nate” Weiss, surfer cops Flotsam and Jetsam, and the rest of the team at Hollywood Station have a deadly situation on their hands.

 

Hollywood: a novel of America in the 1920s / Gore Vidal

Follows the career of Caroline Sanford, a brilliant and beautiful newspaper publisher who leaves Washington to become a Hollywood producer and movie star.

 

My Hollywood / Mona Simpson

Claire, a composer and a new mother, comes to L.A. so her husband can follow his dream of writing TV comedy. With Paul working all hours and Claire left with a baby, William, whom she adores but has no idea how to care for, they hire Lola – a fifty-two-year-old mother of five who works in America to pay for her own children’s education back in the Philippines. Lola stabilizes the rocky household, and other parents try to lure her away.

 

Hollywood Tough / Stephen J. Cannell

At a glamorous Hollywood party with his new wife, Alexa, Detective Shane Scully overhears a famous producer make a suspicious remark about the strange deaths of his two ex-wives. Is he serious or joking around with his coterie of hangers-on? This becomes more than just police business, because the party is to celebrate the engagement of the producer to Alexa’s closest friend.

 

Opportunity Knocks: a novel / Alison Sweeney

Alex Cleary lands a dream job doing make-up for Hillary P. a culinary star with a million-dollar lifestyle empire and reputation for being very challenging. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance and provides a steady paycheck. But when Alex inadvertently violates the confidentiality clause of her contract, her dream opportunity turns to dust: She’s on the hook for a million bucks unless she can squash the problem within 72 hours. With help from a Hollywood heartthrob, Alex concocts an elaborate scheme that just might get her off the hook.

 

Monsters: a Love Story / Liz Kay

Aimless and steeped in writer’s block in the months after losing her husband and the father of her children, writer Stacey Lane enters a secret affair with Hollywood star and poetry fan Tommy, who offers her chances to escape into his glamorous world before they are forced to evaluate their growing bond.

 

Stars over Sunset Boulevard / Susan Meissner

When an iconic hat worn by Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone With the Wind,” ends up in Christine McAllister’s vintage clothing boutique by mistake, her efforts to return it to its owner takes her on a journey to 1938 Los Angeles where Violet Mayfield first meets the enigmatic Audrey Duvall.

 

Our Town: a novel / Kevin Jack McEnroe

An unseen narrator guides us through the dark fairy tale of Dorothy White, an aspiring actress who “never quite figured how to get out of her own way.” Her perfect marriage to an equally golden actor, Dale, quickly turns into one of jealousy and violence. Dorothy ends the marriage yet begins a legacy of self-destruction for the failed couple, as well as their two children. Our Town is an original and startling debut novel, one whose fresh voice and expert perspective reinvents the Hollywood story for a new generation of readers.

 

City of Echoes / Robert Ellis

On Detective Matt Jones’s first night working Homicide in LA, he’s called to investigate a particularly violent murder case: a man has been gunned down in a parking lot off Hollywood Boulevard, his bullet-riddled body immediately pegged as the work of a serial robber who has been haunting the Strip for months. When Jones discovers shocking, deep-seated corruption; a high-level cover-up; and his own personal ties to the rising body count, he’s no longer sure he can trust anyone, even himself.

A Touch of Stardust / Kate Alcott

Although Julie Crawford has dreams of becoming a screenwriter, the only job she’s able to find is one in the studio publicity office of the notoriously demanding producer David O. Selznick–who is busy burning through directors, writers and money as he begins filming ‘Gone with the Wind.’ 

Stardust: a novel / Joseph Kanon

Ben Collier has just arrived in 1945 Hollywood from war-torn Europe to find that his brother, Daniel, has died under mysterious circumstances. Why would a man with a beautiful wife, a successful career in the movies, and a heroic past choose to kill himself? Determined to uncover the truth, Ben enters the maze of the studio system and the uneasy world beneath the glossy shine of the movie business. 

West of Sunset: a novel / Stewart O’Nan

In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a troubled, uncertain man whose literary success was long over. In poor health, with his wife consigned to a mental asylum and his finances in ruins, he struggled to make a new start as a screenwriter in Hollywood. By December 1940, he would be dead of a heart attack. Those last three years of Fitzgerald’s life are the focus of Stewart O’Nan’s gorgeously and gracefully written novel. With flashbacks to key moments from Fitzgerald’s past, the story follows him as he arrives on the MGM lot, falls in love with brassy gossip columnist Sheilah Graham, begins work on The Last Tycoon, and tries to maintain a semblance of family life with the absent Zelda and daughter, Scottie.

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Reinventing Yourself


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Britt-Marie Was Here: a novel / Fredrik Backman

Britt-Marie is a woman who is used to her life being organized. But when she leaves her cheating spouse and takes a temporary job as caretaker of the recreation center in the tiny town of Borg, her life changes in unpredictable ways. With its wonderful cast of oddball characters and sly sense of humor, this novel is sure to capture readers’ hearts.

 

The Versions of Us / Laura Barnett

A novel musing on the role small choices can play in determining the course of a life follows Eva and Jim, who meet by chance on a Cambridge street, and the three different paths their lives could take.

 

Sweetbitter / Stephanie Danler

At her new job at one of NYC’s posh restaurants, Tess falls for a mysterious bartender and negotiates the politics of the service industry while building a social life. Danler drew from her own experience and the writing is vivid and stimulating. I’m always interested in a story about a girl trying to find her place in the world and her adventures, but anyone who appreciates writing that pulses with life will drink this down.

 

Ladivine / Marie NDiaye

After a woman, Clarisse, is murdered on a trip to visit her mother in Bordeaux, her daughter tries to uncover what happened to her with the help of a brown dog who appears to have taken in the spirit of the deceased.

 

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper / Phaedra Patrick

Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed, dresses, waters his fern, and heads out to his garden, carrying on just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam’s death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam’s possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he’s never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife’s secret life before they met–a journey that leads him to find hope, healing, and self-discovery in the most unexpected places.

 

Queen Sugar / Natalie Baszile

A mother-daughter story of reinvention-about an African American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana. Why exactly Charley Bordelon’s late father left her eight hundred sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her eleven-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles. They arrive just in time for growing season but no amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that’s mired in the past: as her judgmental but big-hearted grandmother tells her, cane farming is always going to be a white man’s business. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley must balance the overwhelming challenges of her farm with the demands of a homesick daughter, a bitter and troubled brother, and the startling desires of her own heart.

 

 Signed, Mata Hari: a novel /Yannick Murphy

A tale inspired by the life of the infamous spy finds a woman awaiting execution in Paris and attempting to save herself by recounting the story of her Netherlands childhood, self-reinvention after ending a loveless marriage, and performances for the crowned heads of Europe.

 

Lucky Us: a novel / Amy Bloom

Forging a life together after being abandoned by their parents, half-sisters Eva and Iris share decades in and out of the spotlight in golden-era Hollywood and mid-twentieth-century Long Island.

 

The Ten-Year Nap / Meg Wolitzer

For a group of four New York friends, the past decade has been largely defined by marriage and motherhood. Educated and reared to believe that they would conquer the world, they then left prestigious jobs to stay home with their babies. What was meant to be a temporary leave of absence has lasted a decade. Now, at age forty, with the halcyon days of young motherhood behind them and without professions to define them, Amy, Jill, Roberta, and Karen face a life that is not what they were brought up to expect but seems to be the one they have chosen. But when Amy meets someone who seems to have fulfilled the classic women’s dream of having it all–work, love, family–without having to give anything up, a lifetime’s worth of concerns, both practical and existential, opens up. As her obsession with this woman’s bustling life grows, it forces the four friends to confront the choices they’ve made–until a series of startling events shatters the peace and, for some of them, changes the landscape entirely.

 

Life After Life: a novel / Kate Atkinson

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. Ursula dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. Does Ursula’s apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can — will she?

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JUST IN – January 2017


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The Girl Before/ Delaney, J. P.

Alternates between two time periods. Back “then,” there is Emma, looking for the perfect flat. Her agent suggests One Folgate Street, built by architect Edward Monkford. In present day, Jane, a single thirty-something also ends up on Folgate Street. Both women learn the sinister history of the property and readers won’t know who to trust as Delaney’s debut clutches you by the throat and won’t let you go.

Heat and Light / Jennifer Haigh

Forty years ago, Bakerton coal fueled the country. Then the mines closed, and the town wore away. Now Bakerton has been granted a surprise third act: it sits squarely atop the Marcellus Shale, a massive deposit of natural gas. Told through a cast of characters whose lives are increasingly bound by the opposing interests that underpin the national debate, this novel depicts a community blessed and cursed by its natural resources.

The Fortunes / Peter Ho Davies

Explores a century of American history through the lives of Chinese Americans, using the lives of four individuals to depict how an immigrant community survives and ultimately becomes American in the process.

Time Travel: a history / James Gleick

James Gleick tracks the evolution of time travel as an idea that becomes part of contemporary culture—from Marcel Proust to Doctor Who, from Jorge Luis Borges to Woody Allen. He investigates the inevitable looping paradoxes and examines the porous boundary between pulp fiction and modern physics. Finally, he delves into a temporal shift that is unsettling our own moment: the instantaneous wired world, with its all-consuming present and vanishing future.

The Girl Before / Rena Olsen

In this powerful psychological suspense debut, when a woman’s life is shattered, she is faced with a devastating question: What if everything she thought was normal and good and true really wasn’t? Clara Lawson is torn from her life in an instant. Without warning, her home is invaded by armed men, and she finds herself separated from her beloved husband and daughters. The last thing her husband yells to her is to say nothing. In chapters that alternate between past and present, the novel slowly unpeels the layers of Clara’s fractured life. We see her growing up, raised with her sisters by the stern Mama and Papa G, becoming a poised and educated young woman, falling desperately in love with the forbidden son of her adoptive parents. We see her now, sequestered in an institution, questioned by men and women who call her a different name–Diana–and who accuse her husband of unspeakable crimes.

A Lowcountry Heart: reflections on a writing life / Pat Conroy

A collection of letters, interviews and magazine articles spanning The Prince of Tides author’s long literary career is supplemented by touching pieces from the beloved author’s many friends.

Gilded Cage / Vic James

An American farm girl discovers that she’s an English heiress but claiming her fortune leads to danger and intrigue.

Moonglow: a novel / Michael Chabon

A man bears witness to his grandfather’s deathbed confessions, which reveal his family’s long-buried history and his involvement in a mail-order novelty company, World War II, and the space program.

Faithful / Alice Hoffman

Shelby Richmond loves Chinese food, bookstores, and a cocky, bad-boy type, so maybe her move from Long Island to New York City makes sense. But she’s still a lost soul, circling around others like her, because as a teenager she walked away unscathed from an accident that tragically changed the course of her best friend’s life. She’s since been shaped by survivor’s guilt, but perhaps somewhere, somehow, someone is watching over her.

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National Jewish Book Award Winners


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To the End of the Land / David Grossman; translated from the Hebrew by Jessica Cohen

Ora is about to celebrate her son Ofer’s release from Israeli army service when he voluntarily rejoins. In a fit of magical thinking, she takes off to hike in the Galilee, leaving no forwarding information for the notifiers who might deliver the worst news a parent can hear. Recently estranged from her husband, she drags along an unlikely companion: their once best friend Avram, who was tortured as a POW during the Yom Kippur War and, in his brokenness, refused to ever know the boy or even to keep in touch with them.

Rich Boy / Sharon Pomerantz

The upward strivings of a middle-class Jew as he loses himself in the strange world of the fabulously wealthy is threatened by a chance encounter with a beautiful girl from his old NYC neighborhood–and the forgotten life she reawakens–threatens to unravel his carefully constructed new identity.

Early Modern Jewry: a new cultural history/ Ruderman, David B.

Early Modern Jewry boldly offers a new history of the early modern Jewish experience. From Krakow and Venice to Amsterdam and Smyrna, David Ruderman examines the historical and cultural factors unique to Jewish communities throughout Europe, and how these distinctions played out amidst the rest of society.

When They Come For Us, we’ll be gone: the epic struggle to save soviet Jewry / Beckerman, Gal

Draws on newly released government documents to trace the three-decade effort to protect Jewish Soviet citizens after World War II, providing coverage of the movement’s impact on Judaism, the Cold War, and immigration.

Jerusalem: the biography / Simon Sebag Montefiore

Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgment Day and the battlefield of today’s clash of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of three thousand years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence. How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the “center of the world” and now the key to peace in the Middle East? In a gripping narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals this ever-changing city in its many incarnations, bringing every epoch and character blazingly to life.

Until the Dawn’s Light / Aharon Appelfeld ; translated from the Hebrew by Jeffrey M. Green

A high school honor student bound for university and a career as a mathematician, Blanca lives with her parents in a small town in Austria in the early years of the twentieth century. At school one day she meets Adolf, who comes from a family of peasant laborers. Tall and sturdy, plainspoken and uncomplicated, Adolf is unlike anyone Blanca has ever met. And Adolf is awestruck by beautiful, brilliant Blanca–even though she is Jewish. When Blanca is asked by school administrators to tutor Adolf, the inevitable happens: they fall in love. And when Adolf asks her to marry him, Blanca abandons her plans to attend university, converts to Christianity, and leaves her family, her friends, and her old life behind.

Nazis on the Run : how Hitler’s henchmen fled justice / Gerald Steinacher

Steinacher not only reveals how Nazi war criminals escaped from justice at the end of the Second World War, fleeing through the Tyrolean Alps to Italian seaports, but he also highlights the key roles played by the Red Cross, the Vatican, and the Secret Services of the major powers. 

The Innocents / Francesca Segal

As he prepares for his wedding to Rachel Gilbert, the girl he has been with for twelve years, Adam Newman begins to question everything when Rachel’s fiercely independent and beautiful young cousin moves home from New York.

An American Bride in Kabul : a memoir / Phyllis Chesler

In 1961 Phyllis Chesler, a Jewish-American girl embarked on an adventure to meet her westernized husband’s family in Afghan. Back home he reverted to traditional customs and she found herself unexpectedly trapped. This dramatic tale shows how Chesler escaped and turned adversity into a passion for political reform.

Between Friends / Amos Oz ; translated from the Hebrew by Sondra Silverston

Oz returns to the kibbutz of the late 1950s, the time and place where his writing began. These eight interconnected stories, set in the fictitious Kibbutz Yekhat, draw … profiles of idealistic men and women enduring personal hardships in the shadow of one of the greatest collective dreams of the twentieth century.

My Promised Land : the triumph and tragedy of Israel / Ari Shavit

Presents an examination of Israel that traces the events that led the country to its current state of conflict through the stories of everyday citizens to illuminate the importance of lesser-known historical events.

The Betrayers : a novel / David Bezmozgis

A Soviet Jewish dissident finds himself a disgraced Israeli politician. When he refuses to back down from a contrary but principled stand regarding the settlements in the West Bank, his political opponents expose his affair with a mistress decades his junior, and the besieged couple escapes to Yalta.

The Mathematician’s Shiva / Stuart Rojstaczer

Following the death of Rachela, a famous female math professor, mathematicians crash the Shiva in order to discover the solution to the million-dollar Navier-Stokes Millennium Prize Problem, which she was rumored to have solved.

The Boatmaker / [a novel] by John Benditt

In John Benditt’s debut novel, a fierce, complicated, silent man wakes from a fever dream compelled to build a boat and sail away from the small island where he was born. The boat carries him to the next, bigger, island, where he becomes locked in a drunken and violent affair whose explosion propels him all the way to the mainland. There he struggles to understand the intricacies of a larger society and its dark underworld. As he encounters greed, corruption, and racial and religious hatred, he uncovers truths that allow him to redirect the course of his destiny. The boatmaker‘s journey cannot be traced on any map, and yet it is located at the epicenter of European history.

The Last Flight of Poxl West / Daniel Torday

All his life, Elijah Goldstein has idolized his charismatic Uncle Poxl. Intensely magnetic, cultured and brilliant, Poxl takes Elijah under his wing, introducing him to opera and art and literature. But when Poxl publishes a memoir of how he was forced to leave his home north of Prague at the start of WWII and then avenged the deaths of his parents by flying RAF bombers over Germany during the war, killing thousands of German citizens, Elijah watches as the carefully constructed world his uncle has created begins to unravel.

Doomed to Succeed : the U.S.-Israel relationship from Truman to Obama / Dennis Ross

When it comes to Israel, U.S. policy has always emphasized the unbreakable bond between the two countries and our ironclad commitment to Israel’s security. Today our ties to Israel are close―so close that when there are differences, they tend to make the news. But it was not always this way.

The Crime and the Silence : confronting the massacre of Jews in wartime Jedwabne / Anna Bikont; translated from the Polish by Alissa Valles

The devastating story of Jedwabne, which was the basis of Jan Gross’s controversial Neighbors (2001). Based on the author’s encounters with witnesses, survivors, murderers, and their helpers between 2000 and 2004, The Crime and the Silence raises important questions about the responsibility of Poles for the Holocaust”.

JUST IN – December 2016


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You may want to try these well reviewed books that may not make it to the bestseller list, but shouldn’t be missed.


Mister Monkey
: a novel / Francine Prose

Follows the exploits and intrigue of a constellation of characters affiliated with an off-off-off-off Broadway children’s musical. Mister Monkey–a screwball children’s musical about a playfully larcenous pet chimpanzee–is the kind of family favorite that survives far past its prime. Margot, who plays the chimp’s lawyer, knows the production is dreadful and bemoans the failure of her acting career. She’s settled into the drudgery of playing a humiliating part–until the day she receives a mysterious letter from an anonymous admirer.

The Girl from Venice / Martin Cruz Smith

A new standalone novel by the award-winning author of Gorky Park follows a turbulent love affair between a fisherman and a Jewish woman on the run in occupied 1945 La Serenissima.

The Red Car : a novel / Marcy Dermansky

Leah is living in Queens with a possessive husband she doesn’t love and a long list of unfulfilled ambitions, when she’s jolted from a thick ennui by a call from the past. Her beloved former boss and friend, Judy, has died in a car accident and left Leah her most prized possession and, as it turns out, the instrument of Judy’s death: a red sports car. Judy was the mentor Leah never expected. She encouraged Leah’s dreams, analyzed her love life, and eased her into adulthood over long lunches away from the office. Facing the jarring disconnect between the life she expected and the one she is now actually living, Leah takes off for San Francisco to claim Judy’s car.

A Gambler’s Anatomy: a novel / Jonathan Lethem

An international backgammon hustler, who has amassed a fortune through psychic tomfoolery, develops a large tumor on his face that compromises his vision and eventually threatens his life, forcing him to pursue an experimental surgery and contemplate existential questions.

A Very English Scandal: sex, lies and a murder plot in the houses of Parliament: /John Preston

A behind-the-scenes look at the desperate, scandalous private life of a British member of Parliament and champion manipulator, and the history-making trial that exposed his dirty secrets to the world.

The Guineveres / Sarah Domet

A novel about four girls named Guinevere, all left by their parents to be raised by nuns. Together, they are confident, supportive, and waiting for the day they turn 18 and can leave the convent. When four comatose soldiers from the War outside arrive at the convent, the girls seize on the idea that the men may be their ticket out.

All Our Wrong Todays: a novel / Elan Mastai

Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland. But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and–maybe, just maybe–his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality?

The Wangs vs. the World / Jade Chang

A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent–and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back together.

The Trespasser / Tana French

While Detective Antoinette Conway and her partner Stephen Moran work a seemingly routine investigation of a lovers’ quarrel gone bad, they discover the case isn’t as by-the-numbers as they thought.

Ashes of Fiery Weather / Kathleen Donohoe

A debut novel about the passionate loves and tragic losses of six generations of women in a family of firefighters, spanning from famine-era Ireland to Brooklyn a decade after 9/11.

Avid Reader: a life / Robert Gottlieb

The editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster writes with wit and candor about becoming the editor of The New Yorker, and the challenges and satisfactions of running America’s preeminent magazine.

Pulitzer Prize –Winning Presidential Biographies


pulitzer.png1938 – The Life of Andrew Jackson / Robert V. Remini

 

1946 – The Age of Jackson / by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

 

1957 – Profiles in Courage / John F. Kennedy

 

1966 – A Thousand Days; John F. Kennedy in the White House / Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

 

1980 – The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt / Edmund Morris.

 

1992 – The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and civil liberties / Mark E. Neely, Jr.

 

1993 – Truman / David McCullough

 

1995 – No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: the home front in World War II /   Doris Kearns Goodwin.

 

2002 – John Adams / David McCullough

 

2003 – Master of the Senate / Robert A. Caro

 

2009 – American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House / Jon Meacham

 

2011 – Washington: a life / Ron Chernow

 

2011 – The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American slavery / Eric Foner

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Books to Get You Ready for Halloween


halloweenThe Fireman: a novel / Joe Hill

When a bizarre virulent plague breaks out in the world’s major cities, causing victims to spontaneously combust, a dedicated nurse resolves to survive until her baby is born and receives protection from a mysterious infected man who uses his fire symptoms to help others.

Security: a novel / Gina Wohlsdorf

As hotel manager Tessa and her employees ready the posh and indulgent Manderley Resort for its invitation-only grand opening, a killer is in their midst, despite the best security money can buy.

Consumed: a novel / David Cronenberg

While freelance journalist Naomi places her safety in the hands of a suspicious graduate student to investigate a philosopher’s murder, her rival and lover, Nathan, contracts a rare STD while documenting a surgeon’s controversial work in organ trafficking.

The House of Small Shadows / Adam Nevill

Forced out of London after being bullied out of her corporate job, antiques expert Catherine is hired to catalog a late millionaire’s valuable collections, which conceal a dark message and trigger memories from Catherine’s life.

Lock In / John Scalzi

Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselves “locked in”–fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. One per cent doesn’t seem like a lot, but in the United States, that’s 1.7 million people “locked in”…including the President’s wife and daughter. Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative.

A Love Like Blood / Marcus Sedgwick

1944, just days after the liberation of Paris, Charles Jackson sees something horrific: a man in a dark tunnel, apparently drinking the blood of a murdered woman. Terrified, he does nothing, telling himself afterward that worse tragedies happen during war. Seven years later he returns to the city–and sees the same man dining in the company of a fascinating, beautiful young woman. When they leave the restaurant, Charles decides to follow. Motherless Child / Glen Hirshberg

Another vampire novel? Really? How about a vampire novel about single motherhood? And Otis Redding? And best friends? And how you choose whom you kill? And what that costs? And whether there’s ever a way back? On a rare night out in Charlotte, North Carolina, Natalie and Sophie best friends, single moms, music lovers meet the Whistler at the Back Way Out. In the aftermath of that encounter, desperate to save their children and, just maybe, themselves, they flee together down the back roads of the Deep South, pursued by guilt, the Whistler and his Mother, and their own growing, terrible hunger.

Positive / David Wellington

Anyone can be positive . . . The tattooed plus sign on Finnegan’s hand marks him as a Positive. At any time, the zombie virus could explode in his body, turning him from a rational human into a ravenous monster. His only chance of a normal life is to survive the last two years of the potential incubation period. If he reaches his twenty-first birthday without an incident, he’ll be cleared. Until then, Finn must go to a special facility for positives, segregated from society to keep the healthy population safe. But when the military caravan transporting him is attacked, Finn becomes separated. To make it to safety, he must embark on a perilous cross-country journey across an America transformed–a dark and dangerous land populated with heroes, villains, madmen, and hordes of zombies. And though the zombies are everywhere, Finn discovers that the real danger may be his fellow humans”

VIKINGS


vikingsThe Last Kingdom: a novel / Bernard Cornwell

Captured and raised by Danes in the ninth century, dispossessed nobleman Uhtred witnesses the unexpected defeat of his adoptive Viking clan by Alfred of Wessex and longs to recover his father’s land.

People of the Songtrail: a novel of North America’s forgotten past / W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear

On the shores of the sparsely populated American wilderness, a small group of intrepid settlers have landed, seeking freedom to worship and prosper far from the religious strife and political upheaval that plague a war-ridden Europe… 500 years before Columbus set sail. While it has long been known that Viking ships explored the American coast, recent archaeological evidence suggests a far more vast and permanent settlement. A story that has remained untold, until now.

The Soul Thief / Cecelia Holland

Exiled by his father from his farm on the coast of Ireland because of his refusal to fight for the High King, Corban embarks on a search for his missing twin sister, Mav, kidnapped and taken as a slave during a Viking raid on the farm.

Warriors of the Storm: a novel / Bernard Cornwell

With a fragile peace between Wessex, Mercia, and East Anglia loyalties and ambitions are put to the test when forces gather against the kingdom’s greatest warrior, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.

Crowbone / Robert Low

A monk lies dying with a sworn secret he must pass onto Crowbone, the true heir to Norway’s throne, before he breathes his last. The monk’s words will decide the fate of a kingdom. But once the secret is revealed, Crowbone’s long-time enemy, Gunnhild, the Witch Mother of Kings, threatens his path to the crown and will stop at nothing to prevent him from attaining his royal destiny. Crowbone and his men must survive an unforgiving journey and face their sworn rival. It is a quest that will test the very bonds that tie the Oathsworn together.

The Island House / Posie Graeme-Evans

Visiting the ancient Scottish island of Findnar to investigate the unfinished work of her late archaeologist father, doctoral student Freya Dane discovers the story of an early ninth-century Pictish orphan who was forced to make a wrenching choice between her faith and the Viking she loved.

The Age of the Vikings / Anders Winroth

Dispels common myths about Vikings and their civilization, and uses archaeological and written evidence to explore their contributions to art, literature, religious thought, commerce, and politics.

Vikings: life and legend / edited by Gareth Williams, Peter Pentz, and Matthias Wemhoff

A book that accompanied the exhibition Vikings: life and legend at the British Museum in 2014.

The Vikings: a history / Robert Ferguson

This book presents a history of the Nordic warriors and explorers who plundered and traded their way across Europe, and discusses how their conquests helped spread and enhance accomplishments in the arts, culture, and government.

Just In – September


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Bright, Precious Days / Jay McInerney

Enjoying charmed lives of fashionable parties, fulfilling careers, luxurious vacations and their miraculous twin children, Russell and Corrine Calloway consider a high-risk financial opportunity before discovering that they are being priced out of their high-end New York neighborhood.

Carousel Court: a novel / Joe McGinniss Jr.

Carousel Court manages to be simultaneously sexy, scary, and powerfully moving. Most of all, it offers an unflinching portrait of modern marriage in a nation scarred by vanished jobs, abandoned homes, psychotropic cure-alls, infidelity via iPhone, and ruthless choices.

Nine Women, One Dress / Jane L. Rosen

Nine unrelated women whose circumstances are shaped by unrequited love, infidelity and fame find their lives touched by the same little black dress and its seemingly magical properties.

Heroes of the Frontier: a novel / Dave Eggers

Josie and her husband have split up, she’s been sued by a former patient and lost her dental practice, and she’s grieving the death of a young man senselessly killed. When her ex asks to take the children to meet his new fiancée’s family, Josie makes a run for it, figuring Alaska is about as far as she can get without a passport. Josie and her kids, Paul and Ana, rent a rattling old RV named the Chateau, and at first their trip feels like a vacation, but as they drive, Josie is chased by enemies both real and imagined, past mistakes pursuing her tiny family, even to the very edge of civilization.

Dr. Knox / Peter Spiegelman

Adam Knox comes from a long line of patrician Connecticut doctors—a line he broke to serve with an NGO in the war-torn Central African Republic. His attempt to protect his patients there from a brutal militia ended in disaster and disgrace, and now he runs a clinic near Los Angeles’s Skid Row, making ends meet by making house calls—cash only, no questions asked—on those too famous or too criminal to seek other medical care. When a young boy is abandoned at his clinic, Knox is determined to find the boy’s family and save him from the not-so-tender mercies of the child welfare bureaucracy.

American Heiress: the wild saga of the kidnapping, crimes and trial of Patty Hearst / Jeffrey Toobin

An account of the sensational 1974 kidnapping and trial of Patty Hearst describes the efforts of her family to secure her release, Hearst’s baffling participation in a bank robbery and the psychological insights that prompted modern understandings about Stockholm syndrome.

Another Brooklyn: a novel / Jacqueline Woodson

For August, running into a long-ago friend sets in motion resonant memories and transports her to a time and a place she thought she had mislaid: 1970s Brooklyn, where friendship was everything. August, Sylvia, Angela, and Gigi shared confidences as they ambled their neighborhood streets, a place where the girls believed that they were amazingly beautiful, brilliantly talented, with a future that belonged to them. But beneath the hopeful promise there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where mothers disappeared, where fathers found religion, and where madness was a mere sunset away.

Lilac Girls: a novel / Martha Hall Kelly

The lives of three women converge at the Ravensbruck concentration camp as Caroline Ferriday resolves to help from her post at the French consulate, Kasia Kuzmerick becomes a courier in the Polish resistance, and Herta Oberheuser takes a German government medical position.

The Mothers: a novel / Brit Bennett

The Mothers is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community–and the things that ultimately haunt us most.

Sweetbitter / Stephanie Danler

About a year in the life of a uniquely beguiling young woman, set in the wild, alluring world of a famous downtown New York restaurant.

Summer Olympics in Rio-2016


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Gold / Chris Cleave

Cyclists Zoe and Kate are friends and athletic rivals for Olympic gold, while Kate and her husband Jack, also a world-class cyclist, must contend with the recurrence of their young daughter’s leukemia.

Bliss, Remembered / Frank Deford

During 1936 Berlin Olympics, Sydney Stringfellow falls for a German citizen, but they are quickly torn apart as political and social reform sweeps through Nazi Germany.

Sacred Games / Gary Corby

Nico works to clear his Olympics competitor best friend of a false murder accusation when a rival is found dead, a situation that is complicated by escalating violence between Athens and Sparta.

Private Games / James Patterson and Mark Sullivan

Members of the Private investigation firm try to stop a madman bent on destroying the Olympic Games in London.

Swift Edge / Laura DiSilverio

Hired by a world-class figure skater to find her missing pairs partner in time for the upcoming Olympics, Charlie Swift and Gigi Goldman tackle complications in the form of a smitten teen, an attack on the pair’s coach, and the murder of the missing athlete’s colleague.

The Runner / Peter May

Just months before the Athens Olympics and a series of “tragic accidents” are killing off leading Chinese athletes. Beijing detective Li Yan must persuade a champion runner to talk – to save his job and the lives of more young athletes – but the runner has disappeared.

You Will Know Me: a novel / Megan Abbott

Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their fifteen-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community just weeks before an all-important competition, everything the Knoxes have worked so hard for feels suddenly at risk.

Dryland / a novel by Sara Jaffe

It’s 1992, and the world is caught up in the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the Balkan Wars, but for Julie Winter, 15, the news is noise. In Portland, Oregon, Julie moves through her days as usual. Her family life is routine and restrained, and no one talks about Julie’s older brother, a one-time Olympic hopeful swimmer who now lives in self-imposed exile in Berlin. Julie has never considered swimming herself, until Alexis, the swim team captain, tries to recruit her. It’s a dare, and a flirtation—and a chance for Julie to find her brother, or to finally let him go.

An American Summer: a novel / Frank Deford

Christy Bannister looks back on the summer of 1954, a time made special by his relationship with twenty-three-year-old Kathryn Slade, a polio victim confined to a respirator.

Barracuda: a novel / Christos Tsiolkas

Raised by a hairdresser single mom in a tiny Melbourne flat, Danny is elevated to an elite world by his Olympics-level swimming talent and must consider returning home twenty years later when a family member reaches out for help.

JUST IN – AUGUST 2016


A country Road, a Tree / Jo Baker

Journeying from his home in neutral Ireland to conflict-ridden Paris when war breaks out in 1939, an unknown Samuel Beckett forges a deep bond with James Joyce and other luminaries while secretly working for the French Resistance and outmaneuvering the Gestapo.

Behold the Dreamers/ Imbolo Mbue

An immigrant working class couple from Cameroon and the upper class American family for whom they work find their lives and marriages shaped by financial circumstances, infidelities, secrets, and the 2008 recession.

Carry Me: a novel / Peter Behrens

A tale set in Europe between the first and second World Wars follows the coming-of-age of the son of a German father and Irish mother who pursues a complex love affair with the daughter of a German-Jewish baron as their world is overshadowed by Nazi forces.

Hot Milk / Deborah Levy

Driven to cure her mother’s inexplicable illness, a young anthropologist seeks the advice of a famous but controversial consultant on the arid coast of southern Spain, where the transient desert environment shapes her own desires. By the award-winning author of Swimming Home.

The After Party / Anton DiSclafani

When her popular best friend, Joan, spirals out of control in their socially driven 1950s Houston community, Cece, a young wife and mother, struggles to intervene before making a painful choice.

Disappearance at Devil’s Rock: a novel / Paul Tremblay

When her fourteen-year-old son disappears during a summer sleepover at Devil’s Rock, Elizabeth and other residents of the town begin to see his ghost throughout the town, which leads her to believe that he is dead. She tries to maintain a sense of calm to help her younger daughter, Katie, but her anxiety builds when she begins to find crumpled pages of Tommy’s journal which contain disturbing connections between Tommy’s father’s death, a stranger named Arnold, and a macabre folk tale.

A Certain Age / Beatriz Williams

Falling in love with her paramour but unable to divorce because of societal conventions, married Jazz Age socialite Theresa Marshall tries to make the best of the situation but reconsiders her values when her lover falls for her soon-to-be sister-in-law.

We could be Beautiful: a novel / Swan Huntley

Feeling empty in spite of the wealth that affords her a luxurious Manhattan apartment, designer accessories, and fine art, Catherine West pursues a relationship with the son of a family friend who her Alzheimer’s patient mother only remembers negatively.

Britt-Marie Was Here: a novel / Fredrik Backman

BrittMarie is a woman who is used to her life being organized. But when she leaves her cheating spouse and takes a temporary job as caretaker of the recreation center in the tiny town of Borg, her life changes in unpredictable ways. With its wonderful cast of oddball characters and sly sense of humor, this novel is sure to capture readers’ hearts.

Homegoing / Yaa Gyasi

An engaging family saga following two half-sisters – one who marries into privilege and one sold into slavery – and their descendants as they navigate the politics of their separate countries and their heritage. Each is directly affected in some way by the choices of the past, and finding the parallels in the triumphs and heartbreak makes for an engrossing read.

Circuses, Zoos and Sideshows


acircusThe Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno: a novel / Ellen Bryson

Restless after ten years with P.T. Barnum’s American Museum, Bartholomew Fortuno, the World’s Thinnest Man, is asked by the humbug king to discern the activities of a mysterious veiled woman who has captured the obsessions of those she meets.

The Thunder of Giants / Joel Fishbane

Set in 1937, and Andorra Kelsey – 7’11 and just less than 320 pounds – accepts an offer from the wily Rutherford Simone to star in a movie about the life of Anna Swan, the Nova Scotia giantess who toured the world in the 19th century.

Water for Elephants / Sara Gruen

Ninety-something-year-old Jacob Jankowski remembers his time in the circus as a young man during the Great Depression, and his friendship with Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, and Rosie, the elephant, who gave them hope.

The Museum of Extraordinary Things: a novel / Alice Hoffman

The daughter of a curiosities museum’s front man pursues an impassioned love affair with a Russian immigrant photographer, who after fleeing his Lower East Side Orthodox community, has captured poignant images of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.

Hannah’s Dream: a novel / Diane Hammond

For forty-one years, Samson Brown has been caring for Hannah, the lone elephant at the down-at-the-heels Max L. Biedelman Zoo. Having vowed not to retire until an equally loving and devoted caretaker is found to replace him, Sam rejoices when smart, compassionate Neva Wilson is hired as the new elephant keeper. But Neva quickly discovers what Sam already knows: that despite their loving care, Hannah is isolated from other elephants and her feet are nearly ruined from standing on hard concrete all day. Using her contacts in the zoo keeping world, Neva and Sam hatch a plan to send Hannah to an elephant sanctuary.

Life of Pi / Yann Martel

Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper’s son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.

The Night Circus: a novel / Erin Morgenstern

Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.

Church of Marvels / Leslie Parry

Set in the vibrant and tumultuous world of turn-of-the-century New York, the lives of four outsiders become entwined over the course of one fateful night.  

Leaving Time: a novel / Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time is a love story – love between mother and child, love between soulmates, and love between elephants. The story is told from a variety of narrators, all of whom are broken and lost. Jenna is searching for answers to the disappearance of her mother, and seeks the help of a retired police detective and a psychic. Alice, Jenna’s mom, disappeared after a tragic accident at the elephant sanctuary, and her work with the elephants is fascinating and touching. The book is an ode to motherhood in all its forms–the good, bad and the ugly–and it is brilliant.

The Blue Moon Circus / Michael Raleigh

Together with a magician, a snake handler, a Russian animal tamer, and a nine-year-old orphan, ringmaster Lewis Tully tours the American West in 1926 with his circus act for one last time before settling down.

The Great Zoo of China: a thriller / Matthew Reilly

Attending the opening of a magnificent zoo in China where a newly discovered animal species is being housed, National Geographic expert Dr. CJ Cameron confronts unexpected dangers posed by the mysterious creatures. By the best-selling author of Scarecrow Returns.

The Swan Gondola / Timothy Schaffert

A tragic love story set amid the fanciful inventions, gothic amusements, spiritualists, flimflam men, and other crooked characters who populated the 1898 Omaha World’s Fair.

The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise / Julia Stuart

When Balthazar is tasked with setting up an elaborate menagerie within the Tower walls to house the many exotic animals gifted to the Queen by foreign dignitaries, life at the Tower gets all the more interesting. Penguins escape, a bearded pig goes missing, giraffes are stolen, the Komodo dragon sends innocent people running for their lives, and canaries suffer fainting fits. As he attempts to cope with this four-legged invasion and his marriage continues to crumble, Balthazar must confront the secret he has been harboring about his son’s death if he wants to save his marriage, and his sanity.

The Koala of Death: a Gunn Zoo mystery / Betty Webb

When zookeeper Theodora”Teddy” Bentley fishes the body of Koala Kate out of Gunn Landing Harbor, she discovers that her fellow zookeeper didn’t drown; she was strangled. The clues to Koala Kate’s killing implicate other animal keepers at the Gunn Zoo, including Outback Bill, marsupial keeper and Kate’s Aussie ex-boyfriend; and Robin Chase, the big cat keeper who’s got it in for Teddy. Also displaying suspicious behavior are a shady “animal psychic” and even Caro, Teddy’s much-married, ex-beauty-queen mother. Meanwhile, to pay for repairs on the motor on her beloved houseboat, Teddy agrees to appear on a weekly live television broadcast featuring misbehaving animals. Between a cuddly koala, a panicky wallaby, and a killer zeroing in on her, all hell is about to break loose.

We Bought a Zoo / Benjamin Mee

Tells the true story of how Benjamin Mee attempts to refurbish a run-down zoo in Dartmoor, England, and discovers, through a tragic loss, the healing power of animals and the resolve to move forward and turn the zoo into a thriving success.

The Zookeeper’s Wife / Diane Ackerman

The true story of how the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands. When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw–and the city’s zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Żabiński began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen “guests” hid inside the Żabińskis’ villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants–otters, a badger, hyena pups, lynxes–and keeping alive an atmosphere of play and innocence even as Europe crumbled around her.

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Just In – July


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You may want to try these well reviewed books that may not make it to the bestseller list, but shouldn’t be missed.

The Paris librarian: a Hugo Marston novel / Mark Pryor

Hugo Marston’s friend Paul Rogers dies unexpectedly in a locked room at the American Library in Paris. The police conclude that Rogers died of natural causes, but Hugo is certain mischief is afoot. As he pokes around the library, Hugo discovers that rumors are swirling around some recently donated letters from American actress Isabelle Severin. The reason: they indicate that the actress had aided the resistance in frequent trips to France towards the end of World War II.

Girl in the Blue Coat / by Monica Hesse

In 1943 Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, teenage Hanneke–a ‘finder’ of black market goods–is tasked with finding a Jewish girl a customer had been hiding, who has seemingly vanished into thin air, and is pulled into a web of resistance activities and secrets as she attempts to solve the mystery and save the missing girl.

Smoke: a novel / Dan Vyleta

A tale set in an alternate 19th-century England where the lower classes emit smoke from their bodies that is believed to reflect wicked natures, three students at an elite boarding school for future leaders make discoveries that could cost them their lives.

Red Platoon: a true story of American valor / Clinton Romesha, Medal of Honor recipient

In 2009, Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost (COP) Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the U.S. military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Three years after its construction, the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately: it was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend. On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing 14-hour battle—and eventual victory—cost 8 men their lives.

Redemption Road John Hart

In a town on the brink and on a road with no mercy, a boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother, a detective finally confronts her troubled past, a good cop walks free after serving thirteen years in prison, and the unthinkable happens on the altar of an abandoned church.

Modern Lovers / Emma Straub

Three friends and former college bandmates struggle with the midlife difficulties of managing the sexuality, independence, and secrets of their young-adult children against painful memories of a friend who soared and fell without them.

LaRose / Louise Erdrich

North Dakota, late summer, 1999. Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence—but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he’s hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger. When he staggers closer, he realizes he has killed his neighbor’s five-year-old son, Dusty Ravich.

Everyone Brave is Forgiven / Chris Cleave

London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams.

Missing David Bowie? Let’s Go Back to the 70’s


T70sThe Beautiful things that Heaven Bears / Dinaw Mengestu

Seventeen years after fleeing the Ethiopian revolution, Sepha Stephanos runs a grocery store in a poor African-American neighborhood in Washington, D.C., where he reflects on his past and the differences between his prospects and the life he imagined.

Born on the Fourth of July / Ron Kovic

A former marine paralyzed from the chest down as a result of an injury suffered in Vietnam recalls his youth, battlefield experiences, and the agonies of his slow reentry into American society.

Channeling Mark Twain: a novel / Carol Muske-Dukes

Young, newlywed, dedicated poet Holly Mattox hopes to share her passion for literature and social justice by teaching a poetry workshop at the Women’s House of Detention on Rikers Island, where she meets a young woman who claims to be capable of “channeling” Mark Twain’s voice.

City Boy: my life in New York during the 1960s and ’70s / Edmund White

“City Boy” tells the story of White’s years in 1970s New York, bouncing from intellectual encounters with Susan Sontag and Harold Brodkey to his erotic entanglements downtown to the city’s burgeoning gay scene of artists and writers.

Drop City / T. Coraghessan Boyle

Set in 1970, Drop City, a California commune, decides to relocate to Alaska, where tensions rise between the commune and a group of homesteaders.

The Flamethrowers: a novel / Rachel Kushner

The year is 1975 and Reno — so-called because of the place of her birth — has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world — artists have colonized a deserted and industrial SoHo, are staging actions in the East Village, and are blurring the line between life and art. Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to a sentimental education of sorts. Ardent, vulnerable, and bold, she begins an affair with an artist named Sandro Valera, the semi-estranged scion of an Italian tire and motorcycle empire. When they visit Sandro’s home in Italy, Reno falls in with members of the radical movement that overtook Italy in the seventies. Betrayal sends her reeling into a clandestine undertow.

The Fortress of Solitude / Jonathan Lethem

Their friendship compromised by the belief systems of the racially charged 1970s, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude share a series of misadventures based on their mutual obsession with comic book heroes.

The Ice Storm / Rick Moody

A family romance set in the 1970s follows the Hoods as they skid out of control in suburban Connecticut while Watergate unfolds and troops head home from Vietnam. 

Just Kids / Patti Smith

In this tough, tender memoir, singer-songwriter Patti Smith transports readers to what seemed like halcyon days for art and artists in New York as she shares tales of the denizens of Max’s Kansas City, the Hotel Chelsea, Scribner’s, Brentano’s and Strand bookstores and her new life in Brooklyn with a young man named Robert Mapplethorpe–the man who changed her life with his love, friendship, and genius.

Let the Great World Spin / Colum McCann

A rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s. A radical young Irish monk struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the middle of the burning Bronx. A group of mothers gather in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons who died in Vietnam, only to discover just how much divides them even in grief. A young artist finds herself at the scene of a hit-and-run that sends her own life careening sideways. A 38-year-old grandmother turns tricks alongside her teenage daughter, determined not only to take care of her family but to prove her own worth. Weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann’s allegory comes alive in the voices of the city’s people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the “artistic crime of the century”–a mysterious tightrope walker dancing between the Twin Towers.

David Bowie: starman / by Paul Trynka

Illuminates the career of David Bowie through more than three hundred new interviews with everyone from classmates to managers to lovers and discusses his broad influence on the entertainment world.

Paradise / Toni Morrison

Tells the story of Ruby, Oklahoma, an all Black town settled by a dozen families in the 1890s when they were turned away from other communities. But now it’s the 1970s and the men of the town blame the women and the women’s shelter for the change in their community’s character.

The Virgin Suicides / Jeffrey Eugenides

The narrator and his friends piece together the events that led up to suicides of the Lisbon girls, brainy Therese, fastidious Mary, ascetic Bonnie, libertine Lux, and saintly Cecilia.

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Just In – June 2016


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You may want to try these well reviewed books that may not make it to the bestseller list, but shouldn’t be missed.

The Nix: a novel / Nathan Hill

An epic novel about a son, the mother who left him as a child, and how his search to uncover the secrets of her life leads him to reclaim his own.

Glory Over Everything: beyond the Kitchen House / Kathleen Grissom

A sequel to The Kitchen House, it continues the experiences of Jamie, who in 1830 after escaping slavery passes himself off as a wealthy white silversmith, only to risk everything to save a beloved servant who has been captured and sold in the South.

The Winter Girl : a novel / Matt Marinovich

It’s wintertime in the Hamptons, where Scott and his wife, Elise, have come to be with her terminally ill father, Victor, to await the inevitable. As weeks turn to months, their daily routine only highlights their growing resentment and dissatisfaction with the usual litany of unhappy marriages. But then Scott notices something simple, even innocuous. Every night at precisely eleven, the lights in the neighbor’s bedroom turn off. Soon, it’s not hard to enlist his wife as a partner in crime and see if they can’t restart the passion. Their one simple transgression quickly sends husband and wife down a deliriously wicked spiral of bad decisions, infidelities, & escalating violence.

Mothering Sunday : a romance / Graham Swift

It begins with an afternoon tryst in 1924 between a servant girl and the young man of the neighboring house. Twenty-two-year-old Jane Fairchild, orphaned at birth, has worked as a maid at one English country estate since she was sixteen. And for almost all of those years she has been the secret lover, the scion of the estate next door. On an unseasonably warm March afternoon, Jane and Paul will make love for the last time–though not, as Jane believes, because Paul is about to be married–and the events of the day will alter Jane’s life forever.

I Let you Go / Clare Mackintosh

On a rainy afternoon, a mother’s life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street … Jenna Gray moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind, desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past. At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run.

Zero K: a novel / Don DeLillo

Jeffrey Lockhart’s father, Ross, is a George Soros-like billionaire now in his sixties, with a younger wife, Artis, whose health is failing. Ross is the primary investor in a deeply remote and secret compound where death is controlled and bodies are preserved until a future moment when medicine and technology can reawaken them. Jeffrey joins Ross and Artis at the compound to say an uncertain farewell to her as she surrenders her body. Ross Lockhart is not driven by the hope for immortality, for power and wealth beyond the grave. He is driven by love for his wife, for Artis, without whom he feels life is not worth living. It is that which compels him to submit to death long before his time.

The Dollhouse / Fiona Davis

Fiona Davis’s stunning debut novel pulls readers into the lush world of New York City’s glamorous Barbizon Hotel for Women, where a generation of aspiring models, secretaries, and editors lived side-by-side while attempting to claw their way to fairy-tale success in the 1950s, and where a present-day journalist becomes consumed with uncovering a dark secret buried deep within the Barbizon’s glitzy past. When she arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952, secretarial school enrollment in hand, Darby McLaughlin is everything her modeling agency hall mates aren’t: plain, self-conscious, homesick, and utterly convinced she doesn’t belong–a notion the models do nothing to disabuse. Yet when Darby befriends Esme, a Barbizon maid, she’s introduced to an entirely new side of New York City: seedy downtown jazz clubs where the music is as addictive as the heroin that’s used there, the startling sounds of bebop, and even the possibility of romance. Over half a century later, the Barbizon’s gone condo and most of its long-ago guests are forgotten. But rumors of Darby’s involvement in a deadly skirmish with a hotel maid back in 1952 haunt the halls of the building as surely as the melancholy music that floats from the elderly woman’s rent-controlled apartment.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month-May 2016


asianpacificThe Woman Warrior: memoirs of a girlhood among ghosts / Maxine Hong Kingston

A first-generation Chinese-American woman recounts growing up in America within a tradition-bound Chinese family, and confronted with Chinese ghosts from the past and non-Chinese ghosts of the present.

Obasan / Joy Kogawa

Pearl Harbor changes life in Vancouver for Naomi Nakane when the government takes property from her relatives and interns them.

How to be an American Housewife / Margaret Dilloway

How to be an American housewife is a novel about mothers and daughters and the pull of tradition. It tells the story of Shoko, a Japanese woman who married an American GI, and her grown daughter, Sue, a divorced mother whose life as an American housewife hasn’t been what she’d expected. When illness prevents Shoko from traveling to Japan, she asks Sue to go in her place. The trip reveals family secrets that change their lives in dramatic and unforeseen ways.

Interpreter of Maladies / Jhumpa Lahiri

In nine stories imbued with the sensual details of Indian culture, Lahiri charts the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations. This short fiction collection blends elements of Indian traditions with the complexities of American culture in such tales as “A Temporary Matter,” in which a young Indian-American couple confronts their grief over the loss of a child, while their Boston neighborhood copes with a nightly blackout.

The Sympathizer / Viet Thanh Nguyen

Follows a Viet Cong agent as he spies on a South Vietnamese army general and his compatriots as they start a new life on 1975 Los Angeles.

A Tale for the Time Being / Ruth Ozeki

In a manga cafe in Tokyo’s Electric Town, Nao has decided there’s only one escape from the loneliness and pain of her life, as she’s uprooted from her U.S. home, bullied at school, and watching her parents spiral deeper into disaster. But before she ends it all, she wants to accomplish one thing: to recount the story of her great-grandmother, a 104-year-old Zen Buddhist nun, in the pages of her secret diary. The diary, Nao’s only solace, is her cry for help to a reader whom she can only imagine.

Native Speaker / Chang-rae Lee

Henry Park, a Korean-American private spy, is challenged by a new assignment to investigate a rising politician, but the secrets he uncovers threaten his cultural identity and his relationship with his wife.

Hawaii / James A. Michener

Hawaii’s prehistory and history appears through the eyes of its natives and the missionaries and Asians who came to influence it. 

The Buddha in the Attic / Julie Otsuka

Presents the stories of six Japanese mail-order brides whose new lives in early twentieth-century San Francisco are marked by backbreaking migrant work, cultural struggles, children who reject their heritage, and the prospect of wartime internment. 

My Year of Meats / Ruth L. Ozeki

Strange things happen in the love lives of two women–one a Japanese-American filmmaker from New York, the other a Japanese housewife–linked by a Japanese television show sponsored by an American meat exporter.

Nanjing Requiem / Ha Jin

During the 1937 attack on Nanjing, American missionary and women’s college dean Minnie Vautrin decides to remain at her school during a violent Japanese attack that renders the school a refugee center for ten thousand women and children.

The Inheritance of Loss / Kiran Desai

In a crumbling house in the remote northeastern Himalayas, an embittered, elderly judge finds his peaceful retirement turned upside down by the arrival of his orphaned granddaughter, Sai.

The Invitation: a novel / Anne Cherian

Vikram, a successful first-generation Indian immigrant invites three of his college friends to is son’s graduation from MIT – an event where real life collides with unmet expectations.

On Gold Mountain: [the one-hundred-year odyssey of a Chinese-American family] / Lisa See

Documenting the history of her own Chinese-American family, a journalist shares the results of five years of research, including interviews with nearly one hundred Chinese and Caucasian relatives.

Sisters of Heart and Snow / Margaret Dilloway

Margaret Dilloway, critically-acclaimed and award-winning author of How To Be An American Housewife, returns with a poignant story of estranged sisters reunited when a mysterious request from their ailing mother reveals a long-buried family secret.

Farewell to Manzanar : a true story of Japanese American experience during and after the World War II internment / Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston

Jeanne Wakatsuki was seven years old in 1942 when her family was uprooted from their home and sent to live at Manzanar internment camp–with 10,000 other Japanese Americans. Along with searchlight towers and armed guards, Manzanar ludicrously featured cheerleaders, Boy Scouts, sock hops, baton twirling lessons and a dance band called the Jive Bombers who would play any popular song except the nation’s #1 hit: “Don’t Fence Me In.” Farewell to Manzanar is the true story of one spirited Japanese-American family’s attempt to survive the indignities of forced detention … and of a native-born American child who discovered what it was like to grow up behind barbed wire in the United States.

JUST IN – MAY 2016


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Check our catalog, and place a hold, or ask a Librarian to place a hold for you.
You may want to try these well reviewed books that may not make it to the bestseller list, but shouldn’t be missed.

The Ex: a novel / Alafair Burke

After agreeing to defend her ex-fiancé when he is arrested for a triple homicide, top criminal lawyer, Olivia Randall begins to have doubts as the evidence mounts against him.

Miller’s Valley: a novel / Anna Quindlen

Filled with insights that are hallmarks of Anna Quindlen’s bestsellers, this extraordinary novel is about a woman coming of age, as she unearths secrets about her family and her town, and surprising truths about herself.

The Nest / Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Gathering to confront their older brother, who has recently been released from rehab after a drunk driving accident, the Plumb siblings watch as the trust fund left by their father rises and falls according to self-inflicted problems.

Hunters in the Dark: a novel / Lawrence Osborne

A sophisticated game of cat and mouse, where identities are blurred, greed trumps kindness, and karma is ruthless. Filled with Hitchcockian twists and turns, suffused with the steamy heat and pervasive superstition of the Cambodian jungle, and unafraid to confront uneasy questions about luck and the machinations of fate, this is a masterful novel that has the feel of an instant classic.

The Photographer’s Wife / Suzanne Joinson

Years after William Harrington participates in a 1920s project to redesign Jerusalem by bringing English parks to the desert, his revelations about long-buried secrets transform the life of his former employer’s daughter.

The Versions of Us / Laura Barnett

A novel musing on the role small choices can play in determining the course of a life follows Eva and Jim, who meet by chance on a Cambridge street, and the three different paths their lives could take.

The Violet Hour: great writers at the end / Katie Roiphe

Examining the final days of five great writers and artist–Susan Sontag, Sigmund Freud, John Updike, Dylan Thomas and Maurice Sendak–a thought-provoking volume helps readers look boldly at death and be less afraid, in a wholly original meditation on mortality.

Vinegar Girl: The taming of the shrew retold / Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler’s retelling of the Shakespeare play “The taming of the shrew”.

The Core of the Sun / Johanna Sinisalo

A work of literary speculative fiction by the author of Troll: A Love Story is set in an alternate-world extreme welfare state and follows the experiences of a woman whose addiction to illegal chili peppers pits her against state-controlled love, sex and free will.

A Life Apart / Neel Mukherjee

Ritwik Ghosh, twenty-two and recently orphaned, finds the chance to start a new life when he arrives in England from Calcutta. But Oxford holds little of the salvation Ritwik is looking for. Instead, he moves to London, where he drops out of official existence into a shadowy hinterland of illegal immigrants. The story that Ritwik writes to stave off his loneliness begins to find ghostly echoes in his own life. And, as present and past of several lives collide, Ritwik’s own goes into free fall.”

The Night Sister: a novel / Jennifer McMahon

When Piper receives a panicked call from her sister Margot claiming their childhood friend, Amy, has killed herself and her family, the sisters are forced to revisit the memories of the fateful summer that ended their friendship as they investigate.

Military Techno-Thrillers


technoIron Wolf / Dale Brown

The first woman president of the United States is tested by a Russian invasion of Ukraine and Moldova that compels a previous U.S. president to organize a radical counterattack involving manned robot soldiers.

Independence Day / Ben Coes

Sidelined after two operations gone wrong and a terrible personal loss, former Delta and new intelligence agent Dewey Andreas defies his superiors in a race against time to stop a deadly terrorist plot on U.S. soil.

Night of the Cobra: a sniper novel / Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin (USMC, Ret.) with Donald A. Davis.

Top-ranked Marine sniper Kyle Swanson was a promising young Marine on a dangerous peace-keeping mission in Mogadishu when he first captured “the Cobra”, and it could have cost him his life–had it not been for the schoolteacher who risked her own to save him. Now Swanson is sent on a mission to track down two targets–one is the Cobra, the warlord who spent twenty years in prison after Swanson captured him and; the other is the grandson of the schoolteacher who once saved his life, who has joined the Cobra’s army of terror.

One Killer Force: a Delta force novel / Dalton Fury

Delta Force commander Kolt “Racer” Raynor fights against the government’s idea for combining the Delta Force with the SEALs, and the leaders in charge of that decision who want Kolt gone.

Hurricane Fever / Tobias S. Buckell

A former Caribbean Intelligence operative taking care of his orphaned nephew becomes involved in a global conspiracy when he receives a surprise package from his friend, a murdered fellow spy.

Nimitz Class / Patrick Robinson

A Navy maverick investigates the possibility that a rogue submarine is responsible for the destruction of a Nimitz-class nuclear carrier.

Against All Enemies / John Gilstrap

Unable to believe that a fellow combat vet has gone rogue, killing American agents and leaking sensitive intel to the enemy, Jonathan Grave sets out to find him first and, stumbling upon a far-reaching conspiracy, must divert a deadly catastrophe of historic proportions.

Close Quarters: a Marc Portman thriller / Adrian Magson

Close protection specialist Marc Portman is used to finding himself in hostile situations. But none can be more unpredictable than the troubled Ukraine, teetering on the brink of civil war. When a U.S. State Department official on a fact-finding mission to the Ukraine is placed under house arrest, the CIA hire Portman (codename: Watchman) to get him safely out of the country. In that dangerous and volatile region, Portman will find himself up against local gangsters, Ukrainian Special Forces, professional snipers, pro-Russian separatists and power-crazed cops.

The Insider Threat: a Pike Logan thriller / Brad Taylor

When ISIS plans an attack no one anticipates, one that cannot be defeated by an airstrike, Pike Logan and the Taskforce are America’s only hope.

Zero Option: a novel of suspense / P.T. Deutermann

While investigating a scam involving public auctions of military surplus materials, military investigator David Stafford discovers that a cylinder containing a hazardous biochemical weapon has vanished, and no one in the powerful military bureaucracy will admit that it is gone.

Sting of the Drone / Richard A. Clarke

When members of the Kill Committee drone program identify high-threat enemies in a mountain region on the other side of the world, their targets plot a retaliatory strike against American civilians on U.S. soil.

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What She Knew / Gilly Macmillan

Rachel Jenner is out for a walk with her son Ben when, after allowing him to run ahead to a swing, he vanishes. The investigation focuses on Rachel due to her recent divorce, and as a result, Rachel becomes undone. This is a psychological thriller full of suspense that will have you guessing until the very end. When all is revealed, the characters and action of the crime will stay with you long after you read the final page.

The Lovers: Afghanistan’s Romeo & Juliet: the true story of how they defied their families and escaped an honor killing / Rod Nordland

An account illuminating the ongoing debate about women’s rights in the Muslim world documents the true story of how two people from different Afghani tribes pursued marriage against Islamic law and remain in hiding from relatives who would kill them to restore family honor.

The Passenger: a novel / Lisa Lutz

This is a compulsively readable story of a young woman who has to keep switching identities and stay on the run. Is she a reliable narrator or not? What was the original event that sent her on the run? There is a lot of action and suspense as she tries to survive and evade the law while trying to keep her moral center intact.

The Year of the Runaways / Sunjeev Sahota

The lives of three young men, and one unforgettable woman, intertwine over the course of one year after they emigrate from India to Sheffield, England.

The Reckoning Stones / Laura DiSilverio

After suffering abuse at the hands of her local pastor as a child, Mercy, who now goes by the name Iris, is a successful jewelry designer who is forced to deal with the abuse at the pastor’s wake.

In Other Words / Jhumpa Lahiri

The author traces her enduring love affair with the Italian language that prompted her family’s move to Rome, where her efforts to master the language as a writer shaped her feelings of belonging and exile.

Mrs. Houdini: a novel / Victoria Kelly

After Harry dies, Beth Houdini starts noticing everywhere the code he promised he’d send her from the great beyond and retraces their remarkable romance, from Coney Island, to Budapest, to Hollywood, in an effort to decipher the urgent message from her husband.

A Doubter’s Almanac: a novel / Ethan Canin

In this mesmerizing novel, Ethan Canin, the New York Times bestselling author of America America and other acclaimed works of fiction, explores the mysteries of a father, a son, and a family, as well as the nature of genius, jealousy, ambition, and love.

All Things Cease to Appear / Elizabeth Brundage

When the Clare family purchases a ramshackle farmhouse at a foreclosure auction, it appears that all is well in their world, until George comes home one evening from his job as an Art History Professor at the local private college and finds his wife murdered and their three-year-old untended yet unharmed. Told through the eyes of the townspeople and the families involved, this is a gorgeously unsettling look at a marriage and what happens to a community in the process of change.

Lust & Wonder / Augusten Burroughs

In chronicling the development and demise of the different relationships he’s had while living in New York, Augusten Burroughs examines what it means to be in love, what it means to be in lust, and what it means to be figuring it all out.

East Islip Public Library Book Bash 3-15-16 Great Book Club Reads


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A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected.

Life After Life: a novel / Kate Atkinson

Ursula Todd is born on a cold snowy night in 1910 — twice. As she grows up during the first half of the twentieth century in Britain Ursula dies and is brought back to life again and again. With a seemingly infinite number of lives it appears as though Ursula has the ability to alter the history of the world, should she so choose.

Lucky Us: a novel / Amy Bloom

Is a family the people you are born to, or the people who you find along the way? That’s what Bloom explores in this novel set in pre- and post-WWII Ohio, Los Angeles, New York and Germany. The story follows resourceful Eva, who was abandoned by her mother at an early age, and her sister Iris, an aspiring actress who tries to find love at a time when her kind of love must be secretive.

The Boys in the Boat: nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics / Daniel James Brown

Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower.

The Miniaturist / Jessie Burton

Engaging the services of a miniaturist to furnish a cabinet-sized replica of her new home, 18-year-old Nella Oortman, the wife of an illustrious merchant trader, soon discovers that the artist’s tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways.

Ready Player One / Ernest Cline

Immersing himself in a mid-twenty-first-century technological virtual utopia to escape an ugly real world of famine, poverty, and disease, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world’s creator.

The Boston Girl: a novel / Anita Diamant

Recounting the story of her life to her granddaughter, octogenarian Addie describes how she was raised in early-twentieth-century America by Jewish immigrant parents in a teeming multicultural neighborhood.

The Language of Flowers: a novel / Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past.

All the Light We Cannot See: a novel / Anthony Doerr

A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast. 

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: a novel / Jamie Ford

Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, this debut novel tells the heartwarming story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko Okabe.

We are all Completely Beside Ourselves / Karen Joy Fowler

Coming of age in middle America, eighteen-year-old Rosemary evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and forced removal of an endearing chimpanzee who was secretly regarded as a family member and who Rosemary loved as a sister.

All I Love and Know / Judith Frank

When Daniel Rosen’s twin brother and sister-in-law are killed in a bombing in Jerusalem, he and his husband Matthew are confronted with challenges that threaten their relationship as they try to adopt the couple’s two children.

The Rosie Project / Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he’s not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.

Arcadia / Lauren Groff

The lyrical and haunting story of a great American dream — the progress of a utopian community and its lasting impact on a gifted young man.

The Girl in the Red Coat: a novel / Kate Hamer

Newly single mom Beth has one constant, gnawing worry: that her dreamy eight-year-old daughter, Carmel, who has a tendency to wander off, will one day go missing. And then one day, it happens. On a Saturday morning thick with fog, Beth takes Carmel to a local outdoor festival, they get separated in the crowd, and Carmel is gone.

Neverhome / Laird Hunt

Follows the experiences of Ash Thompson, who becomes a folk hero after she abandons her farmer husband and disguises herself as a man to go fight for the South during the Civil War.

Waiting / Ha Jin

An ambitious and dedicated Chinese doctor, Lin Kong finds himself torn between two very different women–the educated and dynamic nurse with whom he has fallen in love and the traditional, meek, and humble woman to whom his family married him when they were both very young.

Orphan Train / Christina Baker Kline

Close to aging out of the foster care system, Molly Ayer takes a position helping an elderly woman named Vivian and discovers that they are more alike than different as she helps Vivian solve a mystery from her past.

The Invention of Wings / Sue Monk Kidd

On Sarah Grimke’s eleventh birthday, she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, a Charleston slave, who is to be her handmaid. Follow their journey over the next thirty-five years as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

The Lowland: a novel / Jhumpa Lahiri

Spanning the oceans from India to Rhode Island, this is a story of brothers and allegiances, mothers and challenges, families and turmoil. Lahiri fleshes out her characters and events with such exquisite prose that I find myself rereading sentences just for the experience of their impact.

Secrets of a Charmed Life: [a novel] / Susan Meissner

She stood at a crossroads, half-aware that her choice would send her down a path from which there could be no turning back. But instead of two choices, she saw only one-because it was all she really wanted to see… Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades…beginning with whom she really is. 

The Night Circus: a novel / Erin Morgenstern

Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.

Everything I Never Told You / Celeste Ng

A story of the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family explores the fallout of the drowning death of Lydia Lee, the favorite daughter of a Chinese-American family in 1970s Ohio.

Us / David Nicholls

A mild-mannered scientist with a hidden sense of humor struggles to repair his marriage and his relationship with his teen son during a month-long European tour.

Stella Bain: a novel / Anita Shreve

Suffering from shell shock and memory loss from her time spent as a nurse’s aide on a French battlefield during World War I, American Stella Bain is taken in by London surgeon August Bridge and his wife.

The Witches: Salem, 1692 / Stacy Schiff

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra analyzes the Salem Witch Trials to offer key insights into the role of women in its events while explaining how its tragedies became possible.

Where’d you go, Bernadette: a novel / Maria Semple

When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society / Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton finds inspiration for her next book in her correspondence with a native of Guernsey, who tells her about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club born as an alibi during German occupation.

The Story of Land and Sea: a novel / Katy Simpson Smith

Years before, Helen herself was raised by a widowed father. Asa, the devout owner of a small plantation, gives his daughter a young slave named Moll for her tenth birthday. Helen gradually takes over the running of the plantation, but when she meets John, the pirate turned Continental soldier, she flouts convention by falling in love. Moll, meanwhile, is forced into marriage with a stranger. Her only solace is her son, Davy, whom she will protect with a passion that defies the bounds of slavery.

White Teeth: a novel / Zadie Smith

Set in post-war London, this novel of the racial, political, and social upheaval of the last half-century follows two families–the Joneses and the Iqbals, both outsiders from within the former British empire–as they make their way in modern England.

The Light Between Oceans / M. L. Stedman

A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore.

The Burgess Boys: a novel / Elizabeth Strout

Catalyzed by a nephew’s thoughtless prank, a pair of brothers confront painful psychological issues surrounding the freak accident that killed their father when they were boys, a loss linked to a heartbreaking deception that shaped their personal and professional lives.

Cutting for Stone: a novel / Abraham Verghese

Marion, fresh out of medical school, flees Ethiopia and makes his way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him–nearly destroying him–Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him.

The Secret life of Violet Grant / Beatriz Williams

Defying the privilege of her 1960s Fifth Avenue family to pursue a job with a style magazine, recent college graduate Vivian Schuyler discovers a secret about an aunt she never knew who at the dawn of World War I fled her oppressive marriage to pursue an audacious goal.

What She Left Behind / Ellen Marie Wiseman

Ten years ago, Izzy Stone’s mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother’s apparent insanity, Izzy, now seventeen, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy’s help in cataloging items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past.

Lisette’s List: a novel / Susan Vreeland

A tale centered on the lives of Provence-inspired master artists follows the experiences of an exiled young Parisian who cares for her husband’s ailing grandfather during the Vichy regime and rediscovers love through the master works of Cezanne, Pissarro, Chagall and Picasso.

Small Blessings: a novel / Martha Woodroof

Tom Putnam, an English professor at a Virginia women’s college, has resigned himself to a quiet and half-fulfilled life. For more than ten years, his wife Marjory has been a shut-in, a fragile and frigid woman whose neuroses have left her fully dependent on Tom and his formidable mother-in-law, Agnes Tattle. Tom considers his unhappy condition self-inflicted, since Marjory’s condition was exacerbated by her discovery of Tom’s brief and misguided affair with a visiting poetess. But when Tom and Marjory meet Rose Callahan, the campus bookstore’s charming new hire, and Marjory invites Rose to dinner, her first social interaction in a decade, Tom wonders if it’s a sign that change is on the horizon. And when Tom returns home that evening to a letter from the poetess telling him that he’d fathered her son, Henry, and that Henry, now ten, will arrive by train in a few days, it’s clear change is coming whether Tom’s ready or not. For readers of Helen Simonson and Anna Quindlen, Small Blessings is funny, heart-warming and poignant, with a charmingly imperfect cast of cinema-ready characters. Readers will fall in love with the novel’s wonderfully optimistic heart that reminds us that sometimes, when it feels like life is veering irrevocably off track, the track changes in ways we never could have imagined

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry: a novel / Gabrielle Zevin

When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.

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Jane Eyre / Charlotte Brontë

An extraordinary coming-of-age story featuring one of the most independent and strong-willed female protagonists in all of literature.

The Language of Flowers: a novel / Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past. 

Cleopatra: a life / Stacy Schiff

Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnet, and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first when both were teenagers. She poisoned the second. Ultimately she dispensed with an ambitious sister as well; incest and assassination were family specialties.

Catherine the Great: portrait of a woman / Robert K. Massie

Presents a reconstruction of the eighteenth-century empress’s life that covers her efforts to engage Russia in the cultural life of Europe, her creation of the Hermitage, and her numerous scandal-free romantic affairs.

The Dovekeepers: a novel / Alice Hoffman

A tale inspired by the tragic first-century massacre of hundreds of Jewish people at Masada presents the stories of a hated daughter, a baker’s wife, a girl disguised as a warrior, and a medicine woman who keep doves and secrets while Roman soldiers draw near.

Tess of the D’Urbervilles / Thomas Hardy

Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D’Urbervilles, and meeting her “cousin” Alec proves to be her downfall. When Angel Clare offers her love and salvation, she must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future.

Reading Lolita in Tehran: a memoir in books / Azar Nafisi

The author describes growing up in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the group of young women who came together at her home in secret every Thursday to read and discuss great books of Western literature.

Little Women / Louisa May Alcott

Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young women in nineteenth-century New England.

The Awakening and selected stories / Kate Chopin

When a Louisiana woman meets a young resort owner while on vacation, she begins to fall in love with him despite her own marriage. 

Gone with the Wind / by Margaret Mitchell

First published in 1936, this book is a historical novel set against the dramatic backdrop of the Civil War. It tells the love story of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler. 

The Paris Wife / Paula McLain

Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness — until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris. Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris. Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and become more challenging.

Memoirs of a Geisha / Arthur Golden

A fictional memoir of a celebrated Japanese geisha describes how, as a little girl in 1929, she is sold into slavery; her efforts to learn the arts of the geisha; the impact of World War II; and her struggle to reinvent herself to win the man she loves.

 

Dear Abigail : the intimate lives and revolutionary ideas of Abigail Adams and her two remarkable sisters / Diane Jacobs.

Much has been written about the enduring marriage of President John Adams and his wife, Abigail. But few know of the equally strong bond Abigail shared with her sisters, Mary Cranch and Elizabeth Shaw Peabody, accomplished women in their own right. Now acclaimed biographer Diane Jacobs reveals their moving story, which unfolds against the stunning backdrop of America in its transformative colonial years.

Elizabeth: Renaissance Prince / Lisa Hilton

Queen Elizabeth I was all too happy to play on courtly conventions of gender when it suited her “weak and feeble woman’s body” to do so for political gain. But in Elizabeth, historian Lisa Hilton offers ample evidence why those famous words should not be taken at face value. With new research out of France, Italy, Russia, and Turkey, Hilton’s fresh interpretation is of a queen who saw herself primarily as a Renaissance prince and used Machiavellian statecraft to secure that position. A decade since the last major biography, this Elizabeth breaks new ground and depicts a queen who was much less constrained by her femininity than most treatments claim.

The Scarlet Letter / by Nathaniel Hawthorne

In early colonial Massachusetts, a young woman endures the consequences of her sin of adultery and spends the rest of her life in atonement. 

At the Water’s Edge: a novel / Sara Gruen

While her husband, Ellis, and his friend try to find the Loch Ness monster in an attempt to get back into his father’s good graces, Maddie is left on her own in World War II-era Scotland and experiences a social awakening.

Stella Bain: a novel / Anita Shreve

An epic story, set against the backdrop of World War I, from bestselling author Anita Shreve. When an American woman, Stella Bain, is found suffering from severe shell shock in an exclusive garden in London, surgeon August Bridge and his wife selflessly agree to take her in. A gesture of goodwill turns into something more as Bridge quickly develops a clinical interest in his houseguest. Stella had been working as a nurse’s aide near the front, but she can’t remember anything prior to four months earlier when she was found wounded on a French battlefield. In a narrative that takes us from London to America and back again, Shreve has created an engrossing and wrenching tale about love and the meaning of memory, set against the haunting backdrop of a war that destroyed an entire generation.

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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend / Katarina Bivald

Sara arrives in the small town of Broken Wheel to visit her pen pal Amy, only to discover Amy has just died. The tale of how she brings the love of books and reading that she shared with Amy to the residents of Broken Wheel is just a lovely read.

The High Mountains of Portugal: a novel / Yann Martel

A suspenseful, mesmerizing story revolves around the search for an extraordinary artifact; the novel offers a haunting exploration of great love and great loss.

The Flood Girls: a novel / Richard Fifield

Returning to her tiny Montana hometown where jaded locals refuse to let her make amends, Rachel Flood, who left behind a trail of chaos, discovers herself and receives assistance from a local boy in her efforts to correct past mistakes.

The Fields: a novel / Kevin Maher

In 1980s Dublin, fourteen-year-old Jim is dealing with a dysfunctional family and abuse from Father Luke O’Culigeen. All this fades, however, when he meets Saidhbh Donohue, girlfriend of a local thug, and ends up running away with her to London.

Tightrope / Simon Mawer

After surviving a concentration camp, ex-special operations agent Marian Sutro is drawn into the ambiguities of the Cold War by the man who hijacked her wartime mission to Paris, while trying to make amends for the past.

Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: stories / Bonnie Jo Campbell

In this short story collection, mothers and daughters feature heavily, weighing the consequences of bad choices, facing difficult situations in the present, and worrying about their futures. Marginalized women — poor, alone, abused — ruminate on their lives; some stories ultimately offer hope while others do not, a hallmark of Campbell’s work.

Alone on the Wall / Alex Honnold with David Roberts

The extreme climber famed for his solo ascents without ropes, partners or gear describes his seven most significant achievements, including a free-solo climb up Mexico’s Sendero Luminoso and the Fitz Traverse ascent in Patagonia.

Tender: a novel / Belinda McKeon

When they meet in Dublin in the late nineties, Catherine and James become close friends. She is a sheltered college student, he an adventurous, charismatic young artist. In a city brimming with possibilities, he spurs her to take life on with gusto. But as Catherine opens herself to new experiences, James’s life becomes a prison, walled off by a truth he feels unable to share. When crisis hits, Catherine finds herself at the mercy of uncontrollable feelings, leading her to jeopardize everything.

The Girl in the Red Coat: a novel / Kate Hamer

There is not much more terrifying than losing your child. There’s the terror, the guilt, and then the relentless and unending chasm left behind by your child. I am grateful to not know that pain, and yet what Beth, the main character of this book, went through, resonated with me. I have had so many things on my to-do list, and yet I found myself delaying laundry and dusting and research so that I could find out how this story would unfold.

Paradise City / Elizabeth Day

Four different people seek out the meaning of life and its various components, including a successful businessman whose daughter has gone missing, a lesbian who fled Uganda where homosexuality is illegal and a nosy widow who spies on her neighbors.

Dear Mr. You / Mary-Louise Parker

Parker has created a unique and poetic memoir through a series of letters–some of appreciation, some of apology, some simply of acknowledgement–to the men in her life. Ranging from a taxi driver to a grandfather she never knew each man has left an imprint and shaped her into the person she has become. It is full of feeling, growth, and self-discovery.

JUST IN – February 2016


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February 2016

You may want to try these well reviewed books that may not make it to the bestseller list, but shouldn’t be missed.

Like Family / Paolo Giordano

When young married couples hire a middle-aged widow during the wife, Nora’s, difficult pregnancy, they don’t realize the dominating force she will become in their small family. Signora A–maid, nanny, and confidante–becomes the glue in their household, and over time, the steady and loving presence whose benign influence allows them to negotiate the complexities of married life.

Two Across: a novel / Jeff Bartsch

A debut novel about trust, forgiveness, and the wisdom of listening to your heart. Stanley and Vera, academically precocious but awkward teenagers, form a bond when they tie for first place in the National Spelling Bee. Though their mothers have big plans for them-Stanley will become a senator, Vera a mathematics professor-neither wants to follow these pre-determined paths. So Stanley hatches a plan to marry Vera in a sham wedding for the financial freedom to pursue his one true love: crossword puzzle construction. In enlisting Vera to marry him, he neglects one variable: she’s secretly in love with him, a fact that dooms his plan to disaster.

Holy Cow / David Duchovny

Elsie Bovary is a cow, and a pretty happy one at that — her long, lazy days are spent eating, napping, and chatting with her best friend, Mallory. One night, Elsie and Mallory sneak out of their pasture; but while Mallory is interested in flirting with the neighboring bulls, Elsie finds herself drawn to the farmhouse. Through the window, she sees the farmer’s family gathered around a bright Box God — and what the Box God reveals about something called an “industrial meat farm” shakes Elsie’s understanding of her world to its core. There’s only one solution: escape to a better, safer world.

Where All Light Tends To Go / David Joy

The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina, is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Having dropped out of high school and cut himself off from his peers, Jacob has been working for this father for years, all on the promise that his payday will come eventually. The only joy he finds comes from reuniting with Maggie, his first love, and a girl clearly bound for bigger and better things than their hardscrabble town. Jacob has always been resigned to play the cards that were dealt him, but when a fatal mistake changes everything, he’s faced with a choice: stay and appease his father, or leave the mountains with the girl he loves. Ardennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble /Antony Beevor

On 16 December, 1944, Hitler launched his ‘last gamble’ in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes. He believed he could split the Allies by driving all the way to Antwerp and then force the Canadians and the British out of the war. Although his generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. Many were exultant at the prospect of striking back. The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in Western Europe.

The Clasp / Sloane Crosley

Part comedy of manners, part treasure hunt, when Kezia, Nathaniel, and Victor are reunited for the wedding of a college friend. Now at the tail end of their twenties, they arrive completely absorbed in their own lives Kezia the second-in-command to a madwoman jewelry designer in Manhattan; Nathaniel the former literary cool kid, selling his wares in Hollywood; and Victor, just fired from a middling search engine. In the midst of all this semi-merriment, Victor passes out in the mother of the groom’s bedroom. He wakes to her jovially slapping him across the face. Instead of a scolding, she offers Victor a story she’s never even told her son, about a valuable necklace that disappeared during the Nazi occupation of France. 

The Arrangement / Ashley Warlick

An irresistible novel about food, desire, and the real-life love triangle between M.F.K Fisher, her husband, and the man she left him for–the true love of her life. Los Angeles, 1934, Mary Frances is on the cusp of becoming M.F.K. Fisher–the writer whose artful personal essays about food created a genre. She is hungry, and not just for food: she wants Tim, her husband Al’s charming friend, who encourages her writing and seems to understand her better than anyone. Mary Frances and Al no longer share the things that once bound them together–a good glass of wine, a fine meal, their creative energy, and even their affection and intimacy. After a night’s transgression with Tim, it’s only a matter of time before Mary Frances claims what she truly desires, plunging all three of them into a tangled triangle of affection that will have far-reaching effects on their families, their careers, and their lives. Set in California, France, and the Swiss Alps, The Arrangement is a sparkling, sensual, and completely enveloping story of love, passion, and a woman well ahead of her time, who had the courage to be–and to take–exactly who she wanted.

The Buried Giant / Kazuo Ishiguro

The Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But, at least, the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. Axl and Beatrice, a couple of elderly Britons, decide that now is the time, finally, for them to set off across this troubled land of mist and rain to find the son they have not seen for years, the son they can scarcely remember. They know they will face many hazards — some strange and otherworldly — but they cannot foresee how their journey will reveal to them the dark and forgotten corners of their love for each other. Nor can they foresee that they will be joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, his orphan charge, and a knight — each of them, like Axl and Beatrice, lost in some way to his own past.

Zero K / Don DeLillo

The richest, wisest, funniest, and most moving novel in years from Don DeLillo, one of the great American novelists of our time—an ode to language, the heart of our humanity; a meditation on death and an embrace of life. Jeffrey Lockhart’s father, Ross, is a George Soros-like billionaire now in his sixties, with a younger wife, Artis, whose health is failing. Ross is the primary investor in a deeply remote and secret compound where death is controlled and bodies are preserved until a future moment when medicine and technology can reawaken them. Jeffrey joins Ross and Artis at the compound to say “an uncertain farewell” to her as she surrenders her body. Ross Lockhart is not driven by the hope for immortality, for power and wealth beyond the grave. He is driven by love for his wife, for Artis, without whom he feels life is not worth living. It is that which compels him to submit to death long before his time. Jeffrey heartily disapproves. He is committed to living, to “the mingled astonishments of our time, here, on earth.” Thus begins an emotionally resonant novel that weighs the darkness of the world—terrorism, floods, fires, famine, death—against the beauty of everyday life; love, awe, “the intimate touch of earth and sun.”

The Things We Keep / Sally Hepworth

Anna Forster, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease at only thirty-eight years old, knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to Rosalind House, an assisted living facility. She also knows there’s just one other resident her age, Luke. What she does not expect is the love that blossoms between her and Luke even as she resists her new life at Rosalind House. Meanwhile Eve Bennett is suddenly thrust into the role of cook at Rosalind house. When she meets Anna and Luke she is moved by the bond the pair has forged. But when a tragic incident leads Anna’s and Luke’s families to separate them, Eve finds herself questioning what she is willing to risk to help them.

Presidential Fiction


election2016Finale: a novel of the Reagan years / Thomas Mallon

A fictionalized depiction of the Reagan years captures the tumultuous administration of an enigmatic president, the final years of the Cold War, the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, and Reagan’s encounters with other world leaders.

Lincoln’s Billy / Tom LeClair

Billy Herndon is one of the great riddles of Lincoln scholarship, almost impossible to unravel. He’s as mysterious as Lincoln’s long silences and profoundly sad face. Yet Tom LeClair manages to give us the first intimate portrait of Herndon in Lincoln’s Billy, a novel written with tenderness, irascibility, and real grace.

The President’s Daughter / Jack Higgins

The president of the United States enlists the aid of ex-IRA enforcer-turned-security expert Sean Dillon and Blake Johnson, head of an elite, secret White House group, to find his kidnapped daughter, the result of a twenty-year-old affair with a lovely French woman.

The President’s Shadow / Brad Meltzer

Investigating human remains found in the White House’s Rose Garden, Beecher White discovers that the crime was committed as a warning to the president and to reveal dark truths about Beecher’s father’s death.

Killing Time: a novel of the future / Caleb Carr

The year is 2023. Much of the world is very wealthy as a result of the triumph of information technology but horrifying poverty still grips many countries. There is a tremendous black market for weapons–including nuclear devices. The plague of 2006 wiped out 40 million people, the crash of 2007 ruined many national economies. The assassination of American President Emily Forrester in 2018 traumatized the nation. The Internet remains the main source of information, bombarding everyone with news, rumors and allegations 24 hours a day.

Mount Vernon Love Story : a novel of George and Martha Washington / Mary Higgins Clark

This fictional account of George Washington’s relationship with Martha Custis depicts Washington as socially awkward and insecure. But once he found the courage to ask Martha to marry him, their marriage endured as their love overcame long months of separation and the dangers that Washington’s role in the American Revolution entailed.

Hidden Empire / Orson Scott Card

A sequel to the best-selling Empire finds Captain Cole becoming increasingly concerned about new U.S. President Averell Torrent’s tough-handed foreign policy stance, a perspective that causes him to be targeted and prompts his investigation into the President’s role in an assassination plot.

Lincoln / Gore Vidal

The character of President Lincoln, unremittingly tested by the trials of the war years, is reflected through the eyes of the diverse and colorful denizens of Washington, including his wife Mary and his political rivals and disciples.

The Obama Diaries / Laura Ingraham

Purports to contain the secret thoughts of Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Harry Reid, Joe Biden, and Rahm Emanuel during the first year of the Obama administration.

The Plot Against America / Philip Roth

In a novel of alternative history, aviation hero and isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeats Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election, negotiating a cordial accord with Adolf Hitler, accepting his conquest of Europe and anti-Semitic policies, and igniting a storm of fear for Jewish families throughout America.

Libra / Don DeLillo

Don DeLillo presents a fictional theory on the reasoning behind J.F. Kennedy’s assassination, delving into Lee Harvey Oswald’s troubled childhood which leads him to believe himself an agent of history. Two CIA agents convince Oswald that a failed attempt on the life of the president will have many political benefits, as well as make him a real agent of history, but the plan goes awry when the assassination does not fail.

Scandalmonger / William Safire

Portrays a media scandal that occurred when Alexander Hamilton was Secretary of the Treasury.

Lucy: a novel / Ellen Feldman

A fictional account of Franklin Roosevelt’s romance with Eleanor’s social secretary, Lucy Mercer, follows their pre-World War I affair, its impact on his marriage, and their reacquaintance years later.

A Heartbeat Away / Michael Palmer

Preparing to give a State of the Union address when a terrorist group releases a deadly virus into the Capitol building, President Max Hilliard is forced to enlist the services of a virologist who has been wrongly imprisoned for suspected terrorist intentions. 

Supreme Courtship / Christopher Buckley

When a television judge ends up on the Supreme Court, romance and the fate of a presidential election take center stage in this comic political satire.

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Ellis Island / Kate Kerrigan

In 1920s New York, a young Irish woman must choose between her new life and her husband back home in Ireland.

The Family Tree Guide to Finding your Ellis Island Ancestors / Sharon DeBartolo Carmack

A genealogist’s essential guide to navigating the Ellis Island database and passenger arrival lists.

From Ellis Island to JFK: New York’s two great waves of immigration / Nancy Foner

New York’s two great waves of immigration. 

Ellis Island Interviews: in their own words / Peter Morton Coan

In Ellis Island Interviews, more than 100 immigrants from all over Europe and the Middle East offer accounts of those difficult steps that carried them to and through Ellis Island’s legendary Golden Door.

Ellis Island and the Peopling of America: the official guide / Virginia Yans-McLaughlin and Marjorie Lightman

Fascinating primary-source documents offer an exciting overview of Ellis Island, placing it in historical context with a concise history of immigration and global migration. This comprehensive guide is a must for anyone interested in immigration in general and Ellis Island in particular.

Ellis Island: an illustrated history of the immigrant experience / Mary J. Shapiro, writer

For the millions of immigrants who entered the United States through Ellis Island, this volume represents a visual compilation of once-in-a-lifetime memories. There are literally hundreds of photos from the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, which opened last September. The illustrations are complemented by an inviting narrative detailing the experiences of immigrants in their own words. Divided into four sections, the volume also traces the history of Ellis Island from an immigrant landmark to a national museum. 

Ellis Island & Other Stories / Mark Helprin

A novella and ten stories cover an extensive geographical range, from the German Alps to the Indian Ocean, the title novella pertaining to an immigrant whose over-active imagination gets him in and out of trouble.

Bitter Tide: an Ellis Island Mystery / Ann Stamos

Trying to fight corruption and protect the interests of immigrants and the United States, Ellis Island Superintendent Joseph Hannegan finds himself in the middle of a mystery after newly arrived Irish immigrant, Maggie Flynn, shoots and kills her fiancé. 

A fall of Marigolds / Susan Meissner

September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries…and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront  the truth about the assumptions she’s made. 

American Passage: the History of Ellis Island / Vincent J. Cannato

A chronicle of the landmark port of entry’s history documents its role as an execution site, immigration post, and deportation center that was profoundly shaped by evolving politics and ideologies.

Just In – January 2016


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You may want to try these well reviewed books that may not make it to the bestseller list, but shouldn’t be missed.

 

Boys in the Trees: a memoir / Carly Simon

The successful singer-songwriter describes her life growing up amidst the glamour of literary New York, her path to art and music, her marriage to James Taylor, and her famously cryptic song lyrics.

Fortune Smiles: stories / Adam Johnson

In six masterly stories, Johnson delves deep into love and loss, natural disasters, the influence of technology, and how the political shapes the personal.

Where My Heart Used to Beat: a novel / Sebastian Faulks

Robert, a British doctor haunted by World War II memories, agrees to write a biography of a renowned specialist in memory loss who possesses unsettling knowledge of Robert’s past. By the best-selling author of Birdsong.

We that are Left / Clare Clark

Coming of age in the shadow of their adored brother, two women of privilege respectively dream of visiting London and pursuing a university education before their lives are transformed by a physics prodigy during World War I.

My Name is Lucy Barton: a novel / Elizabeth Strout

Set in the mid-1980s, Lucy Barton, hospitalized for nine weeks, is surprised when her estranged mother shows up at her bedside. Her mother talks of local gossip, but underneath the banalities, Lucy senses the love that cannot be expressed. This is the story that Lucy must write about, the one story that has shaped her entire life. A beautiful lyrical story of a mother and daughter and the love they share.

Mrs. Engels / Gavin McCrea

From the bathing huts of Ramsgate to the hovels of Soho, from a surreptitious life in Manchester to a notorious one on the handsome new parade that is London’s Regents Park Road, we follow Lizzie and the Engels household as it struggles to match its communist principles with its hunger for the high life. At the heart of all the revolutionary tumult stands the woman who will one day become Mrs. Engels, as compelling and charismatic a figure as ever walked the streets of Victorian England, or its novels. In giving her new life, Gavin McCrea earns his place in the pantheon of great debutant novelists.

Refund: stories / Karen Bender

We think about it every day, sometimes every hour: Money. Who has it? Who doesn’t? How you get it. How you don’t. In Refund, Bender creates an award-winning collection of stories that deeply explore the ways in which money and the estimation of value affect the lives of her characters. The stories in Refund reflect our contemporary world-swindlers, reality show creators, desperate artists, siblings, parents – who try to answer the question: What is the real definition of worth?

The Quality of Silence : a novel / Rosamund Lupton

A beautiful astrophysicist and her precocious hearing-disabled daughter arrive in a remote part of Alaska to discover that the girl’s father has been the victim of a suspicious accident, an event that prompts their dangerous search in the storm-stricken tundra.

The Sage of Waterloo: a tale / Leona Francombe

A reimagining of the Battle of Waterloo is told from the viewpoint of William, a white rabbit living at Hougoumont, the historic farm on the battle site.

Black Rabbit Hall / Eve Chase

Planning her wedding at her family’s haunting, timeless London country estate, Lorna recalls half-buried memories of her mother before uncovering the manor’s labyrinthine history and becoming obsessed with a need for answers. A first novel.

Tinseltown: murder, morphine, and madness at the dawn of Hollywood / William J. Mann

Draws on primary sources–including witness testimonies, coroner’s inquest files, FBI records, court transcripts, and contemporary newspapers–to examine the mystery behind the 1922 murder of William Desmond Taylor, the president of the Motion Picture Directors Association.

Christmas 2015


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The Christmas Train
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Tom Langdon, a weary and cash-strapped journalist, is banned from flying when a particularly thorough airport security search causes him to lose his cool. Now, he must take the train if he has any chance of arriving in Los Angeles in time for Christmas with his girlfriend.

The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog / Dave Barry

Delighted to be playing the part of a shepherd in the local Christmas pageant at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Doug Barnes is suddenly confronted by a host of problems, including the misbehavior of his fellow shepherds and the illness of the family dog.

This Year it will be Different and other Stories: a Christmas Treasury / by Maeve Binchy

Presents an anthology of Christmas stories reflecting on the various ways in which the holidays serve as a catalyst to promote change, growth, and new beginnings.

All Through the Night / Mary Higgins Clark

Retired cleaning lady Alvirah Meehan sets out to reunite a mother with a daughter who was stolen as a baby eight years earlier. The mother left her pram outside a church and the pram was taken by a church thief to hide his loot.

The Christmas Thief / Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark

Alvirah and Willy become embroiled in a Yuletide mystery in Manhattan when the Christmas tree destined for Rockefeller Center disappears.

Silent Night / Mary Higgins Clark

In New York, a thief steals a woman’s wallet with a medal of St. Christopher she was taking to her husband in hospital. One of her young sons gives chase, only to be abducted by a killer as a hostage for a getaway to Canada. But St. Christopher spoils his plan.

A Catered Christmas: a mystery with recipes / Isis Crawford

Caterers Bernadette and Libby Simmons are coping with their busiest time of the year when they are recruited for a cooking show contest that pits celebrity chefs against each other, resulting in murder.

Sweet Revenge / Diane Mott Davidson

Catering a holiday breakfast for the local library staff, Goldy Schultz is shocked to see a supposedly dead woman who is believed to be Goldy’s ex-husband’s killer, an encounter that precedes the murder of a high-end map dealer.

A Christmas Carol / Charles Dickens

A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future.

Visions of Sugar Plums / Janet Evanovich

A holiday adventure finds Stephanie Plum struggling to remove an intruder from her apartment and falling for a mysterious newcomer.

Timepiece / Richard Paul Evans

The lives of David and Mary Anne Parkin are traced as they discover love, loyalty, and the power of forgiveness.

A Redbird Christmas: a novel / Fannie Flagg

After receiving a grim diagnosis from his doctor, a Chicago resident moves to a small town and enjoys a magical holiday season.

A Magical Christmas / Heather Graham

Jon and Julie Radcliff, whose marriage is in trouble, face their last Christmas together, until they take an extraordinary trip.

Skipping Christmas / John Grisham

Luther and Nora Krank have decided to set sail on a Caribbean cruise on December 25th and skip Christmas. They are about to discover that their decision brings enormous consequences–and isn’t half as easy as they imagined.

Christmas in Harmony / Philip Gulley

Quaker minister Sam Gardner copes with the eccentrics of his congregation while attempting to counter church elder Dale Hinshaw’s plans for a “progressive” nativity scene on Christmas Eve.

The Gift: a novel / Pete Hamill

On temporary leave from his service in Korea for the holiday season, young sailor Pete is devastated by his girlfriend’s unfaithfulness and evaluates his relationship with his distant father, a gruff Irish factory worker into whom Pete gains insights while visiting a local bar.

Mad as the Dickens: a Laura Fleming mystery / Toni L.P. Kelner

When her cousin implores her husband Richard to direct a production of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, Laura Fleming accompanies Richard to her hometown in North Carolina, where she becomes embroiled in murder and mayhem when the man who was cast as Scrooge is viciously slain.

The Present: a Malory Holiday novel / Johanna Lindsey

In a Yuletide romance featuring the high-born family of rogues and lovers known as the Malorys, Christopher Malory falls in love with a gypsy beauty named Anastasia.  

The Christmas Basket / Debbie Macomber

A holiday tale follows the lives of two women who have been feuding for years and their adult children, Noelle and Thomas, who have been in love since childhood but kept apart by their mothers’ bitter battle, as they all find love, forgiveness, and happiness during the magic of Christmas.

Christmas Letters / Debbie Macomber

When Katherine O’Connor, who writes Christmas letters for other people, meets Dr. Wynn Jeffries, a child psychologist, at the French cafe on Blossom Street, their opposing viewpoints on raising children ruin Catherine’s Christmas cheer.

No Place Like Home / Fern Michaels

After their widowed father puts their grandmother in the nursing home so that he can spend more time with his gold-digging fiancé, college seniors Sara, Hannah, and Sam Cisco set out to free Granny. 

The Christmas Wedding / James Patterson and Richard DiLallo

Since her husband died three years ago, Gaby’s four children have drifted apart and haven’t celebrated Christmas together since their father’s death. When Gaby announces that she’s getting married–and that the groom will remain a secret until the wedding day–she may finally be able to bring them home for the holidays. But the wedding isn’t Gaby’s only surprise–she has one more gift for her children, and it could change all their lives forever.

Miracle on the 17th green: a novel / by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge

While playing a round of golf on Christmas, Travis McKinley experiences a Zen-like vision that transforms him into a professional player, pits him against his favorite champions, and eventually saves his troubled marriage.

A Christmas Visitor / Anne Perry

Renowned mathematician Henry Rathbone investigates a shocking murder that rocks the tranquility of Christmas at an English estate.

Silver Bells: a holiday tale / Luanne Rice

Troubled by haunting memories of the past, a rugged Christmas tree farmer from Nova Scotia and a reclusive young librarian from New York City come together amid the holiday magic of a glittering city.

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JUST IN – DECEMBER 2015


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Check our catalog, and place a hold, or ask a Librarian to place a hold for you.  You may want to try these well reviewed books that may not make it to the bestseller list, but shouldn’t be missed.

A Little Life: a novel / Hanya Yanagihara

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition.

The Turner House / Angela Flournoy

The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street for over fifty years. Their house has seen thirteen children grown and gone–and some returned; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit’s East Side, and the loss of a father. The house still stands despite abandoned lots, an embattled city, and the inevitable shift outward to the suburbs. But now, as ailing matriarch Viola finds herself forced to leave her home and move in with her eldest son, the family discovers that the house is worth just a tenth of its mortgage.

Fortune Smiles: stories / Adam Johnson

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his acclaimed and bestselling novel, The Orphan Master’s Son, Adam Johnson is one of America’s most provocative and powerful authors. In Fortune Smiles–he continues to give voice to characters rarely heard from, while offering something we all seek from fiction: a new way of looking at our world, in six masterly stories.

The Mare / Mary Gaitskill

Velveteen Vargas is eleven years old, a Fresh Air Fund kid from Brooklyn. Her host family is a couple in upstate New York: Ginger, a failed artist and shakily recovered alcoholic, and her academic husband, Paul, who wonder what it will mean to “make a difference” in such a contrived situation. Gaitskill illuminates their shifting relationship with Velvet over several years, as well as Velvet’s encounter with the horses at the stable down the road—especially with an abused, unruly mare called Fugly Girl.

Balm: a novel / Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Set during the [era after the Civil War] and exploring the next chapter of history–the end of slavery–this …story of love and healing is about three people who struggle to overcome the pain of the past and define their own future.

Dreamland: the true tale of America’s opiate epidemic / Sam Quinones

Chronicles how over the past 15 years, enterprising sugar cane farmers in a small county on the west coast of Mexico created a unique distribution system that brought black tar heroin–the cheapest, most addictive form of the opiate, 2 to 3 times purer than its white powder cousin–to the veins of people across the United States.

Numero Zero / Umberto Eco; translated from the Italian by Richard Dixon

A novel about the murky world of media politics, conspiracy, and murder. A newspaper committed to blackmail and mudslinging, rather than reporting the news.

Golden Age / Jane Smiley

The last installment of the Last Hundred Years Trilogy, opens in 1987, the next generation of the Langdon family is facing economic, social, cultural, and political challenges unlike anything their ancestors had encountered before.

The Japanese Lover: a novel / Isabel Allende; translated by Nick Caistor and Amanda Hopkinson

A multigenerational epic that follows the impossible romance between a World War II escapee from the Nazis and a Japanese gardener’s son, whose story is discovered decades later by a care worker who would come to terms with her past.

Infinite Home / Kathleen Alcott

Edith is a widowed landlady who rents apartments in her Brooklyn brownstone to an unlikely collection of humans, all deeply in need of shelter. Crippled in various ways—in spirit, in mind, in body, in heart—the renters struggle to navigate daily existence, and soon come to realize that Edith’s deteriorating mind, and the menacing presence of her estranged, unscrupulous son, Owen, is the greatest challenge they must confront together.


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Above all Things / Tanis Rideout

A tale inspired by the life and mysterious fate of George Mallory traces the experiences of his wife, Ruth, who in 1924 maintains a hopeful vigil in war-ravaged England during Mallory’s fateful third expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest. 

Amherst / William NicholsonA novel of two love affairs set in Amherst and presided over by Emily Dickinson.

The Aviator’s Wife: a novel / Melanie Benjamin

Despite her own major achievements–she becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States–Anne Morrow Lindbergh is viewed merely as Charles Lindbergh’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness.

Arthur & George / Julian Barnes

Chronicles the lives of two boys–one who is forgotten by history, and one who becomes the creator of the world’s most famous detective–as they pursue their separate destinies until they meet in a remarkable alliance. 

Burning Bright / Tracy Chevalier

“Burning bright” is a novel about the 18th-century English poet/painter William Blake and the children who sparked his “Songs of innocence” and “Songs of experience.” In March of 1792, young Jem Kellaway and his family move from their small rural village in the Piddle Valley to the bustling city of London. Jem’s father, a chair maker, has agreed to hire on as a carpenter with Astley’s Circus.

Circling the Sun: a novel / Paula McLain

Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature’s delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships. 

Clara and Mr. Tiffany / Susan Vreeland

Hoping to honor his father and the family business with innovative glass designs, Louis Comfort Tiffany launches the iconic Tiffany lamp as designed by women’s division head Clara Driscoll, who struggles with the mass production of her creations. 

Claude & Camille: a novel of Monet / Stephanie Cowell

A vividly rendered portrait of both the rise of Impressionism and of Monet, the artist at the center of the movement. It is, above all, a love story of the highest romantic order.

Cloudsplitter: a novel / Russell Banks

John Brown preaches against slavery, and he plans to overtake the arsenal at Harper’s Ferry. 

Doc: a novel / Mary Doria Russell

After the burned body of mixed-blood boy Johnnie Sanders is discovered in 1878 Dodge City, Kansas, part-time policeman Wyatt Earp enlists the help of his professional-gambler friend Doc Holliday.

Enchantments / Kathryn Harrison

St. Petersburg, 1917. After Rasputin’s body is pulled from the icy waters of the Neva River, his eighteen-year-old daughter, Masha, is sent to live at the imperial palace with Tsar Nikolay and his family – including the headstrong Prince Alyosha. Desperately hoping that Masha has inherited Rasputin’s miraculous healing powers, Tsarina Alexandra asks her to tend to Aloysha, who suffers from hemophilia, a blood disease that keeps the boy confined to his sickbed, lest a simple scrape or bump prove fatal.

Girl with a Pearl Earring / Tracy Chevalier

Girl with a Pearl Earring tells the story of Griet, a 16-year-old Dutch girl, who becomes a maid in the house of the painter Johannes Vermeer. Her calm and perceptive manner not only helps her in her household duties, but also attracts Vermeer’s attention. He slowly draws her into the world of his paintings and ultimately has her sit for him as a model. In this richly imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer’s most celebrated paintings, Tracy Chevalier transports readers to a bygone time and place. History and fiction merge seamlessly in a luminous tale of artistic vision, sensual awakening, and daily life in the Netherlands of the 17th-century.

The Hours / Michael Cunningham

A trio of stories based around the writer, Virginia Woolf. In the first, set in 1923, Woolf is writing her novel, Mrs. Dalloway. In the second, in 1949 Los Angeles, Laura Brown can’t seem to stop reading Woolf. In the present, 52-year-old Clarissa Vaughan is planning a party for her oldest love, a poet dying of AIDS. These women’s lives are linked both by the 1925 novel and by the few precious moments of possibility.

The Last Van Gogh / Alyson Richman

In 1890, Van Gogh arrives at Auvers-sur-Oise, a peaceful French village, to spend the summer under the care of Doctor Gachet, a homeopathic doctor and art collector, where the painter will spend the final days of his life creating more than seventy paintings, including two portraits of young Marguerite Gachet, who finds herself drawn to the troubled artist.

Leonardo’s Swans : a novel / Karen Essex

Born into wealth amid the political and artistic foment of the Italian Renaissance, worldly and ambitious Isabella and naive Beatrice d’Este, sisters and rivals, compete for the attentions of Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan.

Lincoln / Gore Vidal

The character of President Lincoln, unremittingly tested by the trials of the war years, is reflected through the eyes of the diverse and colorful denizens of Washington, including his wife Mary and his political rivals and disciples.

Loving Frank / Nancy Horan

Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between seminal architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting in Oak Park, Illinois, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.

Luncheon of the Boating Party / Susan Vreeland

Renoir is inspired to paint “Luncheon of the Boating Party” when his other work is criticized by Emile Zola, and while doing so is drawn into lives of the thirteen people featured in it as they enjoy a Parisian summer during the late 1800s.

The Mistress of Nothing / Kate Pullinger

When her mistress departs from Victorian London society to seek relief from tuberculosis symptoms in Egypt, maid Sally throws herself into their new culture and comes to know freedoms she has never experienced before she is harshly reminded of her humble station in life.

The Paris Wife / Paula McLain

Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness — until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris. Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris. Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life into the novel that will become The Sun also rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and become more challenging. 

The Passion of Artemisia / Susan Vreeland

Recently rediscovered by art historians and one of the few female post-Renaissance painters to achieve fame during her own era, Artemisia Gentileschi led a remarkably “modern” life. Susan Vreeland tells Artemisia’s captivating story, beginning with her public humiliation in a rape trial at the age of eighteen, and continuing through her father’s betrayal, her marriage of convenience, motherhood, and growing fame as an artist. Set against the glorious backdrops of Rome, Florence, Genoa, and Naples, inhabited by historical characters such as Galileo and Cosimo de’ Medici II, and filled with rich details about life as a seventeenth-century painter, Vreeland creates an inspiring story about one woman’s lifelong struggle to reconcile career and family, passion and genius.

The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno: a novel / Ellen Bryson

Restless after ten years with P.T. Barnum’s American Museum, Bartholomew Fortuno, the World’s Thinnest Man, is asked by the humbug king to discern the activities of a mysterious veiled woman who has captured the obsessions of those she meets.

Under the Wide and Starry Sky / Nancy Horan

Under the Wide and Starry Sky chronicles the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson, author of classics including Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. They meet in rural France in 1875, when Fanny, having run away from her philandering husband back in California, takes refuge there with her children. Stevenson too is escaping from his life, running from family pressure to become a lawyer. And so begins a turbulent love affair that will last two decades and span the world.

The Untouchable / John Banville

In a novel based on the lives of the Cambridge spies, Victor Maskell, faced with exposure after a lifetime of hiding, sits down to pen his memoirs, struggling to come to terms with his life, his friends, and their role in wartime espionage.

Vanessa and her Sister: a novel / Priya Parmar

London, 1905: The city is alight with change, and the Stephen siblings are at the forefront. Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby, and Adrian are leaving behind their childhood home and taking a house in the leafy heart of avant-garde Bloomsbury. There they bring together a glittering circle of bright, outrageous artistic friends who will grow into legend and come to be known as the Bloomsbury Group. And at the center of this charmed circle are the devoted, gifted sisters: Vanessa, the painter, and Virginia, the writer.

Winnie and Wolf / A.N. Wilson.

A tale inspired by historical events finds a passionate Germanophile falling for an impoverished Adolf Hitler who shares her love of opera, a commonality that leads her to support his efforts to garner attention through street-corner speechmaking. 

Wolf Hall / Hilary Mantel

Assuming the power recently lost by the disgraced Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas Cromwell counsels a mercurial Henry VIII on the latter’s efforts to marry Anne Boleyn against the wishes of Rome and many of his people, a successful endeavor that comes with a dangerous price.

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JUST IN NOVEMBER 2015


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November 2015

You may want to try these well reviewed books that may not make it to the bestseller list, but shouldn’t be missed.

Where they Found Her / Kimberly McCreight

Struggling with memories over the loss of her own baby while investigating the discovery of an anonymous infant in the woods, journalist Molly Sanderson traces a string of unreported assaults spanning twenty years.

Smaller and Smaller Circles / F.H. Batacan

This harrowing murder mystery, winner of the Philippine National Book Award, follows two Catholic priests on the hunt for a serial killer in the notorious Payatas dump city of northern Manila.

A strangeness in my Mind ; being the adventures and dreams of Mevlut Karatas, a seller of boza, and of his friends, and also a portrait of life in Istanbul between 1969 and 2012 from many different points of view / Orhan Pamuk

Told from different perspectives by a host of beguiling characters, A Strangeness in My Mind is a modern epic of coming of age in a great city, a brilliant tableau of life among the newcomers who have changed the face of Istanbul over the past fifty years. Here is a mesmerizing story of human longing, sure to take its place among Pamuk’s finest achievements.

Undermajordomo Minor / Patrick deWitt

A dark fable by the award-winning author of The Sisters Brothers follows the adventures of an eccentric liar who upon taking a job at the village manor confronts colorful residents, bitter secrets and murderous agendas.

The Same Sky: a novel / Amanda Eyre Ward

A childless woman looking to adopt crosses paths with a 13-year-old Honduran girl who has embarked on a dangerous journey into Texas with her brother.
Fates and Furies / Lauren Groff

A modern portrait of marriage. Lotto Satterwhite is the center, the hub around which all the characters revolve in the first half of the book. In the second half of the book, the lens turns to Lotto’s wife Mathilde, and her side of the lopsided partnership gives us a totally different view. Groff is a master of language. It’s not a gentle read. But it’s magnificent.

Did you ever have a Family / Bill Clegg

Surviving a disaster that kills everyone else in her family, June relocates West and settles into a directionless existence while other people impacted by the tragedy struggle with new circumstances.

The Tsar of Love and Techno : stories / Anthony Marra

A collection of interwoven tales explores themes of family, sacrifice, war, and the redemptive power of art.

1944 : FDR and the year that changed history / Jay Winik

The best-selling author of April 1865 chronicles the events of 1944 to reveal how the Allies nearly lost World War II, citing the pivotal contributions of FDR, Churchill and Stalin.

The Secret Chord / Geraldine Brooks

Based on the story of King David, traces his journey from an obscure shepherd to a hero and king before his fall.

Thirteen Ways of Looking : fiction / Colum McCann

A story collection includes the title novella, in which an octogenarian retired judge’s musings on his life are interrupted by police updates about his murder later that afternoon.

Big Magic : creative living beyond fear / Elizabeth Gilbert

Shares the author’s wisdom and thoughts on creativity, offering insight into inspiration and discussing the attitudes, approaches, and habits needed to live a creative life.

The Green Road / Anne Enright

When Christmas day reunites the Madigan children under one roof in County Clare, Ireland, years after leaving their mother Rosaleen behind to follow their dreams, they each must confront the terrible weight of family ties and the journey that brought them home.

Summer Reading Club 2015 Reviews


The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold

This book is by the same author of The Lovely Bones.  The story evolves over a 24-hour period, where a woman who just murdered her mother is forced to confront the choices that have brought her to this crossroad in life.

Rating: 3.5

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

A lost soul is shepherded across America by mythical gods. This is a highly intriguing, but complicated, novel.

Rating: 4

Another Pan by Daniel & Dina Nayeri

Very good.  A semi-sequel to Another Faust, it is much better balanced.

Rating: 4

Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews

Great summer book which takes place in a sleepy, distressed Florida town.  Greer works for a Hollywood production company.  She finds this town to be the backdrop of a new movie.  She meets and falls in love with the town’s mayor.  Of course there are a few bumps along the way but there is a happy ending.  Highly recommended.

Bel Canto  by Ann Patchett

A South American country hosts a dinner party for a prominent Japanese businessman featuring an operatic diva which turns into a politically charged scene.  This plot covers several weeks of a siege between the terrorists and the local government during which everyone, including the hostages, begins to learn other characteristics of themselves.  The book is told in a surprisingly lyrical fashion which allows the reader to be almost at peace with this frightening situation.

Rating: 2

Best Kept Secrets ] by Sandra Brown

Not as easy to figure out who the culprit is.  Many different characters to choose from.  Hard to solve a 20-year-old crime.

Rating: 3

Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies: The Real West  by David Fisher

Biographies of legends of the West.  Went into detail on little known facts.  Information on slang that we use today – why is a dollar/money referred to as a buck?  Buckskins were considered currency.  Interesting but would be more appealing for someone who had an interest in this area.

Rating: 3

The Blue Star by Tony Earley

This book is a continuation of “Jim the Boy” by the same author.  The main character is now in his last year of high school, and a lot happens.  I liked his metamorphosis from a selfish immature boy into a strong young man, even though only about 18 months pass.  It was a nice, uncomplicated novel.

Blood on Snow  by Jo Nesbo

I usually enjoy books written from a Scandinavian author, and this book is no exception.  I always find it funny and strange when I sympathize with a character who is a hired killer.  Well, it happened again with this book!  This is a relatively quick read (208 pages) and I think most readers would enjoy it!

Rating: 4

Boy  by Roald Dahl

Simple, charming, fascinating…one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read.  We learn the horrors of English boarding school as well as the spark for Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Holy Gobstopper!  A great book!

Rating: 5

The Boys in the Boat by Dr. J Brown

A memoir about the 9 member crew who overcame all obstacles to win the gold in the ’36 Olympics.  Well written.

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones has a “to do” list for this year.  She’s single and wants to cure that problem.  She also wants to be thinner and healthier (no cigarettes or drinking).  Despite what she wants, she keeps standing in her own way.  A series of misadventures causes chaos in Bridget’s life but they can all be traced back to her misguided thinking.  I enjoyed this book due to its unique format (like a diary) and because I felt myself cheering her on until she finally got it right.

Rating: 4

Cardinal of the Kremlin  by Tom Clancy

It took a while for me to get through the 1st part of the book.  It was hard to remember the characters and the Russian names.  But then I reached the point of the action and I couldn’t put the book down.  Don’t give up on the story.  The background info is needed to understand the whole story.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Clary Fray feels like any other misunderstood teen fighting with her single mom while living in NYC, but suddenly her life and her perception of everything changes.  This is the first book in the Mortal Instruments series and introduces the fantasy world of the shadowhunters.  If you liked the “Twilight” series, you will also enjoy this book with likable characters, lots of action, and new experiences to explore.

Rating: 4

Crazy Little Thing  by Tracy Brogan

Chic-lit.  Easy beach read.  Enjoyable, kept my attention.

Rating: 4.5

The Exorcist  by William Peter Blatty

An excellent story.  So much drama and turmoil.

Rating: 5

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe  by Romain Puertolas

I LOVED THIS BOOK!  One of the smartest, funniest stories I have ever read.  Truly delightful – definitely read this book; you won’t be disappointed!

Rating: 5

Fear the Darkness  by Becky Masterman

A good read.  I like that this took place in Arizona rather than your typical NYC location.

Rating: 4.5

Firegirl by Tony Abbott

A great book if you are anywhere from age 12 through 18.  The social awkwardness of the main character was spot-on.  Reactions to the story’s protagonist were predictable.  Add a star if you are in middle school.

Rating: 2

Gilead  by Marilynne Robinson

A dying preacher leaves his family history and philosophy to his young son.  Robinson touches on some profound religious arguments, but it’s too much of a snoozer to care.

Rating: 2

The Girl on the Train  by Paula Hawkins

A mystery evolves outside of London as told from the perspectives of 3 different women (Rachel, Anna, and Megan).  As a regular train commuter, one always wonders about the million stories out there among the fellow riders, as well as all of the places we pass and this book captures a voyeuristic fantasy of a mystery.

Rating: 3

Going Solo ] by Roald Dahl

Celebrated author Roald Dahl continues the autobiography he began in his earlier book Boy.  It follows his voyage from England to work for Shell Oil after which he serves his country in the Royal Air Force.

Rating: 4.5

The Goldfinch  by Donna Tartt

13-year-old Theo Decker survives a bombing at a museum leaving his mother dead.  He steals a rare painting and so this 800-page story follows him slowly through adulthood leading into the criminal underworld.  It was very dragged out and very descriptive.  Too many details.

Rating: 3

Harmless  by Dana Reinhardt

I picked up this book from the students’ summer reading shelves.  As an adult, and a mom, it was difficult for me to read as these three 14-year-old girls continued making poor choices in their lives.  Add a star if you are under age 20 or so…

Rating: 2

In the Company of Sherlock Holmes – Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger

There are 15 stories in this book.  They all have to do – somewhat – with the Sherlock Holmes stories, or are from a minor character’s point-of-view, which I found very entertaining.  Some of them are modern twists and read like a true “whodunit” – and there is one story from a horse’s point-of-view as well.  A good read – add a star if you are a Sherlock Holmes fan!

Rating: 3

Jim the Boy  by Tony Earley

If you are looking for a simple, nice, uncomplicated story, this book is for you.  I am not sure if this is a Young Adult book or not.  It made me feel nostalgic for childhood.  The characters are very warm and you will wonder what happens to them in life.

Rating: 4

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Enter Jason Grace, a demigod with amnesia who finds his way to Camp Half-Blood with his friends, Piper and Leo.  This is the first book of a new series which is a spinoff of the Percy Jackson series and introduces the Roman aspects of mythology.  Can’t wait to read the rest of this series!

Rating: 4

Marriage of Inconvenience  by Debbie Macomber

When it is summer, I love to relax with my favorite authors.  I thought I had read everything Debbie Macomber had written but I found this book.  In typical Macomber style, the book is about Jamie Warren who has given up on dating and decides she just wants to be a mother.  She approaches her best friend Rich Manning to be the father of her child Jamie and Rich ends up with a new relationship as they enter their “marriage of inconvenience.”  While predictable, the story is enjoyable and was a great way to start off summer reading.

Rating: 3

The Maytrees  by Annie Dillard

This novel tells the tale of the Maytrees – how Toby met Lou, their lives together and apart.  The main characters and all of their friends are somewhat interesting but the entire story is told in an obtuse fashion that makes it difficult to follow.  For me, the description of Cape Cod, MA was the only redeeming factor of the whole book.

Rating: 2

Me Before You  by Jojo Moyes

A paralyzed man and his caregiver live life and find out you got to go for it.  Enjoy!

Rating: 4.5

The Middle of Somewhere  by Sonja Young

In this novel, Liz is physically and emotionally challenged during her hike of the John Muir Trail in California.  Her backstory is told in flashbacks while her relationship with her boyfriend/hiking partner, Dante, is put to the test.  I admire how the author is able to bring to life a complex character, as well as wonderful descriptions of nature.

Rating: 3

Milk Glass Moon  by Adriana Trigiani

Ave Maria hears from a psychic that she has to learn to redream.  Her life, although ordinary, seems to exhaust her.  She struggles with events from the past…not knowing her father, losing her son…that impact her choices today.  She seems to want to control the world as it continues to spin.  As she grows, she learns that she should appreciate people for who they are and to let them make their own choices.  This book is last in a series…wish I had known.  I feel as though the backstories weren’t explained.

Rating: 3

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore  by Robin Sload

Old school meets technology.  Well-written, enjoyable read.

Rating: 4.5

Mr. Tall  by Tony Earley

Very funny, touching, and memorable stories in this collection.  Some of the characters are in more than one story, but at different stages of their lives.  Most stories are set in the Appalachia region, which gives the tales a different perspective.  I liked this book so much that I will be looking for other titles by this author.

Rating: 5

The Museum of Extraordinary Things  by Alice Hoffman

This novel is set in NYC 1911 and weaves the story of Coralie Sardie and Eddie Cohen.  The author does an amazing job describing Coney Island and the Manhattan sweatshops at the beginning of the 20th century in a surprisingly cohesive tale about 2 young people finding their way in the world and each other.  The imagery and use of elements (fire and water) gives the story an unworldly feel, but draws the reader in by touching on human reactions and emotions.

Rating: 3

The Nightingale  by Kristin Hannah

One of her best books.  Two sisters caught up in France in WWII.  Both do whatever they can to survive the war.  Isabella becomes the nightingale, transporting servicemen across Spain to freedom, until she is caught.  She fights work camps and concentration camps only to die after liberation in the arms of the man she loves.  Vianne does anything to save her daughter while her husband is at war.  She saves her best friend’s son from being taken by Nazis and other Jewish children.   Very historical – highly recommended.

On the Street Where You Live  by Mary Higgins Clark

After selling stock a client gave her in lieu of cash, attorney Emily Graham makes ten million dollars.  She buys her ancestral restored Victorian mansion which her family sold in 1892 after a 19-year-old relative disappears.  A body of a missing girl from two years ago is now found with the finger with the sapphire ring from the missing girl from 1892 while digging for a pool on Emily’s property.  Plus Emily is being stalked.

Rating: 4

Patriot Games  by Tom Clancy

Jack Ryan is a teacher who is involved in finding terrorists after saving the royal family from murder/kidnapping.  Action packed.

Rating: 5

Raven’s Wing  by Joyce Carol Oates

This is a collection of eighteen short stories.  Each story has a element to it that is uncomfortable to read and then uncomfortable to imagine as real.  It’s written by an imaginative woman who can string absurdities and dysfunctions together better than most.  For some quality summertime fun, read it

Rating: 4

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay

The story begins in Paris 1942; ten-year-old Sarah is taken with her parents by the French police who are arresting all Jewish families in the middle of the night.  Sarah has hidden her young brother by locking him in a cabinet and vows to return to get him.  She has the key.  The story intertwines with an American journalist investigating the roundup sixty years later.  This book is rich in intrigue and suspense.  A real page-turner that will make you cry and remember long after you finish reading it.

Rating: 5+

Still Alice  by Lisa Genova

Great book about the struggles with Alzheimer’s disease.  Easy and emotional read.

Rating: 5

The Teeth of the Tiger  by Tom Clancy

Twin brothers are recruited for a private organization to eliminate terrorists.  The men do what the government can’t do legally.  Makes you wonder if this really does happen in real life.

Rating: 4

A Thousand Country Roads: An Epilogue to The Bridges of Madison County  by Robert James Walter

I enjoyed reading about the main character from “Bridges…” BUT the author hints at things to happen, and they never do.  So, although a good read, I was disappointed in the direction the story took.  A decent, quick read.

Rating: 3

Understanding Comics – The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud

A truly remarkable book!  I learned a lot about this art form, as well as the history of comics, and how pictures and words have evolved over the course of history.  Don’t fool yourself – comics are not just for kids!  A great read!

Rating: 5

We Are Amused – A Royal Miscellany  by Brian Hoey

I am a huge fan of Queen Elizabeth II.  All that she accomplishes, every day, inspires me to do more.  Therefore, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.  It is laid out in an A to Z format.  I learned a lot about how the British Parliament is run, along with fascinating facts about day-to-day life in the Royal household.  This is not a “fluff” trivia book – there are many important facts here.  Definitely worth a read if you’ve ever been interested in the British Royal Family.

Rating: 5

We Rock!  by Jason Hanley

A family friendly intro to Rock and Roll!  I realized that today’s generation does not have the music variety on the radio that I grew up with.  This book guides one from the early days of rock starting with the basics and takes it through the evolutions over the years.  I enjoyed the quick biographies/facts and historical notes.

Rating: 3

Where Are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark

A girl beings to search for her brother who has been missing for ten years.  This mystery of “who done it” has plenty of twists and turns trying to figure out if the brother is a victim or a serial killer.  Excellent read, with very short chapters.  I will definitely be reading more books by Mary Higgins Clark.

Rating: 5+

Without Remorse  by Tom Clancy

There were different storylines leading to the same conclusion.  John Kelly avenges the death of his lover.  He shuts down a drug ring by killing those involved.  In the middle of this, John attempts to rescue POW’s, but because there is a traitor in the Pentagon, the mission fails.  The story tells of John’s experience, the police story of trying to solve the murders, the drug dealers organizing their sales, the POW struggling, the traitor’s story.  There is a lot going on, but tied together nicely.  I don’t like how John falls in love so fast with Doris.

Rating: 5

Zoo  by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

This book was science fiction/Jurassic Park which really made you think, what if all the animals on earth went wild and attacked people in huge herds?  I could not put this book down because the intensity of the knowledge of another attack in the next chapter kept up the adventurous thrilling pace.

Rating: 5+

BEST HORROR – 2015


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Consumed: a novel / David Cronenberg

While freelance journalist Naomi places her safety in the hands of a suspicious graduate student to investigate a philosopher’s murder, her rival and lover, Nathan, contracts a rare STD while documenting a surgeon’s controversial work in organ trafficking.

Fall of Night / Jonathan Maberry

In the midst of a zombie plague launched by a mad scientist, policewoman Desdemona (“Dez”) Fox and journalist Billy Trout are trying to protect a school building full of uninfected people, and their associates are also in desperate situations — one at the White House and the other trapped by the zombie who started it all. This fast-paced, gory action adventure shifts from one scene to another, pausing occasionally to check in on other hotspots in this terrifying Armageddon. Though Fall of Night drips with abundant gore, there’s also occasional humor and compellingly sympathetic characters. 

The House of Small Shadows / Adam Nevill

Forced out of London after being bullied out of her corporate job, antiques expert Catherine is hired to catalog a late millionaire’s valuable collections, which conceal a dark message and trigger memories from Catherine’s life.

Lock in / John Scalzi

Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselves “locked in”–fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. One per cent doesn’t seem like a lot, but in the United States, that’s 1.7 million people “locked in”…including the President’s wife and daughter. Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative.

A Love like Blood / Marcus Sedgwick

In 1944, just days after the liberation of Paris, Charles Jackson sees something horrific: a man in a dark tunnel, apparently drinking the blood of a murdered woman. Terrified, he does nothing, telling himself afterward that worse tragedies happen during war. Seven years later he returns to the city–and sees the same man dining in the company of a fascinating, beautiful young woman. When they leave the restaurant, Charles decides to follow. A Love like Blood is a dark, compelling thriller about how a man’s life can change in a moment and about where the desire for truth–and revenge–can lead.

Motherless Child / Glen Hirshberg

Another vampire novel? Really? How about a vampire novel about single motherhood? And Otis Redding? And best friends? And how you choose whom you kill? And what that costs? And whether there’s ever a way back? On a rare night out in Charlotte, North Carolina, Natalie and Sophie best friends, single moms, music lovers meet the Whistler at the Back Way Out. In the aftermath of that encounter, desperate to save their children and, just maybe, themselves, they flee together down the back roads of the Deep South, pursued by guilt, the Whistler and his Mother, and their own growing, terrible hunger.

Positive / David Wellington

Anyone can be positive . . . The tattooed plus sign on Finnegan’s hand marks him as a Positive. At any time, the zombie virus could explode in his body, turning him from a rational human into a ravenous monster. His only chance of a normal life is to survive the last two years of the potential incubation period. If he reaches his twenty-first birthday without an incident, he’ll be cleared. Until then, Finn must go to a special facility for positives, segregated from society to keep the healthy population safe. But when the military caravan transporting him is attacked, Finn becomes separated. To make it to safety, he must embark on a perilous cross-country journey across an America transformed–a dark and dangerous land populated with heroes, villains, madmen, and hordes of zombies. And though the zombies are everywhere, Finn discovers that the real danger may be his fellow humans.

Revival: a novel / Stephen King

Years after a charismatic minister is banished in the wake of a faith-shattering tragedy, a heroin-addicted rock-and-roll guitarist from the same hometown reconnects with the man and forges a terrible pact.

Savaging the Dark / Christopher Conlon

Mona Straw has it all—beautiful daughter, caring husband, lovely home, fulfilling job as a middle-school teacher. But one day a new man enters Mona’s life and turns it upside down, their passionate affair tilting her mind to the edge of madness—and murder.

The String Diaries / Stephen Lloyd Jones

On the run with her husband and daughter, Hannah, hunted by a centuries-old monster, must use the diaries that have been handed down from mother to daughter since the nineteenth century to destroy an enemy who has the ability to look and sound like the people she loves.

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JUST IN OCTOBER


Check our catalog, and place a hold, or ask a librarian to place a hold for you.

Check our catalog, and place a hold, or ask a Librarian to place a hold for you.

October 2015

You may want to try these well reviewed books that may not make it to the bestseller list, but shouldn’t be missed.

The Last Love Song: a biography of Joan Didion / Tracy Daugherty

In a meticulously researched biography, the life of the distinguished American author and journalist is explored, taking readers on a journey back through time, following a young woman in Sacramento, through to her adult life as a writer, interviewing those who know and knew her personally.

Days of Awe: a novel / Lauren Fox

Enduring a year marked by her husband’s abandonment, her daughter’s rebelliousness, and her best friend’s shattering death, Isabel gains new insights into her friend’s difficulties while considering a new relationship prospect.

Big Magic: creative living beyond fear / Elizabeth Gilbert

Shares the author’s wisdom and thoughts on creativity, offering insight into inspiration and discussing the attitudes, approaches, and habits needed to live a creative life.

The Girl from the Garden / Parnaz Foroutan

When his marriage does not produce a male heir, the head of a prosperous Persian-Jewish family makes a fateful decision that shatters his household and drives his wife to desperate measures to preserve her status.

Good Mourning: [a memoir] / Elizabeth Meyer with Caitlin Moscatello

A humorous memoir follows a young socialite as she risks social suicide to work for a legendary funeral chapel on New York City’s Upper East Side after she discovered a knack for helping people cope with their grief.

Black Chalk / Christopher J. Yates

One game. Six students. Five survivors. It was only ever meant to be a game. A game of consequences, of silly forfeits, childish dares. A game to be played by six best friends in their first year at Oxford University. But then the game changed: the stakes grew higher and the dares more personal, more humiliating, and finally evolving into a vicious struggle with unpredictable and tragic results. Now, fourteen years later, the remaining players must meet again for the final round.

Avenue of Mysteries: a novel / John Irving

John Irving returns to the themes that established him as one of our most admired and beloved authors in this absorbing novel of fate and memory. As we grow older—most of all, in what we remember and what we dream—we live in the past. Sometimes, we live more vividly in the past than in the present. As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but what travels with him are his dreams and memories; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico. “An aura of fate had marked him,” John Irving writes, of Juan Diego. “The chain of events, the links in our lives—what leads us where we’re going, the courses we follow to our ends, what we don’t see coming, and what we do—all this can be mysterious, or simply unseen, or even obvious.” Avenue of Mysteries is the story of what happens to Juan Diego in the Philippines, where what happened to him in the past—in Mexico—collides with his future.

City on Fire / by Garth Risk Hallberg

A tale set against a backdrop of the infamous 1977 blackout follows the experiences of two New York heirs, their paramours, two punk-loving teens, an obsessive reporter and a detective who would learn what any of them have to do with a Central Park shooting.

Leaving Berlin : a novel / Joseph Kanon

Caught in the McCarthy anti-Communist investigations because of his prewar politics, a young Jewish writer who fled the Nazis to America makes a desperate bargain with the fledgling CIA to work as a spy in a decimated Berlin.

The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine / Alex Brunkhorst

Collecting quotes for the obituary of a legendary film producer, young journalist Thomas Cleary is invited by the man’s eccentric daughter to tour the exclusive upper echelons of Hollywood society, where he pursues a romance with an enigmatic shut-in.

If you liked Girl on the Train, you might like these titles…


trainTuesday’s Gone / Nicci French

When a London social worker discovers the dead body of a stranger in a client’s home, Frieda Klein identifies the victim as a notorious con man that she fears has been murdered by enemies determined to embroil Frieda in the investigation.

Precious Thing / Colette McBeth
Clara and Rachel have been friends since high school. Life has intervened and they’ve grown apart, so when Clara invites Rachel for drinks to catch up, it’s a chance to reconnect. But before that can happen, Rachel is called to cover a missing girl story, and the missing girl is Clara. Was she abducted, murdered or did she simply leave on her own?

The Secret Place / Tana French
Investigating a photograph of a boy whose murder was never solved, aspiring Murder Squad member Stephen Moran partners with detective Antoinette Conway to search for answers in the cliques and rivalries at a Dublin boarding school.

Heartsick / Chelsea Cain
Addicted to painkillers and still bound to Gretchen Lowell, the beautiful serial killer who had abducted and tortured him before turning herself in, Portland detective Archie Sheridan is caught in another deadly duel with a murderer targeting teenage girls.

Endangered: a Joe Pickett novel / C.J. Box
When his teenage ward is found near death after running off with a disreputable rodeo champion he knows is responsible, Joe Pickett confronts terrible dangers to confront the attacker and his equally formidable family.

The Perfect Witness / Iris Johansen
She had the perfect life. She had the perfect cover. She was the perfect witness, until they found her. What she once saw put her entire family in jeopardy and now, years later, her cover is blown. She’s on the run, and the lives of those she holds dear hang in the balance.

Losing You / Nicci French
Preparing to leave for a vacation, Nina Landry awaits the return of her fifteen-year-old daughter, Charlie, who had spent the night at a friend’s house, but Nina begins to worry when Charlie does not come home and no one takes the disappearance seriously.

The Collector / Nora Roberts
Witnessing an apparent murder-suicide during a job, professional house-sitter Lila Emerson is recruited by the alleged perpetrator’s brother, talented artist Ashton Archer, to help uncover what really happened.

In the Lake of the Woods / Tim O’Brien
John and Kathy Wade, whose marriage has been built on mutual deception, visit a Minnesota lake to try to sort things out, a difficult process made more so by Kathy’s sudden disappearance.

Where They Found Her / Kimberly McCreight
Struggling with memories over the loss of her own baby while investigating the discovery of an anonymous infant in the woods, journalist Molly Sanderson traces a string of unreported assaults spanning twenty years.

Killer Instinct / Joseph Finder
Lacking the competitive instincts considered necessary to get ahead in his sales job, Jason Steadman meets a recently-hired Iraq War veteran who recruits him for the company softball team and offers him a job in corporate security.

JUST IN SEPTEMBER 2015


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September 2015
You may want to try these well reviewed books that may not make it to the bestseller list, but shouldn’t be missed.

Local Girls / Alice Hoffman

An anthology of interconnected short stories captures the lives and destinies of the Samuelsons, a family struggling with tragedy and divorce, in a series of portraits that chronicle Gretel Samuelson’s journey through betrayal, grief, conflicting loyalties, friendship, and loss.

Eileen / Ottessa Moshfegh

Dreaming of life in the city while caring for her alcoholic father and working in a 1960s boys’ prison, a disturbed young woman is manipulated into committing a psychologically charged crime during the holiday season.

In a Dark, Dark Wood / Ruth Ware

Leonora Shaw is a crime writer who lives a solitary life in London until she receives an invitation to a hen party for a friend she hasn’t seen in nearly ten years. The party takes place in a remote location with spotty phone service. Are you nervous yet? We know from the opening pages that something horrible happens, but just what, and to whom, how, and why will keep readers guessing — and flipping the pages.

The Book of Speculation / Erika Swyler

A roller coaster of a read! This is the story of a librarian from a splintered family with a tragic past who is gifted a mysterious book that leads him to dive deep into his family’s history, all while his present life seems to be falling to pieces around him. If you loved Morgenstern’s The Night Circus or Kostova’s The Historian, this is a book for you.

The Light of the World: a memoir / Elizabeth Alexander

The acclaimed poet reflects with gratitude on her life after the sudden death of her husband, discussing her personal quest for meaning and understanding, her renewed devotion to her teenage sons, and meditating on the blessings of love and family.

Villa America: a novel / Liza Klaussmann

A tale based on the real-life inspirations for Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night finds expats Sara and Gerald Murphy sharing freewheeling days, hosting parties and hiding heartbreaking secrets in the 1920s French Riviera.

The Wonder Garden / Lauren Acampora

Shares the myriad and bizarre secrets of a Connecticut suburb, including a young soon-to-be mother who watches her husband walk away from a fifteen-year career in advertising at the urging of his spirit animal.

Bradstreet Gate: a novel / Robin Kirman

The brutal murder of a Harvard senior and rumors about a charismatic instructor haunt the lives of three graduates over the course of a decade-long search for answers.

Land of Love and Drowning / Tiphanie Yanique

In the early 1900s an important ship sinks into the Caribbean Sea, just as the Virgin Islands are transferred from Danish to American rule. Orphaned by the sunken vessel are two sisters and their half-brother, now faced with an uncertain identity and future. Each of them is unusually beautiful, and each is in possession of a particular magic that will either sink or save them.

Some Luck / Jane Smiley

The story follows the triumphs and tragedies of Rosanna and Walter Langdon and their five children on their Iowa farm from 1920 through the early 1950s.

Purity / Jonathan Franzen

Young Pip Tyler doesn’t know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she’s saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she’s squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother–her only family–is hazardous. But she doesn’t have a clue who her father is, why her mother has always concealed her own real name, or how she can ever have a normal life.

We Never Asked for Wings / Vanessa Diffenbaugh

After fourteen years of working multiple jobs to make ends meet, Letty Espinosa must learn to be a mother when her parents, who have been raising Letty’s teenage son and six-year-old daughter, decide to return to Mexico.

LIGHTHOUSE COLLECTION


lighthouse1The Bob Muller Long Island Lighthouse Collection was established after the East Islip Public Library established a Local History Room.
Mr. Robert G. Müller endowed the library with his collection of books, magazines, pamphlets, articles, artifacts and ephemera on Long Island and New York State lighthouses along with materials on lighthouses located in other states. The collection is located in the Lower Level of the library in the Local History Room.
Robert G. Müller writes and lectures on lighthouse history, and his photography
has appeared in newsletters, magazines, newspapers, a calendar, a poster, various
promotional materials, and a movie. He is the recipient of the U.S. Lighthouse
Society’s 2005 President’s Award for “outstanding contributions to lighthouse
preservation,” the founding president of the Long Island Chapter of the U.S.
Lighthouse Society, a past president of the East Islip Historical Society and the founder of the LongIslandLighthouses.com and NewYorkLighthouses.com websites. Mr. Müller is the author of Long Island’s Lighthouses: Past and Present (2003), and New York State Lighthouses (NY) Postcard History (2006).

Anatomy of the Lighthouse By Michael J. Rhein — Call No. LIGHT 387.155 RHE lighthouse2
The story of the evolution of the lighthouse is a gripping and awe-inspiring one – a tale of trial and error, of inspiration and disaster, and of achievements made against almost impossible odds. This fascinating book examines lighthouses inside and out, from the primitive beacon and the fabled Pharos of the ancient world to the “Texas towers” of modern times.

lighthouse3First Light: Montauk Point Lighthouse Call No. DVD 974.725 FIR
Learn about the struggles famed architect/builder John McComb Jr. faced in constructing New York’s first lighthouse. Learn about the treacherous waters surrounding Montauk Point and the shipwrecks of the Culloden, Flying Cloud, and John Milton.

Lighthouses of New York: A Guidebook and Keepsake lighthouse4
By Bruce Roberts and Ray Jones — Call No. LIGHT 387.155 ROB
For lighthouse lovers in the Empire State, this charming guide to New York’s coastal beacons features more than thirty-five historic structures situated on the Great Lakes, Long Island, and the Hudson River.

lighthouse5Lighthouses of New York State: a Photographic and Historic Digest of New York’s Maritime Treasures By Rick Tuers — Call No. LIGHT 387.155 TUE
Discover how the state’s rich maritime heritage centers around 69 lighthouses, located on many different water bodies. This book details all of them, including famous lighthouses like Montauk Point, Fire Island, and Buffalo. These symbols of strength have protected mariners for over two hundred years.

Lighthouses of the Mid-Atlantic Coast: Your Guide to the Lighthouses of New lighthouse6York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia
By Elinor DeWire — Call No. LIGHT 387.155 DEW
Discover what life for lighthouse keepers was really like. Learn about the history of U.S. colonial lighthouses and the role lighthouses have played in several wars. Meet the brave, nefarious, and colorful characters who served as lighthouse keepers and government overseers. Learn about lighthouse technology and architecture and find out how these treasures are being preserved.