Just In – July 2018


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The Great Believers / Rebecca Makkai

A novel set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris follows the director of a Chicago art gallery and a woman looking for her estranged daughter in Paris who both struggle to come to terms with the ways AIDS has affected their lives.

The Dependents: a novel / Katharine Dion

Feeling adrift after his wife of nearly 50 years passes away, Gene seeks to repair his relationship with his daughter and reflects on the loyalties, betrayals and secrets that shaped the family’s ties to another couple.

Tango Lessons: a memoir / Meghan Flaherty

Traces the author’s decision to overcome trauma-related intimacy issues by taking dance lessons in New York’s vibrant tango underground, where she learned unexpected lessons in strength, balance and love.

Tell the Machine Goodnight: a novel / Katie Williams

A woman whose job it is to help people find happiness finds a challenge in her own son, who seems to get the most joy out of being unhappy.

Convenience Store Woman / Sayaka Murata

A Japanese woman who has been working at a convenience store for eighteen years finds friendship with an alienated, cynical, and bitter young man who becomes her coworker.

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.

Call Me American memoir / Abdi Nor Iftin with Max Alexander

Now a proud resident of Maine, on the path to citizenship, Abdi Nor Iftin’s dramatic, deeply stirring memoir is truly a story for our time: a vivid reminder of why western democracies still beckon to those looking to make a better life.

How to Walk Away / Katherine Center

When an accident on what was supposed to be the happiest day of her life lands her in the hospital with a very uncertain future, Margaret struggles to come to terms with family secrets, heartbreak and starting over before discovering love in an unexpected place.

Circe : a novel / Madeline Miller

Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.

Tin Man / Sarah Winman

A heartbreaking celebration of love in all its forms gradually reveals a fallout between two longtime friends and Oxford students over the course of a decade marked by the marriage of one and the disappearance of the other.

The Madonna of the Mountains / by Elise Valmorbida

An epic, inspiring novel about one woman’s survival in the hardscrabble Italian countryside and her determination to protect her family throughout the Second World War—by any means possible.

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Fathers & Fatherhood


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Bright Before Us: a novel / Katie Arnold-Ratliff

Facing the prospect of fatherhood, disillusioned by his fledgling teaching career, and mourning the loss of a fraught former relationship, 25-year-old Francis Mason is a prisoner of his past mistakes. But when his second-grade class discovers a dead body during a field trip to a San Francisco beach, Francis spirals into unbearable grief and all-consuming paranoia.

Surfacing / by Margaret Atwood

A woman’s haunting quest for identity and truth. A nameless narrator travels to an island cabin in Northern Quebec, where she spent her childhood, to search for her missing father. The truth about her own life surfaces, as well as the realization of her essential aloneness, despite the company of others who are unaware of her experiences.

Perfume River: a novel / Robert Olen Butler

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain presents the story of a single North Florida family shaped and overshadowed by the Vietnam War and the estrangements between the fathers, sons and brothers who supported or protested against it.

Pops: fatherhood in pieces / Michael Chabon

Essays inspired by Chabon’s interactions with his four children and his own father illuminate the meaning, magic, and mysteries of fatherhood.

The Precious One / Marisa De Los Santos

A tale told in alternating voices traces the collaborative efforts of an estranged millionaire father and the daughter he abandoned 17 years earlier to reconcile and write his memoir.

Winter Street: a novel / Elin Hilderbrand

Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket’s Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray. Patrick, the eldest, is a hedge fund manager with a guilty conscience. Kevin, a bartender, is secretly sleeping with a French housekeeper named Isabelle. Ava, a school teacher, is finally dating the perfect guy but can’t get him to commit. And Bart, the youngest and only child of Kelley’s second marriage to Mitzi, has recently shocked everyone by joining the Marines.

The Last Pilot / Benjamin Johncock

A U.S. Air Force test pilot passes up the chance to become an astronaut after his wife gets pregnant against all odds, and as fatherhood consumes him, a sudden tragedy puts his instincts as a father and as a pilot to the test. 

China Rich Girlfriend: a novel / Kevin Kwan

Feeling incomplete because her unknown birth father cannot walk her down the aisle, Rachel Chu, on the brink of marrying one of Asia’s richest bachelors, is brought into the elite circles of Shanghai by a shocking revelation.

10:04: a novel / Ben Lerner

While enjoying his newfound literary success, the narrator deals with a potentially fatal medical condition and a request to help his best friend conceive a child while living in New York, a city where there are frequent super storms and social unrest.

The Best a Man Can Get: a novel of fatherhood and its discontents / John O’Farrell

Michael Adams escapes the trials of marriage and fatherhood by telling his wife he has to travel for business and living a double life in an apartment with three other young men, spending his days playing computer games while his wife struggles to cope alone.

The Rosie Effect / Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman and Rosie are back again, and they’ve relocated to New York. Rosie is continuing her studies, while Don is teaching and even adding to his small circle of friends. But when Rosie announces that she is pregnant, Don is once again out of his depth. What follows are crazy situations that could only happen when Don is involved. Funny and heartwarming.

Two By Two / Nicholas Sparks

The seemingly charmed life of a Charlotte family man abruptly tumbles around him, leaving him an unemployed single father who embarks on a new reality that tests his skills and emotional resources beyond his imagining.

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Do Overs – May 2018


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Dark at the Crossing / Elliot Ackerman

The author of Green on Blue presents a contemporary love story set on the Turkish border of Syria, where an Arab American with a conflicted past attempts to join the fight against Bashar al-Assad’s regime before the plight of his host family reshapes his loyalties.

After the Fall / Julie Cohen

When an unfortunate accident forces Honor back into the lives of her widowed daughter-in-law, Jo, and her only granddaughter, Lydia, she cannot wait to be well enough to get back to her own home. However, the longer she stays with Jo and Lydia, the more they start to feel like a real family. But each of the three women is keeping secrets from the others that threaten to destroy the lives they’ve come to know.

Pacific: a novel / Tom Drury

A story alternating between Iowa and Los Angeles follows Joan Gower, a mother who deserted her family but wants a second chance with her son, Micah, who moves with her to L.A. and has trouble adjusting to its fast and furious life of excess.

The Broken Road / Richard Paul Evans

Struggling with nightmares about his childhood despite his success, Charles James explores the possibility of second chances after a twist of fate causes him to be declared dead.

If I Could Turn Back Time / Beth Harbison

What if your thirtysomething self woke up in the body of your eighteen-year-old self? On a boat with friends off the Florida coast, Ramie tries to fight her feelings of discontent with steel will and hard liquor. No one even notices as she gets up and goes to the diving board and dives in. So no one notices when she hits her head on the board on the way down. She wakes some time later. Is she in the hospital, head wrapped like some amnesiac woman in a Lifetime movie? She strains to understand a voice calling in the distance: ‘Wake up!’ It’s her mother. ‘You’re going to be late for school again. I’m not writing a note this time.’ Told with Beth Harbison’s wit and warmth, it’s the fantasy of every woman who has ever thought, ‘If I could go back in time, knowing what I know now, I’d do things so differently.

How It All Began / Penelope Lively

When Charlotte Rainsford is accosted by a petty thief on a London street, the consequences ripple across the lives of acquaintances and strangers alike. A marriage unravels after an illicit love affair is revealed through an errant cell phone message, a posh yet financially strapped interior designer meets a business partner who might prove too good to be true, an old-guard historian tries to recapture his youthful vigor with an ill-conceived idea for a TV miniseries and a middle-aged central European immigrant learns to speak English and reinvents his life with the assistance of some new friends.

The Repeat Year / Andrea Lochen

When she wakes up in her ex-boyfriend’s bed on New Year’s Day 2011–a day she has already lived–intensive care nurse Olive Watson, given the opportunity of a lifetime, has a chance to rewrite her future and must decide whether to make different choices or accept her life as she knows it.

The Returned / Jason Mott

Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they’ve settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time …. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep — flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. All over the world people’s loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why this is happening.

Still Life with Bread Crumbs: a novel / Anna Quindlen

Moving to a small country cabin, a once world-famous photographer bonds with a local man and begins to see the world around her in new, deeper dimensions while evaluating second chances at love, career, and self-understanding.

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict / Laurie Viera Rigler

Transported through time into Regency England, heartbroken Austen fan Courtney Stone is forced to live the discouragingly difficult life of a nineteenth-century woman and finds herself experiencing memories that are not her own.

Landline / Rainbow Rowell

Landline explores the delicate balance women make between work and family, considering the tradeoffs and pain. Rowell has a special gift for offering incredible insights into ordinary life. Never heavy-handed, Rowell’s writing is delivered with humor and grace.

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