April 2015 Library Reads List

Visit LibraryReads for more information about how this list was created, and to view favorites from previous months!

At the Water’s Edge: A Novel
by Sara Gruen

“Set in Loch Ness, right in the middle of WWII, a foolish group of rich Americans arrive in search of the famous monster. Narrator Maddie must make sense of the circumstances that have brought her to this wild locale. Only then can she discover the strength she needs to make her own decisions. Enjoy a delightfully intriguing cast of characters and the engaging style of storytelling that has made Gruen so popular.”

- Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI

The Royal We
by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

“This delightful spin on the story of Prince William and Kate Middleton is the perfect beachy, weekend read for anyone who loves love stories with a healthy dose of humor. Here, Will and Kate are replaced by Nick and Bex–he’s the heir to the British throne, she’s the American who effortlessly steals his heart. Can they weather many obstacles to find their Happily Ever After? Part fairy tale, part cautionary tale, the novel is pure fun from start to finish.”

- Donna Matturri, Pickerington Public Library, Pickerington, OH

A Desperate Fortune
by Susanna Kearsley

“While transcribing an old manuscript of a young girl’s diary, Sara decodes an account of Jacobite spies. Long before, Mary Dundas gets involved in a mission which makes her confidante to the King of Scotland in exile. And along the way, both women fall for men they know little about. Kearsley is a master at seamlessly blending stories from two time periods. Readers who enjoy a little puzzle solving with their historical fiction will be rewarded.”

- Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX

The Dream Lover: A Novel
by Elizabeth Berg
Published: 4/14/2015 by Random House
ISBN: 9780812993158

“George Sand leaves her estranged husband and children to embark on a life of art in bohemian Paris. A talented writer who finds monetary and critical success, Sand adopts a man’s name, often dresses as a gentleman and smokes cigars. Through her writing, politics, sexual complexities and views on feminism, Sand is always seeking love. This novel has spurred me to learn more about George Sand, a woman truly ahead of her time.”

- Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Still the One
by Jill Shalvis
Published: 4/7/2015 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780425270189

“Oh Jill Shalvis, how I love thee! Although all the books in this Animal Magnetism series have strong heroines, this one is the absolute best. And chemistry–wowza, it’s intense. The novel brings a focus on two important social issues: the lack of funding available for those who need physical therapy, and the fact that service dogs who do not pass their certification should not be thrown away. I fell in love and learned something at the same time. Instant classic.”

- Amanda Brown, Roanoke Public Libraries, Roanoke, VA

Inside the O’Briens: A Novel
by Lisa Genova

“The O’Briens are an Irish Catholic family living in Boston. Joe, the father, is a cop, and when he is diagnosed with Huntington’s, he must somehow tell his wife and four grown children and learn to live with the disease. I couldn’t put the book down for too long. Genova made me feel as if I was part of the family. I loved the way she developed her characters with style and warmth.”

- Valerie Giambona, Secaucus Public Library, Secaucus, NJ

House of Echoes: A Novel
by Brendan Duffy

“Eager to get out of the big city, Ben and Caroline Tierney purchase a large, old house upstate hoping to renovate it into a hotel. However, their house, called The Crofts, has a dark, mysterious past, and terrifying secrets begin to threaten the family. This wonderfully eerie and atmospheric debut novel is a great recommendation for fans of Bohjalian’s The Night Strangers and McMahon’s The Winter People.”

- Sara Kennedy, Delaware County District Library, Delaware, OH

The Precious One: A Novel
by Marisa de los Santos

“Taisy hasn’t seen her father since he dumped her family and started another one 17 years ago. An unexpected invitation to write his biography returns her to her hometown, and gives her a rare chance to knit together a broken web of relationships. Like all de los Santos’ books, The Precious One features smart, funny characters who form an unconventional family. It’s luminous and heartwarming, without an ounce of sap.”

- Heather Bistyga, Anderson County Library, Anderson, SC

The Bone Tree: A Novel
by Greg Iles

“Based on a real series of unsolved murders from the civil rights era in Louisiana, and the crusading journalist who uncovered the story, Iles’ novel shines a bright light of truth upon one of America’s darkest secrets. Iles’ compelling writing makes this complex tale of good versus evil a must-read for those who love thrillers, and those who want to learn a little bit of American history not normally taught in school.”

- Ellen Jennings, Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL

Where They Found Her: A Novel
by Kimberly McCreight

“Molly Sanderson is covering a feature for the Ridgedale Reader that not only stirs up her recent grief over a stillborn child, but secrets that have been kept hidden for over two decades in this northern New Jersey college town. As the stories of four different women unfold, a new piece of the puzzle is revealed. Chilling and gruesome at times, this is a novel with characters who will stay with the reader long after the final page is turned.”

- Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ

April 2015 Book Discussions

Here’s what we’re reading this month…

BOOK CLUBBERS
Thursday, April 2, 2015 @ Harnish
Start Time: 7:00 PM
Frog Music
by Emma Donoghue

A novel based on an unsolved murder in 1876 San Francisco. Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heatwave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman called Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny’s murderer to justice–if he doesn’t track her down first. The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers, and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women, and damaged children. It’s the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts.

SPINE-CRACKERS BOOK DISCUSSION
Friday, April 3, 2015 @ Harnish
Start Time: 1:15 PM
Z : a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
by Therese Fowler

A tale inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald that follows their union in defiance of her father’s opposition and her abandonment of the provincial finery of her upbringing in favor of a scandalous flapper identity that gains her entry into the literary party scenes of New York, Paris and the French Riviera.

BOOKALICIOUS
Monday, April 13, 2015 @ Village Vintner
Start Time: 7:00 PM
The Selection
by Kiera Cass

Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illéa, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection–a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illéa’s prince–but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.

CLASSICS BOOK CLUB
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 @ Harnish
Start Time: 7:00 PM
The Painted Veil
by W. Somerset Maugham

Set in the 1920s. A young English couple, Walter a middle class doctor and Kitty, an upper-class woman, get married for all the wrong reasons and relocate to Shanghai. Kitty falls in love with someone else. When Walter discovers her infidelity, in an act of vengeance, he accepts a job in a remote village in China that is being ravaged by a deadly epidemic. He takes his wife along and their journey brings meaning to their relationship and gives them purpose in one of the most remote and beautiful places on earth.

NITE READERS BOOK CLUB
Thursday, April 16, 2015 @ Harnish
Start Time: 7:00 PM
Year of Wonders
by Geraldine Brooks

This gripping historical novel is based on the true story of Eyam, the “Plague Village,” in the rugged mountain spine of England. In 1666, a tainted bolt of cloth from London carries bubonic infection to this isolated settlement of shepherds and lead miners. A visionary young preacher convinces the villagers to seal themselves off in a deadly quarantine to prevent the spread of disease. The story is told through the eyes of eighteen-year-old Anna Frith, the vicar’s maid, as she confronts the loss of her family, the disintegration of her community, and the lure of a dangerous and illicit love. As the death toll rises and people turn from prayers and herbal cures to sorcery and murderous witch-hunting, Anna emerges as an unlikely and courageous heroine in the village’s desperate fight to save itself.

March 2015 Library Reads List

Visit LibraryReads for more information about how this list was created, and to view favorites from previous months!

The Love Song of Miss
Queenie Hennessy: A Novel
by Rachel Joyce

“Miss Queenie Hennessy, who we met in Joyce’s first book, is in a hospice ruminating over her abundant life experiences. I loved the poignant passages and wise words peppered throughout. Readers of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry will enjoy this book. There’s no fast-paced plot or exciting twists–it’s just a simple, sweet story of a life well-lived.”

- Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library, Azusa, CA

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
by Erik Larson

“In cinematic terms, this dramatic page-turner is Das Boot meets Titanic. Larson has a wonderful way of creating a very readable, accessible story of a time, place, and event. We get three sides of the global story–the U-boat commander, British Admiralty and President Wilson–but what really elevates this book are the affecting stories of individual crew and passengers.”

- Robert Schnell, Queens Library, Jamaica, NY

Prudence
by Gail Carriger

“I was hoping we’d be seeing Prudence in her own series. Baby P–Rue to you–is all grown up and absolutely delightful. First-time readers will think it’s a wonderful book on its own merits. However, it becomes spectacular when we get to revisit some of the beloved characters from the Parasol Protectorate. Gail Carriger is always a delight!”

- Lisa Sprague, Enfield Public Library, Enfield, CT

The Witch of Painted Sorrows
by M. J. Rose

“Rose weaves a passionate tale of sensuality, heartbreak and despair, exposing readers to a side of Paris that is as haunting as its main characters. The melding of time and generations transform Sandrine and La Lune into a single force to be reckoned with. The unexpected ending will leave readers wanting more.”

- Marianne Colton, Lockport Public Library, Lockport, NY

Cat Out of Hell
by Lynne Truss

“Cats don’t live nine lives. They survive eight deaths. There’s something special about Roger, the cat, and it’s not that he can talk. Truss spins readers through a hauntingly, portentous tale. When my cat’s tail thrums, I’ll forever wonder what devilment will follow.”

- Ann Williams, Tippecanoe County Public Library, Lafayette, IN

Vanishing Girls
by Lauren Oliver

“Reminiscent of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars, this book begs for a re-read after you finish it. Nick, the main character, is recovering from a devastating trauma. Her family life is turned upside down, and a longtime childhood friendship is strained due to her sister’s exploits. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read multi-layered stories.”

- Sybil Thompson, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland

Delicious Foods: A Novel
by James Hannaham

“How can you not be immediately intrigued by a novel that opens with a teenage boy driving from Louisiana to Minnesota after both his hands have just been cut off at the wrist? When you read this novel, you’re dropped right into a world–darkly funny and audaciously bold.”

- Meghan Hall, Timberland Regional Library, Lacey, WA

The Fifth Gospel: A Novel
by Ian Caldwell

“A murder on Vatican property begins this tale of religion, politics, and family. Two brothers, both priests, struggle to make sense of their friend’s murder. When one is accused, the other must go to extreme lengths to prove his brother’s innocence. Caldwell’s second novel is a book to savor. This is a heart-wrenching book you will want to read more than once.”

- Elizabeth Kanouse, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ

The Pocket Wife: A Novel
by Susan Crawford

“Dana is a ‘pocket wife’ because her lawyer husband barely gives her the time of day. One afternoon, she drunkenly argues with her neighbor Celia, takes a nap, then wakes to find Celia dead. Could she have murdered Celia? Dana, suffering from manic episodes, tries to solve her friend’s murder before she loses all self-control. Highly recommended for fans of Gone Girl.”

- Katelyn Boyer, Fergus Falls Public Library, Fergus Falls, MN

Where All Light Tends to Go
by David Joy
Published: 3/3/2015 by Putnam Adult
ISBN: 9780399172779

“This beautifully written novel juxtaposes the glory of the Appalachians against the despair of everyday life. Jacob McNeely recognizes his family’s brutality, but Maggie, the love of his life, gives him hope. Achingly told, the visceral prose will stay with readers long past the conclusion. Fans of the Southern fiction of Ron Rash and Wiley Cash will fall in love with this new voice.”

- Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ

March 2015 Book Discussions

Stop by the Adult Services Desk at the Main Library (Harnish) to pick up your copies today!

BOOK CLUBBERS
Thursday, March 05, 2015 @ Harnish
Start Time: 7:00 PM
Shotgun Lovesongs
by Nickolas Butler

Can youthful friendships bear the changes caused by time and experience in the larger world? Coming back to a small town in Wisconsin will tell the tale.

 

SPINE-CRACKERS BOOK DISCUSSION
Friday, March 06, 2015 @ Harnish
Start Time: 12:30 PM
After Visiting Friends
by Michael Hainey

Years after his father’s death, Michael Hainey sets out to learn the truth about what happened the night his father was found dead of an apparent heart attack near his car on the North Side of Chicago.  This is a moving, richly detailed, well-written and often poetic tale of family secrets and legacies.

 

NITE READERS BOOK CLUB
Thursday, March 19, 2015 @ Harnish
Start Time: 7:00 PM
The World’s Strongest Librarian
by Josh Hanagarne

Josh Hanagarne was never able to blend into the background. Even before he was formally diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome, the condition would bring chaos into his world.  Here he shows how he battled Tourette’s while shedding light on the often misunderstood affliction.

 

CLASSICS BOOK CLUB
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 @ Harnish
Start Time: 7:00 PM
I, Claudius
by Robert Graves

The emperor Claudius tells of his life during the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, and Caligula and the events that led to his rise to power in a classic novel reconstructing ancient Rome.

February 2015 Library Reads List

Visit LibraryReads for more information about how this list was created, and to view favorites from previous months!

A Spool of Blue Thread
by Anne Tyler

“In this book, we come to know three generations of Whitshanks–a family with secrets and memories that are sometimes different than what others observe. The book’s timeline moves back and forth with overlapping stories, just like thread on a spool. Most readers will find themselves in the story. Once again, Tyler has written an enchanting tale.”

- Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

A Touch of Stardust: A Novel
by Kate Alcott

“With the background of the making of Gone with the Wind, this is a delightful read that combines historical events with the fictional career of an aspiring screenwriter. Julie is a wide-eyed Indiana girl who, through a series of lucky breaks, advances from studio go-fer and assistant to Carole Lombard to contract writer at MGM. A fun, engaging page-turner!”

- Lois Gross, Hoboken Public Library, Hoboken, NJ

My Sunshine Away
by M.O. Walsh

“A crime against a 15-year-old girl is examined through the eyes of one of her friends–a friend who admits to being a possible suspect in the crime. This is a wonderful debut novel full of suspense, angst, loyalty, deceit, and most of all, love.”

- Alison Nadvornik, Worthington Libraries, Columbus, OH

 

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy
by Julia Quinn

“At a dreaded music recital, a cellist catches Sir Richard Kenworthy’s eye, and he determines to marry her. Iris Smythe-Smith is a smart cookie and rightly suspicious of Sir Richard’s motives when he comes courting, but finds herself falling for his charm. Things seem to be working out well until Iris finds out what a big secret Richard is keeping.”

- Sharon Redfern, Rockville Public Library, Vernon, CT

Half the World
by Joe Abercrombie

“Fifteen-year-old Thorn, determined to become a king’s soldier, is fighting not just physical opponents, but her world’s social mores. Girls are supposed to desire nothing more than a wealthy husband. Period. Thorn’s struggles to achieve her dream make for a riveting read. Second in a series, this book reads very well as a standalone.”

- Cynthia Hunt, Amarillo Public Library, Amarillo, TX

Finding Jake: A Novel
by Bryan Reardon

“Stay-at-home dad Simon Connelly receives the call every parent dreads: there’s been a shooting at his children’s school. Through flashbacks and present-day narratives, he mines his memory for clues to what may have happened. This is a refreshing take on the well trodden “bad kid” novels, and an excellent thriller to recommend to all who liked Defending Jacob or We Need to Talk About Kevin.”

- Alissa Williams, Pekin Public Library, Pekin, IL

A Darker Shade of Magic
by V. E. Schwab

“Fantasy fans should enjoy this atmospheric novel, where London is the link between parallel universes, and magician Kell is one of two Travelers who can move between them. Now something sinister is disturbing their equilibrium, and Kell must try to unravel the plot with only feisty street thief Delilah Bard as an ally.”

- Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

A Murder of Magpies
by Judith Flanders

“Loved this mystery! The acerbic narrator is 40-year-old British book publishing editor Samantha, whose best author goes missing after writing a tell-all book about a famous French fashion designer who died under suspicious circumstances. Very funny, and great secondary characters as well.”

- Ann-Marie Anderson, Tigard Public Library, Tigard, OR


The Siege Winter: A Novel
by Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman

“I couldn’t have been more excited when I learned Franklin wrote a new book. This wonderfully written novel takes place during King Stephen and Empress Matilda’s tumultuous civil conflict to claim England, no matter what cost to themselves or their subjects. The story conveys the brutality of the period without sacrificing the complex nature of the time and the people.”

- Elizabeth Carroll, Madison Public Library, Madison, WI


Dreaming Spies: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
by Laurie R. King

“Considering that King is one of the finest mystery authors writing today, it’s no surprise that the latest in the Russell/Holmes series is an engaging read. Intrigue follows the duo as they board a liner bound for Japan and meet up with a known blackmailer and a young Japanese woman who is not all that she seems. Great historical research and rich atmosphere!”

- Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI

February 2015 Book Discussions

Stop by the Adult Services Desk at the Main Library (Harnish) to pick up your copies today!

* Book Clubbers – Thursday, February 5th @ 7pm (Harnish)
Meets the first Thursday of each month.

China Dolls
by Lisa See

In 1938, Ruby, Helen and Grace, three girls from very different backgrounds, find themselves competing at the same audition for showgirl roles at San Francisco’s exclusive “Oriental” nightclub, the Forbidden City. Grace, an American-born Chinese girl has fled the Midwest and an abusive father. Helen is from a Chinese family who have deep roots in San Francisco’s Chinatown. And, as both her friends know, Ruby is Japanese passing as Chinese. At times their differences are pronounced, but the girls grow to depend on one another in order to fulfill their individual dreams. Then, everything changes in a heartbeat with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Suddenly the government is sending innocent Japanese to internment camps under suspicion, and Ruby is one of them. But which of her friends betrayed her?

* Spine-crackers – Friday, February 6th @ 12:30pm (Harnish)
Meets the first Friday of each month.

Longbourn
by Jo Baker

In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely upended.

* Bookalicious – Monday, February 9th @ 7pm at the Village Vintner
Meets the second Monday of each month.

A Mad, Wicked Folly
by Sharon Biggs

In 1909 London, as the world of debutante balls and high society obligations closes in around her, seventeen-year-old Victoria must figure out just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dream of becoming an artist.

 

 

Classics Book Club – Wednesday, February 18th @ 7pm (Harnish)
Meets the third Wednesday of each month.

Beowulf

Britain’s oldest epic brings to life the warrior named Beowulf who defeated the ogre Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon that threatened his kingdom. This work is considered by many to be one of the most important works of Old English literature.

 

 

Nite Readers – Thursday, February 19th @ 7pm (Harnish)
Meets the third Thursday of the month.

Under the Wide and Starry Sky
by Nancy Horan

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.

January 2015 LibraryReads List

Visit LibraryReads for more information about how this list was created, and to view favorites from previous months!

 

 


As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: A Flavia de Luce Novel
by Alan Bradley

“After the unexpected recovery of her mother’s body brings the de Luce’s family secrets to light, Flavia’s life is turned upside down. Now on her way to a Canadian boarding school, she must survive her first term–and more importantly, uncover the mystery of a corpse found in her dorm room chimney the night she arrives. A delightful installment in the series!”

- Lizzie Gall, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MI

The Rosie Effect: A Novel
by 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.”

- Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

The Magician’s Lie: A Novel
by Greer Macallister

“Arden is a famous illusionist whose show involves sawing a man in half, but one night, she grabs an axe instead of a knife and her husband is found dead under the stage. Can Arden, an expert at deception, get away with murder–or is she really innocent? Recommended to anyone who likes historical fiction, strong women characters, and surprisingly twisty plots.”

- Paula Jones, Brockton Public Library, Brockton, MA

The Girl on the Train: A Novel
by Paula Hawkins

“Rachel is a washed-up thirty-something who creates a fantasy about the seemingly perfect couple she sees during her daily train ride into London. When the woman goes missing, Rachel manages to insert herself into the investigation of the woman’s disappearance. In the vein of Gone Girl, this dark psychological thriller is fast-paced and features some very unreliable narrators.”

- Andrea Larson, Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL

Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
by Pierce Brown

“After reading Red Rising, I was looking forward to seeing more of the politics of this world. Darrow has infiltrated the Golds and works to bring them down from the inside, end their tyranny, and free his people. There’s so much political drama and action. Brown does a wonderful job describing it all through Darrow’s eyes. It’s exhausting, thrilling, and heartwrenching!”

- Nita Gill, Brookings Public Library, Brookings, SD

The Dress Shop of Dreams
by Menna van Praag

“Tidy, romantic, and fine escapism. All the characters here have interesting back stories: Cora is believable as a no-nonsense gal trying to rebuff sweet Walt’s advances, and Etta is someone I’d like to meet in real life. Reminiscent of Love Actually and P.S. I Love You, this cute little book is recommended to readers who want to be charmed by the possibilities of love.”

- Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library, Azusa, CA

The Bishop’s Wife
by Mette Ivie Harrison

“As a practicing Mormon, I felt Harrison did a great job of detailing Mormon culture and doctrine without evangelizing. I appreciated that the bishop is a good man, and the bishop’s wife is a woman who has been through her own struggles. The bishop’s wife sometimes can barely keep up with all the drama and mysteries around her. But she does, and does it quite well under the circumstances. This is a rather brave book.”

- Amanda Monson, Bartow County Library System, Cartersville, GA

Vanessa and Her Sister: A Novel
by Priya Parmar

“Told uniquely as part diary, part epistolary novel, Parmar focuses on the relationship of Vanessa (later Bell) and Virginia (later Woolf) Stephens, one filled with unspoken jealousy and a fierceness of love that will ultimately destroy their kinship. This well-researched novel with gorgeous prose brings the characters to life with a unique perspective.”

- Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ

First Frost
by Sarah Addison Allen

“First Frost is a great continuation of the stories of sisters Claire and Sydney, and Sydney’s teenage daughter, Bay. Each of the Waverlys has their own somewhat supernatural gift, and all of them struggle with issues of identity and family. As with Allen’s previous works, this novel will appeal to fans of Alice Hoffman and readers who enjoy family stories that are not overflowing with angst and drama.”

- Lauren Mitchell, Pima County Libraries, Tucson, AZ
Full Throttle
by Julie Ann Walker

“Readers can always count on Walker to deliver a suspenseful, action-packed read, and she delivers on all counts. However, it isn’t the heart-pounding adventure that makes this a fabulous story–it’s the characters. Abby and Steady, college friends who were torn apart by a mutual loss, have great chemistry. Walker has created a complete and suspenseful narrative.”

- Vanessa Gempis, Dallas Public Library, Hampton-Illinois Library, Dallas, TX

January 2015 Book Discussions

Stop by the Adult Services Desk at the Main Library (Harnish) to pick up your copies today!

* Book Clubbers – Thursday, January 8th @ 7pm (Harnish)
 Due to the New Year Holiday, Bookclubbers will meet on the second Thursday this month, instead of the usual first Thursday.

What Alice Forgot
by Liane Moriarty

Suffering an accident that causes her to forget the last ten years of her life, Alice is astonished to discover that she is thirty-nine years old, a mother of three children, and in the midst of an acrimonious divorce from a man she dearly loves.

 

 

* Spine-crackers – Friday, January 9th @ 10am (Harnish)
Due to the New Year Holiday, Spine-crackers will meet on the second Friday this month, instead of the usual first Friday. 

The Time Keeper
by Mitch Albom

After being punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift, Father Time returns to Earth along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

 

* Bookalicious – Monday, January 12th @ 7pm at the Village Vintner
Meets the second Monday of each month.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
by Lish McBride

Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast-food worker and college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and one particular necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead.

 

Nite Readers – Thursday, January 15th @ 7pm (Harnish)
Meets the third Thursday of the month.

Blood From a Stone
by Donna Leon

On a cold Venetian night shortly before Christmas, a street vendor is killed in a scuffle in Campo San Stefano. the closest witnesses are the tourists who had been browsing the man’s wares before his death–fake handbags of every designer label. The dead man had been working as a vu cumpra, one of the many African immigrants purveying goods outside normal shop hours and without work permits. Commissario Brunetti’s response is that of everybody involved: Why would anyone kill an illegal immigrant? Once Brunetti begins to investigate this unfamiliar Venetian underworld, he discovers that matters of great value are at stake. Warned by Patta, his supervisor, to resist further involvement in the case, how far will Brunetti be able to penetrate the murky subculture of Venice’s illegal community?

Classics Book Club
Usually meets the third Wednesday of each month.
Wednesday, January 21st @ 7pm (Harnish)

Our Mutual Friend
by Charles Dickens

After John Harmon is murdered on his way to marry Bella Wilfer and receive a large inheritance, his father’s assistant, Nicodemus Boffin, becomes the new heir and adopts Bella, who evokes an uncommon interest from Boffin’s assistant.

LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites 2014

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry:
A Novel
by Gabrielle Zevin

“A middle-aged bookseller mourning his lost wife, a feisty publisher’s rep, and a charmingly precocious abandoned child come together on a small island off the New England coast in this utterly delightful novel of love and second chances.”

- Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

The Rosie Project: A Novel
by Graeme Simsion

“Don Tillman, a brilliant geneticist, thinks that having women fill out a six-page, double-sided questionnaire before a date is logical and reasonable. Rosie Jarman, an impetuous barmaid, thinks Don should loosen up and learn to live a little. Follow the unlikely pair in this laugh-out-loud, feel-good story of unexpected joys, discovery and love.”

- Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel
by Anthony Doerr
Published: 5/6/2014 by Scribner
ISBN: 9781476746586

“Set during World War II Europe, this novel is sobering without being sentimental. The tension builds as the alternating, parallel stories of Werner and Marie-Laure unfold, and their paths cross. I highly recommend this beautiful and compelling story.”

- Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN

Fangirl
by Rainbow Rowell

“At turns funny, sweet, smart, and sad, Fangirl traces Cath’s journey to independence as she begins college, struggles to have an identity separate from her twin sister, find her voice and passion as a writer and fall in love, maybe, for the first time. As sharp and emotionally resonant as Rowell’s previous novel, Eleanor & Park.”

- Stephanie Chase, Hillsboro Public Library, Hillsboro, OR

The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt

“Fans of The Secret History will rediscover the Tartt they loved back in 1992. Readers who love the novelist for her richly developed, dark, multi-layered characters and thoroughly researched topics will not be disappointed. Tartt pulls together many threads of a story across a long span of pages and into a complete masterpiece.”

- Kim Dorman, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ

We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart

“This brilliant and heartbreaking novel tells the story of a prestigious family living on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts. Full of love, lies, secrets, no shortage of family dysfunction, and a shocking twist that you won’t see coming. Though this book is written for teens, it shouldn’t be overlooked by anyone looking for a fantastic read.”

- Susan Balla, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT

Station Eleven: A Novel
by Emily St. John Mandel

“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. Recommended for fans of David Mitchell, John Scalzi and Kate Atkinson.”

- Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC

One Plus One: A Novel
by Jojo Moyes
Published: 7/1/2014 by Pamela Dorman Books
ISBN: 9780525426585

“A single mom, her math genius daughter, her eye-shadow-wearing stepson, a wealthy computer geek and a smelly dog all get into a car…it sounds like the start of a bad joke, but it’s actually another charming novel from Jojo Moyes. It’s more of a traditional romance than Me Before You, but will also appeal to fans of quirky, hard-working characters. A quick read and perfect for summer.”

- Emily Wichman, Clermont County Public Library, Milford, OH

Landline
by 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. I finish all of her books wanting to laugh and cry at the same time–they are that moving. Landline captured my heart.”

- Andrea Larson, Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL

Longbourn: A Novel
by Jo Baker

“Using Pride and Prejudice’s familiar setting and characters, Baker tells a very different story of family, love and self-discovery. Bold and intelligent, Sarah is an orphaned housemaid whose days are filled with hard, body-punishing work. Baker doesn’t sugar-coat. A beautiful, uplifting novel full of mystery, hope and romance. Highly recommended for Austen fans and historical fiction readers.”

- Jenifer May, Secaucus Public Library, Secaucus, NJ

December 2014 Book Discussions

Stop by the Adult Services Desk at the Main Library (Harnish) to pick up your copies today!

* Book Clubbers
Meets the first Thursday of each month.
Thursday, December 4th @ 7pm

The Chaperone
by Laura Moriarty

A novel about the friendship between an adolescent, pre-movie-star Louise Brooks, and the 36-year-old woman who chaperones her to New York City for a summer, in 1922, and how it changes both their lives.

 

 

* Spine-crackers
Meets the first Friday of each month.
Friday, December 5th @ 10am
(Note: Meets at EASTGATE BRANCH this month)

A Christmas Memory
by Truman Capote

A reminiscence of a Christmas shared by a seven-year-old boy and an older childlike woman, with enormous love and friendship between them.

 

 

* Bookalicious
Meets the second Monday of each month.
Monday, December 8th @ 7pm at the Village Vintner

Jellicoe Road
by Melina Marchetta

Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, high school student Taylor Markham struggles with her identity and family history at a boarding school in Australia.

 

 

Classics Book Club
Usually meets the third Wednesday of each month.
Wednesday, December 10th @ 7pm (Harnish
(Note: meets 2nd Wednesday this month)

A Separate Peace
by John Knowles

Gene Forrester looks back fifteen years to a World War II year in which he and his best friend were roommates in a New Hampshire boarding school.

 

 

Nite Readers
Meets the third Thursday of the month.
Thursday, December 18th @ 7pm

The Snow Child
by Eowyn Ivey

Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.