Book Lovers Recommendations April 2019

The Age of Light

The Age of Light
By Whitney Scharer

This is the fictionalized story of Lee Miller, who was a Vogue model in the 1920’s. She aspired to be a photographer and travelled to Paris where she met the surrealistic photographer, Man Ray, who wanted to have her pose for him. She convinced him to be her mentor, to teach her photography, and she also became his mistress. Their turbulent relationship resulted in the transformation of her career and her personal life as well. Check Our Catalog


By Elizabeth McCracker

This is an American “tall tale.” At the turn of the century in a small town in Massachusetts, the residents find a woman’s body. Bertha, who at first appeared to be dead, ends up transforming the town and the townspeople. She opens up the first ever candlepin bowling alley and married the town’s black doctor, and has a child. She turns the town a little upside down as she lives life on her own terms. Check Our Catalog


The Current
The Current
By Tim Johnston

Two college friends end up fighting for their lives in the current of the river after their car was pushed into the icy water by an unknown assailant(s). One girl survives; one does not, but the town is shocked as a similar incident occurred ten years before. Are the two incidences related? The citizens are drawn into the situation fraught with drama, politics, pain and violence.Check Our Catalog

The Dakota WintersThe Dakota Winters
By Tom Barbash

A father and son come to terms with their lives in New York City in the 1980’s. The son has come back from the Peace Corps and needs to know what to do now, and the father, a late night TV show host, has had a mid-life crisis and needs direction as well. The son is influenced by one of the Dakota’s most famous residents, John Lennon. The author recreates the time period very vividly, with characters that are believeable. Check Our Catalog

The GlovemakerThe Glovemaker
By Ann Weisgarber

It is 1888 and Deborah is alone in an isolated part of the Utah territory, living in a small enclave with seven other Mormon families. Her life changes when a fugitive turns up on her doorstep who turns out to be a Mormon fleeing a federal marshal, who soon shows up Deborah is forced to handle this situation on he own, based on her own faith and personal beliefs, and her actions change her life and the lives of others. Check Our Catalog

Her One MistakeHer One Mistake
By Heidi Perks

At first this is a missing persons mystery-Charlotte takes her friend’s little girl to a fair in their small English village and in the blink of an eye, the little girl disappears. Everyone is bereft until halfway through the novel, when the reader finds out that things are not always as they appear. Lots of twists and turns make this an exciting read. Check Our Catalog

The ReckoningThe Reckoning
By Yrsa Sigurdardottir

This psychological suspense/mystery novel begins with the disappearance in 2004 of an 8 year old child on her first day in a new school and picks up 12 years later, when a mysterious note in the school’s time capsule seems to contain information about the disappearance. A detective is assigned a child psychologist to try to get more information, and they go down a dark path full of twists and turns as they solve the mystery. Check Our Catalog

The Red Address BookThe Red Address Book
By Sofia Lundberg

A 96 year old woman living in Sweden uses the red address book given to her by her father when she was ten to write down a story of her life using the many people she had contact with. She wants her story to help her connect with her well-loved grand niece who lives in America. Check Our Catalog

The Tattooist of AuschwitzThe Tattooist of Auschwitz
By Heather Morris

This is the fictionalized account of the life of Lali Sokolov, who told his story to author Heather Morris, who met him in 2003. Lali was sent to Auschwitz in April 1942, and was given the job of tattooing numbers of the prisoners as they arrived. Lali meets Gita when he tattoos a number on her arm, and his love for her shows that human love did not disappear even in the dehumanizing. This book details their life both during and after the war. Check Our Catalog

The Weight of a PianoThe Weight of a Piano
By Chris Cander

This is the life story of a piano and the people it touches, from its very beginning when its maker picks out the exact tree that he wants for its wood, until-when you will have to read the book to find out what happens to it-and to the many people whose lives if touches from Soviet Russia to the United States. Check Our Catalog