Book Lovers Recommendations September 2020 Part II

Recommendations by Sue Lipstein
"All the Devils are Here" - Louise Penny
"Anxious People" - Fredrik Backman
"Caste-the origins of our discontent" - Isabel Wilkerson
"Monogamy" - Sue Miller
"Once I was you" - Maria Hinojosa
"One By One" - Ruth Ware
"Tales from the Ant World" - Edward O. Wilson
"Transcendent Kingdom" - Yaa Gyasi
"Twenty Five Great Sentences and How They Got That Way" - Geraldine Woods
"Vesper Flights" -  Helen MacDonald
All the Devils are Here
By Louise Penny
The is the 16th in the Inspector Gamache series.  This one takes place in Paris when a good friend of Gamache’s is killed in what was not an accident, but a deliberate attempt to kill him.  That sets the case in motion as Gamache starts to uncover more secrets
Anxious People
By Fredrik Backman
The anxious people referred to in the title are a group of people at an apartment open house who are taken hostage by a failed bank robber.  Each of them have their own issues and quirks, and are described as “the worst group of hostages in the world.”  A good excuse to get into the character development that Backman is so good at.
Caste: The Origins of our Discontent
By Isabel Wilkerson
Wilkerson writes about caste, which refers to the hierarchy of power in the US that we really don’t talk about, and possibly are not even aware of.  Caste is beyond race or class, but if we don’t recognize it, we can’t work to erase it.  
By Sue Miller
Annie is grieving the sudden death of her beloved second husband. They had had 30 happy years together-or so Annie thought.  She finds out after his death that he had been having an affair in the weeks before his death. 
She  has to grieve while at the same time, pull the pieces of her life together.
Once I was You
By Maria Hinojosa
This highly personal memoir serves as an immigration history as well.  Hinojosa was a baby when her father emigrated from Mexico to Chicago to join the faculty of the University of Chicago.  In 1986, she visited her first immigration detention center and has continued every since to advocate for immigrants.  She is the voice of people who came to America in search of the American dream and found a nightmare.
One By One
By Ruth Ware
Eight co-workers on a company retreat in the Alps find themselves trapped together, isolated in their chalet while cut off from the rest of the world.  There are enough work rivalries as it is, but soon they find that  they have a killer amongst them as well..
Tales from the Ant World
By Edward O. Wilson
Wilson is a two time Puliltzer Prize winner and scientist, who has always been fascinated by ants.  This is a personal account as well as a scientific one.  He has had experience with over 15,000 ant species-however, he writes in this book about only 25 of them.  It’s always fascinating to get a peek into the passions of others, especially when they are such good writers.
Transcendent Kingdom
By Yaa Gyasi
This is a novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama.  The daughter is studying neuroscience at Stanford, using mice to understand depression and addiction, two problems that have plagued her own family.  
Twenty Five Great Sentences and How They Got That Way
By Geraldine Woods
Woods takes sentences from such great writers and speakers as Toni Morrison, Virginia Woolf and Yoda-and reveals the craft that goes into creating a memorable sentence.  For those who admire great writing, this is a different way to look at the craft of writing.  It can also help would-be writers hone their craft.
Vesper Flights
By Helen MacDonald
This is a book of essays that are connected through what the author calls “the eye of the beholder.”  Most of them are tied into the world of science.  The author also used her essays to discuss how important it is to treasure all the species on our planet, not just our own.

Book Lovers Recommendations September 2020

Recommendations by Sue Lipstein

"Daughter of the Reich" - Louise Fein
"Hieroglyphics" - Jill McCorkle
"Hindsight" - Iris Johansen
"In Five Years" - Rebecca Serle
"The Less Dead" - Louise Mina
"Lost Orphan" - Stacey Halls
"Memorial Drive" - Natasha Trethewey
"Party Upstairs" - Lee Conell
"The Patient" - Jasper DeWitt
"Royal Governess" - Wendy Holden
Daughter of the Reich
By Louise Fein
Hetta, a young girl in the 1930’s, is the perfect German child-except that she has fallen  in love with her brother’s best friend from childhood-a Jew.  Slowly Hetta sees that the changes in her German town reflect the changes in German society, and she realizes how the thoughts of her neighbors have been controlled by the party.
By Jill McCorkler
Lil and Frank, now in their 80’s, return to Frank’s hometown to help him put memories of his childhood tragedy to rest.  He becomes involved with a young single mother who is trying to deal with her past as well.  The author writes well-drawn characters, all bound together by past tragedies not of their making.
By Iris Johansen
A renowned investigator is assigned to uncover the murderer of two people who were employed at a school she once attended. She soon finds that the murderers are, in fact, connected to her.
In Five Years
By Rebecca Serle
The book is based on an interesting premise-how differently would you lead your life if you knew the future.  Dannie has the next five years of her life all planned out-except that when she falls asleep and awakens five years in the future, the hour she spends in her future life then changes how she plans her life when she awakens back in the present.
Less Dead
By Louise Mina
Margo Dunlop’s adoptive mother has died, and a way to ease her grief is to try to locate her birth mother-only to find out that not only had her birth mother been murdered years before, but the murderer has never been found. Now  Margo starts getting threatening letters from him.
Lost Orphan
By Stacey Halls
In London, in 1754, Bess returns to the Foundling Hospital where she had left her illegitimate daughter.  Now, with enough money to support the child, she is shocked to find that someone has impersonated her and claimed the child for herself.  Bess crosses paths with a widow with a child that would be the same age as Bess’s daughter, and gets a job as her maid.  
Memorial Drive
By Natasha Trethewey
This Pulitzer Prize winning poet has written the story of her childhood, focusing on the brutal murder  of her mother by her step-father.  But this is also a book about inter-racial marriage during a time it was illegal, and the challenges of growing up as a mixed race child in that kind of atmosphere.
Party Upstairs
By Lee Conell
A debut novel that takes place during one day in an apartment in New York City.  Ruby, the daughter of the building’s caretaker, is forced to come home to live in the basement of their building as she cannot find a job after college.  She is invited to a party given by her childhood friend who lives in the penthouse upstairs.  The difference between two classes of society is reflected in this story told in the voices of Ruby and her father, Martin.
By Jasper DeWitt
Scientific suspense story with a touch of the supernatural.  A young psychiatrist takes a job in a decaying New England state hospital, where he decides to take on the most mystifying case-a forty year old man who has been there since he was 6 years old in solitary confinement.  The new doctor has been warned that every other person who has been in contact with him has either been driven to madness or suicide.  Just what is going on here?
Royal Governess
By Wendy Holden
Historical fiction based on the real life story of Marion Crawford, a spirited young woman who wanted to work with children of poverty, but instead is convinced she can make more change if she takes on the job of raising two  special young girls and gives them a modern education.  She takes on the job of governess-and they just happen to be two young princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret Rose.  Definitely a book for royal lovers.

Phased Reopening

The Library will begin its next phase of reopening with public access to the Library building with limited services on Monday, August 31. 


The Library will move into its next phase of reopening with the opening of the Library building to the public with limited services on Monday, August 31 during the following hours: 

Mon.–Thur., 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Fri., 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sat., 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday

Only 25% of the building’s patron capacity will be allowed into the building and patrons are asked to limit their time in the Library to 45 minutes per day.  There will be no access to public restrooms, individual study rooms or the lower level meeting room at this time.

According to State regulations and CDC recommendations, all patrons over the age of 3 must wear face coverings, utilize hand sanitizing stations when entering and leaving the building and practice social distancing while on Library property. 

Patrons must enter the Library through the Media Center side entrance and exit the building through the South Street “main” entrance sliding glass doors. 

The Children’s, Young Adult, Fiction, Non-fiction, Media and new book collections will be open for patron browsing.  Returned collection items should go into the Library’s book drops and should not be returned to staff or public desks.  

A limited number of public computers will be available for use in the Media Center.  Unsecured Wi-Fi is available throughout the building and on the Library grounds.  Wireless printing is also available to be picked up curbside or in person through the PrinterON App or website.  For more information see the Library website or contact the Reference Department at (973) 538-2592.

The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center will be open by appointment only. Patrons interested in utilizing NJHGC materials should call (973) 538-3473 or e-mail to set up an appointment.

Curbside Pick-up will continue to be offered as an option for patrons, you can view information on Curbside pick-up here.

There will be no fines charged on Library collection items through September 8.   Patron cards that were set to expire during the Library closure were extended through September 8. 

All incoming library collection materials will be quarantined for 7 days and where applicable, cleaned/disinfected before being allowed to be checked out by other patrons.  This is to ensure patron and staff safety, but it will result in a delay in those items being checked out by the next patron.  During this period, items will remain on a patron’s card, but again, no fine will accrue on the patron’s card for these three days. 

The Library’s mission is to remain a resource for our residents.  These safety measures are being taken out of an abundance of caution and to be consistent with recommendations for social distancing. We appreciate our patrons’ patience and understanding. If you have any further questions, please email the Library at or call (973) 538-6161. 

Please note that patrons can also access the Library from Home. 

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Statement on Library Preparations related to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

In an effort to protect the high-risk populations that we serve, as well as minimize the potential exposure/transmission of COVID-19, The Morristown & Morris Township Library is taking precautions with its reopening to the public and is putting in place a phased reopening to ensure public safety.  This plan is based upon recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, the County of Morris, local health departments, the State of New Jersey, the New Jersey State Library and Library Link NJ in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community.  We will reassess the situation regularly to ease restrictions and expand services, but it may also be necessary to reinstate restrictions, limit some services or even close the Library facility to ensure public health.  For any information on changes in Library services and hours, please follow updates on the Library’s website at:

The Library takes the safety of its patrons and staff seriously, all patrons (especially those in high-risk categories) wishing to use the Library should exercise caution.  The Governor has asked for people to wear facial protection when in public, social distancing of at least six feet from other individuals and frequent hand washing to help ensure the virus is not spread.


Book Lovers Recommendations August 2020

Recommendations by Sue Lipstein
"Color of Air" - Gail Tsukiyama
"Cut to the Bone" - Ellison Cooper
"Death Comes To Durham" - Jeanne M. Dams
"Florence Adler Swims Forever" - Rachel Beanland
"Hamnet" - Maggie O
"The Mist" - Ragnar Jonasson
"Mother Land" - Leah Franqui
"Outsider" - Linda Castillo
"Pull of the Stars" - Emma Donoghue
"What You Wish For" - Katherine Center
Color of Air
By Gail Tsukiyama
In 1935, Daniel, a young doctor returns to his native Hawaii after practicing medicine in Chicago.  He returns to a family filled with secrets that slowly unravel against the background of the Mauna Loa volcanic eruption.
Cut to the Bone
By Ellison Cooper
FBI agent and neurologist Sayer  Altair, one of the few black women in this field, is desperately searching for 24 high schoolers whose bus has been hijacked.  Then the first body shows up-and the pressure is on.  The scenes switch from Altair’s investigation to find the hostages, to the hostages themselves, who are plotting an escape.  A page turning thriller.
Death Comes To Durham
By Jeanne M. Dams
Retired American school teacher Dorothy is visiting the historically rich and quaint tourist town of Durham, England, with her husband, a retired English policeman, when the aunt of the friend they are visiting is accused of killing a fellow resident of her nursing home.  The couple are determined to prove her innocence.
Florence Adler Swims Forever
By Rachel Beanland
This family saga, a debut novel, is loosely based on the author’s own family story.  It is 1934 in Atlantic City and Florence Adler is training to swim the English Channel.  In a tragic practice swim, Florence drowns-and her mother decides to keep the death secret from her other daughter, Fannie, who is pregnant and on best rest.  Lots of complications ensue, and there is a tie-in to the tragedy that is unfolding in Germany.
By Maggie O’Farrell
The story of the courtship and marriage of a penniless Latin tutor, who falls in love with an eccentric woman, who knows healing arts and has visions, and what happens when their young son, age 11, dies of bubonic plague.  No matter that the Latin tutor turns out to be Shakespeare-this is a beautiful story that tells us what happens when a couple loses a child.
The Mist
By Ragnar Jonasson
This is the third in the Hidden Iceland series featuring Hulda Hermansdottir.  This novel gives us the background of Hulda’s life while it also involves Hulda in a murder that she tries to solve that brings back her past.
Mother Land
By Leah Franqui
Rachel Meyer has married after a quick courtship and has moved to Mumbai with her Asian-Indian husband.  When her mother-in-law moves in, the two women have to navigate their way between their two cultures and personalities. 
By Linda Castillo
Castillo continues her series starring Kate Burkholder as a former member of the Amish community who now serves as the police chief in a small Ohio town, where she uses her knowledge of the Amish to help solve crimes.  In this case, Kate has to help a former colleague find a safe place to hide. Against  her better judgment,  she involves an Amish widower to help her.
Pull of the Stars
By Emma Donaghue
It is Dublin in 1918, and young nurse Julia finds herself in charge of a ward of pregnant women who are fighting to stay alive during the flu pandemic.  The story takes place over the course of 3 days while 3 women have to take charge of a ward on the verge  of disaster.
What You Wish For
By Katherine Center
Center writes what I call “happy books,” and this one is no exception.  A young librarian in a progressive school has to stand up to the new principal whose beliefs are totally opposite to those of the beloved founder of the school, who has unexpectedly died.  And it’s complicated since she once worked with new guy -and has had a crush on him ever since.

Announcing Curbside Concierge

Not sure what your next great read should be? Let us pick for you! Fill out our Curbside Concierge form to let us know your reading habits, likes and dislikes, and our Reader’s Advisors, Children’s Librarians, or YA Librarians will pick a handful of books just for you (or your kids)! 

After we have made our selections for you we will notify you when they’re ready for pickup. Please allow 2-3 business days for us to get your bundle ready. Happy reading!

Book Lovers Recommendations July 2020 Part II

Recommendations by Sue Lipstein
A Burning By Magha Majundar
Everywhere You Don
Find Me By Andre Aciman
Girl From Widow Hills By Megan Miranda
The Last Flight by Beatriz Williams
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman
Lakewood by Megan Giddings
Mother Daughter Widow Wife by Robin Wasserman
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
A Burning
By Magha Majundar
This is a debut novel by an Asian-Indian author.  Jivan, a young Muslim student is falsely accused of being part of a train bombing which left over 100 dead, after she posted comments on social media. Her voice tells the story, as she is framed by over-eager police and the very person who could save her does not want to speak out.
Everywhere You Don’t Belong
By Gabriel Bump
Another debut novel.  Claude is being raised in Chicago by a black activist grandmother.  When she gets in trouble for speaking out, Claude hopes to find safety by attending a college in a small Missouri town-only to find that there is no real safe place to flee in America.  
Find Me
By Andre Aciman
This is the sequel to Aciman’s novel, “Call Me By Your Name,’ which was made into an award winning movie.  Ten years after the romance of Elio and Oliver, we find out what has happened to both of them.
Girl From Widow Hills
By Megan Miranda
When Olivia was six, she achieved fame and notoriety for being the child who fell into a storm drain while sleep-walking and was rescued alive days later.  She has since moved and changed her name.  Now, her sleep-walking has returned and she wakes up from a walk to find a dead body at her feet.  Her past has returned to haunt her.
Her Last  Flight
By Beatriz Williams
It’s 1947, and Janey is researching the fate of a male wartime pilot who disappeared.  Her search takes her to Hawaii, where she meets a woman who she believes was the pilot’s companion.  As she searches out the truth, a fascinating story emerges about  who the woman is and her true relationship to the missing pilot.
Home Before Dark
By Riley Sager
A supernatural thriller from Sager.  Maggie surprisingly inherits a house from her father, a house she didn’t know he still owned and as it was a home the family had run from 25 years before,  after it appeared to be haunted.  Maggie decides to confront the ghosts from her past by returning to the home.  Of course, trouble ensues.
Lady in the Lake
By Laura Lippman
Set in Baltimore in the 1960’s, middle-aged Maddie has fled her marriage, helps police and gets a job as a reporter.  Now she is determined to help solve a murder, which leads her into lots of trouble.  
By Megan Giddings
Lena is a young black college student who needs to help her family financially.  She is recruited to participate in the Lakewood Project, which is a secretive research project.   She cannot disclose any information to her family
and friends.  All of the experiment’s subjects are persons of color;  all of the observers are white.  What is really going on here?  A debut novel.
Mother Daughter Widow Wife
By Robin Wasserman
Wendy Doe is a woman who has been found with no memory of her past.  She becomes the patient of Dr. Strauss, who gives her case to a young research fellow who soon becomes the married  doctor’s mistress.   The story is told in the voices of four women, and as the story unfolds, not only is the mystery of Wendy Doe solved, but the author shows how one man of power can also act as a sexual predator and impact the lives of women in his life. A good book club book-lots to talk about.
Trust Exercise
By Susan Choi
This is a novel in four parts, beginning with the love story of two high school students.  Each part afterward explains more about what actually happened in innovative  ways. 

Book Lovers Recommendations July 2020

Recommendations by Sue Lipstein
"Becoming Wild-How American Cultures Raise Families, Create  Beauty and Achieve Peace" - Carl Safina
"Crooked House" - Christobel Kent
"Friends and Strangers" - J. Courtney Sullivan
"Hid From Our Eyes" - Julia Spence-Fleming
"Kept Animals" - Kate Milliken
"Little Eyes" - Samantha Schweblin
"My Kind of People" - Lisa Duffy
"Seven Lies" - Elizabeth Kay
"Swimming Lessons" - Claire Fuller
"Under the Udala Trees" - Chinelo Okparanta
Becoming Wild-How American Cultures Raise Families, Create  Beauty and Achieve Peace
By Carl Safina
Safina, a MacArthur “genius,” believes that human beings are not the only animals that create a culture which helps them to survive.  In this non-fiction book, he shows how three different animal species have developed their own cultures.  
Crooked House
By Christobel Kent
The heroine in this psychological thriller has lived quietly under a new name in order to escape the notoriety of her past.  Her new boyfriend asks her to accompany him back to the very village she has run from, and, hoping to save their relationship, she goes back-against her better judgement.  She soon finds herself in danger, as well as others, as she reawakens secrets that had been covered up years before.
Friends and Strangers
By J. Courtney Sullivan
Sam, a college senior, is hired by a new mother and transplant from the city to her small upstate New York village.  The two become friends until their differences begin to emerge, and the tension between them reflects the tensions in society.
Hid From Our Eyes
By Julia Spence-Fleming
The ninth in a series featuring the chief of police in a small town and his wife, an Episcopalian minister.  A dead body is found-and the case reminds the chief of two unsolved murders from the past-and one where he was once considered a suspect.  He has a lot of pressure to solve this case.
Kept Animals
By Kate Milliken
A debut novel, told from the different perspectives of the characters.  Rory works on a ranch in the west, helping her stepfather.  A tragic accident and forest fire change Rory’s life forever.  Years later, her daughter, Charlie, tries to figure out just what happened the summer she was conceived.
Little Eyes
By Samantha Schweblin
The little eyes of the title are kentucki-stuffed animals that have cameras in their eyes and can be controlled remotely.  Some people buy the kentucki and others buy the power to control them, and although no one is to have contact with anyone else, the temptation to connect is too strong and the kentucki being to have positive and negative  connections in the real world.
My Kind of People
By Lisa Duffy
Leo and his husband relocate to a small island off the Massachusetts coast to take on the guardianship of Leo’s best friend’s adopted daughter Sky, after both of her adoptive parents die.  The town comes together to help raise Sky, but there are secrets in the town and lots of tension and drama.  Duffy does a great job in creating the small town and its characters, who can be wonderful and awful at the same time.
Seven Lies
By Elizabeth Kay
In this debut novel, the narrator of this psychological thriller is definitely unreliable – and the story she tells will keep you riveted until the final twist.  Jane tells the story of her childhood friendship with Marnie, which starts to unravel once the two girls become women.  The dark side of female friendships comes to light in this exciting suspense novel.
Swimming Lessons
By Claire Fuller
Two stories are told in this moving novel-the story of the marriage of Ingrid and Gil, which ends when Ingrid disappears off a beach.  The second story is that of the two daughters who have very different memories of the marriage of their parents and who need to learn the truth.
Under the Udala Trees
By Chinelo Okparanta
This debut novel is a coming of age of a young Nigerian woman.  She is sent  away when she is 11 to live with another family to escape the Civil War around her, and she falls in love with some else the family is raising.  The problem is they are both girls, and in the repressive government in Nigeria, two women cannot safely fall in love and live together.  It is a poignant and heartbreaking story.

Adult Summer Reading Club Has Now Ended

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Adult Summer Reading Club this summer. Over the course of 8 weeks you read 227 books and we completed the puzzle together. We will be randomly selecting 12 winners to receive a gift certificate to an eatery in Morristown. You will hear from us if you have been selected.

We wish everyone continued good health during these difficult times.

Jigsaw Puzzle Progress

Here is the completed puzzle!








Here is the how we got there.
Click on an image to see a larger picture and to scroll through the photos.


Children’s Summer Reading Program

The Children’s Summer Reading Program is going virtual this year using the READsquared platform! Sign up at and/or download the free READsquared app, available for iOS and Android. You can make individual or family accounts. Log reading minutes and complete program activities to earn small rewards and points towards raffle prizes! The program begins on June 22 and will conclude on August 22.







Summer Reading Flyers

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The Basics of Curbside Pickup

There are Three Ways to Request Materials

  1. Browse our Online Catalog
  2. Know the Title and Author? Use our Online Form
  3. Or give us a call at (973) 538-6161


There is also Curbside Concierge!

Not sure what your next great read should be? Let us pick for you! Fill out our Curbside Concierge form to let us know your reading habits, likes and dislikes, and our Reader’s Advisors, Children’s Librarians, or YA Librarians will pick a handful of books just for you (or your kids)! 

After we have made our selections for you we will notify you when they’re ready for pickup. Please allow 2-3 business days for us to get your bundle ready. Happy reading!

What to Know For Pickup

  • Parking spaces for curbside pickup will be designated near the rear parking lot entrance of the Library.
  • You will be notified via email or phone call when your holds are ready for pickup. Please wait until you are notified to come to the library.
  • When you arrive, please call our main line (973) 538-6161 and provide 1.) your name, 2.) vehicle make and color and 3.) parking spot number.
  • Items will then be brought and placed into your vehicle’s trunk.
    • Please pop your trunk before Library staff arrive to ensure safe social distancing practices!
  • If you are walking to the library, please also call upon arrival and your materials will be brought to a table in the parking lot for their retrieval.


What about returns?

Please place returns in either of our outside return bins. One is located in our parking lot, across from our back door. The other is located at our South Street entrance, to your left if you are facing the automatic doors.


Also Please Note

The State has stopped statewide delivery of library materials.  Until that resumes, MMT Library patrons will only be able to check out MMT Library materials at our location.

Update: As of 9/11/20 MAIN Libraries holds sharing has resumed.


Library Hours During Curbside Pickup

Monday-Thursday, 11:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m.
Friday, 9:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Saturday, 10:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
Closed Sundays


You can read our full statement regarding curbside pickup here