Book Lovers Recommendations October 2020 Part II

Recommendations by Sue Lipstein
 
"Dear Child" - Romy Hausmann
"Devil and the Dark Water" - Stuart Turton
"Hollow Places" - T. Kingfisher
"Invisible Life of Addie LaRue" - Victoria Schwab
"The Lost Shtetl" - Max  Gross
"Jack"- Marilynne Robinson
"Leave the World Behind" - Rumaan Alam
"Night Portrait: a novel of World War II and Da Vinci
"To Tell You the Truth" - Gilly Macmillan
"When We Were Young and Brave" - Hazel Gaynor
 
Dear Child
By Romy Hausmann
 
A debut thriller.  A young woman is found who has been living in captivity for 13 years and has given birth to two children.  She claims to be Lena, a  student who disappeared, but Lena’s father does not believe she is his daughter.  So who is she?  Who are the children?  And what happened to Lena?
 
 
Devil and the Dark Water
By Stuart Turton
 
It is 1634 and lots of strange goings-on start happening on a ship bound for Amsterdam including a murder in a locked room.  This is an action filled mystery with a few dashes of horror, occult and paranormal.
 
 
Hollow Places
By T. Kingfisher
 
A science fiction horror story.  Kara, a young divorcee, finds a portal to alternate realities in the wall of her uncle’s house.  This is not just a sci-fi fantasy, but it also a coming-of-age novel.
 
 
Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
By Victoria Schwab
 
In 1714, Addie makes a desperate prayer to be saved from a forced marriage-and ends up making a deal with the devil.  She will never age, and live forever, but will always be forgotten by anyone who meets her minutes afterward.  She will be immortal and invisible.  She lives this way for 300 years, until one day, someone remembers her.  What does this mean?  Will she finally be able to connect to someone and be rescued from her isolation?
 
 
The Lost Shtetl
By Max  Gross
 
Kreskol, a little village in Poland, has been untouched for years.  It was never touched by the Holocaust, or the passage for time.   But when two residents, escape, the village fathers send Yankel, out into the world to find them and bring them back before the outside world discovers Kreskol. Things don’t work out as planned and the little village has to decide what to do next.  Told with love and humor.
 
 
Jack
By Marilynne Robinson
 
This is actually a prequel to “Gilead,” her prize winning novel about an aging pastor.  This is about Jack, his son, who has fallen by the wayside.  Jack’s life is made even more complicated because  has fallen in love with Della, his soulmate, who is a black woman.  It is 1957 and  their love is illegal. Robinson is a poetic and sensitive writer, and this is a beautifully written book.
 
 
Leave the World Behind
By Rumaan Alam
 
Amanda and Craig and their two children are vacationing in a remote Long Island cottage when the panicked owners of the cottage, who had been staying in Manhattan, show up at their doorstep because there has been a total black out in the city.  Now, without any means of communication to the outside world and the fear that something cataclysmic has happened, the two families are forced  to see if they can trust each other and  work together.
 
 
Night Portrait: a novel of World War II and Da Vinci’s Italy
By Laura Morelli
 
An historical fiction novel with two narratives.  One is the story of Leonardo DaVinci and the woman who posed for his Portrait of a Lady with an Ermine.  The other narrative occurs years later and concerns Edith Becker, an art curator, who inadvertently helps a Nazi get the DaVinci portrait and now teams up with a handsome  member of the Monuments team to get it back.
 
 
To Tell You the Truth
By Gilly Macmillan
 
Lucy Harper is a best selling novelist.  Now her husband Dan has disappeared.  Years before, Lucy’s younger brother, Teddy, also disappeared and Lucy’s story of what happened kept changing-to her parent’s dismay.  Has she hurt or even killed her husband and brother?  Now is the time for Lucy to tell the truth.  Will she?  Can she?
 
 
When We Were Young and Brave
By Hazel Gaynor
 
A World War II story. 
Elspeth is an Englishwoman teaching in a school in northern China.   When
Japan declares war on England and the US, she is sent to an internment camp where she provides support and instruction to children who have been taken from their parents.  Inspired by true events.

Book Lovers Recommendations October 2020

Recommendations by Sue Lipstein

A Room Called Earth-Madeleine Ryan
All About the Story:  news, power, politics and the Washington Post by Leonard Downie, Jr.
"Atomic Love" - Jennie Fields
"Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett" - Annie Lyons
"Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey"  - Kathleen Rooney
"Dancing with the Octopus" - Debora Harding
"Impersonation" - Heidi Pitlor
"Smallest lights in the Universe" - Sara Seager
"Thursday Murder Club" - Richard Osman
"What You Are Going Through" - Sigrid Nunez
A Room Called Earth
By Madeleine Ryan
 
This is a debut novel and tells a very simple story.  A young Australian girl goes to a party.  Things appear normal, but when we get inside her mind, see the differences in how she perceives the world, as she is autistic.  The author identifies as neurodiverse herself.
 
 
All About the Story:  news, power, politics and the Washington Post
By Leonard Downie, Jr.
 
Downie is the former executive director of the Washington Post.  He took over after Ben Bradless left, and Downie served from 1991-2008.  He spent 40 years at the Post, working his way up from intern to executive director.  So has lots of stories to tell.
 
 
Atomic Love
By Jennie Fields
 
Rosalind Porter worked as a physicist on the Manhattan Projects and had an affair with one of her colleagues.  Five years later, the FBI approaches her and asks her to spy on her former lover, as they suspect he passed secrets to the Soviets.  Rosalind soon finds she is torn between her old lover and the feelings she has for the FBI agent she is working with.
 
 
Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett
By Annie Lyons
 
Eudora is 85 and feels she is finished with her life and has even made an appointment with a clinic in Switzerland so she can choose to exit the world on her own terms.  Then she meets 10 year old Rose, who is so full of life that she drages Eudora back into the world.  And Eudora starts an unlikely friendship with her recently widowed neighbor.  Will she keep that appointment?
 
 
Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey
By Kathleen Rooney
 
The characters in this novel really existed.  Cher Ami is actually a British homing pigeon who was used during World War I and helped Major Whittlesey, an American soldier, save the battalion he commanded.  The story is told by both man and pigeon, and touches on both war and the challenges Major Whittlesey had as a gay man in the armed forces.
 
 
Dancing with the Octopus
By Debora Harding
 
This memoir deals with the childhood trauma of the author, who was kidnapped and assaulted when she was only 14 in 1978.  Year later, suffering from PTSD, she undertakes a search to meet her attacker and bring closure to her trauma.
 
 
Impersonation
By Heidi Pitlor
 
Allie, a single mother of a four year old, is happy to take on the job of ghostwriting a book about a high profile female lawyer who is considering a run for the Senate. She is also a single mother, raising a young child.  Because Allie has a difficult time getting the lawyer to give her material for the book, she starts to put in details of her own struggles.  Soon she will have to reckon with the impersonation.
 
 
Smallest lights in the Universe
By Sara Seager
 

The author was a MIT astrophysicist with two young children who depended on her husband to keep her grounded at home.  When he dies suddenly and leaves her a widow with two young children at age 40, she has to refocus her life.  No longer can she take solace solely in the stars-she connects to a Widows of Concord group which becomes a life saver.  A life affirming story of survival.

 
 
Thursday Murder Club
By Richard Osman
 
This is the debut of what the author hopes to be a series.  Four retires spend Thursday afternoon in their luxury retirement residence in Kent, England, examining old crime cases-until two new ones fall into their laps.  A fun and well written book.
 
 
What Are You Going Through
By Sigrid Nunez
 
This is not an escapist novel- the narrator, unnamed, as are all the characters, spends a lot of time listening to the experiences of others as she has found that most people want to talk about themselves.  Then a friend pulls her into a life crisis, where she needs to be more than just a passive reactor.  There’s a lot of stream of consciousness in this novel, but from the reviews, it sounds like another thought provoking book-a challenging read.

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.  
 
 
Monogamy
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.
 
 
Hieroglyphics
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.
 
 
Hindsight
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.
 
 
Patient
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.

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.
 
 
Hamnet
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. 
 
 
Outsider
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.  
 
 
Lakewood
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.
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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)! 

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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