What We're Reading
The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
At the beginning of her two life sentences in Stanville Women's Correctional Facility, Romy Hall reflects on her youth and her relationship with her son, while navigating the harsh realities prison life.
Monsoon Mansion by Cinelle Barnes
The author describes her youth in the Philippines, a time when her perfect life was turned upside down after a monsoon hit, her father left, and her mother's terrible lover moved in, situations that forced her to grow up quickly.
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
When her father impulsively moves the family to mid-1970s Alaska to live off the land, young Leni and her mother are forced to confront the dangers of their lack of preparedness in the wake of a dangerous winter season.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
A heartfelt romantic comedy told from the alternating perspectives of two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged their marriage follows the efforts of one to distance herself from the agreement and the other to woo his intended during a summer program they are attending together.
Mozart's Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
A naturalist describes how Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was enchanted by the intelligence and playful spirit of a starling in a Viennese shop and took it home for a family pet and discusses a natural history of the frequently reviled bird.
Tin Man by Sarah Winman
A heartbreaking celebration of love in all its forms gradually reveals a fallout between two longtime friends and Oxford students over the course of a decade marked by the marriage of one and the disappearance of the other.
One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club in this addictive story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
Years after growing up in the care of a group of mysterious protectors who served in unspecified ways during World War II, a young man endeavors to piece together the truth about his parents and the unconventional education he received.
Butterfly: from refugee to Olympian by Yusra Mardini
The inspiring story of how one woman saved fellow refugees from drowning and how she went on to become an Olympic swimmer.
The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy
A group of new moms who all gave birth in the month of May gather twice weekly at the park to offer support and companionship before one of the babies is shatteringly abducted, subjecting his traumatized mother to invasive questions and prompting the others to go to increasingly risky lengths to help.