What We're Reading

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

Book Categories: Fiction
Date Posted: June 14 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

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

Book Categories: Biography
Recommended By: Amy in Adult Reference
Date Posted: June 13 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

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

Book Categories: Historical Fiction
Date Posted: February 1 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

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

Book Categories: Young Adult
Date Posted: June 9 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

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

Book Categories: Non-fiction
Recommended By: Alene in Adult Reference
Date Posted: June 9 2018
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

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

Book Categories: Fiction
Recommended By: Amy in Adult Reference
Date Posted: June 4 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

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

Book Categories: Young Adult
Date Posted: June 4 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

 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

Book Categories: Fiction
Recommended By: Ellen L. in Adult Ref
Date Posted: May 30 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

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

Book Categories: Biography
Recommended By: Alene in Adult Reference
Date Posted: May 29 2018
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

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

Book Categories: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Recommended By: Amy in Adult Reference
Date Posted: May 29 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

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.

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