What We're Reading

Assume the Worst:The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear by Carl Hiaasen & Roz Chast

Book Categories: Non-fiction
Date Posted: April 20 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

Carl Hiaasen and Roz Chast combine forces to help us keep our heads clear and our feet grounded in the face of an all too superficial, self-obsessed modern world, making this a succinct, swift read for their many fans.

Aru Shah & the End of Time by Rashani Chokshi

Book Categories: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Date Posted: April 17 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

Twelve-year-old Aru stretches the truth to fit in at her private school, but when she is dared to prove an ancient lamp is cursed, she inadvertently frees an ancient demon.

Varina by Charles Frazier

Book Categories: Historical Fiction
Date Posted: April 16 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Forced by limited prospects to marry much-older widower Jefferson Davis, teenaged Varina Howell finds her expectations as the wife of a Mississippi landowner upended by his appointment as the leader of the Confederacy, a situation that renders her and her children fugitives in a divided and increasingly hostile nation.

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Book Categories: Fiction
Date Posted: April 12 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

A shy college freshman finds her perspectives transformed by a mentor activist at the center of the women's movement who challenges her to discover herself in ways that take her far from the traditional life she envisioned at the side of her boyfriend. 

Mrs. by Caitlyn Macy

Book Categories: Fiction
Date Posted: April 12 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Successfully navigating the gossip-fueled culture of New York's Upper East Side, a powerful banker's wife finds her carefully cultivated life thrown into chaos by an explosive revelation that connects her to a prosecutor's criminal investigation.

 

57 Bus by Dashka Slater

Book Categories: Non-fiction, Young Adult
Recommended By: Amy in Adult Reference
Date Posted: April 10 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Documents the true story of two Oakland high school students, a white girl from a privileged private school and a black youth from a school overshadowed by crime, whose fateful interaction triggered devastating consequences for both, garnering national attention and raising awareness about hate.

Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles

Book Categories: Fiction
Date Posted: April 6 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Confined to a wheelchair after a paralyzing injury, an Afghanistan War veteran endures a hardscrabble existence in his sister's ramshackle Mississippi home before spontaneously regaining his ability to walk, an apparent miracle that subjects him to scientific and religious debates and exposes his most private secrets.

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin

Book Categories: Fiction
Date Posted: April 6 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

Surviving a horrific school shooting, a six-year-old boy retreats into the world of books and art while making sobering observations about his mother's determination to prosecute the shooter's parents and the wider community's efforts to make sense of the tragedy.

Let Me Lie by Clare Macintosh

Book Categories: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Date Posted: April 2 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Struggling to come to terms with her parents' double suicide, new mother Anna commits herself to uncovering what really happened only to be confronted by a mysterious adversary who would keep the past hidden.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Book Categories: Young Adult
Date Posted: March 20 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Seventeen-year-old Zâelie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the endof the monarchy.

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