What We're Reading
That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam
Overwhelmed by new motherhood in spite of her love for her infant son, Rebecca, a white woman, asks a kind black woman, Priscilla, to become her family's nanny, only to have her perspectives changed about her own life of privilege, a situation that compels her to take on unanticipated challenges in the aftermath of a tragedy.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Dopesick by Beth Macy
Chronicles America's more than twenty-year struggle with opioid addiction, from the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, through the spread of addiction in distressed communities in Central Appalachia, to the current national crisis.
Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson
A disenchanted farmer's wife and a widowed museum curator begin a correspondence over their mutual fascination with poet Seamus Heaney's "The Tollund Man" and gradually share details from their lives, forging an unexpected bond along the way.
I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall
Stranded in the woods with few supplies and survival skills, a disabled girl and her dog fervently prepare for the coming winter while evaluating how her mother's death and her survivalist father led to her predicament. Think Hatchett meets The Revenant.
Robin by Dave Itzkoff
Presents a compelling portrait of Robin Williams that illuminates his comic brilliance and often misunderstood character, sharing insights into his gift for improvisation, his struggles with addiction and depression, and his relationships with friends and family members.
Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
After receiving a call from a stranger about her son's ex-girlfriend being injured, Willa flies across the country to Baltimore to take care of her and her nine-year-old daughter.
The Secrets Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
Bhima, the unforgettable main character of The Space Between Us, returns in this sequel in which the former servant struggles against the circumstances of class and misfortune to forge a new path for herself and her granddaughter in modern-day India.
High Season by Judy Blundell
Forced to rent out her family's seaside (Orient) Long Island home every summer just so they can afford to keep it, Ruthie goes to extreme lengths to protect the life she loves in the wake of a suddenly estranged marriage, the return of an old flame and her teen daughter's destructive relationship.
Indianapolis by Lynn Vincent
An account of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War II draws on original research and new reporting to trace the half-century battle to exonerate Captain Charles McVay after a wrongful court martial.