What We're Reading

Elevation by Stephen King

Book Categories: Fiction
Date Posted: December 11 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

In small-town Castle Rock, Scott Carey is losing weight and barely gets along with the married lesbians next door. But as the town resists the couple's efforts to open a restaurant, Scott confronts his own prejudices and intervenes to help, even as his mysterious illness inspires compassion.

Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich

Book Categories: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Recommended By: Alene in Adult Reference
Date Posted: December 6 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
When three consecutive managers from a famous deli go missing, leaving no clues behind but a single shoe each, latest manager Stephanie Plum navigates Lula's theories about alien abductions to avoid becoming the next victim.

 

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Book Categories: Historical Fiction
Recommended By: Amy in Adult Reference
Date Posted: November 29 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

High adventure fraught with cliffhanger twists marks this runaway-slave narrative, which leaps, sails, and soars from Caribbean cane fields to the fringes of the frozen Arctic and across a whole ocean.

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

Book Categories: Fiction
Date Posted: November 28 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
An ode to kindness, sacrifice, and the power of small things traces the experiences of adventurous Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they embark on a road trip across Japan to visit three old friends.

 

The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim

Book Categories: Fiction
Recommended By: Ellen L. in Adult Ref
Date Posted: November 28 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

The story of two sisters separated by the Korean War follows Miran, who grows up living with her parents in a prosperous American suburb, and her sister Inja who struggles with life in war-torn Korea and ties to a family she doesn't remember.

Unsheltered (Audio) by Barbara Kingsolver

Book Categories: Fiction
Recommended By: Ellen L. in Adult Ref
Date Posted: November 26 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

The story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. In this mesmerizing story told in alternating chapters, Willa and Thatcher come to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kindred, whether family or friends, and in the strength of the human spirit. Read by the author.

American by Day by Derek Miller

Book Categories: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Date Posted: November 26 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Police Chief Inspector Sigrid Odegard departs Oslo for the United States to search for her missing brother, a quest that plunges her into the political minefields and backwoods undercurrents of the Adirondacks. A Monday Mystery book discussion selection.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Book Categories: Young Adult
Date Posted: November 24 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

The daughter of devout immigrants discovers the power of slam poetry and begins participating in a school club as part of her effort to understand her mother's strict religious beliefs and her own developing relationship to the world. 2018 National Book Award Winner.

Brother by David Chariandy

Book Categories: Fiction
Date Posted: November 24 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

A novel about the indignities, frustrations, and joy found in a Toronto public housing complex probes the ramifications of police violence on marginalized communities and delivers a nuanced portrait of a family struggling to stay afloat as circumstances stack against them.

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Book Categories: Fiction
Date Posted: November 24 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Realizing that her beautiful, beloved younger sister has murdered yet another boyfriend, an embittered Nigerian woman works to direct suspicion away from the family, until a handsome doctor she fancies asks for her sister's number.

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