What We're Reading

The History of Jane Doe by Michael Belanger

Book Categories: Young Adult
Recommended By: Alene in Adult Reference
Date Posted: October 22 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Ray, a history-buff expert on the legends and lore of his rural Connecticut hometown, becomes obsessed with uncovering the mysterious past of an inscrutable newcomer whose friendship becomes something more before an unthinkable event forces Ray to reevaluate what he has learned from a more human perspective.

Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart

Book Categories: Fiction
Date Posted: October 17 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

A hedge fund manager on the skids takes a cross-country Greyhound bus trip to reconnect with his college girlfriend, leaving his pregnant wife to deal with their autistic 3-year-old. 

Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

Book Categories: Biography
Recommended By: Amy in Adult Reference
Date Posted: October 16 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

In this loving memoir, the author examines the life of America’s rural poor through the microcosm of her extended family. Growing up working-class white on the Kansas plains, Smarsh enjoyed the freedom of a country childhood, but witnessed the hideous legacy of poverty in her relatives’ untreated illnesses, unsafe job conditions, abusive marriages and addictions to everything from cigarettes to opioids.

There Will Be No Miracles Here by Casey Gerald

Book Categories: Biography
Recommended By: Alene in Adult Reference
Date Posted: October 15 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

A memoir of a religious, gay black man, and founder of MBAs Across America, coming to terms with his own nuanced achievement of the American dream in the new millennium.

All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva

Book Categories: Fiction
Date Posted: October 10 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
A collection of nine stories follows a diverse set of protagonists who struggle with fate, from a steel mill worker who is transformed by the brutal power of the furnaces he works with, to a fisherman who succumbs to an obsession while sailing through overfished waters.

 

Transcription by Kate Atkinson

Book Categories: Fiction
Date Posted: October 3 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

A BBC radio producer finds herself targeted by dangerous individuals from her past as a World War II espionage monitor for MI5. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence.

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Book Categories: Biography
Recommended By: Amy in Adult Reference
Date Posted: October 1 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

The daughter of Steve Jobs offers a firsthand account of the difficult relationship she had with her father and the story of a childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary homes.

Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness

Book Categories: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Recommended By: Tricia in Adult Reference
Date Posted: September 28 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
Three centuries after Revolutionary War-era doctor Marcus becomes a vampire, he falls in love with the thoroughly modern Phoebe, and the two discover that the challenges facing a vampire are no less formidable in the modern world than they were in the past.

 

A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux

Book Categories: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Recommended By: Tricia in Adult Reference
Date Posted: September 28 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

After two bodies are found in a quiet Florida community, old secrets and deadly grudges are exposed, prompting retired novelist Sara Medlar, her niece Kate, and long-term houseguest Jackson to team up to try to unmask the killer.

The Awkward Squad by Sophie Henaff

Book Categories: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Date Posted: September 27 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

A Parisian police squad specifically designed to corral misfits and make the rest of the department look good lands a pair of cold cases that promptly turn red-hot.

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