What We're Reading

That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam

Book Categories: Fiction
Date Posted: August 20 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

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

Book Categories: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Young Adult
Date Posted: August 20 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
When the scary, magical world in her grandmother's book of dark feminist fairy tales becomes real, seventeen-year-old Alice, partnered with Ellery, an obsessed fan of the fairy tales, must enter the world to rescue Alice's kidnapped mother.

 

Dopesick by Beth Macy

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

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

Book Categories: Fiction
Recommended By: Amy in Adult Reference
Date Posted: August 20 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

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

Book Categories: Young Adult
Recommended By: Tricia in Adult Reference
Date Posted: August 17 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

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

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

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

Book Categories: Fiction
Date Posted: August 16 2018
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

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

Book Categories: Fiction
Date Posted: August 16 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

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

Book Categories: Fiction
Date Posted: August 7 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

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

Book Categories: Non-fiction
Recommended By: Amy in Adult Reference
Date Posted: July 31 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

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.

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