What We're Reading

A Separation by Katie Kitamura

Book Categories: Fiction
Recommended By: Ellen L. in Adult Ref
Date Posted: November 21 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Separating from her faithless husband, only to be drawn into the investigation of his disappearance, a young woman travels to a remote region of the southern Peloponnese, where she traces the failure of the relationship and discovers how little she knew about the man she once loved. At once cool and burning, the author's probing psychological tale benefits from its narrator's precise observations and nimble use of language.

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

Book Categories: Fiction
Date Posted: November 21 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

Aspiring writer Maurice Swift, whose desire for fame exceeds his talent, uses a chance meeting with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann to obtain secrets about Ackermann's WWII activities, which becomes material for his first novel.

How to Be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery

Book Categories: Biography
Recommended By: Amy in Adult Reference
Date Posted: November 19 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
A naturalist and adventurer discusses the personalities and quirks of thirteen animals who have profoundly affected her, exploring themes of learning to become empathetic, creating families, coping with loss and the otherness and sameness of people and animals.

 

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Book Categories: Biography
Date Posted: November 15 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

An intimate and uplifting memoir by the former First Lady chronicles the experiences that have shaped her remarkable life, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago through her setbacks and achievements in the White House.

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

Book Categories: Fiction
Recommended By: Ellen L. in Adult Ref
Date Posted: November 14 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

When Carly Sears discovers that her unborn baby has a heart defect, she is devastated, but her physicist brother-in-law tells her there may be a way to save her baby, if she takes a leap of faith. This is a page-turning crowd-pleaser.

Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents by Pete Souza

Book Categories: Non-fiction
Date Posted: November 14 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

The former official White House photographer compares the most recent two administrations via photos of Barack Obama side-by-side with tweets, headlines and quotes from the Trump administration.

All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung

Book Categories: Biography
Recommended By: Amy in Adult Reference
Date Posted: November 14 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
A Korean adoptee who grew up with a white family in Oregon discusses her journey to find her identity as an Asian American woman and a writer after becoming curious about her true origins.

 

November Road by Lou Berney

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

A street lieutenant for a New Orleans mob boss flees when his knowledge about JFK's assassination makes him a target, a situation that is dangerously complicated by his relationship with housewife escaping a failed marriage.

Lies by T.M. Logan

Book Categories: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Date Posted: November 5 2018
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)
Believing his wife has been threatened, Joe Lynch enters into a confrontation with his neighbor, which spins out of control when the neighbor goes missing and Joe becomes the prime suspect.

She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore

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

Reimagines the story of Liberia's early years through three individuals who share an uncommon bond, as they navigate the tense relationship between African American settlers and the indigenous tribes.

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