What We're Reading

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Book Categories: Biography, Non-fiction
Date Posted: December 15 2016
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

A Ivy League-trained, award-winning young neurosurgeon describes his how after receiving a terminal diagnosis with lung cancer he explored the dynamics of his roles as a patient and care provider, the philosophical conundrums about a meaningful life and how he wanted to spend his final days.

The Short and Tragic Live of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs

Book Categories: Non-fiction, Biography
Recommended By: Amy in Adult Reference
Date Posted: December 15 2016
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

A heartfelt, and riveting biography of the short life of a talented young African-American man who escapes the slums of Newark for Yale University only to succumb to the dangers of the streets—and of one’s own nature—when he returns home.

Nutshell by Ian McEwan

Book Categories: Fiction
Recommended By: Sarah in Programming
Date Posted: December 15 2016
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

The nine-month-old inhabitant of Trudy's womb bears witness to a murder plot devised by Trudy and Claude, the brother of Trudy's ex-husband.

Victoria the Queen by Julia Baird

Book Categories: Biography
Recommended By: Sarah in Programming
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

An account of the life of the English monarch offers insight into the passionate and sensuous aspects of her character, placing her reign against a backdrop of dynamic world events while sharing insights into her relationship with Albert and her pivotal role in building the British empire

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Book Categories: Fiction
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Gathering to confront their older brother, who has recently been released from rehab after a drunk driving accident, the Plumb siblings watch as the trust fund left by their father rises and falls according to self-inflicted problems.

The Trespasser by Tana French

Book Categories: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

An ongoing campaign to intimidate her out of the Dublin Murder Squad complicates Detective Antoinette Conway's high-pressure investigation into the death of a highly polished and unsettling familiar woman whose demise reveals a growing number of secrets.

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Book Categories: Historical Fiction
Date Posted: January 30 2017
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

In the aftermath of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower and itinerant news reader, is offered fifty dollars to bring an orphan girl, who was kidnapped and raised by Kiowa raiders, from Wichita Falls back to her family in San Antonio.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Book Categories: Fiction
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

A novel that traces three hundred years in Ghana through two sisters and their descendants. The different paths that shape these families are detailed in the author's beautiful language.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Book Categories: Fiction
Recommended By: Sarah in Programming
Date Posted: December 14 2016
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

A charming, entertaining novel about a grumpy yet loveable man whose lonely life is changed forever when a young family moves in next door.

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