What We're Reading

Famous Father Girl by Jamie Bernstein

Book Categories: Biography
Recommended By: Alene in Adult Reference
Date Posted: September 13 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Leonard Bernstein's oldest daughter presents a deeply intimate memoir of life with her father that shares insights into his complex personality, sense of humor, artistic influence, and erratic creative process.

 

Halsey Street by Naima Coster

Book Categories:
Recommended By: Amy in Adult Reference
Date Posted: September 11 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

The oftentimes complicated relationship between mother and daughter is fully explored in this family saga that takes us from Brooklyn to the Dominican Republic.

Daughter of A Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird

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

The compelling, hidden story of Cathy Williams, a former slave and the first woman to ever serve in the US Army "Here's the first thing you need to know about Miss Cathy Williams: I am the daughter of a daughter of a queen and my Mama never let me forget it." 

Jigsaw Jungle by Kristin Levine

Book Categories: Young Adult
Date Posted: September 10 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Claudia Dalton, twelve, embarks on an unexpected treasure hunt that she hopes will bring her missing father home and heal whatever is wrong with her family. Told through notes, emails, audio and video transcripts, and more from Claudia's scrapbook.

This Story is a Lie by Tom Pollock

Book Categories: Young Adult
Date Posted: September 10 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Seventeen-year-old mathematical genius Peter Blankman battles his lifelong panic attacks as he tries to find his missing twin sister, Bel, and those who nearly assassinated his mother, a famous scientist.

Darius the Great in Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Book Categories: Young Adult
Recommended By: Alene in Adult Reference
Date Posted: September 7 2018
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

A Persian-American youth who prefers pop culture to the traditions of his mixed family struggles with clinical depression and the misunderstandings of older relatives while bonding with a boy who helps him embrace his Iranian heritage. 

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Book Categories: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Date Posted: September 5 2018
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Reluctantly returning to her hometown after an eight-year absence to investigate the murders of two preteen girls, reporter Camille Preaker is reunited with her neurotic mother and enigmatic, thirteen-year-old half-sister as she works to uncover the truth about the killings, a probe that leads her all too close to the secrets of her own past. 

Faith by Jimmy Carter

Book Categories: Non-fiction
Date Posted: September 5 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Explores the meaning of faith and its profound effects on people's lives and the world, as well as how the author's own religious faith has guided, sustained, and challenged him throughout his life.

 

Circe by Madeline Miller

Date Posted: September 5 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.

The Storm of the Century by Al Roker

Book Categories: Non-fiction
Recommended By: Tricia in Adult Reference
Date Posted: August 31 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Al Roker, an award-winning meteorologist, presents an account of the legendary hurricane to assess its destruction of Galveston, role in thousands of deaths and influence on American history and culture. 

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