What We're Reading

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Book Categories: Fiction
Date Posted: August 30 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

Receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend's wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his fiftieth birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself, and making connections with the past.

Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon

Book Categories: Fiction
Date Posted: August 29 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

The story of an injured, elderly woman who meditates on her complicated relationship with a best friend when a man they believed was dead joins her English retirement community.

 

A Day Like Any Other by Genie Henderson

Book Categories: Historical Fiction
Recommended By: Tricia in Adult Reference
Date Posted: August 29 2018
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

The true story of an unpredicted hurricane that destroyed the east end of Long Island in 1938, told through the experiences of a fictional cast of locals. 

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Book Categories: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Young Adult
Date Posted: August 23 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

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.

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