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Commonwealth by Ann Patchett


Commonwealth by Ann Patchett One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly, thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four ... Read More »

The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies


The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies University of Michigan professor Peter Ho Davies has a new novel, published this month.  According to Publishers Weekly, Davies (The Welsh Girl) has created a brilliant, absorbing masterpiece. It explores the Chinese American experience in four parts, weaving story lines over hundreds of years. Read More »

I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong


I Contain Multitudes: the Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong The microbiome is one of the most talked-about topics in modern science, but it’s a complex and evolving field with important nuances often missed by the media. Atlantic science writer Yong refines the natural history of these microscopic wonders and breaks down the cutting-edge ... Read More »

Book Before Movie


There’s an impressive list of upcoming movies based on books. We will get the dvds once they are available to libraries but in the meantime why not read the book first?  Click here for the list, with links to the books in our library catalog. Let’s hope the movies do justice to the books!   Read More »

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty


Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty Three couples, one ordinary day, one barbecue. Clementine and Sam have a rock-solid marriage and are parents to two beautiful little girls. Clementine’s best friend Erika and her husband, Oliver, enjoy their child-free lifestyle. …What starts out as an ordinary afternoon quickly takes a turn for the worse. Moriarty’s fans will rejoice at her ... Read More »

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead A Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Fellow, Whitehead goes all out in this imaginative reconstruction of the antebellum South. Here, the Underground Railroad is not metaphorical but real, a welter of tracks and tunnels hidden beneath the soil. A slave named Cora, brutalized by her Georgia master yet shunned by her own, determines to escape ... Read More »

21st Century’s Greatest Films


BBC Culture surveyed film critics from around the world for their lists of the century’s greatest films since 2000.  Here’s the top 35, just about all available at GPPL.  How many have you seen?  Click here to see the full list and commentary.       Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001) In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000) There Will ... Read More »

Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance


Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance A Yale Law School graduate’s account of his traumatic hillbilly childhood and the plight of America’s angry white working class. “Americans call them hillbillies, rednecks, or white trash,” writes Vance, a biotech executive and National Review contributor. “I call them neighbors, friends, and family.” In ... Read More »

American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin


American Heiress: the Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin The ubiquitous legal journalist and author returns with a detailed but swiftly moving account of the 1974 kidnapping that mesmerized the nation.  Readers of a certain age will be astonished that this case is more than 40 years old. So much has changed, ... Read More »

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott


You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their fifteen-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit gym community just weeks before an all-important competition, everything the Knoxes have worked so hard for feels suddenly at risk. As rumors swirl among the other ... Read More »