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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald Helen Macdonald wins The Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction , the UK’s premier prize for non-fiction books. “H is For Hawk tells the story of how the death of Helen’s father triggered her to follow a childhood dream and become a falconer, obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. The book is an unflinchingly ... Read More »

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson “With her freshly painted sunny yellow bedroom in 1962 Denver, Kitty Miller leads a content if solitary life. Running a bookshop with her best friend, Frieda, is a welcome break from teaching school. Everything about Kitty’s life seems benignly commonplace until she begins waking up in another bedroom, in another life: a life in which ... Read More »

Boston Girl

Boston Girl by Anita Diamant “Reading Anita Diamant’s The Boston Girl is a bit like listening to an older relative tell stories at Thanksgiving—and that’s a good thing. Because Addie Baum, the book’s 85-year-old narrator (who is telling her tales to her college-age granddaughter throughout the book), is one entertaining older relative. The story Addie weaves is of her own ... Read More »

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

        Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 2014 National Book Award Finalist, A New York Times Bestseller,  Best Books of 2014 One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress ... Read More »

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald Helen Macdonald wins The Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction , the UK’s premier prize for non-fiction books. “H is For Hawk tells the story of how the death of Helen’s father triggered her to follow a childhood dream and become a falconer, obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. The book is an unflinchingly ... Read More »

From the Recommended Reading Shelf

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

Astonish Me by Maggie ShipsteadHelping a world-famous dancer to defect from the Soviet Union to the United States, ballerina Joan watches her friend’s career soar while her own declines in the wake of her pregnancy and marriage, a situation that eventually exposes difficult secrets. Cartwheel by Jennifer DeBoisWhen Lily Hayes arrives in Buenos Aires for her semester abroad, she is ... Read More »

Murder and Mayhem

   Murder in the Palais Royal  is set in Paris of the 1990s  and features Aimée Leduc, owner of a detective agency specializing in corporate security.                         First in the series: Murder in the Marias    Drawing Conclusions by Dona Leon is set in Venice and features Commisario Guido Brunetti along with Sergente Vianello and the well-connected Signorina Elettra. First in the series: Death at La ... Read More »