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Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic,To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to ... Read More »

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

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 »

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

girlonthetrain

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and ... Read More »

Boston Girl

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

        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 »

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Being Mortal

        Being Mortal by Atul Gawande Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed ... Read More »

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

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 Long Way Home by Louise Penny

The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

        The Long Way Home by Louise Penny Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. ... 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 II

Dead Water by Ann Cleeve

 Why Kings Confess  by C. S. Harris is set in Regency England and features Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, heir to an earldom, disillusioned Army officer, and latter day knight errant. Regency England, January 1813: When a badly injured Frenchwoman is found beside the mutilated body of Dr. Damion Pelletan in one of London’s worst slums, Sebastian finds himself caught in a ... Read More »