What We Are Reading

kindly1The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell: This doorstop of a book, a quick and compelling, first person narrative/fictional memoir, demands quite a commitment and really weighs down my bike bag.         –Bill, Tech Services


appomattox1A Stillness At Appomattox by Bruce Catton. Details the last year of the American Civil War in the East and the Battles between Grant and Lee in Virginia. Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner. Very readable history although a bit heavy handed in the attempts at symbolism and poetic description. Still, manages to capture a mood.     -Chuck, Emily Fowler Central Library

middle-placeThe Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan.  This weep inducing memoir relates Corrigan’s battle with breast cancer as a 36 year-old mother of two and her father’s simultaneous battle against bladder cancer.  Corrigan’s subtle levity keeps the book from being sentimental, and brings some laughter in between the tears.               –Dana, North Branch Library

little-giantI’m listening to The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker.  It makes my commute go by pretty fast.  I am liking it so far (about ½ way done!) and am reminded of The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.  It is about a small town in New York, a very large woman, and the simple things in life.  It takes place in the 50s-60s-70s (so far), and I find it really…soothing                      –Sian, Tech Services

first-marriage1First Comes Marriage by Mary Balogh.  In Balogh’s new Regency series, we meet an ordinary family unexpectedly thrust into the aristocracy. In order to save her sister from a loveless marriage, Vanessa Huxtable offers to marry Viscount Lyngate herself even though he finds her to be one of the most outspoken and infuriating women he has ever met. Will this marriage of convenience turn into something more?               –Stacey, Emily Fowler Central Library


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