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Hamnet Hamnet

by Maggie O'Farrell

This impeccably researched and beautifully written fictionalization of 1580s England pulses with magic and tenderness against a backdrop of buboes and the Black Death. As the plague spreads to the Stratford home of the family Shakespeare, matron Agnes, both wistful and wise, whittles away under the lurking certainty that death comes calling for her children. We hear too from Hamnet, Shakespeare's… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services August 09, 2021
When the Apricots Bloom When the Apricots Bloom

Huda and Rania, childhood friends, become reunited as adults through a mutual friendship with Ally, an Australian ambassador’s wife living in Baghdad. Balancing loyalties to countrymen, living and dead, and to one another consumes their days. Ultimately though, each woman must decide when to keep and when to break confidences for their families’ survival, a non-negotiable commitment.… Continue

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, July 27, 2021
Mexican Gothic Mexican Gothic

by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia

Noemi Taboada receives a disturbing letter from Catalina her cousin who seems to be experiencing a mental break with reality. A strong-willed urban socialite, Noemi travels from Mexico City to rescue her cousin from the apparent neglect of her husband and his British family, the Doyles. They live together at “High Tower,” an ominous country manor, crumbling and rotting above an… Continue

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, June 26, 2021
Take a Hint, Dani Brown Take a Hint, Dani Brown

by Talia Hibbert

Danika Brown a workaholic PhD Literature student seeks a sex buddy without emotional attachment. Zafir Ansari, a former pro Rugby player, is a romantic seeking a happy ending relationship, but he too is emotionally guarded due to past wounds. They keep their fantasies of one another secret, until they get wrapped up in a social media publicity stunt, a staged romance that boosts the success of… Continue

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, June 26, 2021
Born a Crime : Stories From a South African Childhood Born a Crime : Stories From a South African Childhood

by Trevor Noah

Also Available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/3xrJQD6

Filled with the same wit and humor that has made The Daily Show host a successful comedian, this autobiographical account of his life is inspiring and astonishing. A story of achievement against all odds, each chapter tackles a different obstacle, accompanied by a different hilarious episode from his life. There’s the crime of his mixed race birth under a racist regime, that time he opted… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services June 24, 2021
Piranesi Piranesi

by Susanna Clark

Susanna Clarke celebrates wonder, innocence, and the precarious art of creating meaning in life through this lean, labyrinthine story about Piranesi, a being who lives within an endless array of flooded rooms and hallways ornamented by towering preternatural statues. Piranesi’s weekly meetings with the only other human in his existence—aptly named The Other—leads him to explore… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services June 15, 2021
Eat A Peach: A Memoir Eat A Peach: A Memoir

by David Chang

An explicitly honest and intimate sharing of Chang’s life experience as chef and successful restaurateur (founder of Momofuku restaurant group) with the goal of bringing Korean food and culture to the world. As a son of immigrant parents caught between two cultures, Chang shares his difficult childhood experiences of assimilation, he talks candidly about living with mental illness, and he… Continue

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, March 23, 2021