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The Interestings The Interestings

by Meg Wolitzer

audiobook available

When ordinary, suburban, 15 year old Jules Jacobson gets invited to the "cool kids" teepee on a warm July night in 1974, she is pulled into an orbit that will hold on until her adult years. "The Interestings", their ironically chosen name, follows three boys and three girls after their initial meeting at Spirt-in-the-Woods, an exclusive camp for the arts. I love books that introduce me to… Continue

Maria Recommended by Maria Member Services Associate, May 07, 2020
Gutenberg's Apprentice: A Novel Gutenberg's Apprentice: A Novel

by Alix Christie

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This is a historical fiction story of the “dark art” of printing and the world’s printing predecessors from nearly six centuries ago set in a time of plague, superstition, the fall of Constantinople and extreme poverty. The year is 1450 and the place is the German city of Mainz. This late medieval city is part of the Holy Roman Empire and a central hub for long distance trade… Continue

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, April 24, 2020
The Works of Dostoevsky The Works of Dostoevsky

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Explore the ethical quandaries of an ex-student in Crime and Punishment, preview the seminal work, The Brothers Karamazov by reading the famous monologue, "The Grand Inquisitor," enjoy the company of a contemptible misanthrope in Notes from the Underground, or shift gears into the humorous with Uncle's Dream. Dostoevsky remains a profound voice that sagely speaks to the enduring nature of man,… Continue

Kenny Tymick Recommended by Kenny Tymick Adult Services Librarian, March 31, 2020
Milkman Milkman

by Anna Burns

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Winner of the Man Booker prize in 2018, Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences. The stream of consciousness style of writing marries together the confusion and paranoia of Troubles era Northern Ireland, and Burns manages to string together a disturbing yet intimate representation of the impact and… Continue

Kenny Tymick Recommended by Kenny Tymick Adult Services Librarian, March 31, 2020
The Renaissance The Renaissance

by Will Durant

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Will and Ariel Durant's massive undertaking "The Story of Civilization" is a series of 11 completed books, roughly totaling 10,000 pages of historical narrative published between 1935 and 1975. The Durants' illustrious prose is breathtakingly sublime in style and prescient in their comments on the philosophy of understanding history. This volume supplies a healthy sense of awe at the art and… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services March 30, 2020
Melmoth Melmoth

by Sarah Perry

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Lean, mean, and packed full of psychological dread. In true Gothic fashion, Perry pens a symphony of prose and perturbation as we follow Helen Franklin, an Englishwoman working in Prague under self-imposed exile. When Karel, a colleague of Helen's, goes missing after researching the folk legend of Melmoth the Witness, she finds herself despairing over his abandoned documents to discover the truth… Continue

Kenny Tymick Recommended by Kenny Tymick Adult Services Librarian, March 30, 2020
Black Leopard, Red Wolf Black Leopard, Red Wolf

by Marlon James

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Author, Marlon James, jokingly referred to the book as the African Game of Thrones, but there’s very little to laugh about in this dark fantasy. Tracker, and a group including a shapeshifter, a giant and enigmatic witch, are hired to locate a boy under suspicious circumstances. Throughout their adventure, the reader is challenged to witness uncomfortable truths that fit frightfully into… Continue

Kenny Tymick Recommended by Kenny Tymick Adult Services Librarian, March 30, 2020
The Golden Compass The Golden Compass

by Philip Pullman

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With the new HBO series, His Dark Materials, coming out in November, it's the perfect time to catch up on this classic story. Philip Pullman spins a fantastical tale of Lyra, a young girl from parallel universe Oxford, and her daemon, (basically the soul in animal form) Pan. Lyra is on a quest in the far north to resuce children stolen away by a sinister group with gruesome intentions. The Golden… Continue

Kenny Tymick Recommended by Kenny Tymick Adult Services Librarian, March 30, 2020
Renia's Diary Renia's Diary

by Renia Spiegel

After being locked in a safe for decades, this recently discovered diary of a young polish woman provides a unique perspective on World War II and the Holocaust. Living in territory occupied by Russia until 1942, Renia is somewhat sheltered as Hitler invades and Warsaw crumbles to ghetto. Her journal provides a surreal contrast of normal life events, like school, friends, her changing body and… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services February 24, 2020