Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Jojo and his baby sister Kayla are being raised by their grandparents in the backwoods of Mississippi, because their mother, Leonie, is an unreliable drug addict, and their white father, Michael, is in jail. When Michael is to be released, Leonie packs up the children...

Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner was the featured speaker at the Library’s Author Gala several years ago, and this memoir came out after that. I wish I had the opportunity to read it before I met her, because I would have so many questions! Weiner’s fiction is funny and frank, and so...

Coming to My Senses by Alice Waters

Alice Waters is one of the most important figures in 20th century American food. She is the founder, owner and executive chef of Chez Panisse, an influential restaurant in Berkeley, and a moving force for local, organic, sustainable food. Waters came of age in...

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Young women all over the world discover that they have electrical power that can be used to shock and kill running through their bodies. What happens when women develop the power to take over the world? Will they use that power for good, or evil? Will the world become...

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

New York in the mid-1980s is the scene for this luminous novel. It is New Year’s Eve 1984, and eighty-five year old Lillian Boxfish sets out on a walk to her customary neighborhood restaurant for a 5 PM dinner. But having mindlessly eaten a package of Oreos while...

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

I downloaded this book to my Kindle when it was first published in 2015 and forgot all about it until I recently was on a plane and going through my book list. The book is a companion to Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “To Kill a Mockingbird.” It focuses on a 26-year-old...

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

I’ve been on a Patrick Ness kick ever since I recently read the young adult novels, “Release” and “A Monster Calls” (both highly recommended for YA fans!). This book has two story lines, one featuring high-school senior Mike, who wants to live a normal life and just...

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