The Burgess Boys - Elizabeth Strout
Call Number: FIC STROUT
Elizabeth Strout follows up her Pulitzer Prize winning Olive Kitteridge with a story full of sibling rivalry, family dysfunction, and redemption. The Burgess brothers, Jim and Bob, fled their small-town of Shirley Falls, Maine for law careers in New York City. However, their lives take very different paths. Jim lands a partnership at a big law firm and marries into money. Bob ekes out a living as a divorced Legal Aid lawyer. These very different brothers are called home to help their nephew, Zachary after he is accused of committing a hate crime. Unfortunately, their return to Shirley Falls exposes old family wounds and possibly does more harm than good. This book is suggested for beach reader’s who enjoy beautiful prose and novels that pack an emotional punch. Precious M.
The Diary by Eileen Goudge
Call Number: FIC GOUDGE
Elizabeth meets up with a former classmate as she is planning to become engaged to marry another from the same High School class. A deep attraction forms and Elizabeth must make a decision between Bob, who comes from a proper family, is educated, handsome and has it all, or AJ, who's credentials leave much to be desired. The answer is in Elizabeth’s diary that her grown daughters find in the attic as they are cleaning out their mother’s house preparing for her funeral. A wonderful portrayal of love and romance in the 1950's. Thrilling, yet innocent and restrained. A great quick read and page turner, as are all of Goudge’s books. All are great summer light reading. Anita H.
Friends Forever- Danielle Steel
Call Number: FIC STEEL
It's about five preschool friends who make a promise to stay friends forever. They promise again in High School only with blood. Three of the characters die (you'll have to read the book to find out how) and the last two friends find love with each other. It was an interesting read. Rose R.
Me Before You- Jojo Moyes
Call Number: FIC MOYES
Me BeforeYou is an unlikely love story about two people from completely different backgrounds brought together by life changing situations. Louise Clark is a young woman, still living at home, who has just lost her job at a local coffee shop. Will Trayner, on the other hand, had a successful career which came to an abrupt end after an unfortunate accident leaves him a quadriplegic. Louisa's family depends upon her for income so she accepts a job as Will’s care giver for a six month time period. How Louise's relationship with Will changes and her attempt to have him look at his situation is the heart of the story. It deals with families and how they deal with making difficult choices. Barbara P.
Oleander Girl - Chitra Divakaruni
Korobi Roy, orphaned at birth, enjoyed a privileged childhood with her adoring grandparents in Kolkata, India. Shortly after becoming engaged to Rajat, the only son of a high profile business family, her grandfather dies of a sudden heart attack. Soon after that, serious financial problems and a devastating secret about Korobi's past come to light. Shattered by this discovery, Korobi decides to undertake a courageous search across America to find her true identity. This journey will lead her to the most difficult decision of her life. A beautiful, suspenseful love story that is engaging and entertaining. Debbie L.
Orphan Train-Christina Baker KlineCall Number: FIC KLINE
Seventeen year old Molly who lives with foster parents steals a book from the library. She has to complete 50 hours of community service rather than face time in juvenile hall. Her job is to help 91 year old Vivian clean out her attic. And while sorting through boxes and boxes of old “stuff”, Vivian’s past beginning with her families’ immigration to New York City and eventually her journey on an orphan train to the Minnesota comes vividly alive as the two build a friendship of trust, understanding and compassion. April J.
The Obituary Writer- Ann Hood
Call Number: FIC HOOD
It is 1961 on the eve of Kennedy’s Presidential inauguration when the entire country is filled with hope for the future but Claire is unhappily married and pregnant. But is her husband really the baby’s father? Woven together with the heartbreaking story of the loss of Vivien’s lover in the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, these two stories intersect at the novel’s surprising conclusion. April J.
The Penderwicks- Jeanne BirdsallCall Number: J BIRDSALL
This is a refreshingly nostalgic read about four sisters who truly care for each other and find plenty of adventure when they travel to an estate in the Berkshire Mountains for their summer vacation. Travel along with Rosalind, Skye, Jane, Batty, their father and their dog, Hound as they explore the estate, become friends with the boy who lives there and enjoy the most delicious gingerbread! A sweet summer tale! Amy M.
Radical Son: A Generational Odyssey- David Horowitz
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David Horowitz, a self-proclaimed Communist of the ‘60’s revolution, writes of his personal transformation to a political conservative. Brought up by Communist parents who work as educators, and attend Communist meetings regularly, David follows in his parents’ footsteps without question. Believing in the revolution to come that will bring social justice for all, Horowitz is a radical writer/intellectual (Ramparts magazine) who regards the Black Panther Party as rebels fighting their own incendiary way for the betterment of poverty-stricken blacks. He helps the Party fund and set up a school for struggling black children, which is eventually misused by the Party.
Horowitz never questions the beliefs of his parents or his own until a friend of his, who works for the Black Panthers, is killed by members of the Party. The killing is the Panthers’ own brand of justice for those who question the behavior of Party members or who are perceived as a threat to it.Horowitz begins to have “second thoughts” about his life and his Communist revolutionary beliefs because of the silence of other radicals about the murder, the criminality of the Black Panther Party, and the failure of Communist run countries throughout the world, among other issues.
Radical Son is an engaging autobiography about the growth and intellectual development of a self-acknowledged irresponsible 60’s Communist radical to a respected 21st century conservative thinker. Through self-reflection David Horowitz discovers the time-honored and worthy truths that bring personal and economic empowerment: ownership of property, individual rights and a free-market economy. Debbie D.
Reconstructing Amelia- Kimberly McCreightCall Number: FIC MCCREIGHT
After her teenage daughter Amelia’s mysterious suicide, her mother Kate (a partner in a Manhattan law firm) becomes an unlikely amateur sleuth in this taut psychological thriller. Kate refuses to believe that her daughter, an excellent student at a prestigious private school, would commit suicide after being suspended for plagiarism. As she begins to explore recent events in Amelia’s life, she uncovers dark secrets, cryptic emails and blog entries, and kinky Facebook posts. She also discovers that Amelia was a member of an illicit all-girls club that practiced hazing and severe bullying. How Kate unravels the mystery of Amelia’s death leads to a suspenseful novel complete with a dark mood, clever form, and unanticipated conclusion. Ethan G.
Son - Lois Lowry
Call Number: YA FIC LOWRY
This is the final installment in the quartet of The Giver, Gathering Blue and Messenger which deftly draws together the sometimes seemingly disparate story lines. The main character is a 14 year Claire, who, after an emergency c-section, is "decertified" as a Birthmother and assigned to another job. But Claire is haunted by the separation from her child and must find him. I highly recommend reading the first three books in the series first. Thoughtful, provocative and very entertaining. Linda G.
Three Times Lucky - Sheila Turnage
Call Number: J TURNAGE
Mo LoBeau was found washed ashore during a hurricane by the Colonel who named her Mo before he realized she was not a boy. Eleven year old Mo is a "rising 6th grader" and ward of the Colonel, owner of the local cafe, and Miss Lana, the hostess of the cafe. Mo is always searching for her mother by placing notes in bottles and giving them to neighbors to throw into the river when they had upstream. Then a murder occurs and everything gets really crazy. Mo is smart and insightful and the rest of the usually quirky characters are just a lot of fun. The audio version of this book is just delightful. Linda G.