Favorite Books

Carolyn Reznick chose
Five Days in London: May 1920 by John Lukacs. This readable thriller follows the agonizing debates of the British cabinet after the debacle at Dunkirk. She also loves any of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum detective stories.

Jean Goldsmith chose
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt. Jean says that this is a readable brilliant book and represents years of research.

Lauren Gray chose
My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsberg with Mary Hatchett and Wendy Williams. Lauren loved listening to this collection of speeches and essays.

Nancy Welo chose
Birds, Bees and Butterflies, a beautiful National Geographic book with great pictures and information.

Chris Bliss chose
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Who does not love this classic by Betty Smith.

Dr. Pam Halton chose
any book on emotional intelligence by Daniel Coleman. His ideas can enhance health, happiness, relationships and experience at work.

Elizabeth Joyce chose
The Wonder by Emma Donahue. This book, Elizabeth wrote, brings to life a piece of Irish history.

Maggie Uyeki chose
Toward a True Kinship of Faiths by the Dali Lama. This book, Maggie wrote, is a great way to counteract our nation's political climate.

Natalie and Lydia Kugel chose
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Lydia loves the 1920's and it is a great story!
Natalie also thought it was a great plot full of suspense.

Nancy Morgan chose
Unbroken by Hillenbrand. This is a great and true story of fortitude and the will to live from World War II.

Another patron chose
Martha's Vineyard: Isle of Dreams by Branch. It is a beautiful book.

Another patron chose
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. It is, they wrote, a beautiful book and worth every moment spent reading it.

Jama Hansonbrook chose
My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard. - an immersive memoir that is easy to relate to.

One patron chose
A Visit from the Goon Squad. This book won the Pulitzer Prize and has a unique style, jumping around in time and narrator.

Julie chose
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, an interesting and poignant story of survival in World War II.

Cathleen Sulli chose
The Ibis Trilogy by Amitav Ghosh. Ghose presents an amazing cast of characters in this trilogy about the Opium Wars. I felt, she wrote, as if I were there.

Nancy Welo chose
The Little Book of Hygge:
Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking
Good feelings book!

Sophie chose
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Great Stories!

Barbara Cohen chose
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
This book is cool, current and full of an amazing turn of events. You will not be able to put it down.

Mary Pat Campbell chose
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
old tales engagingly retold.

Luky O'Connor chose Time and again by Jack Finney, "love the story of time travel."

Nancy Welo chose another favorite, Julie and Julia by Julie Powell calling it a fun biography.

Mamike Bisagni chose Miracles by local author, Eric Metaxas.

Rose Howard chose Finn Family Moonmintroll by Tove Jansson. This is the third part of the Swedish series Moomins. Rose found it an exciting story written and illustrated by a woman.

Jama Hansonbrook added Independent People by Haldor Laxness to her list of favorite books noting that it is a timeless Icelandic sage that is immersive.

Nancy Welo added Scent of the Missing by Susannah Charleson to her list. It is a heartfelt book about rescue dogs.

Kevin enjoyed Redshirts by John Scalzi, calling it sci fi with a twist.

Mary Pat calls the Brothers Karamozov a great novel, Russia or otherwise.

Lillian calls this book, a cool read.

Carolyn Reznick found Mark Mazower's book well written. It documents the suffering of the Greek people during the war and the consequences of the allied policies towards the insurgents.

Jama enjoyed this example of excellent historical fiction about colonial New York

Tina found this book an excellen life changing discussion of personal safetyl

Erin liked this book because it was very emotional and captivating.

Aleia found this book to be very descriptive and kinda relatable.

Maya found Plants vs Zombies to be very funny.

Out of my Mind Taylor says is always interesting.

Michael and others agree that Maze Runner has a lot of action.

Cats are Sophia's favorite animals and this book keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Roberto really likes Captain Underpants books and because they are so funny.

Lorelei thinks that I really like Slop by Mo Willems is a good family book.

Tullah likes Dork Diaries because the books are not too short or too long.

Eleanor Usefof found this book relevant to our situation. She loved it.

Tullah Cabrera loves Harry Potter because there is a lot of magic.
She also is a fan of the book Finally 12 by Wendy Mass. Another great read with fun fantasy.

Nancy Welo has been reading My Girls by Todd Fisher about Carrie and Debbie Fisher. She also liked Eye Level by Jenny Xie. This award winning book of poetry was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent suggestion is the Indian War of George Washington. She noted that during his presidency Washington entertained many Indian tribes.

Debra H. chose The Address by Fiona Davis. Davis has written an account of the loves, passion and madness at The Dakota.

Gail Pantezzi chose You'll Grow Out Of It by Jessi Klein - a very funny book!

Jane Pepino likes all of the mysteries set in Venice by Donna Leon. She appreciates their variety and finds them informative and generally interesting.
The Temptation of Forgiveness is Leon' latest - as of 12/2018.

Cynthia B. found Lois McMaster Bujold's Curse of the Chalion to be brilliant in its character development and plot.

Mary chose, An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur, a local author.

Alexa chose Louisiana's Way Home by Kate di Camillo because it is a really gripping story with an absolutely wonderful protagonist.

Alexa also chose The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West for its super funny feminist cultural commentary.

Jessica chose Carnaval by Stephanie Garber because she thinks it's an underrated book that's so good and that more readers should give it a chance.

Gail chose Blue Moon by Lee Child for the author's skillful storytelling that she believes many readers would enjoy.

Jane chose The Last American Man because it revealed to her a new way of life.

Nancy chose 18 Tiny Deaths about Frances G. Lee for its interesting retelling of the story of the woman who pioneered modern forensics.

Kathryn chose the book The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin for its wonderful descriptive language and realistic details.

Kathleen Sullivan chose the Sean Duffy series by Adrian McKinty because it details the gripping story of how a Catholic detective handles his job and life during the period of the Troubles.

Pam Halton chose You Can Farm by Joel Salatin because it educates readers on how to humanely raise animals and rejuvenate the land while making money at the same time.

Pam also chose Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux for its informative guide on how to manage an organization so as to maximize the happiness of all workers and clients while still being successful.

Pam also chose Health Democracy by Paul Glover because it tells of how a successful free health clinic and Itchaca Health Alliance was formed for cheaper healthcare.

Hydiak chose All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr because it is a great piece of historical fiction.

Tullah chose Mr Lemecello's Library by because it is a fun and very exciting book.

Louise Hazelrouch chose Beloved by Toni Morrison for its splendid wiriting.

Thomas M. Hugh chose Killer Angels by Michael Shaara for its outstanding coverage on the Battle of Gettysburg.

One reader chose Street Smarts by Samuel I. Schwartz because it tells the interesting story of urbanization and its effects.

M. Herrere chose The River by Peter Heller because it is simply riveting and beautiful.

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