STAFF PICKS

DECEMBER 2017

Truth: A Guide The Hate U Give Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting A Christmas Carol The House of Unexpected Sisters Wish Tree The Dying Detective Promise Me, Dad Braving the Wilderness You Don't have to Say You Love Me The Girl Before

NOVEMBER 2017

City of Thieves Gaudy Night After the Fall Welcome I Wish You More Midnight at the Bridge Ideas Bookstore Wonder You don't need to say you love me Dear Fahrenheit 451 The Alice Network Ginny Moon Fierce Kingdom Auggie & Me

OCTOBER  2017

Best Minds of my Generation Pigeon Tunnel Life Glass Houses Ginny Moon The Stars are Fire The Dollhouse The Rosie Project Novel Destinations  Book Cover

SEPTEMBER  2017

Decline and Fall Hillbilly Elegy Shanghai Girls Magpie Murders Howl's Moving Castle The Stars are Fire Best Boy The Hate U Give Saints for all Occaisions
  • Frank
    “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde
  • Jeanine
    “Shanghai Girls” by Lisa See
    Two beautiful sisters, living the high life in pre-WWII China, suddenly find their family ruined and themselves sold off as brides to men living in the United States just as the Japanese invade China. They flee China, reluctantly, to join their husbands only to face more hardships and prejudice in America. Beautifully written, historically accurate.
  • Kathleen
    “Magpie Murders” by Anthony Horowitz
    This book is dedicated to all lovers of mysteries, nodding as it does to crime writing’s golden age as well as modern authors. An editor starts reading her star author’s newest book in a popular series expecting nothing more than a best seller for her company. Instead she is drawn into layers of intrigue and death. It’s also a wonderful audio book as well.
  • Katie
    “Howl’s Moving Castle” by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Kim
    “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
    “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance
    Two very different books, the first one fiction, the second non-fiction, but both are particularly relevant to events occurring in our country at this time in history. Even though “The Hate U Give” was written for a young adult audience, I highly recommend it for adults. The young woman’s voice in this book is so unique and true and the violence that she experiences is something everyone should understand and think about.
  • Michele
    “The Stars are Fire” by Anita Shreve
  • Michelle
    “Best Boy” by Eli Gottlieb
    I loved Eli Gottlieb’s book Best Boy.  The story is told by Todd Aaron, a 60-ish year old autistic man and longtime resident of a community for individuals with special needs.  I listened to the audiobook and Bronson Pinchot does a fabulous job of creating believable, authentic voices for each character.  I wanted to protect this man – and his childlike innocence – from the world.  A beautiful story.
  • Sudie
    “Saints for all Occasions” by J. Courtney Sullivan
    Combine a large family of Irish immigrants from Dorchester and Hull, stir in two sisters with a big secret, season with a little alcohol and ask a skilled author to whip it all together—it’s a recipe for a riveting end-of-summer read. J. Courtney Sullivan, the author of Maine, has concocted another unforgettable novel — a multi-layered, generational story told well. Two sisters share a secret that forces them to break their bond of sisterhood and affects relationships among the children that follow. It all ended too soon. I wanted the story to continue…. Book discussion groups, this is a book for you—you’ll find lots of food for thought!

AUGUST  2017

Decline and Fall Hillbilly Elegy Where They Found Her Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper Anything is Possible She Persisted Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore A Dog's Way Home Ocean Liners Charlotte the Scientist is Squished

JULY 2017

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  • Frank
    The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde
  • Jeanine
    A Piece of the World” by Christina Baker Kline
    It is a beautifully written, fictionalized depiction of Christina Olson, the woman featured in Andrew Wyeth’s acclaimed painting “Christina’s World”. This is the same author who wrote the best-seller, “Orphan Train”.
  • Kathleen
    “Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman
    (also a great audio book)
    Long before their recent re-incarnation by Rick Riordan, tales of the Norse gods wove deep, magical spells. Gaiman is a great story teller, worthy of telling the tales of Odin, Thor, and Loki.
  • Katie
    “Mechanica” by Betsy Cornwell
    A refreshing retelling of Cinderella with a unique steampunk twist. This is a YA novel.“Fortunately, the Milk” by Neil Gaiman
    A hilarious tale of a father’s attempt to deliver the milk in time for breakfast. A perfect summer story featuring a time-traveling, hot-air balloon ride with a stegosaurus, aliens, piranhas and pirates!
  • Kim
    “The Scribe of Siena” by Melodie Winawer
  • Michele
    The One in a Million Boy”
    by Monica Wood
  • Michelle
    “Book of Speculation”
    by Erika Swyler
    Had to read it as one of the main characters is a librarian…didn’t think I’d like it but with a little suspension of disbelief…LOVED it. Quirky, but fantastic.
  • Sudie
    “The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country” by Helen Russell
    Why are the Danes so happy? This was the question that Helen Russell, a hard-working British journalist, was determined to answer after her husband got a job with LEGO and she accompanied him to Denmark—for just one year. In twelve chapters, one for each month of the year, in her “Happiness Project,” the author tracks down the answers to her questions with wit, grace and perseverance. Join her as she tries to figure out “hygge” and other Danish-isms—and find out what happened after that first year. Who knows–you may just want to move to Denmark yourself. As for me, I’m heading there tomorrow!

JUNE  2017

Decline and Fall Inner Life of Cats One in Million Boy Raven Black One Minute till Bedtime The Japanese Lover Trajectory Following Atticus Last Painting of Sara De Vos Ocean Liners
  • Frank
    “Decline and Fall” by Evelyn Waugh
  • Jeanine
    “The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of our Mysterious Feline Companions” by Thomas McNamee
    “The One In A Million Boy” by Monica Wood
  • Kathleen 
    “Raven Black” by Ann Cleeves
    Inspector Perez knows his fellow islanders hold on to their secrets tightly. A young girl’s murder sends both Perez and mainland Scottish detectives deep into their lives. The setting and the crime are equally chilling.
  • Katie 
    “One Minute till Bedtime: 60-Second Poems to Send You off to Sleep” edited by Kenn Nesbitt
  • Kim 
    “Trajectory” by Richard Russo.
    4 short stories from Russo. I found the first one disappointing, but Russo’s distinctive voice and his empathy for his characters shine through in the other three.
  • Michelle
    “Following Atticus” by Tom Ryan
    (re-reading it for the 2nd time…this time via audio. Ryan narrates it himself and it’s wonderful – given his accent and soothing tone of voice).
  • Sudie
    “Ocean Liners” – (Published in conjunction with the current exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum.) The bright red cover got my attention when I was cataloging this hefty “coffee table” book. Usually, that’s as far as I get, but when I opened the book to get the information catalogers need, I caught a glimpse of the wonderful photographs and illustrations, and I was hooked! This book documents the history of the ocean liner, beginning with steamships in the early 1800s— the architecture, the décor, life on board and, of course, all the advertising used to entice passengers to embark! I loved the section on the “floating palaces” of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. When you are perusing our New Book shelves, be sure to look for this and other large books displayed there, and let them grace your own coffee table for a while.

MAY  2017

American Philosophy: A Love Story The Girl Before My Italian Bulldozer We are in a Book Fish in a Tree The Japanese Lover Girl Walks out of a Bar A Piece of the World Girl with the Parrot on her Head Book Cover The Lost Order The Chilbury Ladies' Choir Earthly Remains
  • Frank
    American Philosophy: A Love Story by John Kaag
  • Jeanine
    The Girl Before”
    by J.P. Delaney – a character driven whodunnit vaguely reminiscent of “Gone Girl”
    Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt – A wonderful children’s chapter book about friendship and differences
    Girl Walks Out of a Bar by Lisa F. Smith – A dark but often comic memoir of career, ambition and friendship in the midst of severe addiction and eventual recovery.
  • Kathleen”My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith
    Tuscany is meant to be slowly savored, as a writer discovers when his rental car becomes a rental bulldozer.
    Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems
    May marks the 10th anniversary of the publication of the first Elephant and Piggie book. Check one out (my favorite is “We Are in a Book) and read it aloud to a child you know!
  • Katie
    The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head
    by Daisy Hirst (Picture Book).
    An imaginative and somewhat introverted child copes with the emotions she experiences after her best friend moves away. This is a sweet story with simple illustrations that gently addresses the feelings of loss, and the process of making new friends.
  • Kim
    The Lost Order
    by Steve Berry. The nonstop action in this page turner will keep you up past your bedtime!
    Earthly Remains by Donna Leon. Commissario Guido Brunetti takes a break from his work but ends up finding himself involved in an investigation.
  • Michele
    “The Japanese Lover” by Isabel Allende
  • MichelleA Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
    Historical fiction that imagines the story of Christina Olsen – the subject of Andrew Wyeth’s famous 1948 painting ‘Christina’s World.’ I can’t wait to visit the real place – and see some of the exhibits this year at the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland – in celebration of what would have been Wyeth’s 100 birthday.
  • Sudie
    The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan. If you loved “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” you will certainly enjoy “The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir.” Set in in the southeast of England during World War II, the story unfolds through the letters and journal entries of the women in the small village of Chilbury, who have been drawn together in the unconventional “ladies only choir.” Both laughter and tears abound as these women discover the power of music to comfort, heal, and empower.

APRIL  2017

Hen's Teeth and Horses Toes Old Age: A Beginner's Guide The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Hidden Life of Trees Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea The Japanese Lover The Good Braider Lily and the Octopus The First Love Story: Adam, Eve and Us

MARCH STAFF PICKS 2017

Do not Sell at any Price Old Age: A Beginner's Guide Little Paris Book Shopt Hidden Life of Trees Katarina's Wish The Japanese Lover A Gentleman in Moscow Lucky Boy Leaving Lucy Pear

FEBRUARY  2017

Hen's Teeth and Horses Toes A Great Reckoning March. Book 1 Before the Fall Precious and Grace The Japanese Lover Underground Railroad Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril Book Cover The Bear and the Piano Ms. Rapscott's Girls

JANUARY  2017

Looking for The Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic The Lion in the Living Room A Tale of Two Cities Lab Girl Precious and Grace The Japanese Lover Underground Railroad Becoming Wise

DECEMBER 2016

A Devil's Chaplain Waking up White" A Christmas Carol Lab Girl Precious and Grace The Japanese Lover  The Signature of all Things Becoming Wise

NOVEMBER 2016

Everything that Rises Must Converge When Breath Becomes Air Dinner with Edward A Great Reckoning Death of a Cozy Writer Today will be Different

OCTOBER 2016

The Cave and the Light The Boston Girl My Smart Puppy A Great Reckoning Everybody's Fool The Japanese Lover

SEPTEMBER 2016

Are we smart enough to Know how Smart Animals Are? The Violet Hour This I Believe The Road to Character The One-in-a-Million Boy The Japanese Lover  The Secret History Life Below Stairs Knitting Pearls

AUGUST 2016

Pride and Prejudice The Gene: An Intimate History The Summer before the War The Boys in the Boat After You Glory over Everything  The Hopefuls The Extra The Return Omaha Beach

JULY 2016

Shakespeare and Company The Kitchen House The Eyre Affair "Becoming Nicole" Little Paris Bookshop Homegoing  Enchanted Islands

JUNE 2016

The Power and the Glory Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Plainsong At Home by Bill Bryson A Man Called Ove Becoming Nicole Crossing to Safety Imagine Me Gone Before the Wind Soul of an Octopus The Lincoln Project

MAY 2016

Birding by Impression The Last Painting of Sara de VosBook Cover Breaking Wild When Breath Becomes Air Dance of the Reptiles The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry  My Name is Lucy Barton Journey to Munich A Doubter's Almanac 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History The Nightgale Red Wagon

APRIL 2016

The Power and the Glory The Color of Water Breaking Wild When Breath Becomes Air Road to Little Dribbline A Mother's Reckoning The Waters of Eternal Youth Astray Pax Arcadia This is the Life

MARCH 2016

High Adventure Our Souls at NightBook Cover The Shepherd's Crown My Name is Lucy Barton The Burgess Boys When Breath Becomes Air  The Gold Eaters Seabiscuit: An American Legend The Hired Girl Stealing Freedom Coming on home soonBook Cover

FEBRUARY 2016

Tesla: The Life and Times of an Electric Messiah Year of Yes Wobble to Death The Burgess Boys "Furiously Happy" Winter Stroll  A Manual for Cleaning Women Love love Seabiscuit: An American Legend Stealing Freedom  Coming on home soonBook Cover

JANUARY 2016

High Adventure The MartianBook Cover Book Cover Bryant and May and the Burning Man Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher Winter Stroll Find Me Unafraid A Strangeness in my Mind The Mountain Story A Crooked Heart A Spool of Blue Thread The Girl on the TrainBook Cover

DECEMBER 2015

God's Bankers Garden of Evening MistsBook CoverBook Cover "Mistakes were Made" The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine A Christmas Carol Winter Stroll A Banquet of Consequences After You A Little Life The Boys in the Boat A Spool of Blue Thread The Girl on the TrainBook Cover

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