February 2018

The Alps The Seagull Inferior Somewhere Else Manhattan Beach On Tyranny Lilac Girls Pachinko The Music Shop The Orphan of Florence This is How it Always Is
  • Frank
    “The Alps: A Human History from Hannibal to Heidi and Beyond” by Stephen O’Shea. Anyone who has enjoyed traveling, hiking, or gourmandizing in this land of breathtaking vistas and culinary delights will enjoy this engaging travelogue, packed with historical curiosities.
  • Jeanine
    “Inferior: How Science got Women Wrong – and the New Research that’s Rewriting the Story” by Angela Saini
    . From intelligence to emotion, cognition to behavior, science has continued to tell us that men and women are fundamentally different and women are inferior. Now new scientific data has revealed that women are as strong, powerful, strategic, and smart as anyone else. Very interesting learning how and why science got it so wrong.
    “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century” by Timothy Snyder. Acclaimed Yale historian Timothy Snyder says “We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism in the last century. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience…”  The book is a very concise account of parallels between the politics and mindsets of today and the politics of the WWII era. While it might be a bit heavy-handed and possibly even melodramatic, the author brings up some very good and thought provoking points.
  • Kathleen
    “The Seagull” by Ann Cleeves. If you’re looking for a new mystery series to love (it being Feb. and all), check out Cleeves’ remarkable Vera Stanhope series. The books are far more nuanced than the television series and well-worth discovering. This is the latest title. Vera must face her own messy family past to solve a potential double murder. Trivia fact- not surprisingly Ann Cleeves and Louise Penny are friends.
  • Katie
    “Somewhere Else” by Gus Gordon – A charming story about working through fear/anxiety, trying new things & friendship.
  • Kim
    “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan Historical fiction takes place during WWII and examines the roles women played at the Brooklyn Naval Yard.
    “This is How it Always is” by Laurie Frankel A family with 5 boys tries to cope with the  secret of their transgender youngest sibling in this novel by Laurie Frankel who happens to have a transgender child herself.
  • Michele
    “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly
  • Michelle
    “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee.
    Epic in scope, Lee’s novel tells the story of four generations of a Korean family spanning the early 1900s through the late 1980s. “Pachinko” is a game of chance and so, too, are the lives of the characters represented within the pages of this book. Betrayal, redemption, prejudice, identity…all are themes or questions woven through the narrative. Beautifully written and if you happen to listen to the audio – wonderfully narrated by Alison Hiroto.
  • Sudie
    “The Music Shop” by Rachel Joyce
  • Bridget
    “The Orphan of Florence” by Jeanne Kalogridis. Come visit Florence through the eyes of a street urchin, or is she a Medici?  Many secrets are revealed in this fun historical read.


City of Thieves Beau Death The Life She Was Given William's Winter Nap Leonardo da Vinci Wonder Pachinko Dear Fahrenheit 451 7 Lessons from Heaven The Story of Arthur Truluv Auggie & Me
  • Frank
    “City of Thieves” by David Benioff. Set during the Siege of Leningrad in WWII, it’s the tale of a Russian deserter and looter given the seemingly impossible task of finding a dozen eggs for a wedding cake in order to save themselves from execution.
  • Jeanine
    “The Life She Was Given” by Ellen Marie Wiseman
    In 1931, Lilly Blackwood was sold to the circus. More than two decades later, nineteen-year-old Julia Blackwood inherits her parents’ estate and returns home hoping to erase painful memories of strict rules and forbidden rooms. Instead, she becomes immersed in a mystery involving a hidden attic room and circus photos featuring a striking young girl.
  • Kathleen
    “Beau Death” by Peter Lovesey.
    Lovesey is one of my “must read” mystery writers. His Peter Diamond mysteries set in modern Bath offer readers both good puzzles and lessons on Bath’s history. A corpse is revealed during a demolition and the question is in what century the crime was committed. One suspects that the manners of the bon ton were never as polished as Miss Austen would have us believe.
  • Katie
    “William’s Winter Nap” by Linda Ashman – a cozy story for cold winter nights.
  • Kim
    “Leonardo da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson
    Biographer Isaacson relies heavily on Leonardo’s notebooks (over 7 thousand pages) to create this fascinating biography of Leonardo da Vinci, delving into the connections his creative and curious mind made between art and science and observation and technology.
    “Arthur Truluv” by Elizabeth Berg Heart-warming, feel good story about a widower and an unlikely friendship.
  • Michele
    “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio
    “Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories” by R. J. Palacio
  • Michelle
    “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee.
    Epic in scope, Lee’s novel tells the story of four generations of a Korean family spanning the early 1900s through the late 1980s. “Pachinko” is a game of chance and so, too, are the lives of the characters represented within the pages of this book. Betrayal, redemption, prejudice, identity…all are themes or questions woven through the narrative. Beautifully written and if you happen to listen to the audio – wonderfully narrated by Alison Hiroto.
  • Sudie
    Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in her Life” by Annie Spence.What a delightful book! This librarian (me) thinks any avid reader will enjoy both the humor and heartbreak found between the covers of this book. You can read it straight through or use the table of contents to find some books you yourself have loved or loathed. Author Annie Spence is both a clever writer and an authentic guide to some great (and not-so-great) literature. Be sure to check out her list of excuses to give when you just need to stay home and READ!
  • Bridget
    Do you believe in miracles? Well Mary C. Neal, M.D. Does and in her second book “7 Lessons from Heaven: How Dying Taught me to Live a Joy-filled Life” she tells us how miracles and more are a part of everyone’s life and how beauty can be found even in despair.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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