Looking for a great book? Let our staff suggestions guide you in your search for that perfect Summer read. Check out the New Summer Staff Picks for 2010 now on display on the 2nd floor. Reviews for the selected titles can also be found on display. Titles such as the following were recommended by various staff members throughout the building.
The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand
“Greg and Tess MacAvoy are one of four prominent Nantucket couples who count each other as best friends… Just before the beginning of another idyllic summer, Greg and Tess are killed when their boat capsizes during an anniversary sail. As the warm weather approaches and the island mourns their loss, nothing can prepare the MacAvoy’s closest friends for what will be revealed (From the Publishers).” – Recommended by Rosemarie Germaine, Senior Library Clerk.
Execution Dock by Anne Perry
“Set in 1864, bestseller Perry’s outstanding 16th novel to feature William Monk finds Monk suffering from a series of hard knocks, including memory loss. Now superintendent of the Thames River Police Force, Monk is on the verge of closing the books on Jericho Phillips, a particularly nasty villain …Monk and his team catch Phillips, but what appears to be an airtight murder case springs leaks and ends with the accused’s acquittal. Convinced that he got the right man, despite the jury’s verdict, Monk devotes himself to setting the record straight…Rich in plot development, believable characters and period detail, this entry will only add to the already sizable ranks of Perry’s admirers (Publishers Weekly).” – recommended by Sue Ann Reale, Head of Children’s Services
A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
“Ms. Moore has written her most powerful book yet, a book that gives us an indelible portrait of a young woman coming of age in the Midwest in the year after 9/11 and her initiation into the adult world of loss and grief…in this haunting novel Ms. Moore gives us stark, melancholy glimpses into her characters’ hearts, mapping their fears and disappointments, their hidden yearnings and their more evanescent efforts to hold on to their dreams in the face of unfurling misfortune (New York Times).” – recommended by Audrey Honigman, Library Clerk.
Little Heathens by Mildred Kalish
“Kalish’s story of growing up on her grandparents’ Iowa farm during the depths of the Great Depression. With her father banished from the household for mysterious transgressions, five-year-old Mildred and her family could easily have been overwhelmed by the challenge of simply trying to survive. This, however, is not a tale of suffering… a loving but realistic portrait of a “hearty-handshake Methodist” family that gave its members a remarkable legacy of kinship, kindness, and remembered pleasures. Recounted in a luminous narrative filled with tenderness and humor, Kalish’s memoir of her childhood shows how the right stuff can make even the bleakest of times seem like “quite a romp (From the Publisher).” – recommnded by Lisa Caputo, Head of Adult Services.
We guarantee you’ll leave with a great Summer read!
– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services