5 Books We’re Reading Now

Take a look at what some of our staff is reading at the moment:

The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman

In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there’s an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. – Jackie Ranaldo, Readers’ Services Librarian

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Orphaned Jane Eyre grows up in the home of her heartless aunt, where she endures loneliness and cruelty, and at a charity school with a harsh regime. This troubled childhood strengthens Jane’s natural independence and spirit – which prove necessary when she takes a position as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. (Also our Monthly Book Club book for September 2011) – Marianne Malagon, Reference Services Librarian

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbary

Paloma, a twelve year old genius, and Renée,the concierge of an apartment building, hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building. Only he is able to gain Paloma’s trust and to see through Renée’s timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her. – Rosemarie Germaine, Senior Library Clerk

My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira

Mary Sutter is a brilliant, head­strong midwife from Albany, New York, who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine-and eager to run away from her recent heartbreak- Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C. to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded. – Pam Martin, Head of Programming

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The story of one Oklahoma family, the Joads, who are driven off their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots, evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale. – Sue Ann Reale, Head of Children’s Services

 

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

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