What We’re Reading Now

Here are 5 books that some of our staff members are reading at the moment.  Don’t forget to ask them how they like the books next time you visit the library!

Lisa C., Assistant Director, is reading:

The Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig

Tom Harry has a streak of frost in his black pompadour and a venerable bar called The Medicine Lodge, the chief watering hole and last refuge of the town of Gros Ventre, in northern Montana. Tom also has a son named Rusty, an “accident between the sheets” whose mother deserted them both years ago.The pair make an odd kind of family, with the bar their true home, but they manage just fine. Until the summer of 1960, that is, when Rusty turns twelve. Change arrives with gale force, in the person of Proxy, a taxi dancer Tom knew back when, and her beatnik daughter, Francine. Is Francine, as Proxy claims, the unsuspected legacy of her and Tom’s past?

Neela, Head of Acquisitions, is reading:

Walking the Amazon by Ed Stafford

In April 2008, Ed Stafford set off to become the first man ever to walk the entire length of the Amazon. He started on the Pacific coast of Peru, crossed the Andes Mountain range to find the official source of the river. His journey lead on through parts of Colombia and right across Brazil; all while outwitting dangerous animals, machete wielding indigenous people as well as negotiating injuries, weather and his own fears and doubts. Yet, Stafford was undeterred. On his grueling 860-day, 4,000-plus mile journey, Stafford witnessed the devastation of deforestation firsthand, the pressure on tribes due to loss of habitats as well as nature in its true-raw form.

Megan, Systems Librarian, is reading:

The Negotiator: My Life at the Heart of the Hostage Trade by Ben Lopez

A professional Kidnap and Rescue consultant who has spent his life traveling the world and supplying professional negotiation services shares stories about dramatic missions that have involved religious fanatics, hardened criminals and desperate families.

Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian, is reading:

In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner

Her life of royal privilege in Cambodia shattered by the outbreak of civil war on the streets of capital city Phnom Penh, young Raami endures four nightmarish years of loss, starvation and brutal forced labor while clinging to memories of the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father.

Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian, is reading:

Bella Fortuna by Rosanna Chiofalo

Preparing for her own wedding in Venice to Michael Carello, whom she has loved since childhood, Valentina DeLuca, who has made hundreds of brides’ dreams come true through her hand-made bridal gowns, is forced to reevaluate her life in this magical city where she hopes her luck with change.

-posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

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