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September 2021

The Wife Upstairs

by Rachel Hawkins

What do you get when you merge the classic Jane Eyre storyline with the dark, seedy underbelly of the newly rich, à la Big Little Lies? The answer is in this book, filled to the brim with secrets, deception and introspective battles. Jane is a dog walker in the gated community of Thornfield Estates when she meets the ever-so-charming widower, Eddie Rochester. Eddie has made a name for himself in town, though not for the reasons one might think—Eddie’s wife, Bea, and her best friend, Blanche, recently drowned in an unfortunate accident that left their bodies never to be discovered. Jane is drawn into the town’s posh gossip, the mystery behind the man that she believes can see her true soul, and is determined to uncover the keys of this high society while protecting her own secrets along the way. This book would be great for Brontë fans looking for a modern retelling of the classic and readers who love a mystery set against a glamorous backdrop.

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an eBook.

Recommended by: Ola Gronski, Youth Services Assistant 

Posted in: Adult Fiction

August 2021

White Ivy

by Susie Yang

Ivy Lin’s Chinese grandmother stole to survive, but Ivy did it for fun. After all, it was the only way she could get the nail polish, lipstick and hair clips her teenage-self thought would grab the attention of Gideon Speyer—a glamorous boy from one of Massachusetts’ wealthiest families. But stealth was not yet Ivy’s strong suit, and her parents later punished her by uprooting her entire life. Ivy never saw Gideon again…until one day, as an adult, Ivy runs into his sister. She takes this as a sign of a sure chance at the American dream, the pursuit of happiness. This time, she’s not letting anything get in the way of stealing Gideon’s heart and power. Don’t mistake this as a love story—it’s a suspenseful, dark and compelling examination of character, privilege and what success really means. The writing is lyrical and the plot steady as a drum, you really won’t want to put this down.

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an eBook.

Recommended by: Ola Gronski, Youth Services Assistant 

Posted in: Adult Fiction

The Anthropocene Reviewed

by John Green

The Anthropocene is basically the world as we know it and the impact people have on the environment, animals, climate, and each other. In this collection of essays, author John Green steps away from his usual YA novels to write short reviews on different things within the Anthropocene including animals (Canada Geese), places (Indianapolis), food & drink (Diet Dr. Pepper), and ideas (The Yips). Each chapter is a different topic with a unique view and how it benefited or hurt existence complete with Green’s own starred review of the topic. Written during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Green conveys feelings and emotions that are all too familiar and joins us in our struggle to weight how our recent experiences will shape who we are and what we will become. I cannot recommend this title enough.

Recommended by: Brandi Smits, Youth Services Manager

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction

The Midnight Library

by Matt Haig

This book is a lot like It’s A Wonderful Life. It’s about a woman named Nora who decides to end her life, but in doing so finds herself in “the library” instead. It’s here that she gains the chance to change her past in any way she can think of. What if she had become a famous swimmer? What if she became a famous rock star? So many choices to try out, but she only has a limited amount of time to try them all out and choose the best one before her life is officially over. Will she make the best decision? Or was her original life really the best one?

This book is available in the library and on Over/Drive as an ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Erin Faxel, Youth Services Teen Librarian

Posted in: Adult Fiction

Secrets of a Charmed Life

by Susan Meissner

This historical fiction‘s main characters, Emmy and Julia Downtree, live with their single mother in London in the 40’s. They are evacuated to the countryside when the bombing from the war becomes too dangerous. Emmy wants to return to London in order to work with a designer who has shown interest in her bridal gown drawings. Emmy decides to leave Julia behind as she is only seven years old but Julia discovers her plan and insists on coming with her sister. Emmy’s decision to bring her sister with her changes the course of both their lives. The events that follow are both heartbreaking and reaffirming.

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook and eaudiobook.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Adult Fiction

July 2021

Somebody’s Daughter; a memoir

by Ashley C. Ford

This beautifully told story of Ashley Ford’s life is filled with compelling stories and heartbreaking scenes. Raised by a volatile single mother, while her father sits in jail for a heinous crime, Ashley struggles to find her place and her voice. You will be charmed by the young, voracious reader of Ashley’s youth, and mourn for the childhood she was denied.  This page-turner is perfect for fans of memoir writers such as Roxane Gay and Lindy West.

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive as an ebook.

Recommended by: Kara DeCarlo, Youth Services School Liaison

Posted in: Adult Biography

Vegetables Unleashed: A Cookbook

by José Andrés

Healthy eating has become very trendy, but something as basic as eating vegetables every day is still difficult for most people.  How do you squeeze in 3-5 servings of vegetables each day without eating the same thing repeatedly? José Andrés, popular chef and restaurant owner,  has made eating greens more fun that you can imagine.  In his popular cookbook Vegetables Unleashed: A Cookbook, Andrés gives us a plethora of ideas for making vegetables so delicious that they will become the star of the plate and not just a sad standby.  The book is organized by season for easy shopping throughout the year and even includes many articles on sustainability and agriculture. This book is sure to inspire you to try something new. So go and eat your vegetables!

Recommended by: Darnetta Bolton, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction

Spoiler Alert

by Olivia Dade

Spoiler Alert is a story about a plus sized woman who gets bullied for posting a photo of herself in a cosplay dress from her favorite show, and how an actor from the show sees the harassment and invites her out to dinner. Things go well, but they both have secrets that could threaten the relationship and their jobs. Full of fandom, fanfiction, and overall geekiness, you’ll fall in love with this romance.

Recommended by: Erin Faxel, Youth Services Teen Librarian

Posted in: Adult Fiction

June 2021

Natural Curiosity: Educating and Nurturing Our Children at Home

by Lisa Carne

If you are thinking about homeschooling your child or are trying to bring more nature into your child’s education then this book is for you. It is a reflection on how the author, her husband, and her children found the right form of “unschooling” for them through nature and self-learning. There are many interesting points on why one would pull their children from a public school and create a nature based home school for them. She describes many ups and downs and worries that the family experience along their journey. This book isn’t a how to manual. There aren’t lesson plans or rules for games inside. It’s more of an experience story on what this family did and how it all worked out for them. This is a great read for someone who is going through the same experience or for someone who is thinking that this might be the route that they’d like to take with their children.

Recommended by: Erin Faxel, Youth Services Teen Librarian

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction

The Rose Code

by Kate Quinn

This historical fiction novel takes us back to both World War II and the wedding of then Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Mab, Osla and Beth are three young women who are all chosen to work on code breaking at Bletchley Park in England during World War II. They are sworn to secrecy regarding their work.  As time and the war march onward, loyalties are broken, romantic liaisons are developed and emotions run high.  This book, Playaway and CD audio is available at the library and on OverDrive as an ebook.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Adult Fiction

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