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Westwood Public Library | May 2022

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Book Buzz: Beach Reads Edition

Book Buzz: Beach Reads Edition

Wednesday, May 25

Your friendly library staff chatted about books they've been enjoying recently. Watch along as we discussed some great picks to pack with you on your summer vacation: thrillers, mystery, literary, romance, and more!

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Staff Reviews

Book cover of The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager *NEW! Coming June 21*

Lizzy says:

This is a psychological thriller in the same vein as Rear Window and The Girl on the Train, but just when you think it's the same old tired trope again, the story turns on its head and will leave you shocked and doing a double take!

One of the most unexpected twists in a thriller I've seen in awhile. 

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Book cover of This Golden State by Marit Weisenberg

This Golden State by Marit Weisenberg

Felicia says:

Poppy Winslow, her younger sister, and two parents have been on the run for as along as Poppy can remember. Each time someone gets too close, the family packs up, moves to another state and changes their names. 17-year-old Poppy really starts to question who her parents are, why they are on the run, and what happens when she turns 18 in a month. 

A perfect coming-of-age story with a bit of mystery. While this is a YA book, I think that adults would almost appreciate the story more. 

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Book cover of The Night Shift by Alex Finlay

The Night Shift by Alex Finlay

Liz says: 

While working the night shift at Blockbuster Video on New Year’s Eve 1999, three teenage girls and the manager are murdered, one girl survives. Fifteen years later in the same town, three teenage girls are murdered working the night shift at an ice cream shop, one girl survives. Is the original killer back or is there a new murderer in town? This compulsively readable thriller takes us through multiple characters’ points of view to catch a killer. 

A fantastic book for the beach or just relaxing in your backyard, you won’t want to put it down.

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Book cover of It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

Suzie says: 

When an out-of-control rooftop party lands fashionable wild child Piper Bellinger in the slammer, her stepfather sends Piper and her sister to learn some responsibility running their late father’s dive bar in a coastal Washington town.

Piper is determined to prove everyone wrong by renovating the bar, reconnecting with family, and perhaps finding a little romance with the gruff fisherman Brendan. There is no denying the heat simmering between the unlikely pair. Hot and sultry… this is the perfect beach book to turn up the heat on your summer reading!

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We discussed more than a dozen books at our May 2022 Book Buzz! Full list >>

Looking for even more selections for the summer? Find more Beach Reads here.

2022 Summer Reading Challenges

A photo of someone reading at the beach with colorful graphics of a beach umbrella and beach ball.

Summer reading for all ages starts on June 1! 

If you have a Beanstack account, log in and pre-register for this year's challenges. 

Our goal: Encourage everyone to get into the habit of reading. 

Learn more about Summer Reading for Babies to Preschoolers | Kids K-6 | Teens | Adults

ReadNext | Book Selection Services

We want to help get great books into your hands! Curated by our expert staff, each ReadNext selection will contain titles to reflect your desired genres and formats. And we are happy to mix and match as well!

Adult Book Bundles
Children's & Teen Book Bundles

In the ReadNext Collection

Overwhelmed by too many choices? Visit the second floor of the Main Library to browse our ReadNext collection filled with books hand-picked by Westwood library staff!

Book cover of Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby
Book cover of Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
Book cover of The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

Bookish Events | At the Library

Book cover of Woodrow on the Bench by Jenna Blum

Author Talk with Jenna Blum

Wednesday, June 1 at 6:30 pm, Islington Branch, Wentworth Hall

New York Times and internationally bestselling author Jenna Blum joins us to discuss her memoir Woodrow on the Bench, about her senior black Lab and what his last seven months taught her.

Copies available at the Main Library and Islington Branch

Book cover of The Stolen Lady by Laura Morelli

Historical Fiction Book Group

Tuesday, June 7 at 10 am, Islington Branch, Wentworth Hall

Join us on the first Tuesday of each month at the Islington Branch Library to discuss a wide range of historical novels. Our June selection is The Stolen Lady by Laura Morelli.

Pick up a copy of the book at the Main Library and Islington Branch

Book cover of Do Walk by Libby DeLana

Author Talk with Libby DeLana 

Wednesday, June 15 at 6:30 pm, Meeting Room, Main Library 

One morning in 2011, Libby DeLana stepped outside her New England home for a walk. She did the same thing the next day, and the next. It became a daily habit that has culminated in her walking over 25,000 miles – the equivalent of the earth’s circumference.

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Lists Beyond the Library

Try these resources to complement your reading experience! 

Indie Next List: Recommendations from independent bookstores

Library Reads: Monthly picks suggested by library staff from across the US

Reading Group Choices: Titles that will spark lively conversation at your next book club

New and Notable Titles

A stack of books

General Fiction | Mystery | Romance | Science Fiction | Adventure

Nonfiction | Past & Present | Science & Nature | Lifestyles | Business

Children's Picture Books | Children's Chapter Books | Teens

Don't miss this week's bestsellers:

Hardcover Fiction | Paperback Fiction | Hardcover Nonfiction | Paperback Nonfiction

All library programs are free and open to the public thanks to generous support from the Friends of the Westwood Library.

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