JANUARY 2019 - STAFF READING SUGGESTIONS

THE GOWN: A NOVEL OF THE ROYAL WEDDING
by Jennifer Robson

If that gorgeous cover doesn't entice you to pick this up off the table, the storyline will! Told from three viewpoints; that of Ann and Miriam who both worked in the embroidery showroom that created Princess Elizabeth's wedding gown in 1947, and Heather's voice in 2016 as she travels to London trying to learn more about her late grandmother. This isn't a story of the Royal Family, it is really about that stunning wedding gown, the women who worked on it and their stories of love, loss and the secrets that they each carried. Loved! Perfect for these snowy days.
-Di Grumhaus
DAISY JONES & THE SIX
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

All I need to say is: Sex, Drugs and Rock n' Roll! The most interesting characters are Billy, the leader of the band, his wife and, of course, Daisy. Written as if it is an "as told to" memoir of a rock band which I enjoyed and found very distinctive and original.
-Kathy Petray
THE DAKOTA WINTERS 
by Tom Barbash

This is a love story to NYC in the 1980s.  Anton's father is the TV talk show host Buddy Winters (think a mixture of Johnny Carson and Dick Cavett).  Buddy has had an on-air breakdown and Anton is now helping him get his career back on track.  The Winters live in the fabled upper West Side building-the Dakota; also home to John Lennon and Yoko Ono.  Anton's relationship with Lennon is a lovely counterweight to the father/son relationship and the issue of escaping our parents' shadow. I loved this book's strong sense of time and place!
-Laura Skinner
TAKE THE LEAP
by Sara Bliss

Sara Bliss shares the stories of 63 amazing people from all walks of life who "Leap" and change their careers and ultimately the course of their lives. Truly inspirational and perfect for anyone in transition, graduating from college, or eager to explore hidden talents.
-Diana Wettermann
HER ONE MISTAKE 
by Heidi Perks 

Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks is a perfect choice for fans of Big Little Lies. I think Reese Witherspoon and crew ought to get their grubby mitts on this one and run with it. Set in suburban England, this is the story of a child who goes missing from a school fair-right under the nose of a "watchful" mother. Sadly, it's the mom/friend of the little girl's mother who was doing the watching at the time of the disappearance. Loaded with twists, this debut novel is about motherhood, friendship, and self-preservation. I really liked this page-turner, because it had more going on than simply being a thriller.
-Molly Forlow

INHERITANCE
by Dani Shapiro
  

Like many of us have done of late, Dani Shapiro submitted her DNA to a genealogy website. Now, try to imagine learning that the man you adore, who has raised you, was not your biological father. I loved this memoir about Dani's quest to unlock the secrets of her life and family. She poses this thoughtful question: "Is who we are the same as who we believe ourselves to be?". This moving book has received starred reviews all over the place, don't miss!
-Di Grumhaus


WATCHING YOU
by Lisa Jewell

When a dead body turns up on a well-respected academic's kitchen floor on a quiet street in Bristol, England, questions need answers. Who was watching who? Who really did it? Is it the boy in the window, the young woman across the street, the infatuated student, or possibly the woman at the bus stop? This thriller, with its electric twists and turns, will keep you guessing until the surprising conclusion. Loved it!
-Katha Plack
WHY RELIGION?
by Elaine Pagels

Author of The Gnostic Gospels, Elaine Pagels explores the history of religion and why we believe. Her current memoir reveals events in her life and childhood that ultimately shape her beliefs in a compelling, intellectual presentation. I highly suggest this read for your book club or religious group.
-Diana Wettermann
NO EXIT
by Taylor Adams

When college student Darby Thorne seeks refuge at a highway rest stop during a raging blizzard, she has no idea the next 13 hours will change her life forever. This psychological thriller has it all, including one very scary disturbed individual, a kidnapped 9-year-old child who needs rescue, and the young heroine who decides to take matters into her own hands. This is a riveting read with shocking surprises and an ending that will leave you gasping for air. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!
-Katha Plack
TRANSCRIPTION
by Kate Atkinson

This story of an 18-year-old British woman recruited to transcribe secret agent conversations for M15 is clever, witty, and just sardonic enough to be perfectly British. Atkinson's use of language is unlike anything I've read. She is original in her writing style, is a "master of structure", and creates characters who just might step off the page. Intelligent and darkly funny.
-Beth Mynhier
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LOVE AND RUIN
by Paula McLain
PARIS BY THE BOOK
by Liam Callanan
(Author event at the store 2/28/19)
PRETEND I'M DEAD
by Jen Beagin
THE ACCIDENTAL FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN
 by Jonas Jonasson
THE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE
by Melanie Benjamin
YOUNG READERS SELECTIONS
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THE UNSUNG HERO OF BIRDSONG, USA
by Brenda Woods

One of the best books I've read that will help kids understand
the racial discrimination faced by so many African Americans in the Jim Crow South.  An unemployed WWII vet risks his own life to save that of Gabriel as he's riding his new bike. In Gabriel's voice we hear about the town of Birdsong, SC in 1946.  As he and Meriwether become unlikely friends we begin to appreciate the harsh realities of this time and place for some of its residents.  We also learn the importance of "seeing the world through more than one set of eyes". This would be a fantastic 
read-aloud!
-Di Grumhaus

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