MAY 2018 STAFF READING SUGGESTIONS

HOW TO WALK AWAY
by Katherine Center

This book will steal your heart! When your life changes in an instant, how do you move forward? This novel evokes all the messy parts of being human with grace and humor, pain and strength and love. A must read!
-Maxwell Gregory
WARLIGHT
by Michael Ondaatje

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje is a mesmerizing, brilliantly written book about secrets and loss in the years following World War II. Told through the eyes of Nathaniel, a teenager whose parents have mysteriously disappeared, this lyrical mystery by the author of The English Patient and Cat's Table is not to be missed. Nathaniel pieces together his family's story and the shadowy characters that come into the family home following the absence of his parents over the remainder of his teenage years and into adulthood. With grace and exquisite psychological insight, Ondaatje creates a postwar London full of shadows and intrigue. I savored every sentence of this book. A must read.
-Lisa Dietrich
ASYMMETRY
by Lisa Halliday

The winner of the Whiting Award for fiction, Asymmetry is composed of two seemingly unrelated novellas. The first a May/December romance between a young woman who is an junior editor and a renown writer, decades her senior. The second is the story of an Iraqi-American economist traveling to Kurdistan to visit his brother, who is detained at Heathrow. Two very different worlds existing at the same time. Intelligent, witty, comedic and tragic.
-Laura Skinner
TESLA: INVENTOR OF THE MODERN
by Richard Munson
(Releases May 22, 2018)

Good option for Father's Day, this non-fiction book about Nikola Tesla is for those who want a deeper dive into his genius than provided in Last Days of Night. Filled with quotes and facts from this fascinating, inventive time in history.
-Beth Mynhier

TIN MAN
by Sarah Winman

A beautiful and heartbreaking rendition of one man's life and the various people who influence him along the way. The layers of emotion are stunning and beautifully developed. I read this in one sitting.
-Maxwell Gregory
LOVE AND RUIN
by Paula McLain

Beautifully written, this story of journalist and writer Martha Gellhorn captivated me. McLain (The Paris Wife, Circling the Sun) paints "Marty" as she was--a strong, smart, independent woman who wanted to report while imbedded in WWII war zones. Marty loved her work and Ernest Hemingway, and was determined to find a way to keep both in her life. Hemingway was an older, more mature man when he married Marty, but his drinking and darkness was ever present. Love and Ruin is filled with the heat of Hemingway and Gellhorn's extraordinary love story. It also provides historical insights into pre-war Spain, life in Cuba, and the invasion of Normandy, all based on letters written by Gellhorn. Great read!
-Beth Mynhier
WE OWN THE SKY
by Luke Allnutt

A beautifully told and heartbreaking account of a father's grief and the chipping away of a marriage as a couple's young son succumbs to cancer. How does one move forward after your life is torn apart? Allnutt takes us through the full range of emotions from beginning to the end and back again to a glimmer of hope and forgiveness.
-Maxwell Gregory
THE HIGH SEASON
by Judy Blundell
(Releases May 22, 2018)

It's summer on Long Island and the only way that Ruthie gets to maintain her life on the North Fork is by renting her beautiful home on the water for the entirety of the season. Unfortunately this summer, her tenant seems far too interested in living Ruthie's life too. There is much to enjoy in this beach book that is much more than a "beach read". Don't miss it!
-Di Grumhaus
THE GIRL WHO SMILED BEADS
by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil

In 1994 Clemantine and her sister fled the Rwandan massacre and spent six years migrating through seven African countries, searching for safety. When Clemantine was twelve, she and her sister were granted refugee status in the United States. Attending New Trier High School, Clemantine struggled to see beyond the label of victim but ultimately recognized the power to transcend the most profound injuries and aftershocks. An excellent book about an extraordinary young woman.
-Kathy Petray
THE PERFECT MOTHER
by Aimee Molloy

This psychological thriller will keep you guessing till the very end! When a group of first time moms and a 'token' dad meet via the internet and decide to form a mom and tot group, the suspense begins. After a much deserved night out and some bizarre behavior by certain group members, one of the babies goes missing. As the mystery unfolds the reader is taken on a roller coaster ride up and down and round about the personal lives of the group's members proving do we ever really know what goes on behind closed doors. A page turner for sure! I couldn't put it down!
-Katha Plack
THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY
by Ruth Ware
(Releases May 29, 2018)

A letter arrives in the mail with notice that Harriet is the beneficiary of a bequest, and although she's sure it's a mistake, her life is in shambles and a few hundred pounds could make all the difference to her. She decides to head to the creepy, rundown country estate and try to bluff her way into the inheritance. And then the fun begins....or not! This was an excellent mystery, kept me guessing all the way!
-Di Grumhaus
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SAPIENS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND
by Yuval Noah Harari


SHOE DOG
by Phil Knight
THE DEATH AND LIFE OF THE GREAT LAKES
by Dan Egan


THE LAST CASTLE
by Denise Kiernan
THE OPTIMIST'S GUIDE TO LETTING GO
by Amy E. Reichert


YOUNG JANE YOUNG
by Gabrielle Zevin
A FRENCH WEDDING
by Hannah Tunnicliffe
YOUNG ADULT & MIDDLE SCHOOL SELECTIONS
MIDDLE SCHOOL:

THE MISCALCULATIONS OF LIGHTNING GIRL
by Stacy McAnulty

12-yr-old Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning leaving her with acquired savant syndrome--she's a math super genius with OCD. Lucy has been taking classes online and is ready for college, but her grandmother insists she acquires life skills first and enrolls her in the local middle school. Lucy quickly learns that having computer-like math skills cannot help you navigate the perils of middle school. I loved Lucy!! This is a fantastic read! Do not miss.
-Laura Skinner
MIDDLE SCHOOL:

THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS
by Tae Keller

Natalie's mother has retreated into her bedroom suffering from depression. Seventh grader Natalie and her dad attempt to maintain some normalcy while navigating the tricky world of mental illness. Natalie's mom is a botanist and Natalie loved spending time in her laboratory and greenhouse. These shared passions with her mom lead Natalie to use the Scientific Method to work her way through her troubles at school and at home. Great diversity of characters that fits the story naturally. I love this!
-Laura Skinner
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