Underground Railroad, a novel by Colson Whitehead
Oprah's Book Club Pick!
Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all
the slaves, but especially bad for Cora, an outcast even among the
other Africans, she is coming into womanhood where even greater
pain awaits. Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for
black people in the pre-Civil War era, weaving the saga of America
from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of
present day. This is an adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will
to escape the horrors of bondage and a powerful meditation on the
history we share.
A Time of Torment, by John Connelly
Jerome Burnel was once a hero. He intervened to prevent multiple
killings and in doing so, his life was torn apart. He was imprisoned,
brutalized. But in his final days with the hunters circling, he told his
story to detective Charlie Parker. He spoke of the girl who was marked
for death but was saved, and of an entity that hides in a ruined stockade.
Parker is not like other men. He will descend upon a isolated community
called The Cut, and face down a force of men who rule by terror.
Pond, by Claire-Louise Bennett
A brilliant, captivating debut, Pond is a strange, beautifully layered work
of fiction with vivid, charming descriptions of rural Irish life. This books
is by turns hilarious and poignant, a refreshing and simply delightful tale.
The Woman in Cabin 10: a novel by Ruth Ware
When journalist Lo Blacklock, sees a woman thrown over the side of
their small cruise ship, it’s clear a crime has been committed. The problem?
No one is missing. Something happened and she must find the answer. A
fun read full of psychological thrills & twists that you will not see coming.
The Muse, a novel by Jessie Burton
A delightful read for lovers of art history. The characters are well done
and the mystery about this intriguing painting is beautifully resolved.
You will enjoy a passionate mystery that ricochets between 1936 Spain
and London of 1967.
Another Brooklyn, a novel by Jacqueline Woodson
A beautiful story of coming-of-age in Brooklyn, about the relationships
young girls form, their yearning to belong and bonds created & broken.
The city itself is a character in the tale; it plays a role in each person’s future.
The Book That Matters Most, a novel by Ann Hood
Hood offers parallel stories of Ava, struggling to build a new life after the
end of her long marriage, and her daughter Maggie, living in Paris and
descending into addiction. When Ava joins a book club, the discussion on
books that matter most to each person, gives her a chance to move forward
without old sorrows.
Dark Matter, a novel by Blake Crouch
A science fiction thriller plus a love story: Crouch keeps readers grounded
while traveling through multiple dimensions. This must-read describes how
life choices can recreate that person in a new and profound way.
The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, a novel by Louise Miller
Boston baker, Olivia, accidentally setting her dessert and the building on fire!
She flees her cushy job for a small town where she finds new friends, family
and a sense of belonging. A comforting, enchanting book with mouth-watering
From Darkness to Dynasty: the First 40 Years of the New England Patriots
by Jerry Thornton
The wild, zany, and forgotten history of the NFL’s now-premier franchise. Love them or
hate them, what the New England Patriots have been able to do over the past fifteen years
is nothing short of remarkable. In addition to their four Super Bowl championships, the
Patriots have the best coach in the league, a smart and savvy front office, and a future Hall
of Fame quarterback who is internationally recognized as the face of the NFL. The longer
the Patriots continue to dominate on the field as well as in the media and the American pop
culture landscape, the harder it becomes for anyone to remember them as something other
than a model franchise and the ultimate paradigm of success and accomplishment.
Grunt: the Curious Science of Humans at War, by Mary Roach, Abby Elvidge
Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier’s most challenging
adversaries -panic, exhaustion, heat, noise—and introduces us to the
scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with
the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and
survivability in combat. She visits the fashion design studio of U.S. Army
Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper. She visits a
re-purposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps
medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds... and much more.
View From the Cheap Seats, selected Non-Fiction, by Neil Gaiman
An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topics—from
art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories—observed in Neil Gaiman’s
probing, amusing, distinctive style. An inquisitive observer, thoughtful
commentator, and assiduous craftsman, Neil Gaiman has long been celebrated
for the sharp intellect and startling imagination that informs his bestselling fiction.
Now, The View from the Cheap Seats brings together for the first time ever more
than sixty pieces of his outstanding nonfiction.
Barkskins, a novel by Annie Proulx
A dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about taking down the
world’s forests. Our customers especially enjoy how Proulx captures the
spirit of the people of Northern Maine. In the 17th century two penniless
Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to
a feudal lord for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters
—barkskins. René suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest he
is charged with clearing. He is forced to marry a Mi’kmaw woman; their
descendants live trapped between two cultures. But Duquet, crafty and ruthless,
runs away to become a fur trader and sets up a timber business. These are
stories of their descendants —their travels across North America, Europe,
China and New Zealand —the revenge of rivals, accidents, pestilence, Indian
attacks, and cultural annihilation. They seize a presumed infinite resource, leaving
the modern day characters with possible ecological collapse.
Underground Airlines, a novel by Ben H. Winters
This Orwellian allegory takes place in a United States where Lincoln was
assassinated before becoming president, the Civil War never took place, and
slavery still exists in 4 states (known as the Hard Four). Winters addresses
issues such as the use of racial profiling, misguided white liberal politicians,
and the influence of racism on the very young. Perhaps the most important
book of the summer.
As Good as Gone, a novel by Larry Watson
After the death of his wife, Cal Sidey abandoned his children for the life of a
solitary rancher in Montana. Years later, his son Bill asks his father to come
home to look after his grand-children while Bill handles a family emergency.
But he finds the world no longer has a place for his old-fashioned, violent ways.
A grand Western tragedy, spare and harrowing.
Van Gogh's Ear, by Bernadette Murphy
Murphy reveals the long misunderstood incident of Van Gogh, at his breaking
point, cutting off his own ear and presenting it to the mysterious "Rachel". She
re-opens one of art histories most famous cold cases and braids together a journey
of Van Gogh's life in a sleepy Provincal town where he painted his greatest art, and
re-constructs the world in which he moved.
How to Set a Fire and Why: a novel by Jesse Ball
Lucia Stanton gets kicked out of school for stabbing the star basketball player in the
neck with a pencil. She is a delinquent, a philosopher, a shard of glass. She's also an
aspiring arsonist who is vibrant and charming in a misanthropic way. Her father died;
her Mom is in a mental hospital; Lucia lives in a garage bedroom with her aunt. A
story of misguided friendship and destruction.
Vinegar Girl, a novel by Anne Tyler
Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, retold in present time. Kate Battista keeps house
for her scientist father and younger sister, Bunny. When Dr. Battista’s lab assistant,
Pyotr, is being deported, a plan is hatched to marry him to Kate so he can remain in
the country. A thought-provoking look at the role of women in society that is just as
relevant today as it was 400 years ago!