NEW RELEASES FOR APRIL/MAY 2016
The Atomic Weight of Love, a novel by Elizabeth J.
As America braces for WWII,
Meridian falls for an older but brilliant scientist. She abandons her own
academic pursuits in ornithology to follow Alden to Los Alamos but their
marriage is filled with dashed hopes and compromises. Church examines the
sacrifices women make in life and the courage needed for them to soar on their
Eligible: a novel by Curtis Sittenfeld
retelling of Pride and Prejudice is
cleverly written and wickedly funny. The Bennett sisters have been transported
to modern day Cincinnati. Jane is a yoga instructor; Liz, a magazine writer;
Lydia & Kitty do nothing but work out; and Mary spends most of her time in
her room. A familiar storyline but with extremely funny twists.
Maestra: a novel by L. S. Hilton
ready to tear through this hedonistic, refreshing sex-positive thriller that
hits all the right notes. Judith, our
amoral heroine, lives in the shallow elegance of the European art world, but
she is a razor-sharp critic of bad taste and human softness.
Sleeping Giants, by Sylvain Neuvel
scientific tale of discovered history: at age 10, Rose falls through a hold in
the ground, landing in a large metal hand that was buried. 17 years later, she
is on a research team seeking answers to the relic’s source: is it a weapon or
simply a mystery waiting to be solved.
Britt-Marie Was Here, a novel by Fredrik Backman
is an order-obsessed, cleanliness-loving woman of a certain age. Having
left her two-timing husband, she takes a job in a small, depressed town and
magic begins to happen! (for those who enjoyed A Man Called Ove)
Alert Major Pettigrew fans! Now a Bestseller:
The Summer Before the War: a novel by
having a box seat at the opera, Simonson takes us to the very heart of wartime
Britain, giving us the many ways those stalwart people either prepared or
denied any responsibility for protecting the people from the looming threat of
Her varied and realistic
characters are so firmly wrought, you will want to either pin medals for their
unselfish care and pan-determined kindness, or wring their bloody necks for
thoughtless, brutal self-importance.
The Nest, a novel by Cynthia
masterfully constructed, darkly comic, and immensely captivating tale. The
desperate and entitled people who populate this novel are messy as hell (they
lie, they cheat, they steal, and by God do they ever connive) but somehow I
found it impossible not to care about each and every one—and even, over time,
to love them. The trick here lies in the storytelling, which is not only
clever, but emotionally astute. Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is a real talent, and I
am incredibly impressed by this book.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a
longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever
change how you see the natural world
Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s
studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory
treatise on plant life—but it is also so much more. Lab Girl is
a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two
things come together.
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: a novel by Dominic Smith
Spanning 3 centuries, this is the story of a
female master painter of the Dutch Golden Age, a wealthy New York Patent
attorney, and an art history student turned art forger – each one changed by
one haunting painting. A wonderful read, beautifully written.
FEATURING BOOKS About & By MAINE AUTHORS
Everybody’s Fool: a novel by Richard Russo
Returning to North Bath, NY, no one writes better about the quirks, petty jealousies, hard times, humor and heartbreak of small-town America. This is good, old-fashioned storytelling at its finest.
New Regional Histories by Duane Robert Pierson
Katie, Maggie and the Marquis de Lafayette
Annie and the Prince of Wales: Portland Maine 1860
NON-FICTION WINNER by Colin Woodard!
American Character : A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good
The author of Pirates of the Republic and American Nations examines the history of and solutions to the key American question: how best to reconcile individual liberty with the maintenance of a free society
The struggle between individual rights and the good of the community as a whole has been the basis of nearly every major disagreement in our history, from the debates at the Constitutional Convention and in the run up to the Civil War to the fights surrounding the agendas of the Federalists, the Progressives, the New Dealers, the civil rights movement, and the Tea Party. In American Character, he traces these two key strands in American politics through the four centuries of the nation’s existence, from the first colonies through the Gilded Age, Great Depression and the present day, and explores how different regions of the country have successfully or disastrously accommodated them.
“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” ― George R.R. Martin
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