2020: New Year, New reads

The dynamic book presenting duo (aka Anbolyn and myself) decided to take a fall break and pushed our presentation back to January. We had another great turn-out, at least 40 attendees again.

As a librarian, I got to talk about books, recommend books, touch ALL! THE! BOOKS! When I decided to transition to the private sector, I was leaving a world where I was surrounded by my passion. With this program, it’s so fantastic to talk about books with all of these wonderful people. Every program, I am reminded of how much I love to talk about books — and to be surrounded by others that want to talk about books. GAWD, why can’t I find more people to chat with about books? I need more readers in my life.

I do not enjoy baseball, but I do love to read novels that use baseball as a tool — I read and recommended two novels centered around baseball this time. One of my favorite interactions was with a gentleman who was so pleased that I suggested The Art of Fielding as a read-alike. It’s a book that I didn’t like all that much when I read it, but it’s stuck with me.

Such a fun age by kiley reid

A page-turning and big-hearted story about race & privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

The REsisters by Gish jen

A future America where the angel-fair “Netted” have jobs while occupying the high,dry ground and the “Surplus” live on swampland or on boats. Gish Jen has created a future dystopian America, an all too plausible future surveillance state with almost sentient artificial intelligence.

Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood
When She Woke by Hilary Jordan
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

The cactus league by emily nemens

A character-driven odyssey through the world of baseball told from the perspectives of coaches, writers, partners, die-hard fans, and players. This web of characters is wonderfully contrasted against the relatively linear game of baseball. We get a glimpse into so many different lives and Nemens manages to make each character distinctive and genuine.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
You Know When the Men are Gone by Siobhan Fallon

weather by jenny offill

Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink.

Ongoingness: The End of a Diary by Sarah Mangus
Twenty-One Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks
The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
Dept of Speculation by Jenny Offill

The Queen’s fortune by allison pataki

A riveting novel about Desiree Clary, the extraordinary woman who first captured Napoleon’s heart, created a dynasty, and changed the course of history. Pataki brings history to life in this deeply researched and richly detailed novel. I was so inspired I designed a cross-stitch pattern of Napoleon and Desiree.

The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B by Sandra Gulland
Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg

eight perfect murders by peter swanson

Eight Perfect Murders is a story of a bookseller who finds himself at the center of an FBI investigation because a very clever killer has started using his list of fiction’s most ingenious murders. Set aside a couple of hours because you will not want to stop reading until you get to the end.

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
Conviction by Denise Mina
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

A moving story that follows an ambitious lawyer and reminds us of the power of loyalty, friendship, and the unpredictable nature of destiny.

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
One Day by David Nicholls
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
One Day in December by Josie Silver
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Operator by Gretchen Berg

In a small Midwestern town in the early 1950s, a nosy switchboard operator overhears gossip involving her own family and then must handle the unraveling that her discovery sets into motion. Berg creates a complicated and lovable character in Vivian Dalton, I loved uncovering the truth with her and living in Wooster,, Ohio for a bit.

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy
Heart of Palm by Laura Lee Smith
Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce

Code name helene by ariel lawhon

Code Name Helene tells the real-life story of socialite spy, Nancy Wake, the astonishing woman who killed a Nazi with her bare hands and went on to become one of the most decorated women in WWII. Lawhon brings Nancy Wake to life – she is vivacious, witty, determined, and strong.

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Transcription by Kate Atkinson
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

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