Staff Picks

7/15/2020

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Teresa gained some insights from:
The Nordic Theory of Everything:In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen
This insightful book “asks Americans to draw on elements of the Nordic way of life to nurture a fairer, happier, more secure, and less stressful society for themselves and their children”.

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Laura was fascinated by:
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
This book explores the mystery of the 1986 fire in the Los Angeles Public Library and looks into the history of libraries

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Alison was mesmerized by:
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
This is the story of one man’s descent into personal hell and his quest for salvation. It is a tale of love and redemption.
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Amy was enjoyed:
Friends and Strangers by Courtney J.Sullivan 
This is “an insightful, hilarious, and compulsively readable novel about a complicated friendship between two women who are at two very different stages in life”.
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Jeanne was touched by:
Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian
This novel “deftly captured both the power and poignancy of romance and the terror and tragedy of war”. 
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Jeanne was engaged in:
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
In this story of a rural farm wife Kingsolver “takes on one of the most contentious subjects of our time: climate change”.
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Jeanne was gripped by:
I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
This novel is the story of twin brothers. “It is a story of alienation and connection, devastation and renewal, at once joyous, heartbreaking, poignant, mystical, and powerfully, profoundly human”.

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Sarah was entertained by:

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan
“Another riveting tale of privilege, culture and romance… in a world of extravagant fashion and deceit, resulting in one truly modern love story that you won’t be able to put down.”

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Sarah also enjoyed:
The mirror & the light: Wolf Hall Trilogy, Book 3 by Hilary Mantel
In this novel Mantel traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell who is as complex as he is unforgettable: a politician and a fixer, a husband and a father, a man who both defied and defined his age.

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Jill recommends for children:
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The author takes us on a touching journey where “we are shown a true miracle — that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again”.

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Dennis was engaged in:
The Ballads of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
This is a prequel to the Hunger Games series. It is a dystopian action-adventure.
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Gloria was intrigued by: 
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
This is an inspiring, unforgettable account of one woman’s bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place and culture devised to silence her.

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Gloria was enlightened by:
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen
This book “critically examines twelve popular American high school history textbooks and concludes that the textbook authors propagate false, Eurocentric and mythologized views of American”.

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Gloria was impacted by:
More Myself: A Journey by Alicia Keys
The author “shares her quest for truth–about herself, her past, and her shift from sacrificing her spirit to celebrating her worth”. 
Alice was stirred by:
A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
In this work of historical fictions we have an”intimate look at the relationship between one man and one woman and an epic story of love, war, family, and the search for home, this gorgeous novel, like all the best novels, transports the reader to another time and place, and also sheds light on the way we live now.”

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