What we’re reading now..

Here’s a look at a few books we’re reading this Spring!  bouquet

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine  by Gail Honeyman
For a seemingly straight-forward novel about a slightly socially awkward young woman, Eleanor Oliphant has secrets and surprises galore. There is an underlying mystery that swirls around Eleanor’s physical (and emotional) scars that is slowly revealed over the course of the story and comes to a satisfying conclusion at the end. ~Stacey
 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I picked this book largely because of Printz Prize winner John Green’s endorsement. He predicts that the book, which is Thomas’ debut novel, “will remembered as a classic of our time.” Sixteen-year-old Starr is a perceptive and likeable narrator who lives in a black community but attends a fancy suburban prep school. After being the only person to witness a white cop kill her close black friend, she is asked testify about what happened, which could put her in serious danger. Everyone in her neighborhood, in her family, and at school seems to have an opinion about what happened, but the only one who knows the truth is Starr. Whether or not the book becomes a classic, Angie Thomas’ powerful and emotionally honest book is an important one in the conversation about racism and police brutality. ~Lyndsey
A Conjuring of Light by Victoria Schwab
In the conclusion of the fantasy series Darker Shades of Magic , we return to Red London where a ball is concluding to celebrate the Essen Tasch, a competition where the best magicians battle. Then a shadow falls upon the city; Osaron, a being made of dark magic, threatens to take over Red London and to become King. First however, he needs to inhabit an Antari, the most powerful of magicians. Prince Rhy of Red London, his lover, the pirate Alucard and three Antaris: Kell, Holland and Lila Bard, must work together to defeat Osaron. Great characters, a complex and imaginative fantasy world and lovely prose make this an emotionally absorbing and spellbinding series. ~Dori
No Money, No Beer, No Pennants: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Great Depression by Scott H. Longert
This is a welcome addition to the books on the history of Cleveland, as well as the history of the Cleveland Indians. Longert not only does  great job of chronicling the players of this time period, but he also brings to light many interesting stories about the history of the game, such as the development of broadcasting games on the radio, something we now take for granted.  The building of the stadium was a rollercoaster ride in itself, and makes for fascinating reading. ~Steve
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is the story of Starr Carter, a sixteen-year old living in two different worlds. At home in Garden Heights she is “Big Mav’s daughter who works in the store.” At her suburban prep school she is one of only a few black students.  The delicate balance between these disparate worlds is upset when Starr witnesses the shooting death of her unarmed friend at the hands of a police officer. Khalil’s death becomes national news, sparking debates and protests. While the media portrays Khalil as a drug dealer and gangbanger, Starr knows there is so much more to the story. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and timely novel. ~Megan
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
This is the story behind Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Christina’s World.”  As a young girl, Christina suffers from an undiagnosed illness that causes her bones to twist and forces this malady to define the rest of her life and her world. This touching tale sheds light on the hardships of the early 20th century, and the struggle of physical handicap. ~Beth
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
It’s New Year’s Eve 1984 and 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish decides to take a walk around New York City. She actually walks 10 miles remembering her life writing copy for R.H. Macy’s, her life with her husband and son, and her mental breakdown. The novel, loosely based on real-life ad writer and poet Margaret Fishback, is a charming read. ~Emma
 The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion 
I listened to this just as fast I listened to the first book in the series last month. The Rosie Effect follows Don and Rosie to New York City for new new happily married life. Rosie is finishing her school work as she prepares for medical school. Don is working at a local university. An unexpected surprise happens, Rosie is pregnant. In true Don style, he creates his schedule to learn about becoming a father, continue with work, and help friends in their life issues but forgets the most important thing, being there for Rosie. I kept rooting for Don, in this funny, heartwarming story. ~Gina
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
This stand alone novel by the author of the Wayward Pines trilogy is a fast-paced and thrilling ride through time travel, parallel universes and the human condition. Jason Dessen wakes up from an experiment not knowing what is real, what is a dream, and who he has to battle to win back his wife and son.  A gripping story that points to the many different ways a life can turn out based on the choices made along the way.~ Sara


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