Charlotte’s What’s Your Four?

Churchill & Son – Josh Ireland “We think we know Winston Churchill: the bulldog grimace, the ever-present cigar, the wit and wisdom that led Great Britain through the Second World War. Yet away from the House of Commons and the Cabinet War Rooms, Churchill was a loving family man who doted on his children, none…

Jen’s What’s Your Four?

Midnight in Chernobyl – Adam Higginbotham “Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering one of the twentieth century’s greatest disasters. In the thirty years since then, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world: shorthand for the spectral horrors of…

Julie’s To Be Read

My current TBR stack is a little unusual for me – two non-fiction and only one fiction. I love mysteries, and I have Donna Leon’s latest, Transient Desires, right at the top of my stack. About the book: “In his many years as a commissario, Guido Brunetti has seen all manner of crime and known…

Richard Recommends Non-Fiction Page-Turners

1774 The Long Year of Revolution – Mary Beth Norton “In this masterly work of history, the culmination of more than four decades of research and thought, Mary Beth Norton looks at the sixteen months leading up to the clashes at Lexington and Concord in mid-April 1775. This was the critical, and often overlooked, period…

Sue’s Recent Reads

Fifty Words for Rain – Asha Lemmie  Sue’s comment: I really liked this! “Kyoto, Japan, 1948. “Do not question. Do not fight. Do not resist.” Such is eight-year-old Noriko “Nori” Kamiza’s first lesson. She will not question why her mother abandoned her with only these final words. She will not fight her confinement to the attic…

Lorraine’s Recent Reads

The Yellow Wife – Sedeqa Johnson Lorraine’s thoughts: I liked it but was wishing for a little more historical information. Perhaps I didn’t care for the author’s writing style? I would like to try another of her books. “Born on a plantation in Charles City, Virginia, Pheby Delores Brown has lived a relatively sheltered life.…

Next Up with Chris

Next up on Chris’ to be read list: Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders “February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies…

What Charlotte is Reading…

Abe : Abraham Lincoln in His Times – David Reynolds  “From one of the great historians of nineteenth-century America, a revelatory and enthralling new biography of Lincoln, many years in the making, that brings him to life within his turbulent age. David S. Reynolds, author of the Bancroft Prize-winning cultural biography of Walt Whitman and…

Just Finished, Just Started, Next Up with Chelsey

Just finished: The Midnight Library – Matt Haig (Loved it!) “Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you…

What Jen is Reading…

“IN A TIME OF RASPUTIN’S MAGIC AND ROMANOV MYSTERY, A YOUNG GIRL FINDS HERSELF AT THE HEART OF THE ROYAL FAMILY She was an orphan, ushered into the royal palace on the prayers of her majestry. Yet, decades later, her time spent in the embrace of the Romanovs haunts her still. Is she responsible for…

What Jen is Reading…

The Mitford Scandal – Jessica Fellowes (Also available in Large Print) “In the third book in the Mitford Murders series, lady’s maid Louisa Cannon accompanies Diana Mitford into a turbulent late 1920s Europe. The year is 1928, and after the death of a maid at a glamorous society party, fortune heir Bryan Guinness seizes life…

What Jen is Reading…

The Crown in Crisis: Countdown to the Abdication – Alexander Larman (ebook) “On December 10, 1936, King Edward VIII brought a great international drama to a close when he abdicated, renouncing the throne of the United Kingdom for himself and his heirs. The reason he gave when addressing his subjects was that he could not…

What Jen is Reading…

The Best of Me – David Sedaris (ebook | eaudio) “For more than twenty-five years, David Sedaris has been carving out a unique literary space, virtually creating his own genre. A Sedaris story may seem confessional, but is also highly attuned to the world outside. It opens our eyes to what is at absurd and…

Recommended by Fran

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti (a local author; she also wrote The Good Thief) “Samuel Hawley isn’t like the other fathers in Olympus, Massachusetts. A loner who spent years living on the run, he raised his beloved daughter, Loo, on the road, moving from motel to motel, always watching his back.…

Rachel’s Hold Shelf

Very rarely do I place library holds on new releases – either because I can’t predict when a book will find its way to me (when I’m in the middle of something else??) or because there just isn’t anything I absolutely have to read right away. And then there are these titles: The City of…

What I’m Reading Now

Two weeks ago I was also discussing What I’m Reading Now, with that list capped off by Meg Wolitzer’s Belzhar, a young adult novel that tangentially relies on the life and works of Sylvia Plath to support a small handful of the story’s themes. I’ve read Plath’s The Bell Jar, Ariel, and assorted brief articles…

Michelle Recommends

Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age – W. Bernard Carlson | Here’s the thing: I may never again want to hear the words commutator, stator or rotor, but I will very probably never get enough of Nikola Tesla. Most everyone has heard the name, but aside from his innovative work with AC and polyphase systems, how…

Books In Hand: Chris

Books in Hand: What the library’s staff is reading or has just finished. The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro Synopsis: “The story of Robert Moses, who shaped the politics, the physical structure and even the problems of urban decline in New York.” Here it is in the catalog More about the book: The New…