Lisa’s May Recommendations

Emma    by Alexander McCall Smith

EmmaEmma Woodhouse arrives home in Norfolk ready to embark on adult life. Not only has her sister, Isabella, been whisked away on a motorcycle up to London, but her astute governess, Miss Taylor is at a loose end, abandoned in the giant family pile, Hartfield, alongside Emma’s anxiety-ridden father. Someone is needed to rule the roost and young Emma is more than happy to oblige. But there is only one person who can play with Emma’s indestructible confidence, her old friend and inscrutable neighbor George Knightly — this time has Emma finally met her match? – from publisher

Paris Red by Maureen Gibbon

paris redAt seventeen, Victorine Meurent abandons her old life to become immersed in the Parisian society of dance halls and cafés, meeting writers and artists like Baudelaire and Alfred Stevens. As Manet’s model, Victorine explores a world of new possibilities and stirs the artist to push the boundaries of painting in his infamous portrait Olympia, which scandalizes even the most cosmopolitan city. – from publisher

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

dead wakeThe #1 New York Times best-selling author of In the Garden of Beasts presents a 100th-anniversary chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania that discusses the factors that led to the tragedy and the contributions of such figures as President Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat and architect Theodate Pope Riddle. – from publisher

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At The Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen 

at the water's edgeWhile her brother, Ellis, and his friend try to find theLoch Ness monster in an attempt to get back into her father’s good graces, Maddie is left on her own in World War II-era Scotland and experiences a social awakening. – from publisher

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