Hadley’s March Recommendation

The Dinner by Herman KochThe Dinner by Herman Koch

“The Dinner is at times a biting, humorous satire and at other times makes the reader cringe from its honesty. This dark, fast-paced novel about social norms and familial bonds is already a bestseller in its native Netherlands and across Europe. It was recently released in the US and is receiving a lot of hype- including jacket endorsements from popular American authors such as Gillian Flynn and Scott Smith. Get your name on the hold list now!”

3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

Present Value by Sabin Willett

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain


Hadley’s January Recommendation

Breed by Chase Novak

breed“While most would agree this book is ‘not appropriate’ for me to be reading right now (I’m 7 months pregnant), my love of the macabre wouldn’t let me wait.  Breed centers on the lives of wealthy New York couple the Twisdens, who test the limits of infertility treatments in their obsession for a child.  After submitting to dangerous, questionable procedures, the Twisdens successfully conceive children…but at a horrible, gruesome price.  Breed is original fast-paced, scary and stomach-turning, and at times also funny and sad.  Stephen King even says it’s “the best horror novel (he’s read) since Peter Straub’s Ghost Story.”

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3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

A Good and Happy Child by Justin Evans

The Devil in Silver by Victor Lavalle

Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist


Hadley’s (and Pat’s!) August Recommendation

Me and You by Niccolo Ammaniti

We had two people recommend this short novel for the month of August.  Here is Hadley’s recommendation:

“I enjoyed this short novel by Italian author Niccolo Ammaniti. The main character Lorenzo is a teenage outsider who has trouble connecting with his peers, and getting a handle on his emotions. Lorenzo lies to his parents about taking a ski trip with friends, and instead intends to spend the week by himself vegging out in a hidden room of his family’s large house. Everything is going according to plan until his troubled half sister Olivia pays a visit. At times funny and sad, Me and You tells the story of a brief, deep connection of two half siblings during an important moment in both of their young lives.”

And here is Pat’s recommendation:

“Niccolo Ammaniti is the author of a little story entitled ME AND YOU, translated from the Italian.  It’s a beautiful little book, a perfect tale, painful and moving.  I read it in one sitting since it’s only 147 pages.”

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3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1) The Dearly Departed by Elinor Lipman (Access to library catalog here!)

2) Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk (Access to library catalog here!)

3) Snow by Orhan Pamuk (Access to library catalog here!)

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) Confessions of a Young Novelist by Umberto Eco (Access to library catalog here!)

2) The Sisters Antipodes by Jane Alison (Access to library catalog here!)

3) Where’s My Wand? by Eric Poole (Access to library catalog here!)

Hadley’s April Recommendation

This Is Water by David Foster Wallace

“This isn’t really a “book” per se, but is instead a transcript of a commencement address that Wallace gave to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. Some readers of this speech have noted that given Wallace’s death, they find the text to be depressing, but I thought it was quite inspiring. Wallace’s primary point is that a liberal arts education teaches you how to think, and that is actually a very important skill to acquire in life. To Wallace, critical thinking involves “exercising some control over how and what you think”, “choos(ing) what you pay attention to and choos(ing) how you construct meaning from experience”. I found his message both humorous and refreshing.”

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Hadley’s March Recommendation

Red by John Logan

“I saw this play recently at the Goodman and knew that I would want to read it afterwards since the dialogue was so compelling. Red follows the abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko and his fictional assistant in a series of scenes that take place in Rothko’s studio during the late 1950s. The two characters discuss the meaning of art and life in conversations that force the viewer/reader to ponder some serious questions. Red is a quick read, but not an easy read. I would recommend this play for those interested in theater, art, or philosophy.”

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Hadley’s February Recommendation

The Radleys by Matt Haig

The Radleys is a clever take on the modern vampire novel. The Radleys are a family of British vampires, who have decided to pass as human and abstain from the vampire lifestyle. They choose to hide their vampirism from their children as well, but the truth becomes unavoidable when their teenage daughter’s natural instincts brim to the surface.

At times humorous, thrilling, and touching, The Radleys is a novel for those of us who are drawn to the dark side of literature, as well as for those who just enjoy a good social satire.

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Hadley’s January Recommendation

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

“I know it’s nowhere near Halloween, but once again I’d like to recommend something scary-  The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. If you are looking for a literary ghost story with a strong sense of place and an overall Victorian feel, Susan Hill has written several. This short novel brings to mind classics like The Turn of the Screw and The Haunting of Hill House. The Woman in Black will be adapted into a feature film next year, starring Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame, so read it now while it is on the shelves”.

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