Dana’s Recommendation #2

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

the husband's secretDiscovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband’s death, Cecelia, a successful family woman, is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women. By the author of What Alice Forgot.
“It’s a knowing, touching, and entertaining page-turner. What a wonderful writer—smart, wise, funny.” —Anne Lamott
“A novel that’s perfect for vacation reading.” —People
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The Wednesday Letters by Jason Wright


Kimberly’s August Recommendation

Philosophy Made Simple by Robert Hellenga
philosophy made simple“I loved the main character, Rudy’s, openness to new things like avocado orchards, elephants, and philosophy.  This is interesting and has a lot of heart.” – Kimberly
“Widower Rudy Harrington, a father of three grown daughters, leaves his Chicago home for a new life at an avocado grove in Texas, where he takes up philosophy, presides over his daughter’s Hindu wedding, and falls for his son-in-law’s mother.” – Summary
3 Similar Reads
Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg
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Match Me If You Can by Susan Phillips

Laona’s February Recommendation

The History of Us by Leah Stewart

history of us“I just finished The History of Us by Leah Stewart.  This is domestic fiction focusing on grief, adulthood and responsibility.  I like domestic fiction because it allows me to lose myself in the issues of some other family (where the problems are far from mine).  This was a good read for a cold winter day underneath my fleecy blanket where I was safe from Eloise’s problems.  Library Journal says: ‘Eloise Hempel is the de facto mother to three twentysomething siblings, having become their primary caregiver after their parents were killed in a car accidents. Always planning to put her life back on track as a Harvard professor, Eloise has found herself rooted in Cincinnati for 20 years as she parented her sister’s children to adulthood.'”

Read about or request this book from the library catalog! 

3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

The Odds: A Love Story by Stewart O’Nan

We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

Two Kisses for Maddy by Matthew Logelin

Blue Nights by Joan Didion

Losing Mum and Pup by Christopher Buckley


Lisa’s January Recommendation

One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper

Here is a description of this book from our online catalog: “You don’t have to look very hard at Drew Silver to see that mistakes have been made.  His fleeting fame as the drummer for a one-hit wonder rock band is nearly a decade one last thingbehind hom.  He lives in the Versailles, an apartment building filled almost exclusively with divorced men like him, and makes a living playing in wedding bands.  His ex-wife, Denise, is about to marry a guy Silver can’t quite bring himself to hate.  And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter Casey has just confided in him that she’s pregnant–becuase Silver is the one she cares least about letting down. So when he learns that his heart requires emergency, lifesaving surgery, Silver makes the radical decision to refuse the operation, choosing instead to use what little time he has left to repair his relationship with Casey, become a better man, and live in the moment, even if that moment isn’t destined to last very long”.  Lisa says, “I really like [Jonathan Tropper], I think I have now read all of his books.”

Laona recommended this book in October 2012!  Click here to link to her recommendation of the book and find a list of read alikes!

Rebecca’s November Recommendation

The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

“In this hilarious, compelling, and strangely moving story, Golden Richards, a Mormon polygamist with 4 wives and 28 children, is going through a midlife crisis that threatens to destroy his career, his life, and the lives of his wives and children. I have always been a fan of domestic fiction, especially in the portrayal of dysfunctional (yet loving) family life.  After reading Udall’s The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, and loving it, I decided I had to give this one a try.  While I am not usually a fan of sensationalist literature, Udall’s firsthand knowledge of polygamous family life and the Mormon religion means his approach to the subject is at once humorous, nostalgiac, and refreshing.  I would recommend this book to lovers of Jonathan Franzen or A.M. Homes.”

Read about or request The Lonely Polygamist from the library catalog!

3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1) The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

2) This Book Will Save Your Life by A.M. Homes

3) Lunch at the Piccadilly by Clyde Edgerton

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

2) Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall

3) Mormon America by Richard Ostling

Anna’s November Recommendation

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

“An oldie, but a goodie–I just read The Grapes of Wrath for the first time this summer.  The bleak, but honest look at how the rejection of accountability and the dehumanization of corporations can affect the individual is a story that can still speak to us today–particularly in light of our still struggling economy.”

Read about or request The Grapes of Wrath from our library catalog today!

3 Similar Classics (Fiction)

1) Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

2) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

3) Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

3 Similar Contemporary Novels (Fiction)

1) The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle

2) A Garden of Earthly Delights by Joyce Carol Oates

3) Sea Glass by Anita Shreve

Laona’s October Recommendation

One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper

This is “a novel about fractured families, relationships, lost souls, and trying to make good.  Wonderfully written characters, that are extremely likable, especially the tight group of middle aged divorced men who support their fellow downtrodden.  Here is a brief description: ‘Drew Silver is dying in many ways: his marriage has been over for seven years, his ex-wife is getting remarried, his career as a rock drummer is long past, his 18-year-old daughter is pregnant, and he has a life-threatening heart condition…Silver has never been much of a dad or a husband, so when he finds out about his defective heart, he determines he will not have a life-saving operation.  After all, what does he have to live for?'”

Read about it or request it from the library catalog!

3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1) Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles (Access to the library catalog here!)

2) Everything Hurts by Bill Scheft (Access to the library catalog here!)

3) A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Access to library catalog here!)

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) Life by Keith Richards (Access to library catalog here!)

2) When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (Access to library catalog here!)

3) Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity by Joel Stein (Access to library catalog here!)