Kim’s March Recommendation #1

The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
good luck of right now
When his mother dies, 38-year-old Bartholomew Neil, who doesn’t know how to be on his own, discovers a letter in his mother’s underwear drawer that causes him to write a series of highly intimate letters to actor Richard Gere, while embarking on a quest to find out where he belongs.
“I loved the novel’s wonderful, struggling, beautiful characters who live and breathe and deal with mental illness and difficult life experiences.  This book combines seemingly incongruous elements like fan letters to Richard Gere, feral cats in the capital of Canada, Catholic priests and martyrs, grief, and aliens.   Quick pulls it all together in a very readable, inspiring way.  This one will stay with you.”- Kim
3 Similar Reads
About A Boy by Nick Hornby

Rebecca’s January Recommendation

May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes

may we be forgiven“This novel is a very dark tragicomedy centering around a family in the setting of New York’s Westchester County.  While the events that take place over this 480 page novel occur in a single year, they can only be described as absurdly epic.  To any readers interested in this novel, be warned: many awful events happen in the first hundred pages, and it is hard to find any sympathy for the people the events happen to.  However, A.M. Homes’s combination of humor, pathos, wit, and belief in human redemption make a wonderfully told story about a group of people struggling to be heard and understood in modern society.  The Book List Review does a great job summing up the heart of this book: ‘In this frenetic, insightful, and complexly moral novel of a man transformed by crisis, Homes dramatizes hubris and greed, alienation and spirituality, improvised families, and justice in our age of smart phones, dumbed-down education, and bankrupt culture.'”

3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk

Women by Charles Bukowski

The Family Markowitz by Allegra Goodman

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

Who Stole the American Dream? by Hedrick Smith

When Did I Get Like This? by Amy Wilson

Cool, Calm, and Contentious by Merrill Markoe

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

Kimberly’s August Recommendation

The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson

“This novel chronicles an Iowa family from the 1970s to the present.  I loved the structure of this book with alternating viewpoints and  gaps of time between chapters.  Some of the characters are just my age (!) and I think the author really captured the bits and pieces of the ’70s and ’80s–the Vietnam War fallout, the bicentennial, the farm crisis– while still centering on the timeless challenges of family life. ”

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Dorothy’s August Recommendation

Keeping the House by Ellen Baker

“Lonely, restless, and bored with her life as a housewife in 1950,s Pine Rapids, Wisconsin, Dolly Magnuson becomes fascinated by the abandoned grand old house on the hill overlooking the town and sets out to unravel the dark secrets of the family that had once owned it.”

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