Blaise’s March Recommendation

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty

hypnotistBlaise says:  “My recommendation for March is The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty.  If you enjoyed Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret, then don’t miss this one by Moriarty.

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The Smoke Jumper by Nicholas Evans – “His name is Connor Ford and he falls like an angel of mercy from the sky, braving the flames to save the woman he loves but knows he cannot have.  For Julia Bishop is the partner of his closest friend, Ed Tully, an ambitious young musician.  Julia loves them both but the tragedy on Snake Mountain forces her to choose between them and burns a brand on all their hearts.” – Summary from book jacket

A Dual Inheritance by Joanna Hershon – “Forging an intense friendship in their senior year at Harvard, Ed, a Jewish, girl-crazy scholarship student; and Hugh, a Boston Brahmin who dedicatedly pines for the one who got away; abruptly and mysteriously go their separate ways years later and pursue very different lives that are shaped by their past bond.” – Summary from catalog

My Latest Grievance by Elinor Lipman – “In the late 1970s, Frederica Hatch is the enchantingly outspoken daughter of brilliant college professors at a minor all-girls college in Massachusetts. Her temperate, mildly eccentric, and lovely parents, also union activists for the faculty of Dewing College, serve as houseparents at one of the dorms, where Frederica has lived her whole life. Wise beyond her years, Frederica takes it in stride when she discovers that her father was married once before and that Laura Lee French, the smashingly solipsistic first wife of Dr. David Hatch, has just been hired as housemother of one of the other dorms.” – Library Journal


Kim’s May Recommendation

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

museumKim says: This is a rich story of early 20th century New York City that introduces “natural wonders”, photography, Coney Island, the terrible conditions of the garment district, Jewish culture, and the wilds of Manhattan.  While a piece of fiction, Hoffman incorporates so many details and frames her story around real-life historical events, particularly the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory File, that I found myself reading further and looking at maps.  There’s a love story at the heart of the book and characters that you come to know deeply. 

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Lisa’s February Recommendations

Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan

underthewideandstarrysky“I enjoyed it. It gets a little slow, but towards the end, they move to Samoa and their island experience is very interesting. It was fun to read a book that got better at the end, as opposed to some that start out with a bang and then fizzle.” – Lisa

“Under the Wide and Starry Sky chronicles the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson, author of classics including Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. They meet in rural France in 1875, when Fanny, having run away from her philandering husband back in California, takes refuge there with her children. Stevenson too is escaping from his life, running from family pressure to become a lawyer. And so begins a turbulent love affair that will last two decades and span the world”– Provided by publisher.

I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira

ialwayslovedyou“This is a historical fiction novel about Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas and I really like it. It takes place in Paris during the Belle Epoche and just the artists who hung out together as a social group is amazing. Degas, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cassatt, Pissaro. The list just goes on and on!” -Lisa

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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
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Tara’s January Recommendation

Every Day by David Levithan

“What would it be like to switch bodies with a different stranger every every daysingle day of your life?  This is the premise that David Levithan’s new novel, Every Day, is based on.  It’s a fast-paced, deep, enjoyable read with an inspiring ending. Don’t miss it.”  Here is a summary of the book from our online catalog: “Every morning A wakes in a different person’s body, in a different person’s life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon.”

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Getting the Girl by Marcus Zusak

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Mary Ann’s November Recommendation

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

“All summer I kept seeing this novel pop up in lists of recommended books. Now I see why.  Scenes shift back and forth from 1962 Italy where Cleopatra (the one with Richard Burton and Liz Taylor) is being filmed to modern Hollywood to Edinburgh.  There are poignant and very funny events.  It’s easy to follow the changes of scene. You will quickly get interested in how the characters’ lives play out and how they intersect.”

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1) The Pirate’s Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson

2) A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

3) High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

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1) The Way We Lived Then by Dominick Dunne

2) City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940’s by Otto Friedrich

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Rebecca’s July Recommendation

Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi

Mr. Fox is a book of magical realism and the story of a love triangle.  The three featured characters are St. John, a writer, his wife Daphne, and his muse-made-flesh Mary Foxe.  The book alternates between the story of this love triangle (which is a compelling and slightly twisted story in and of itself) and the stories that take place in between.  While some of these individual stories featured throughout the book may require some literary knowledge, you can also enjoy them as stand alone stories as well.  The basic premise of the novel is that Mary Foxe has come to life from St. John’s imagination.  St. John is a mysoginistic and somewhat selfish writer who has a penchant for killing off his female heroines. Mary grows tired of these activities and challenges St. John to what can only be called a literary battle.  Meanwhile, the love triangle between St. John, his wife Daphne, and his ‘ideal’ becomes more intense as the book progresses.  A beautifully written work of magical realism–I would recommend this novel to those who love stories about stories and those who can appreciate elements of the fantastic amidst the real”.

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1) 1Q84by Haruki Murakami (Access to library catalog here)

2) Love In the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Access to library catalog here)

3) The Pugilist at Rest: Stories by Thom Jones (Access to library catalog here)

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1) Every Tongue Got to Confess by Zora Neale Hurston (Access to library catalog here)

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3) Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales by Jack Zipes (Access to library catalog here)