Genna’s April Recommendation

It’s What I Do:  A Photographer’s Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario

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Genna says:  “Woah, this girl is a rock star!  Addario is an award-winning photojournalist (Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur Fellow) who covered much of the war, conflict, and injustices in Iran, Afghanistan, Haiti, the Congo, and Darfur.  Addario was kidnapped for six days in Libya along with other New York Times photographers.  Even after the incident she still got back into the field.  Addario’s passion for photographing the world is apparent, and her unflinching strength and courage is inspiring.  Her memoir recounts the struggles trying to stay in touch with family while living across the world, her difficult romantic relationships, and the discrimination she faced in other countries being a woman.

This memoir is very well-written and straightforward.  Her story is very inspiring, plus the book itself has photo-quality pages so turning the book is a treat.  Tucked away on some of the pages are her amazing photographs.  A great read!
Fun fact:  Steven Spielberg bought the rights to produce this memoir into a movie and Jennifer Lawrence will play the lead.”
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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

Dana’s February Recommendation

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

the girl on the train“Melding the voyeurism of Rear Window with the unreliable narration of Gone Girl (2012), Hawkins delivers a riveting thriller. Rachel commutes to London each day, pretending to go to a job she got sacked from months ago for being drunk. Her ex-husband left her for Megan, and now they have a baby and are living in the home Rachel so lovingly decorated. Almost every day, from the train window, she sees Anna and Scott, who live two doors down from her old home. Rachel vividly imagines Anna and Scott’s perfect life (she calls them the golden couple), giving them elaborate backstories; however, one day she sees Anna kissing a man who is not her husband; the very next day, Anna goes missing. Rachel inserts herself into the investigation with a headlong desperation, keen to find a way to give her life meaning, and what she discovers is surprising on every level. The novel is alternately narrated by three equally unlikable women, and Hawkins very deliberately doles out tantalizing information, but what really gives this novel its compulsive readability is the way she so expertly mines female archetypes: the jealous ex-wife, the smug mistress, the emotionally damaged femme fatale. Hawkins makes voyeurs of her readers as she creates one humiliating scene after another with the women’s near-feral emotions on full display. A wicked thriller, cleverly done. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This may well be the next Gone Girl, with foreign rights sold in 20 countries and film rights optioned to DreamWorks.” – Booklist

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Victoria’s February Recommendation

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

brain on fireHere is an excerpt of a Book List starred review of this book: “In this fascinating memoir by a young New York Post reporter previously known for going undercover as a stripper and writing a butt-implant story headlined Rear and Present Danger, Cahalan describes how she crossed the line between sanity and insanity after an unknown pathogen invaded her body and caused an autoimmune reaction that jump-started brain inflammation, paranoia, and seizures…Cahalan expertly weaves together her own story and relevant scientific and medical information about autoimmune diseases, which are about two-thirds environmental and one-third genetic in origin…A compelling health story.”  Victoria loved this book so much that she wants more books like it.  Check out the list of read a likes that I selected for this book below.

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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

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January First by Michael Schofield

The Two Kinds of Decay by Sarah Manguso

July Patron Recommendations–From Kevin

Pearl Buck in China: Journey to the Good Earth by Hilary Spurling

“A brilliant biography of a very complex woman whose life parallels both the rise of modern China and the fall of overseas Christian missions. Well written, very readable, and filled with much new information.”

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3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) Cathering the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie (Access to library catalog here!)

2) Betsy Ross and the Making of America by Marla Miller (Access to library catalog here!)

3) Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff (Access to library catalog here!)

3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1) The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (Access to library catalog here!)

2) The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham (Access to library catalog here!)

3) Pearl of China by Anchee Min (Access to library catalog here!)

Julia’s July Recommendation

Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton

This psychological thriller provided just what I was looking for in a summer read: a page turner until the very end! The twists keep coming throughout the book, which is set in London and features DC Lacey Flint investigating a Jack-the-Ripper copycat killer.

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3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1)  The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi (Access to library catalog here)

2) The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen (Access to library catalog here)

3) Breakdown by Sara Paretsky (Access to library catalog here)

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston (Access to library catalog here)

2) Journey Into Darkness by John Douglas (Access to library catalog here)

3) The Killer of Little Shepherds by Douglas Starr (Access to library catalog here)

Mary Ann’s May Recommendation

That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor by Anne Sebba

“This biography gives some insight into the motivations of the woman who caused the Prince of Wales to abdicate his throne for, “the woman I love” in 1936.  Wallis had a difficult early life,  which may help explain why she indulged in a wild adulthood.  Lots of details about affairs and hobnobbing with the elite of Europe.  Neither Wallis or Edward come off as nice people, so you may conclude that they deserved each other”.

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3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) The People’s King: The True Story of the Abdication by Susan Williams (Access to library catalog here)

2) The Royal Stuarts: A History of the Family That Shaped Britain by Allan Massie (Access to library catalog here)

3) Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman (Access to library catalog here)

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1) The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory (Access to library catalog here)

2) Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison (Access to library catalog here)

3) Farewell, My Queen by Chantal Thomas (Access to library catalog here)