Book of the Month 2008 — Wilton Library
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Book of the Month 2008

December 2008:
The Anatomy of Deception by Lawrence Goldstone
The Anatomy of Deception Local author Lawrence Goldstone has written a forensic thriller that thrusts the reader into the operating rooms, drawing rooms, and back alleys of 1889 Philadelphia, as a young doctor grapples with the principles of scientific process to track a killer. Read what Publishers’ Weekly calls a “top-notch historical page-turner” if you like suspense with a dash of medicine.
November 2008:
Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World by Dan Koeppel
Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World In this narrative, Koeppel takes us from past to present, jungle to supermarket, village to continent, into corporate boardrooms and onto kitchen tables around the world. His journey exposes the treacherous history of an iconic American enterprise and the global quest to overcome the disease that now threatens to eradicate the fruit. Dan Koeppel will be here speaking about his book on December 17th at 7:00. Register now.
October 2008:
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Namesake Lahiri’s first novel, published in 2003, is a story of parents and children, of cultural heritage and family values. When an Indian family immigrates to America, their son Gogol must come to terms with his unusual name, life in this country and his family heritage. Ms. Lahiri will be visiting Wilton and speaking on The Namesake as part of our Wilton Reads! community-wide events
September 2008:
Any Travel Writing by Mark Twain
Mark Twain Time magazine’s July 14th issue cover-story featured Mark Twain. Among the interesting articles was one about how, in his lifetime, Twain was best known as a travel writer. To get a flavor of 19th century travel, choose one of these titles: Life on the Mississippi, Roughing It, The Innocents Abroad, A Tramp Abroad and Following the Equator.
August 2008:
The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman’s Fight to Save the World’s Most Beautiful Bird by Bruce Barcott
The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw Sharon Matola cares for orphaned animals at her zoo in the Central American country of Belize. “The Zoo Lady” leads the crusade to stop a multinational corporation from building a dam that would flood the nesting grounds of the last scarlet macaws in Belize. In telling her story, Barcott explores the tension between environmental conservation and human development and puts a human face on the battle over globalization.
July 2008:
Unaccustomed Earth

by Jhumpa Lahiri

Unaccustomed Earth From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author comes a new collection of eight stories that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand and which concern the assimilation of Bengali characters into American society. “An eye for detail, ear for dialogue and command of family dynamics distinguish this uncommonly rich collection,” Kirkus Reviews. Lahiri’s The Namesake is Wilton Reads! pick for this year and she will be speaking at the Library October 19. Register Now.
June 2008:

America, 1908: The Dawn of Flight, the Race to the Pole, the Invention of the Model T, and the Making of a Modern Nation
, by Jim Rasenberger
America 1908 Shedding new light on stories we thought we knew and telling fresh stories we can’t believe we’ve never heard, America, 1908 brings to life our nation as it was one hundred years ago, at a moment of delirious optimism and pride.
May 2008:

Change of Heart
, by Jodi Picoult
Change of Heart Bestselling author Picoult (Nineteen Minutes, My Sister’s Keeper) writes another story of redemption, justice and love. June Nealon’s husband and daughter were brutally murdered; years later, her surviving daughter needs a heart transplant. The person who wants to give her his heart is the man convicted of the murders, who is on death row. Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love?
April 2008:
Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe, by Nancy Goldstone
Four Queens: The Procencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe Set in the thirteenth century, Four Queens tells the story of four provocative sisters who rose from near obscurity to become the most powerful women in Europe. The marriages of Marguerite, Eleanor, Sanchia and Beatrice, the daughters of the count of Provence, made them the queens of France, England, Germany and Sicily. “This is a fresh, eminently enjoyable history that gives women their due as movers and shakers in tumultuous times,” Publishers Weekly.
March 2008:
Cheating at Canasta: Stories, by William Trevor
Cheating at Canasta: Stories From a chance encounter between two childhood friends to the memories of a newly widowed man to a family grappling with the sale of their ancestral land, William Trevor examines the tenuous bonds of relationships, the strengths that hold us together and the truths that threaten to separate us. These 12 stories of regret, deception, adultery, aging, and forgiveness make up this new collection from Trevor, “the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language,” The New Yorker.
February 2008:
Museum: Behind the Scenes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Danny Danziger
Museum: Behind the Scenes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Danziger interviewed 52 of the 2,000 employees at the Metropolitan Museum of Art resulting in a group portrait of New York’s most visited tourist attraction. Profiled are the florist, the security guard, the cleaner as well as philanthropists, millionaires and the director. “Danziger’s finely crafted interviews remind us that a museum is more than its collections,” Booklist.
January 2008:
Bridge of Sighs, by Richard Russo
Bridge of Sighs From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls, Richard Russo’s latest is a tale of a blue-collar town in upstate New York defined by magnificent secrets and nearly devastating contradictions. Louis Charles (“Lucy”) Lynch hopes to untangle the mysteries of his life by writing a history of his family and hometown, one that spans over sixty years. Russo is ‘one of the best novelists around,” NYT Book Review.