Book of the Month 2010 — Wilton Library
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Book of the Month 2010

Book of the Month – December 2010

Little BeeLittle Bee by Chris Cleave

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A violent confrontation on a Nigerian beach has tragic consequences for British couple, Andrew and Sarah O’Rourke, and sisters Nkiruka and Little Bee. Comparable to The Kite Runner, consider it as a book group selection. “Little Bee will blow you away,” The Washington Post.

Book of the Month – November 2010

The Wave:  In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean by Susan CaseyThe Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean by Susan Casey

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The Wave is a “wonderfully vivid, kinetic narrative,” (The New York Times), about colossal, ship-swallowing waves and the extreme surfers and scientists that seek them out. The scientists’ urgent efforts to understand the power of these 100-foot waves are juxtaposed against tow surfing thrill-seekers. Watch Video!

Book of the Month – October 2010

The Widower’s Tale by Julia GlassThe Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass

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This multigenerational story revolves around Percy Darling, 70, and his daughters and their families whose lives all change with the accidental death of his wife. “Glass handles the coalescing plot elements with “astute insights into the complexity of family relationships, the gulf between social classes, and our modern culture of excess to create a dramatic, thought-provoking, and immensely satisfying novel,” Publishers Weekly.

Book of the Month – September 2010

How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate by Jeff GoodellHow to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate by Jeff Goodell

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In Goodell ‘s balanced, thought-provoking book he asks, “If we begin to engineer the climate, whose hand will be on the thermostat?” “His provocative account achieves a fine balance between the inventor’s enthusiasm and scientist’s skepticism,” says Publishers Weekly.

Book of the Month – August 2010

The Lake Shore Limited by Sue MillerThe Lake Shore Limited by Sue Miller

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Four characters in Miller’s latest are bound together by the events of 9/11. The novel moves from the woods of Vermont to the streets of Boston as the lives of Billy, Leslie, Rafe and Sam intersect. Miller has a “Chekhovian understanding of missed connections, lost opportunities, and closely held memories that mutate slowly over time,” The New York Times.

Book of the Month – July 2010

The Best of It: New and Selected Poems by Kay RyanThe Best of It: New and Selected Poems by Kay Ryan

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In this collection by Ryan, the current Poet Laureate of the United States, readers will find both earlier work as well as many new poems . This retrospective is powerful to longtime followers and to those who may not read much poetry.

Book of the Month – June 2010

That Old Cape Magic by Richard RussoThat Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo

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This Pulitzer Prize-winning author writes a novel of deep introspection with a middle-aged man confronting his parents and their failed marriage, his own troubled one, his daughter’s new life and, finally, what it was he thought he wanted and what in fact he has. Russo will be at the Library on June 27.

Book of the Month – May 2010

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

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Doctors took her cells without asking. Those cells never died. They launched a medical revolution and a multimillion-dollar industry. More than 20 years later, her children found out. “Skloot tells a rich, resonant tale of modern science, the wonders it can perform and how easily it can exploit society’s most vulnerable people,” Publishers Weekly.

Book of the Month – April 2010

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa CatherDeath Comes for the ArchbishopDeath Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

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This masterpiece, written by Cather in 1927, tells the story of a missionary priest and his work of faith in the wilderness of the Southwest in the second half of the 19th century. Father Latour must contend with an unforgiving landscape, rebellious priests, and his own loneliness. “A very rare piece of literature, “ The New York Times.

Book of the Month – March 2010

Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us by Daniel H. PinkDrive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

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Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does. He examines the three elements of true motivation – autonomy, mastery, and purpose – and offers techniques for putting these into action. “Important reading for frustrated…business leaders struggling to connect with stressed-out workers,” Kirkus Reviews.

Book of the Month – February 2010

New York: The Novel by Edward RutherfurdNew York: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd

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From the city’s founding to the present day, Rutherfurd’s epic novel is told through the interwoven tales of families rich and poor, black and white, native-born and immigrant – a cast of fictional and true characters whose fates rise and fall with the city’s fortunes. “He delivers magnificently,” says The Washington Post.