Book of the Month – December 2010
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.