Book of the Month 2011 — Wilton Library
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Book of the Month 2011

Book of the Month – December 2011

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

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In the early 1900s, numerous Japanese mail order brides came to America seeking better lives. Otsuka’s (When the Emperor was Divine) novel paints a delicate, heartbreaking portrait of these women. Using a collective first-person narrator Otsuka looks at the experiences of these picture brides. “Otsuka’s prose is precise and rich with imagery,” Publishers Weekly.

Book of the Month – November 2011

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer

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Immersing himself obsessively in a quirky subculture of competitive memorizers, Foer learns to apply techniques that call on imagination as much as determination – showing that memorization can be anything but rote. Foer’s experience shows that the memory championships are less a test of memory than of perseverance and creativity.

Book of the Month – October 2011

Tom Perrotta
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October 14th, The Sudden Departure: Millions of people were plucked from the Earth and millions left behind.  The residents of Mapleton start to rebuild their lives as they struggle to hold onto a belief in their own futures.  Perrotta is “the Steinbeck of Suburbia,” Time.

Book of the Month – September 2011

When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler’s Journal of Staying Put by Vivian Swift

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After years on the road, Swift decides to put down roots.  This memoir is a charming, beautifully illustrated celebration of puttering, doodling, daydreaming, and settling down in a small town on the edge of the Long Island Sound.

Book of the Month – August 2011

Scones & Bones by Laura Childs

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The Tea Shop Mystery Series continues.  Amateur sleuth Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, finds herself investigating a murder which took place at the Heritage Society’s Pirate and Plunder party.  Recipes and tea time tips are included.

Book of the Month – July 2011

The House That Ruth Built: A New Stadium, the First Yankees Championship, and the Redemption of 1923 by Robert Weintraub

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For all Yankees fans and lovers of baseball history, this is the story of Babe Ruth’s Yankees, John McGraw’s Giants, and the extraordinary baseball season of 1923.

Book of the Month – June 2011

Doc by Mary Doria Russell

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It’s 1878, Dodge City, Kansas, at the peak of the cattle trade. This is where the unlikely friendship of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp really begins – before the O.K. Corral gunfight that links their names forever. “Filled with action and humor yet philosophically rich and deeply moving – a magnificent read,” Kirkus Reviews.

Book of the Month – May 2011

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
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Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Schiff brings to life one of the most intriguing women in the history of the world.  Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons.  “Schiff…has dug through the earliest sources on Cleopatra, sorted through myth and misapprehension, tossed out the chaff of gossip, and delivered up a spirited life,” The Washington Post.

Book of the Month – April 2011

Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
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Against the backdrop of Gilded Age New York City, Vreeland tells the story of Clara Driscoll who ran the women’s workshop at Tiffany studios. Clara had the idea to create lampshades from stained glass. “Vreeland’s ability to make this complex historical novel as luminous as a Tiffany lamp is nothing less than remarkable,” The Washington Post.

Book of the Month – March 2011

Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan
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Conor ‘s journey starts with his volunteering at the Little Princes Children’s Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal. He finds out that the children were not orphans. Child traffickers were promising families in remote villages protection for their sons and daughters; but they were abandoned instead. He committed himself to reuniting the children with their families. Conor will be speaking at the Wilton Library on Tuesday, March 8. Sign up now.

Book of the Month – February 2011

Madame Bovary Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert; anew translation by Lydia Davis
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Emma Bovary is the original desperate housewife. Beautiful but bored, she dreams of an elegant and passionate life. “It is a shame Flaubert will never read Davis’s translation…Even he would have to agree his masterwork has been given the English translation it deserves,” The New York Times.

Book of the Month – January 2011

Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet by Tonia ReinhardSuperfoods: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet by Tonia Reinhard
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Reinhard promises you will “eat better, look younger, feel healthier, and live longer” in this comprehensive reference to the world’s superfoods. Nutritional analysis of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, meat and seafood, and dairy products cuts through the marketing hype and exposes the truth. Preparation advice is also included.