Book of the Month for December 2012
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to a colleague he once knew briefly, but to whom he hadn’t spoken in 20 years, in order to save her. He meets various characters along the way and reminisces about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance. “Joyce’s debut novel is a gentle and genteel charmer, brimming with British quirkiness yet quietly haunting in its poignant and wise examination of love and devotion,” Booklist.
Book of the Month for November 2012
Wilton, Connecticut: Three Centuries of People, Places, and Progress by Robert Russell
With a lifelong interest in history, Russell had long felt the need for a published history of Wilton, his adopted hometown. Produced in 2004, published by the Wilton Historical Society, this work draws upon the extensive archives and memories of many Wiltonians. Anyone living or working in town should read Russell’s book to gain a new appreciation for Wilton.
Book of the Month for October 2012
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
This novel tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. It traces the extraordinary lives of these women, from their arduous journeys by boat, to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; from their experiences raising children who would later reject their culture and language, to the deracinating arrival of war.
Book of the Month for September 2012
After only four months in office, James A. Garfield was shot in the back by a deranged office seeker. The bullets didn’t kill Garfield. This is an epic story of a nation in turmoil. “Think you’re not interested in James Garfield, our 20th President? Millard’s action-packed account of his life and truly strange death should change your mind,” People Magazine.
Book of the Month for August 2012
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth, read this or any other title you have been meaning to read by one of the greatest novelist in literary history. Or re-read one of your favorites. ATOTC depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period.
Book of the Month for July 2012
This is the story of Vitruvian Man: Leonardo da Vinci’s famous drawing of a man in a circle (long associated with the divine) and a square (related to the earthly and secular.) Lester weaves together a century-spanning saga of people and ideas. “He has penned a provocative, disarming testament to human ambition and ingenuity,” The Boston Globe.
Book of the Month – June 2012
In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die. “What a splendid book,” Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall. Charlotte will be speaking at the Wilton Library this month. Register today!
Book of the Month – May 2012
State of Wonder is a provocative and ambitious novel set deep in the Amazon jungle. Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. Ann will be speaking at the Wilton Library this month. Register today.
Book of the Month – April 2012
After her lover lures her away from her home in Spain, Sira Quiroga is suddenly left abandoned and penniless in Morocco. Against all odds, she forges a new identity and becomes the most sought-after couture designer for the socialite wives of German Nazi officers stationed in Madrid. Soon she is embroiled in a dangerous political conspiracy filled with intrigue, betrayal , and espionage. “A literary cocktail that mixes adventure, glamour, aristocracy, and passion,” La Vaguardia (Spain).
Book of the Month – March 2012
Historian McCullough tells a story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work. “A gorgeously rich, sparkling patchwork, eliciting stories from diaries and memoirs to create the human drama McCullough depicts so well,” Kirkus Reviews.
Book of the Month – February 2012
A jury gathers in Manhattan to select a memorial for the victims of the September 11th attack. Their fraught deliberations complete, the jurors open the envelope containing the anonymous winner’s name–and discover he is an American Muslim. Instantly they are cast into roiling debate about the claims of grief, the ambiguities of art, and the meaning of Islam. “A coherent, timely and fascinating examination of a grieving America’s relationship with itself,” The Washington Post.