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Book of the Month for April 2014

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman

When Dedman noticed in 2009 a grand home for sale, unoccupied for nearly sixty years, he stumbled through a surprising portal into American history. Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the nineteenth century with a twenty-first-century battle over a $300 million inheritance. “Meticulous and absorbing,” Bloomberg Businessweek.

Book of the Month for March 2014

Innocence by Dean Koontz

He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance—and nothing less than destiny—has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching. “Laced with fantastical mysticism, it’s an allegory of nonviolence, acceptance and love in the face of adversity,” Kirkus Reviews.

Book of the Month for February 2014

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

Brown’s book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler. “This is Chariots of Fire with oars,” David Laskin.

Book of the Month for January 2014

We Are Water by Wally Lamb

Lamb’s novel is a layered portrait of marriage, family, and the inexorable need for understanding and connection, told in the alternating voices of the Ohs – nonconformist Anna; her ex-husband, Orion,
a psychologist; Ariane, the do-gooder daughter, and her twin, Andrew, the rebellious only son; and free-spirited Marissa, the youngest. It is also a portrait of modern America, exploring issues of class, changing social mores, and the nature of creativity and art. “We all know that life is tangled and messy. Still, in reminding readers of this fact, Lamb turns in a satisfying grown-up story, elegantly written,”
Kirkus Reviews.

Book of the Month for December 2013

One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

It’s the summer that Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic, Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs, President Coolidge chose not to run, work began on Mount Rushmore, the Mississippi flooded like never before, The Jazz Singer was filmed and television was created.  “All of which Bryson covers in characteristically sparkling prose,” Publishers Weekly.

Book of the Month for November 2013

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Ursula Todd is born in 1910 to an English banker and his wife.  She dies before she can draw her first breath.  On that same night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be most unusual.  For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly.  “One of the best novels I’ve read this century,” Gillian Flynn.

Book of the Month for October 2013

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative report Moss’s explosive, empowering narrative is grounded in meticulous, eye-opening research and features examples from some of the most recognizable brands  including Kraft, Coca-Cola, Kellogg, Nestle and more.  “Vital reading for the discerning food consumer,” The Wall Street Journal.

 

Book of the Month for September 2013

The Cutting Season by Attica Locke

The Cutting Season is a thriller that interweaves two murder mysteries, one on Belle Vie, a historic landmark in the middle of Lousiana’s Sugar Cane country, and one involving a slave gone missing more than one hundred years earlier. “One of the most engaging and gifted new voices in the genre. . . . The Cutting Season does more than exhume a body—it rattles the bones of slavery, race, class, and power to examine a crime that reverberates from more than a century ago,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Book of the Month for August 2013

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge. “The wit, intelligence, and deep feeling of Wolitzer’s writing are extraordinary,” Jeffrey Eugenides.

Book of the Month for July 2013

Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger

Ever wonder why certain stories get shared, e-mails get forwarded or videos go viral? Berger reveals the secret science behind social transmission. Discover how six basic principles drive all sorts of things to become contagious, from consumer products to YouTube videos.

Book of the Month for June 2013

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Susan—the Burgess sibling who stayed behind—urgently calls them home. Her lonely teenage son, Zach, has gotten himself into a world of trouble, and Susan desperately needs their help. And so the Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood, where the long-buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever.

“The Burgess Boys, her most recent novel, is her best yet,” The Boston Globe.

Book of the Month for May 2013

The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness into Flowers (New Poems) by Alice Walker

The poems in this collection remind us of our human capacity to come together in our troubled times. They illuminate what it means to live in our world today. “Walker distills struggles, crises, and tragedies down to bright, singing lessons in living with awareness and joy,” Booklist.