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 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.
Book of the Month for April 2013
Astray by Emma Donoghue
The characters who roam across the pages of Donoghue’s short story collection have all gone astray. They are emigrants, runaways, drifters, gold miners and counterfeiters, attorneys and slaves. Inspired by various newspaper articles and stories from the last four centuries, these wanderings have profound echoes in the present. “Splendid…. [An] original and compelling collection,” The Boston Globe .
Book of the Month for March 2013
On November 14, 1889 , Nellie Bly, the crusading young female reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s World newspaper, left New York City by steamship on a quest to break the record for the fastest trip around the world. Also departing from New York that day–and heading in the opposite direction by train–was a young journalist from The Cosmopolitan magazine, Elizabeth Bisland. The dramatic race that ensued would span twenty-eight thousand miles, captivate the nation, and change both competitors’ lives forever.
Book of the Month for February 2013
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio’s back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier. “Why mince words? [It] is an absolute masterpiece,” Richard Russo.
Book of the Month for January 2013
Winner of the National Book Award for 2012, this narrative nonfiction tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities. “A triumph of a book – a beautiful account, told through real-life stories, of the sorrows and joys, anxieties and stamina, in the lives of the precarious and powerless in urban India,” Amartya Sen, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics.