Read What Your Friends Are Reading 2016

Posted Aug 2, 2016

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

In this novel by the author of The Kite Runner, the story begins in a small town in Afghanistan and expands to Kabul, Paris, a small Greek Island and California as the impact of a tragic decisions affects many lives. Submitted by Friends Board Member Anne O'Meara.

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

A precise, explosive dive into the mind of a wave chasing American male. Wholly satisfying 40-year adventure story of his worldwide lifetime pursuit. I didn't want the book to end. Submitted by Friends Board Member Candace Shoemaker.

The Black Widow by Daniel Silva

Spy extraordinaire, assassin and art restorer, Gabriel Allon, in another suspenseful thriller of high stakes international intrigue starting in the streets of Paris. Submitted by Friends Board Member Kathy Clark.

Boar Island by Nevada Barr

Transport to a seemingly deserted island in Acadia National Park, Maine, with Ranger Anna Pigeon and friends for a suspenseful, fast-paced murder mystery. Submitted by Library Director Rachel Collins.

The Japanese Lover by Isabelle Allende

Beautifully-written with compelling characters, this novel spans decades as it revolves around the life of Alma, a Polish girl who is sent to live with her aunt and uncle in San Francisco before World War II. You will think about love, aging, war, death and family as you follow the lives of the people in this book. Submitted by Friends Board Member Anne O'Meara.

Mothering Sunday: A Romance by Graham Swift

The exquisitely written, haunting story of one significant day in the life of Jane Fairchild, a “Downton Abbey”-era servant, and the effect it ultimately has on the rest of her life. Submitted by Friends President Priscilla Pardini.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

A touching, thoughtful narrative of a brilliant, young neurosurgeon on the cusp of realizing his dreams when he's diagnosed with a terminal disease. At once, it marries medicine, literature, philosophy and religion into an inspiring, emotional and candid memoir. Submitted by Friends Treasurer Ann Keenan.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

A page-turner with more fascinating, new (to me) information about the entire history of human beings than I could have ever imagined.  And, it was not overly scientific or boring.  Submitted by Library Board Liaison to the Friends Jean Gurney.

Vinegar Girl: A Novel by Anne Tyler

A weak attempt at a modern version of Taming of the Shrew; young woman runs her father's household and is conned into marrying his research assistant. Doesn't compare to two of her earlier books: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant & Accidental Tourist, which I can heartily recommend. Submitted by Friends Board Member Susan Lofton.


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