What We’re Reading: Our Patrons Suggest Books for You

Posted Jan 30, 2015

Read Away Your Winter Blues, our first adult winter reading program, is in full swing!  Everyday participants are returning completed logs full of fabulous reviews, and we’re always looking for more.  If you don’t have a log, feel free to pick one up, read, and return it for prize drawings.  In the meantime, here’s a few of our participants favorite books:

Nora Webster by Colm Toibin; recommended by Janice E.

It is about an Irish woman who loses her husband.  Nora is in her mid-40s, has four children, and not enough money.  Initially she is drowning in sorrow, but gradually as she discovers music and starts to sing again, Nora finds herself and a new life.  I loved it because of the characters and their development.

The Pursuit of Other Interests by Jim Kokoris; recommended by Kathleen F.

Charlie Baker is a neurotic, yet charming advertising executive who seems to have it all until he’s lain off.  As things begin to unravel for Charlie, he soon discovers he’s been running for most of his life- mostly away from family and friends.  This book hit very close to home for me, and I’m sure many others who had fathers that traveled while mothers stayed home.  It was a good read.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr; recommended by Pam H.

The story takes place during World War II and is about a young, blind girl in France and a young orphaned boy in Germany whose lives are interconnected, unbeknownst to them, except for one brief day near the end of the war.  Uniquely written in small “vignettes,” the story unfolds bit by bit, keeping the reader eager to be enlightened every step of the way.  A very compelling read!

Level 26: Dark Origins by Anthony Zuiker; recommended by John B.

Level 26 is about a hunt for a serial killer who seems to move like smoke.  What makes this book different is every twenty or fifty pages is a reference to a computer location that gives you a three-minute motion picture of the current action.  I say if you are a computer buff- this may be a book for you.

The Flight of the Maidens by Jane Gardam; recommended by Emily D.

The Flight of the Maidens is about three young girls about to enter adulthood directly after World War II has ended, and its set in one of my favorite places on earth- Yorkshire, England.  I guess that, my being a young woman all alone without a path, I could relate to these girls.  I liked the writing; so simple it got down what needed to be said and no more.  After this book, I’d like to look into more contemporary British fiction.

Thank you to all who have submitted reviews!  Keep a look out for more great recommendations in the near future…

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