by Lee Durkee
This book follows a day in the life of a taxi driver. The narration is so funny, and the main character is so relatable! All the outcasts of society who move through this taxi will somehow restore your faith in the beauty of humanity. Hannah thinks it is worth a read.
by Ann Patchett
Commonwealth explores how a chance encounter at Franny Keating’s christening sets in motion the dissolution of marriage and the joining of two families and reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved in the blended family, revealing five decades of secrets and tragedy. NYPL thinks you will like this family saga.
by Mary Pauline Lowry
As always broke artist Roxy’s overdue rent letters to her hapless ex-boyfriend – and current roommate – become ruminations on the state of her life, she realizes she’s ready to be the heroine of her own story. With a quirky cast of characters and a plot full of wild but believable twists, this book will have you laughing. Hannah cautions reader beware though, the main character is not above sharing some…*private* details!
by Stuart Turton
NYPL describes The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle as ‘Groundhog Day’ meets ‘Clue’. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, party guest Aiden Bishop must solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, in order to escape the curse.
by Marjorie Celona
When a woman from a small fishing town sets out to walk her dog along the lake, she finds a boy in the woods and, after contacting the police, she disappears. Julie enjoyed this suspenseful novel about the dark corners of a small town, especially the use of landscape and nature in the telling of the tale, a nod to the popularity of Scandi-thrillers.
The Elements Of A Home: The Curious Histories Behind Everyday Household Objects, From Pillows To Forks
by Amy Azzarito
In a word, The Elements of A Home is fascinating. If you want to know how anything from bathtubs to table cloths to wine glasses (and much, much more) came about, author Amy Azzarito tells their curious histories. And then some. It’s learning at its best or, to Jill’s mind, most fun.
by Abigail Booth
The Wild Dyer simply lays out the basic steps and tools needed to begin exploring with natural dyes. The author keeps it simple and engaging. Hannah found this book to be easy to read, beautiful, and thoughtfully assembled.
by Lara Prescott
Despite the climate of censorship in Cold War Moscow, two C.I.A. agents help publish Boris Pasternak’s ‘Doctor Zhivago’. The Secrets We Kept is inspired by real events and NYPL thinks you will enjoy reading it.
by Yoko Nogiri
After some traumatic experiences, Komugi Kusunoki learns to navigate a new school in rural Hokkaido, and her feelings about three magical not-quite-human classmates who can turn into animals. Hannah enjoyed this cute manga series.
by Susan Orlean
In The Library Book the author weaves her lifelong love of books and reading into her reopening of the unsolved mystery of the catastrophic fire that destroyed the Los Angeles Public Library in April 1986. She introduces the reader to a colourful cast of characters from libraries past and present and reveals how these institutions remain essential parts of our society. NYPL thinks you will enjoy this great example of history writing .
by Jonathan Tropper
This Is Where I Leave You is full of very real characters. Hannah found watching them all navigate the death of their distant father, and the dynamics that rise up from being together as a family again to be highly entertaining and surprisingly comical. Everybody wonders sometimes about where they are going in life, and the main character takes stock of his past to make new choices about his future.
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