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LibraryReads November 2017: top ten books librarians love!


November 2017  LibraryReads List

Artemis: A Novel

by Andy Weir

Published:11/14/2017 by Crown
ISBN: 9780553448122

“Weir’s second book does not disappoint! The setting is Artemis, a city on the moon where a young woman named Jazz is a smuggler and a courier trying to eke out a living. Adventure unfolds as Jazz is asked to do a different sort of job by her millionaire employer. He asks her to sabotage the mining operation that provides the city’s entire oxygen requirements. She works out a plan, but several calamities befall and all is not what it seems. Jazz must risk her life to save the city that is her home. A fast paced adventure from start to nail-biting finish!”

Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library, Cartersville, GA

The City of Brass: A Novel

by S. A. Chakraborty

Published: 11/14/2017 by Harper Voyager
ISBN: 9780062678102

“A wonderful fantasy debut set in an 18th century Cairo and featuring a young woman, Nahri, who has no relatives and who lives by her wits as a con artist. Her odd supernatural healing talents and ability to understand and speak languages come in handy as she struggles to survive day by day while trying to save up money for medical training. Unfortunately, during one job, she accidentally calls up inimical ifrits and a wily, handsome djinn that turn her life upside down. Action packed, with interesting folklore and an evocative setting.”

Ann-Marie Anderson, Tigard Public Library, Tigard, OR

The Story of Arthur Truluv: A Novel

by Elizabeth Berg

Published: 11/21/2017 by Random House
ISBN: 9781400069903

“Arthur meets Maddy when he’s visiting his dead wife in the cemetery; he eats lunch there every day. Maddy is a high school senior who’s got a hopeless crush on a jerk. Warm-hearted Arthur reaches out to Maddy in a totally open way, as Maddy’s parents seem uninvolved at best. The Story of Arthur Truluv is one of those rare coming-of-age novels that is just as much about the end of life as it is about growing up.”

Michelle Beckes, Tulsa City County Library, Tulsa, OK

The Library at the Edge of the World:
A Novel

by Felicity Hayes-McCoy

Published: 11/14/2017 by Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780062663726

“Much like a cup of tea and a cozy afghan, The Library at The Edge of the World is the perfect book to hunker down with. Prepare to be transported to coastal Ireland with Hannah Casey as she moves back to her hometown after a wrenching divorce and becomes the local librarian. Hannah’s daily challenges include dealing with an abrasive mother, an infuriating building contractor, and noise in the library. A series of events leads Hannah to help rally the community to come together, changing the town, the library, and Hannah. Hayes-McCoy does a fine job capturing the characters and the setting. I look forward to reading more in this series.”

Elizabeth Angelastro, Manilus Library, Manilus, NY

Someone to Wed

by Mary Balogh

Published: 11/7/2017 by Berkley/Jove
ISBN: 9780399586064

Someone to Wed is the third in Balogh’s Regency era Wescott series. Wren has lived her life hiding from society due to a prominent birthmark. Alexander inherits a title and a pile of debts. Wren and Alexander decide to embark on a marriage of convenience as a way to resolve their issues. This is a charming story of two people falling in love and finding their happily ever after, while resolving emotional issues along the way.  A well written story with glimpses of characters from previous books in the series.”

Shayera Tangri, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA

The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel

by Lee Child

Published: 11/7/2017 by Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780399593482

“Jack Reacher is an honorably discharged U.S. Army major who has a strong sense of justice.  After the end of a romance, Reacher’s response is to get on a bus and ride it to wherever it is going.  At a rest stop along the way, he spots a small West Point class ring in the window of a pawnshop.  His gut tells him the soldier who worked hard to achieve it wouldn’t give it up easily. In search of answers, he discovers a drug ring, a disfigured woman, and a couple of murders in a desolate area of Wyoming.  Like the other installments in the Reacher series, this is another page turner!”

Valerie Osborne, Bangor Public Library, Bangor, ME

Future Home of the Living God: A Novel

by Louise Erdrich

Published: 11/14/2017 by Harper
ISBN: 9780062694058

Future Home of the Living God explores the possibility of evolution reversing and is told from the perspective of a pregnant woman who is writing a journal to her unborn child. Along the way we meet her adoptive parents, her birth mother, and she reports on society unraveling and detaining pregnant women. Erdrich provides compelling characters and a strong storyline about a near future in this piece of innovative dystopian fiction.”

Ian Stade, Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, MN

Heather, the Totality

by Matthew Weiner
Published: 11/7/2017 by Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 9780316435314

“Mark and Karen start a seemingly charmed life that becomes even more so with the birth of their gifted daughter Heather.Things take an alarming turn when renovations begin in their building. They have always known how special their daughter is, but will Heather see that there is danger lurking outside the world they have created for her when others become captivated by her gifts? Weiner has an insight into human nature that most of us would rather not admit exists and he takes you down a dark road that you don’t want to travel, but somehow can’t turn back.”

Selena Swink, Lake Public Library, Lake, MS

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

by Caroline Fraser

Published: 11/21/2017 by Metropolitan Books
ISBN: 9781627792769

“This book, written by the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House books, is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records, and more, Fraser gives fresh insight into the life of a woman beloved to many. Intensively researched, this is definitely a fascinating read, and one that I plan on reading again — maybe the next time I re-read the Little House series.”

Jennifer Ohzourk, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, MO

The Shadow District: A Thriller

by Arnaldur Indridason

Published: 11/7/2017 by Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9781250124029

“Indridason introduces a new crime series featuring a retired detective. The Shadow District skillfully weaves two mysteries together. In present time, an elderly man’s death, first thought to be due to natural causes, is later revealed as a murder. While unofficially investigating, Konrad discovers a link to a cold case involving the strangulation of a young woman and a surprising connection to Konrad’s own childhood. With nicely tense pacing and a vivid portrayal of life in modern and wartime Iceland, fans of atmospheric investigations will undoubtedly welcome Indridason’s latest offering.”

Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library, Huntington Station, NY


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Author Event: Ted Reinstein

Author Event: Ted Reinstein

Thursday, November 16th,  7:00 PM

Ted Reinstein is coming back to the Nevins Library!

He’ll be talking about his new book New England General Stores: Exploring an American Classic:

The general store, as old as America itself, harkens back to a simpler time and a more innocent and rural nation. It was a homey and familiar place where you could buy the paper, penny candy, four-penny nails, or simply tarry on a cold winter morning over a cup of hot coffee with a neighbor or two.

Co-authors Ted Reinstein and Anne-Marie Dorning profile some of New England’s most beloved and longtime landmark stores, many of which have played out a real-life “Rocky,” rising up from the retail mat against seemingly overwhelming odds. This book looks at how, where, and why this has all happened, by focusing on individual historic stores and their still-unfolding stories.

Ted Reinstein is best known in New England as a journalist and reporter for Chronicle, Boston’s celebrated (and America’s longest-running, locally-produced) TV news-magazine. He has two other books, A New England Notebook: One Reporter, Six States, Uncommon Stories, and Wicked Pissed: New England’s Most Famous Feuds (I think he likes Subtitles a Lot!!). This, his third book, is written with Anne-Marie Dorning, former ABC journalist and his wife.

Books will also be available for purchase & signing.

To register for this event, CLICK HERE.  For more information, contact Kirsten at 978.686.4080 x12

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Program: The Real Story on Fake News

The Real Story on Fake News

Wednesday, November 15th

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

We hear about it all the time, but what does “fake news” really mean? Join our panelists, Dr. Melissa Zimdars of Merrimack College and Dr. Kyle Moody of Fitchburg State University for a discussion of what fake news is, how it came to be, and what it means for you.

To register for this program, CLICK HERE.  For more information, contact Anna at 978.686.4080 x12

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Program: Know Your Rights

Immigrants:  Know Your Rights

Monday, November 13th

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Join us as Adelina Janiak, a local attorney with the Northeast Justice Center, will present “Know Your Rights” from the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project.

This session, geared to immigrants and their advocates in the community, will discuss what to do in the event of an encounter with an immigration officer, and where to go for help.

To register for this program, CLICK HERE.  For more information, contact Kathleen at 978.686.4080 x32 or

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Program: Radioactivity in Your Life

ScienceQuest: Radioactivity in Your Life

Monday November 13th, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Are you aware of your exposure to radiation?  Is this something you should be worried about?  We always worry about nuclear power plants, but smoke detectors, cigarettes, and even table salt contain radioactive material.  Learn how you encounter radiation in your daily life and whether this exposure should concern you.

Our speaker tonight is Mike Cross, Ph.D.  He is department chair of Natural Sciences at Northern Essex Community College where he teaches chemistry and forensic science.  He believes that education should be fun and exciting and he enjoys incorporating demonstrations and magic tricks into his teaching.

We are pleased to present this program with the Northern Essex Community College Speakers Bureau, and is funded by a grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

To register for this program, CLICK HERE.  For more information, contact Sarah at 978.686.4080 x20

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All About the Weather with Matt Noyes

All About the Weather

with NBC Boston Weatherman Matt Noyes

Tuesday November 7th, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Join NBC Boston weatherman Matt Noyes to learn all about the weather! From snow and sleet to sun and heat, Matt can explain why it happens and how weather forecasters predict it. A lifelong Haverhill resident, Matt is currently Chief Meteorologist for NBC Boston and has been at the network and its sister network NECN since 2002. He is a Cornell graduate and a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. All ages are welcome at this program.

To register for this program, CLICK HERE.  For more information, contact Anna Gooding Call at 978.686.4080 or

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Program: Open Source Software!

Try Free, Open Source Software!

Saturday, November 4thOpen Source symbol

10:00 – 11:00 AM

If you’re not familiar with the Open Source movement, then prepare to be amazed! Some of the best software is available for free, including LibreOffice, a clone of Microsoft Office; Gimp, which is similar to Photoshop; and Linux, the Internet’s alternative operating system. These programs are the brainchildren of off-duty engineers who work together to make software accessible to everyone.

Stop by to try some of their most successful projects!

To register for this program, click here.  For more information, contact Anna at 978.686.4080 x12 or