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One Minute Book Review: Mother Land by Leah Franqui

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Escape to India with Mother Land by Leah Franqui.

This charming and wise story of a mother-in-law (Indian) and daughter-in-law (American) is mildly sensuous and thought provoking. The strong wills of culturally diverse and generationally different characters gave me food for thought and perked my interest in reading other books based on Indian culture.

∼ Cynthia, Reader’s Services

Mother Land
by Leah Franqui
William Morrow, 2020


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One Minute Audiobook Review: The Switch by Beth O’Leary

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If you love audiobooks and you’re in the mood for a light, feel good suggestion, give The Switch by Beth O’Leary at try. This audio portrays the lively, warm, fun and engaging story of a granddaughter and grandmother’s spirited, loving and courageous relationship. The author’s sense of humor and the narrators wonderful English accents kept me wanting to hear more.

If you like this book, I recommend another of O’Leary’s books, The Flatshare.

∼ Cynthia, Reader’s Services

The Switch by Beth O’Leary
Audio Narrated by Alison Steadman and Daisy Edgar-Jones
MacMillan Audio, 2020

 
 
 


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One Minute Book Review: 100 Times by Chavisa Woods

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100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism by Chavisa Woods

Note: Trigger warnings of sexism, abuse, homophobia, misogyny

Having read this memoir for a class, I enjoyed it and would list it towards the top of my favorite memoirs. Chavisa Woods packed a powerful punch with every word in this memoir. She chronicled starting from a young age of the sexist experiences and abuses she’s faced in her life. These experiences have shaped her and every woman who has endured experiences like them. The memoir is relatable to every woman who reads it, and will get everyone who reads it thinking about the society we live in and the constant struggles that women face.

— Samm, Library Page

100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism
by Chavisa Woods
Seven Stories Press, 2019


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One Minute Book Review: The Chain by Adrian McKinty

Cover image for The chainSet right here in Massachusetts, The Chain by Adrian McKinty is every bit exciting as it is chilling. The novel details a kidnapping ring known only as “The Chain” and the deleterious effect that it has on one woman’s life. When Rachel receives a phone call claiming that her daughter, Kylie, has been kidnapped, she has to make the most difficult decision of her life: kidnap another child or let her daughter die. As Rachel grapples with her terrifying reality, the reader is taken along on the journey with her. This book is action packed and never boring. With a new twist or turn on every page, you are sure to be engaged until the very end!

∼ Brianna, Library Page

The Chain by Adrian McKinty
New York : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2019


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One Minute Book Review: Ghoster by Jason Arnopp

Cover image for GhosterGhoster by Jason Arnopp offers a contemporary twist on the horror genre as we know it. With the dual meaning of the title, making reference to the internet term “ghosting”, as well as referring to actual supernatural entities, this novel sheds a spotlight on the reliance on our devices that we face today as a society. Through the eyes of Kate Collins, we are able to see the potential consequences of online dating and not knowing exactly who you’re talking to online. A whirlwind of internet stalking, cellphone addiction, possible murder, and supernatural occurrences, Ghoster will capture your attention from the first page and hold it until the very last.

∼ Brianna, Library Page

Ghoster by Jason Arnopp
New York : Orbit, 2019


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New Year, New You Book Review: Boundaries by Henry Cloud

Editor’s Note:  One of my colleagues suggested this for the previous blog post,  Staff Favorite reads in 2019, but I thought it was so important that it deserved its own separate post.

Cover image for Boundaries :Boundaries:  When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud

If you find yourself drawn to the trendy buzz words “toxic”, “self-care” or the beloved classic “dysfunctional”, reading Boundaries may be suitable for you.  I consider myself to be a caring and helpful person; however, when boundaries were crossed or not present, I became the “toxic” one, the “dysfunctional” one and not taking care of myself. I continually found myself overwhelmed by others around me, whether it be their unspoken demands, their high expectations, or reckless behavior.  What I learned from this book is how responsible I was for allowing the aforementioned to overwhelm me, where to identify the boundary issues and how to set healthy boundaries. The changes I made within and around myself after reading this book have proven to make a significant difference in my well-being and presence.

Boundaries by Henry Cloud & John Townsend
Updated and expanded [edition], 2017
Zondervan
ISBN: 9780310350231


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One Minute Book Review: You

Cover image for You : a novelYou by Caroline Kepnes

The book, You by Caroline Kepnes, upon which the Netflix series is based,  will keep you enthralled from the first sentence. The novel is written from the perspective of bookstore employee, Joe Goldberg, and details his unhealthy obsession with one of his customers, Guinevere Beck. This book takes so many unexpected twists and turns and will transport you to the darkest places in Joe’s mind. Well-written and complex, You will have you on the edge of your seat and leave you wanting more.

∼Brianna, Library Page

You:  a novel
by Caroline Kepnes
First Emily Bestler Books/Atria Books, c. 2014


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One Minute Book Review: Sickened

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Sickened:  the memoir of a Munchausen by proxy childhood by Julie Gregory

Sickened by Julie Gregory tells the story of a young girl, the victim of Munchausen by proxy, and her struggle to survive in an abusive household. This book will capture you from the first few pages, taking you into the life of a child whose sickness is all in her mother’s head. Perfect for anyone looking to learn more about the rare disorder that plagued the life of Gypsy Rose Blanchard among others, Sickness provides a firsthand account of a victim’s experience.

∼ Brianna, Library Page

Sickened: the memoir of a Munchausen by proxy childhood
by Julie Gregory
Bantum Books, 2003


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One Minute Book Review: The Road Between

Cover image for The road betweenThe Road Between by Courtney Peppernell

I am a huge fan of new age contemporary poetry. However, I’m an even bigger fan of Peppernell’s The Road Between. Something about this book reached right into my soul and dragged me on an emotional roller coaster ride. I remember sitting up late in my dorm room, wrapped in a blanket with a cup of eggnog, reading this book. I had to keep putting it down and giving myself breaks because it was too much to take in all at once, but I read the whole book that night. I couldn’t stop even if I wanted to. Peppernell spoke right to my very being. It was as if she had read my thought and put them on the paper for me, it was so personal and relatable. 100/10, I would recommend this book, even to those who aren’t poetry fans. It’s beautifully written and it will (definitely) make you cry.  

∼ Samm, Library Page

The Road Between
by Courtney Peppernell
Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2017


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LibraryReads March 2019: top ten books librarians love!

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March 2019  LibraryReads List

My Lovely Wife

by Samantha Downing

Published: 3/26/2019 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780451491725

“An incredible, dark, twisty psychological thriller with two of the most seemingly normal but disturbingly depraved people you will read about in fiction. This brilliant debut needs to be at the top of your must-read list. For readers who like taut suspense and works by Gillian Flynn, B.A. Paris, and Mary Kubica.”

Rachel Reeves, Weatherford Public Library, Weatherford, TX
NoveList Read-alike: Behind Her Eyes / Sarah Pinborough


Beautiful Bad

by Annie Ward

Published: 3/5/2019 by Park Row
ISBN: 9780778369103

“Maddie the innocent travel writer and Jo the wild child are living quite the life abroad when Ian crosses their path and changes both their lives permanently. Moving backward and forward in time, the narrative slowly reveals hidden truths. For fans of Paula Hawkins and Ruth Ware.”

Selena Swink, Lake Public Library, Lake, MS
Novelist Read-alike: Before I Go to Sleep / S.J. Watson


The Bird King

by G. Willow Wilson

Published: 3/12/2019 by Grove Press
ISBN: 9780802129031

“Lush and wonderful language, characters, and worldbuilding make this an enjoyable read for fans of historical fantasy. The relationship between concubine Fatima and mapmaker Hassan is multifaceted and compelling. A good choice for readers who liked Uprooted and City of Brass.”

Nora Walsh, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ
NoveList Read-alike: The Lions of Al-Rassan / Guy Gavriel Kay


A Dangerous Collaboration

by Deanna Raybourn

Published: 3/12/2019 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780451490711

“In this fine addition to the series, Veronica Speedwell joins Stoker and his brother on an island off the British coast, attempting to solve a years-old mystery about the disappearance of a young woman on her wedding day. Recommended for fans of historical Victorian fiction, murder mysteries, and lepidoptery.”

Jill McKinney, Gunnison County Library, Gunnison, CO
NoveList Read-alike: Lady Travelers Guide series / Victoria Alexander


The Last Woman in the Forest

by Diane Les Becquets

Published: 3/5/2019 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780399587047

“A suspenseful, surprising story that begins with every woman’s worst nightmare–a breakdown on a lonely road in the middle of the night and a bad feeling about the handsome guy who stops to help. This kick-in-the-gut start leads to a more thoughtful mystery with a big twist. Recommended for fans of Lee Child.”

Patricia Uttaro, Monroe County Library System, Monroe, NY
NoveList Read-alike: The Wild Inside / Christine Carbo


The Last Year of the War

by Susan Meissner

Published: 3/19/2019 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780451492159

“The story of two teenage girls who forge a life long friendship in an internment camp in Crystal City, Texas. For fans of historical fiction and readers who enjoy stories about immigration experiences and life during wartime.”

Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX
NoveList Read-alike: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet / Jamie Ford


The Library of Lost and Found

by Phaedra Patrick

Published: 3/26/2019 by Park Row
ISBN: 9780778369356

“Martha Storm volunteers at the local library and has a tendency to help others over taking care of herself. One day she receives a mysterious book from the grandmother she believed dead and begins digging into her family’s past. Who doesn’t love a book about books? For fans of Elizabeth Berg and Fredrik Backman.”

Shari Suarez, Genesee District Library, Genesee, MI
NoveList Read-alike: The Bookshop on the Corner / Jenny Colgan


Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss: A Novel

by Rajeev Balasubramanyam

Published: 3/26/2019 by The Dial Press
ISBN: 9780525511380

When Chandra fails to win the Nobel Prize in Economics, again, then suffers a heart attack, he decides to make changes in his life. A humorous journey of self-discovery similar to Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.”

Lora Bruggeman, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL
NoveList Read-alike: This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! / Jonathan Evison


Queenie

by Candice Carty-Williams

Published: 3/19/2019 by Gallery/Scout Press
ISBN: 9781501196010

“Queenie, a 25-year-old British-Jamaican woman, struggles to have a sense of purpose after being dumped by her white boyfriend. This humorous and timely debut sheds light on society’s fetishization of black women and its impact on family, relationships and mental health.”

Molly Riportella, Westwood Public Library, Westwood, MA
NoveList Read-alike: New People / Danzy Senna


The River: A Novel

by Peter Heller

Published: 3/5/2019 by Knopf
ISBN: 9780525521877

“A love letter to the great outdoors. Both adventure story and elegant nature writing. Two college students on a canoe trip face a wildfire, white-water rapids, and two mysterious strangers. For fans of Tim Johnston and Dave Eggers.”

Sara Kennedy, Delaware County District Library, Delaware, OH
NoveList Read-alike: The River at Night / Erica Ferencik

 

Courtesy of LibraryReads.org