Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
I read Big Little Lies while on vacation and didn’t speak to my husband for two days while frantically trying to finish this irresistible, satirical novel set in an ordinary suburb. Like “Real Housewives” meets an Australian “Bridget Jones’ Diary”, it’s a book about marriage, parenthood, and family life with a twist that we know someone is going to end up dead. Big Little Lies is Liane Moriarty’s sixth adult novel and thank goodness as I was able to put another on hold before I was even finished.
Emily Alone by Stewart O’Nan
Emily Maxwell, is an 80 year old widow who is dealing with the emotional and physical issues of growing old and, “being alone.” Although the story consists primarily of Emily’s daily routine, the story is much more than that. As Emily reflects about her life with her husband, children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors and even her beloved aging dog Rufus, the reader is reminded how regrets, setbacks and hopes of an ordinary life are a part of everyone’s life. The story begins with Emily and her sister-in-law Arlene driving to the Eat ‘n Park’s two-for-one breakfast buffet, a weekly tradition. After Arlene suffers a stroke at the buffet, Emily begins to become more independent while at the same time realizing that she needs to also rely on others more. Anyone who prefers books that focus on character rather than plot would probably enjoy this book.
Ramla Khan’s beautiful book will be appreciated by fairy tale lovers and baking enthusiasts alike. Khan’s whimsical decorations and delicious recipes are inspired by fairy tales from Alice in Wonderland to The Snow Queen. Full page color photographs, as well as a summary of the corresponding fairy tale, accompany each recipe. Teens and adults will appreciate this book’s whimsical, decorative ideas, and get inspired to update old classics!
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
“Sometimes in order to express love, one has to forgive”
A hospital stay creates the setting for a family reconciliation when Lucy’s estranged mother comes to keep her company during her recovery. What begins as polite conversation and gossip from back home slowly develops into an opportunity for honesty and confrontation of the poverty and abuse from Lucy’s childhood. Family relationships are at the heart of this book – both from Lucy’s growing up years and her love for her two young daughters and underlying marriage troubles. A tender and insightful mother-daughter story.
Lin/Technical Services Assistant Librarian
Old Friends & New Fancies by Sybil Brinton
Calling all Jane Austen fans! Old Friends and New Fancies is considered the original sequel to the Jane Austen novels. Published in 1914, it cleverly builds a story around Georgiana Darcy and Kitty Bennett, in what else but a romantic plot, where both have feelings for the same young man, William Price. Of course one romance is not enough and a side plot featuring Colonel Fitzwilliam and Mary Crawford, who are introduced to each other in where else but Bath, keeps those close to them in a dither as their romance suffers its ups and downs. Characters from all of Austen’s major works appear in this book and the author stays true to Austen’s romantic vision providing fans a chance to enjoy their old friends and engage in new fancies.
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
I rarely give a 5 star rating but this is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Well-written, impossible to put down and I’m still thinking about it. A coming-of-age story that discusses faith, grief and the ability to forgive. Highly recommended.
Kim/Adult Services Librarian
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
Raymond Chandler was one of the first to write about the hard boiled private eyes. He wrote in a fast-paced, yet descriptive and humorous, style. The plot, a dying rich General hires Philip Marlowe to find the person who’s blackmailing his daughter, isn’t the strongest part of this novel, that’s Chandler’s use of imagery and all the witty one-liners.