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The air is nippy, the leaves are gone, and it’s beginning to really feel like winter. It’s that time of year where you just want to cozy up at home and hibernate with a good book. Lucky for you, there are a ton of new releases coming out during the next few weeks that will have you enjoying these long winter nights. In addition, you might want to check out the wonderful suggestions from our librarians which you’ll find below. 

November also ushers in the holiday season with family and friends coming to visit. Why not reserve a pass to the newly renovated Museum of Modern Art? With our pass, you can treat up to five adults and allows entrance to the museum one hour before it opens to the public.

Now on to our reviews...

Staff Reviews

The Floating Feldmans
The Floating Feldmans by Elyssa Friedland begins as the Feldman family take a cruise to the Caribbean to celebrate Grandma Annette's seventieth birthday.

Annette and her husband, David, do not see their grown children, Elise and Freddy, very often. The Feldmans are estranged for various reasons and Annette thinks this birthday cruise will bring the family together. Although Annette has a secret herself, she doesn’t realize the entire family holds a myriad of secrets they can’t wait to reveal on the trip.
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert is a moving historical fiction novel about a young woman finding her way in NYC during the 1940s. As the book begins, we meet wayward Vivian who has been shipped to live with her Aunt Peg in New York City. Peg, a brilliant and generous woman, owns a rundown theater with a ragtag group of actors, showgirls, and writers that cater to New York’s working class. Vivian endears herself to the group by becoming invaluable as the official seamstress for the theater. She is “adopted” as an official showgirl and starts living their scandalous lifestyle. 

Read Bab's full review or place hold  >>
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Christy Lefteri, the child of Cypriot refugees, has provided us with a remarkable debut novel, The Beekeeper of Aleppo. The storyline grew out the author’s personal experience while working as a volunteer at a UNICEF-supported refugee center in Athens and offers the reader an eye-opening perspective into the turmoil families must face when unwittingly caught in the Middle East conflicts. Nuri, a Syrian beekeeper with a thriving business, is forced to relocate when threats to his family’s well-being become too great.

Read Jill's full review or place hold  >>
My Brilliant Friend
I love Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, so it was with trepidation that I watched the television adaptation based on her first book My Brilliant Friend. I was worried that the DVD wouldn’t capture the details and atmosphere of the book. The story is about the deep friendship and rivalry between two girls, Elena and Lila, growing up in a rundown suburb of Naples in the 1950s.

Read Barbara M's full review or place hold  >>
The Parade
Dave Eggers’ new novel, The Parade, takes place in an unnamed, third world country that has just concluded a ravaging civil war. To celebrate the war’s end, a paved road (an anomaly in this place) is being built to connect the rural south to the urban north. The two foreign contractors charged with paving this road are also unnamed, calling each other simply “Four” and “Nine.” They are presumably Western, and they are different as night and day in all things. 

Read Jeanne's full review or place hold  >>

New Books and DVDs

Dead Astronauts
Good Girls Lie
The Wicked Redhead
The Ship of Dreams
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

Note to Shelf, Junior

This Was Our Pact
One of my favorite graphic novels from this year, and a perfect book for the fall, is This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews. Every year on the autumnal equinox a town gathers to float paper lanterns down their river. This year, Ben and his friends decide that it’s their mission to find out exactly where those lanterns wind up, and of course, any good mission comes with a pact.

Read Mia's full review or Place hold  >>


Did you know that our friends at Barrett Bookstore are celebrating their 80th birthday this year? Please join us in saying congratulations and giving them a big thank you for their wonderful contribution to our community.

To celebrate Barrett Bookstore is hosting an epic Battle of the Books with special guest Jim Mustich, author of 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die on December 5th at 7 p.m.

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