book review

~ By Liz E.

Winter break is always better with a good book. Take a vacation from academic study with these new titles from the Rec Reading collection.

Have a Little Faith: A True Story / Mitch Albom.
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When an eighty-two-year-old rabbi requests a eulogy, the author becomes involved with a Detroit pastor who preaches to the poor in a decaying church with a hole in its roof.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake / Aimee Bender.
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Being able to taste people’s emotions in food is horrifying at first, but young, unassuming Rose Edelstein gradually learns to harness her gift as she becomes aware of secrets even her taste buds cannot discern.

Little Bee / Chris Cleave.
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A haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers, one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London.

The Passage / Justin Cronin. 
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A security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment that only six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte can stop.

Room / Emma Donoghue.
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To five-year-old Jack, Room is the world. It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where she has been held since she was nineteen, for seven years.

The Solitude of Prime Numbers / Paolo Giordano.
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A prime number can only be divided by itself or by one, and never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia, both “primes,” are misfits who seem destined to be alone, save for the other. But when the mathematically gifted Mattia accepts a research position that takes him thousands of miles away, the two are forced to separate.

Lucy / Laurence Gonzales.
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After civil war explodes in the jungles of the Congo, Jenny Lowe, a primatologist studying pygmy chimpanzees, is running for her life with the child of a murdered fellow scientist. Realizing that the child, Lucy, has no living relatives, Jenny begins to care for her as her own.

Bottled Up / Andrew Grey.
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Sean Bielecki has built a new life, leaving an infamous identity and painful past behind. Now Sommelier Wines is Sean’s dream. And after taking in Bobby, a homeless teenager who was attacked in the alley behind his store, parental instincts wake in Sean that didn’t know he had, giving him new courage and direction.

Anthropology of an American Girl / Hilary Thayer Hamann.
REC Hamann
The riveting and cinematic story of a young artist’s awakening and her enduring love for a professional boxer, set in East Hampton, N.Y., of the 1970s and the moneyed, high-pressured Manhattan of the 1980s.

Skippy Dies / Paul Murray.
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Why does Skippy, a student at Dublin’s venerable Seabrook College, end up dead on the floor of the local doughnut shop? Could it have something to do with his friend Ruprecht Van Doren, who is determined to open a portal into a parallel universe using ten-dimensional string theory? Or Carl, the teenage drug dealer who is Skippy’s rival in love?

My Name Is Mary Sutter / Robin Oliveira.
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Traveling to Civil War-era Washington, D.C. to tend wounded soldiers and pursue her dream of becoming a surgeon, headstrong midwife Mary receives guidance from two smitten doctors and resists her mother’s pleas for her to return home.

The Moonlit Earth / Christopher Rice.
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A woman feels a duty to save her brother’s life and reputation when he is accused of a terrorist act.

Our Tragic Universe / Scarlett Thomas.
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Meg Capenter is broke. Her novel is years overdue. So when a book called “The science of living forever” lands on her desk, she jumps at the chance to review it, starting on a labyrinthine journey that takes her from mysterious beasts of the moor to forest fairies to ships in bottles.

Angelology / Danielle Trussoni.  
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When twenty-three-year-old Sister Evangeline accidentally stumbles upon some mysterious letters exchanged between the late mother superior of St. Rose Convent and the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller, she is thrust into an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim.

These titles are on display now at the front of the library.


Kim W., one of our great summer work study students, has put up a display of her favorite books. Thanks, Kim!

Nightmares & dreamscapes / Stephen King

My sister’s keeper : a novel / Jodi Picoult.

The unauthorized X-files challenge : [everything you ever wanted to know about TV’s most incredible show] / James Hatfield and George “Doc” Burt.

A great and terrible beauty / Libba Bray.

A walk in the woods : rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail / Bill Bryson.

The other Boleyn girl : a novel / Philippa Gregory.

The lord of the rings / by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Marley & me : life and love with the world’s worst dog / John Grogan.

Jurassic park / Michael Crichton.

Thanks goes out to Jamie, work study student here in the library, for providing a great display of her favorite books. Just look at the variety! Everything from classics to modern vampire stories. You’ll find Jamie’s favorite books in the REC Reading area of the library:

The Three Musketeers / Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo / Alexandre Dumas

Dracula / Bram Stoker

Pride & Prejudice / Jane Austen

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies / Seth Grahame-Smith

The sense and sensibility screenplay & diaries : bringing Jane Austen’s novel to film / Emma Thompson

Wuthering Heights / Emily Bronte

Camille: the lady of the camellias / Alexandre Dumas (the 2nd)

The alchemist / Paulo Coelho

Dead until dark / Charlaine Harris

Lolita / Vladimir Nabokov

Thank you, Whitley B., for providing us with a great display of your favorite books. To view her display of classic and new titles, please visit the Rec Reading area of the library:

Memoirs of a geisha / Arthur Golden.

The five people you meet in heaven / Mitch Albom.

The memory keeper’s daughter / Kim Edwards.

The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy / Douglas Adams.

Nights in Rodanthe / Nicholas Sparks.

Stardust / Neil Gaiman.

To kill a mockingbird / Harper Lee.

The kite runner / Khaled Hosseini.

The Jane Austen book club : a novel / Karen Joy Fowler.

Thanks to Kristen H., we now have a new “work study favorites” selection of popular novels in our REC Reading area.

Good in bed : a novel / Jennifer Weiner

Marley & me : life and love with the world’s worst dog / John Grogan

Prep : a novel / Curtis Sittenfeld

The shining / Stephen King

Message in a bottle / Nicholas Sparks

Plain truth : a novel / Jodi Picoult

The Jane Austen book club : a novel / Karen Joy Fowler

sarahThanks to Sarah D., another one of our great work study students, for doing a display of her favorite books. You may find the display in the REC Reading area.

Here are Sarah’s favorites:

The poisonwood Bible : a novel / Barbara Kingsolver

The five people you meet in heaven / Mitch Albom

The tenth circle / Jodi Picoult

My sister’s keeper : a novel / Jodi Picoult

Keeping faith : a novel / Jodi Picoult

lucyOn display in the REC Reading area is yet another great list of library books selected by a work study student. Stop by to see what Lucy has picked as her favorites:

True believer / Nicholas Sparks.

The smoke jumper / Nicholas Evans.

The lovely bones : a novel / Alice Sebold.

Wicked : the life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West : a novel / Gregory Maguire


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