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New: Historical Fiction and Romance

Every other Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.

New: Historical Fiction Books

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Faint Promise of Rain by Anjali Mitter Duva
The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell
The May Bride by Suzannah Dunn

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The Lodger by Louisa Treger
The Ambassadors by George Lerner
Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar

New: Romance Books

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The Kraken King by Meljean Brook
Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
Caged in Winter by Brighton Walsh

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Rogue Spy by Joanna Bourne
The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter
In the Cards by Jamie Beck

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on January 9, 2015 Categories: Books, Historical Fiction, New Arrivals, Romance

Fiction: The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

The Silent WifeJodi is a therapist in a long-term committed relationship with Todd even though Todd is a serial cheater. While not a particularly traditional relationship, as long as they don’t talk about how unfaithful he is, their relationship works. “Men aren’t perfect, ” Jodi tells herself, and life continues to go on: Jodi immerses herself in her own routines, Todd immerses himself in other women, and everything is okay.

Except everything is not okay.

At the beginning of the book Jodi admits she is going to kill Todd. And she does. Alternating between Todd and Jodi as unreliable narrators, A.S.A. Harrison details the slow decent of a woman reaching her snapping point in The Silent Wife.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on January 8, 2015 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Nonfiction: Challenge Yourself in the New Year

While the new year has already begun, it is not too late to try living this year a little differently! Tara Bannon Williamson shares books in which the author commits his or herself to accomplish a certain thing for a year. Check out some of the books she mentions below!

 

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Up for Renewal by Cathy Alter
Halfway to Heaven
by Mark Obmascik
The Know-It-All by A. J. Jacobs

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Reading the OED by Ammon Shea
Living Oprah
by Robyn Okrant
Helping Me Help Myself
by Beth Lisick

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Not Buying It by Judith Levine
Plenty
by Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon
My Jesus Year
by Benyamin Cohen

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Candy Girl by Diablo Cody
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
by Barbara Kingsolver
Give It Up!
by Mary Carlomagno

 

Interested in finding more yearly challenges or book reading challenges? Stop by the Fiction/AV/Teen desk on the second floor and speak with a Readers’ Advisor to help you find something that will suit your reading tastes and goals.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on January 2, 2015 Categories: Books, Nonfiction

Fiction: Reunion by Hannah Pittard

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Kate is thousands of dollars in debt, her husband found out she cheated on him, her career as a screenwriter is failing, and her father has just committed suicide. Now she is being pushed into a miserable few days as she and her older brother and sister return to Atlanta to face the house, multiple ex-wives, and stepchildren their father has left behind. Reunion is a quirky intimate look at family with all of its dysfunction told from the eyes of Kate, an endearing yet at times cringe-worthy narrator. Hannah Pittard has integrated humor and heart as Kate hits her rock bottom, sinks a little further, and tries to figure out her way back up again.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on January 1, 2015 Categories: Books

Book Discussion Questions: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Cover of The Light Between OceansTitle: The Light Between Oceans
Author: M.L. Stedman
Page Count:  345 pages
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Tone:  Haunting, Melancholy

Excerpted summary from publisher:

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

 

SPOILER WARNING:
These book discussion questions are highly detailed and will ruin plot points if you have not read the book.

1. Who was wronged in the book? Whose story would you say this is?

2. Are any of the characters “bad?” If so, who? What makes a person warrant the description “bad?”

3. How would you describe Tom? Why does he enjoy his lightkeeper duties?

4. Why does Isabel want to marry Tom? Why does he agree? What are his hesitations?

5. Did you find Tom and Isabel’s courtship convincing? Do you understand their attraction to one another and their decision to marry?

6. What are some of the signs and hints of Isabel’s manipulative nature early on in the book?

7. Which character were you rooting for more than the others?

8. Was there a character you identified with more? If so, did this change as you read the book?

9. Was there any one character that frustrated you more than others?

10. How does Tom’s quietness play a role in the story? What about Isabel’s quietness?

11. Are Tom and Isabel a mystery to each other?

12. As the reader, are Tom and Isabel mysteries to you as well? Do you feel you know Tom better or Isabel better?

13. How does Tom’s experience in the war affect his relationship with Isabel, being a lightkeeper, and response to the baby arriving?

14. Do you think the pregnancy and childbirth losses they went through affect the right or wrong of keeping the baby? Does knowing what they went through affect your judgment of their choices?

15. Tom and Isabel live a solitary life. How would their response to baby arriving been different if they weren’t isolated on island? How would their marriage have been different?

16. How did you respond to the focus on various characters in town in Part 3? Do you like the variety or is the book better when focused on Tom and Isabel?

17. What does it mean to be an “outsider” and how does that affect one’s perception?

Other Resources

An interview with M.L. Stedman
The Light Between Oceans Reading Group Guide
One Book One City Resources
Lit Lovers’ Discussion Questions
Reflection on a Light Between Oceans book discussion

If you liked The Light Between Oceans, try...

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The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
The Lightkeeper’s Wife by Karen Viggers
Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark

 

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on December 31, 2014 Categories: Book Discussion Questions, Books, Historical Fiction

Fiction: Controlled Descent by K.M. Herkes

Controlled Descent book coverA private plane crashes horrifically in the Alaskan mountains after its navigation instruments are sabotaged. The owner, a brilliant inventor and founder of a multimillion-dollar corporation, is the target, but he and one other passenger secretly survive. Thousands of miles away, a weary job seeker brashly talks herself into a demanding position with a law firm, one whose biggest client is the crash survivor’s company. The world still bears scars of disastrous collapse and revolution, and there are those who would take scientific advancements intended for good and twist them into war profiteering. Controlled Descent by K.M. Herkes is a thrilling techno-adventure that blends complex plotting with tense pacing, and the excitement continues in Flight Plan.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on December 29, 2014 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

New: Fiction and Nonfiction Books

Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.

New: Fiction Books

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The Heart Has Its Reasons by Maria Duenas
The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee
Full Force and Effect by Tom Clancy

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Skylight by Jose Saramago
Sins of our Fathers by Shawn Lawrence Otto
Offcomer by Jo Baker

 

New: Nonfiction Books

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The World of PostSecret by Frank Warren
100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write by Sarah Ruhl
Disquiet Time edited by Jennifer Grant and Cathleen Falsani

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The Andy Cohen Diaries by Andy Cohen
Novel Living by Lisa Occhipinti
Twitter is Not a Strategy by Tom Doctoroff

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on December 26, 2014 Categories: Books, New Arrivals, Nonfiction

Fiction: Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

Cover of Ethan FromeEdith Wharton, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, tells the fascinating yet depressing tale of a man with a devastating story in Ethan Frome. An unnamed narrator meets Ethan Frome in New England, describing him as, “[seeming] a part of the mute melancholy landscape, an incarnation of its frozen woe.” Curious by the crippled and depressed man, the narrator digs into Ethan’s past to discover a tragic story of love and duty. The narrator easily falls into Frome’s story, attempting to discern the muddled motivations of flawed characters in impossible circumstances. Tinged with foreboding, Wharton plays with the hopes and dreams of her characters and readers in this accessible classic.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on December 25, 2014 Categories: Books, Literary

Staff Pick: Zealot by Reza Aslan

Picture of LarryZealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth is a readable discussion of the historical and social context of a time in Palestine that nurtured and gave rise to many prophets, preachers, and self-proclaimed messiahs.  Jesus, who was born in this milieu, is discussed as a life shaped, developed, and affected by the world around him. Reza Aslan’s fascinating book provides a greater understanding of how Jesus’ life and ministry fits into the historical time and was sustained to this day.

 

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on December 23, 2014 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Larry, Staff Picks

Library Staff Favorites of 2014

With 2015 just around the corner bringing a whole new crop of to-be-read lists to tackle, shows to watch, and music to experience, Staff at Mount Prospect Public Library took time to pause and look at what brought us joy in 2014. Check out staff members’ favorite books, CDs, or DVDs they read, watched and/or listened to in 2014. Feel free to share what is on your list of favorites for the year!

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Amy
Community Services:
Tell the Wolves I’m Home
The Fall

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Amy
Youth Services:
Never Say Die
Clink

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Barb
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Enough Said
I Must Say

Barbara
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Orphan Black S. 2
Ready Player One

 

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Carla
Administration:
The Round House
Omar

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Carmel Shane
Circulation:
Once Upon a Time
18 Months

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Carol
Community Services:
Little Failure
Hotel Florida

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Cathleen
Fiction/AV/Teen
:
Station Eleven
Bron/Broen

Colleen
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Steelheart
The 100

 

 

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Cynthia
Research Services:
Ready Player One
The Returned

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Dale
Research Services:
Hysterical
Transgender Dysphoria Blues

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Diane
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Among Others
Guardians of the Galaxy

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Donna
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Winter Street
Duets II

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Janine
Circulation:
True Detective
Ready Player One

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Joe
Research Services:
Lowball
Rick and Morty

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Registration:
Ancillary Justice
Neptune’s Inferno

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Larry
Fiction/AV/Teen:
The Martian
Redshirts

 

 

 

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Mary Jane
Research Services:
Controlled Descent
How Dogs Love Us

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Megan
South Branch
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Red Rising
Saga

 

 

 

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Nancy
Fiction/AV/Teen:
My Salinger Year
American Hustle

 

 

 

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Nicole
Circulation:
The Paying Guests
Life in Motion

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Paula
Registration:
Rush
Dad is Fat

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Rosemary
Technical Services:

Natchez Burning
How the Light Gets In

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Steve
Research Services:
Death on the Nile
Cosmos

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on December 19, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Humor, Literary, Movies and TV, Music, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Nonfiction, Romance, Staff Picks