A sure cure for winter glums is an energetic Broadway cast recording, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical strikes all the right chords: irresistible oldies, show-biz success story, and a dazzling Tony Award-winning performance by lead actress Jessie Mueller. Turn the grey into “One Fine Day” with a remarkable life in song.
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Adda Sinclair is a successful romance novelist known for her skill with male characters. If only that insight translated into real life! Her husband left her for her arch-rival, a pretty-boy cover model is more interested than she is, and the attractive publisher with plans to brand her books for male readers keeps her off-balance. What’s a girl with writer’s block and too little romance in her personal life to do? In Stealing Adda, it will take a public scandal, multiple misunderstandings, and a spiritual awakening to illuminate what’s most important. Author Tamara Leigh has created a funny and relatable heroine who comes to realize that roadblocks in life might serve a higher purpose and that perhaps she has it in her to write her own happily ever after.
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
New: Romance Books
Jodi 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.
The Beatles Anthology is a must-watch for any Beatles fan. Filled with interviews and rare live performances, this is a comprehensive collection of the history of The Beatles. Be prepared to binge watch: once you start, you won’t want to stop!
Stephen King can spin tales like few others. He may be known for horror, but keep in mind he is also responsible for more emotive works such as The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, and Stand by Me. In Joyland, a college student takes seasonal work with an amusement park and sets aside heartbreak to grow a friendship with a frail boy and his overprotective young mother. Lighthearted adventures at the park are offset by rumors of a vicious murder that once happened on one of the rides. Those with an appetite for the unexplained will still be satisfied, but there is an underlying sweetness as well. Narrator Michael Kelly wisely gives a soft-spoken, earnest reading that juggles the wonder of coming into one’s own with a carnival ride of great storytelling.
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!
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.
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.
Title: 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.
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?
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In the mood for a Gothic mystery complete with murder, deception and greed? Watch The Woman in White, the story of two half-sisters who battle the constraints of the times and the power of men in their lives to protect, teach, ensnare and do away with them!