Summer Reading has begun, and It’s Showtime at MPPL! If you are looking for a book that fits one of the specific categories, check this blog for suggestions throughout the months of June and July! You can also stop by the library to see our binders of additional suggestions. Enjoy the show!
These are suggestions for CATEGORY L: READ A BOOK YOU SAW SOMEONE READING IN A MOVIE OR ON TV:
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Seen in the movie The Notebook
Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
Seen in the movie Notting Hill
Fates and Furiesby Lauren Groff
Seen in the tv series Grace and Frankie
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Seen in the movie Annihilation
The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
Seen in the movie Adaptation
The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano
Seen in the movie Now You See Me
Summer Reading begins on June 1st! If you need ideas for how to spend those long hours at the beach, beside the pool, or on vacation, here are a number of titles you may want to bring along with you.
While planning your summer reading list, take a look at what our MPPL staff is hoping to read this summer!
by C. L. Polk
by Seanan McGuire
by Michelle Obama
by Madeline Miller
by Robert Jackson Bennett
Fix Her Up
by Tessa Bailey
by Fern Michaels
by Elizabeth McCracken
by Joanne Ramos
by Alexa Martin
The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater
We asked Fiction Librarian Liz which books she’s recommending today.
She chose a combination of evocative stories that touch upon the mysterious and tragic, while searching for a measure of hope in complex situations.
The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers
When Major Gryffth Hockaday is called to the front lines of the Civil War, his new bride is left to care for her husband’s three-hundred-acre farm and infant son. Placidia, a mere teenager herself living far from her family and completely unprepared to run a farm or raise a child, must endure the darkest days of the war on her own. By the time Major Hockaday returns two years later, Placidia is bound for jail, accused of having borne a child in his absence and murdering it. What really transpired in the two years he was away?
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater are awake, magic is swirling around Blue and The Raven boys and Ronan Lynch’s ability to pull objects from his dreams is almost out of control but worst of all, the mysterious Gray Man is stalking the Lynch family, looking for something called the Greywaren.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom. When their paths converge in route to the ship that promises salvation, Joana, Emilia, and Florian find their strength, courage, and trust in one another tested with each step closer toward safety. When tragedy strikes the Wilhelm Gustloff, they must fight for the same thing: survival.
Title: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
Author: David Grann
Page Count: 338 pages
Tone: Disturbing, Richly detailed
Summary: Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
SPOILER WARNING: These book discussion questions are highly detailed and will ruin plot points if you have not read the book.
The Library is happy to share these original questions for your use. If reproducing, please credit with the following statement: 2019 Mount Prospect Public Library. All rights reserved. Used with Permission.
- 1. Before reading this book had you ever heard of the Osage Native Americans? If not, why do you think it would be that many of us never heard of a tribe of Native Americans who were among the wealthiest people in the world? “The world’s richest people per capita were becoming the world’s most murdered. The press later described the killings as being as ‘dark and sordid as any murder story of the century’ and ‘the bloodiest chapter in American crime history’.” (p. 103) So why isn’t it better known?
- 2. How did the Osage come to be so wealthy? What tactics did the government employ to inhibit the Osage from freely using their money?
- 3. The subtitle is “The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” – obviously they are intertwined, but are these topics given equal weight? Were you more involved with one than the other?
- 4. Mollie is quickly established as the central character. How would you describe her? Did your opinion change during the story? Why did Grann use her as a focus?
- 5. Is it difficult to believe such an intricate web of deeds and people went undetected for so long? How do we explain this?
- 6. Did you like the inclusion of photos throughout the story? How did that add to your understanding? Was there anything in particular that made an impression?
- 7. I’m supposing we have some veteran mystery and history readers in here. Did any of you guess who was responsible for many of the deaths?
- 8. Can you recall your first impression of William Hale? How does the author bring to life his strengths and appeal, as well as the darker side of his nature?
- 9. How did you respond to the description of law enforcement in America during the 1920s? Did anything shock or surprise you? What made the situation in Osage Co. particularly chaotic?
- 10. In what ways does Tom White combine the qualities of the Old West and of the modern bureaucratic system Hoover is trying to create? Would you define him as the hero of the book? What about his post-investigative life?
- 11. Perhaps the most chilling aspect of KotFM is the marital and familial connections between murderers and their victims.. What explains EB’s actions even as he remained married to and had children with Mollie? How does Grann bring to life the particular horror of crimes committed within a family and a close-knit community?
- 12. Part two seems to draw the story to a close, but then we’re teased for part three. Did this surprise you? Were you glad? What do we learn in Part 3?
- 13. In Part three the story was told differently, in that the author inserted himself. Was this the right technique to use? Did it enhance the story?
- 14. Were you satisfied with how the book ended?
- 15. How might you describe the experience of reading this book? Was it easy to delve into? Fast-paced? Dull?
- 16. Did anything in the book make you angry?
- 17. Would you recommend this book to a friend?
- Want help with your book discussion group? Check out tips, advice, and all the ways the Library can help support your group!
- OTHER RESOURCES:
- The New York Time’s February Book Club Pick
LitLovers Guide to Killers of the Flower Moon
David Grann’s Official Website
PBS Newshour Interview with Author David Grann
by David Grann
The British royal family welcomed a new heir to the throne, with the arrival of the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan. If you are looking for true stories about England’s current royalty, you may be interested in some of these biographies.
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