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Summer Reading: Category L, Books You Saw in a Movie or T.V. Show

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 NotebookThe Notebook book cover by Nicholas Sparks
Seen in the movie The Notebook

 

 

 

 

 

Corelli’s MandolinCorelli's Mandolin book cover by Louis de Bernieres
Seen in the movie Notting Hill

 

 

 

 

Fates and FuriesFates and Furies book coverby Lauren Groff
Seen in the tv series Grace and Frankie

 

 

 

 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks book cover by Rebecca Skloot
Seen in the movie Annihilation

 

 

 

 

The Orchid ThiefThe Orchid Thief book cover by Susan Orlean
Seen in the movie Adaptation

 

 

 

 

 

The Savage DetectivesThe Savage Detectives book cover by Roberto Bolano
Seen in the movie Now You See Me

Staff Picks: Anticipated Summer 2019 Reads

the word summer written in the sand along the shore
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!
Chelsea
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The Last Time I Saw You book coverThe Last Time I Saw You
by Liv Constantine

Chelsea
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How Not to Die Alone book coverHow Not to Die Alone
by Richard Roper

 

Rachel
South Branch

The Water Museum book coverThe Water Museum
by Luis Alberto Urrea

Rachel
South Branch

David and Goliath book coverDavid and Goliath
by Malcolm Gladwell

Carolyn
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The Churchill Woman book coverThe Churchill Woman
by Stephanie Barron

Carolyn
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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil book coverMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
by John Berendt

Andrea
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With the Fire on High book coverWith the Fire on High
by Elizabeth Acevedo

 

Andrea
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Other Words for Smoke book coverOther Words for Smoke
by Sarah Maria Griffin

Nancy
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the leavers book coverThe Leavers
by Lisa Ko

Nancy
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Daisy Jones and the Six book coverDaisy Jones and the Six
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

 

Emily W.
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City of Girls book coverCity of Girls
by Elizabeth Gilbert

Emily W.
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The Priory of Orange Trees book coverThe Priory of the Orange Tree
by Samantha Shannon

Marsha
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Beneath the Tamarind Tree book coverBeneath the Tamarind Tree
by Isha Sesay

Marsha
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The Unbreakables book coverThe Unbreakables
by Lisa Barr

Karen H.
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Witchmark book coverWitchmark
by C. L. Polk

 

Karen H.
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Middlegame book coverMiddlegame
by Seanan McGuire

Abby W.
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The Night Diary book coverThe Night Diary
by Veera Hiranandani

 

Abby W.
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A Sorcery of Thorns book coverA Sorcery of Thorns
by Margaret Rogerson

Erin
Youth services

The Library Book book coverThe Library Book
by Susan Orlean

Erin
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The Great Believers book coverThe Great Believers
by Rebecca Makkai

 

Janine
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99 Percent Mine book cover99 Percent Mine
by Sally Thorne

Janine
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The Lake House book coverThe Lake House
by Kate Morton

 

Allison N.
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

Foolish Hearts book coverFoolish Hearts
by Emma Mills

Allison N.
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Disappearing Earth book coverDisappearing Earth
by Julia Phillips

Kelda
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

Becoming book coverBecoming
by Michelle Obama

Kelda
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Circe book coverCirce
by Madeline Miller

Jenny
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Foundryside book coverFoundryside
by Robert Jackson Bennett

Jenny
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How to Write an Autobiograhical Novel book coverHow to Write an Autobiographical Novel
by Alexander Chee

Maria P.
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where'd you go Bernadette book coverWhere’d You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple

Maria P.
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The Library Book book coverThe Library Book
by Susan Orlean

 

Denise
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Where the Crawdads Sing book coverWhere the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens

Denise
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Fix Her Up book coverFix Her Up
by Tessa Bailey

Donna S.
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The Identicals book coverThe Identicals
by Elin Hilderbrand

Donna S.
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Deep Harbor book coverDeep Harbor
by Fern Michaels

Cathleen
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Mouthful of Birds book coverMouthful of Birds
by Samanta Schweblin

 

Cathleen
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Bowlaway book coverBowlaway
by Elizabeth McCracken

Liz
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

Pride Prejudice and Other Flavors book coverPride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors
by Sonali Dev

Liz
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The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs book coverThe Daughters of Temperance Hobbs
by Katherine Howe

Kelly W.
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The Bride Test book coverThe Bride Test
by Helen Hoang

Kelly W.
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The Farm book coverThe Farm
by Joanne Ramos

 

Donna C.
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Fumbled book coverFumbled
by Alexa Martin

Donna C.
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The Moment of Lift book coverThe Moment of Lift
by Melinda Gates

john
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the raven boys book coverThe Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater

Staff Picks: Liz’s Selections of the Day

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.

Book Discussion Questions: Killers of the Flower Moon

TCover of Killers of the Flower Moonitle: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
Author: David Grann
Page Count: 338 pages
Genre: Nonfiction
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. 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?

 

    1. 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?

 

    1. 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?

 

    1. 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?

 

    1. 5. Is it difficult to believe such an intricate web of deeds and people went undetected for so long?  How do we explain this?

 

    1. 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?

 

    1. 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?

 

    1. 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?

 

    1. 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?

 

    1. 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?

 

    1. 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?

 

    1. 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?

 

    1. 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?

 

    1. 14. Were you satisfied with how the book ended?

 

    1. 15. How might you describe the experience of reading this book?  Was it easy to delve into?  Fast-paced?  Dull?

 

    1. 16. Did anything in the book make you angry?

 

    1. 17. Would you recommend this book to a friend?

 

    1. Want help with your book discussion group? Check out tips, advice, and all the ways the Library can help support your group!

 

    1. OTHER RESOURCES:
    2. 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

 

  1. READALIKES:
  2. Unquiet Grave: The FBI and the Struggle for the Soul of Indian Country book coverUnquiet Grave
    by Steve Hendricks

    Rez Life book coverRez Life
    by David Treuer

    by David Grann

Nonfiction: The British Royal Family

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.

 

My Husband and I book coverMy Husband & I
by Ingrid Seward
Elizabeth the Queen book coverElizabeth the Queen
by Sally Bedell Smith
by Philip Eade

 

Prince Charles book coverPrince Charles
by Sally Bedell Smith
Charles and Diana book coverCharles and Diana
by Penny Junor
by Christopher Andersen

 

Prince William book coverPrince WIlliam
by Penny Junor
Kate the Future Queen book coverKate: The Future Queen
by Katie Nicholl
by Andrew Morton

 

Harry: A Biography of a Prince book coverHarry
by Angela Levin
Meghan: A Hollywood Princess book coverMeghan
by Andrew Morton
by Katie Nicholl