With his sharp wit, wry undertones and characteristic insight, Craig Ferguson weaves an engaging and uplifting tale of his path from Scotsman to Scottish-American. American on Purpose is Ferguson’s memoir of his ordinary origins, his extraordinary perseverance and his pursuit of that still inspirational national ethos – the American Dream.
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John of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby:
Juliet, Naked, Nick Hornby’s latest novel, is a return to the elements that made his debut novel High Fidelity a hit: music, romance and arrested development. It tells the tale of a reclusive singer-songwriter who hasn’t recorded in years, the unexpected release of an acoustic version of his most popular album, and a trans-Atlantic correspondence with the increasingly disgruntled girlfriend of his biggest fan…which leads to something more. As always, Hornby’s witty characterization runs side-by-side with his sharp observations of how the way we consume popular culture shapes our lives.
Need a cozy mystery to curl up with on these grey, cloudy afternoons? I suggest the beltway capers of Margaret Truman. Murder at the Library of Congress brings you into one of our grandest institutions on the National Mall and plunges deep into the stacks of jealousy, rivalry and revenge.
Cathleen of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Six Suspects by Vikas Swarup:
When playboy Vicky Rai shot doctoral student Ruby Gill in the face and neck in front of fifty witnesses, all because she refused to serve him a drink, the nation gasped. Later, when Rai was acquitted, riots broke out. So it is no surprise that he himself is murdered at the very party he throws to celebrate his release. When the guests are searched, six separate individuals are found to have guns in their possession: a dim-witted American tourist, an ambitious politician, a Bollywood star, a primitive tribesman, a cell phone thief, and a corrupt bureaucrat who claims to have become Mahatma Ghandi. Each has a secret, and each had just as good a reason to want Rai dead. In his follow-up to Slumdog Millionaire, author Vikas Swarup casts a fascinating story of mystery and vengeance. One by one the characters are revealed, but the pieces won’t fully come together until the shocking end.
Vineyard Chill is the final book written by the late Philip R. Craig. He is the author of the J. W. Jackson mystery series set on Martha’s Vineyard. Reading his stories makes me want to visit the island during my next trip to Cape Cod.