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What We’ve Been Reading

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the library employees are, by and large, avid readers. We thought we’d give you an insight into what we’re been reading lately – we all have different taste in books so there’s something for everyone!

Ann:
Olive, Mabel & Me: Life and Adventures with Two Very Good Dogs by Andrew Cotter
If you haven’t heard Andrew Cotter do play-by-play you are missing all the fun.  Watch the videos on Youtube then read the back story in his new book.  You will be laughing out loud.

Anita:
The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed and Happiness by Morgan Housel
A slim book with deceptively simple concepts that help demystify how to deal with money. Biggest take-away; compounding is one of the most under-appreciated causes for financial success. Getting and keeping money is hard and requires two different skills; risk taking and optimism vs risk aversion and frugality.

Private Means by Cree LaFavour
There was enough in this book that felt very honest and truthful about the state of marriage between 2 people after their kids move out. The ending is a bit abrupt but the overall dynamics in the relationship worked for me.

Kate:
Consequences of Fear by Jacqueline Winspear
Fast paced tale set in London during the Blitz (WWII). The plot involves is a murder that must be solved; a bit of romance and some interesting characters. This is the 16th novel Maisie Dobbs series.

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
Set in WWII. Three women who become codebreakers form a relationship that is fractured and then restored. This story is full of mystery, intrigue, betrayal and romance. By the author of The Alice Network.

Denise:
Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith
This middle grade collection of wonderful, heart-warming short stories is about characters who don’t know each other, but all attend the same Powwow. Each story is beautiful, and the links tying them all together are fun to discover within each tale.

Afterlife: A Novel by Julia Alvarez
I’m a big fan of Julia Alvarez’s work, and her most recent novel is just as beautiful and layered as her previous works. It follows retired literature professor Antonia as she copes with multiple traumas and situations that force her to wrestle with the question of what we owe each other and leaves her asking “If I try to be like you, who will be like me?”

Elaine:
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker KlineThe painting entitled “Christina’s World” is one of Andrew Wyeth’s best known paintings. Author Christina Kline researched the real life of Christina Olson, the girl in the painting, and her relationship with Andrew Wyeth. Christina Olson grew up in rural Maine and lived her life with a painful degenerative disease. Author Kline produced a wonderful work of historical fiction, based on fact, which I truly enjoyed listening to.

Amanda:
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
This is my favorite book I’ve read this year. It’s a YA novel with mystery, heartbreak, tough girls, and a great sense of place and representation of what it means to be part of a community.

The Guncle by Steven Rowley
Somehow this manages to be a warm and funny novel that is centered around loss. The characters are perfect and I want to be in Patrick’s world.

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