Dept. of Speculation
by Jenny Offill

The plot of this novel isn’t all that groundbreaking. It’s a book about domestic life and all of its ups and downs. What’s amazing about Dept. of Speculation is the language. It reads almost like a book of poetry. And at just about 200 pages, it’s a very quick read.
– Adam

Boston Girl
by Anita Diamant


– Amber

The Shoemaker’s Wife
by Adriana Trigiani


– Amber

When I Was Five I Killed Myself
by Howard Buten

A redeeming story for every child who has been wrongly accused, terribly misunderstood, and horribly betrayed by the adults in their lives.
– Lindsey

Diary of an Oxygen Thief
by Anonymous

An honest and darkly humorous portrayal of the pain that accompanies heartbreak, and how that affects not only ourselves but all those we encounter thereafter.
– Lindsey

What Light
by Jay Asher

A deeply moving, heartwarming love story that is guaranteed to leave you feeling hopeful and inspired. Asher tackles the important themes of redemption and forgiveness, showing us that we can let go of past mistakes and overcome our failures. This is the perfect holiday romance for the YA reader in your life!
– Lindsey

The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins

A Good suspense thriller.
– Maryann B.

The Nest
by Cynthia Sweeney

Intriguing, domestic and dysfunctional family plot that is faced with an inheritance from the father’s trust. Does it bring out the best or worst in people… Must Read
– Maryann B.

Homegoing
by Yaa Gyasi

– Maryann R.

The Summer Before the War
by Helen Simonson

– Maryann R.

Lilac Girls
by Martha Hall Kelly

– Maryann R.

The Life of God (as Told by Himself)
by Franco Ferrucci

Picked up this book when we
decommissioned it from our collection due to low
circulation. May have to add it back. I’m a secularist sort
but it shouldn’t offend members of organized religions who
realize this is a delightful, witty and absolute
philosophical romp. Loved it!
– Regan

A Man Called Ove
by Fredrik Backman

– Regan

The Hike
by Drew Magary

Drew Magary, once again, creates a unique new world that entices all readers — including ones
who have no real interest in fantasy or science fiction. The Hike is a scary, original, interesting, surprising, funny, and engrossing story of, very simply, one ordinary man’s journey. The story twists and turns and never gets boring. There’s a twist at the end that keeps readers thinking and the psychological drama is understated and powerful at the same time.
– Shelly