A five star read! Night in Shanghai tells the story of a young jazz musician who left the U.S. to pursue his career in China. Nicole Mones thoroughly researched her topic to present the history, language, and culture of pre-WWII China. The ending of the book will stir emotion in the reader because you know where those ships are going.
Listen to an interview with the author (or just read the highlights) here on NPR. Visit her website to discover more about her research and browse galleries. Join us on February 11 when the Novel Idea group will discuss the book at 7pm at the library.
J. K. Rowling has written a book for adults! The Casual Vacancy is a story of love and loathing, pity and passion, full of more than everyday English village life. Her development of the characters is masterful, each one paramount to the conclusion, with the main character dying in the first chapter. It’s not a Harry Potter story.
What a charming story written by Mary Ann Shaffer! Written as a series of letters written between the characters, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society is set in 1944 in London and the island Guernsey at the end of WWII. The characters survived the war under diverse circumstances, creating a story about characters you really care about.
If you enjoy reading about life during WWII here is a list of novels set in during this time period.
The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen (2007)
Kept me quiet and intrigued for a day and a half. I couldn’t put it down! So many characters intertwined to complete the multi-generational saga.
For more medical thrillers view our staff picks here.
The Mermaid Garden by Santa Montefiore (2011)
A real “chick flick” book. Love! Broken heart! Reunion! Going off into the sunset hand in hand…
For more good chick lit books check out these staff recommendations.
Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House by M.C. Beaton (2003)
Fast reading! Intrigue! Good diversion from blood and guts murder mystery. Twists and turns on English roads through towns with historic names leads to conclusion of a murder or 3.
To get a complete list of books in the Agatha Raisin series visit M.C. Beaton’s website.
Roses by Leila Meacham (2009)
What’s longer and more involved than an epic saga? Roses by Leila Meacham! This multigenerational novel set in Texas is engrossing to the conclusion. It’s a big book – but it’s worth the time spent reading!
Read the New Yorker review and take a peak at the novel.
There are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz (1991)
Being born in public housing among gangs, drugs, guns and death does not allow for a childhood – thus the title which tells the lives of those children who survived living in Chicago’s Roseland community. The boys portrayed in the book were kids who lived in the public housing and they shared their methods of survival. An enlightening read.
Read a Time magazine article discussing this important book and visit the author’s website.
The Pig Did It by Joseph Caldwell (2008)
The pig did it and he REALLY did! The fat porker caused the characters to get into turmoil and…LOVE! Set in Ireland‘s West coast, this novel will bring a smile to your face.
Read reviews at Amazon.com and EW.com.