Category Archives: Jeanette

Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones (2014)

nightshanghaiA 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.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (2008)

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.

There are No Children Here by Ales Kotlowitz

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.