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What we’re reading during June

We've enjoyed some great books this month! Check them out:

Audiobooks:
  • The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
    • Two of our staff members are currently reading/listening to this bestselling title. Described as "semi-autobiographical. Gates often refers back to her time working with Microsoft and the experiences that brought her to this book. She writes about how empowering women lifts up all those around them. Gates reads her own book in the audio version; if you are a fan of TED Talks, then you'll enjoy listening to the audio.

Keep an eye out for:

  • The Conservative Sensibility by George F. Will
    • A New York Times bestselling author, George F. Will writes a philosophical reflection about Western politics and where we are today. Though this is political writing and a pretty sizable book, library staff said they enjoy that is it written in plain language that is easily grasped.
  • The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth
    • This book might seem like it is going to be about a villainous mother-in-law, but Hepworth adds twists and turns and multiple points of view to tell the story of how a complicated woman affects the lives of her family … and who murdered her.
  • Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
    • Another New York Times bestseller for our list! "Mrs. Everything" is spread throughout multiple generations beginning in the 1950s in Detroit, as two sisters take diverging paths of trauma and self-discovery.
  • The Friends We Keep by Jane Green
    • Three roommates living in the 1980s London make a pact: if they are still single in their 50s then they all should move back in together. Green weaves a twisting story of the lives these friends live together and apart and how decisions made in the past come back around to the present.
  • The Night Birds by Thomas Maltman
    • In his novel debut, Maltman takes us to the Western frontier in a story that spans generations. The book includes the Dakota uprising, the mass hangings of Dakota warriors, and a young man's German immigrant family's struggle to make a place for themselves amid the chaos.
  • Lovely War by Julie Berry
    • It begins with a beautiful couple entering a hotel during World War II. The Goddess Aphrodite uses the chaotic backdrop of the world wars to tell the story of why Love and War belong together but are cursed to be forever in heartbreak. This book will appeal to adults and young adults.
  • The Call of the Swamp by Davide Calì
    • Translated from Italian, this picture book is about Boris, a young creature found in a swamp by a loving, childless couple. As he gets older, he questions where he belongs and what a family actually is. Calì's book beautifully illustrates that family doesn't always mean that you look like them or come from where they come from. Sometimes, your family is the people who love you. This book can be found in the children's area.

If you are doing the Love Where You Live Summer Challenge, these books may help you check some challenges off your list!


Jade is currently reading "Empire of the Summer Moon" by S.C. Gwynne.

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Tuesday, 22 September 2020