Staff Picks

Euphoria

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Three fieldworkers in New Guinea at the dawn of anthropology struggle to understand their tribes, their new science, and ultimately themselves in a challenging climate. Nell Stone’s relationship to both men ignites the passion-filled conclusion. Questions of nature or nurture, culture or personality, understanding or exploitation redound throughout this fascinating novel.

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The Crane Wife

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A Japanese folktale set in today’s London, in which a nebbishy American divorcé expat and his volatile daughter are touched by the magic. An allegorical origin story runs parallel, creating an intriguing read. “A story is not an explanation, it is a net through which the truth flows. The net catches some of the truth, but not all, never all, only enough so that we can live with the extraordinary without it killing us.” p.141

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The Glass Kitchen

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If you are in the mood for a little light reading, you may enjoy this novel... It is a story of three sisters named Portia, Olivia and Cordelia. As adults they wind up living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The tale is told through the eyes of Portia and a twelve year old girl named Ariel, whose father, a widower, owns the townhouse where Portia lives. Portia has a sixth sense about culinary matters,and her dream is to open a restaurant she will call "The Glass Kitchen". There is also the question of a love interest which develops, as well as the issues which arise among the teenagers in the story. It is a feel-good tale with a happy ending, which includes a great set of characters and lively dialogues. A very entertaining read.

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The Boston Girl

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An excellent audio book! I've heard many narrators butcher the Boston accent. Linda Lavin, the narrator of the book, does a great job sounding like a woman from Boston. The book reads like an autobiography of a woman coming of age in Boston during World War I and the 1920's. If you like historical fiction, give this book a try.

The Churchill Factor

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This book is a tour-de-force, just like the subject Winston Churchill. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, celebrates the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century. Fearless on the battlefield, Churchill had to be ordered by the king to stay out of action on D-Day; he pioneered aerial bombing and few could match his experience in organizing violence on a colossal scale His maneuvering positioned America for entry into World War II. He was a trailblazer in health care, education, and social welfare, though he remained incorrigibly politically incorrect. He is proof that one person—intrepid, ingenious, determined—can make all the difference. A MUST read!!!

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The Arsonist

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Against the back drop of a series of summer fires in a fictional New Hampshire town, a mother and daughter each work through changes and transitions in their lives. The story unfolds as they come to terms with what is most important for personal happiness and fulfillment. The writing is strong, and the title only somewhat misleading. Themes of community, one's sense of place, and what connects us to each other will both surprise and draw you in.

All the Light We Cannot See

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This story takes place in France and Germany leading up to and including World War II. And what an amazing story! It is well written and powerful. In a nutshell there are radios, a blind French girl, an orphaned German boy, a diamond (with a possible curse!), the invasion of Paris and moral choices. You might want to add your name to the list of patrons waiting to read this book!

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Away

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Away is about a young Russian immigrant woman's odyssey, early in the 20th century, to reunite with her lost daughter. I read much of it standing up, and was haunted by it long after I'd finished it. It is pitch-perfect and concise, a book that anyone can enjoy, but very few could write.

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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

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This story of the University of Washington crew team that won Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics will leave readers mesmerized and inspired. Despite knowing the outcome from the very first chapter, Brown will have you sitting on the edge of your seat until the very end. The grace and power of rowing is on display within this true tale of perseverance, hope, and trust set against the backdrop of the Great Depression and the reign of Hitler.

100 Days of Real Food

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The challenge to eat healthy and save money is not mine alone. The following resources have helped me understand the big picture when it comes food production and sourcing;identify the healthy and not-so-healthy ingredients; enjoy the sweet and salty without guilt; and plan meals and shop for my family of five while staying within our monthly budget. The good news? Lebanon Libraries own all this and two other great titles:Unjunk Your Junk Food by Andrea Donsky and The Food Babe Way by Vani Hari.