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Overview



"Escape the Ordinary" adult summer reading program runs from June 20 to August 7. Signups are available from June 20 through July 6.

Grab a reading log with a BINGO card from the Summer Reading Display. For every square you complete, highlight it and get a raffle ticket and a librarian's initials to be entered in our weekly raffle. Every BINGO will get you a raffle ticket towards a grand prize of a tote bag filled with reading goodies. The final weekly raffle and grand prize raffle will be held on August 7.

Make sure to check out our Event Calendar for the most up-to-date listing of events planned for the summer.
Reviews
Title
Station Eleven
Author
Emily St. John Mandel
Review
During a theatrical showing of King Lear, an actor dies of a heart attack on stage and a man in the audience jumps up to give him CPR. That same night, the world changes as a powerful strain of influenza sweeps the globe, killing a large part of the population with efficiency.

Emily St. John Mandel's post-apocalyptic story has received quite a lot of buzz and has been on the short list for several awards, including the National Book Award. I read a lot of teen dystopia especially, so I was definitely interested in reading a different take. Though it's sort of post-apocalyptic, the story covers both before and after the "Georgia Flu" and follows various characters in a way that makes the reader more aware than the characters of how everything intersects. It was pieced together in an intricate way, but the very intricacy of the storytelling and jumping in time and place and central character meant that I always felt a little distance between me and the characters. It was sort of the equivalent of watching someone sew a garment together instead of being able to admire the finished product from afar, not really knowing all the detailed work and effort that went into it. Thematically, it has much less to do with survival than it does with ideas of connections between people - especially the unknown ones - and the importance of art (music, acting, etc.) to humanity. I could see this making a good book group choice.
Genre
Literary fiction / post-apocalyptic / best-seller
Rating
Title
Ready for Marriage
Author
Debbie Macomber
Review
Mary Jo Summerhill, a Kindergarten teacher, walked away from the man she loved thinking she was doing the right thing for Evan and his political aspirations. Fate brings them together and will the second time be the charm? This novel reads quickly and is good for a mindless summer afternoon read!
Genre
Fiction-Romance
Rating
Title
I Take You
Author
Eliza Kennedy
Review
This book is about a girl about to get married but is having second thoughts because she can't stay faithful to her fiance. It was supposed to be funny and smart, but I thought it was a bit silly and unbelievable. I didn't really like the main character or her antics. I guess this book was not really for me.
Genre
Women's Fiction
ISBN
0553417827
Rating
Title
Prodigal Son
Author
Danielle Steele
Review
This is a story of two brothers one who had a very difficult childhood due to a struggle with dyslexia and the other child who could seem to do no wrong. After the brother who struggled made it in the world of finance the stock market crash had him sitting back on the bottom again. When he returns to his home town what unfolds with his brother is hard to believe!
Genre
Fiction
Rating
Title
The Other Typist
Author
Suzanne Rindell
Review
This book is about two women in NYC during the 1920's prohibition era. Naive Rose is befriended by devious Odalie and pays a huge price for her blind adoration. I enjoyed the writing and am still puzzling over the ending.
Genre
Historical Fiction
ISBN
042526842X
Rating
Title
Hold Me
Author
Susan Mallery
Review
If you enjoy returning to the same town, Fools Gold, and catching up on the characters you have met in previous books you will enjoy this light summer read. These books are a quick read and rather predictable, perfect for a beach read
Genre
Romance
Rating
Title
Me Before You
Author
Jojo Moyes
Review
This book far exceeded my expectations. It had more depth and complexity than I expected. I got very caught up in Louisa and Will's story and their evolving relationship. I couldn't wait to find out how things would turn out. Had a sad, but satisfying ending.
Genre
Women's Fiction
Rating
Title
The Beautiful Mystery
Author
Louise Penny
Review
I love the Inspector Gamache series, but this was not one of my favorites. I thought it dragged and was a bit boring. The monks, Gregorian chants and monastery setting wasn't all that interesting to me.
Genre
Mystery
Rating
Title
Silver Thaw
Author
Catherine Anderson
Review
Amanda Banning has left behind a very abusive relationship and is starting over in Mystic Creek with next to nothing. Her pride, determination along with the strong family bonds in this book make it a very worthwhile read.
Genre
Fiction
Rating
Title
Got Money?
Author
Jeff Wuorio
Review
Despite its age and the fact that some things have changed, this book is chock full of useful information for people in their twenties and thirties just getting started on their personal finances. From debt to basic investing to taxes, this is an introduction to several different aspects of money, giving both the author's opinion and an array of choices depending on your lifestyle and what you're saving towards. Ignore the specific examples (the taxes, for example, will be very different), but use it as a starting point to start researching more in depth.
Genre
Nonfiction - Finances
Rating
Title
Ellen Foster
Author
Kaye Gibbons
Review
This was for a book more than ten years old.

Ellen narrates the hardships she has already endured in her young life, but holds on to hope and works hard to overcome abuse and poverty.

I think I must have caught some of the TV movie starring Jena Malone years back, which was what put this book on my radar. I'm not sure I would have read it at all otherwise. It's a short book but makes you slow down because the narration is sort of stream of consciousness and goes back and forth between Ellen's past and present, leaving you little hints of things that you could miss if you're reading too quickly. "Enjoy" is the wrong word for this story as so much of what happens is terribly sad, but Ellen herself is such a terrific character I kept reading to see how she pulled herself out of her circumstances.
Genre
Fiction
Rating
Title
The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost : a memoir of three continents, two friends, and one unexpected adventure
Author
Rachel Friedman
Review
I greatly enjoyed this book about a college girl's travel adventures to Ireland, Australia and South America as to tries to figure out what she wants to do with her life. The author has a fresh, funny writing style that I really liked and I loved hearing about all the places she went and things she did. It made we want to take off on a trip abroad! Fun read.
Genre
Travel Biography
ISBN
9780385343374
Rating
Title
Garden Spells
Author
Sarah Addison Allen
Review
Claire Waverley loves her heritage, living in Bascom, North Carolina, tending her special garden and catering in her small town. Her sister Sydney, who escaped the town ten years ago, returns suddenly with secrets and a young daughter.

I loved this tale of sisters and love in a small town, with a touch of magic. Claire has a knack for creating recipes that are more than just tasty - they can rekindle good memories, help you see in the dark, make people see you as successful. Sydney never felt like she fit in - nor did she really want to be a "weird" Waverley - and she and Claire were never close as children. But as they each come to know each other, Sydney begins to find her place and Claire starts to open up to new experiences. I really felt for the characters, wanted to be their friend, wanted to hug them when they were upset, and was extremely satisfied with how everything came together. Now I have to go find something else by Sarah Addison Allen...
Genre
Magical Realism
Rating
Title
Blue Labyrinth
Author
Preston & Child
Review
Read this book to learn what long buried family secret haunts Special Agent Pendergast. This book starts with a seemingly 'perfect' murder which leads Agent Pendergast on a trail of discovery. I picked this as my 'blue' book for the summer reading progam and actually enjoyed it quite a bit!
Genre
Thriller, Mystery
Rating
Title
Inside the O'Briens
Author
Lisa Genova
Review
Realistic look into a family dealing with the devastating effects of Huntington's disease. The author did a fantastic job portraying the family members and conveying the emotions, feeling and details of what they were going through, almost to excess in some places. All in all, I highly recommend this book.
Genre
Fiction
ISBN
147671777X
Rating
Title
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Author
Gabrielle Zevin
Review
What reader wouldn't like a story centered on books, bookstores, publishing and the lives of people dedicated to literary pursuits? This was a quick and pleasant read with appealing characters.
Genre
Fiction
ISBN
9781616203214
Rating
Title
Isabel's Bed
Author
Elinor Lipman
Review
After being dumped by her boyfriend of 12 years, Harriet finds a job as a ghostwriter for Isabel Krug, former New York socialite living in Cape Cod after her lover's husband kills him. She plans a "tell all" and has Harriet come work and live with her, but perhaps more than a ghostwriter she really wants a friend. Meanwhile, Harriet wants to get started in a career as a writer and sees this as a stepping stone, hoping to have the time to work on her novel as well.

I enjoy Elinor Lipman's quirky characters and sense of humor, and this book was a great example of both. It took me a little while to warm up to both Isabel and Harriet, though the side characters are great - the ex-boyfriend is the type you love to hate, for example. The whole situation is completely over-the-top and unbelievable, but I enjoyed the ride all the same. This was for a book set in Massachusetts.
Genre
Fiction/Humor
Rating
Title
Into the Wilderness
Author
Sara Donati
Review
Elizabeth Middleton is 29 and unmarried when she leaves her Aunt's comfortable English estate to travel to NY's wilderness with a passion to teach school. There she meets Nathaniel Bonner dressed like a Native American whom she is attracted to. However due to land debts, her father the judge wants her to marry Richard Todd. Elizabeth makes up her own mind and displays incredible courage throughout the novel.
Genre
Historical Fiction
Rating
Title
On Sunset Beach
Author
Mariah Stewart
Review
Another captivating and heartwarming novel in the Chesapeake Diaries series.

Carly Summit grew up wealthy and privileged in a tiny Connecticut town and through hard work has followed her dream opening art galleries all over the world. She has discovered a hidden art collection by Carolina a former St. Dennis resident and is determined to give her works the proper showing. While in Chesapeake Bay she meets Ford who is struggling to fit back into mainstream living after life in the service.

Both living in St. Dennis their paths intertwine and romance is in the air.
Genre
Contemporary Fiction
Rating
Title
The House at Mermaid Point
Author
Wendy Wax
Review
A light summer read about a group of women renovating an aging rock star's home in the Florida Keys and turning it into a B&B. I was more interested in the details of the renovation than the drama surrounding each woman's life. It was just OK.
Genre
Women's Fiction
ISBN
0515154741
Rating