Adult Fiction – Book Club Book: The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles by Katherine Pancol
The International Bestseller - Le Divorce meets The Elegance of the Hedgehog in this hilariously entertaining mega-bestseller from France.
When her chronically unemployed husband runs off to start a crocodile farm in Kenya with his mistress, Joséphine Cortès is left in an unhappy state of affairs. The mother of two—confident, beautiful teenage Hortense and shy, babyish Zoé—is forced to maintain a stable family life while making ends meet on her meager salary as a medieval history scholar. Meanwhile, Joséphine’s charismatic sister Iris seems to have it all—a wealthy husband, gorgeous looks, and a très chic Paris address—but she dreams of bringing meaning back into her life.
When Iris charms a famous publisher into offering her a lucrative deal for a twelfth-century romance, she offers her sister a deal of her own: Joséphine will write the novel and pocket all the proceeds, but the book will be published under Iris’s name. All is well—that is, until the book becomes the literary sensation of the season.
Adult Non-Fiction: What Unites Us by Dan Rather
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - “I find myself thinking deeply about what it means to love America, as I surely do.” —Dan Rather
At a moment of crisis over our national identity, venerated journalist Dan Rather has emerged as a voice of reason and integrity, reflecting on—and writing passionately about—what it means to be an American. Now, with this collection of original essays, he reminds us of the principles upon which the United States was founded. Looking at the freedoms that define us, from the vote to the press; the values that have transformed us, from empathy to inclusion to service; the institutions that sustain us, such as public education; and the traits that helped form our young country, such as the audacity to take on daunting challenges in science and medicine, Rather brings to bear his decades of experience on the frontlines of the world’s biggest stories. As a living witness to historical change, he offers up an intimate view of history, tracing where we have been in order to help us chart a way forward and heal our bitter divisions.
With a fundamental sense of hope, What Unites Us is the book to inspire conversation and listening, and to remind us all how we are, finally, one.
Local Adult Non-Fiction: Still Waiting by Linda Smith-Cope
In 1970, my bigger-than-life brother Ron was sent to Vietnam. As he ran down the airport gateway, he turned and waved, promising to see us in a year. It has been nearly 44 years since Ron was reported missing in action in Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia. We are still not sure where he was when he went missing, and we're fairly certain the government doesn't know - or care. Still Waiting is the story of my family's love for and dependency upon my older brother, who was a Green Beret, as well as his worth to us and to his country. It describes some of the government's deplorable actions - and lack of action - concerning soldiers and their families during the Vietnam War. It also recounts the unbearable anguish of Ron's missing-in-action status. Our family's endless and agonizing journey continues. We are Still Waiting.
Young Adult: Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
A National Book Award Longlist title!
In the tradition of modern-day classics like Sara Pennypacker's Pax and Lois Lowry's The Giver comes a deep, compelling, heartbreaking, and completely one-of-a-kind novel about nine children who live on a mysterious island. On the island, everything is perfect. The sun rises in a sky filled with dancing shapes; the wind, water, and trees shelter and protect those who live there; when the nine children go to sleep in their cabins, it is with full stomachs and joy in their hearts. And only one thing ever changes: on that day, each year, when a boat appears from the mist upon the ocean carrying one young child to join them—and taking the eldest one away, never to be seen again.
Today’s Changing is no different. The boat arrives, taking away Jinny’s best friend, Deen, replacing him with a new little girl named Ess, and leaving Jinny as the new Elder. Jinny knows her responsibility now—to teach Ess everything she needs to know about the island, to keep things as they’ve always been. But will she be ready for the inevitable day when the boat will come back—and take her away forever from the only home she’s known?
Local Children: A Windy Day by Cyndy Callog
Winner Moonbeam Award Gold Medal – Best First Book
A true story of an artist and her husband who rescue a baby mouse, and the special relationship and adventures they share. Cyndy was honored to have been one of five Michigan artists selected to illustrate the beautiful tabletop book, BIRDS OF MICHIGAN, published in connection with the Audubon Society. She lives in Pentwater, MI.
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