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Book of Unknown Americans

By Cristina Henriquez
Recommended By Pam Martin, Head of Adult Programming

Moving from Mexico to the United States when their daughter suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras confront cultural barriers, their daughter’s difficult recovery, and her developing relationship with a Panamanian boy.


By Benedict Jacka
Series Alex Verus Series
Recommended By Megan Kass, Systems Manager

Hired to investigate the resurgence of a ritual that involves harvesting the life force of magical creatures, diviner Alex Verus must distinguish friend from foe as he goes up against those who would risk their sanity for power.

Dare Me

By Megan Abbott
Recommended By Stacey Levine, Readers' Services Librarian

After a suspicious suicide, the members of a high school cheerleading squad, along with their new, perfectly cool coach, Colette French, are drawn into the investigation.

Edge of Eternity

By Ken Follett
Series Century Trilogy
Recommended By Betty Petreshock, Reference Librarian

A conclusion to the epic trilogy continues the experiences of five intertwined international families as they confront the social, political and economic turmoil of the second half on the 20th century.

Everything I Never Told You

By Celeste Ng
Recommended By Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers' Services, Lisa Jones, Readers' Services Librarian

A story of the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family explores the fallout of the drowning death of Lydia Lee, the favorite daughter of a Chinese-American family in 1970s Ohio.

French Lessons: a novel

By Ellen Sussman
Recommended By Rosemarie Germaine, Senior Library Clerk

A heartbroken and pregnant woman, a neglected ex-pat housewife, and the husband of a high-profile movie star experience profound life changes while exploring Paris with their French tutors throughout the course of a single day.

Goodbye Without Leaving

By Laurie Colwin
Recommended By Sue Ann R., Head of Children's Services

Geraldine Colshares, former backup singer for Ruby Shakely and the Shakettes, muddles through marriage, motherhood, and employment while struggling to reconcile youth with maturity and expectations with real life.

Husband's Secret

By Liane Moriarty
Recommended By Evelyn Hershkowitz, Readers' Services Librarian, Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers' Services, Pam Strudler, Children's Librarian, Stacey Levine, Readers' Services Librarian

Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband's death, Cecelia is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women.

Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

By Andrew Sean Greer
Recommended By Jean Simpson, Readers' Services Librarian

To alleviate her suffocating depression after the death of her twin brother and the break-up with her long-time lover, Greta Wells embarks on a radical psychiatric treatment that has an unexpected side effect, which transports her to the lives she might have had if she had been born in a different era.

Jane Eyre

By Charlotte Bronte
Recommended By Rosemarie Birofka, Librarian Trainee, Lisa Caputo, Assistant Library Director
With Sonia Grgas, Health Reference Librarian

Tuesday, September 27, 2011.  1 PM & 7:30 PM.

“In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall, a country estate owned by the mysteriously remote Mr. Rochester (From the Publisher).”


Became the movie: Jane Eyre.

Joshua: a Brooklyn tale

By Andrew Kane
Recommended By Audrey Honigman, Library Clerk

Explores the entanglements of three lives: Joshua Eubanks, a young black man struggling to overcome the crime, drugs, and despair of the streets; Rachel Weissman, daughter of a Hassidic rabbi; and Paul Sims, the product of a privileged Long Island Jewish family, yearning to escape his troubled past.

Long Way Home

By Saroo Brierley
Recommended By Neela Vass, Head of Acquisitions

A full-length account of the author’s inspirational effort to find his India birthplace describes how he was accidentally separated from his family in the mid-1980s, his survival on the streets of Calcutta, his adoption by an Australian family and his headline-making Google Earth search.


By Blake Crouch
Series Wayward Pines Series
Recommended By Recommended By

Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in the hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact-he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

Providence Rag

By Bruce DeSilva
Series Liam Mulligan Mysteries
Recommended By Ed Goldberg, Head of Reference

A tale inspired by a true story finds Mulligan, his friend Mason, and the newspaper they work for confronting an ethical dilemma involving a juvenile serial murderer’s parole and corrupt police activities.

Sacred River

By Wendy Wallace
Recommended By Jean Simpson, Readers' Services Librarian

Feeling her life is over in the face of disabilities that render her isolated and overprotected, Harriet leaves Victorian London with her mother and God-fearing aunt for a trip to volatile Egypt, where the trio’s sense of empowerment is threatened by Harriet’s mother’s long-hidden past.

Slimed!: An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age

By Mathew Klickstein
Recommended By Jessikah Chautin, Children's Librarian

Describes the history of the first network devoted entirely to children, which went on to change both cable television and kid’s entertainment forever.

Still Life With Bread Crumbs

By Anna Quindlen
Recommended By Evelyn Hershkowitz, Readers' Services Librarian, Pam Strudler, Children's Librarian

Abandoning her expensive world to move to a small country cabin, a once world-famous photographer bonds with a local man and begins to see the world around her in new, deeper dimensions while evaluating second changes at love, career and self-understanding.

Train of Small Mercies

By David Rowell
Recommended By Rosemarie Germaine, Senior Library Clerk

While a young black porter struggles with first-day duties on board the Robert F. Kennedy funeral train, a woman sneaks away from her disapproving husband to pay respects to the assassinated senator, and a wounded soldier awaits a reputation-restoring interview.


By Colum McCann
Recommended By Brenda Cherry, Reference Librarian

A tale spanning one hundred and fifty years and two continents reimagines the peace efforts of democracy champion Frederick Douglass, Senator George Mitchell, and World War I airmen John Alcock and Teddy Brown through the experiences of four generations of women.

We Were Liars

By E. Lockhart
Recommended By Evelyn Hershkowitz, Readers' Services Librarian, Lisa Jones, Readers' Services Librarian

A modern, sophisticated suspense tale by the National Book Award finalist author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks follows the revolutionary activities of four friends who turn against each other in the wake of trauma, differing political views and a devastating secret.

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