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Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly

Little Women Letters by Gabrielle DonnellyTitle:  Little Women Letters

Author:  Gabrielle Donnelly

Call #:  DON

Lulu Atwater discovers a cache of letters written by her great-great-grandmother, Little Women‘s Jo March, in her mother’s attic, and by reading them comes to understand her family at a deeper level, as she struggles to find her own place in the world.

Recommended by:  Bobbie

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

End of Your Life Book ClubTitle:  The End of Your Life Book Club

Author:  Will Schwalbe

Call #:  BIOGRAPHY SCHWALBE

Most readers have asked or been asked “What are you reading?” at one point in their lives and the question does not hold substance after the initial answer. This question was asked of Will Schwalbe by his mother while she was awaiting cancer treatment and it was the beginning of a mother/son book club. Through the titles they read you learn more about Will, his mother Mary Anne and their relationship. If you are not afraid to shed a tear, join their journey and their book club.

Recommended by:  Crystal

Possession by A.S. Byatt

Possession by A.S. ByattTitle:  Possession

Author:  A.S. Byatt

Call #:  BYA

One of the few newer romance novels worthy of the original Romantic Movement, this is a love story that centers on research being done into the lives of two long-dead poets: Randolph Henry Ash and Christabel LaMotte. The young academics involved in the gathering of information find themselves drawn into their work in an unexpected way. Highlighted throughout by examples of mid-Victorian poetry, this novel is as historical as it is emotional. This is a romance novel for the reader who likes a more intelligent read.

Recommended by:  John

Dracula in Love by Karen Essex

Dracula in Love by Karen EssexTitle:  Dracula in Love

Author:  Karen Essex

Call #:  ESS

This re-telling of the classic Bram Stoker novel is presented from the point of view of Mina Murray who, as it turns out, had much more to do with Dracula than was previously thought.  The gothic imagery and flowing Victorian language are true to the original tale while an epic love story is revealed and developed.  Lovers of romance and horror alike will enjoy this book.  Certainly one of the most romantic vampire novels to be published in recent years.

Recommended by:  John

Castle Waiting by Linda Medley

Castle Waiting by Linda MedleyTitle: Castle Waiting

Author: Linda Medley

Call #: MED

This graphic novel begins as a retelling of Sleeping Beauty but evolves into a modern fable about an abandoned castle and its eccentric inhabitants. Medley uses the fairy tale format to tell the story of strong, independent women who do not need to be saved, but instead save themselves with the help of wonderful friends. I was completely engrossed by this book and could not put it down for the few hours it took me to read it.

Recommended by: Becky

The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr

Italian Secretary by Caleb CarrTitle: The Italian Secretary

Author: Caleb Carr

Call #: M  CAR

I could almost believe this is actually by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The story twists and turns just like a genuine Sherlock Holmes. It does take some patience to get through, but the story itself is good enough for perseverance.

Recommended by: Betty

An Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

Uncommon Reader by Alan BennettTitle: An Uncommon Reader

Author: Alan Bennett

Call #: BEN

This slim book packs quite a punch. The premise is simple enough. The Queen (post Diana’s death) is chasing after her Corgis and discovers the library bookmobile on her property. She investigates and slowly becomes obsessed with reading. We see her evolve as a reader and even move into writing. In between these plot details Bennett raises issues of class, the burden of being the Queen, and the British people’s mixed feelings the Monarchy. If you love reading, you need to try this book.

Recommended by: Becky