Tag Archives: Recommended by Bobbie

Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa

Title: Mornings in Jenin

Title: Susan Abulhawa

Call #:  ABU

The story of a Palestinian family’s struggle to survive after they are driven from their ancestral lands following the end of World War II and the formation of the modern state of Israel. Heart-wrenching.

Recommended by: Bobbie

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Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman

Title: Binocular vision: New and Selected Stories

Author: Edith Pearlman                         

Call #:  PEA

I had never heard of Edith Pearlman, and read this collection based on its introduction by Ann Patchett, herself a writer of beautiful and lyrical prose, and I agree with her – Edith Pearlman is a gift: treat yourself.           

Recommended by: Bobbie

Death at the Fair by Frances McNamara

Title: Death at the Fair

Author: Frances McNamara

Call #:  M – MCN

A mystery set in 1893 Chicago during the World’s Columbian Exposition, with a cast of characters ranging from local thugs and corrupt politicians to Ida B. Wells – who can resist? Not this Chicago girl.

Recommended by: Bobbie

Bobbie’s Picks 2014

As the year comes to an end, the contributors to the Browser’s Corner would like to share some of the best books they read in 2014.  These titles were not necessarily published in 2104– only read this year.

Next up, Bobbie from Collection Management:

Title: My Real Children 

Author: Jo Walton

Call #: WALTON

Patricia Cowan is in a nursing home, diagnosed with dementia, and is even more confused than the nurses think. Not only does she forget things – that’s to be expected – but she remembers things that don’t seem possible: marrying Mark and having four children, and not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee; being an unhappy housewife who finally left her marriage when her kids were grown, and being a successful travel writer with homes in Britain and Italy; President Kennedy being killed in 1963, and President Kennedy declining to run again after a nuclear exchange that destroyed Miami and Kiev; and is there a research station on the moon, or a command post filled with nuclear missiles? A beautiful story of two lives lived by the same woman who seeks to know what is real as her health declines.

 Title: Leaving Time

Author: Jodi Picoult

Call #:  PICOULT

Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother Alice, who disappeared following a tragic accident at the elephant sanctuary she and her husband ran. For years Jenna has searched online and read through her mother’s journals, refusing to believe that she would have willingly left her, hoping to find a clue, and now she enlists two people to help: a psychic once famous for finding missing persons and the detective who originally investigated the accident. As the unlikely trio work together to find out what happened to Alice, they find themselves having to face their own inner selves as well.  Fabulous!

Title: Gemini

Author: Carol Cassella

Call #: CASSELLA

An unidentified woman is transferred to the intensive care unit of Seattle’s Beacon Hospital following a hit-and-run accident on the Olympic Peninsula that left her injured, unconscious, and unable to breathe on her own, and Dr. Charlotte Reese finds herself making increasingly complicated medical decisions that will tie her forever to her Jane Doe’s fate. And that’s just the beginning of a thoroughly engrossing read.

Title: The House at the End of Hope Street

Author:  Menna van Praag

Call #: PRAAG

After suffering one of the worst events in her young life, PhD student Alba Ashby finds herself mysteriously at the door of a house on Hope Street, where she is welcomed by a beautiful elderly woman named Peggy, who invites her to stay on the house’s usual condition that she will have 99 days to piece herself back together and turn her life around. Thus begins one of the most magical, enchanting stories I have ever read.

 Title: Ten Things I’ve Learned About Love

Author: Sarah Butler

Call #: BUTLER

“If you stand still in a place, for long enough, it will show itself to you. It takes time, but you find the patterns, and once you find them you can start to feel at home.” So says Daniel, a homeless man who makes sculptures out of objects he finds while walking through London. His health is failing, and the only thing keeping him alive is his knowledge that he has a daughter somewhere in the world whom he continuously seeks to find. Alice is the black sheep of her family – running away again, this time to Mongolia, where she hears the news that her father is dying and arrives home with barely enough time to say goodbye. Then she meets Daniel, and the unlikely relationship they develop draws her to remain rooted as she begins to see the people and places in her life in surprising new ways.

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

Our Lady of the Lost and Found by Diane Schoemperlen

Our Lady of the Lost and Found by Diane SchoemperlenTitle:  Our Lady of the Lost and Found

Author:  Diane Schoemperlen

Call #:  SCH

A woman in a blue trench coat and Nike’s suddenly appears in the narrator’s living room and asks if she can stay for a week – later revealing herself as Mary, the  Mother of Jesus.

Recommended by:  Bobbie

Bobbie’s Best of 2013

Lake People by Abi MaxwellTitle:  Lake People

Author:  Abi Maxwell

Call #:  MAXWELL

“…I wonder just how many people know my story, and how it is possible that in all these years, no one has ever thought to tell it to me.”  Alice Thompson, abandoned as a baby and adopted by a young childless couple, was raised with no knowledge of the women who came before her or the lake that they called home, yet she feels called to that lake even as she longs to know who she really is.  Haunting and beautiful, deeply moving.

Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale by Lynda RutledgeTitle:  Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale

Author:  Lynda Rutledge

Call #:  RUTLEDGE

On the last day of the millennium, Faith Bass Darling, the rich and reclusive heir to her Texas town’s founder and fortune, suddenly starts emptying her mansion and selling off her priceless heirlooms for a pittance.  The local antique dealer can’t believe her luck – until her conscience starts getting in the way of her making a killing.  The deputy sheriff is called in but legally cannot stop her.  Her estranged daughter is summoned home but after running away from Faith so many years before, is not sure she can even face her.  And the one person Faith actually calls for help, the town’s Episcopal priest, is having his own crisis of faith.  But before the day is over each one will have examined their own role in the Bass family saga and pondered some of life’s timeless questions as well.  Fabulous!

Broken Like This by Monica TrasandesTitle:  Broken Like This

Author:  Monica Trasandes

Call #:  TRASANDES

Following a car accident in Ibiza, Spain, Kate Harrington lies comatose in a hospital.  The two people who love her most in the world, whose lives have been changed forever simply by knowing her, immediately fly to her side – but so does her stepfather, who has been a dark presence in their lives for years.  So begins a bittersweet story of love and suspense that grabs the reader and doesn’t let go.

Cleaner of Chartres by Salley VickersTitle:  The Cleaner of Chartres

Author:  Salley Vickers

Call #:  VICKERS

Twenty years ago a woman was found sleeping in the ancient cathedral in Chartres by the Abbe Paul, who later asked if she might help to clean the cathedral.  There, amongst the stained glass windows and labyrinth’s path, she finds an inner peace she has never known.  Then one day someone from her past arrives, causing ugly gossip and rumors, and the mysterious woman must confront her past, allowing the reader to learn of the tragic path that first brought her to Chartres.

Amy Falls Down by Jincey WillettTitle:  Amy Falls Down

Author:  Jincy Willett

Call #:  WILLETT

Amy Gallup is an aging, somewhat reclusive novelist and writing instructor whose books are out of print and who teaches her courses online, allowing her little contact with other people – just the way she likes it.  One morning she shuffles out to her backyard garden to plant a Norfolk pine and is completely unprepared for what happens next:  she falls down, a simple accident that sets off a series of events for which she totally unprepared.

Recommended by:  Bobbie