Beyond the Best Seller

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

We are celebrating Spring here at the Library, and with it we have a nice lineup of books to suggest for the month of April and beyond. Fiction readers, there's a lot to choose from: We recommend Dark Tide by Andrew Gross. It's a page-turner of a thriller, and it is set locally, or somewhat Greenwich and Stamford CT. We recommended this book on our list a week ago, and what do you know, now it is on the NY Times Bestseller List. The power of our suggestion? We'll never know. Gross spoke at the library last evening, and he proved to be a very entertaining and informing. We will soon have a DVD of last night's presentation, so if you like the book, check out the DVD as well.

The English American by Alison Larkin is a really poignant and yet very funny autobiographical novel about a young British woman who finds out that her birthparents are American. She seeks out her birthmother and then finds herself really caught between two cultures. If you are interested in issues of cultural identity and adoption or simply want an entertaining book pick this one up.

A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian by Marina Lewycka has enchanted Library staff members are patrons alike. It is the story of an older widower who wants to marry a young woman, and his daughter's reaction to his choice.

If you are a fan of Philippa Gregory's novels about the Tudors, try this nonfiction recommendation: Elizabeth and Leicester: power, passion, and politics by Sarah Gristwood. It is a dual biography that explores the lifelong relationship between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.

Sports and biography fans: The talented biographer Leigh Montville has published a new biography of Babe Ruth: The Big Bam: the Life and Times of Babe Ruth .

Lastly, a nod to Spring and the annual Spring Cleaning: Organic Housekeeping by Ellen Sandbeck will teach you ways to keep your home clean without toxic chemicals. After your Spring cleaning is done, take some of these other recommendations and read them in your backyard or in Waveny Park. We didn't have such a tough winter but Spring is always welcome!


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