BOOKS TO KNOW – Top 10 List – May 2017

  1. The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother  and Son On Life, Love, and Loss

April 5, 2016

By: Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt

Both a son’s love letter to his mother and an unconventional mom’s life lessons for her grown son, The Rainbow Comes and Goes offers a rare window into their close relationship and fascinating life stories, including their tragedies and triumphs. In these often humorous and moving exchanges, they share their most private thoughts and the hard-earned truths they’ve learned along the way. In their words their distinctive personalities shine through – Anderson’s journalistic outlook on the world is a sharp contrast to his mother’s idealism and unwavering optimism.

  1. Modern Lovers

May 31, 2016

By: Emma Straub

Straub packs wisdom and insight and humor together in a satisfying book about neighbors and nosiness, ambition and pleasure, the excitement of youth, the shock of middle age, and the fact that our passions—be they food, or friendship, or music—never go away, they just evolve and grow along with us.

  1. End of Watch

June 7, 2016

By: Stephen King

Retired detective Bill Hodges, who now with his sidekick Holly runs the unauthorized investigative agency Finders Keepers, is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Given only months to live, he finds himself drawn into a recent spree of suicides. All the dead are connected by a common thread: each of them have in the past been in contact with Brady Hartsfield, the notorious Mr. Mercedes who, six years ago, plotted to blow up a rock concert venue packed with teenagers. Holly and Hodges thwarted Brady’s plans and left the killer in a persistive vegetative state from which he never recovered. However, many of the staff of the hospital where Brady now resides believe that Brady is recovering at an impossible rate, and that he may be faking his injuries to avoid trial…except that everyone who gets too close to proving this suspicion seems to disappear.

  1. Before the Fall

May 31, 2016

By: Noah Hawley

On a foggy summer night, eleven people–ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter–depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs–the painter–and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family.

  1. Zero K

May 3, 2016

By: Don DeLillo

The wisest, richest, funniest, and most moving novel in years from Don DeLillo, one of the great American novelists of our time—an ode to language, at the heart of our humanity, a meditation on death, and an embrace of life.

  1. Eligible

April 19, 2016

By: Curtis Sittenfeld

Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice is a 2016 novel written by Curtis Sittenfeld that is a modern day reinterpretation of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice set in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  1. Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

June 15, 2016

By: Mary Roach

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, is a non-fiction work by Mary Roach, released in June 2016. Published by W. W. Norton & Company, it covers the subject of scientific research for the military and some of the less well-known aspects of the lives of soldiers. In this book, Roach attempts to answer many questions about the military that the reader may not have thought of before, and discusses the challenges that soldiers have to face on the battlefield that do not necessarily directly involve fighting.

  1. LaRose

May 10, 2016

By: Louise Erdrich

Late summer in North Dakota, 1999: Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence but only when he staggers closer does he realize he has killed his neighbor’s son.

  1. Miller’s Valley

April 5, 2016

By: Anna Quindlen

In a small town on the verge of big change, a young woman unearths deep secrets about her family and unexpected truths about herself. Filled with insights that are the hallmark of Anna Quindlen’s bestsellers, Miller’s Valley is an emotionally powerful story about a family you will never forget

  1. One with You

April 5, 2016

By: Sylvia Day

Day’s fifth Crossfire novel brings the story of Gideon and Eva to a satisfying conclusion. Narrating their stories in alternating chapters, Eva and Gideon relate their explosive physical attraction, their appreciation of how they help each other heal old emotional wounds, and their ever-increasing mutual trust. Glamorous people, swanky settings, steamy sex, and passionate married love make this a heartwarming, gratifying conclusion to the series.


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