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Book Sketches

Chemistry by Weike Wang

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 6:12pm -- BHanley

What happens when your love of chemistry is more hypothesis than reality? Weike Wang’s debut effort is a humorous, honest, and painful portrait of a young Chinese-American woman at a crossroads in life and love. She is faced with failed research, a loss of focus in her future, demanding parents, and a boyfriend who has been patiently waiting to pop the marriage question. Eventually, she’s forced to decide life’s ultimate question: what do I really want?

The Streets of Paris: a guide to the City of Light following in the footsteps of famous Parisians throughout history by Susan Cahill

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:56pm -- JGranatino

Much more than a city guide, this book describes the quartiers of La Ville-Lumière with an emphasis on obscure and unanticipated pleasures. It delves into the rich history of particular streets and landmarks from Île de la Cité to the Left Bank and the famous – and sometimes infamous – citizens associated with them.

Footnotes From the World's Greatest Bookstores: true tales and lost moments from book buyers, book sellers and booklovers by Bob Eckstein

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 4:40pm -- JGranatino

If you just cannot resist browsing the local independent bookstores when you travel, this book is for you! Eckstein’s lovely illustrations and charming anecdotes about seventy-five venerable bookstores from Boston to Bucharest cannot fail to fascinate.

The Child by Fiona Barton

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:18am -- JGranatino

An excavation in a gentrified section of London has uncovered the skeletal remains of a newborn baby. The local paper has relegated the story to a small blurb buried on a back page but veteran reporter Kate Waters feels this could be a blockbuster story, linked to the disappearance of a baby from a maternity hospital decades before.

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 6:36pm -- BHanley

The only survivor. This is what it means to be a Final Girl. Quincy was the only survivor from a college weekend party at Pine Cottage after witnessing the brutal death of her friends, and coming close to death herself. She was rescued by a lone cop who shot to death the alleged killer. As both a blessing and a curse, Quincy can only remember up to the bloodshed and then her rescue afterward.

A House Among the Trees by Julia Glass

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 9:40am -- JGranatino

Tomasina Daulaire has spent most of her life as assistant to legendary childrens' book author Mort Lear. She met him as a young girl watching her brother at the local playground. Morty struck up a conversation with her, asking if he could sketch Dani. Deciding this was harmless, she agreed and a few years later realized the character of Evo in Lear's new book, now a bestseller, was her brother. Running into Lear once again after college, he offered her a job and Tommy eventually moved into his country house upon a rolling estate in Connecticut.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 3:15pm -- JGranatino

Lydia Smith lives a quiet existence as a clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, full of quirky characters including the BookFrogs, the regulars who frequent odd corners of the store. The job suits her, as her father was a former librarian and Lydia and best friend Raj spent hours after school browsing the library shelves after stopping for a snack and Raj’s parents truck stop, the Gas ‘n’ Doughnuts.

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