Emily St. John Mandel Pages: 301 Published: 2020
The book: Vincent and her half-brother, Paul, work in the exclusive and remote Hotel Caiette on Vancouver Island. Just before an important guest arrives, a strange message etched in acid, appears on a hotel window.
Who left the message and why? How will working at the hotel impact the lives of Vincent and Paul? Read more
Elizabeth Gilbert Pages: 466 Published: 2019
The book: 1940 and nineteen-year-old Vivian is kicked out of Vassar College. Her rich, well-to-do parents send her to live with her Aunt Peg in New York, who owns a run-down theatre in Midtown Manhattan. Vivian is thrown into a heady life of showgirls, late-night clubs, parties, and men, a far cry from her previous life in the suburbs. Read more
Erin Morgenstern Pages: 494 Published: 2019
The book: Zachary Rawlins finds an unusual old book in his university library. The book captivates him. Strangely, it contains a story that is about Zachary when he was a child. Fascinated, he sets out to solve the puzzle that appears to be contained in the book. This quest will take him to strange and amazing places where he will meet unusual and sometimes dangerous people. Secret societies, magic, and alternate realities abound! Read more
Madeline Miller Pages: 393 Published: 2018
The book: In the ancient Greek epic, The Odyssey, by the poet Homer, Odysseus, journeying home after the fall of Troy, encounters the witch Circe. He and his men are delayed on her island for a year. Although it takes Odysseus ten years to get home, Circe’s appearance in The Odyssey is fleeting. This wonderful novel is Miller’s reimagining and retelling of Circe’s life. Read more
Lisa Wingate Pages: 334 Published: 2017
The book: It’s Memphis, Tennessee in 1939. The five Foss children, who are all under twelve, live on a riverboat with their parents. One stormy night, when their mother is taken ill, the children are left alone. Unbeknownst to the parents, some strangers have nefarious plans for their children. Read more
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
Translated from German by Simon Pare
Pages: 359 Published: 2015 (English translation)
The book: Monsieur Perdu is the owner of a barge, named Literary Apothecary, which is moored on the Seine in Paris. He dispenses books to heal his customers’ emotional ills and stops them from reading what he considers might not be good for them.
Catherine, a new neighbor, moves into the apartment building where Perdu lives. Her arrival causes Perdu to break open a room that has been closed up for over twenty years. Inside, there’s an unopened letter addressed to him from an old lover. So begins Perdu’s journey. Read more