Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
“Despite knowing how the doomed Lusitania’s story ultimately ends, the tense build up to the big event is fantastic. The alternating story lines and points of view – the passengers & crew, the German U-boat captain, President Woodrow Wilson, British code breakers & Admiralty, and major events on the European front – finally all tragically and dramatically converge. It’s really astounding how a sequence of small, some seemingly insignificant, events potentially led to the ship’s doom. There is so much ground to cover and Larson covers the bulk of it with a quick storytelling pace and emotional punch. A page turner!” -Ellen, BookPeople School Outreach Coordinator
Lust & Wonder: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
In chronicling the development and demise of the different relationships he’s had while living in New York, #1 New York Times bestselling author Augusten Burroughs examines what it means to be in love, what it means to be in lust, and what it means to be figuring it all out. With his unique and singular observations and his own unabashed way of detailing both the horrific and the humorous, Lust and Wonder hilarious and ultimately tender memoir
Patience by Daniel Clowes
A psychedelic science-fiction love story, veering with uncanny precision from violent destruction to deeply personal tenderness in a way that is both quintessentially Clowesian and utterly unique in the author’s body of work. This 180-page, full-color original graphic novel affords Clowes the opportunity to draw some of the most exuberant and breathtaking pages of his life, and to tell his most suspenseful, surprising and affecting story yet!
The Total Package by Stephanie Evanovich
New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Evanovich gives us another funny, sweet, and sizzling novel about love and second chances. Heartthrob star quarterback Tyson Palmer has a million-dollar arm and the promise of a Super Bowl ring. After addiction derails his career, he recovers his talent and wins back the fans. But one person remains unconvinced: Dani Carr, an ambitious sports journalist. Years ago she and Tyson shared a passionate night but never spoke again. Join us tonight for The Total Package.
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
A sensitive orphan, Jane Steele suffers first at the hands of her spiteful aunt and predatory cousin, then at a grim school where she fights for her very life until escaping to London, leaving the corpses of her tormentors behind her. After years of hiding from the law while penning macabre last confessions of the recently hanged, Jane thrills at discovering an advertisement. Her aunt has died and her childhood home has a new master: Mr. Charles Thornfield, who seeks a governess. This is a reimagining of Jane Eyre as a gutsy, heroic serial killer.
The Nest by Cynthia D. Sweeney
Every family has its problems, but the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point when an accident endangers the their joint trust fund, The Nest, which they are months away from finally receiving. Will everyone need to reimagine the futures they’ve envisioned? Brought together as never before, three siblings must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives.
The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture by Glen Weldon
A witty, intelligent cultural history from NPR book critic Glen Weldon explains Batman s rises and falls throughout the ages and what his story tells us about ourselves. It’s Batman’s fundamental nerdiness his gadgets, his obsession, his oath, even his lack of superpowers that uniquely resonates with his fans who feel a fiercely protective love for the character. Today, fueled by the internet, that breed of passion for elements of popular culture is everywhere. Which is what makes Batman the perfect lens through which to understand geek culture, its current popularity, and social significance.
Agony by Mark Beyer, introduction by Colson Whitehead
Amy and Jordan are just like us: hoping for the best, even when things go from bad to worse. They are menaced by bears, beheaded by ghosts, and hunted by the cops, but still they struggle on, bickering and reconciling, scraping together the rent and trying to find a decent movie. It’s the perfect solace for anxious modern minds, courtesy of one of the great innovators of American comics. Now if only Amy’s skin would grow back …
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
East Sussex, 1914. Hugh Grange is visiting his Aunt Agatha in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking and attractive than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. For her part, mourning the death of her beloved father, Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing. But just as she comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.