Book Suggestions from the Library Friends and Staff
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
“…he heard the siren song of family – how it pulls you despite all sense; how it forces you to discard your convictions, your righteous selfhood, in favor of profound dependence." An engaging story that explores the line between fate and free will, reality and illusion, how our beliefs guide us and can trap us. Stories of four siblings, a magician, longevity researcher, a dancer and an army doctor, each seeking to understand, deny or outrun the prophecy given to them by a psychic when they were children.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
This book offers a fresh look at war, homelessness, desperation, and the crisis of refugees. Two young people seeking love, pursuing careers and living their lives caught in the catastrophe of civil war are forced them to leave their homes, their families and their country in order to survive. A thought provoking look at the struggle of refugees to maintain a sense of identity and to see a path forward in a world hostile to their very existence.
America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
A historical fiction novel based on letters and original sources tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson's oldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph, who in the aftermath of her mother’s death, becomes her father’s companion and protector, keeps his secrets, and helps to shape his legacy. After marrying his protégé, William Short, she is torn as to where her loyalties lie, as a daughter or as a wife. The reader travels to Paris, Washington, D.C. and back to Monticello as all of characters struggle with the politics and realities of revolution, war, diplomacy, slavery, poverty and morality.
The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani
Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, Jaya, decides to go to India to recover from the deep grief of miscarriages and to uncover answers to her family’s past. Ravi, her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant, reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her. The FRL will be discussing this book at our fall discussion on October 27th. Please join us.