Kaye, Library Director
The Secret Pilgrim by John LeCarre. A paean to George Smiley through the story of one of his protégées.
Speaking fromAmong the Bones by Alan Bradley. Another murder mystery with young Flavia de Luce; if you enjoyed the earlier tales, read this new one. The ending promises another.
The Golden EggMystery by Donna Leon. Featuring the Venetian detective Guido Brunetti with the usual mix of food, family and fraud.
The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. I’ve been recommending this book several times a day. A romantic, atmospheric story set in New York City in the 1930s, with an interesting plot and empathic heroine.
Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls by Dorothy Wickenden. A great story about the author’s grandmother and her grandmother’s best friend who left their privileged East Coast lives to become teachers in the Colorado wilderness in 1916.
Both Flesh and Not by David Foster Wallace. After watching the video of Wallace's This is Water commencement address, I needed to read more before trying to tackle his Infinite Jest (again). This collection of essays features the same intellectual criticism framed by an accessible writing style.
The Filter Bubble by Eli Pariser. If you have ever been interested in how Google searching works, this is the right book for you. The filter bubble refers to how the internet uses personalization for recommendations (Amazon, Netflix, etc.) and why this creates differences in our search results and internet browsing experiences.
The Dinner by Herman Koch. I enjoyed it because it seemingly started out as a social satire but quickly turned into a much darker tale. The story involves a great moral and ethical issue which would be fun to contemplate and debate with others.
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini. This book offers an interesting look behind the scenes of the Lincoln White House days -- from the perspective of a confidante to Mrs. Lincoln. A peek at well-known historical events from a different perspective.