Beyond the Bestseller

These selections have been made by the Staff from current books available at the Library. Look for the "Beyond the Best Seller" sticker for past recommendations.

Fiction

Learning to Swim: a novel by Sara J. Henry. A freelance writer rescues a child thrown from a ferry and explores the mystery surrounding his accident. An impressive first novel that begs for a sequel.                         

Separate Beds: a novel by Elizabeth Buchan. Shifting scenes from past to present, this novel follows the trajectory of a marriage after the economic downturn in  2008.

Damaged by Alex Kava. Criminal profiler Maggie O’Dell investigates a horrific crime in Florida. Colorful characters and good forensic details make this book a page-turner.

Madame Tussaud: a novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran. The world of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax modeling saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom.           

 

Non Fiction         

Stieg Larsson: Our Days in Stockholm by Kurdo Baksi. A colleague’s memoir about his friend, the author of the popular fiction books known as the Millennium Trilogy.

Finishing the Hat: collected lyrics (1954-1981) with attendant comments, principles, heresies, grudges, whines, and anecdotes by Stephen Sondheim. A beautiful look at the art and craft of lyric writing.        

Bringing Up Oscar: the story of the men and women who founded the Academy by Debra Ann Pawlak. Tales of the movers and shakers that transformed the movie business.

The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick by Gene Stone. The stories of twenty five healthy people who credit everything from yoga to very unusual diet regimes for their wellness, and the science behind it all.