Archive for May, 2013

The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer

May 31, 2013

[Lesley] Stop everything you are doing and read this book right now! (or at least put it on reserve!) This is one of those novels that I moved right into, felt like the characters were part of my life (even to the point that I wanted to give them advice!), and wasn’t disappointed in a single thing that happened. The story follows a group of friends from their days at summer camp as teenagers through the trials, tribulations, and joys of adult life. The individual characters’ growth, choices, and lives are each satisfying and interesting – then, the changing nature of these friendships over the years and occurrences is a story in itself. How do you remain intimate with people you met as a teenager once all of your lives are changing in radically different ways? There is a story of the culture here as well – how everyday life in different parts of our society has changed (and is changing) since the 1960s. So many aspects of humanity are explored here: art, music, relationships, crime, dysfunction, death, fame, class, parenting… The plot is surprising in places and predictable in others, pretty much just like life. Meg Wolitzer’s writing is easy to keep reading though not easy- there is sophistication in her narrative style, language, and the structure of the story unfolding. I have read a couple of other things by this author but this is by far her best book to date.

Available on audio on Hoopla and Libby/Overdrive

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Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

May 3, 2013

[Cindy]

Reconstructing Amelia is smart, suspenseful and thought provoking. I could not put this book down. The story of Amelia’s death unfolds through Amelia and her mom, Kate’s perspectives and various forms of social media. I was captivated by the complexity and depth of their story. There were so many twists and turns in this novel about friendship, bullying, motherhood, urban private schools, law firm culture that it will keep you guessing until the very end. This is the first novel for this author and I look forward to hearing from her in the future.

Available on Libby/Overdrive and on audio from Hoopla

Reconstructing Amelia - ebook

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

May 2, 2013

[Tricia]

I loved this book so much. It’s just a very cool love story set in the 1980s. Technically it’s a YA book but I think it will appeal to many adults as well. 

Available on audio on Libby/Overdrive

Eleanor & Park - Audiobook

YA author John Green wrote a really good review of it in the New York Times, which will explain the appeal of this book much more articulately than I can: