Archives for Adult

Song of Achilles

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller Jaime says, Song of Achilles takes a well-developed approach to the complex story of Achilles and Patroclus around the antebellum and during the Trojan War. While most stories focus on the war itself, this novel takes a more detailed approach to two of the most significant people of this mythic battle.
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Circe

Circe by Madeline Miller Jaime says, Circe takes a very accurate approach to the immortal life of Circe, the witch who is most notably one of the main antagonists in the Odyssey. While she is mostly presented as an outcast in her early life, she develops herself and her skills to become a notable and powerful force among the gods and mythological creatures.
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Glass Hotel

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel Amelia says, This book is very different from the dystopian civilization presented in her previous story, “Station Eleven”, which is now being adapted into an HBO series. A large glass hotel, in the midst of a small island in Canada, is the victim of a crime.
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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green Steve says, A lighter, fun book about societal change and how our current systems make us completely unable to tackle major upheavals. Future historians will read this one to learn what it was like in the age of information overload.
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The Other Americans

The Other Americans by Laila Lalami Meghan says, More than just a mystery about a deadly hit and run, this book delves into the ties that bind a family and the impact of their choices. Told with alternating narrators, character’s motivations and inner lives are slowly revealed. A few loose threads might leave you wanting more, but the story is none the less enjoyable and will tug at your heartstrings.
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Code Name: Lise

Code Name: Lise by Larry Loft Jim says, A spy story set in World War 2, it highlights the challenges, dangers and drudgery of a woman spying for Britain against the Nazis. Ilse has a family with children, and her story begins with training in the skills needed, continues with the dangerous courier missions and rescues that she gets involved in.
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The Starless Sea

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern Erin says, This book was so much fun and perfect for any library worker and/or book lover. The story mostly follows Zachary, a grad school student who feels shy and awkward and somewhat of a loner. He comes across an old and uncatalogued book in the university library one day and looks to see what is inside.
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Once More We Saw Stars

Once More We Saw Stars by Jayson Greene Sydney says, A really beautifully written, but painful book to read. At times it was so raw and so close – I wonder what another year or two’s time and reflection would have done to his story. But this was up close and personal on a parent’s grief of losing a child and I’m better for having read it.
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Finding Dorothy

Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts Stephanie says, If you are a fan of the “Wizard of Oz”, you will enjoy this novel based on the lives of Maude and L. Frank Baum, the author of the Oz books. The plot alternates between the beginnings of their marriage and, after Frank’s death, the filming of the movie.
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