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2017 Summer Reading-Books Read: Books read

The Lion in the Living Room

...about science.

Tries to figure out the why of house cats. 5 stars!

-- Mollie K

Magpie Murders

...Listen to an audio-book.

4 stars!

-- Nina

The Clockwork Dynasty

...before it's been published.

3 stars!

-- Amy S

A Thousand Acres

...that won a Pulitzer Prize.

I loved this book! Excellent writing, powerful story. I'd give it more stars if I could. 5 stars!

-- Susan A

The Address

...before it's been published.

I have always been fascinated by the Dakota and Fiona Davis did a wonderful job of offering a small glimpse into the early days using it as the setting for a classic story of love, loss and betrayal traveling between the late 1880s and the 1980s and the fate of one family. Very little of the novel is based on actual history, but it is a good read and of course, an interesting choice for the story's setting. For a more detailed fictional look at the Dakota- I recommend the classic Jack Finney novel Time and Again. 4 stars!

-- Kelle

Big Kids

...with pictures in it.

A surrealist coming-of-age graphic novel that recalls the sensations of dawning adolescence with uncommon clarity. It pushed the limits of what I thought was possible to convey through drawn abstraction--car sounds and aromas, for example--while remaining accessible and easy to follow. This is not a nostalgic piece; the narrator lays out the good and the ugly with an even hand, never flinching. I would recommend this to anyone with a taste for the odd--and I'd recommend it to everyone else, too, just to find out what they thought of it. 5 stars!

-- Emili K

Love and Gelato

...that takes place in a country you want to visit.

5 stars!

--Katy L

Good Me Bad Me

...narrated by a child.

Wow. This was a tremendously disturbing book about the child of a serial killer who really wants to be good... 5 stars!

-- Diantha L

I See You

...that makes your heart race.

In this intense psychological thriller, Mackintosh penned a story that makes the reader re-evaluate their every day routines, and will leave the reader with their own sense of paranoia. 5 stars!

-- Diana N

The Baker's Secret

...that takes place in a country you want to visit.

For those who loved The Nightingale, another Holocaust themed book that takes place in France. 5 stars!

--Margie F

The Burning Girl

...narrated by a child.

4 stars!

-- Karen K

The Fifth Child

...under 200 pages.

Harriet and David Lovatt purchase a large home with the intent of filling it with children and live in happiness until the fifth child, Ben, is born. He isn't normal, kills animals, doesn't understand the social norms, looks Neanderthal. What are they and society going to do with him? They can't find themselves to love him, yet Harriet refuses to have him institutionalized. Instead, society looks at Harriet as the monster. 4 stars!

-- Amy S

The Andy Cohen Diaries

...with a blue cover.

A fun summer read! Learned lots about Andy too. 5 stars!

-- Gina U

Animal Farm

...under 200 pages.

4 stars!

-- Rose J

Coraline

...under 200 pages.

4 stars!

-- Jordan B

The History of Love

...with a blue cover.

4 stars!

--Leslie H

The Passenger

...that makes your heart race.

This book kept me on the edge of my seat! 4 stars!

--Jen T

The Lowells of Massachusetts

...written by a local author.

Very interesting about the family , and the history of their time in the U.S. 5 stars!

--Jalna J

The Perfect Stranger

...that makes your heart race.

A nice edition to the psychological thriller genre-- just the perfect amount of creepy to keep me turning the page. 4 stars!

--Melanie K

 

The Alchemist

...under 200 pages.

A pilgrimage to find enlightenment through becoming one with life's surroundings. 4 stars!

--Patty D

The Shadow Land

...by an author who spoke at The Westport Library.

A really interesting, twisting read! 4 stars!

-- Karen K

Just Getting Started

...written by a musician.

Amazing! 5 stars!

-- Gina U

Sense and Sensibility

...with pictures in it.

5 stars!

-- Sara M

All Is Not Forgotten

...that takes place in Fairfield County

4 stars!

-- Erin L

Beartown

...that takes place in a country you want to visit.

4 stars!

--Joan M

The Guns Above

...about a spy.

Fun adventure with entertaining characters and witty dialog! 4 stars!

--Melanie K

The Invisible Library

...with a protagonist who is a mythical creature.

4 stars!

--Diana N

Best Day Ever

...recommended by your librarian.

A solid book featuring a classic narcissist. 3 stars!

-- Diantha L

A Natural History of Dragons

...Listen to an audio-book.

A travelogue with a fantasy focus, some entertaining characters, and delightful fantasy Victorian sensibilities. Fans of dragons and Britishish people going on adventures will enjoy this book.  3 stars!

--James L

Interpreter of Maladies

...that won a Pulitzer Prize.

This collection of diverse tales is fascinating, shocking and oh so provocative.  5 stars!

-- Caroline S

 

The Lowells of Massachusetts

...by an author who spoke at The Westport Library.

5 stars!

-- Amy S

The Martian

...made into a movie.

5 stars!

--Karen B

The Titanic

...about a real life adventure.

5 stars!

-- Jordan B

Under the Big Black Sun

...recommended by your librarian.

It's an enlightening book about the punk scene on the other side of the country. 4 stars!

-- Mary B

Into the Forest

...narrated by a child.

4 stars!

--Liz K

Portraits of Courage

...written by a President.

Learn stories about the men who served our country in recent years. 4 stars!

--Carolyn Z

Ragnarok

...under 200 pages.

A retelling of the Norse myths about the end of the world. Gorgeous language. 4 stars!

-- Mollie K

Ambulance Girl

...with "girl" in the title.

4 stars!

-- Susan A

White Fur

...before it's been published.

An unusual and sexually explicit love story between 20 somethings from different sides of the track in 1980s New Haven and NYC. 3 stars!

--Liz K

Valiant Ambition

...about a real life adventure.

5 stars!

-- Rachel R

The Boy on the Bridge

...that takes place in a country you want to visit.

A well-written and interesting sequel to The Girl with All the Gifts. Very entertaining. 3 stars!

--James L

Enchanted Night

...that takes place in Fairfield County

Short chapters about various citizens in a small town in southern Connecticut on a hot evening. It's written in beautiful language. It would qualify for "under 200 pages" as well. 4 stars!

-- Amy S

Someone to Watch over Me

...by an author who spoke at The Westport Library.

Interesting biography about the influence of her father on person she became. 4 stars!

--Carolyn Z

Abigale Hall

...that makes your heart race.

4 stars!

--Karen K

Our Souls at Night

...under 200 pages.

5 stars!

--Sylvia S

Assassin's Fate

...before it's been published.

Love Robin Hobb. Wonderful fantasy, beautifully written. A pageturner! 5 stars!

--Sue W

Down among the Sticks and Bones

...under 200 pages.

I love the eeriness of Seanan McGuires voice when she tells archetypal stories. Jack and Jill will never be the same again... 4 stars!

--Melanie K

 

The Silver Chair

...with a protagonist who is a mythical creature.

Narnia rules! 5 stars!

--Zsasha C

He Said/She Said

...that takes place at sea.

Everybody lies, but some lies are worse than others. A solidly creepy book with flawed characters and interesting plot twists. 4 stars!

--Melanie K

The Widow

...you discovered using NoveList.

4 stars!

-- Jen T

Hidden Figures

...made into a movie.

An in depth look at equal opportunity and integration at NASA. 5 stars!

-- Alice S

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

...written by a musician.

This book offers great insight into the post-grunge Seattle scene. 4 stars!

--Mary B

 

Loving Frank

...you discovered using NoveList.

5 stars!

-- Erin L

The Woman in Cabin 10

...recommended by your librarian.

4 stars!

-- Kat M

Confess

...with pictures in it.

4 stars!

--Katy L

The universe has your back

...Listen to an audio-book.

I liked the concept behind this book but many of the situations were not relatable. 2 stars!

--Jen T

The Girl You Left Behind

...with "girl" in the title.

Great read. Would make a great movie! 5 stars!

-- Patty D

 

Stuck Rubber Baby

...with pictures in it.

One of the great queer graphic novels. It weaves story of a man coming to terms with his queerness in the 1960s South into the broader story of the Civil Rights Movement. A really timely read.  5 stars!

-- Cody D

 

 

The Girl in the Ice

...with "girl" in the title.

5 stars!

-- Jen T

Britt-Marie Was Here

...recommended by your librarian.

Story about a woman who learns that life does not have to be so perfect. She learns how to appreciate life and take chances. Heartwarming story. 4 stars!

--Patty D

Sharp Objects

...as an eBook.

4 stars!

--Alex G

Other Minds

...listen to an audio-book.

A book that explores the unique intelligence of cephalopods, and how what we've learned about their intelligence teaches us about ours.  4 stars!

--Cody D

Never Let You Go

...that makes your heart race.

Easy to read thriller about an abusive relationship with more than one devious twist! 5 stars!

--Liz K

South Pole Station

...about science.

Set at the South Pole Station in Antactica, this book has art, science, politics, family tragedy, romance, and intrigue. You can't ask for much more in a book! 5 stars!

--Melanie K

 

Return of the Crimson Guard

...that makes your heart race.

4 stars!

-- Ireeves

The Farming of Bones

...by an author who is an immigrant.

4 stars!

-- Amy S

The Royal We

...that takes place in a country you want to visit. (England)

3 stars!

-- Rachel R

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

...made into a movie.

Coming of age novel about a young boy trying to navigate through adolescence, definitely enjoyed although not as much as I thought based on the rave reviews. 4 stars!

-- Rebecca I

The Night Ocean

...by an author who spoke at The Westport Library.

3 stars!

--James L

The Little Things

...under 200 pages.

1 star!

-- Jen T

Dead Man's Reach

...Listen to an audio-book.

3 stars!

--Ireeves

Human Remains

...about science.

Somewhat disturbing psychological thriller about a police analyst who discovers a decomposing body next door. 4 stars!

--Liz K

The Essex Serpent

...with a blue cover.

4 stars!

-- Nina

As You Wish

...Listen to an audio-book.

Loved the movie so I was interested in how is was made. This audio gave me new insights as to the characters, the actors, and how the movie was actually made. Now I want to watch the movie again to spot all the nuances! 5 stars!

--Patty D

The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman

...that takes place in a country you want to visit. (Spain)

A fun romp! 5 stars!

--Karen K

A Man Lay Dead

...under 200 pages.

3 stars!

--Ireeves

Dukes Prefer Blondes

...as an eBook.

4 stars!

--Karen B

The Heiresses

...with a blue cover.

3 stars!

-- Jen T

WTF?! What the French

...that takes place in a country you want to visit.

This is a must read for anybody in a relationship of any kind with a French person! 4 stars!

--Melanie K

The Delphi Effect

...with a protagonist who is a mythical creature.

2 stars

--Melanie M

The Giver

...made into a movie.

4 stars!

-- Leslie H

Dinner at the Center of the Earth

...before it's been published.

4 stars!

-- Nina

Jane Eyre

...written over 100 years ago.

5 stars!

-- Gina U

Winter Tide

...with a protagonist who is a mythical creature.

Winter Tide is a bold re-imagining of Lovecraft's world with a more intimate and sympathetic cast of characters. Well worth a read if you are a fan of the genre. 4 stars!

--James L

Young Jane Young

...you discovered using NoveList.

4 stars!

-- Diantha L

Batman Vol. 2: I Am Suicide

...with pictures in it.

4 stars!

--Alex G

The Lost Order

...about a spy.

3 stars!

--Rachel R

The Marsh King's Daughter

...recommended by your librarian.

I am giving this book a 4 instead of a 5 because there were a few anachronisms... otherwise, it was a fascinating story that I could not put down. 4 stars!
 
--Melanie K
 
 

Life after Death

...you discovered using NoveList.

4 stars!

--Alex G

Mister Tender's Girl

...with "girl" in the title.

4 stars!

-- Diantha L

Nothing Daunted

...as an eBook.

4 stars!

-- Erin L

House of Names

...by an author who spoke at The Westport Library.

Haunting. It won't leave me alone. 5 stars!

-- Mollie K

The Woman in Cabin 10

...that takes place at sea.

4 stars!

--Diana N

The Hanging Tree

...that takes place in a country you want to visit.

4 stars!

-- Ireeves

Behind Her Eyes

...listen to an audio-book.

This book is perfectly plotted and will blow your mind.  The narration is AMAZING. 5 stars!

--Mary B

The King of Good Intentions

...written by a musician.

A fun read for rock fans. 5 stars!

-- Cody D

The City of Brass

...with a protagonist who is a mythical creature.

Fascinating meld of fantasy, history and reality. 5 stars!

-- Diantha L

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

...with a blue cover.

For the budding entrepreneur. 4 stars!

--Margie F

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

...with "girl" in the title.

3 Stars!

--Liz K

Transit

...with a blue cover.

An elliptical novel about moments that change lives. 4 stars!

-- Mollie K

The Bear and the Nightingale

...with a protagonist who is a mythical creature.

4 stars!

--Ireeves

The Notebook

...made into a movie.

I loved the movie, and finally got to read the book! A classic! 5 stars!

-- Gina U

Falling

...by an author who spoke at The Westport Library.

4 stars!

--Rachel R

Insomniac City

...with a character who identifies as LGBTQIA.

Memoir of life, love and loss; a charming tribute to his partner, the late neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks, interwoven with vignettes and street photos of life in the city that never sleeps. 5 stars!

-- Sylvia S

Siddhartha

...written by a Nobel Laureate

Siddhartha's journey to find Nirvana comes full circle to find peace and love in the surroundings of the world around him. Great read. 4 stars!

-- Patty D

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

...Listen to an audio-book.

We accompany Lillian on her evening’s peregrinations on foot up, down, and all across Manhattan– she is a devout walker – and back in time, as she remembers the main events of her life. 4 stars!

--Carolyn Z

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

...with a character who identifies as LGBTQIA.

5 stars!

-- Gina U

One Perfect Lie

...with a blue cover.

3 stars!

--Melanie M

Anything Is Possible

...with a blue cover.

Lucy Barton returns. Elizabeth Strout's characters are close to walking off the pages with her writing. 3 stars!

-- Chris L

The End of the World Running Club

...about an athlete.

Not sure I would want to become a runner this way-- living in a post apocalyptic Scotland and having to cross the country in 3 weeks to get to my family and rescue them and the only way to do it is to run-- but it was a pretty good book! 4 stars!

-- Diantha L

Sh*t My Dad Says

...under 200 pages.

Funny. 3 stars!

-- Liz K

Ginny Moon

...narrated by a child.

An incredibly sweet book narrated by an autistic girl looking for her place in the world. 4 stars!

--Melanie K

Letters to the Lost

...that makes your heart race.

Epic story of love and hope. I could not put this book down! It's a 10! 5 stars!

-- Patty D

The Underground Railroad

...that won a Pulitzer Prize.

Although hard to read at times, Whitehead paints the true brutality and evil of slavery. 5 stars!

-- Chris L

The Handmaid's Tale

...with a character who identifies as LGBTQIA.

Terrifying, moving, powerful. A feminist's nightmare. 5 stars!

--Liz K

 

Cold Reign

...with a protagonist who is a mythical creature.

So urban fantasy series with strong female leads are my ultimate guilty pleasure. This one does not dissapoint. Jane Yellowrock is a kick butt skinwalker who takes the shape of a big cat and saves New Orleans from vampire mechanations. Fun read!  3 stars!

-- Melanie K

 

Before Everything

...you discovered using NoveList.

3 stars!

-- Kat M

The English Patient

...made into a movie.

The book was good but not as good as the movie! 4 stars!

--Patty D
 

Watch Me Disappear

...before it's been published.

Billie Flanagan has disappeared after a solo hiking trip and is declared deceased after a year. Her daughter is visited by her mother in visions and is convinced she's still alive. A story full of twists with an ending that is a surprise. 3 stars!

-- Chris L

Bleeding Heart Square

...that takes place in a country you want to visit.

4 stars!

-- Nina

Stillhouse Lake

...before it's been published.

3 stars!

-- Jen T

Defying Gravity

...written by a local author.

Very inspiring! 5 stars!

-- Susan A

Someone to Watch over Me

...by an author who spoke at The Westport Library.

Sensitive exploration of the critically important relationship between Eleanor and her father Elliott and how it shaped and inspired her. 4 stars!

-- Sylvia S

Use of Weapons

...as an eBook.

5 stars!

-- James L

Born to Run

...written by a musician.

So what was it like growing up in Freehold, NJ ? Springsteen opens up his life to us, holding nothing back. 4 stars!

-- Chris L

What I Talk about When I Talk about Running

...about an athlete.

2 stars!

-- Ireeves

In a Dark, Dark Wood

...made into a movie.

I hope the movie is better! 2 stars!

--Liz K

Spoonbenders

...about a spy.

Started off slow, but I ended up loving how all the stories interwove together! 4 stars!

-- Diantha L

Flatland

...about science.

The author of this book was a Mathematician who loved Geometry and how it fit in to different dimensions. The first half of the book was all about Geometry and I am happy to say that I learned something! The second half of the book was the story about how all the shapes fit into plains in different dimensions. Clearly the "romance" was the author's love of Mathematics. Interesting read! 4 stars!

-- Patty D

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

...with a protagonist who is a mythical creature.

4 stars!

-- Liz K

True Grit

...made into a movie.

4 stars!

-- Mollie K

Food52 Genius Recipes

...with pictures in it.

Terrific recipes with 'Genius Tips' throughout - a good read as well! 5 stars!

-- Kat M

Blue Diary

...with a blue cover.

A supposedly tightly knit couple unravels when his dark past is slowly exposed. 5 stars!

-- Caroline S

 

Behind Her Eyes

...that makes your heart race.

5 stars!

--Margie F

The Black Painting

...that makes your heart race.

5 stars!

-- Diantha L

The Death of Cancer

...about science.

History of America's war on cancer. 4 stars!

-- Margie F

The Way I Used to Be

...narrated by a child.

Describes the pain of growing up and finding oneself. 5 stars!

-- Chris L

I Found You

...with a blue cover.
Weird mystery, but the cover was blue. 3 stars!
--Jalna J

All Is Not Forgotten

...that takes place in Fairfield County

Really interesting read that has a bit of a slow start. Expected a bit more from the ending but still really entertaining. 3 stars!

-- Elena F

Just One Damned Thing after Another

...about time travel.

3 stars!

-- Ireeves

Leprechauns and Irish Folklore

...that takes place in a country you want to visit.

4 stars!

-- Jordan B

Cinder

...Listen to an audio-book.

Really great twist on a classic fairy tale. Great story telling and world building! 4 stars!

-- Elena F

The Lucky Few

...as an eBook.

5 stars!

-- Jen T

Cutting for Stone

...by an author who is an immigrant.

Beautifully written novel about an Indian's family's journey from Africa to the U. S. 4 stars!

--Margie F

Riders of the Purple Sage

...written over 100 years ago.

5 stars!

-- Mollie K

A Gentleman in Moscow

...that takes place in a country you want to visit.

5 stars!

-- Leslie H

Lincoln in the Bardo

...recommended by your librarian.

Unlike anything else I've read. Quite engrossing. 4 stars!

-- Chris L

On Turpentine Lane

...by an author who spoke at The Westport Library.

5 stars!

-- Jen T

Song of Kali

...that makes your heart race.

Author Dan Simmons is terrified by the city of Calcutta for 320 pages.  2 stars!

--James L

 

Assassin's Fate

...with a blue cover.

5 stars!

-- Ireeves

The Waking Land

...about time travel.

A young girl returns to her home kingdom and wakes the land, bringing the past to the present. 2 stars!

-- Diantha L

Irena's Children

...before it's been published.

The story of a Polish woman who selflessly saved over 2,000 Jewish children in Warsaw during World War 2. 5 stars!

-- Margie F

 

The Iliad

...written over 100 years ago.

4 stars!

-- Ireeves

Nutshell

...narrated by a child.

The narrator is a fetus. 3 stars!

-- Mollie K

Confess

...with pictures in it.

4 stars!

--Diana N

A Deepness in the Sky

...you discovered using NoveList.

Excellent writing and complex, interesting plots and characters help set this space opera apart from the rest of the genre. 5 stars!

--James L

 

 

Rants from the Hill

...about a real life adventure.

Fifty acres of land and a hike every day... he is living my dream. 4 stars!

-- Melanie K

A Piece of the World

...with pictures in it.

The author's take on the life of Christina Olson, who was the muse for Andrew Wyeth's painting Christina's World. An exceptional book. 5 stars!

-- Margie F

 

All Is Not Forgotten

...that takes place in Fairfield County

Dark and twisted psychological thriller. 5 stars!

-- Liz K

Fitness Junkie

...about an athlete.

An entertaining and disturbingly realistic take on what people will do to stay thin. 4 stars!

--Melanie K

She's Not There

...with a character who identifies as LGBTQIA.

Transitioning from male to female in middle age. 3 stars!

-- Margie F

Two from the Heart

...with a blue cover.

A good beach summer read. 4 stars!

--Carolyn Z

 

The Windup Girl

...with "girl" in the title.

An intense and gritty future city serves as the living, breathing backdrop for an excellent piece of science fiction. Very enjoyable. 4 stars!

--James L  
 

A Tale for the Time Being

...narrated by a child.

4 stars!

--Kat M

Lincoln in the Bardo

...recommended by your librarian.

Disaapointing. I found it too scattered although the premise was intriguing. 2 stars!

-- Sue W

City Squares

...with pictures in it.

Essays about the world's gathering places from historical, political, and cultural perspectives. 4 stars!

-- Mollie K

Skullsworn

...with a character who identifies as LGBTQIA.

4 stars!

-- Ireeves

The Girl Before

...recommended by your librarian.

5 stars!

-- Jen T

Finding Cinderella

...under 200 pages.

3 stars!

--Katy L

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales

...written by a President.

An entertaining collection. If you do the audiobook it has a lovely narration. 3 stars!

-- Melanie K

All Is Not Forgotten

...that takes place in Fairfield County

1 star!

-- Jen T

In This Grave Hour

...Listen to an audio-book.

The latest in the Maisie Dobbs series, it's amusing light reading. 4 stars!

--Sue W

Blindness

...written by a Nobel Laureate.

This powerful book stays with you. 5 stars!

-- Margie F

Our Numbered Days

...under 200 pages.

For someone that isn't that into poetry, this is a great read. His poems give a great perspective of what it's like living with mental illness. 4 stars!

-- Elena F

The Couple Next Door

...you discovered using NoveList.

2 stars!

-- Liz K

Falling

...written by a local author.

A great summer read to be read at Compo Beach 4 stars!

--Margie F

After On

...that takes place in Fairfield County

A totally creeptastic yet funny book about what will happen when Super AI becomes a thing. Plus, the engineers went to Staples High School! Shout out to Westport :) 5 stars!

--Melanie K

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

...with pictures in it.

A child finds a key in his father's room, after his death on 9/11. The pictures signify his journey is to find the lock which, he believes, will bring him closer to his father. 5 stars!

-- Patty D

The Sixth Extinction

...that won a Pulitzer Prize.

Fascinating, funny, and thoroughly depressing. I had never thought of humanity in terms of an invasive species before. 4 stars!

-- Melanie K

Girl in the Dark

...with "girl" in the title.

Discovery and opening up of family secrets. 4 stars!

-- Margie F

Chased

...with a blue cover.

4 stars!

--Katy L

The Wonder

...that takes place in a country you want to visit.

This fact based historical novel brings rural 1850's Ireland to life. How much can a strong faith sustain? 4 stars!

-- Chris L

The Underground Railroad

...that won a Pulitzer Prize.

The horrors of slavery in the U. S. 3 stars!

-- Margie F

The Child Finder

...with a blue cover.

4 stars!

-- Diantha L

Tinkers

...that won a Pulitzer Prize.

Interesting perspective on the last conscientiousness before death. 3 stars!

-- Patty D

The Gunslinger

...made into a movie.

The first book in Stephen King's most eclectic, self-referential, and absurd Dark Tower series doesn't dissapoint. Fans of cowboys, science fiction, and fantasy can all find something they'll like here. 3 stars!

-- James L

The Women in the Castle

...with a blue cover.

Fascinating story following three women from before WWII to long afterwards. The story arc draws you in. 5 stars!

-- Sue W

The Lowells of Massachusetts

...by an author who spoke at The Westport Library.

5 stars!

--Amy S

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

...recommended by your librarian.

Tyson's excellent book makes our cosmic reality understandable for people too busy to get a degree in astrophysics. 4 stars!

-- James L

Good Me Bad Me

...recommended by your librarian.

5 stars!

-- Jaina S

Elon Musk

...about science.

3 stars!

-- Jen T

Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs

...about science.

Everything you didn't know you wanted to know about dark matter and its role in the universe... and how it maybe killed the dinosaurs. 4 stars!

-- Cody D

Enchanted Night

...that takes place in Fairfield County

Amazing things happen under the spell of moonlight one sultry summer night in southern Connecticut. Poetic and magical. (Under 200 pages). 5 stars!

-- Sylvia S

Moxie

...before it's been published.

5 stars!

-- Jaina S

My Brother's Husband, Volume 1

...with a character who identifies as LGBTQIA.

An honest and beautifully told story. 5 stars!

-- Cody D

I See You

...with a blue cover.

Great read! Couldn't put it down. Makes you think twice about your daily routines! Great twist at the end! 5 stars!

-- Patty D

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

...with "girl" in the title.

fantastic and fascinating! 5 stars!

-- Sue W

American Heiress

...about a real life adventure.

4 stars!

-- Jaina S

Winter

...with a blue cover.

With many more characters involved in the series now there is a lot of great character interactions! Fantastic end to a unique series! 4 stars!

-- Elena F

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

...about time travel.

5 stars!

-- Jen T

In the Unlikely Event

...as an eBook.

The aftermath of 3 plane crashes occurring in the 1950s in Elizabeth NJ. 4 stars!

-- Margie F

The Lost Order

...about a spy.

3 stars!

--Scott B

The Girl Before

...that takes place in a country you want to visit.

Good psychological thriller! 4 stars!

-- Liz K

Son of the Morning

...about time travel.

Highly unbelievable, but entertaining just the same. 2 stars!

-- Melanie K

A Man Called Ove

...recommended by your librarian.

Heartwarming book, well written. 4 stars!

-- Liz K

Stars Above

...that takes place in a country you want to visit.

Collection of short stories set in the same universe as her other book series. It was entertaining but mostly fluff and I didn't learn anything about the characters or the universe that I didn't already know. 3 stars!

-- Elena F

Lost in Shangri-La

...about a real life adventure.

True story of three survivors of a plane crash on Dutch New Guinea during WWII. What started out as a sightseeing trip of the island, turned into an adventure of survival. They had to find their way down from a mountain, hurt, starving and hiding from the Japanese, they came across a tribe of natives who had never seen another human being other than their own people. Really enjoyed it. 5 stars!

-- Patty D

A Dog's Purpose

...with a blue cover.

5 stars!

--Diana N

Before I Go to Sleep

...you discovered using NoveList.

The plot and possible scenarios keep the reader in suspense to the end. 5 stars!

-- Margie F

The Shadow List

...before it's been published.

Not a bad book, but it requires a love of diplomatic thrillers that I guess I just don't have. 2 stars!

-- James L

The Three Weissmanns of Westport

...that takes place in Fairfield County

Saga of the Weissmann family. 4 stars!

-- Margie F

The Master and Margarita

...made into a movie.

A 20th-century classic of Russian/Soviet Magical-Realism! (There is a Russian-language TV movie version filmed in the 1980's) 5 stars!

--Robert K

Shark Drunk

...that takes place at sea.

This is probably one of the best fishing stories ever written. Lots of information for people who love the ocean and maritime life, and a pretty funny 'one that got away' story for everyone else. 4 stars!

-- James L

Yayoi Kusama

...with pictures in it.

Striking exhibition catalog of Japanese artist Kusama's "Infinity Mirror Rooms" and other colorful artwork over five decades. 4 stars!

-- Sylvia S

The Pocket Wife

...recommended by your librarian.

A woman who is bi-polar, cannot remember the events surrounding a friend's murder. 4 stars!

-- Margie F

Dead Woman Walking

...that takes place in a country you want to visit.

When I visit Scotland, I would prefer not to witness a murder from a hot air balloon. However it makes for a great read! 4 stars!

-- Diantha L

Lincoln in the Bardo

...recommended by your librarian.

A unique story line in the voices of people caught between life and death similar to the characters in "Our Town". Touching and Historical keeping your imagination spinning. 4 stars!

-- Lynn H

Animal Liberation

...recommended by your librarian.

5 stars!

-- Ireeves

 

Rogue Lawyer

...Listen to an audio-book.

An atypical lawyer who defends the "untouchables", those that regular lawyers won't. 3 stars!

-- Margie F

Interpreter of Maladies

...that won a Pulitzer Prize.

Excellent collection of short stories! 5 stars!

-- Liz K

The Time Machine

...about time travel.

Going through time while increasing your vocabulary. 4 stars!

-- Margie F

The Fold

...you discovered using NoveList.

4 stars!

-- Ireeves

The Distance

...recommended by your librarian.

4 stars!

--Melanie M

Pachinko

...by an author who is an immigrant.

Following a family from thru the 20th century in Korea & Japan, this book covers historical events in Korea and Japan. Very insightful look that adds to my understanding of current events there, as well as the quandary of immigration. 5 stars!

-- Sue W

Easternization

...before it's been published.

Excellent analysis of current, on-the-group events concerning the 'Pacific Rim'. Rachmann is a superb journalist as chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times. 5 stars!

--Robert K

Hanna Who Fell from the Sky

...before it's been published.

3 stars!

-- Diantha L

Fairest

...narrated by a child.

An interesting inside look at the mind of the villain. Gives you an really unique point of view that helps you understand the character on a much deeper level. 3 stars!

-- Elena F

The Man in the Wooden Hat

...that takes place in a country you want to visit.

Lovely writing-economical and crisp- and Gardam writes nice settings; characters are a tad wooden (no pun...). 3.5 stars!

--Robert K

Every Anxious Wave

...about time travel.

This book is kind of all over the place in terms of writing and plot, but interesting enough that I enjoyed the time spent reading it. 3 stars!

-- James L

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

...with a character who identifies as LGBTQIA.

5 stars!

-- Jen T

The Princess Diarist

...with pictures in it.

Growing up, Princess Leia was my idol. It was amazing to get to know Carrie through her candid writing. 5 stars!

-- Mary B

Fates and Furies

...with a blue cover.

Very interesting look at a marriage from different sides. 3 stars!

-- Liz K

A Walk in the Woods

...as an eBook.

5 stars!

--Scott B

The Stepford Wives

...that takes place in Fairfield County

Our very own Wilton, CT served as the inspiration for the town of Stepford! 3 stars!

-- James L

Leona

...by an author who is an immigrant.

Leona is a sociopath that makes all the wrong choices, but you can't help but want her to succeed anyways. 4 stars!

-- Melanie K

The Salt Line

...with a character who identifies as LGBTQIA.

Excellent post apocalyptic thriller.4 stars!

-- Diantha L

The Shepherd's Crown

...with a blue cover.

Terry Pratchett's final book is a fitting and moving conclusion to his Discworld series. 4 stars!

--James L

Game of Crowns

...with pictures in it.

Full of juicy royal gossip. 3 stars!

-- Liz K

The Marsh King's Daughter

...narrated by a child.

A thriller that is narrated by the child of a teenager and her kidnapper. 4 stars!

-- Margie F

Behind Her Eyes

...you discovered using NoveList.

A really solid plot that doesn't leave any questions unanswered with a mind blowing plot twist at the end! 5 stars!

-- Elena F

The Lifeboat

...that takes place at sea.

The moral choices and decisions made by 30+ passengers on a small life boat. 4 stars!

-- Margie F

Gone: a Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung

...written by a musician.

Utterly fascinating. 5 stars!

--Melanie K

The Girl Before

...with "girl" in the title.

3 stars!

--January S

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

...as an eBook.

Delightful, funny, & sad but with a silver lining - one of my fave summer reads so far! 5 stars!

-- Liz K

Through the Woods

...with pictures in it.

A wonderful collection of scary stories and disturbing images. The art is fantastic. 4 stars!

--James L

Emma in the Night

...written by a local author.

This book takes family dysfunction to a whole new level. Brilliantly done. 5 stars!

-- Melanie K

Mozart in the Jungle

...written by a musician.

A free-lance oboist reveals the "bad" side of classical music. It is not just stodgy. 3 stars!

--Margie F

Afterward

...that makes your heart race.

5 stars!

-- Jaina S

Gunslinger

...about an athlete.

Wow. 4 stars!

-- Patty D

Gone A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung

...written by a musician.

5 stars!

-- Sylvia S

Moxie

...with pictures in it.

I loved this book. Moxie girls fight back! 5 stars!

-- Melanie K

Rise of the Dungeon Master

...about a real life adventure.

A great graphic novel about the creation of Dungeons and Dragons. 4 stars!

-- Cody D

Middlesex

...that won a Pulitzer Prize.

A fantastic insight to both the American immigrant and hermaphrodite experiences. Fantastic narration and story telling. 4 stars!

-- Elena F

Girl in the Woods

...about a real life adventure.

After being raped during the first 2 weeks of freshman year, a female student drops it and challenges herself to walk from Mexico to Canada on the PCT. 4 stars!

-- Margie F

Killers of the Flower Moon

...with pictures in it.

5 stars!

-- Karen K

Where Angels Fear to Tread

...written over 100 years ago.

3 stars!

-- Carolyn Z

Lilac Girls

...that takes place in a country you want to visit.

Very interesting read that follows 3 young women in the US, France, Germany and Poland during WWII. 4 stars!

-- Sue W

Now

...about science.

Gosh, reality is complicated. 3 stars!

-- James L

A Paris Affair

...under 200 pages.

3 stars!

-- Diana N

The Wonder

...that takes place in a country you want to visit.

2 stars!

--Kat M

The Immortals

...with a character who identifies as LGBTQIA.

A fun and surprisingly education urban fantasy featuring the old greek gods and goddesses in modern day New York City. 4 stars!

-- Melanie K

The Girl with Seven Names

...by an author who is an immigrant.

A riveting account of a North Korean defector's journey to freedom. 4 stars!

-- James L

Pogue's Basics: Money

...written by a local author.

Very easy to read money saving guide, chock full of tips and tricks. 4 stars!

-- Liz K

On Turpentine Lane

...by an author who spoke at The Westport Library.

Light, funny, quirky, and sweet. I was sad when it was over since I was enjoying the characters so much. 4 stars!

-- Melanie K

Cress

...recommended by your librarian.

A great addition to the series that sets things up nicely for the final book. 4 stars!

-- Elena F

Barbara Jordan

...with pictures in it.

A thoroughly engaging account of an unusual, brilliant woman who would change so much for so many. The provided photographs allow for a wonderful guide into a startling woman. 4 Stars!

--Caroline S

Never Have Your Dog Stuffed

...by an author who spoke at The Westport Library.

Alan Alda's funny, yet serious memoir about growing up. 4 stars!

-- Margie F

The Underground Railroad

...that won a Pulitzer Prize.

An underground railroad forms part of the Underground Railroad in this brutal story. Well worth the read. 4 stars!

-- James L

Saints for All Occasions

...with a blue cover.

3 stars!

-- Kat M

A Gentleman in Moscow

...that takes place in a country you want to visit. (Russia)

4 stars!

--Karen B

The Great Passage

...made into a movie.

Perfect for anyone who loves words and the nuances of their meanings. 5 stars!

--Melanie K

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

...with a protagonist who is a mythical creature.

I was immediately hooked into the world of Hogwarts magic and adventure. 5 stars!

-- Margie F

From Cradle to Stage

...written by a musician.

Fun little vignettes that peak into the early lives of musicians via their moms. 4 stars!

--Karen B

Spark Joy

...with pictures in it.

This was a great follow up to The Magic of Tidying Up. I especially loved the illustrations for folding different articles of clothing. 4 stars!

--Jen T

Middlesex

...with a character who identifies as LGBTQIA.

There's a reason this epic tale won the Pulitzer Prize! 4 stars!

-- Robert K

The Black Widow

...about a spy.

Spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon returns in this spy series. 4 stars!

-- Margie F

A Certain Magic

...under 200 pages.

4 stars!

--Karen B

Behind Closed Doors

...that makes your heart race.

4 stars!

--Melanie M

Scarlet

...with a protagonist who is a mythical creature.

Changes pace from the first book with more action and adventure. Really fun to read! 4 stars!

-- Elena F

The Alchemist

...narrated by a child.

A quick and very mystical book about a boy following his dreams. 3 stars!

-- James L

The Lifeboat

...that takes place at sea.

The story of passengers on a lifeboat and the aftermath of that experience. 5 stars!

-- Margie F

The Boys of Winter

...about an athlete.

An excellent book that lovingly explores the 1980 U.S Olympic hockey team and the Miracle on Ice. 4 stars!

-- James L

Final Girls

...with "girl" in the title.

Takes the conventions of slasher films and crafts a fun mystery thriller out of them. A great summer read for fans of horror movies. 4 stars!

-- Cody D

Dreams from My Father

...written by a President.

3 stars!

-- James L

The Other Einstein

...about science.

4 stars!

--Melanie M

You Will Know Me

...about an athlete.

A hit and run accident that occurs right before a gymnastics contest affects a family and ultimately others in this close community. 4 stars!

-- Margie F

The Most Dangerous Duke in London

...with a blue cover.

Solid escapism. 3 stars!

-- Melanie K

Here and Gone

...before it's been published.

A mother gets stopped for a traffic violation, and is arrested. The children who were with her in the car go with another police officer. But when the mother gets to the station, and asks about her kids, the sheriff says: "What children?" Tres creepy. 3 stars!

--Melanie K

Walkaway

...with a character who identifies as LGBTQIA.

A fun, somewhat depressing book about ideology and technology in the near future. The plot is exciting but can get a little scattered. 4 stars!

-- James L

The Waste Land, Prufrock and Other Poems

...written by a Nobel Laureate.

It brought me immediately back to my modern poetry class in college. 4 stars!

-- Melanie K

My Name Is Lucy Barton

...under 200 pages.

Another boring dysfunctional family as the negative repercussions follow into a new generation. 2 stars!

--Margie F

My (Not So) Perfect Life

...that takes place in a country you want to visit.

5 stars!

--Jen T

Hello, Sunshine

...you discovered using NoveList.

Oh the places you will go when your lies catch up to you...3 stars!

--Melanie K

The Girl on the Train

...with "girl" in the title.

4 stars!

--Leslie H

Invisible Cities

...under 200 pages.

One of the best books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. A surreal, dreamlike experience that helps reveal the unseen spaces in cities. 5 stars!

-- James L

The Reason I Jump

...narrated by a child.

Insights and reflections on living with autism, in the words of a 13-year old boy. Translated from the Japanese by David Mitchell and KA Yoshida. 3 stars!

-- Sylvia S

Pogue's Basics: Money

...written by a local author.

4 stars!

--Diana N

In the Kingdom of Ice

...about a real life adventure.

A fascinating and thorough documentation of the failed 1879 American polar expedition. 4 stars!

-- James L

News of the World

...under 200 pages.

Quick read and learn about Texas in 1870. 3 stars!

--Carolyn Z

The Prince

...written over 100 years ago.

Now I am ready to take over the world. 5 stars!

-- Melanie K

Born to Run

...written by a musician.

A must-read for Springsteen fans, but some readers may be put off by Springsteen's writing style. A very interesting read regardless! 3 stars!

--James L

 

My Mortal Enemy

...under 200 pages.

4 stars!

--Kat M

Coraline

...narrated by a child.

5 stars!

--Katy L

Pioneer Girl

...by an author who is an immigrant.

5 stars!

--Sylvia S

The Boat Runner

...that takes place at sea.

Set in WWII Holland, the young protagonist experiences many of the horror and challenges of a world at war, finally ending up as a "boatrunner." 5 stars!

--Sue W

The Party

...before it's been published.

3 stars!

--Rachel R

Land of Love and Ruins

...with a blue cover.

3 stars!

--Sylvia S

Moxie

...narrated by a child.

Loved this book! Smart, funny, socially conscious and bighearted. A fantastic read. 5 stars!

-- Cody D

White Sand

...with pictures in it.

4 stars!

-- Ireeves

The Boy on the Bridge

...Listen to an audio-book.

Not as good as the first book in this world-- The Girl with All the Gifts-- but I could listen to Finty Williams read anything. Amazing narration! 3 stars!

-- Melanie K

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

...with "girl" in the title.

I liked it more than I thought I would! Amy Schumer has surprising depths. 3 stars!

--Melanie K

Hillbilly Elegy

...about a real life adventure.

Fascinating story of his journey from his Appalachian "hillbilly" childhood to Yale law school and beyond. 4 stars!

--Sue W

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

...made into a movie.

5 stars!

-- Jen T

Persuasion

...written over 100 years ago.

Austen is always magical. 5 stars!

-- Margie F

The Picture of Dorian Gray

...written over 100 years ago.

A witty and spooky tale of debauchery. Very accessible. 4 stars!

--James L

The Women in the Castle

...recommended by your librarian.

Makes you think and what you would have done if confronted with the events described. 4 stars!

--Carolyn Z

The Bluest Eye

...written by a Nobel Laureate.

3 stars!

-- Liz K

The Diary of a Young Girl

...with "girl" in the title.

A raw and honest account from the POV of a young teenage girl. 4 stars!

--Zsasha C

Casino Royale

...about a spy.

2 stars!

-- Ireeves

The Girl on the Train

...made into a movie.

A troubled woman's observations of a couple from the daily commuter train. The book was better than the movie. 4 stars!

-- Margie F

The Alchemist

...narrated by a child.

5 stars!

--David Z

The Duchess Deal

...as an eBook.

Tessa Dare writes a really fun romance novel-- this one does not disappoint. Witty dialog, fun characters, and it all works out in the end! 3 stars!

-- Melanie K

Frankenstein

...written over 100 years ago.

Good read. Not the Boris Karloff Frankenstein that I knew! 4 stars!

-- Patty D

Now and Again

...written by a local author.

Charlotte Rogan deftly creates a huge cast of characters and manages to make each and every one of their stories deeply personal and interesting. 3 stars!

--James L

The Courtesan

...by an author who is an immigrant.

3 stars!

--Liz K

The 7th Victim

...as an eBook.

2 stars!

--Melanie M

Siddhartha

...written by a Nobel Laureate.

4 stars!

-- James L

Dear Evan Hansen

...narrated by a child.

A high school senior with social anxiety finds his voice through social media after the suicide of a classmate. Very moving story. 5 stars!

--Patty D

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

...with a protagonist who is a mythical creature.

5 stars!

--Katy L

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

...made into a movie.

2 stars!

--Kat M

World War II: the Definitive Visual History

...that makes your heart race.

5 stars!

--Myles H