Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Books that had a great impact on our lives

Albert Camus books by Albert Camus
Alexander McCall Smith books by Alexander McCall Smith
Ayn Rand books by Ayn Rand
Charles Dickens books by Charles Dickens
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
David McCullough books by David McCullough
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Mark Twain books by Mark Twain
Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene
P.G. Wodehouse books by P.G. Wodehouse
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

Some suggestions from the July meeting

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
He's Gone by Deb Caletti
Inferno by Dan Brown
Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson
It All Changed in an Instant: More Six:Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure by Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser
Transatlantic by Colum McCann
Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Friday, June 28, 2013

Think BEACH!

The Beach House by Jane Green

Disregarding local gossip that pegs her as an eccentric, sixty-five-year-old Nantucket widow Nan skinny-dips in unattended pools and steals her neighbors' flowers before her dwindling funds force her to take in boarders, a change that brings an unexpected visitor.


Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank

Returning to Folly Beach, her childhood home, newly widowed Cate Cooper, whose late husband's financial exploits have left her homeless and broke, discovers that it is possible to go home again and discover the person she was meant to become


Beach House Memories by Mary Alice Monroe

A tale set in the 1970s American South shares the story of Lovie Rutledge, who reflects on a summer during which a beach vacation to escape her unfaithful, disdainful husband culminates in a fateful romance with a handsome biologist.


The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri

Learning of the infidelity of her husband, Nora Cunningham packs up her daughters--Annie, seven; and Ella, twelve--and takes refuge on Burke's Island, a craggy spit of land off the coast of Maine where her mother disappeared at sea long ago. Just as Nora begins to regain her balance, her daughters embark on a reckless odyssey of their own--forcing Nora to finally face the truth about her marriage, her mother, and her long-buried past.


The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine

A modern tale inspired by Sense and Sensibility finds financially strapped literary sisters Miranda and Annie moving in with divorcee Betty in a run-down Connecticut beach cottage, where they find love among the suburban aristocracy.


The Silver Boat by Luanne Rice

Returning for a final visit to the Martha's Vineyard beach house where they were most happy in childhood, three sisters struggle with family memories and discover astonishing truths in a cache of old letters that compels a journey to their ancestral Ireland.


Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

Descending on a family beach house won in a bet years earlier, three generations of women gradually impart difficult respective secrets including a pregnancy, a terrible crush and a deeply held resentment for past misdeeds. 


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Amazon Editors' Top 20 Picks for the Best Books of the Year So Far

So far, Amazon has picked 20 books which they believe are the best books this year...so far.  Why not pick one as one of your 50 books to read?

After Visiting Friends by Michael Hainey
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Between Man and Beast by Monte Reel
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
Gulp: adventures on the alimentary canal by Mary Roach
The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Joyland by Stephen King
Lean in : women, work, and the will to lead by Sheryl Sandberg
Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Schroder by Amity Gaige
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
Smoke and Pickles: Reciples and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen by Edward Lee
The Son by Phillip Meyer
Tenth of December: stories by George Saunders
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

BVPL Staff Picks

Looking for a book suggestion? These titles are located on our Staff Picks shelves. Take a suggestion from a Bernardsville Public Library staff member for one of your 50 books!

Anne's Pick: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Annette's Pick: The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
Felicia's Pick: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Kathy's Pick: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Lia's Pick: My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Margaret's Pick: Following Atticus by Tom Ryan
Mary Jo's Pick: City Dharma: Keeping Your Cool in the Chaos by Arthur Jeon
Rosalie's Pick: Confederates in the Attic: dispatches from America's unfinished Civil War by Tony Horowitz
Sarah's Pick: Cemetery John : the undiscovered mastermind of the Lindbergh kidnapping by Robert Zorn
Susan's Pick: The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee

Monday, April 22, 2013

50 Book Challenge Suggestions from Saturday, April 20

Here is a list of the books we suggested to the group. If we own them, the link to the item in the catalog is provided. If not, please ask us to interlibrary loan it for you!

1. Twelve by Twelve by William Powers
2. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
3. Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
4. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
5. Johnstown Flood by David McCullough
6. In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje
7. Elsewhere by Richard Russo
8. Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me by Patricia Volk
9. Saturday Night Widows by Becky Aikman
10. Chief Bruno Courrèges series by Martin Walker
11. What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir by Alice Eve Cohen
12. End of Your Life Bookclub by Will Schwalbe
13. The Cost of Hope by Amanda Bennett
14. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
15. Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie
16. Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Ann Fowler

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Spring Books

I have been lucky this semester in taking a Young Adult (YA) Lit class and have come across a lot of books that I would have never picked up had my professor not assigned specific genres to read.  YA is not just for teens and I have posted some other YA books that I really think adults would enjoy as well.

Some of the ones I enjoyed most this semester were:

Divergent by Veronica Roth
A science fiction/dystopian novel, Divergent explores the life of Beatrice Prior who has to choose on her 16th birthday which faction she wants to live in for the rest of her life. There is Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful) and Erudite (the intelligent).

If you choose one different from your family, you lose them forever. But you have to choose wisely because secrets are everywhere, scandal is around and you may have to realize that your decision may not have been the right one.

Although not my strong genre, this book was fascinating. It was interesting, adventurous, and really a page turner!

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Samantha Kingston has the perfect life. A normal teen with a cute boyfriend, cool friends, and any material item she could want.  Until one day she wakes up and it is February 12. She goes through the day as any normal teen. The next time she wakes up, it is February 12 again.  Samantha starts out confused and then realizes that this is her chance to change things that have happened, to really be able to go back in time and make things right.

Although you sometimes feel as if this book is going to continue forever, you read it thinking that don't we all wish we had that option? What would we do if we had the chance to redo a day in our lives over again?

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This is by far one of the best books I have read in a long time. The audio is really great but warning, tears may flow when you are driving!

This book centers around a really tragic subject, childhood cancer. Green really makes his characters positive and encouraging while facing something so terrible. The two main characters Augustus and Hazel are lovable and you can't help but like them. This is definitely a "you'll laugh, you'll cry" book.