Kelli's Staff Picks
"Talk about a book with a BIG message, but it’s presented in a well written, smart and enjoyable style. Such a Fun Age is a social commentary on race and class. It is written in a way that the reader can feel personally involved and relate with each character that the author introduces along the course of the story. I found this book a bit addicting and NEVER saw the ending coming! Well done Kiley Reid. I loved it!"
"1942, Krakau, Poland, life was miserable, food scarce and death was a way of life. Here starts a harrowing Holocaust story with a twist to also show the capacity to live and fight while dealing with terrible crulty. The bravery and sacrific of the unlikely friendship of 2 young woman, Sadie Gault, a Jew hiding for her life in the sewers and Ella Stepanek, the rich Polish step-daughter of a Nazi collaborator is extraordinary. Their separate worlds collide from a chance meeting at a sewer grate where Sadie lives in the rat infested underground and Ella is shopping above the cobblestones at the outdoor food market. This book, while historical fiction, was inspired by the true story of a small group of Jews who survived WWll while living underground rather than being forced from the ghetto's and going to the work camps. Pam Jenoff shows life is bitter, but also there is friendship and love at a time when that seems impossible. I could actually feel the fear and horror as I continued to turn each page of this amazing story with an ending I never saw coming. Don't miss reading this remarkable story!"
"Fiona Davis is outstanding once again in this suspenseful historical novel about a family living in an apartment within New York Public Library. In 1913, Laura Lyons finds herself in a tug of war between her larger than life ambition and the needs of her family. Fast forward to 1993, and granddaughter Sadie Donovan is the curator at the library. When Sadie discovers a connection between stolen books and her grandmother, she sets out to find the truth. Fiona's remarkable blend of facts and fiction about this historic building, her attention to detail and meticulous research are remarkable."
"The book follows the destructive journey of 2 neighboring families through conflicts involving racism, class status, young love and the varying interpretation of what “family” means. The author’s descriptive and creative writing style allows the reader to feel like they are right in the middle of this brewing conflict. This is one of those books where the characters stay in your mind long after you have finished reading."
"The family curse is set. Not one second-born Fontana daughter will find lasting love. When great Aunt Poppy extends an invitation to second born Emila and her cousin Lucy to travel through Italy with her vowing to break the Fontana curse once and for all, the young women are skeptical yet intrigued. Should they go with her? Is this aunt really as crazy as many family members have said about her for years? How does Aunt Poppy think she is going to break a curse that no second- born daughter has ever been able to do? Is it really a curse or is it just coincidence? Descriptive and colorful text takes the reader through the gorgeous Italian countryside revealing family secrets and answers to the more than a century old curse. This is a lite and enjoyable read."
"From this bestselling author comes a GREAT read for Summer 2020! The story revolves around the lives and relationships of three sisters as they reunite at their family beach house in Rhode Island. In just seven days the lives of these three sisters will change forever and the bonds of sisterhood, friendship, and family will take on new and surprising meaning for all. A light and fun summer read!"
"While driving on the expressway to work, Claire Rawlings nausea intensifies, causing her to pull into a gas station restroom with her girls in the back seat. Claire loses consciousness and wakes to find her car and children GONE! It is a parent’s nightmare and engulfs Claire on a downward spiral of guilt, blame and complete heartbreak. There are no leads, her marriage to Glen is on the rocks and she wills herself every minute to believe Lily and Andrea are alive. Finally, an unreliable, potential witness becomes Claire’s only lifeline in the hope of finding her girls. The background and relationship of the kidnappers Moira and Eamon add yet another layer of suspense and emotion to this novel. This unthinkable tragedy devastates and traumatizes this family and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep reading. The book quickly became an intense and page turning read. It is a mixed genre of fiction, mystery, suspense and thriller and leads down a path that shows tragedy can bring out the best and worst of people. I am ready for the sequel!"
"This was a terrific summer read set on beautiful Cape Cod during a disastrous wedding scenerio. The story weaves through the complexity of the female relationship beween Daphne and her 'best friend' Drue, the impact of social media on relationships, and how to forgive once the past is exposed. I was all in with this book and hope you will be too."
"Eleanor Oliphant struggles with appropriate social skills and has no filter when it comes to saying exactly what is on her mind. Her scheduled life revolves around her job, weekly chats with Mummy and going to great lengths to avoid social interaction with others. Weekends are programmed with frozen pizza and excessive amounts of vodka until Monday morning arrives. Enter Raymond, an awkward IT co-worker who is patient, kind and has a huge heart. Together Raymond and Eleanor save Sammy, an older man who collapses on a public street. The three become friends who actually rescue each other from the isolation of their individual ordinary lives. Raymond’s big heart helps Eleanor repair her damaged and lonely one. He teaches Eleanor that there is more to life than just being fine. This book is simply wonderful!"