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From The Desk Of The Parker Library Director: LibraryReads

Apr 02, 2018 06:32AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Parker Library

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the Dracut Library.)

Parker Library Director, Nanci Hill

LibraryReads is the monthly nationwide library staff picks list for adult fiction and non-fiction. The goal o fLibraryReads is to help connect librarians' favorite books to as many readers as possible, while drawing on the experience that public library staff has in helping to build word-of-mouth for new books, and the important role that libraries play in creating audiences for all kinds of books and authors.

LibraryReads represents the collective favorites of library staff around the country - the books we loved reading and cannot wait to share. 

LibraryReads is designed to be inclusive and diverse, representing a broad range of reading tastes and showcasing a variety of new titles.  Each month, LibraryReads is announced via email, on their website, and in a range of media outlets including Publisher's WeeklyBooklist, and the NoveList database that is offered free to our patrons.  If you haven't checked out LibraryReadsand you're looking for that next, great read, why not check out the selections for April 2018!
  • Curran, Kitty. My Lady's Choosing 
    You are the plucky but penniless heroine in the center of eighteenth-century society, courtship season has begun, and your future is at hand. Will you flip forward fetchingly to find love with the bantering baronet Sir Benedict Granville? Or turn the page to true love with the hardworking, horse-loving highlander Captain Angus McTaggart? 
  • Jewell, Lisa. Then She was Gone
    Struggling to put her life back together a decade after her beloved teen daughter's disappearance, a divorced woman bonds with a charming single father whose young child eerily resembles the woman's own lost daughter.
  • McAllister, Tom. How to Be Safe
    A teacher, still furious over the injustice of being suspended over a so-called outburst, must deal with her town's relentless scrutiny and judgement after she is erroneously named as a suspect in a shooting at the school where she works.
  • Malerman, Josh. Unbury Carol 
    A woman prone to secret temporary comas that make her appear to be dead receives protection from a redemption-seeking former lover who would save her from being buried alive by her fortune-hunting husband.
  • Miller, Madeline. Circe
    A highly anticipated follow-up to the award-winning The Song of Achilles follows the banished witch daughter of Titans as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.
  • Sittenfeld, Curtis.You Think It, I'll Say It
    The best-selling author of  Eligible presents a collection of 10 short stories that features both original pieces and two previously published in the New Yorker, including "The World Has Many Butterflies," in which married acquaintances play a strangely intimate game, with devastating consequences.
  • Swanson, Peter. All the Beautiful Lies
    Devastated when his father commits suicide days before his college graduation, Harry returns to his home in Maine, where he is baffled by the increasingly sensual attentions of a mysterious woman and his own alluring stepmother, who he comes to realize are hiding dangerous secrets. 
  • Waxman, Abby. Other People's Houses
    An unwilling witness to the private lives of her fellow carpoolers resolves to stay uninvolved only to find herself navigating a moral minefield when she spots a neighbor having an extramarital affair that sends repercussions throughout four families.
  • Wamariya, Clementine. The Girl Who Smiled Beads: a Story of War and What Comes After 
    Traces the author's harrowing experiences as a young child during the Rwanda massacres and displacements, which separated her from her parents and forced the author and her older sister to endure six years as refugees in seven countries, foraging for survival and encountering unexpected acts of cruelty and kindness before she was granted asylum in a profoundly different America.
  • Wolizer, Meg. The Female PersuasionA shy college freshman finds her perspectives transformed by a mentor activist at the center of the women's movement who challenges her to discover herself in ways that take her far from the traditional life she envisioned at the side of her boyfriend. 
None of the above titles strike your fancy? You can always check out their archives.

Happy Reading!

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