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Host and staff librarian Tammy Bobrowsky interviews authors and talks books with community members. Be a part of our online What We're Reading Community on Facebook where you can get great book recommendations from other community members and let us know what you're reading! 

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Chris Chen

Jude, Wendy, and Adele have been friends for the last 40 years. Now in their 70s, they gather for the Christmas weekend to pack up the beach house which belonged to Sylvie, their late friend. But without Sylvie to maintain the group’s delicate equilibrium, frustrations build and painful memories press in. Fraying tempers, an elderly dog, unwelcome guests and too much wine collide in a storm that brings long-buried hurts to the surface—and threatens to sweep away their friendship for good in Australian writer Charlotte Wood’s new book The Weekend.

Centuries after Cinderella meets Prince Charming, girls team up to overthrow the kingdom in this dark and imaginative retelling of the classic fairytale. Author Kalynn Bayron talks about the inspiration behind her reinvention of Cinderella, how the novel speaks to issues in society today, and how music helped her form the story.

Deborah Feingold

We talk with writer Fiona Davis. Her new book is called The Lions of Fifth Avenue. It's part mystery and part historical fiction, but the best part?: It’s set in the New York Public Library. And dedicated to librarians!

M. Brian Hartz

Though it has been 4 years since the death of their mother, 17 year-old twins Savannah and Thomas McClair, and their grandmother Maggie, still mourn her loss. In search of answers and family ties, Savannah and Thomas attempt to search for their biological father, documenting the process through a podcast -- hoping it will help get answers to a seemingly fruitless search. The podcast goes viral, but they are shocked to see how their search ignites a national debate over privacy.

In 2018 writer Hank Green debuted his book An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, where we met April May, a 23 year old New Yorker, who one night stumbles across  a giant sculpture—"like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor"—April and her best friend Andy name the sculpture Carl, they post a video on social media-- it goes viral, and they learn that other identical Carls have appeared all over the world. April finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight as she works to figure out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.

Riley Sager is the pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer who is now a full-time writer. Riley is the author of international bestseller Final Girls and New York Times bestsellers The Last Time I Lied and Lock Every Door. His newest book, HOME BEFORE DARK is a “mystery wrapped in a ghost story." It revolves around Maggie Holt who has grown up being asked: what was it like? Twenty-five years ago her father wrote about their family’s harrowing experience living in a notorious house, Baneberry Hall.

Sun Yung Shin is an award winning Minnesota writer and poet, she’s also an educator and activist.

Investigative reporter Jack Sharpe is down to his last chance. Fired from his high-profile gig with a national news channel, his only lead is a phone full of messages from a grad student named Tori Justice, who swears she's observed an impossible result in a local election. Sharpe is sure she's mistaken...but what if she isn't?  Sharpe learns that the person behind the hack is determined to turn American politics upside down.

Anne Enright is the Irish writer of over 12 books. Her latest novel is called Actress. The book is a mixture of novel and memoir and the story switches back and forth between the life and career of Katherine O’Dell --a fictitious Irish theater legend and her daughter Norah who retraces her mother’s celebrated career and bohemian life, and delves into long-kept secrets, both her mother’s and her own. Actress is a character study about the freedom we find in our work and in the love we make and keep.

 

 

 

Tea Hacic-Vlahovic is the "Life of the Party"

Jul 6, 2020

Life of the Party is a darkly humorous narrative set in Milan. The story takes you into the underbelly of Milanese fashion and nightlife, through the eyes of Mia, a young expatriate. who came Milan to escape her problems but only found new and more glamorous ones. Mia indulges in the highs and lows that drugs and men can offer, only to be left with herself in the end. Can you lose your innocence if you never had it in the first place? Tragic, fun, artful-- Hacic-Vlahovic draws on her experience in the fashion world to craft a Beat novel for the Instagram generation.

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