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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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Tammy Bobrowsky talks with Rachel Lynn Solomon, writer and former public radio producer, about her new novel called "The Ex Talk." It’s a romantic comedy about two public radio personalities who fall in love while pretending to be exes.

Sister-writer duo Maika and Maritza Moulite tell us about their new novel "One of the Good Ones." It’s a story about a family grieving the loss of a sister in an incident of police brutality, and brings to light what it means to be deemed “worthy” when you’re Black.


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In 1998, author Sharon G Flake wrote the novel The Skin I’m In. Aimed at young adults, it told the story of 13 year-old Maleeka Madison: tall, skinny, and dark-skinned--she struggles against the burden of low self-esteem that many black girls face when they're darker skinned. To make her life easier, Maleeka befriends the toughest girl in school, Charlese Jones, who only makes life harder for Maleeka until she finally learns to stand up for herself and love the skin she’s in.

Three generations. Two chicken shacks. One recipe for disaster. Sisters Amanda and Mae clash when a reality TV show visits their small Kansas town to film a competition between the family's two fried chicken restaurants. This is writer KJ Dell'Antonia’s debut novel. It’s called The Chicken Sisters. KJ is the former editor of MotherLode and current contributor to The New York Times, as well as the author of How to Be a Happier Parent.


We talk with young adult writer Bill Konigsberg about his new novel The Bridge. The story features two teenagers, strangers to each other, who have decided to jump from the same bridge at the same time. It's told in alternate narratives, allowing the reader to see the different ways the teenagers lives' could have play out.

Father, Son, and the Rapture: Lin Enger's American Gospel

Dec 14, 2020

We talk with Minnesota Writer Lin Enger. His new novel is called American Gospel. It's a father-son story told amidst the approach of an impending rapture.

Rachel Harrison and a Female-Centric Horror Story

Nov 9, 2020

Rachel Harrison is a writer from New York and The Return is her debut novel. Her story begins as Elise’s friend Julie goes missing during a hike in Acadia National Park, Elise doesn’t worry. Julie is willful and tempestuous and has been so ever since college. But weeks turn into months, and though Elise and other close friends mourn at Julie’s funeral, Elise who has always been closest to Julie, feels deep down that she can’t really be gone. Two years later, Julie reemerges from the woods, emaciated, with no memory of where she’s been.

Sahar Mustafah a writer and teacher currently in the Chicago area, and she's the daughter of Palestinian immigrants. Her new novel is The Beauty of Your Face, a powerful and compelling story. We get insight into the difficulties of the immigrant experience, along with many of the same family and relationship issues like love, loss and acceptance, which unite all of us.

Jessica Ryan

Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a bucolic Irish village would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force and a bruising divorce, he just wants to build a new life in a pretty spot with a good pub where nothing much happens. But when a local kid whose brother has gone missing arm-twists him into investigating, Cal uncovers layers of darkness beneath his picturesque retreat, and starts to realize that even small towns shelter dangerous secrets. This is highly acclaimed author Tana French’s newest novel it’s called The Searcher.

FAMILY IN SIX TONES is a duel memoir co-authored by writer and law professor at the Chapman University School of Law, Lan Cao and her daughter Harlan Margaret Van Cao. The idea of the memoir grew out of an episode of National Public Radio’s Storycorp that Lan and Harlan recorded in 2015 on Lan’s experience as a refugee from Vietnam during the war. The memoir is a very personal look at the unique struggles of refugees as well as the universal tug-of-war between mothers and daughters.