Multcolib My Librarian Karen E: Novel novels
Annotation:A twisty book. Working as a typist for the NYC Police Department during Prohibition, Rose Baker documents confessions of harrowing crimes. She becomes obsessed with a glamorous new typist and her world of bobbed hair, smoking, and speakeasies. The question is, who is telling the truth and what exactly is that truth?
Annotation:Le Cirque des Reves appears without warning on the outskirts of cities around the world. Only open at night, it is filled with magic and theater, each tent a sensory experience, manipulated and sustained by two young people locked in a mysterious competition. Read by the great Jim Dale, this is a treat to listen to.
Annotation:Shriver (We Need to Talk about Kevin) returns to the family in this intelligent meditation on food, guilt, and the real (and imagined) debts we owe the ones we love. And there's an unexpected twist that you'll either like or be annoyed by. Either way, there's a lot to like in this book.
Annotation:A rapturously romantic story of a woman who finds herself transported to the "other lives" she might have lived. It's 1985, after the death of her beloved twin brother and the abandonment of her long-time lover, Greta Wells undergoes electroshock treatment to alleviate her suffocating depression. Over the course of the treatment, Greta finds herself repeatedly sent to 1918, 1941, and back to the present. Which life will she choose? Interesting and entertaining story but I couldn't stop asking myself why Greta wasn't more freaked out that she was time traveling.
Annotation:This book has a clever and compelling premise. Kate is a fiercely independent single mother to 15-year-old Amelia. When her daughter is found dead, having supposedly jumped from the roof of her private school, Kate learns that there's a lot she didn't know about her daughter in the last months of her life. It's a well-executed thriller/whodunit with extra emotional resonance created by the mother/daughter relationship and Kate's grief and guilt. The ending is a bit weak but this is still a gripping novel.
Annotation:Christine wakes up everyday not knowing where she is or who she is. Until she reads her journal. And while she is finding herself, she must slowly find out what really happened to her and what her future holds. An intriguing story that will keep pulling you in as Christine's story is slowly revealed.
Annotation:Butler's graceful debut explores life's heartbreaks, unexpected family bonds, and the search for home. When Alice learns her father is dying, she leaves her nomadic lifestyle and returns home to London. Concurrent to Alice's tale is that of Daniel, a 60-year-old homeless man who is fixated on finding the daughter he's never met.
Annotation:In a look at mental illness that weaves together three timelines, Greyson Todd leaves his successful Hollywood career and wife and young daughter to travel the world, giving free reign to the bipolar disorder he has been forced to keep hidden for almost twenty years. This is a good portrayal of someone who's bipolar though it might be difficult to relate to the main character.