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This award-winning non-fiction book weaves together several profiles of the famous…and not so famous….to illustrate the institutional and cultural changes taking place in America that began in the second half of the 20th century. Read more about The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

A wonderful autobiography: not only because its subject is the much-beloved children’s author, but because the book takes a very sweet look at life in the 1930’s and 40’s. Read more about My Own Two Feet

If you enjoyed “The Forgotten Garden” by Kate Morton, you’ll find this book a great read.  Moving between the early 1940’s and current time in the mountains of Northern India and Kashmir the story immediately engulfs you in the lives of two sets of characters, their lives and friends. Read more about The Kashmir Shawl

The author, who grew up in the  paper mill town of Mexico, Maine, chronicles her family’s struggle to cope with the unexpected death of her father while on his way to work one April morning in 1963. Read more about When We Were the Kennedys

Blackberry Winter

This book captured my interest from the first page and was a real page turner.  There are many threads to this story which enhances the read immensely. Read more about Blackberry Winter

The Double Game

A retired spy-turned-novelist once admits to young journalist Bill Cage that he had considered spying for the enemy; eventually damaging both their budding careers. Read more about The Double Game

The Light Between Oceans

This outstanding story captured my interest at the very beginning and it was hard to put down. The prose is beautiful, almost musical, in contrast to the harsh lives of the two main characters. Read more about The Light Between Oceans

The Ashford Affair

The best book that I’ve read in a while, “The Ashford Affair” kept me up late at night in a frenzy to finish. I enjoyed the format, alternating chapters between the 1990s and the 1920s as two intertwining stories unfold. Read more about The Ashford Affair

A Royal Pain

This fun, easy story reads like a contemporary Regency Romance. And really, what girl doesn’t want to be like Bronte Talbot with her stellar career, fabulous shoes, and a boyfriend who turns out to be a Duke?

Call Number: FIC  Mulry, M Read more about A Royal Pain


I was calmed and comforted by this book.  A sparely and beautifully rendered tale of “Dad”, his neighbors,  customers, and family as he lives out his last days with them. Read more about Benediction