The Walls Around Us
By:
Ren Suma
October 2, 2015
Reviewed by: Nancy

In the mood for a great ghost story? Picture two places, marked by untimely deaths. One, a space outside a dance studio where teenage ballerinas used to hang out, and two of them were murdered. The other, a juvenile detention center where all of the girls mysteriously died en masse. These two places may seem very different, but are they really? Violet belongs to one world, and Amber to the other. Together, they tell a marvelously spine-tingling tale.

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ
By:
Giulia Enders
September 30, 2015
Reviewed by: Robin

Concise, understandable, fun writing about a topic near and dear to all of us.

Saving Mr. Terupt
By:
Rob Buyea
September 28, 2015
Reviewed by: Kris

This is the third book in the Mr. Terupt series. His students are starting middle school which means they are without their beloved teacher. Middle School means new social rules and the group is struggling to survive. However a scare for Mr. Terupt could be the glue that brings them back together. This series is a great read alike for fans of Wonder.

The Lair of Dreams
By:
Libba Bray
September 22, 2015
Reviewed by: Kristin

Fans of atmospheric horror and the roaring twenties will be swept away by this sequel to Bray’s The Diviners. In this episode, the diverse cast of supernaturally gifted characters band together to cure a mysterious sleeping sickness that seems to be emanating from China Town. Politics of the time, especially the Chinese Exclusion Act, are key parts of the story. Problems of discrimination (both race and sexual orientation) are explored. But mostly this is an excellent romantic fantasy/horror with fast paced dialog and engaging characters.

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark
By:
Anna North
September 18, 2015
Reviewed by: Chrissie

In this novel, filmmaker Sophie Stark is only described through the perspective of others. Some see her as a great artist, while others think she’s just selfish or weird. Get your friends to read this too so you can argue over how you see Sophie.

A Walk in the Woods
By:
Bill Bryson
September 12, 2015
Reviewed by: Steve

Bill Bryson's classic travelogue has a recent movie tie-in reprint. This may be the only 400-page book I've ever read in one sitting. Bryson's distinct and down-to-earth voice makes his adventures on the Appalachian Trail hilarious and invigorating. Perhaps by design (otherwise the book wouldn't be very incidental), his plan to through-hike the trail almost-immediately becomes exhausting and Quixotic.

Fortune's Pawn
By:
Rachel Bach
September 8, 2015
Reviewed by: Lindsay

Devi Morris is the kind of character I can get on board with. She's smart, tough, well-trained, and focused. She has her eyes on the prize and isn't afraid to go after it. At the same time she is still a woman and fully embraces that part of herself, lipstick and little black dresses included. Like many of my favorite science fiction books, Fortune's Pawn in a great combination of action, mystery, and romance. The characters are likeable and fun. It is a story that's easy to dive into and keeps you hooked from beginning to end…even if that end is an edge of your seat cliff hanger.

When I Was Eight
By:
Christy Jordan-Fenton
September 4, 2015
Reviewed by: Desi

Olemaun is a young Inuit girl who longs to learn to read like her big sister. Her father resists taking her to school until she wears him down. At her new school she receives a new name and a haircut. While she still longs to read, her chores and the treatment she receives at the hands of her classmates and the nun teacher blunts her zeal for words. Olemaun must harness the strength and tenacity that got her into to school to master the English language. This is a wonderful book that highlights the difficulties experienced by some Inuit students immigrating to American schools.

The Novel Cure - From Abandonment to Zestlessness
By:
Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin
September 2, 2015
Reviewed by: Laura

Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin are not merely authors of this book, they are its bibliotherapists, which is to say they believe in the curative powers of fiction to alleviate any number of common human conditions, whether it be Fatherhood, Broken Leg, or Tax Return, Fear of Doing. Their amusingly formatted volume prescribes hundreds of books to remedy afflicted readers, and is a must-own for the bibliophile’s personal library.

The Wonder Garden
By:
Lauren Acampora
August 31, 2015
Reviewed by: Nancy

What an odd bunch of characters resides in Old Cranbury! Such strange secrets lurk behind bland and normal facades. One resident harbors a powerful desire to touch a brain. Another leaves his job in advertising to become a healer. Yet another finds herself paralyzed with indecision at a traffic intersection. One life touches another in this remarkable collection of short stories.