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November Library Staff Reading Recommendations



Books read and recommended by Martins Ferry Public Library Staff.

A hundred summers - Beatriz Williams
Publisher: G.P. PUTNAM'S SONS
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/30/2013
ISBN-13: 9780399162169
ISBN-10: 039916216X
Returning to an idyllic Rhode Island oceanfront community for the summer of 1938, New York socialite Lily Dane is devastated by the appearances of her newly married ex-fiancé and former best friend, who reintroduce her to an alluring acquaintance from her college years at the same time she realizes that her ties to her ex remain impossible to ignore.
The Paris Architect: A Novel - by Charles Belfoure
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/08/2013
ISBN-13: 9781402284311
ISBN-10: 1402284314
In 1942, Parisian architect Lucien Bernard accepts a lucrative commission from a wealthy businessman to design a secret room for the purpose of hiding Jewish fugitives from the Gestapo. Although Lucien has no particular love for the city's Jewish population, he loathes the occupying Germans and thrives on the challenge of deceiving them (the money doesn't hurt, either). But as Lucien's involvement in the scheme grows, he learns that no one can be trusted, not even those closest to him. Fans of suspenseful historical fiction set in Vichy France and featuring artists may also be interested in Paul Watkins' The Forger, in which a young American expatriate forges paintings to undermine the Third Reich.
Mud season - Ellen Stimson
Publisher: Countryman Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/07/2013
ISBN-13: 9781581572049
ISBN-10: 1581572042
Trading in her high heels for muck boots, the author chronicles her transition from city life to rural life in Vermont where she and her family, deciding to operate one of the oldest country stores in America, are faced with opposition and distrust by folks who like things just fine the way they'd always been.
The Night Guest - by Fiona McFarlane
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/01/2013
ISBN-13: 9780865477735
ISBN-10: 0865477736
This compelling debut novel mixes psychological suspense and elements of magical realism with fears of aging and isolation; Booklist refers to its "eerie aura of foreboding." It concerns Ruth, a widow living alone in an isolated beach house on the Australian coast, who hears tigers in her living room and allows Frida, a woman who claims to be a governmental care worker, into her home. Plagued by memories of her childhood in Fiji, Ruth is also uncertain that Frida is who she says she is -- a concern that readers will also come to share.
Mrs. Poe - Lynn Cullen
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/01/2013
ISBN-13: 9781476702919
ISBN-10: 1476702918
Struggling to support her family in mid-nineteenth-century New York, writer Frances Osgood makes an unexpected connection with literary master Edgar Allan Poe and finds her survival complicated by her intense attraction to the writer and the scheming manipulations of his wife.
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