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Recommendations for WITF Smart Talk - May 27, 2021
In the exclusive black beach community of Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard, three successful women from different backgrounds gather for one last summer together before their godmother moves to the south of France and gives her home to one of them. Renowned lawyer, journalist and Emmy Award-winning cohost of The View, Sunny Hostin, makes her literary debut with this novel about a life-changing summer.
In this remarkable debut based on actual events, as a team of male scholars compiles the first Oxford English Dictionary, one of their daughters decides to collect the "objectionable" words they omit. Deciding to create her own dictionary — the Dictionary of Lost Words — Esme leaves her sheltered world behind to meet the people whose words will fill those pages.
Amid the chaos of rebellion in a dystopian future, three young women discover an abnormality that they all share and are shocked to learn that they were created by a gifted geneticist. A mysterious virus previously thought to be a common cold turns deadly and increases panic and paranoia across the nation. This dramatic and thought-provoking story of inequality, humanity and family is a new novel by the author of of our 2020 Longwood Gardens Community Read book, Semiosis.
A reimagining of the life of Marie Curie is told through two parallel timelines, including one that reflects her real-world achievements and another that explores how the world might be different had she made other choices. Entwining Marie Curie’s real story with Marya Zorawska’s fictional one, Half Life explores loves lost and destinies unfulfilled and probes issues of loyalty and identity, gender and class, motherhood and sisterhood, fame and anonymity, scholarship and knowledge.
Nora Seed finds herself faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, or realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist, she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place
Investigating an estranged sibling’s suspicious drowning at their grandmother’s estate, a social worker connects the tragedy to the unsolved case of a housewife who in 1929 allegedly succumbed to the consequences of a wish-granting spring.
After losing his beloved springer spaniel, Mace Reid, who specializes in human remains detection, adopts a new cadaver dog trainee, a rescue dog named Vira with a mysterious past, who helps him find a serial killer. (Book 2, The Keepers, will be out soon!)
Enlisting to work at the Royal Botanic Gardens during World War I, two courageous women carefully tend an increasingly flourishing royal garden under the watch of discriminating associates before their resolve is tested by an overseas tragedy.
The never-before-published diaries of Alathea Fitzalan Howard—who spent her teenaged years living out World War II in Windsor Great Park with her close friends Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth, the future queen of the United Kingdom—provide an extraordinary and intimate look at the British Royal Family. Day by day, from ages sixteen to twenty-two, she recorded the intimate details of her life with the Royal Family, describing how they enjoyed parties, cinema evenings, picnics, and more amidst the anxieties of wartime Britain.
Documents the high standards once required of Pan Am stewardesses, from second-language fluency and a college education to youth and a trim figure, sharing the stories of remarkable, high-achieving women who served during the jet age.
Owner of the popular Los Angeles bakery Friends & Family, Roxana Jullapat knows that all-purpose flour is an easy route to success. But for cooks eager to use the new array of grains grown locally in the United States and their flours, she has more than eighty creations, many drawn from the familiar pastry case of cookies, cakes, scones, breads, and pies, only with an alternative, healthier kick.
"This volume for young people is an honest and fascinating account of Michelle Obama's life led by example. She shares her views on how all young people can help themselves as well as help others, no matter their status in life. She asks readers to realize that no one is perfect, and that the process of becoming is what matters, as finding yourself is ever evolving. In telling her story with boldness, she asks young readers: Who are you, and what do you want to become?"
A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers but by drawing from the strength of the powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self-love and empowerment.
Featuring insights from the aviator’s great-nephew, an uplifting picture book account of the life of the first African American pilot to fly across the United States describes Banning’s Oklahoma farm childhood and the barriers that challenged his historic achievement.