Part Three – Recommended Summer Reads

As promised, here are some more titles that Reference Librarian Cathy R. recommends putting on your list of books to read this summer.  Look for a final installment next week.  In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts on these, or any other reads that you would recommend.


rebeccaRebecca, by Daphne du Maurier – classic suspense

Working as a lady’s companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place.  Her future looks bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Max de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise.  She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs. de Winter finds Max a changed man.  And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers. Rebecca is the haunting story of a young girl consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity. (From

still life 1Still Life, by Louise Penny – an exceptionally well-written literary mystery

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal.  Continue reading


Recommended Summer Reads – Part Two

I know that our tagline says “More Than Just Books,” but c’mon, working in a library one can’t help but like reading and recommending books!  Old books, new books, bad books, and good books – they are all fair game.

So, keeping that in mind here is a group of titles submitted by one of our Reference Librarians and fearless book club leader, Cathy R.  Stay tuned for Part Three next week.  Happy reading!

lost lakeLost Lake, by Sarah Addison Allen – a bit magical

Suley, Georgia, is home to Lost Lake Cottages and not much else, which is why it’s the perfect place for newly-widowed Kate and her eccentric eight-year-old daughter Devin to heal.  Kate spent one memorable childhood summer at Lost Lake, had her first almost-kiss at Lost Lake, and met a boy named Wes at Lost Lake.  It was a place for dreaming.  But Kate doesn’t believe in dreams anymore, and her Aunt Eby, Lost Lake’s owner, wants to sell the place and move on.  Lost Lake’s magic is gone.  As Kate discovers that time has a way of standing still at Lost Lake can she bring the cottages—and her heart—back to life? (From

pollyFollowing Polly, by Karen Bergreen – laugh-out-loud funny

Would you call Alice Teakle a stalker?  Or just someone with an, um, healthy obsession with golden girl Polly Linley Dawson?  No one much notices Alice: not her boss, not the neighbors, not even her Mother.  When she loses her job and starts to follow Polly Dawson one Manhattan autumn afternoon, Alice stumbles on the object of her attention sprawled dead on the floor of a boutique.  Alice is forced to become truly beneath anyone’s notice. Invisible, in fact, because she’s accused of murder. (From Continue reading

Summertime- and the Reading is Easy

Summer will soon be upon us and that means a starter list of recommended reads from our library staff! Whether it’s in traditional format or an eBook, we hope you’ll take our suggestions, check-out and enjoy one of the titles below. Also, if YOU have any suggestions for titles to keep us entertained while sitting surfside, lounging by the pool or happily ensconced in a hammock – please post them. We’d love to hear from you. 🙂

Leslie C. – Main Library Circulation Department recommends…

 liarThe Liar by Nora Roberts – When Shelby suddenly loses her husband in a boating accident, long hidden secrets from his past, threaten her present. She is finding out her husband was not as he seemed to be. 

memory manMemory Man by David Baldacci – Amos Decker is a police detective that must use his perfect memory to solve his own family’s murder. 

mercedesMr. Mercedes by Stephen King – At a job fair a lone driver plows through a crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes…

This is the first of a trilogy; the next installment comes out in June!!! I can’t wait!

Pam W. – Park Branch recommends…

empressAllison Pataki’s new book the Accidental Empress is a good summer read. Biographical fiction about the Empress Elisabeth (“Sisi”) gives the reader a sense of the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the 19th century.  Family, romance and intrigue are only a part of the story. Continue reading