Looking for a good spring read? Here are a few suggestions from website, Books on the Table. All of these titles (and lots more!) can be found at the library.
Alternate Side – Anna Quindlen
Some days Nora Nolan thinks that she and her husband, Charlie, lead a charmed life. And why not? New York City was once Nora’s dream destination, and her clannish dead-end block has become a safe harbor. Then one morning she returns from her run to discover that a terrible incident has shaken the neighborhood, and the fault lines begin to open.
Prairie Fires – Caroline Fraser
This book is a thoroughly researched biography of not only Laura Ingalls Wilder, but of her daughter, Rose. Using unpublished manuscripts, letters, financial records, and more, Fraser gives fresh insight into the life of a woman beloved to many.
The Friend – Sigrid Nunez
When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog and by the threat of eviction. While others worry that grief has made her a victim of magical thinking, the woman refuses to be separated from the dog except for brief periods of time.
Laura & Emma – Kate Greathead
Laura hails from the Upper East Side of Manhattan. One weekend she meets Jefferson. The two sleep together. He vanishes and Laura realizes she’s pregnant. Despite her progressive values, Laura raises her daughter Emma by herself in the same blue-blood world of private schools and summer homes she grew up in. Her eccentric mother, who informs her society friends and Emma herself that she was fathered by a Swedish sperm donor. Meanwhile, the apple falls far from the tree with Emma, who begins to question her environment in a way her mother never could.
The Female Persuasion – Meg Wolitzer
Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer feels her inner world light up.
The Girl Who Smiled Beads – Clemantine Wamariya
Wamariya was six years old in 1994, and in 100 days more than 800,000 people would be murdered in Rwanda and millions more displaced. Clemantine and her sister ran and spent the next six years wandering through seven African countries searching for safety. They did not know whether their parents were alive. At age twelve, Clemantine and her sister were granted asylum in the United States.
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6 Books to Read This Spring