Youth and Teen
Jessica: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.
Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution. (goodreads.com)
Jenine: The Italian Party by Christina Lynch
So much fun! Newlyweds Scottie and Michael have plenty of secrets, subversion and political intrigue on offer, while keeping the tone light and the pages turning. This novel in set in 1950s Sienna, Italy had me craving a plate of soul-satisfying carbs and a glamorous, old Hollywood film marathon.
Patty: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Based on a true story, the lives of three women, Polish teenager, Kasia, young German doctor, Herta, and New York socialite, Caroline, are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents–from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland–as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.
Youth and Teen
Jessica: Heartless by Marissa Meyer
This book was AMAZING! Ever wonder how the Queen of Hearts became so heartless? Read this book to find out — full of adventure, romance, and suspense, once you start this book, you won’t want to put it down.
Joan: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
A haunting and suspenseful novel about a journalist who thought she witnessed a body being thrown overboard a cruise ship. After many twists and turns, and heart-pounding events, this mystery-thriller has a very surprising end.
Patty: A Man Called Ove by Frederic Backman
A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship. This is a thought-provoking story that is both sad and humorous. Very well written and an easy read.
Cathrine: Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs Adams by Louisa Thomas
This biography of Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams, the wife of sixth President John Quincy Adams and first foreign-born First Lady, is an interesting read about a subject so often forgotten by many. Taken mostly from Mrs. Adams’ diary entries, as well as letters she wrote, the reader gets a true feel for who Mrs. Adams really was and not simply cold, hard facts regarding her life.
Aubrey: We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service by A Tribe Called Quest
This long-awaited album from a classic New York hip-hop group is fresh and relevant while remaining true to form. Featuring appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Elton John and Jack White, this is multi-faceted music — sharp, triumphant, mournful and honest.
Parental advisory: explicit content.
Youth and Teen
Jessica: The Hammer of Thor: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2 by Rick Riordan
This book is full of adventure, true friendship, and mythology. This is a quick read, but would recommend reading book one, “The Sword of Summer”, as this book is part of a series.
Tiffany: The Empty Pot by Demi
This book shows children the value of having integrity and being honest.
Jodi: Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters. Illustrated by Brooke A. Allen
A ridiculously fun adventure. Five girls and their camp counselor try to figure out what the heck is going on at summer camp. They learn to trust and depend on each other to figure it out and save their skins!
Joan: What You Owe Me by Bebe Moore Campbell
This is a story about a country girl and a Holocaust survivor who become close friends and set out to build a towering cosmetics company. They loose everything; a close friendship, and a dept that needs to be paid. I liked this book because it showed two very strong women from different backgrounds that worked hard against all odds to fulfill their dreams.
Patty: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
In this gripping novel, a dark secret threatens to expose the best and worst in everyone tied to the estate of a thriving plantation in Virginia in the decades before the Civil War.
Grissom’s debut novel unfolds in a heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story of class, race, dignity, deep-buried secrets, and familial bonds.
Cathrine: The History Buff’s Guide to the Presidents by Thomas R. Flagel.
Sprinkled with humor, Flagel takes an unorthodox look at the American Presidents’ political and personal lives. For those who love American History Fun Facts, this is a fantastic read!
Aubrey: Garden for the Blind by Kelly Fordon
An atmospheric collection of short stories set in Detroit and its surrounding suburbs, this book demonstrates the complexities of a life fully lived and interconnectedness of characters and place.