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What We're Reading: Spring 2017


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An unexpected package leads a young girl to her father’s family in Cuba. There she learns the little-known story of the SS St. Louis and its passengers’ ill-fated attempt to flee Nazi Germany in 1939.

-Rebecca Wolff,
Centreville Library
 
 

Take the orphans and thievery from Oliver Twist and add the fantasy world-building, tone and feel of A Game of Thrones, and you’ve got an idea of what you are in for with the first book of this trilogy.

-James Cullen,
Great Falls Library

From the Man Booker Prize winning author of The White Tiger, a coming-of-age story set in the slums of Mumbai features two sons of a cricket-obsessed father as he attempts to produce the best batsman since Sachin Tendulkar.

-James Cullen,
Great Falls Library

Hacker Hiro Protagonist resides in future Los Angeles but also in the parallel virtual world known as the Metaverse, until the Snow Crash virus breaches the separation between the two, threatening an infocalypse that could bring down both worlds.

-Suzanne LaPierre,
City of Fairfax Library

It reminded me of the Corrections but updated and funnier. Bonus: the audiobook narrator is easily the best I’ve heard perform.

-Ginger Hawkins,
Patrick Henry Library

In the post Civil War years, an aging widower who makes his living as a traveling newsreader in Northern Texas is asked to return a 10-year-old girl who has been rescued from captivity with the Kiowa Indians to her home in San Antonio. She no longer speaks English and considers herself a Kiowa. The two form an unlikely bond as they slowly learn to communicate and trust each other on the very dangerous journey home.
 
Ellen Bottiny,
Tyson's Pimmit Library



 British archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in to help investigate when human bones are dug up near her home and thought to be connected to a missing child.  Ruth and DCI Nelson are likable enough characters, but it is the windy and desolate salt marshes and henges of the Norfolk landscape on the eastern coast of England that really pulled me into this very enjoyable mystery.    

-Ellen Bottiny.
Tyson's Pimmit Library 
 

A fun and – unsurprisingly – fast-paced journey through actress Lauren Graham’s life and acting career. A must read for any fans of Gilmore Girls or Parenthood.

-Denise Dolan,
George Mason Library
 








Movies are often described as magical, but in film critic Felix Funicello’s case, it really is true. The ghost of a  forgotten female film director guides Felix on a cinematic exploration of feminism through the prism of the important women in his life.

-Rebecca Wolff,
Centreville Library
 

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