Spring Reading Recommendations
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Dorothy Must Die
by Danielle Paige
The first and titular work in a series comprising four novels and and a dozen novellas, Dorothy Must Die is an exceptional continuation of L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz series, picking up after his first several books about Oz left off. As the title suggests, Dorothy is back in Oz and this time takes the role of ego-maniacal villain in an exciting, dark, humorous and romantic return to the fabled fairyland.
Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey Into The Heart of America
by James and Deborah Fallows
This non-fiction, best seller records the five-year journey of the Fallows across America in a single engine, prop airplane. Visiting dozens of towns, engaging with hundreds of people from all walks of life, James and Deborah describe America as aware of its problems, but actively remaking itself. Their collective story is a book of hope, which showcases how we are more united as a nation than divided.
The Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles
This novel picks up after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, when Count Alexander Rostov, a Russian nobleman, is sentenced to lifelong imprisonment in Moscow’s Metropol Hotel. During his 32 years of confinement in an attic room, Rostov rekindles old relationships and develops new friendships. His life takes on a sense of rich normalcy, while outside the streets of the Kremlin are tumultuous.
Franklin and Washington: The Founding Partnership
by Edward J. Larson
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson writes this duel biography, showcasing the three- decade long bond of these two statesmen. Franklin, an abolitionist from the north, and Washington, a slaveholding general from the south, worked together to forge the United States and over time help craft the ratification of the Constitution for a more perfect union,
The Family Upstairs
by Lisa Jewell
Lisa Jewell is an internationally, bestselling author of eighteen novels, including Then She Was Gone and Watching You. Jewell brings readers another psychological thriller in this 2019 “bone-chilling suspense” (People). It is the tale of mysterious deaths and disappearances, as three entangled families live in a house with the darkest secrets.
Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo
This children’s chapter book is a rich story about love and connections between a girl, a dog, and a community. It’s about Opal, who lives with her father after her mother leaves them. Opal finds a friend when she adopts a dog, Winn-Dixie, who she named after the supermarket where she first encountered him. With the help of this gentle dog, Opal makes friends with a variety of people and learns a lot about love and forgiveness.