Looking for just the right book to curl up with on a chilly evening? Well you’re not alone, and you’re in luck, because the Book Lover’s Night at the James H. LaRue library on October 22 featured some wonderful reading suggestions. Whether you are in the mood for a new novel, or if non-fiction is your thing this fall, you can always trust our staff to come through! Here are a few of their favorites from the list.
How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky, by Lydia Netzer
Library Journal review: “Netzer’s sophomore effort is a love story like no other. Irene, a brilliant astrophysicist, believes in science, not love. George is convinced everything on the planet, from the stars to the living beings, has a twin soul. He just hasn’t found his yet… As George and Irene balance the fine line of fate, old secrets are exposed, and true love is put to the test.
Netzer’s poetic storytelling results in a surreal yet believable tale of two lives intertwined more than they could have realized. As in the author’s first novel, Shine, Shine, Shine, the imaginative characters are full of eccentricities, adding a touch of humor to a story that’s also tinged with remorse and regret. Recommended for all literary fiction fans, this would also make a great book club selection for anyone who has ever pondered soul mates and the role individuals play in controlling destiny.” (Suggested by Dodie O.)
The View from Penthouse B, by Elinor Lipman
Gwen-Laura Schmidt lost her husband suddenly and is trying, without much success, to cope with his death. When her older sister Margot invites her to move into Margot’s luxurious Village apartment, it’s a setup that could work for both. Margot herself is fighting back from financial ruin and a scandalous divorce from her husband, a fertility doctor who ran afoul of the law. This is a chance to shake Gwen out of her grief that will also help Margot make ends meet. Another boarder rounds out their group, an attractive guy named Anthony, who bakes cupcakes. Dreaming up money-making schemes with Margot and Anthony and venturing back out into the dating world begins to bring Gwen around. Meanwhile the arrival of Margot’s paroled ex in the efficiency apartment downstairs livens things up even more. A sweet and witty sister story, this novel is all about love, grief, loneliness, forgiveness and new life in middle age. (Suggested by Katherine J.)
No Silent Night: the Christmas Battle for Bastogne, by Don Cygan and Leo Barron
On Christmas morning, 1944, there was little reason to celebrate as the Battle of the Bulge raged. A small force of American solders—including the famed 101st Airborne division, tank destroyer crews, engineers, and artillerymen—was completely surrounded by Hitler’s armies in the Belgian town of Bastogne. The Germans desperately needed to drive back the Allies and thus turn the tide of the war. As the newly reinforced German army of men and tanks attacked just before dawn, the outnumbered, ill-supplied Americans gathered in church for services or shivered in their snow-covered foxholes on the fringes of the front lines. The horrific battle brought the enemies up close and personal, with the cold, exhausted soldiers of both armies fighting for every square foot of frozen earth. In the end, Allied forces prevailed to hold Bastogne, and the pivotal and hard-won victory hoisted up morale and sounded the death-knell for Hitler’s Third Reich. The Nazis never launched another offensive again. (Suggested by Lisa)
Author Don Cygan will talk about his book at the Roxborough Library on Friday, November 7th at 7pm. Register online or by calling 303-791-7323.
For the complete list of the Book Lover’s titles, click here.