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December 18, 2017

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Books, Movies & Music : While you wait for My Name Is Lucy Barton

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While you wait for "My Name Is Lucy Barton" by Elizabeth Strout

 

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Readers have come to expect a literary treat from Elizabeth Strout, author of "Olive Kitteridge" and"Amy Isabelle." The New York Times says her newest novel 

"offers us a rare wealth of emotion, from darkest suffering to simple joy." How can you resist? Here are some suggestions to keep you going while you wait for your Library hold.

 

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My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel

My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel
Strout, Elizabeth

"Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn't spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy's childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy's life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters"--


Format: Book
Holds: 16 on 28 copies

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Academy Street

Academy Street
Costello, Mary

"Costello works wonders on the page, employing precise prose to craft a resonant narrative out of a rather ordinary lifetime. ...there is often beauty to be found in the mundane." (Publisher's Weekly)


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 5 copies

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Lillian on Life

Lillian on Life
Lester, Alison Jean

"Unconventionally plotted, Lillian's tale is filled with lush details and cool observations about the twins of female freedom: contentment and compromise. A slim novel that feels just perfect - each thought measured, each syllable counted, a kind of haiku to an independent woman." (Kirkus)


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 4 copies

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Things We Set on Fire

Things We Set on Fire
Reed, Deborah

"The entanglements of a family burdened with dark secrets, personal motives, and an eventual implosion that still rocks each of their lives to the core quickly surface ...propelling the story and its irresistible characters. Suggest this one to fans of Elizabeth Strout." (Booklist)


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 2 copies

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Lila

Lila
Robinson, Marilynne

"Robinson has created a tour de force, an unforgettably dramatic odyssey, a passionate and learned moral and spiritual inquiry, a paean to the earth, and a witty and transcendent love story—all within a refulgent and resounding novel so beautifully precise and cadenced it wholly transfixes and transforms us." (Booklist)


Format: Book
Holds: 10 on 28 copies

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The Sunken Cathedral: A Novel

The Sunken Cathedral: A Novel
Walbert, Kate

"Footnotes enrich the text of this short, deceptively simple novel; altogether the book combines memories, regrets, doubts, hopes, fears, and mental detours... Walbert’s wistful glimpse of women reaching out during their last days of independence offers a penetrating look at New York and the world..." (Publisher's Weekly)"


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Holds: 0 on 5 copies

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