Thursday, February 15, 2018

Caitlin Macy Author Event Tonight

Don't Miss Caitlin Macy author of MRS. at the New Canaan Library tonight, 6:30pm.
Her book is fresh from the publisher and totally awesome. New York City Park Avenue perfection with the raw underbelly exposed.
Named one of the "Most Anticipated Books of 2018" by Entertainment Weekly 

"Mrs. could be the next Big Little Lies."—EW
"Brilliant.... I absolutely loved it."—Kate Atkinson

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Staff PIcks

We have awesome staff readers.
Here are a few picks for this month.

The Boat People - Timely fictionalized saga of an immigrant family. (Manda)

Homegoing - A compelling novel spanning eight generations from the Gold Coast of Africa to the plantations of Mississippi.  Fabulous read!(Eve)

The War That Saved My Life - Could not put this wonderful historical fiction down about two siblings evacuated from their home in London during World War 2. (Melissa) (Childrens)

As Close To Us as Breathing - Heart wrenching and beautifully written tender and empathetic characters trying to balance decisions for their own lives, while their own perceived, or real, family loyalties, responsibilities, and religion hold them back.(Elizabeth)

Paris in the Present Tense - Continues his string of great fiction.(Wes)

The Chalk Man -This dark thriller, call it twisted Agatha Christie.(Melissa)

The Great Alone - A favorite! Characters jump off the page. (Katheen)

Beneath A Scarlet Sky - Wonderful story of young Italian hero during World War II.(Sarah)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Four good Titles

Connie's back with four good suggestions.
We can't keep "The Woman In the Window" in stock.

You might notice, for the 2nd time in a row I have a non-fiction listed. Hmm maybe a trend. Probably not, but this one worth the pick-up.


My apologies to those of you who read and loved …Wolves. Let us agree to disagree.


The History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund  (out 11.07)

If you eliminated the stories here of Linda at 25 and 36, this would be a YA read. And one of those reads that you shake your head while reading realizing how messed up parents can result in a messed up a child. At times I became annoyed with Linda, until I acknowledged that she’s supposed to be a teenager or later as an emotionally damaged adult.  14 yr. old Linda lives with her exhippie parents in what had been a commune in northern Minnesota – no indoor plumbing and limited electricity. She becomes the babysitter for a family where she finally feels like she belongs only to be swept up in their non-conforming life. Oh and along the way she has a teacher accused of child pornography and having sex with a minor. Ya, that kind of read.

(Interestingly I absolutely loved the next middle grade book I picked up after read and it also had an idiot parent. For heaven’s sake, maybe there should be a test or at least a class for perspective parents though I probably would have failed)


Bobby Kennedy a Raging Spirit by Chris Matthews  (out 10.31)

I am neither a big biography reader nor a big political reader, but assigned for book club I picked this up. Fascinating.  While having lived through almost all of the period covered, my parents either didn’t talk about politics or watch on television or I was oblivious (probably the later). One criticism I read of the book is that is deals so much with Jack (John), but it would be impossible to tell Bobby’s story any other was as he was so invested in Jack’s career. I hope there’s not a quiz as there’s no way I remember all the characters (and some were very much characters), back room /behind the scenes conversations, and wheeling & dealing that occurred. But I learned (relearned) so much. And amazing how much in Washington hasn’t changed – maybe the names, but still the same. A really good read. 


White Chrysanthemums by Mary Lynn Bracht  (out 01.30) ****This one is going to be a winner!!

In much the way Lilac Girls graphically brought the horrors of WWII Germany to us, so too does this debut novel as it tells the equally horrific and often untold story of Korean women during the Japanese occupation. Chapters alternate between Hana in 1943 as she’s abducted from her island and forced to be a “comfort woman” for the Japanese soldiers and 2011 in Seoul as her sister Emi remembers her shame at feeling she was to blame for Hana’s disappearance. So ashamed, her children are unaware their mother even had a sister. Historians believe between 50,000 and 200,000 Korean women were taken with most never returning. And like Lilac Girls, you are not apt to forget this book.


The Woman in the Window  by A.J. Finn   (out 01.02)

Agoraphobic woman watches the house across the street – apparent crimes and creepy stuff happens. For you psychological thriller readers who need a fix.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Join us at the Wilton Library for a great children's event. Author signing.
 Food samples and cookie decorating will also be available. Grade K through adults.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Connie's January Picks

Just as a snowstorm is raging in Connecticut we get two reviews from former bookseller, Connie.
I am just about finished with The Immortalists and loving it. For sure that one will hit the best seller list.
Hot books this week.
The Woman In the Window by A.J. Finn
Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff
We'll have plenty tomorrow after the storm.
In the meantime enjoy Connie's reviews.

What Unites Us  by Dan Rather                  

From a lifetime in covering the current events of the day, Rather produces a series of thought provoking insightful essays on various topics ranging from education to science to the environment to the world stage to the difference between nationalism and patriotism – to name just a few. While his experiences along with the vast group of diverse individuals he’s met during those nearly 50 yrs in the news business, this book clearly has come about since last January. Without naming names, he speaks freely about his deep concerns about the United States that he loves and the path he sees us traveling.


The Immortalists  by Chloe Benjamin

The book begins in NY City in 1969 as the four Gold children go to see a psychic and are told the dates they will die. The rest of the book focuses on each of the four as they live their lives either trying to fulfill the promise or run from it. A really compelling read, but a word of caution as I found Simon’s story as a gay in 1980’s San Francisco to often be a bit too graphic and Varya’s animal experimentation while she searches for extending life disturbing. A worthwhile read regardless and if this author’s debut is any indication, we will certainly be hearing from her again.   

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Connie's back!

Connie is a former bookseller at ESB and loves to read. Check out some of her picks or not.

The Essex Serpent  by Sarah Perry

Totally engrossing read. What happens to the members of a community when the folk story around a prehistoric monster in their waters suddenly once again appears to be a real part of their lives as some mysterious disappearances and deaths occur? The characters are wonderfully developed and their relationships equally so. The obsession of Cora Seaborne with fossils can’t help but remind one of “Remarkable Creatures” by Tracy Chevalier which is set in a similar time period and local. Would make a good discussion book!

“London, 1893. When Cora Seaborne’s husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was an unhappy one. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space, she departs for coastal Essex. Once there, they hear rumors that after nearly 300 years, the mythical Essex Serpent, a fearsome creature that once roamed the marshes, has returned. …Local parish vicar William Ransome is equally suspicious but for different reasons: a man of faith, he is convinced the alarming reports are caused by moral panic, a flight from the correct and righteous path. As Cora and William attempt to discover the truth about the Essex Serpent, they find themselves inexorably drawn together in an intense relationship that will change both of them in ways entirely unexpected.”ipage


The Woman in Cabin 10   by Ruth Ware

The main character is very unlikable initially (as in Girl on the Train) so it took me a bit to keep going, but the suspense is significant making this worth the read if you crave a good psychological thriller.

Think Hitchcock’s Rear Window but at sea. Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, falls into the assignment of a lifetime: a week on The Aurora, a luxury cruise boat with only a handful of cabins.  Lo's stay is great for a few days until she witnesses (or thinks she witnesses) a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for--and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo's desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong.


Kissing Carlo by Adriana Trigiani

Does anyone do a better job telling stories about Italian American families than Trigiani (I loved “Very Valentine”)? In her newest tale, the Philadelphia-based Palazzinis have three sons who return home from World War II along with their orphaned cousin Nicky who’s lived with the family since boyhood.  Everyone works in the family taxi business until a family feud ends that. Nicky’s secret passion has always been the theater and he makes a sudden decision that changes everyone's life. As with prior books, there are moments of humor (which is where Carlo comes in). Endearing read. At 500+ pages, a perfect book to curl up with in front of the fire for many evenings. And if you want to know why Ms. Trigiani is so good at her craft, read her autobiography “Don’t Sing At the Table” about growing up with 2 Italian grandmothers.


Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

Not to be missed! I am not usually a short story reader, but Tom Hanks is as loveable on paper with this book as he is on the silver screen. Among the titles are stories ranging from buddies recalling WWII, to the 1939 World’s Fair in Chicago, to an immigrant’s story, to a college student surfing with his father and intertwined in all of them is a typewriter. Makes me wish I hadn’t gotten rid of my mom’s.

And if you find yourself suddenly interested in reading more short stories, try Anthony Doerr’s 2001 “The Shell Collector” or Margaret Atwood’s 1992 “Good Bones and Simple Murders”.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

October Author Talks

Don't Miss these terrific authors.

Wilton Library October 11th 7pm
H.W.Brands - The General vs. The President

Wilton Library October 17th 7pm
Denise Kiernan - The Last Castle

New Canaan Library  October 20th 6:30pm
Peter Hellman - In Vino Duplicitas

New Canaan Country School October 17th 6:30pm
Alisyn Camerota - Amanda Wakes Up

More to Come!!