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A Few Good Books: December 2015

by Emily M | Dec 23, 2015
Looking for a good book recommendation? Look no further!  Here are a few good books I’ve enjoyed recently.

The Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion

rosieprojectDon Tillman is an exceptionally intelligent, yet socially stunted genetics professor who has decided he is in need of a wife. While taking up a scientific strategy to find the perfect wife, he meets a woman who is all wrong for him and, naturally, falls in love.  A remarkably enjoyable read that made me both laugh and cry, I highly recommend this book, particularly to fans of The Big Bang Theory.  (The resemblance between Don and Sheldon is strong.)

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

olivekitteridgeEach of the chapters of this novel function as short stories about the various townspeople of a little town in Maine, ultimately weaving the tale of Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher.  With so many chapters being told through the eyes of various characters, the reader is gifted with the ability to see Olive through many different perspectives – those who only know her peripherally, those who know her well, and her own.  Not one perspective shows Olive as being particularly likable or relatable, which makes her character remarkably believable and human.  While Olive has her redeeming moments, she is never redeemed.  Throughout the book, Elizabeth Strout writes painfully and exquisitely about the later years of life.

The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century by Ian Mortimer

timetravelersguideIf you’re a history buff who enjoys reading about wars and political intrigue, this is not the book for you.  But if you're intrigued with what daily life was like for your average Joe, The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England will be right up your alley.  Ian Mortimer takes you on a journey to discover how people dressed and traveled, what they ate and drank, and what they did for work and entertainment in 14th century England. 

What good books have read lately?

EmilyLong before becoming a librarian, Emily was an avid library patron. She enjoys reading fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, biographies, and classic children’s literature. Her favorite book is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.


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