Reviews & Recommendations

Enjoy online reviews as well as Reading Recommendations from staff and volunteers at the Brewster Ladies’ Library plus what new arrivals are available at the library.

Online Book Review Sources

  • BookPage – BookPage is a monthly book review online and in print. Free copies are available at the library. Find author interviews and book reviews.
  • New York Times -The New York Times has an extensive archive of reviews, bestsellers, discussions, first chapters and more.
  • The New York Review of Books – The New York Review of Books offers selections from its literary review.
  • Washington Post – The Washington Post includes reviews, first chapters, bestseller lists, and other resources.

New Book Notes

December 2017

Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini – Historical fiction about Ada Byron King, daughter of Lord Byron. “Chiaverini deftly draws a compelling study of a complicated woman whose relationship to her mother was equally complex.”   Library Journal Review October 2017




The Ballad of Black Bart by Loren Estleman– Historical fiction about the outlaw Black Bart and James B. Hume, Wells Fargo’s chief of detectives. “This low-key tale of a legendary outlaw and his pursuer will delight the author’s fans as well as readers who fancy Westerns about notorious figures of the Old West.” Library Journal Review November 2017



Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins – A woman who suffers a tragedy returns to her small Maine community to heal. “Balancing emotion, humor, and a redemptive theme, Higgins hits all the right notes with precision, perception, and panache.” Kirkus Starred Review December 2017




The Body in the Casket by Katherine Hall Page –Amid her own family drama, Faith Fairchild is hired to investigate the mysterious delivery of a coffin. “The mystery, though surprising enough, is outshone by family problems, detailed descriptions of the setting, and devilishly delicious food.” Kirkus Review October 2017



The Girl in Times Square by Paullina Simon –A woman searches for her missing roommate and encounters family drama and secrets. After finishing this novel, readers will only want one thing: more Paullina Simons. Give this one the word of mouth it richly deserves.” Booklist Starred Review October 2017





November 2017

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty – Debut novel and Middle Eastern fairy tale about a con woman who has the power to heal and learn languages instantaneously. “Highly impressive and exceptionally promising.” Kirkus Starred Review September 2017




Heaven’s Crooked Finger by Hank Early – Debut novel about a mysterious fundamentalist community in Georgia and a man’s search for answers about his past and his thought-dead father. “You won’t put down this powerful and painful tale, the first in a planned series, until you’ve seen its unlikely hero explore all the avenues of love, hate, deception, and faith and unravel a gripping mystery.” Kirkus Starred Review September 2017



The End We Start by Megan Hunter –Dystopian debut novel about a woman escaping flooded London with her baby. “The story may seem familiar, but debut novelist Hunter’s spare prose and luminous writing give it fresh immediacy.”   Library Journal Review October 2017




Alone on the Shield by Kirk Landers –Debut novel about a Vietnam veteran who loses his job and travels by canoe around the Canadian Shield to meet his college love. “Alone on the Shield is tense and suspenseful, absorbing from beginning to end, one of those precious tales that manages to be both a page-turner and a thoughtful novel of great depth and resonance.” Booklist Starred Review October 2017




Radio-Free Vermont by Bill McKibbenDebut novel about a 72 year old radio personality who broadcasts messages of resistance in order to get Vermont to secede from the United States. “McKibben’s spirited and thought-provoking modern fable will have readers grappling with the ethical questions of how and when resistance is necessary.” Library Journal Review October 2017




October 2017

The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst – The story of a family set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina. “Deeply felt and beautifully written; a major addition to the literature of Katrina. Kirkus Starred Review August 2017




The Indigo Girls by Natasha BoydBased on a true story of a strong 16 year old girl who must run her family South Carolina plantation. “Readers will love discovering the amazing story of a virtually unknown girl who changed the course of history.”  Booklist Starred Review September 2017



Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan A woman working at the Brooklyn Naval Yard during WWII longs to be a diver. “This large, ambitious novel shows Egan at the top of her game. Anna is a true feminist heroine and her grit and tenacity will make readers root for her.  Highly recommended.”  Library Journal Starred Review September 2017




Here in Berlin by Christina GarciaA nameless traveler comes to Berlin to learn about the city. In the assembly of these glimpses, she has created a vivid portrait of a decimated yet surging Berlin since World War II, of individuality and humankind, of terror and resilience. It is beautifully written in a fluent and evocative prose. It is the story of how people live with their pasts. A stunning collection of memories, snippets, and specters.” Kirkus Starred Review August 2017



Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor – A 13 year old girl goes missing while walking on the moors of an English village. “This treatise on timelessness and human nature was recently long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Highly recommended.”  Library Journal Starred Review September 2017






September 2017

Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford –A coming of age story set against the backdrop of the two Seattle World’s Fairs by the author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. “Ford is a romantic rather than a realist, keeping the novel buoyant despite some difficult subject matter—human trafficking, for example. A vibrantly rendered setting adds to the appeal.” Booklist Review August 2017



Solar Bones by Mike McCormack –A Irish civil engineer reflects on his life in a rural County Mayo village.Shifting back and forth across time from Conway’s childhood on a farm through his early marriage and later career, McCormack’s novel embraces a rich panorama of working life, spiritual contemplation, and musings over Ireland’s economic woes. Deserving a readership far larger than Irish-literature devotees, this is a work of bold risks and luminous creativity.” Booklist Review August 2017



The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott – The story of three generations begins in early 20th century Brooklyn with a newly single mother and her baby being cared for by a religious community. “Everything that her readers, the National Book Award committee, and the Pulitzer Prize judges love about McDermott’s (Someone, 2013, etc.) stories of Irish-Catholic American life is back in her eighth novel.” Kirkus Starred Review June 2017



Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda –A husband takes his wife on a surprise romantic trip to Lake Erie but secrets and mysterious motivations emerge. “This latest psychological thriller from bestselling Rouda (The Goodbye Year) is destined to fly off the shelves, enticing readers to ride along as this multifaced day in the life of the Stroms unfolds.” Library Journal Starred Review August 2017



The Age of Perpetual Light by Josh Weil – A short story collection linked by themes. “Weil’s stories are engrossing, persuasively detailed, and written with a deep affection for the way language can, in masterful hands, convey us to marvelous new worlds.” Kirkus Starred Review July 2017





August 2017

The Locals by Jonathan Dee – A small Massachusetts town deals with post-9/11 economic and social changes. “Good old social novels are hard to come by these days, great ones harder still. Leave it to Dee to fill the void with a book that’s not only great but so frighteningly timely that the reader will be forced to wonder how he managed to compose it before the last election cycle.” Booklist Starred Review July 2017



The Saboteur by Andrew Gross –A Norwegian man works to defeat the Nazis by smuggling intelligence to the British during WWII “From its opening pages, Gross’ novel grips readers as they follow the tough-minded and persistent Nordstrum every step of the way. Highly recommend for thriller fans as well as lovers of historical fiction based on true events.” Library Journal Starred Review July 2017




North Haven by Sarah Moriarty – Family drama emerges when four siblings come to Maine to deal with the summer house of their deceased parents. “A gifted author of singular talent, Moriarty has captured the unbearable rifts of a family under emotional stress. A magnificent debut.” Library Journal Starred Review July 2017




 New People by Denzy Senna –A wedding of a biracial couple is jeopardized when the bride develops a crush on another man.Senna’s fearless novel is equal parts beguiling and disturbing…a great book about race and a great book all around.” Kirkus Starred Review May 2017




The Lauras by Sara Taylor –A child narrator describes the experience of being on the road with a runaway mother. “This story, told by the younger half of a runaway mother-and-child duo, provides an enigmatic narrator with an opportunity to challenge readers’ assumptions about family, gender, and home. Taylor gives her narrator a singular voice and dares the world to listen.” Kirkus Starred Review June 2







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