Friday, September 26, 2014


Despite the heat, summer is officially over and it is now autumn. How about kicking off the season with the latest books on the new shelves at the Monrovia Public Library. This is a group of totally different books by well-known and new authors.

Sisterhood is the topic in Empire Girls by Suzanne Hayes, about two sisters in the 1920’s who discover that that their father’s will leaves their house, their only possession, to a brother they do not know. With a clue that he lives in New York City, the women leave for the unknown world of the big city, flappers and boarding houses. You will race through this delightful novel.

New York City is also the setting for a new novel by Michael Cunningham, who writes about a pair of brothers in The Snow Queen. The two, who have survived a difficult childhood, are looking for inspiration to turn their lives around. More challenging than the average novel, this is beautifully written and thought-provoking.

Joseph O’Neill has written a modern day fable in The Dog. After a break up, a lawyer leaves New York and takes a job in Dubai where he thinks about his past and present. This disconnected story is for readers who enjoy modern fiction without a straightforward plot. 

Tricking her parents into buying tickets for America when they flee Russian, young Malka arrives in New York City only to lose her parents and be injured in a car accident. Taken in by an ice cream vender who gives her a new name and teaches her the business, she becomes The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street. This debut novel by Susan Jane Gilman is terrific historical-fiction with a grand story to tell.

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