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The friends we keep book cover
The friends we keep book cover

The friends we keep

Jane Green

FICTION Green Jane
Fiction

Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have known each other since university. Their friendship was something they swore would last forever. Now years have passed, the friends have drifted apart, and none of them ever found the lives they wanted - the lives they dreamed of when they were young and everything seemed possible. Evvie starved herself to become a supermodel but derailed her career by sleeping with a married man. Maggie married Ben, the boy she fell in love with at university, never imagining the heartbreak his drinking would cause. Topher became a successful actor but the shame of a childhood secret shut him off from real intimacy. By their thirtieth reunion, these old friends have lost touch with each other and with the people they dreamed of becoming. Together again, they have a second chance at happiness ... until a dark secret is revealed that changes everything. The Friends We Keep is about how despite disappointments we've had or mistakes we've made, it's never too late to find a place to call home.

This book may make you pick up the phone and call -- not text -- some old friends. -Meredith

I love you but I hate your politics : how to protect your intimate relationships in a poisonous partisan world book cover
I love you but I hate your politics : how to protect your intimate relationships in a poisonous partisan world book cover

I love you but I hate your politics : how to protect your intimate relationships in a poisonous partisan world

Jeanne Safer

158.24 /Safer
Nonfiction, Self Help

Is hyper-partisanship poisoning your relationships? This book can help shed light on managing those conflicts! Dr. Jeanne Safer is a psychotherapist in NYC who has worked with couples to work through their disagreements. -Melody

Greek to me : adventures of the comma queen book cover
Greek to me : adventures of the comma queen book cover

Greek to me : adventures of the comma queen

Mary Norris

BIOGRAPHY Norris, Mary
Memoir, Literary Nonfiction

Presents a chronicle of the author's lifelong love affair with words, filtered through her passion for all things Greek and her solo adventures in Greece.

This is a fun book on several levels: it's laugh-out-loud funny in places, there's lots about words and what they mean and what their origins are, and it's all about Greece. The author's love of the country is almost palpable, and anyone who has positive memories of a first trip abroad will enjoy her tale. -Heidi L

The reading promise : my father and the books we shared book cover
The reading promise : my father and the books we shared book cover

The reading promise : my father and the books we shared

Alice Ozma

028.9 /Ozma
Nonfiction

Named for two literary characters ("Alice" from Lewis Carroll and "Ozma" from L. Frank Baum), the author is the daughter of a Philadelphia-area elementary school librarian. Father and daughter embarked on a streak of reading-out-loud sessions every night before bed as Ozma was growing up--a "streak" that would continue for eight years straight.

A heartfelt memoir about the love of literacy between a daughter and her father. -Meredith

Joy for beginners book cover
Joy for beginners book cover

Joy for beginners

Erica Bauermeister

eAUDIO
Fiction

Six women gather to celebrate their friend Kate's recovery from cancer, where she strikes a bargain with them: to celebrate her new lease on life, she'll do the one thing that's always terrified her, but if she does, each of them will also do one thing that they'd find difficult.

"Adults need to have fun so children will want to grow up." That's my takeaway from this lovely story. A great beach read! -Meredith

Paperback crush : the totally radical history of '80s and '90s teen fiction book cover
Paperback crush : the totally radical history of '80s and '90s teen fiction book cover

Paperback crush : the totally radical history of '80s and '90s teen fiction

Gabrielle Moss

809.89283 /Moss
Nonfiction

"Every twenty- or thirty-something woman knows these books. The pink covers, the flimsy paper, the zillion volumes in the series that kept you reading for your entire adolescence. Spurred by the commercial success of Sweet Valley High and The Babysitters Club, these were not the serious-issue YA novels of the 1970s, nor were they the blockbuster books of the Harry Potter and Twilight ilk. They were cheap, short, and utterly beloved. Paperback crush dives in deep to this golden age with affection, history, and a little bit of snark"--

Reading this book was a step back in time. There were so many titles from my childhood (tweendomhood?) and I was immediately whisked away to my friends' bedrooms, where we would spend hours reading side-by-side, trading books back and forth in a system we developed to get the most use out of our public library checkout limits. I still own some of the books discussed in this book. Others I forgot about but now remember perfectly and long to read them once more. Thank you, Grabrielle Moss, for sharing your obsession with all of us. You are not alone! :) -Meredith

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