Westchester Fall Arts Preview: Books
County librarians recommend meaty fall reads
Doctor Sleep: A Novel
The Shining’s Danny Torrance—rattling around the creepy Overlook Hotel shouting, “Redrum!”—is still one of the creepiest kids to ever hit the horror genre. So, we shudder to think about what he’s like as an adult—but Stephen King didn’t. The author revisits the now-middle-aged character, and how he uses his “shining” powers that once haunted him as a kid.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Interpreter of Maladies offers a tale of two close-in-age but very different brothers: one who stays in India to become a political activist, and another who travels off to America to become a scientist. Booklist has already written that “Lahiri’s standing increases with each book, and this is her most compelling yet.”
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
The author who brought us the idea that you have to do something for 10,000 hours before you’ve mastered it (thanks for that, Malcolm) trains his keen eye on the myth of David-vs-Goliath stories. Can the little guy really win in the end? Gladwell weaves together history, science, and psychology to examine the rules underpinning both the strong and the weak—and how you can tell who’s who.
One Summer: America, 1927
Sure, this summer brought us North West and Nik Wallenda, but that’s nothing compared to the outsize characters getting press in the summer of 1927: Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, Al Capone, and Shipwreck Kelly. Author Bill Bryson—who’s previously taken on giant subjects like the Appalachian Trail and the entire English language—walks us through the summer and what it meant for the country.
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy
Nostalgia for the 1990s is in full force, so it makes sense to bring back one of its most enduring heroines, Bridget Jones, who was living the single life in a city way before there ever was a Carrie Bradshaw. The third installment of her saga finds Jones in a thoroughly contemporary world, navigating skinny jeans, Twitter, and trying to maintain her charm (read: sex appeal) in the modern age.
Young adults—and regular adults who are into this sort of thing—looking for a replacement for The Hunger Games have flocked to Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, about a dystopian Chicago and a 16-year-old girl, Beatrice, trying to figure out her place in its society (or how to subvert it). (The Descendents’ Shailene Woodley has already been cast as Beatrice in the movie adaptation.) Allegiant completes the trilogy, bringing Beatrice’s story to a close.
We Are Water: A Novel
Wally Lamb, author of I Know This Much Is True, brings us a novel that hits us right where we live—the New York Metro suburbs. (Well, not exactly Westchester, but “Three Rivers” Connecticut.) In it, divorced artist Anna Oh plans to re-marry her art dealer, Viveca, and the wedding dredges up the kinds of secrets and reactions we love reading about in suburban dramas.
From the author of The Weight of Water and The Pilot’s Wife (which was anointed by Oprah for her book club) comes the story of a surgeon who takes in a shell-shocked nurse’s aid during World War I. He tries to help her, but she can’t remember anything from before the front. Yes, the time of your fun summer beach reads is over.
Looking for more recommendations? Head to the experts—the librarians at your local library. These recommendations came courtesy of: Chappaqua Public Library (914) 238-4779; chappaqualibrary.org // Mamaroneck Public Library (914) 698-1250; mamaronecklibrary.org // Ruth Keeler Memorial Library, North Salem (914) 669-5161; ruthkeelermemoriallibrary.org // Somers Library (914) 232-5717; somerslibrary.org // Town of Pelham Public Library (914) 738-1234; pelhamlibrary.org.
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