Christmas Reading List, Part 2

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABy Melanie Hodges Neufeld

How will the Library staff relax this holiday season? By reading a few good (non-law-related) books, of course. Our second installment of staff picks for the holidays has some excellent choices! Take a look.

Jenneth, our Admin Assistant:

  • Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn (Psychological Thriller)): Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn, takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong.
  • A Girl I Knew – JD Salinger (Short Story): A boy fails out of college and is sent to Europe to learn languages that will help with his father’s business. Before going back to America, he befriends a Jewish girl in Vienna who gives him lessons in German. When the Nazis invade Vienna, the boy enlists as an infantryman and returns to locate his friend.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (Historical Thriller): As Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world.

Melanie, our Director:

  • The Sisters Brothers – Patrick deWitt (Adult Fiction): Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die: Eli and Charlie Sisters can be counted on for that. Though Eli has never shared his brother’s penchant for whiskey and killing, he’s never known anything else. On the road to Warm’s gold-mining claim outside San Francisco — and from the back of his long-suffering one-eyed horse — Eli struggles to make sense of his life without abandoning the job he’s sworn to do.
  • In One Person – John Irving (Adult Fiction): John Irving’s In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love–tormented, funny and affecting–and an intimate, unforgettable portrait of the novel’s bisexual narrator and main character, Billy Abbott.
  • Panic – Lauren Oliver (Young Adult Fiction): Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a poor town of twelve thousand people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do. Heather never thought she would compete in panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Check back tomorrow for more good reads.

One thought on “Christmas Reading List, Part 2

    Ken said:
    December 18, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Aleks & I went to the Fincher adaptation of Gone Girl this week. Some great moments there, some surprising turns – but it seemed an unwieldy piece for a picture (I haven’t read the book) – by the end I thought I had watched 2 movies. Amazing Amy would have been a better title (for the movie).

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