CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – The Chappaqua Library assisted The Daily Chappaqua in bringing adults, teens and children some of the top literary choices for the week. The books were chosen by adult reference librarians Martha Alcott and Vicki Fuqua, Miriam Budin, head of the children's department, and teen librarian Donna Pesce.
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“Flight of Gemma Hardy" by Margot Livesey
What the book's about: "This captivating homage to Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre' is a sweeping saga that resurrects the timeless themes of the original but is destined to become a classic all its own."
"Snow Child" by Eowyn Ivey
What the book's about: "Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow."
"The Winter Palace" by Eva Stachniak
What the book's about: "'The Winter Palace' tells the epic story of Catherine the Great’s improbable rise to power - as seen through the ever-watchful eyes of an all-but-invisible servant close to the throne."
"The Swerve: How the World Became Modern" by Stephen Greenblatt
What the book's about: “Nearly 600 years ago, the ancient Roman epic 'On the Nature of Things,' by Lucretius, was once again brought to light. This beautiful poem expressed the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles in eternal motion, colliding and swerving in new directions. These ideas not only inspired Renaissance thought, but influenced great thinkers such as Galileo, Freud, Darwin, Einstein, Montaigne, Shakespeare and Thomas Jefferson."
"How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age" by Dale Carnegie and Associates
What the book's about: "In this update of a classic, the authors show that even though the means with which we communicate now have changed dramatically, certain things - like clarity, empathy, tact, listening skills and good manners - never go out of style."
"Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science" by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
What the book's about: "The craving for sweetness has impacted the world for the last 10,000 years and the story is revealed in concise text and period illustrations."
"The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt" by Caroline Preston
What the book's about: "Journey back to the 1920s in this scrapbook novel of pages covered with nostalgic images."
"The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate
What the book's about: "'I am Ivan. I am a gorilla. It's not as easy as it looks,' this book begins. This story of a remarkable friendship between a gorilla with an artist's heart and the other animals caged in a small zoo at the Big Top Mall will make you wince, cry and laugh."
"The House Baba Built" by Ed Young
What the book's about: "As World War II approached, Young's father negotiated for land to build a house that would keep their extended family in Shanghai safe. Using collage, photos, pencils, pen and ink and the recollections of his siblings and relatives, Young creates a multi-layered memoir of a dangerous time that felt safe because of his father's foresight."
Children's Picture Book
"My Name Is Elizabeth" by Annika Dunklee
What the book's about: "A little girl makes it clear that she always wants to be addressed by her real, full name, but makes an exception for her baby brother."