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Chappaqua Librarians Target Top Book Choices

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – The librarians at 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 Donna Pesce, teen librarian.

Visit the Chappaqua Library online for more information or visit at 195 South Greeley Ave.

Adult Fiction “The Silent Oligarch" by Christopher Morgan Jones What the book is about: "Racing between London and Moscow, Kazakhstan and the Caymans, The Silent Oligarch reveals a sinister unexplored world where the wealthy buy the justice they want—and the silence they need. Here private spy agencies duel for dominance, governments eagerly defer to the highest bidder, and colossal wealth is amassed through shadowy networks of companies."

"The Darlings" by Cristina Alger What the book is about: "Now that he's married to Merrill Darling, daughter of billionaire financier Carter Darling, attorney Paul Ross has grown accustomed to New York society and all of its luxuries: a Park Avenue apartment, weekends in the Hamptons, bespoke suits. When Paul loses his job, Carter offers him the chance to head the legal team at his hedge fund. Thrilled with his good fortune in the midst of the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression, Paul accepts the position. But Paul's luck is about to shift."

"Snowdrops" by A.D. Miller What the book is about: "A riveting story of erotic obsession, self-deception and moral free-fall, set in post-communist Moscow. Nick Platt is a lawyer working in Moscow in the early 2000s--a city of hedonism and desperation, magical hideaways and debauched nightclubs, kindness and corruption. Nick doesn't ask too many questions about the shady deals he works on: he's too busy enjoying the exotic, sinful nightlife."

Adult Nonfiction "Oh My Gods: A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths" by Philip Freeman What the book is about: “Greek and Roman myths tell us about ourselves—our hopes, our fears and desires—and are as relevant today as ever. Retold in fresh and contemporary versions by a gifted scholar and writer, these tales continue to fascinate."

"Finding Everett Ruess: the Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer" by David Roberts What the book is about: “More than 75 years ago, young explorer Everett Ruess vanished on one of his solo treks through the American West. This extraordinary adventurer knew Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, learned the Navajo language, took part in Hopi ceremonies and was among the first 'outsiders' to venture deep into what was then a little-known wilderness. This fascinating story celebrates the life of a paragon of solo exploration, and delves into the mystery of his disappearance."

Teen Fiction "Countdown" by Deborah Wiles What the book is about: “Fear builds after President Kennedy announces missiles are aimed at the United States, compounding stresses in Franny Chapman's suburban DC family and community.”

Teen Non-Fiction "Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawlessness of Prohibition" by Karen Blumenthal What the book is about: “The Eighteenth Amendment, meant to protect families and help citizens to prosper, led to discontent and violence. Learn how it came to be law and what finally brought about its end.”

Children's Fiction "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio What the book is about: “Ten-year-old Auggie has always been home-schooled because he was born with extensive facial abnormalities, but his parents have decided it's time for him to go to school with other kids. Middle school: not an easy time for anyone, much less the new kid.”

Children's Non-Fiction "Treasury of Greek Mythology" by Donna Jo Napoli What the book is about: “The most beautiful and comprehensive compendium of Greek myths since the D'Aulaire's classic was published in 1961. This book is destined to become a classic.”

Children's Picture Book “Are You Awake?" by Sophie Blackall What the book is about: “It's awfully early in the morning when Edward pries his mother's left eye open and tries to start the day. This affectionate dialogue between toddler and parent will amuse both readers and listeners with its ring of truth.”

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