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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

"Song of Achilles" by Madeline Miller What the book is about: "Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. 'The best of all the Greeks'—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions."

"The Dressmaker" by Kate Alcott What the book is about: "Tess, an aspiring seamstress, can't believe her good luck when she meets and is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic. Then disaster strikes. Amidst the chaos and desperate urging of two very different suitors, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat. On dry land, rumors about the survivors begin to circulate and Lady Duff Gordon quickly becomes the subject of media scorn and later, the hearings on the Titanic."

"The Night Swimmer" by Matt Bondurant What the book is about: "In a small town on the southern coast of Ireland, an isolated place only frequented by fishermen and the occasional group of bird-watchers, Fred and Elly Bulkington, newly arrived from Vermont having won a pub in a contest, encounter a wild, strange land shaped by the pounding storms of the North Atlantic, as well as the native resistance to strangers. To the disbelief of the locals, Elly devotes herself to open-water swimming, pushing herself to the limit and crossing unseen boundaries that drive her into the heart of the island’s troubles."

Adult Nonfiction

"Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure" by Tim Jeal What the book is about: "Nothing obsessed explorers of the mid-nineteenth century more than the quest to discover the source of the White Nile. It was the planet's most elusive secret, the prize coveted above all others. Between 1856 and 1876, six larger-than-life men and one extraordinary woman accepted the challenge."

"Pilgrimage" by Annie Leibovitz; introduction by Doris Kearns Goodwin What the book is about: "Pilgrimage took photographer Annie Leibovitz to places that she could explore with no agenda. She wasn’t on assignment; she chose the subjects simply because they meant something to her. This deeply personal and eclectic collection includes images from the homes of Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott and Abraham Lincoln, as well as Elvis Presley and Annie Oakley."

Teen Fiction

"Pure" by Julianna Baggott What the book is about: "The Dome houses the elite that have survived the detonations that have devastated the rest of the world, leaving deformed 'wretches' to fend for themselves for survival. Despite his coding, Patridge escapes from the Dome to learn what really took place."

Teen Nonfiction

"Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem" by Rosalyn Schanzer What the book is about: "Scratchboard illustrations and text unfold what led to respectable citizens being accused, imprisoned and worse based on what was termed 'spectral evidence.' Can we learn from what happened and how it impacted the community even afterwards?"

Children's Picture Book "Grump" by Janet S. Wong, illustrations by John Wallace What the book is about: "Why is Mommy so grumpy? Could it have anything to do with the way Baby is 'Making gravy, applesauce and ketchup gravy...'? Or refusing to take a nap? Ever had a day like this? Read it together with a toddler and you'll both smile in recognition."

Children's Fiction "Penny and Her Song" by Kevin Henkes What the book is about: "Penny comes home from school with her 'very own song,' all ready to sing it to her parents, but the babies are sleeping and it's important not to wake them. Will anyone ever be able to listen to her sing? A sweet and satisfying easy reader for the whole family."

Children's Nonfiction "First Girl Scout: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low" by Ginger Wadsworth What the book is about: "Though she grew up in the late 1800's, Juliette Low loved the outdoors and had very modern ideas about what constituted suitable activities for girls. As an adult, she founded the organization that, to this very day, encourages girls to prepare for active citizenship for roles in the professions, sciences, arts, business or wherever their interests lie."

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