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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 Martha Alcott and Vicki Fuqua, adult reference librarians, 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 Nonfiction

“The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation” by Jon Gertner What the book is about: “The definitive history of the lab that produced some of the 20th century’s most important inventions. From transistors to lasers, from digital communications to cell phones, it’s hard to find an aspect of modern life that hasn’t been influenced by Bell Labs.”

“A Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert, and the Death that Changed the British Monarchy” by Helen Rappaport What the book is about: “Drawing on many letters, diaries and memoirs from the Royal Archives and other neglected sources, as well as the newspapers of the day, the author offers a new perspective on the compelling historical psychodrama of this royal marriage and examines the profound grief suffered by the entire nation upon Albert’s death.”

Adult Fiction

“Sail of Stone” by Ake Edwardson What the book is about: “A brother and sister believe that their father has gone missing. They think he may have traveled in search of his father, who was presumed lost decades ago in World War II.”

“Birds of Lesser Paradise” by Megan Mayhew Bergman What the book is about: “Megan Mayhew Bergman’s collection of stories contains all of the elements that, it could be said, make up the very best in short fiction: each story is beautiful, full of palpable pain or joy – sometimes both – all loosely connected and based on the types of figures we’ve all known in our lives."

“Gods of Gotham” by Lyndsay Faye What the book is about: “1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City – forever.”

Teen Fiction

“Dead End in Norvelt” by Jack Gantos What the book is about: “While grounded for the summer for shooting a gun and mowing down his mother's corn plants, 12-year old Jack becomes involved in the suspicious deaths of his community's elderly residents.”

Teen Nonfiction

“Hurricane Dancers” by Margarita Engle What the book is about: The tale of the first pirate of the Caribbean Sea and his shipwreck is woven with a traditional Cuban love story and told in verse through the eyes of Quebrado, a fictional slave.”

Children’s Picture Book

“Cinnamon Baby” by Nicola Winstanley, illustrations by Janice Nadeau What the book is about: “Miriam the baker and her husband are delighted with their ‘little, wrinkled raisin’ of a new baby until it is four days old, at which point it begins to cry. And cry. And cry. Why is it so unhappy? How can they comfort it? Miriam's sensory-satisfying solution is pleasing to all.”

Children’s Fiction

“One Dog and His Boy” by Eva Ibbotson What the book is about: Hal thinks his parents have finally acceded to his request for a dog, but it turns out they'd only rented one for the weekend. When the dog is returned to the rent-a-pet agency, both animal and boy are heartbroken. Rest assured that this situation cannot stand and that several other unhappy dogs and deserving humans find each other in the course of the madcap escapes and pursuits when Hal and Fleck run away together.”

Children’s Nonfiction

“The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict’s Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums” by Trenton Lee Stewart What the book is about: “Just what the title suggests, plus a sneak preview of the next book in the ‘Mysterious Benedict Society’ series.”

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