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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.

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Adult Fiction

“The Thief” by Fuminori Nakamura What the book is about: “The Thief is a seasoned pickpocket. Anonymous in his tailored suit, he weaves in and out of Tokyo crowds, stealing wallets from strangers so smoothly sometimes he doesn’t even remember the snatch. But he has a past, which finally catches up with him when Ishikawa, his first partner, reappears in his life and offers him a job he can’t refuse.”

“Arcadia” by Lauren Groff What the book is about: “In the fields of western New York State in the 1970s, a few dozen idealists set out to live off the land, founding what would become a commune centered on the grounds of a decaying mansion called Arcadia House.”

“A Partial History of Lost Causes” by Jennifer duBois What the book is about: “In Jennifer duBois’s mesmerizing and exquisitely rendered debut novel, a long-lost letter links two disparate characters – an English lecturer from Cambridge, Massachusetts and a Russian world chess champion – each searching for meaning against seemingly insurmountable odds.”

Adult Nonfiction

“House of Stone” by Anthony Shadid What the book is about: “In spring 2011, Anthony Shadid was one of four New York Times reporters captured in Libya, cuffed and beaten, as that country was seized by revolution. When he was freed, he went home. Not to Boston or Beirut – where he lives –  or to Oklahoma City, where his Lebanese-American family had settled and where he was raised. Instead, he returned to his great-grandfather’s estate in southern Lebanon, a house that, over three years earlier, Shadid had begun to rebuild.”

“Digital Assassination: Protecting Your Reputation, Brand or Business Against Online Attacks” by Richard Torrenzano and Mark Davis What the book is about: “Two top media experts recount vivid tales of character attacks, provide specific advice on how to counter them and how to turn the tables on the attackers.”

Teen Fiction

“Pink” by Lili Wilkinson “In need of a change, Ava leaves behind her familiar high school, a wardrobe of black t-shirts and elegant girlfriend Chloe to attend a school for ‘academic excellence.’ She treats herself to a pink cashmere argyle sweater and kitten heels as she searches for a boyfriend."

Teen Nonfiction

“Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein” by Susan Goldman Rubin What the book is about: “Follow the life of Lenny, as his family called him, from his listening to music on his parents Victrola as a toddler, to receiving a grand piano for his bar mitzvah, through his surprise debut as a young conductor at Carnegie Hall.”

Children’s Picture Book

“And Then It’s Spring” by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead What the book is about: “’First you have brown, all around you have brown…’ begins this poem which takes us through the incremental changes that culminate in the greening of the world. The illustrator won the Caldecott Award in 2010.”

Children’s Fiction

“Clementine and the Family Meeting” by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee What the book is about: “High-spirited Clementine finds out that change is coming to her family and she's not convinced it's for the better.”

Children’s Nonfiction

“The Great Molasses Flood: Boston 1919” by Deborah Kops What the book is about: “When a huge molasses tank explodes in Boston's North End, a 40-foot wave of molasses is released, 21 people are killed and the entire community is coated in sticky-sweet sludge. Here is the story of this bizarre disaster.”

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