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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 S. Greeley Ave.

Adult Fiction

“Restoration” by Olaf Olafsson What the book is about: "Alice Orsini shocks everyone when she marries the son of a minor Italian landowner and begins restoring San Martino, a crumbling villa in Tuscany. But after years of hard work, Alice's growing restlessness pulls her into the heady social swirl of wartime Rome and a reckless affair that will have devastating consequences.”

“Angelmaker” by Nick Harkaway What the book is about: “Blistering gangster noir meets howling absurdest comedy as the forces of good square off against the forces of evil, and only an unassuming clockwork repairman and an octogenarian former super spy can save the world from total destruction.”

“Accidents of Providence” by Stacia Brown What the book is about: “It is 1649, and King Charles has been beheaded for treason. Amid civil war, Cromwell's army is running the country. The Levellers, a small faction of political agitators, are calling for rights to the people. Against this backdrop a remarkable love story unfolds, and shows that miracles can come to even the commonest of lives.”

Adult Nonfiction

“A Complicated Marriage: My Life with Clement Greenberg” by Janice Van Horne What the book is about: “A chronicle of a marriage that began in 1955 with a chance meeting at a party between a naïve Bennington college graduate and art critic Clement Greenberg. They came from completely different worlds, and were separated in age by 25 years, but nevertheless forged a deep and lasting bond that remained strong through years of an open marriage.”

“Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them” by Frank Langella What the book is about: “Langella recalls sometimes poignant and always entertaining encounters with the likes of Rita Hayworth, James Mason, Princess Diana and John F. Kennedy.”

Teen Fiction

“Shades of Gray” by Ruta Sepetys What the book is about: “On June 14, 1941, fifteen year old Lina was taken in her nightgown, along with her mother and younger brother, from their cozy home in Lithuania on a horrifying journey by truck and cattle car. Lina's only comfort was her drawing.”

Teen Nonfiction

“The Gifted Teen Survival Guide” by Judy Galbraith & Jim Delisle What the book is about: “For teens who possess a greater depth and sensitivity, and those who work with them, this book offers facts and strategies on navigating middle school, high school and beyond.”

Children Picture Book

“Trains Go” by Steve Light What the book is about: “A sturdy board book filled with sound effects to entrance young train enthusiasts. Get ready to ‘whoooooooooosssh,’ ‘clang clang clang,’ and ‘chugga chugga chugga.’”

Children Fiction

“A Diamond in the Desert” by Kathryn Fitzmaurice What the book is about: “Tetsu's days at the Gila River internment camp during World War II are boring, uncomfortable and lonely until he gets involved in a project to make a baseball field in the desert. Based on true events, this story has much to teach us about courage, resilience and resourcefulness—and baseball, too!”

Children Nonfiction

“The Elephant Scientist” by Caitlin O'Connell & Donna M. Jackson; photographs by Caitlin O'Connell & Timothy Rodwell What the book is about: “O'Connell discovered - and proved - that elephants can communicate over great distances through their extremely sensitive feet. This is a fascinating look at a scientist at work among some astonishing animals.”

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