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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

"Mr. Churchill’s Secretary" by Susan Elia MacNeal What the book is about: "In the London of 1940, Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence. Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined—and opportunities she will not let pass."

"The Games" by Ted Kosmatka What the book is about: "This stunning first novel from Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist Ted Kosmatka is a riveting tale of science cut loose from ethics. Set in an amoral future where genetically engineered monstrosities fight each other to the death in an Olympic event, The Games envisions a harrowing world that may arrive sooner than you think."

"Hinterland" by Caroline Brothers What the book is about: "Two boys are crossing Europe. Only 14 and 8 years old, they have nothing but the clothes on their backs and a dwindling inheritance stitched into the lining of a belt. Their goal is a future they can no longer wait for in Afghanistan, one they hope to find in faraway England."

Adult Nonfiction

"You Have No Idea" by Vanessa Williams and Helen Williams with Irene Zutell Gotham What the book is about: "Millwood’s own Vanessa Williams has dealt with trials and triumphs, but always with the support of her resilient mother Helen. Filled with dozens of personal family photos and mementos, the book is an empowering celebration of the love between a mother and daughter and the life of a woman who beat the odds to achieve award-winning success in film, music, television and on Broadway."

"The Shakespeare Guide to Italy: Retracing the Bard's Unknown Travels" by Richard Paul Roe What the book is about: "Equal parts literary detective story and vivid travelogue, the author determines the exact locations of the scenes in the dramas Shakespeare set in Italy."

"Alexander Girard" by Todd Oldham and Kiera Coffee What the book is about: "At 672 pages and a hefty 15 pounds, this is a catalog raisonné of sorts, featuring the prolific designer's textiles, graphics, illustrations, furniture, interiors, products and buildings. Girard was particularly inspired by his vast collection of folk art, and his work felt exuberantly human in an age that tended toward minimalism."

Teen Fiction

"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs What the book is about: "Jacob's grandfather always seemed crazy, trying to escape the ugly monsters that forced his escape to a children's home and seemed to follow him all his life. After his grandfather's death, Jacob visits the abandoned children's home."

Teen Nonfiction

"Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy" by Albert Marrin What the book is about: "Explore the conditions in Europe and Russia that forced waves of immigrants to New York City, how workers were compelled to keep jobs even under the most dangerous conditions and why reform finally took place."

Children Picture Book

"The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?" by Mo Willems What the book is about: "The irrepressible, irascible pigeon is back - this time to get a lesson about manners and generosity. Or, maybe not..."

Children Fiction

"Sadie & Ratz" by Sonya Hartnett What the book is about: "Hannah's hands are hard to control. They even have their own names: Sadie and Ratz. And they seem to have it in for Hannah's brother, Baby Boy."

Children Nonfiction

"Poem Runs" by Douglas Florian What the book is about: "Poems and paintings about baseball for players and fans alike."

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