Staff Picks - May 2021

The Art of Resistance: My Four Years in the French Underground
by Justus Rosenberg

It's a captivating book from the perspective of a Jewish underground resistance fighter in France during World War II. Justus - who just turned 100 years old this year - grew up in Poland, but became part of the French resistance after being sent to Paris to finish his education away from the occupying German forces. In the 1960s, he became a literature professor at Bard College in Dutchess County, while continuing his fight against anti-Semitism.

~ Rachael

The Nature of Fragile Things
by Susan Meissner

This engrossing story set during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake had me hooked right from the beginning. While this is generally a work of historical fiction, it also weaves a mystery that keeps the reader wondering right to the end. Along the way, I enjoyed the story of an Irish immigrant, Sophie, and the two women she meets as they each struggle to deal with a shared family drama.

~ Noreen

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell
by David Yaffe

As a lover of Joni Mitchell and her music from her folk days to the more jazzy style of her later albums, I enjoyed the in depth portrait of her life and music. The author digs deep into her lyrics, guitar style and relationships. An interesting journey into a unique musical genius. You can listen to our eAudiobook on Hoopla.

~ Mary

Our Darkest Night: A Novel of Italy and the Second World War
by Jennifer Robson

A great story for historical fiction lovers who enjoy learning and reading about the WWII era. Set in the farmlands of a small village in Italy, a young Jewish woman seeks refuge from the Nazis with a loving and hardworking Catholic Italian family, working beside them on their farm. Along with the horror and sadness of the war, this young woman also finds hope and love.

~ Roseann

The Wrong Family
by Tarryn Fisher

From the outside, Winnie and her husband Nigel seem to have a perfect marriage, a perfect house, and a perfect son. But Juno was wrong about the Crouch family. Now living out the rest of her days with them, the perfect facade begins to crumble. Juno needs to decide whether to get involved or not - because if you thought Juno was as she appeared, you'd be wrong.

~ Joanne

The Lost Apothecary
by Sarah Penner

A small blue bottle links a woman running from her demons and a secret apothecary from eighteenth century London helping women escape from theirs. Their lives become entwined across the ages as secrets are revealed and murders are solved.

~ Anna