Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe

Three half sisters return to Sullivan's Island SC to celebrate their grandmother's 80th birthday.  These young women have very different lives and are dealing with very different life situations.  Their grandmother hopes to help them rekindle their relationships with each other, and move forward in their lives.  I'm currently listening to book two of the trilogy - The Summer Wind. ~Beverly, HH

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman

Elsa, a spunky almost 8 year old, a grandmother “best friend” who weaves fairy tales to entertain, eccentric neighbors, a death and a scavenger hunt all come together to unite the residents of an apartment building. This book is fast paced, magical storytelling by Frederick Backman, the author of A Man called Ove. ~Linda, CCL

Love and Devotion by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Iconic Qawwali (devotional music of the Sufis) singer Khan has incredible range and deep richness to his voice. The tradition of Qawwali singing in his family was passed down through each generation for almost 600 years. He isn't called "The King of Kings of Qawwali" for no reason! This is a great introduction to his work. ~Elizabeth, HH

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Lennie Walker grieves over the untimely death of her sister Bailey as well as their mother.  Enter Joe Fontana, a clarinetist and heart throb  to more than one girl at the high school.  Lennie's friendship with Joe blossoms into more than appreciation of music.  Problem:  Lennie has grown too close to Toby, Bailey's boyfriend who also grieves and looks to her family for comfort. With lyrical language and well-developed characters, this YA novel is a worthwhile read.  Julia Whelan offers a stellar narration of the multi-layered emotions of loss, young love, and the growing realization of what becomes most precious in life. ~Anna Marie, CCL

Prisoners Wives

Gripping BBC drama about what happens to four women when their loved ones are arrested. Pregnant Gemma struggles with looming single-motherhood when her seeming perfect husband is arrested for murder; heartbreaking Harriet is wracked with guilt over her role in locking up her only son; former trophy-wife Francesca faces imminent bankruptcy and humiliation after her husband's ill-gotten gains are confiscated; young mom Lou struggles to get her son out of their dangerous environment any way she can. I found this character-driver narrative deeply affecting, and so moving. ~Elizabeth, HH

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