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Contemporary Books:


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani

kisscarloIt’s 1949 and South Philadelphia bursts with opportunity during the post-war boom. The Palazzini Cab Company, owned and operated by Dominic Palazzini and his three sons, is flourishing: business is good. But a decades-long feud that split Dominic and his brother Mike and their once-close families sets the stage for a re-match. Amid the family drama, Nicky Castone (Dominic’s orphaned nephew) who lives and works with his Uncle Dom, decides at 30, that he wants more. When he starts secretly moonlighting at the local Shakespeare theater company, Nicky finds himself drawn to the stage, its colorful players and to the determined Calla Borelli, who inherited the enterprise from her father. Soon Nicky must choose between the conventional life his family expects of him or chart a new course and risk losing everything he cherishes. The Metro Net Everyone’s Reading 2019 Selection.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

americanmarraigeNewlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither of them could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend and best man at their wedding. As Roy's time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together. " Jones ... crafts an affecting tale that explores marriage, family, regret, and other feelings made all the more resonant by her well-drawn characters and their intricate conflicts of heart and mind." (Booklist)



Tuesday May 14, 2019

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

immortalistsIf you knew the date of your deat, how would you live your life? Set in New York City's Lower East Side in 1969, the novel starts with the news of the arrival of a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children - four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness - sneak out to hear their fortunes. These prophecies will shape their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in '80's San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daneil seeks security as an army doctor posr 9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality. "The Gold siblings are wonderful creations, and in Benjamin's expert hands their story becomes a moving meditation on fate, faith,and the family ties that alternately hurt and heal." (Publishers Weekly)




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