What to Read in August

August usually provides some extra time for each of us to be outside and relax.  Try bringing one of the books listed in the link with you on your next outing.

What to Read in August

Barbara Loewengart


I’ve recently read several outstanding memoirs. Each time I finish a memoir I’m reminded that we all have a story tell and a unique way of living. Take a look at my recommendations below.

Give a Girl a Knife by Amy Thielen

Amy Thielen is a rural homesteader and was also an integral part of some of the finest restaurant kitchens of New York City. Her cooking skills allowed her to navigate both worlds and her memoir tells the tale of how she found her true home, cooking all the way through her struggles and successes. If you have any interest in what goes on in the kitchen of a fast paced, trendy and well-regarded NYC restaurant, you will love this book.

Nevertheless by Alec Baldwin

I loved every minute of this book. Alec Baldwin is my favorite type of person-interested and interesting.

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro captures the fragile beauty of marriage and a shared life. She beautifully describes the mystery and knowing of being with another person for many years.

The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

Ariel Levy’s writing is superb and powerful. Her memoir is stripped down to a naked, painful, exposed truth – like a punch in the stomach.

Barbara Loewengart

Adult Summer Reading Program

Now there is another great reason to read! The Adult Summer Reading Program is here.  Fill out a review for each book you read or listen to and be entered in a weekly drawing. Place reviews in the box on the Reference Desk.
Contest Guidelines
*Adults 18 & over
*Review the books you read
*June 12—August 5, 2017
*Weekly Gift Card Prize Drawings!

Barbara Loewengart

Leopard at the Door

Leopard at the Door is an incredibly well-paced novel set in Kenya during the 1950’s. Rachel has returned to her family’s farm in rural Kenya after being sent to England for six years following the death of her mother. She returns to a land both familiar and in the midst of great political change. McVeigh’s writing is superb and she fills her novel with the sweeping landscape of Kenya, the heartache of Rachel coming of age, and the emotional cost of change.

Barbara Loewengart