“The Last Watchman of Old Cairo” by Michael David Lukas

5 stars

Have you ever had a book just call to you as you perused the library shelves? For whatever reason, this one just stood out for me and it was truly a serendipitous find. It is three stories interwoven, moving from events of a thousand years ago to the present. The narrator is a half-Jewish, half-Muslim-American student who is the nexus of the novel. This is a fascinating, illuminating novel that is very much based on real events.

–Joan C.

“My Sergei: A Love Story” by Ekaterina Gordeeva

5 stars

During the Winter Olympics earlier this year, NBC did a special on the famous Russian figure skating pair team Sergei Grinkov and Katia Gordeeva. The piece intrigued me, so this summer I took the time to read Katia’s biography. Gordeeva chronicles how she and Sergei were paired as a team at a young age, how they rose to be the best in their field, and how as they grew up, they fell in love off the ice. It’s a fascinating look at the world of figure skating and a beautiful love story that was tragically cut short. This biography will pull at your heart strings and lead you to spend countless hours watching Gordeeva and Grinkov performances on YouTube.

–Caroline L.

Fiction – Clean Reads

 

A list of fiction titles for readers who want little to no sex in their books.

General Fiction

A Man Called Ove Frederick  Backman FIC Backman, PB FIC B

Books by Maeve Binchy

Caleb’s Crossing Geraldine Brooks Historical FIC Brooks

At the Edge of the Orchard Tracy Chevalier FIC Chevalier

The Alchemist Paulo Coelho PB FIC C

The Magic of Ordinary Days Ann Howard Creel Historical FIC Creel

The Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd Historical FIC Kidd, PB FIC K

Commonwealth Ann Patchett FIC Patchett

Miller’s Valley Anna Quindlen FIC Quindlen

Still Life With Bread Crumbs Anna Quindlen FIC Quindlen

The Summer Before the War Helen Simonson FIC Simonson

My Name is Lucy Barton Elizabeth Strout FIC Strout

Books by Anne Tyler

We are All Welcome Here Elizabeth Berg Fic Berg

 

Mystery

Flavia DeLuce series Alan Bradley MYS Bradley

First: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Ian Rutledge series Charles Todd                                   MYS Todd

First: A Test of Wills (Historical/mystery)

Bess Crawford series Charles Todd                                   MYS Todd

First: A Duty to the Dead (Historical/mystery)

Books by Agatha Christie

Leaphorn & Chee series Tony Hillerman MYS Hillerman

First: The Blessing Way

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith MYS McCall Smith

            First: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

Charles Lennox Mysteries Charles Finch MYS Finch

First: A Beautiful Blue Death (Historical/ mystery)

 

 

List created 3/20/17 – Marie Drucker