The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot

by Marianne Cronin

Teenager Lennie and the elderly Margot embark on a Glasgow hospital art project of paintings and stories that celebrates each of their total 100 years. They find joy in their new friendship and in some of the other characters they meet at the hospital, despite Lenni’s terminal illness and Margot’s impending heart surgery. A whimsical and well-written reflection on coping with the end of life.

 

 

The Last Thing He Told Me

by Laura Dave

Hannah’s new husband, Owen, suddenly disappears while the FBI is investigating his employer for fraud. After a small fortune in cash and a cryptic note are left behind asking Hannah to protect her teenage stepdaughter, Bailey, the two reluctantly decide to search for him together. But they soon find that “Owen” does not exist. So, who is he, and why is he hiding? And can Hannah and Bailey still trust each other?

 

 

 

Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty

by Lauren Weisberger

Straight from the headlines, this novel takes a sometimes humorous look at a privileged extended family coping with the impact of a college admissions scandal.  As a media-centered career and a posh suburban lifestyle each unravel, two middle-aged sisters find they must now rely on each other, and an unwitting teenager finds she must readjust her future. A wry look at the necessity and limits of family bonds.

 

What Happened to You?

by Bruce D. Perry & Oprah Winfrey

Here is an in-depth look at how the brain biologically processes childhood abuse, trauma, unpredictable stresses, and the inability to control one’s surroundings. The lasting physical and psychological effects trigger adaptation, creating many methods of coping. These are discussed with much compassion, accompanied by a series of deeply personal stories from Oprah and analysis by Dr. Perry.

 

 

Premonition

by Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis presents a gripping and disturbing account of the initial days of COVID-19. With prior Bush administration pandemic plans dismantled by Trump and his administration dismissing early calls to quarantine and test, the pandemic took hold.  But a few persistent scientists and public health officials sounded alarms and raced to pressure the administration to mount a response that centered on masking, social distancing, and building on past virus vaccine research. This is their story.

Great Circle

by Maggie Shipstead

From the moment she first saw barnstormers soar, Marian wanted to fly. And she did—from risky bootleg deliveries to bush pilot, WWII auxiliary flights to circling the earth pole to pole. Now, Hadley also hopes to reinvent herself by portraying Marian in a biopic.  The role draws her to discover some of Marian’s secrets and uncanny parallels in their lives. Vivid characters and complex relationships abound in this epic saga of persistence and courage.