As librarians and committed book fans, we are often asked by our patrons what to read and what are we reading. 😄 We've pulled together a list of books that we are reading (not at work, of course!) and recommend. If you see something that catches your eye, call us at the Reference Desk (413-499-9480, ext 202) so that we can get you a copy. 🎉
  1. 300 Days of Sun by Deborah Lawrenson
    "This book is set in Portugal in 2014 and flashes back to the beginning of WWII. An English reporter on a quasi vacation is asked to help a young man who thinks he may have been kidnapped from his family & adopted by an English couple. He's come to Portugal to find out. 😳 There's lot's of secrecy; are the local police, organized crime, someone from his past involved? What happened in early days of WWII? Lovers of Portugal, suspense & crimes will love this book." ~Cathy, Circulation
  2. what was mine by Helen Klein Ross
    "I really enjoyed this book; it is excellent fiction. A woman kidnaps another woman's child (at IKEA!) and this all comes to light 20 years later. This was an engrossing read, and the main theme of the power of forgiveness after an unspeakable act was incredibly moving. I highly recommend it." ~Marsha, Reference
  3. The Whispering City by Sara Moliner
    "I am really enjoying this incredible book! This is a fully immersive historical novel that transports the reader to Barcelona during the 1950's. ⏳ This beautifully written book is a multi-level mystery that shares what living during this time period was like for the city's inhabitants. It's so hard to put down and I can't wait to finish it!" ~Sara, Children's
  4. Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil: The Life, Legacy and Love of my Son Michael Brown by Lesley McSpadden
    "Though I am just a few chapters in, I feel like McSpadden has pulled me into her family and is showing me that it's imperative for all of us to be involved in making our communities stronger and more loving for everyone." ~Alex, Technical Services
  5. Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz
    "I enjoyed this sophisticated, character driven science fiction book. 15-year-old Kivali attends a summer camp in a strict, gender-rigid culture. Kivali was abandoned as an infant and was raised by an ardent conformist. In this summer camp, Kivali starts to question her beliefs and gender identity as she becomes aware of her special gifts. A suspenseful story and excellent portrayal of an individual's fight to find him/herself. Highly recommend." ~Andrea, Reference
  6. H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
    "I just started reading 'H is for Hawk' by Helen MacDonald. I love the personal narrative and its poetic language. Fierce and feral, Helen Macdonald's goshawk, Mabel, temperament mirrors Helen's own state of grief after tragedy. Together, Mabel & Helen both discover the beauty and pain of being alive." ~Madeline, Reference
  7. Talking to Crazy: How to Deal With Irrational & Impossible People in Your Life by Mark Goulston
    "I can't stop telling everyone about this book! It's funny, practical, insightful and an entertaining read all at the same time. I highly recommend it for anyone who finds themselves in challenging situations. 😂" ~Tiffany, Circulation
  8. The Sound of Glass by Karen White
    "The Sound of Glass" is a vivid story of a family filled with secrets, strife and love. I laughed and cried while reading this book and I highly recommend it." ~Mary, Technical Services
  9. Sign of Seven Trilogy by Nora Roberts
    "The use of the supernatural and romance together makes these books easy and fun to read." ~Katherine, Reference