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Title Swap with the Librarians’ Bets On …

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At the March 4 "Title Swap with the Librarians" program, Reference Librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett introduced a new reader’s advisory service “Title Swap with the Librarians’ Bets On …”, spotlighting new, noteworthy titles that may not have received much publicity. With thousands of books published each year and much attention paid to the works of bestselling and well known authors, it is inevitable that some titles worthy of praise and discussion may not get the attention they deserve. Throughout 2014, Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett will introduce books that immediately struck a chord with the librarians and made them say “just read this.” The first four books that the librarians are placing “bets on” are Carla Buckley’s The Deepest Secret, Margaret Hawkins’s Lydia’s Party, Carol Cassella’s Gemini and Rachel Joyce’s Perfect.

The Deepest Secret has been compared to the very popular Defending Jacob. Wishing for a normal life after being diagnosed with a rare medical condition that makes him lethally sensitive to light, thirteen-year-old Tyler roams the streets at night to observe the neighborhood families’ lives and becomes a key witness in the disappearance of a young girl.

For fans of Anne Tyler and Anna Quindlen, Lydia’s Party is a mesmerizing portrait of friendship that explores seven women’s lives. Lydia’s annual midwinter bash has become a cherished ritual in the lives of her friends. When Lydia makes a shocking announcement, the group rediscovers the enduring bonds of friendship and finds their lives changing in new and unexpected ways.

Filled with intricate medical detail and set in the breathtaking Pacific Northwest, Gemini is a riveting and heartbreaking novel of moral complexity and emotional depth. Caring for an anonymous coma patient whose baffling condition is turning critical, Seattle ICU doctor Charlotte Reese and her science journalist boyfriend, Eric, find their relationship tested when the case forces them to confront their feelings about death, love, and marriage.

Perfect tells the story of a young boy who is thrown into the murky, difficult realities of the adult world with far-reaching consequences. In the aftermath of a life-shattering accident in the English countryside in 1972, twelve-year-old Byron Hemming struggles with events that his mother does not seem to remember and embarks on a journey to discover what really did or did not happen.

Librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett also introduced four new bestselling titles from popular authors at the March "Title Swap" meeting. The recommended titles are The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt; The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd; Still Life With Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen; and Under the Wide and Starry Sky, by Nancy Horan. A handout on the latest "Books on Screen," including books now appearing on screen in theaters, on TV and on DVD, was also distributed at the program. The handouts from "Title Swap" and a list of titles shared by both the librarians and the participants at the meeting are available at the Reference Desk.

For more information on "Title Swap with the Librarians," to reserve a recommended title, or to discuss books that you are reading, please Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett or stop by the Reference Desk.


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