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The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity. Recommended by Rachel.

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The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Though the print version is filled with wonderful photos that correspond to the text, I downloaded the audio, read by Orlean. First off, why isn’t this woman a professional voice-over actress? Her voice is soothing, strong, and emphatic–all the most exquisite ingredients that strengthen the truly captivating contents. Orlean’s research into this book alights with the Los Angeles Public Library and a fire that just short of decimated the building and its contents. From there, we are taken on a journey through time and space, pulling fantastic tidbits from library history that intersect with the history of the LA Public Library.  Recommended by Jill.

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The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen

From an author you may have missed, this coming of age story set in 1920s County Cork depicts the uneasy summer just before the Irish uprisings which changed the old ways of life and the end of an era for the English landowners in Ireland. Also enjoyed Bowen’s The Death of the Heart.  Recommended by Nancy.


The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

This book is a modern day Gothic thriller complete with a rundown English countryside manor house and a host of very British characters. The plot line has a range of twists and maintains a suspenseful and menacing undertone right up until the end. Good for a stormy night. On a side note the bits about Tarot card reading were insightful and informative. Recommended by Betty.


Alone by Cyn Balog

When Seda’s mother inherits a decrepit mansion that was once a murder mystery hotel, they move there to undertake the renovation. Seda likes all of the secret passages and macabre decorations at first, but it turns oppressive when a blizzard strands a group of teenagers at the house. To keep their new guests entertained, her mother hosts a murder mystery like in the old days, and things get spectacularly spooky. This is a perfect premise for a chilling tale, and Balog brings the scares with clever use of classic horror references and subtly evoking one possible horror or another. Is the house haunted? Is one of the teenagers a killer? What about the voices Seda hears in her head? Balog sets up several possible endings, yet even the most jaded teen reader will be shocked. This title proves YA horror doesn’t have to be tame.  Recommended by Krista.


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