Patrick O’Hara, a former sitcom star, leaves Palm Springs for Connecticut when his good friend and sister-in-law dies of cancer. Unexpectedly, Patrick’s brother Greg asks him to look after his kids for the summer. Back in Palm Springs, where the kids are delighted he has a swimming pool, Gay Uncle Patrick, aka GUP or Guncle, makes several rules to help Maisie, 9, and Grant, 6, settle in. With help from part-time housekeeper Rosa, Patrick and kids deal with their grief, have lots of fun, and Patrick gradually figures out what the next chapter in life will look like. Poignant, with some hilarious dialogue, this is a memorable and charming novel. Maisie, Grant, and Patrick just might steal your heart. Readalikes include The Family Man by Elinor Lipman and Less by Andrew Sean Greer
On Tuesday, July 27, please join the Tuesday Evening Book Group at 7:00 pm on Zoom as we discuss The Narrowboat Summer by Anne Youngson. From the author of Meet Me at the Museum, this is a charming novel of second chances, about three women, one dog, and the narrowboat that brings them together. My earlier review is here.
Copies of the book will be available four weeks in advance at the Circulation Desk. The eAudiobook is available from Hoopla Digital, and the eBook and eAudiobook are available from Media on Demand/Libby.
On Tuesday, June 22, please join the Tuesday Evening Book Group at 7:00 pm on Zoom as we discuss All Adults Here by Emma Straub. This is warm, funny, and keenly perceptive contemporary novel about the life cycle of one family–as the kids become parents, grandchildren become teenagers, and a matriarch confronts the legacy of her mistakes. By the New York Times bestselling author of Modern Lovers and The Vacationers. Here’s my recent review.
Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk. eBook and eAudiobook copies are available from Media on Demand/Libby and eBook copies are also available from eRead Illinois.
This is a witty and engaging contemporary family saga set in a Hudson Valley town in New York. The family members featured are Astrid, who takes a long look at her life after the sudden death of an acquaintance, her three children and oldest grandchild. Was Astrid a good enough parent to Elliott, Porter, and Nicky after the early death of their father? Is it time to tell them about her new love interest? Will an extended visit from granddaughter Cecelia, 13, be a chance to start over? Everyone here is at a turning point, including single and pregnant Porter, who raises dairy goats, Elliot deciding what business is best for a building he’s secretly bought on the downtown roundabout, and Cecelia starting school with only one new friend, August. Realistically flawed yet likeable characters make for a memorable read. Readalikes include Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel, Pruning the Dead by Julia Henry, Clock Dance by Anne Tyler, and The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo. This will be the library’s June book discussion selection.
On Tuesday, May 25, please join the Tuesday Evening Book Group at 7:00 pm on Zoom as we discuss Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. This is a novel with a bit of magical realism, set in Bascom, North Carolina, where Claire Waverley is a caterer, using plants with special properties from her garden. Her quiet life is unsettled when her sister Sydney comes home after many years, along with her daughter. This is the first novel by Sarah Addison Allen; First Frost also features the Waverley sisters
Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk, we own the audiobook on cd, and the ebook is available for download from Media on Demand/Libby.
On Tuesday, April 27, please join the Tuesday Evening Book Group at 7:00 pm on Zoom as we discuss Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale, by Adam Minter. This book reveals what happens to donated and recycled objects, and even to totaled vehicles. Here’s my earlier review. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk, the audiobook can be downloaded from Hoopla, and the ebook is available from Media on Demand/Libby.
On Tuesday, March 30, the Tuesday Evening Book Group will meet via Zoom at 7:00 pm to discuss Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore.
This is a remarkably inventive novel that explores what it means to live a life fully in the moment, even if those moments are out of order.
It’s New Year’s Eve 1982, and Oona Lockhart has her whole life before her. At the stroke of midnight she will turn nineteen, and the year ahead promises to be one of consequence. Should she go to London to study with her best friend, or go on tour with her boyfriend’s band? She wakes up as 51-year-old Oona, and learns that she will jump through time every birthday. Hopping through decades, pop culture fads, and much-needed stock tips, Oona is still a young woman on the inside but ever changing on the outside. Who will she be next year? Philanthropist? World traveler? Married? Surprising, magical, and heart-wrenching, Margarita Montimore has crafted an unforgettable story about the burdens of time, the endurance of love, and the power of family.
Please join us! Visit the library’s website for more information and to register for the discussion.
On February 23 at 7:00 pm, please join the Tuesday Evening Book Group on Zoom as we discuss Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia. In this contemporary novel of adventure and friendship, an eccentric billionaire invites the city of Boston on a treasure hunt for a share of his fortune. Here’s my recent review. Please register online here. Copies of the book are available now at the Circulation Desk; visit MediaonDemand/Libby for eBook and eAudiobook copies and Hoopla for ebook copies.
After an eccentric billionaire collapses at a hospital fundraiser, the city of Boston is invited to participate in a treasure hunt for a share of his fortune. Researcher Tuesday Mooney, along with young neighbor Dorry, friend and former coworker Dex, and rich, mysterious Archie, explores train tunnels, an abandoned theater and a haunted house, all while occasionally talking to her first best friend, Abby, who’s been missing for years. Full of adventure and suspense, this love letter to Boston is full of engaging, witty, complex characters, and is a feel-good treasure to read and savor. Readalikes include Escape from Mr. Limoncello’s Library, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Ready Player One, and The Westing Game. This will be the library’s February book discussion selection.
Please join the Tuesday Evening Book Group on Zoom as we discuss A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders on January 26 at 7:00 pm. This is the first mystery featuring London book editor Sam Clair, who has one author turn in a terrible manuscript; then her friend Kit goes missing after sending a tell-all manuscript about a fashion designer’s death. Witty, darkly funny, and hard to put down; here’s my earlier review. Copies of the book will be available December 26 for curbside pickup; downloadable audiobook copies available from Hoopla and downloadable audio and ebook copies from Media on Demand / Libby.