Suggest a Book for Greenwich Reads Together 2016


Greenwich Library has closed suggestions for Greenwich Reads Together, the community-wide reading experience which will engage all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. Click here for more information about Greenwich Reads Together

In order to be selected, the book should be of literary quality, reflective of universal issues and capable of generating thought-provoking discussions. It should lend itself to engaging public programs and appeal to a diverse population. It must also be currently in print and available in large quantities and in multiple formats, including paperback, ebook, audiobook and large print. An additional criterion has been added this year- the author must be living. 
Suggestions will be accepted through January 29. They will be evaluated by a committee that includes Library staff and community members. The chosen book will be announced later this spring. 
Greenwich Reads Together 2016 will take place in the fall.

Book Suggestions

Click for availability and more informationThe Teacher Who Couldn’t Read: One Man’s Triumph Over Illiteracy, by John Corcoran
Bring awareness regarding the number of adults who struggle with reading comprehension due to their learning style. What is it like to be intelligent and a nonreader in today’s world? John shares his experience and strategies he used to survive as a nonreader.
-Cindy Keegan

Click for availability and more informationThe Stargazer’s Sister, by Carrie Brown
Very interesting story, a fictional one based on fact, beautifully written and by a one time Greenwich resident.
-Helen Dixon

Click for availability and more informationAim High, by Candido Ed Manal
Dear Librarian: Aim High is a Memoir of a Man of Destiny, by America Star Books, ISBN 978-1681227252, $24.95 w/ bulk order discount. Containing ascendancy of Work, Scholarship, Prayer, Love, and Hope–adventure and travel. For detail, please email soon. Thank you. Cordially, Candido Ed Manal Author
-Candido Manal

Click for availability and more informationThe Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert
The Sixth Extinction is a wake-up call about what threatens our environment and in fact our very existence here on Earth. In this narrative piece of Pulitzer-Prize winning non-fiction author, Elizabeth Kolbert, offers an accessible, informed, entertaining and alarming account of what no species has ever done before…been responsible for an extinction not seen since the demise of the dinosaurs. This thought-provoking book will spark lively discussion and the possibility of a variety of town-wide programs. A universal and timely subject applicable to young and old alike.
-Jean Gillespie

Click for availability and more informationInsubordinate Spirit, by Missy Wolfe
Local author, Missy Wolfe, won the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence in 2015 for her outstanding book, Insubordinate Spirit, an historically accurate novel about the challenges of settling the “new world” of New England. With the insightful inclusion of primary source materials, Wolfe recounts the fascinating tale of the Puritan Winthrop family and their relatives and neighbors. This action-packed story gives us a taste of the lives of the founding families of Greenwich and the power struggles among the Dutch, English, and Native American populations here in Connecticut in the 1600s. Many communities have derived great benefit from examining their past and better understanding some of the difficult realities of the 1600s. This story gives readers a connection to the land, the early leaders, the many victims and the endless hardships of colonial life with special focus on a uniquely strong and independent mother who purchased land that later became Greenwich Point. Families of other early settlers are also portrayed. There is never a dull moment. The included letters are educational and the topics for discussion are endless. After celebrating the Town’s 375th anniversary, it seems only appropriate to envision and explore Greenwich, or Petuckquapoch, in 1640. And to learn about the original inhabitants, the Wiechquaesgeck.
-YWCA Diversity Book Group

Click for availability and more informationWhen Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi
Well written and inspirational
-Sue Stoga, ISD

Click for availability and more informationExcellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of the Young Women Who are Transforming the Arab World, by Katherine Zoepf
I love seeing the increase in books dealing with some of the Middle East issues this year.
-Stephanie Barrett, New Lebanon School

Click for availability and more informationIn the Heart of the Sea; the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, by Nathaniel Philbrick
This story of a sperm whale that damaged and sank a whaling ship served as the catalyst for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. It is a saga of survival and adventure with a deep connection to literature and American history. It is available in many formats including a Young Readers Edition. It also has links to the Gregory Peck Moby Dick movie and a 2015 movie starring Chris Hemsworth as well as the history of Nantucket.

Click for availability and more informationBetween the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
An honest voicing by a black man on what it is like to be black in the U.S. : a great place to launch a dialog on race in America today.
-Mary Elle Bucci

Click for availability and more informationForever, by Pete Hamill
Great historical fiction book that starts in Ireland and ends with major historical events through time of NYC.
-Charles Hine

Click for availability and more informationClara’s War: One Girl’s Story of Survival, by Clara Kramer with Stephen Glantz
Exceptionally powerful WWII memoir detailing the survival of three Jewish families who were fed, clothed, hidden, and protected from the Nazis, the Gestapo, the SS, their fellow Poles, and the ravening Ukrainian fascists by their town’s most notorious anti-Semite, reconstructed by one of the children from her notebook journal, given to her by their protector to record their shared ordeal. This engaging, accessible work is by turns suspenseful, harrowing, and uplifting–a celebration of life and ultimately of human goodness and compassion.
-John Santoro

Click for availability and more informationThe Invisible Thread, by Yoshiko Uchida
This book teaches kids about the Pearl Harbor attack and how one of the “prisoners” of the internment camps felt about the situation.
-E.K., Hamilton Avenue School

Click for availability and more informationThe Missing: Found, by Margret Peterson Haddix
This book should be chosen for GRT because it has a mixture of sci-fi and mystery. It also has a good amount of humor too. It’s also a sequel so you don’t have to change books just read the next one for your next Read Together.
-J.L., Hamilton Avenue School

Click for availability and more informationRuby Holler, by Sharon Creech
I think the book should be chosen because it has adventure, deep thoughts, cruelty, and suspense. I think that everyone will enjoy reading the book with 2 orphans trying to live a life.
-R.P., Hamilton Avenue School

Click for availability and more informationThe Number Devil, by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
The reason why I think The Number Devil whould be a great book for Greenwich Reads Together is because of STEM. My first reason why is the learning of math in each chapter.
-D.P., Hamilton Avenue School

Click for availability and more informationJourney to Topaz, by Yoshiko Uchida
I think Greenwich Reads should read this because if you read The Invisable Thread you will see that Yuki is a character based on Yoshiko’s childhood. I like this book because it can relate to a lot of families, who had love ones in internment camps. Also I think it would be interesting to read about World War Two. It’s nice that the author made a twist and did a lot characters based on real people she met.
-C.M., Hamilton Avenue School

Click for availability and more informationThree Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
This book should be chosen for Greenwich Reads Together because this true story about a man named Greg Mortenson who builds schools for children in Pakistan and Afghanistan which is very hard and you will have to read it to fall in love with it.
-D.Q., Hamilton Avenue School

Click for availability and more informationBreadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu
I think you should nominate the book Breadcrumbs written by Anne Ursu. This book is a beautifully written modern-day fairytale with an amazingly complex plot twist. This book, unlike many, has both a hero and a heroine. In this story, it is a mashup of many different stories and references from Coraline, A Wrinkle In Time, The Wizard Of Oz, Harry Potter, Narnia, The Snow Queen, The Little Match Box Girl, Little Red Riding Hood, and many more. The main character, Hazel, has always thought of her best friend, Jack, as the hero, but she realizes that for once she must save him from The Snow Queen. Hazel realizes that Jack wasn’t acting the same after Jack got a piece of Enchanted Mirror dropped in his eyes, but no one belived that Jack was in peril. Hazel also had to face going to an anger management class because she threw a pencil case at the bully, Tyler’s, face. Both him and Bobby have been trying to steal back Jack. Ever since Hazel had moved to their school, (which Hazel thinks is boring and everyone acts the same -a wrinkle in time), Hazel and Jack have been hanging out together more and more. After Jack gets the mirror in his eye, he starts ignoring Hazel and calling her a baby. Hazel knew the real Jack was in him somewhere, and she intended to find him. She went on the bus, and Tyler immediately ran to Hazel and told her that Jack got captured. She wanders into an Enchanted Forest, and sees some amazing sights. A couple who turns girl into flowers, a slimy, icky lizard woman, a cursed pair of ballet slippers, and of course, the snow queen. She simply pleads and begs Jack, but he forgets her, he forgot his best friend. Hazel finally encourages Jack to come, and she finally lived happily ever after, or did she? Jack’s mom was ill, Hazel’s family was poor, and Hazel barely had any friends, but yes. It was a very happy ending.
-C.R., Hamilton Avenue School

Click for availability and more informationThe Black Stallion Legend, by Walter Farley
This book should be chosen because it has a really good kick to it and it has the perfect mix of story elements.
-A.A., Hamilton Avenue

Click for availability and more informationThe Green Book, by Jill Paton Walsh
I think the town should read this book because it is very interesting.
-S.S., Hamilton Avenue

Click for availability and more informationThe Green Book, by Jill Paton Walsh
Because it’s very interesting and nerve rocking. I read it in school.
-M.M., Hamilton Avenue

Click for availability and more informationThe Green Book, by Jill Paton Walsh
You should pick this book because it is a book that is a science fiction and I like it so you should pick it.
-J.A.M., Hamilton Avenue

Click for availability and more informationClementine, by Sarah Pennypacker
It should be chosen because it is fun and sometimes funny.
-V.K., Hamilton Avenue

Click for availability and more informationS.O.B.E.R., by Anita Devlin and Michael Devlin
If I could shout it from the rooftops and fill everyone’s mailbox with this powerful, heartfelt book, I would. The author is my friend and she shares the raw, bitter truth of a family’s journey through the battle of addiction. Drug addiction is the largest epidemic in the world right now. Did you know that the amount of people lost to drugs every day is compared to a major airline crashing and losing each and every passenger? This is a self published book filled with all the fears, terrors, hope and faith that a family, even a blessed bloodhound, go through. This is a book for EVERYONE TO READ AND DISCUSS TOGETHER… Families, mothers, fathers, friends, school administrators, teachers, students, coaches, clergy, PTA, sisters, brothers, therapists, doctors ,book groups, parenting groups. It is a book that spreads hope to so many person’s darkest kept secret, the secret everyone is too embarrassed to talk about in our pretty little, picture perfect towns. Young people are dying every day due to addiction, it’s a fact. Sure, many of the books recommended on this site are wonderful reads and perhaps some will help others deal with their own suffering. But, believe me, there has been nothing ever, ever written with such honesty and emotion. It will make you laugh and certainly cry more than once. People need to get back to the grass roots and believe in the strength of family, no matter what the cost. I could go on and on about the power of this book, but instead I ask you please to look up the authors website and begin to be amazed. And, I truly believe that this coming Fall, this will be book on the New York Times best seller list. It is the antithesis of the recent best selling trash-50 Shades of Gray and the several year old book about the Hazleton treatment center, which was nothing but lies. S.O.B.E.R. will be a book truly worth talking about! Don’t wait, hurry up and go to: You will be blown away, I promise you.
-Brooke Hayward Morell

Click for availability and more informationBasher Science: Chemistry Getting a Big Reaction, by Simon Basher and Dan Green
It should be this book because it talks about different properties and elements in chemistry. The way they explained it is not very hard to understand.
-P.L., Hamilton Avenue School

Click for availability and more informationThe Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
This such a powerful story of a young girl finding solace in books during the horrific historical time of WWII. It is also a story of human relationships and the way in which seemingly disparate people forge strong bonds.
-Suzanne Gold, teacher, Old Greenwich School

Click for availability and more informationThe End of Absence, by Michael Harris
With the constant “connection” how do we find time to be absent, to be without, to dream, to wonder, to think. What does this mean for the future especially for those who will never know life without the internet.
-J Gillespie

Click for availability and more informationA Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, A Landmark Investigation, And The Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital World, by Pulitzer Prize winning NYT journalist Matt Richtel
One of the first “texting and driving” cases in the US this is a heart wrenching story of a teenage boy, his tragic car accident, the death of two brilliant minds, and the legal case that followed. Combining research about the brain, attention, and distracted driving this is the 2006 story about an event which had far reaching consequences and has become an all too prevalent and deadly problem. Especially among young drivers. It reads like a suspense novel but is unfortunately all too true.
-J. Gillespie

Click for availability and more informationA Brief History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
This book would serve everyone well if it was a staple in the education system. But since it is not, why not make it part of Greenwich Reads? It is accessible, laugh out loud funny, brilliant, and portrays science in an entirely different perspective. I truly wish that I had read this while in my high school science classroom. It would have piqued my interest much earlier!
-Emily J. Lentz

Click for availability and more informationThe Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman
This book is powerful, visually well laid out, and relevant to all walks of life. It’s all to easy to get lost in the bucolic nature of living in Greenwich, Connecticut. The cheapest form of travel is through reading, so why not transport ourselves to an entirely different place and perspective: a young girls perspective in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. This book is historical, sentimental, personal, intelligent, and enlightening. Everything that Greenwich Reads Together could hope to give their readers, and more.
-Emily J. Lentz

Click for availability and more informationThe Meaning of It All: Thoughts of A Citizen Scientist, by Richard P. Feynman
Richard Feynman is a Nobel-prize winning physicist who’s contributions to the contemporary world go largely unrecognized. I believe modern society is stuck in a quagmire of exalting and idolizing the wrong people. Any high school student can tell you who Kim Kardashian is and her “contributions” to society but not many can tell you anything about the thousands of scientists, mathematicians and engineers who have given monumental endowments to everyday life. Alas, recently there has been a growing movement of scientists who have moved into the public spotlight. They have given lectures and even become recognizable public figures. They even have made their way into mainstream television advertisements. Michio Kaku, Bill Nye, Richard Dawkins, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and Lawrence Krauss to name a few. Richard Feynman could be considered the Grandfather of public scientific literacy. He has given hundreds of lectures at many levels of academia and public forums. His way of explaining complex topics in an understandable manner is unmatched. He is often referred to as the Einstein of his generation. defines this selection of his works perfectly; “Many appreciate Richard P. Feynman’s contributions to twentieth-century physics, but few realize how engaged he was with the world around him, how deeply and thoughtfully he considered the religious, political, and social issues of his day. Now, a wonderful book (based on a previously unpublished, three-part public lecture he gave at the University of Washington in 1963) shows us this other side of Feynman, as he expounds on the inherent conflict between science and religion, people’s distrust of politicians, and our universal fascination with flying saucers, faith healing, and mental telepathy. Here we see Feynman in top form: nearly bursting into a Navajo war chant, then pressing for an overhaul of the English language (if you want to know why Johnny can’t read, just look at the spelling of ‘friend’); and, finally, ruminating on the death of his first wife from tuberculosis. This is quintessential Feynman–reflective, amusing, and ever enlightening.”
-Matt DeForest

Click for availability and more informationThe Buddha in the Attic, by Julie Otsuka
A wonderful, creative, sad, and important work of fiction based on the lives of Japanese Americans during internment. Very timely and topical.
-Jessica Taal

Click for availability and more informationDid You Ever Have a Family, by Bill Clegg
From Kirkus: “Literary agent and memoirist Clegg’s debut novel moves restlessly among many different characters and locations, from the small town in Connecticut where [a] fire occurred to [a] motel in the Pacific Northwest, darting into the past then returning to the tragedy in its utter implacability. Yet the true subject of the book is consolation, the scraps of comfort people manage to find and share with one another, from a thermos of pea soup to a missing piece of information to the sound of the waves outside [a seaside motel]. An attempt to map how the unbearable is borne, elegantly written and bravely imagined.” 293 pages; available in all required formats; universal themes.
-Judy Sgammato

Click for availability and more informationBetween the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
From Booklist, which listed it as among the best NF adult books of 2015: “Coates comes to grips with what it means to be black in America today. There is awesome beauty in the power of his prose and vital truth on every page.” Short, readable, available in all required formats, timely, important.
-Judy Sgammato

Click for availability and more informationThe Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, by Jeff Hobbs
Thought provoking story, would lead to many interesting discussions.

Click for availability and more informationRise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, by Martin Ford
Talks about how technology may replace jobs in the future. Pertinent to those already in the workforce and those preparing to enter.

Click for availability and more informationThe Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames, by Kai Bird
Relevant to the U.S relationship with the Middle East now. Focuses on Ames, a CIA spy that forms connections with major Arab leaders following the bombing of the American Embassy in Beirut.

Click for availability and more informationCitizens of London, by Lynne Olson
WWII from a personal vantage point of very famous American names who had a big effect on our relationship with England. Also, Much inside specifics as to how these hugely important people’s decisions influenced the global American situation from the 50’s, today and even the future.
-Margot Tusa

Click for availability and more informationThe China Mirage, by James Bradley
Engrossing book- author is son of one American Flag raiser of the DC monument- IWO JIMA. He reveals hidden truths of past that are very relevant / thought provoking re vital world situations of TODAY! TODAY!
-Emily T. Limpe

Click for availability and more informationBeing Mortal, by Atul Gawande
Living a good quality of life at any age is the focus of this book. The author brilliantly discusses difficult topics of aging and death with beautiful stories and historical context. He does not have absolute answers, but suggests alternative ways of looking at growing old and treating grave diseases. After reading this book, I felt more prepared to think about aging. I listened to my parents wishes more, imputing my own views less. In addition, I have more knowledge that will help empower me to make choices for me and my family. This book is a wonderful read and an ice breaker for families to discuss what really matters to them.
-Kristen Messelian Shapiro

Click for availability and more informationThis Was Not The Plan: A Novel, by Cristina Alger
This well-written, true-to-life, page-turning novel is a heartfelt tale (both funny and heart-wrenching) about something nearly all of us struggle with: how our careers often come before (and at the expense of) our families. The protagonist is a relatable, single father who loses his high-powered job on the heels of having lost his wife. Only after stepping away from what he had buried himself in is he able to see the high price he’d paid for success. He struggles with his losses and feelings of failure, and finally getting to know his young son, and through it overcomes his fears of losing a hard-fought career in order to gain something far more powerful, fulfilling, and lasting. At 352 pages, it’s a thought-provoking, poignant, and smooth read for everyone.
-Carmel Legault

Click for availability and more informationOut of My Mind, by Sharon Draper
This is one of my fifth grade students’ favorite books. Each year my students love reading this novel because of its important messages about learning differences, family, community, school, and seeing the good in each other.
-Dana Johansen

Click for availability and more informationWest With the Night, by Beryl Markham
I read it many years ago but remember it still for beautiful prose, woman’s solo flight in ’30’s, life in Kenya. It has been re-issued – available in many media. Read Amazon review and excerpts.
-Yvette Kahn

Click for availability and more informationThe Quartet, by Joseph Ellis
A brilliant, gracefully written description of the improbable development, creation and enactment of the Constitution as the successor to the popular but deeply flawed Articles of Confederation. To most of us this pivotal moment in our nation’s history was studied as passing paragraph. Ellis brings life to the vulnerable era and human dimension to the actors who accomplished the improbable.
-Jack Morris

Click for availability and more informationThe Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Steadman
This beautifully written book would create a wonderful vehicle for discussion about the choices we make as humans, and the repercussions they have. Some of my favorite quotes: “We live with the decisions we make, Bill. That’s what bravery is. Standing by the consequences of your mistakes” (something which far too few people too in today’s society, and sadly, in this town, feeling that they can buy their way out of the consequences) but it’s also a story of redemption: “Perhaps when it comes to it, no one is just the worst thing they ever did.”
-Sarah Darer

Click for availability and more informationEveryday Mystic: finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary, by Theresa Joseph with Linda Fallo-Mitchell, PhD
As a past member of the Greenwich Library Great Books discussion group, I have been exposed to and appreciate good literature. I can honestly say that I never expected to author a book, much less one that has been described as well-written and life-changing. Everyday Mystic: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary is the story of my unlikely journey from financial executive to everyday mystic; how I began, in the course of my daily life, to see and hear the Divine. I believe the topic will generate deep, thought provoking discussions about our relationship with God and how we, like the mystics of old, can incorporate God’s wisdom into our daily lives. I am humbled and gratified by the response to the book. Below are several endorsements for the book. Other excellent reviews are posted on Having resided in Old Greenwich for 21 years, many people in the area are familiar with the book and have found it transformative. “This is a wonderful, wise, humble, revelatory book that could change the way you see GOD and live your life.” ~Andrew Harvey, Mystical Scholar, Author, Spiritual Teacher, Speaker and Founder/Director of the Institute For Sacred Activism; “Everyday Mystic: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary is nothing short of transformative. Theresa Joseph’s wisdom reveals that the keys to love and peace are no further than your own heart.” ~Elizabeth Wellington, Writer; “Everyday Mystic: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary reminds us that mystics aren’t people who come around every thousand years. It unlocks the door for the rest of us, showing us that we don’t have to sit on a mountaintop in quiet meditation to have a sacred life. Mysticism is available to anyone who is willing to tune in to it. The power of Everyday Mystic is in Joseph’s absolutely approachable voice. This is an important and beautifully told story.” ~Annabel Monaghan, Author and Columnist; “I am loving your book. Felt like playing hooky from teaching today to read it (but didn’t).” And, “I truly believe it can help many, many people. And should. It should be published and marketed worldwide.” ~Jennifer Johnson Osbourne, Mezzo Soprano, Voice Coach and Instructor.
-Theresa Joseph

Click for availability and more informationOur Kids, by Robert Putnam
Harvard Prof Putnam has written a very readable and non-partisan book about the rise of inequality in America
-Bob Robins

Click for availability and more informationAll the Light We Cannot See , by Anthony Doerr
history, pathos, creativity, family love,sacrifice, perseverance, blindness, young people and adults
-Phyllis Schondorf

Click for availability and more informationAll the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
Beautifully written. Would appeal to all ages. Universal theme. Best book I read in 2015!
-Karen Kelly

Click for availability and more information7 Habits of highly effective people, by Stephen Covey
A timeless book base on principles, it could be a life changing book. Great resource for all ages!
-Maria Antonieta Khan

Click for availability and more informationWalk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech

Click for availability and more informationThe Help, by Kathryn Stockett
Book is a great read for adults and young adults. There are lots of opportunities for great programming.
-Laura Jean Waters

Click for availability and more informationLife in a Jar, by H. Jack Mayer
I have been recommending this book now, consistently, for over five years now. It features students in high school recovering a story from “the dustbin of history” and elevating a cast-aside ally into a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. It is a BRILLIANT book, with the opportunity for an author talk (Mayer lives in Vermont) and a highly successful traveling play. The book has 435 5-star reviews on Amazon!!! PLEASE let me make my case to the committee in regards to the myriad of opportunities connected to Life in a Jar for Greenwich Reads Together. I assure you, it would be one remarkable town-wide experience.

Dear Committee: After reading the criterion, here’s my second pitch for Life in a Jar:

I can present a slide show of a walking tour of the Warsaw Ghetto wall line and Irina’s gravesite, in Poland, from my visit there as part of the Civic Voices International Democracy Memory Bank Project my students and I participated in during 2011-2013. We MUST tell this story! It is SO EMPOWERING!!! PLEASE let me make my case to you, the committee, in person.

-Aaron Hull

Click for availability and more informationStation Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
This novel weaves Shakespeare and post-apocalyptic future-fiction together to highlight the strength and resilience of human nature. The narrative hinges on characters who are bound together by a series of events that are at one seemingly impossible yet wholly believable. Shifting between the pre-outbreak world and the post-outbreak world readers see how art, specifically literature, helps people rise above the worst of situations and find the fundamental goodness of humanity.
-Kyaiera Mistretta

Click for availability and more informationPrincess: a true story of life behind the veil in Saudi Arabia, by Jean Sasson
Eye opening and extremely relevant
-Theresa Stanton

Click for availability and more informationMy Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor
An inspiring book. Sonia tells how she started out in a difficult family situation and ended up on the Supreme Court, helping herself, but also asking for guidance and information.
-Barbara Luce

Click for availability and more informationThe signal and the noise, by Nate Silver
Because this author is phenomenal with statistical data, both in sports and politics, and might make learning this subject( stats)fun he has written both for ESPN and the New York Times, and his blog gets rave review for its accuracy.
-Bob Owens

Click for availability and more informationDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
This book, which was made into the movie “Bladerunner” is a mixture of sci fi, detective story, and philosophy, has been called “a masterpiece ahead of its time.”
-Joan Melville

Click for availability and more informationAll The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
It depicts well the the suffering of young people on both sides of WWII and the choices they must make in order to survive and/or do what they consider to be right. It is well written and powerful and one may learn a little history as well.
-Naomi Schiff Myers

Click for availability and more informationThe Wright Brothers , by David McCullough
-Michael Hayden

Click for availability and more informationChoosing Hope: Moving Forward From Life’s Darkest Hours, by Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis
‘Choosing Hope’ is a book for everyone, we each have hard times-and it is a choice how we react. The choice is ours alone to make. ‘Choosing Hope’ is a life line for anyone struggling in darkness to know that they can absolutely find the light! Don’t just take my word for it…Laura Bush, Wally Lamb, Arianna Huffington, Jay Matthews and many others have also praised ‘Choosing Hope’ for the message it delivers. You can check out ‘Choosing Hope’ at Greenwich Library! Thank you, KMD
-Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

Click for availability and more informationAll the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
This book captures the true tragedies of WWII from several different points of view. There is a child who is forced to join Hitler Youth, a blind French girl who clings desperately to the hope that her father in Paris will return, SS officers and innocent civilians. It puts into perspective how fortunate we are today that we do not live in fear of losing our families, homes, and pursuit of happiness at the blink of an eye.
-Kat Fairchild

Click for availability and more informationThe Number Devil , by Heinz Magnus Eizenburger
The library, Hamilton Avenue School, and other private schools in the area have been pushing for more STEAM/STEM education. I think that this book/books recommended should have a STEM theme. Other towns like Larchmont and Mamaroneck have a STEAM book club each month. Please note that my suggestion is for a companion book for middle school aged children.
-Lindsey Keller

Click for availability and more informationBetween the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
I think the issue of the current state of race relations in the US is very topical on a national level–and maybe not an issue that is in the forefront of Greenwich residents’ minds
-Nancy Weissler

Click for availability and more informationThe Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah
I can not stop thinking about this book. The amazing charters’ ages range from a teenager to older adults. No matter their age, the characters face impossible situations and show great courage against all odds. I learned so much about France in WWII and was inspired by the resilience of the human spirit.
-Lynn Arezzini

Click for availability and more informationI am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
This book has something in it for all ages and provokes thoughtful discussions on a variety of issues from equal education, terrorism, human rights, and poverty, and it is also a platform to discuss role models, leadership, courage, resiliency, and passion. The story is accessible for many age levels in our town because in addition to the adult novel, there is a young readers addition for upper elementary and middle school as well as a picture book titled “Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words” for younger elementary. There is also a newly releases video documentary (“He named me Malala) and several Newsela articles for teachers to use. As a teacher who used the Young Readers Edition in my classroom, I have seen the impact that reading it and discussing it has had on young people, and at a time when anti-muslim rhetoric is at an all time high, choosing this book as the Greenwich Reads Together book will offer a platform to discuss issues we should all be talking about. The messages in this book are powerful, and it will be an impactful novel for anyone who reads it
-Bridget Suvansri

Click for availability and more informationThe Fourteenth Goldfish, by Jennifer Holm
The author’s message and theme are very strong – aging, science and technology, family relations, and the importance of curiousity.
-Michelle Crawford

Click for availability and more informationHeretic, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
This is a “must read” for all people today. It is, of course, a subject freighted with strong feelings as she gives a comprehensive and academic picture of what Islam is, ideologically and religiously. She believes that it may be possible for Islam to have a reformation as Christianity did, and that will make it possible for our cultures to live peacefully together. She is no longer a Muslim and is not a Christian either. She teaches at Harvard.
-Debbie Reynolds

Click for availability and more informationJust Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson
This book provides unusual insight to our criminal justice system, and its impact on poverty and income inequality. We have all read about death row exonerations and our huge prison populations, this book will make any reader much more informed on these topics.
-Peter Post

Click for availability and more informationThe Alchemist , by Paulo Coelho
This book is life changing! Once you read it you get it and each time you read it you learn a different life lesson. It’s amazing!
-Naeemah Spooner

Click for availability and more informationSilent Anatomies, by Monica Ong Reed
This book is written by a visual artist and poet who is a Kore Press book winner. She writes about cultural silences and the body, social stigma and female and multi-cultural experiences. She has riveting poems with intriguing visual imagery.
-Emme Kim

Click for availability and more informationCitizen, by Claudia Rankine
Terrific book about poetry and race and is the “IT” book of the year. She has won literary awards and encourages dialogue about race.
-Emme Kim

Click for availability and more informationFinding Buddha , by Jay Chalnick
Because it’s a good story written by a local author.

Click for availability and more informationWorldmaking: The Art and Science, by David Milne
A history of the most significant men who impacted U.S. foreign policy conceptually and practically from Mahan through now.
-Robert J. Allen

Click for availability and more informationAlexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow
Few characters in American history are as fascinating to read about as Alexander Hamilton. The book is likened to a refresher course in our country’s early history but told in a lively, spellbinding way. The rap musical now on Broadway would add to the interest, particularly among H.S. Students. The author is alive (albeit often now seen on TV) and it is available in paperback. This is a very well written, important book about events in our past history that have shaped the present and it will spark lively discussion.
-Barbara Martin

Click for availability and more informationThe Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah
Written beautifully. It is historical fiction that depicts, very well, what transpired in France, with the Vichy govt., and the Nazis, and the Resistance. It is a very touching story, and one of the best I’ve read in a while.
-Jessica Paroly

Click for availability and more informationLine by Line, by Barbara Hacha
It combines wonderful writing with a historical American tale based during the Great Depression. It is interesting to men and women, and at 364 pages, not too long to intimidate.
-Eva Marie Szoke

Click for availability and more informationThe Story of the Lost Child, by Elena Ferrante
It is a beautifully written story that covers the life span of its two heroines, their families, friends, neighborhood and country and much of the 20th century. The 4th and last of the series.
-Denny Elliot

Click for availability and more informationThe Evolution of Everything , by Matt Ridley
Because it is an absolutely revolution concept of all aspects of life, is very deeply researched, very thoughtful and thought provoking.
-Doris Erdman

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A great read.
-Fredda Nogid

Click for availability and more informationA Hole in My Heart, by Lorraine Dusky
It tells the story of a mother who relinquished her child and how it affected the rest of her life. It makes you think about adoption and how it affects everyone it touches. It also has lots of good footnotes on research done on the subject.
-Beth F.

Click for availability and more informationEtty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life and Letters from Westerbork, by Etty Hillesum
Etty Hillesum is one of the towering women of the 20th century whose life and death personify faith in Man and faith in God, including interfaith dialogue. She was brilliant, a writer, a philosopher, feminist who left the camp at Westerbork singing the Dutch national anthem. She was murdered in Auschwitz on November 3, 1943. Her writings are powerful, inspirational, and make her a survivor.
-Peter Flierl

Click for availability and more informationRules For A Knight, by Ethan Hawke

Defines the way one should lead their life, male or female.
-Marty Cunningham

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Finding Buddha: A Novel
, by Jay Chalnick
Father and young son bonding experience across the USA and into Mexico. Realizing how to deal with emotional loss of the boys mother and his awareness of Buddhism within himself.

-Marc Turner

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Best Boy
, by Eli Gottlieb
Good story well written with a real feel for depicting life through the eyes of an autistic adult. It is truly a book for all genders and ages. Excellent discussion topics from standpoint of book’s style/voice and issues concerning autism and other special needs.

-Heather Sandifer

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Finding Buddha: A Novel
, by Jay Chalnick
This book contains an inspirational story between a father and a son who are from Fairfield County. I highly recommend it.


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Between the World and Me
, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Just reading it now. And it’s powerful!

-E Wolfson

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Daughter of Persia: A Woman’s Journey from Her Father’s Harem Through the Islamic Revolution
, by Sattareh Farman Farmaian and Dona Munker
This is a riveting book about the transformation that the Iranian society went through, about the fight of women and particularly Muslim women.

-Ariane Herne

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All the Light We Cannot See
, by Anthony Doerr
Fine writing, universal themes, protagonists are teenagers (would appeal to high school students).

-Sydney A. Uhry

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The Shack
, by William P. Young
This book covers the universal topic of loss and the sadness that can overtake the lives of those left behind. While it is Christian in it’s presentation, I believe that the theological questions posed in the book can foster robust discussion across religions. I have not read the book yet, but as a Christian, I am familiar with the ‘cast of characters’ yet understand that it is not to be taken as Gospel, but rather as food for thought and discussion.

-Maria DiPalma

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Crow Lake
, by Mary Lawson
A beautifully written book about a family in Northern Canada . It is touching, insightful and captivating.

-Harriet Goldberg

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Circle of Six
, by Randy Jurgensen and Robert Cea
Circle of Six is a harrowing true crime expose that reveals the raw story behind one the most debated cases in the history of the New York City Police Department.

-Michael Waldman

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When A Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa
, by Peter Godwin
The author writes of his family born and raised in Zimbabwe. Fantastic! Thought provoking and very educational! Great read for all ages. The author currently lives in New York and so would be easily accessible for talks.

-Annabelle Marvin

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Rivers of Gold
, by Adam Dunn
Step inside for Adam Dunn’s portrait of a futuristic but disturbingly plausible New York City. Follow both sides of the law with a high-end drug dealer using the taxi service as a pipeline and an undercover officer posing as a cab driver. Witness a world that is rarely seen, if at all, networks constantly boiling under the surface ready to fissure over in one climactic, sexually charged, tech-noir novel.

-Matt Gillick

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When the Emperor Was Divine
, by Julie Otsuka
Topical Or Another good book about the internment of the Japanese.

-Irene Driscoll

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The Hare With Amber Eyes
, by Edmund De Waal
Literary content, family history, art and a creative way of looking at a family history- it is not recent 2010, but is a lovely book detailing the history of the Ephrussi family.

-Katherine Sokoloff

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog
, by Muriel Barbery
Excellent novel that teaches a lot of values.

-Jose Estanislao

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The Lucky Years: How to Thrive in the Brave New World of Health
, by David Agus
Very relevant and interesting information for all.

-Phebe Arouni

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Five College Dialogues
, by Ian Thomas Malone
What college-bound kids REALLY want to know about undergraduate days.

-John Linsenmeyer

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The Big Dogs
, by Adam Dunn
It is a wild, strange, kinky ride following an unconventional police partnership investigating a murder amidst a financially decrepit, racially divided, futuristic (?) New York City.

-Matt Gillick

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, by Jonathan Franzen
I think Franzen is one of the best American fiction writers of our era. His books not only are compelling reads but also touch on important, broad themes surrounding American culture (and its discontents). This latest book is a meditation on the meanings of “purity” in our culture (and also the name of the book’s main character).

-Dan Daniels

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Crossing the Borders of Time
, by Leslie Maitland
The author is a former NYT reporter and I just saw her speak at the Larchmont Yacht Club. Engaging and personable. (quoted from her website)the book is a testimony to both Maitland?s investigative skills and her devotion to her mother that she successfully traced the lost Roland and was able to reunite him with Janine. Unlike so many stories of love during wartime, theirs has a happy ending.

-Kerry Strassel

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Life After Life
, by Kate Atkinson
Thought provoking, great style, interesting topic.

-Ilaria Case

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The Lobster Kings: A Novel
, by Alexi Zenter
It is an engaging present day story, with links to the past, of a Lobstering Family on a Maine Island. “The Lobster Kings is equal parts folk tale, romance, historical yarn, ghost story, murder mystery, family saga and naturalistic novel. Shakespeare’s monumental King Lear casts a long shadow over this beautifully crafted, richly atmospheric, mythopoeic novel.”* … and I loved it. *Robert Reid, Waterloo Region Record

-Tracey Arne Brown

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Red Notice
, by Bill Browder
Fascinating story that cuts across high finance, global politics, and human rights issues.

-Lawrence Codraro

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See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA’s War on Terrorism
, by Robert Baer
Written by a former CIA agent, and the basis for the George Clooney movie, Syriana, this book provides a view into the petro-political-terrorist world of the Middle East. It’s insightful and thought-provoking.

-John Mastracchio

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Finding Buddha: A Novel
, by Jay Chalnick
Great story about a Dad and little son road tripping across the west coast. Some funny anecdotes along the way and I love the twist at the end!

-Rebecca Roman

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The Life Before Us
, by Romain Gary and Ralph Manheim
This book centers on the conflict among Parisians from diverse backgrounds, including Muslim, Jewish, and Christian. It was made into the movie Madame Rosa.

-Joan Melville

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Finding Buddha: A Novel
, by Jay Chalnick
This is the writer’s debut novel. He resides in Greenwich. Great book!