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Monday 10 - 8
Wednesday 10 - 8
Thursday 10 - 4
Saturday 10 - 2
New Year's Day
We are open Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to celebrate his life and work.
"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they
are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of
Charles W. Eliot
Nancy (MPL substitute and library consultant):
- I am just finishing listening to American Dervish: a novel by
Ayad Akhtar. At times I wanted to scream at the first person
narrator and tell him to stop making bad decisions.
Twelve-year-old Hayat falls in love with his "auntie" who has come from
Pakistan to live with Hayat's family. Mina tutors Hayat in his
study of the Quran and he clearly worships her and everything she says.
When she meets a man and marriage is likely Hayat makes some disastrous
decisions. The author grew up Muslim in American and there is a
richness in his portrayal of a young person torn between the demands of
two cultures. I love debut novels and highly recommend this one.
Liz B. (Assistant Librarian)
Dies the Fire / Stirling, S.M.
(books 1 in Emberverse series)
Post-apocalyptic read! March 17, 1998 an unexplained event survivors
refer to as “The Change” occurs over Nantucket. The resulting energy
wave nullifies all electricity, guns, explosives, internal combustion
engines and steam power. Those who make it through the dying-time are
faced with making a life for themselves based on technology from the
you by JoJo Moyes. The book jacket bills this as a romance, but
there so much more to it. It will keep you reading until the end because
the author makes you care about the characters and the challenges they
Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by
Rachel Joyce. A quiet book about a man who is determined to finally do
something with his life. Recommended if you have been reading too many
depressing or challenging books and need a break!
Behavior by Barbara
Kingsolver. The writing is just so good that you can't help but be drawn
into the characters' lives. Along with meeting some interesting people,
you learn about butterflies, migration, and why we should be worried
about climate change.
Tribes of Hattie by
Ayana Mathis. I listened to this on audiobook. The narrator draws you
into stories that are at once tragic and triumphant.
Trustees and Friends
- House Rules by Jodi Picoult - one of her best! Grabs
you from the beginning and carries you through to the end.
- Francona: The Red Sox Years 2004-2011 by Terry Francona and
Dan Shaughnessy. Fascinating behind-the-scenes information about the Red
Sox World Series years and ensuing fiascos. Intriguing read for Red Sox
fans who don't mind the colorful language of baseball.
Madbury Library Patrons
Brenna (teen reviewer):
Unwind by Neal
A must-read for fans of the Hunger Games or Uglies/Pretties;
morbid dystopian literature at its finest. Set in a world after the
Heartland War (Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice armies), abortion is outlawed and
Unwinding is in. A more 'humane' alternative to abortion, mothers must
keep their children until they are at least 13 and up to 18, when they can
then be Unwound, or taken apart organ by organ, but are still
-technically- alive. This story follows three Unwinds-- Connor, a rebel
who is to be unwound due to behavior; Risa, a talented orphan who is being
Unwound due to limited orphanage space; and Lev, the 10th child in a
strictly religious family who is to be Unwound as a tithe. Either fighting
to make it to age 18 (when they can no longer be Unwound) or wanting to
sacrifice themselves, all three characters are changed over the course of
the novel. Applause to the author for writing on a controversial subject
without taking a side.
Sea by M.H.
Really, really good. This novel follows three brothers, Ben, Dylan and
Gerry, not long after the death of their mother. Their emotional wreck of
a father, in his anguish, decides to sell their house, buy a sailboat, and
sail around the
Caribbean. The boys are distraught;
especially Ben, the 15-year-old eldest son. After a successful trip around
the islands, the boys wake up one morning to find their father gone. Left
alone, the boys find themselves on a deserted island fighting to survive.
No spoilers, but this book will keep you holding onto its cover for hours
on end, until you finally get to the last page.