Lucy's Book Mark

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena"The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is a strange little book full of twists and turns. At its core a thriller about young parents who make a terrible decision with dire consequences, this story will leave readers guessing until the unnerving end. Anne Conti was a different person before giving birth to her first child. Now almost crippled by post-partum depression, she allows her husband Marco to persuade her to leave their infant daughter home alone while they go next door for a dinner party, taking along a baby monitor and agreeing to take turns checking on the child every couple of hours. But when they finally come home for the night, the baby is gone. What follows is the unraveling of a mystery, the unraveling of relationships, and the unraveling of Anne’s mind. Although the publisher description and title are a bit misleading—the story having little to do with the mysterious next door neighbors unless “the couple next door” actually refers to the protagonist and her husband—readers who enjoy thrillers will devour this book anyway, for its intriguing storyline and sudden, unexpected twists and turns."  From Ingram Library Services.

Modern Lovecraft Tales

Modern H.P. Lovecraft fans are usually placed in an uncomfortable positon when talking about the influential pulp writer: love the atmosphere, comsic terror, and cephalodic monsters; bummed about the often overt racism and xenaphobia. Here are some modern takes on Lovecraft's mythos while also addressing some of the racial issues underlying the author's works. 

Oprah's Book club

Love Warrior

Oprah has announced her latest book club selection earlier this month, her second one in a little over a month.  Love Warrior; a memoir by Glennon Doyle Melton was announced by Winfrey on the day the book was published.  Here's what Oprah's Book Club discussion group on GoodReads said about the book, "This astonishing memoir depicts Melton’s journey after she discovers her husband’s infidelity and uses her grief and anger as a path to her own redemption. And despite all this, her humor shines through!"  More information about the author and the book can be found on the Oprah's Book Club page.


There's a new app out, Litsy, where readers can share their favorite books and find books too.  Readers can add content to their page, three ways: a blub (short comment), quote from a book or reviews (300 characters).  When viewing content in your feed, you can add a book to one of three stacks: read, to read, or currently reading. The app is only available for iOS.


Obama's Summer Reading List

President's Summer Reading list

Recently, President Obama shared his summer reading list which included Oprah Winfrey's Book Club pick, a psychological thriller, and a science fiction novel. How many have you read?  Last year his list included the following:

"All The Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr|
"The Sixth Extinction" by Elizabeth Kolbert
"The Lowland" by Jhumpa Lahiri
"Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates
"Washington: A Life" by Ron Chernow

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