Wild by Cheryl Strayed

  This week’s Five Star recommendation is Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Wild was a great read for me because it opened my mind to an experience so different from my own. Strayed is an impulsive, contemplative, observant, and often funny narrator. If you have not yet read her book, perhaps consider this best selling memoire. Publisher’s… Continue reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed


Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Yann Martel’s Life of Pi invokes the senses as a visually stunning, gripping and adventurous, dreamlike tale of a boy lost at sea with the strangest of companions. If you want to read a suspenseful survival story that is both harrowing and dazzling, check out Life of Pi.    Publisher’s Summary: After the sinking of a cargo ship, a… Continue reading Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Amy Tan is releasing a new book this October titled, Where the Past Begins, so why not read or revisit one of her most famous works, The Joy Luck Club? It’s a book you won’t want to put down. Discovering the mystery of the club and its founders is not only thrilling, but will leave you entertained and rewarded. Publisher’s… Continue reading The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

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Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

This week’s Five Star Friday recommendation is Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko, a must-read in modern American literature. Critically acclaimed author, Sherman Alexie, author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, says, “Ceremony is the greatest novel in Native American literature. It is one of the greatest novels of any time and place.… Continue reading Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko


ICYMI Library News & Notes August 9, 2017

This week’s O’Fallon Weekly column “O’Fallon Library News & Notes” reminds readers of some of our regular events such as the Fun and Furry program for kids to read to the delightful service dogs.  Library Director Molly Scanlan also invites community members to other ongoing wellness programs such as yoga, t’ai chi, or fusion fit.  Check out… Continue reading ICYMI Library News & Notes August 9, 2017

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Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin – New Title Tuesday

I didn’t know before I read this week’s New Title Tuesday recommendation, Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin, that it would be such a suitable and meaningful read. Naturally I expected a book by the three-time National Book Award nominee with five novels on the New York Times bestseller list would be better than average, but the timing… Continue reading Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin – New Title Tuesday