Books with Buzz

Astronaut WivesThe Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel: As America’s Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. As their celebrity rose-and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives-they continued to rally together, and the wives have now been friends for more than fifty years. The book tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown: Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower.

City of Women by David R. Gillham: Hiding her clandestine activities behind the persona of a model Nazi soldier’s wife at the height of World War II, Sigrid Schröder dreams of her former Jewish lover and risks everything to hide a mother and two young children who she believes might be her lover’s family.

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls: Essays, etc. by David Sedaris: From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler’s experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist’s shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.

Lexicon by Max Barry: Recruited into an exclusive government school where students are taught the science of coercion to support a secretive organization, orphaned street hustler Emily Ruff becomes the school’s most talented prodigy before catastrophically falling in love.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman: When otherworldly beings are set loose on the world, threatening the life of a little boy, the extraordinary Hempstock women–Lettie, her mother and her grandmother–summon all of their courage and cleverness to keep him alive, but soon discover that his survival comes with a high–and deadly–price.

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes: A time-traveling serial killer is impossible to trace– until one of his victims survives. In Depression-era Chicago, Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women, burning with potential. He stalks them through their lives across different eras until, in 1989, one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and starts hunting him back. Working with an ex-homicide reporter who is falling for her, Kirby has to unravel an impossible mystery.

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls: Abandoned by their artist mother at the age of twelve, Bean and her older sister Liz, are sent to live in the decaying antebellum mansion of their widowed uncle, where they learn the truth about their parents and take odd jobs to earn extra money before an increasingly withdrawn Liz has a life-shattering experience.

The Son by Philipp Meyer: Comanche Indian captive Eli McCullough must carve a place for himself in a world in which he does not fully belong — a journey of adventure, tragedy, hardship, grit, and luck that reverberates in the lives of his progeny.

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani: Exiled to an equestrian boarding school in the South at the height of the Great Depression for her role in a family tragedy, strong-willed teen Thea Atwell grapples with painful memories while acclimating to the school’s strict environment.

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