Books To Love

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Recommended by the library staff

The House on Beartown Road: A Memoir of Learning and Forgetting / by Elizabeth Cohen Van Pelt (audio CD)

Elizabeth Cohen, a Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin reporter, tells her story of being a single mother to her daughter Ava, as well as the home caregiver to her aging father, Sanford, who is suffering from mid- to late-stage Alzheimer’s.*  Recommended by Lisa.

Just Kids / by Patti Smith (audio CD and print)

It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation.*  Recommended by Denise: “I loved Patti Smith’s memoir of her younger years.”

Love in the Time of Cholera /  by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (print)

Set in a country on the Caribbean coast of South America, this is a story about a woman and two men and their entwined lives. From the author of the legendary One Hundred Years of Solitude.* Recommended by Loftan: “I just re-read Love in the Time of Cholera and fell in love with it all over again. I read it in college so revisiting it was pretty special.”

Sleeping Naked Is Green: How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged Her Fridge, Sold Her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days / by Vanessa Farquharson. (print)

No one likes listening to smug hippies bragging about how they don’t use toilet paper, or worse yet, lecturing about the evils of plastic bags and SUVs. But most of us do want to lessen our ecological footprint. With this in mind, Farquharson takes on the intense personal challenge of making one green change to her lifestyle every single day for a year to ultimately figure out what’s doable and what’s too hardcore.*  Recommended by Maureen.

Waiting to Exhale / by Terry Macmillan (video DVD and print)

From the critically acclaimed author of Mama and Disappearing Acts, a wise, earthy story of a friendship between four African American women who lean on each other while “waiting to exhale”, waiting for that man who will take their breath away.*  Recommended by Anne: “These women lived large!”

The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love /  by Kristin Kimball (audio DVD and print)

 “This book is the story of the two love affairs that interrupted the trajectory of my life: one with farming – that dirty, concupiscent art – and the other with a complicated and exasperating farmer.” – the author.  Recommended by Maureen.
*Descriptions from the Reynolds’ library catalog.

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