Otis Library Asks:
What are you reading?

Book reviews and best sellers lists are all well and good, but sometimes the best books are those you hear about from word of mouth. With that in mind, the Otis Library asks “What are you reading?” Add their recommendations to your own reading list! Remember to ask at the Information Desk if you need help locating one of these books.

Our reader this month is:
Wendy Bury
Executive Director, Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition

I have three adolescent children, work, commitments and, like most people, a very busy schedule. For the past few years, I have forced myself to set goals for the summer that may seem silly, but often a challenge for me to achieve. Go to the beach for a whole day at least twice, don’t work at the computer on weekends unless absolutely necessary; take a mini or full vacation to get away, and finish two books. This summer, I clearly picked out all the right summer books and managed my time well because I finished and thoroughly enjoyed four, count ‘em, four,books this summer; it was a personal record!

I started off with The Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable. It is based on a real headline (and phenomenal story) from 2010 about an apartment in Paris sealed for 70 years and the treasure trove discovered inside. Art, antiques, romance, mystery….loved it! Next, knowing that I was going to be traveling to London this summer, I was drawn to The English Girl by Daniel Silva, author of thrilling spy novels. Spanning numerous countries with interesting characters, this book got me excited to travel and was a good vacation read. Up next was The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro, a novel based on another true story, one of the greatest art heists in history- the 1990 brazen theft of $500 million in art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. To this day, the mystery remains unsolved, and this book provides a rather unbelievable, yet interesting story about one of the paintings stolen. Finally, since technically it is still summer, and I am almost finished, I am reading Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. The story moves from India to Ethiopia and on to America following two identical twin brothers from birth to adulthood. So far, it is a wonderful book. And, it was a great summer.



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