On Our Nightstands: What We're Reading Now

Published Monday, August 21, 2023
by Alan Moorehead

I grew up watching the movie Gallipoli starring Mel Gibson and wanted to read a more in-depth account of the famous World War 1 campaign. The author is a famous journalist of his time and was able to talk with many of the people involved in the war. He has a captivating way of telling a story that pulls you in and brings the personality and humanity of the real characters to life. His writing is plagued with the xenophobic concepts of the early 20th century, but even that lends to capturing the mindset of the people of that time. Anyone interested in World War 1 or the history of modern Turkey (as this is a formidable movement for that country) would find something in this novel.
- Greg G.

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by Hugh Howey

I was inspired to pick this book up after watching season one of Silo, a show based on the first novel in Howey's three-book series. The show was incredible, and it has been a joy seeing the differences between the show and the novel. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is into sci fi/dystopian/post-apocalypse themes. The novel has proven to be just as compelling as the show.
- Kristi

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Somebody’s Fool
by Richard Russo

Thirty years after the publication of the novel Nobody’s Fool, Richard Russo checks in again on the people of the struggling town of North Bath, New York, in this newly-published second sequel (after 2016’s Everybody’s Fool). Readers of this series—or watchers of the faithful 1994 film adaptation of Nobody’s Fool, starring Paul Newman—will find this latest entry contains Russo’s trademark humor, insight, and affection for his cast of flawed, but sympathetic characters.
- Charlie

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by ND Stevenson

I recently watched the Nimona movie on Netflix and loved it, so I wanted to read the original graphic novel. This is a really fun read and shows the characters in a different context. I would honestly recommend it to anyone getting into graphic novels or anyone struggling with their sense of self. A lot of the character struggles are between who they should be and who they want to be in a comedic lens. If you enjoy Nimona I would recommend reading or watching Hilda by Luke Pearson or watching the Owl House.
- Courtney

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101 Essays that will Change the Way You Think
by Brianna Wiest
Lately, I am very interested in reading “life wisdom” so this caught my eye. Then, as I looked into the book more, I found that it was highly rated on several sites. I am listening to the audiobook version in my car during my commute, and the chapters are similar to bullet point lists, but the author reads with a deep, engaging voice that enhances the meanings of the essays. I would give it to anyone who might be searching for a new chapter in life and would like a place to start – or, a “reset” reminder about what we are all doing here and what really matters.


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On the Make: Clerks and the Quest for Capital in Nineteenth-Century
by Brian P. Luskey

I picked this up because I wanted to know more about the first generation of American twenty-somethings that lived apart from their families and hometowns and had disposable income to spend on reading, music, and entertainment. It is a part of history that I didn’t know a lot about and wanted to know more. I'd give this to any historian who wants to know more about an overlooked sector of American history and society.
- Greg K.

Out of Nowhere
by Sandra Brown

I love everything Sandra Brown writes, including this one. Follow the story of a young mother and a high-stakes consultant whose lives collide amidst a shooting at a Texas county fair. As they both seek justice for those affected by the tragedy, their inexplicable attraction to one another grows, leaving them wondering if they can sustain their relationship amidst the chaos of a desperate manhunt.
- Lorraine

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Swamp Story: a novel
by Dave Barry

Ok, I know I shouldn't admit it, but I picked up this book because the cover intrigued me. I kept reading it because the characters are quirky and the plot is so different and crazy that I just needed to see how it ended. Anyone who needs a laugh and a bit of a mystery would enjoy the book!
- Mary

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The Book Eaters
by Sunyi Dean

This was recommended to me by a patron. I kept reading because it's about literature vampires/mind vampires. I'd recommend this to people who like re-imaginings of classic monsters.
- Evan

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True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire
by Stephen Kinzer

I decided to try this book because Mark Twain has always been one of my favorite authors, and Teddy Roosevelt is one of my favorite Presidents. A book about both of them and the arguments they had over American Imperialism was immediately enticing, particularly given how relevant that topic is to similar debates in the present day. So far, I have enjoyed it, and it has been quite readable. I am only a single chapter in, so I cannot speak on the overall quality just yet, however, if the rest of the book continues at a similar quality to chapter one, it will likely be excellent.

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The Librarianist
by Patrick deWitt

This title jumped out at me while looking at the new books. I was in the mood for a lighter read and the jacket promised a story with humor. I just started the book last night. I am hoping for a good read!
- Sally

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The Last Lifeboat
by Hazel Gaynor

The story intrigued me. It was not just a simple search/rescue of a lifeboat during World War II. Instead it told multiple stories of two women, the children evacuated by sea to Canada , and how so many people made very hard decisions.
- Joyce

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