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Books for Boomers

Books for Boomers

By Sue Schafer Manager, Sylvania Branch, Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Do you need a recommendation for a good read? Stop by or give us a call, and your friendly and knowledgeable librarians will recommend books based on your preferences. Here are some staff favorites to help you get started!

The Flight of Gemma Hardy, Harper, 2012
By Margot Livesey
After her widowed father drowns, Gemma Hardy leaves Iceland to live with a family in Scotland where she encounters many difficulties growing up . Eventually she accepts a post as an au pair on the Orkney Islands where she finds herself attracted to her employer, Mr. Sinclair. When Gemma returns briefly to Iceland to search for her family she understands more about herself. This story is set in the 1950s and 60s.

My Name is Lucy Barton, Random House, 2016
By Elizabeth Strout
Set in the mid-1980s, Lucy Barton, hospitalized for nine weeks, is surprised when her estranged mother shows up at her bedside. Her mother talks of local gossip, but underneath the banalities, Lucy senses the love that cannot be expressed. This is the story that Lucy must write about, the one story that has shaped her entire life. A beautiful lyrical story of a mother and daughter and the love they share.

Gratitude, Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
By Oliver Sacks
No writer has succeeded in capturing the medical and human drama of illness as honestly and as eloquently as Oliver Sacks. During the last few months of his life, he wrote a set of essays in which he movingly explored his feelings about completing a life and coming to terms with his own death.

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War that Changed American History, Sentinel, 2015
By Brian Kilmeade
The authors of George Washington’s Secret Six present a pop-history narrative that illuminates a lesser known confrontation between the recently inaugurated third President and Pasha of Tripoli pirates who openly challenged his leadership by attacking American ships.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2012
By Robin Sloan
The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco webdesign drone and landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything. Soon he embarks on a complex analysis of the customers’ behavior and ropes his friends into helping him figure out just what is going on.

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