Portsmouth Public Library book recommendations

Staff Report

The Portsmouth Public Library would like to recommend these book titles. Each title is available to borrow with your library card! For more book recommendations or information on applying for a library card go to www.yourppl.org or call 740-354-5688.

“Before Everything” by Victoria Redel – A group of friends who have faced everything together since girlhood gather once more in the wake of their leader’s terminal illness to support her and each other through such challenges as remarriage, a rebellious daughter, a sibling’s mental health crisis and a career setback. Readers might also enjoy “Talk Before Sleep” by Elizabeth Berg or “All the Water in the World” by Karen Raney.

“A Fine Balance” by Rohinton Mistry – The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers—a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village—will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future. As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, “A Fine Balance” creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state. Readers might also enjoy “The God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy or “And The Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini.

“The Simple Wild” by K. A. Tucker – City girl Calla Fletcher attempts to reconnect with her estranged father, and unwittingly finds herself torn between her desire to return to the bustle of Toronto and a budding relationship with a rugged Alaskan pilot. Readers might also enjoy “The Tourist Attraction” by Sarah Morgenthaler or “It Happened One Summer” by Tessa Bailey.

“Harley Quinn: Reckoning,” a new title from Rachael Allen, explores a new take on the origin story of Harleen Quinzel aka Harley Quinn. She lands a position at her dream job, Gotham University, and is thrilled to make some scientific breakthroughs. When she witnesses and experiences harassment in her workplace, she turns to join a group called the Reckoning. They use unconventional means to try and bring about change, but when one of the group is murdered and a conspiracy uncovered, will Harleen stick with the group or focus on her STEM dreams? Readers might also enjoy “Renegades” by Marissa Meyer or “Wonder Woman: Warbringer” by Leigh Bardugo.

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