This month's staff picks come from the Centerville Branch, which is located not in Centerville (a good hundred miles south of Gwinnett) but in Snellville. It is in fact one of two branches serving the city “where everybody's somebody” and sits just west of Centerville Highway on Bethany Church Road. The branch is housed in the Centerville Community Center, giving it the distinction of being the only GCPL branch currently sharing a building with an entity other than the Library.
Enough trivia, let's get reading:
by Lisa Genova
Sarah Nickerson lives on the fast track, juggling a successful career at a Boston consulting firm and a family life with an equally driven husband and three very active children. Her world of multitasking and deadlines is turned upside down when a car accident damages the right hemisphere of her brain, leaving her unable to process any information from the left. Her vision is fine but her brain just doesn’t see anything on the left, whether her own husband standing next to her or the words on the left side of a page. Initially, she’s not even aware that she isn’t seeing everything. This condition is called “left neglect,” and Sarah has to retrain her brain to see what’s actually there. All of her incredible strength and determination is needed to rebuild her life and see what’s really important.
Life After Life
by Kate Atkinson
Could that sense of déjà vu mean that you really have lived this life before? For Ursula Todd that’s exactly what it means. Born in 1910, Ursula lives—and dies—repeatedly, but her life progresses a little further each time. Sometimes she experiences an urgent need to do something, or avoid doing something, though she rarely knows why. Sometimes events outside her control simply play out differently, providing different results. At times you will be glad that you know she’s going to have a chance to start over.
Long Way Down
by Nick Hornby
This book delves into the backstories of four individuals who accidentally meet after they have decided that life isn't worth the struggle. Hornby uses realism and a biting sense of humor to create characters that draw you into this misguided adventure.
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
by Robin Sloan
Unemployed Clay Jannon finds a job working the night-shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. In the midnight hours, Clay becomes acquainted with the peculiar customers who frequent the even stranger bookstore. Determined to unravel the mystery of their puzzling requests, Clay unearths more than he ever bargained for within the mysterious bookstore.
by Louise Penny
The first book of Louise Penny’s award-winning Chief Inspector Gamache series is set in Three Pines, a quiet Quebec village that can’t be found on any map. The plot is intricately woven, revealing Penny’s deep understanding of human strengths and frailties. Although each of the nine books in this series stands quite proudly alone, the plot of each contributes chronologically to the series as a whole.
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