Tab Recommends

Here are some books our TAB members have read and loved recently. We’ve included the call number so you can come and get them at Reston Regional Library! All summaries are taken from Novelist unless otherwise noted.

The Color of Water, James McBride – B MCBRIDE

Interspersed throughout his mother’s compelling narrative, McBride shares candid recollections of his own experiences as a mixed-race child of poverty, his flirtations with drugs and violence, and his eventual self-realization and professional success. The Color of Water touches readers of all colors as a vivid portrait of growing up, a haunting meditation on race and identity, and a lyrical valentine to a mother from her son. – goodreads.com

Beartown, Fredrik Backman – FIC BAC

In the tiny forest community of Beartown, the possibility that the amateur hockey team might win a junior championship, bringing the hope of revitalization to the fading town, is shattered by the aftermath of a violent act that leaves a young girl traumatized.

Comedy Girl, Ellen Schreiber – YFIC SCH

Shy, seventeen-year-old Trixie Shapiro, who dreams of being a professional comic, gets a big break after her friend signs her up to a stand-up routine at their school’s Talent Night.

Oscar and the Lady in Pink, Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt- FIC SCH

Oscar is dying. One of the ‘ladies in pink’ who come to visit the patients, makes friends with him. She suggests that he should pretend that each of the following 12 days is a decade of his imaginary life. Oscar writes ten letters to God that are sensitive, funny, heartbreaking and, ultimately, life-affirming. – goodreads.com

Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky – FIC DOS

Believing he can commit the perfect crime, Roderick Raskolnikov robs and murders an elderly pawnbroker. He eventually finds himself engaged in a battle of wits with inspector Porfiry, a policeman who is determined to wring a confession from the once confident Raskolnikov, a killer whose conscience is slowly beginning to destroy him.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred Taylor – JFIC TAY

A Black family living in the South during the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don’t understand.

Animal Farm, George Orwell – FIC ORW

A satire on totalitarianism in which farm animals overthrow their human owner and set up their own government.

Night, Elie Wiesel – 940.531 W

A terrifying account of the Nazi death camp horror that turns a young Jewish boy into an agonized witness to the death of his family.

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad – FIC CON

Marlowe sails down the Congo in search of Kurtz, a company agent who has, according to rumors, become insane in the jungle isolation.

The Monuments Men, Robert Edsel – 940.531 E

Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world’s great art from the Nazis. – goodreads.com

If Only, Jennifer Gilmore – YFIC GIL

Tells the story of a pregnant sixteen-year-old Bridget and her decision to give her baby up for adoption and the story of sixteen-year-old Ivy as she searches for her birth mother to find out where she comes from.

The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness – YSF NES

Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony’s true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury – SF BRA

A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners, Guy Montag, suddenly realizes their merit.

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood – FIC ATW

Offred, a Handmaid, describes life in what was once the United States, now the Republic of Gilead, a shockingly repressive and intolerant monotheocracy, in a satirical tour de force set in the near future.

The Giver, Lois Lowry – YFIC LOW

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

The War That Saved My Life, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley – JFIC BRA

A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

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