Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau

“I love Nancy Bilyeau’s ability to show a beautiful story, peppered with a few thrills that keep the reader guessing until the last few pages. Her evocative setting of early 20th century New York is a perfect escapist read!” – Joy, Adult & Teen Services

Peggy Battenberg is more known for her famous last name than for her love of books and independent streak. Born into a high society New York family at the beginning of the 20th century, Peggy falls in love with a humble artist, but her family may behind the mysterious murders that keep happening at the new amusement park of Coney Island, attempting to drive her and her lover apart.

The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman

“Very engaging book from the start with two very well developed characters” – DGPL Staff

An amazing story of two very different 5th grade girls during the Chernobyl Power Station Disaster and how that one night changed their lives forever. The book also covers part of the grandmother’s life during WWII.

The Sixties Trilogy by Deborah Wiles

“News clippings, pictures, and music lyrics of the times bolster this heartfelt narrative.” – DGPL Staff

The Trilogy includes Countdown, Revolution, and Anthem. Each book takes the reader through the not-too-distant past, told in the voice of a young person facing the perilous decade head-on.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

“Count Rostov, the beating heart of this book, is universally appealing in his humane-ness, his loyalty, his quiet erudition, and his self-effacing charm. Great characters, a surprisingly twisty story, and beautiful language combine to make this a classic!” – Fred, Adult & Teen Services

Talk about your champs of social distancing! In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest (as an unrepentant aristocrat) by a Bolshevik tribunal. The novel is the story of how he spends the next fifty odd years isolated in a simple attic room in a Moscow hotel. Full of history, character, wit and tenderness – a lot happens in that circumscribed world of his!

Akin by Emma Donoghue

“Donoghue’s writing is delightful, unexpected, and a joy to read. If you’ve never picked up a Donoghue novel (author of Room), this is a great one to start!” – Joy, Adult & Teen Services

80-year-old Noah discovers that he’s last next of kin to a surly 12-year-old boy he’s never met, right before he’s supposed to take a trip of a lifetime to Nice, France, to re-discover his parents’ mysterious work in World War II. A wondrously immersive novel filled with complex family relationships and WWII drama.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

“Daisy Jones & the Six is one of the best and most memorable audiobooks I have ever listened to! Written as a transcribed oral history, this book lends itself perfectly to the audio format. Narrated by a star-studded full cast of 21 narrators, the result is a memorable listening experience filled with unique characters who have amazing chemistry and authentic-sounding relationships.” – Van, Adult & Teen Services

Daisy Jones & the Six recounts the meteoric rise of a fictional seventies rock band and their mysterious fall from grace.

Learning to See by Elise Hooper

“I loved the fact that the book touched on the major events in Lange’s life and that it was an overview of her whole life rather than just a period. I was also so glad to see some of her photographs included. An engaging read that made me want to delve into Lange’s photography.” – Lora, Adult & Teen Services

In 1918, Dorothea has just moved to San Francisco with her friend, Fronsie, hoping to open up her own photography studio. Being a woman and having a foot withered by polio, she has to work even harder to achieve her dream. Soon, her portrait studio is a success and Dorothea has found love, but with the stock market crash of 1929, her life changes drastically. In Learning to See, author Hooper recounts Dorothea’s personal life and her photography career in novel form.

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

“Clever and immersive, learned and witty, I was drawn into Eco’s ingenious story and warmly drawn characters.” – Fred, Adult & Teen Services

In 1327, scholar-monk Brother William of Baskerville is sent to an isolated Italian abbey to investigate a series of mysterious deaths. He conducts interviews, collects evidence, deciphers arcane symbols and manuscripts, and finally navigates the monastery’s labyrinthine library to confront the evil within.