The Great Alone A Novel by Kristin Hannah
(St. Martin's Press)
“Leni and her troubled family embark on a new way of life in Alaska's wilderness in 1974 - hoping this is finally the solution for her troubled, POW father. In Alaska, Leni and her family are tested and when change comes to their small community her father's anger threatens to explode and divide the town.This is a beautifully written novel, descriptive and engaging with well-developed characters and a strong sense of place.”
Alissa Williams, Morton Public Library, Morton, IL
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads
February Top 10:
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
“Celestial and Roy are newly married professionals leaning in to a bright future when Roy is convicted of a crime he did not commit. This is not a heroes vs. villains tale with a tidy resolution. It is a complicated, messy, moving, and thought-provoking story about love, family, and the wide-reaching effects of incarceration. Book clubs get ready!”
Jennifer Alexander, St. Louis County Library, St. Louis, MO
The French Girl by Lexie Elliott
“Six friends from Oxford University spend an idyllic week in the French countryside that ends with a missing neighbor, the enigmatic Severine. Fast forward ten years and Severine turns up. Or rather her skeleton does in a well on the property. All six friends are suspects. Will the loyalties hold and who put Severine in the well? This is a fun, taut thriller.”
Jennifer Dayton, Darien Library, Darien, CT
Force of Nature A Novel by Jane Harper
"When Detective Falk learns that an informant went missing during a corporate team building exercise in the bush, he realizes that she tried to call him in the middle of the night. Harper once again creates a compelling, fast-paced, and atmospheric mystery set in a remote wilderness area of Australia. Perfect for fans of Nevada Barr and Paul Doiron. Highly recommended."
Vicki Nesting, St.Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA
Surprise Me A Novel
by Sophie Kinsella
(The Dial Press)
“Kinsella's newest heroine has met and married Mr. Right - now how to spend the next 68 years? When Sylvie launches Project Surprise Me, she just might find that there's always more to learn about the ones you love. Told in Kinsella's trademark charming, relatable style.”
Ariel Kurst, Great River Regional Library, St. Cloud, MN
Tarnished City by Vic James
“Tarnished City, a contemporary fantasy with a healthy dose of world-building, is just as disturbing as its predecessor, Gilded Cage. I couldn't resist diving deeper into the dark world of Equals and Slaves. James has pushed the characters in new ways, which makes the story riveting, intense, dark, and completely entrancing.”
Monicah Fraterna, La Porte Public Library, La Porte, IN
As Bright As Heaven
by Susan Meissner (Berkley)
“Beautifully written, heartbreaking story of four women in Philadelphia in 1918 during the Spanish Flu. I loved this book, as I have other books by Meissner and would highly recommend to anyone who loves historical fiction.”
Cathy Branciforte, Ramsey Free Public Library, Ramsey, NJ
How to Stop Time A Novel by Matt Haig
“Even though there is something extraordinary about Tom Hazard and his aging process, the problems and insights he experiences as he goes through life are universal. Love, memory, and time play tricks on us all as this novel illustrates so exquisitely. This is an engaging, sweeping love story with all the elements of a great historical/time travel novel. For fans of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After Life.”
Mary Coe, Fairfield Woods Branch Library, Fairfield, CT
Summer Hours at the Robbers Library A Novel by Sue Halpern
“Kit is a librarian who closes herself off from emotions and people until she meets Sunny, assigned to the library for community service. Add in a group of regulars in the library and the result is an absorbing story of developing friendships and the unveiling of secrets. Kit's story unfolds as we meet many quirky characters in this story of love, loss, and hope.”
Ellen Firer, Merrick Library, Merrick, NY
Educated A Memoir by Tara Westover
“In her memoir, Westover recounts her childhood growing up in a strict Mormon family, ruled by an erratic father, and living off the grid in Idaho. Westover compellingly sketches her years growing up, her relationships with siblings, encounters in the town nearby, and the events that eventually drove her to leave and pursue formal education. For fans of Jeannette Walls'The Glass Castle.”
Worried about the upcoming exams?
Go to the Exam Revision Workshop on 9th December at 10 am.
Register at the Department of Lifelong Learning Office on the ground floor of the Main Building.
The workshop will cover:
Tips and approaches to your exam revision
Managing your workload
Helpful memory techniques
Exam timetables and how to access them
Transport to the Basketball Arena and what to expect when you get there
Managing yourself on the day of the exam
How your exams will be marked
Demystifying GPA calculations
Appeals and resits
Please contact the Part-time Office by phone at 01 404 2101 or by e-mail at LLL@it-tallaght.ie if you have any questions.
LibraryReads has announced its top ten list for Winter 2017.
The list includes new titles from some well known authors including Andy Weir, Elizabeth Berg, Felicity Hayes-McCoy, Mary Balogh, Lee Child, Louise Erdrich, Matthew Weiner, Caroline Fraser, Arnaldur Indridason and S. A. Chakraborty.
To see the full list go to: http://libraryreads.org/
The top three stories in the 2017 Short Story Competition were announced at a ceremony in the Civic Theatre on the 12th of October. The results were:
1st Prize: Tony Devlin - 'Coronary Care' 2nd Prize: Jennifer Moore - 'Game Over' 3rd Prize: Ursula Brunetti - 'A History of Art and Sex'
Many thanks to competition judge Colm Keegan and especially to the writers who came to read on the day.
Here's Colm with Pat Nolan reading from the wryly funny 'Plighting Eddie's Troth'.
And Dee Roycroft with the wondrous, heartrending 'I Sent A Pray To God'.