Best Books to Read This Winter

The perfect excuse for staying inside and sipping hot chocolate this winter.

Tess Kessler

Here are some recommended books in the Southfield Public Library catalog with commentary by the article’s writer. If you don’t see a copy available, contact a librarian to place an item on hold for you!

The Swans of Fifth Avenue
Benjamin, Melanie
Set amid the skyscrapers of 1950s New York, The Swans of Fifth Avenue is the story of the fruitful friendship and gripping escapades of Truman Capote and Babe Paley—two of the twentieth century's most notable icons. Once Babe grants Truman admission to her glittering social circle, the extroverted writer finds himself at the heart of Manhattan's bourgeoisie and at the reigns of exceptional storytelling. Teeming with scandal, gossip and excitement, Capote's experience proves to be one of big consequences and lasting impressions.
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City on Fire
Hallberg, Garth Risk
Circling a grab bag of New York characters in 1976, this novel illuminates the quiet lives of the young, old, rich, and poor by way of a crime investigation. As a detective attempts to rule out suspects in a recent Central Park shooting, truths are unveiled and relationships are tested. City On Fire is a read equally as complex and fascinating as the city itself.
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My Name is Lucy Barton
Strout, Lucy
In the confines of a hospital room, Lucy Barton and her mother attempt to heal their fragmented relationship. What begins as small talk quickly turns into a quest for long-anticipated answers. In My Name Is Lucy Barton, Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth Stout tells a surprising tale of reconnection between mother and daughter.
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Fates and Furies
Groff, Lauren
In an enchanting exploration of marriage, author Lauren Groff tells the story of husband, wife and all the creative chaos that ensues in their twenty-four years together. A triumph of storytelling and prose, Fates and Furies tells the tale of one couple's adventures, secrets and love.
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The Precious One
De Los Santos, Marisa
When her absentee father invites Eustacia "Taisy" Cleary to be a part of his life again, seemingly at random, Taisy is faced with the challenge of living with a standoffish half-sister and reconciling with her dad.
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The Heart Goes Last
Atwood, Margaret
In her latest masterpiece of fiction, prizewinning author Margaret Atwood depicts the lives of a struggling married couple in a strange, dystopian world. Desperate for a place to call home, Charmaine and Stan find themselves engaged in the Positron Project, where members alternate between six months in a clean house and a month of service as Positron prison inmates. Complete with betrayal, danger and sharp wit, Atwood's newest work makes for a dark and thrilling pastime.
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Avenue of Mysteries
Irving, John
From the author of The Cider House Rules comes a turbulent story of past and present. Juan Diego and his sister, Lupe, are two normal teenagers living in Mexico, except Lupe can read minds and sometimes foresee the future. Years later as an older man, Juan ventures to the Philippines only to discover that his childhood memories have infiltrated his future.
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Carry On
Rowell, Rainbow
Filled to the brim with sorcery, drama and the supernatural, Rainbow Rowell's #1 New York Times bestseller is both whimsical and mesmerizing. Simon, also known as the Chosen One, is watching his life spiral before his eyes. The worst part? His vampire roommate isn't even there to share his last day at Watford School of Magicks. Combining love, mystery and fantasy into one, Carry On portrays the lives of very unordinary teenagers.
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Like Family
Giordano, Paolo
Acting as a mediator, protector and advisor, Mrs. A. adds an unconventional element to what would be an otherwise traditional family structure. When Mrs. A. is diagnosed with cancer, her family of three sinks into turmoil. A profound tale of family, crisis and the passage of time, Giordano's second novel is a cherished read.
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The Opposite of Everyone
Jackson, Joshilyn
When Paula, a successful divorce attorney in Atlanta, receives an obscure message from her long-lost mother, she knows something is up. But when a sibling she didn't know she had shows up at her home, Paula knows she must find her nomad of a mother and resolve fifteen years of mystery.
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