Connie's Picks for January

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 Connie Regan is head of the Fiction, Movies and Music Department and a prolific reader. Wondering what books she has been reading? Here are three titles she recommends:

b2ap3_thumbnail_inventionofwings.jpgInvention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

I picked this book up because it takes place in Charleston, SC, a charming and historic town. But underneath the charm is a city that prospered because of its seaport that imported slaves to grow the plantation crops of rice and cotton. Soon, I was caught up in the amazing life of Sarah Grimke, who in 1803 on her 11th birthday was presented with the slave Handful. Told in alternating chapters, Handful and Sarah describe the society that keeps all slaves and all women from independence. Sarah, Handful, and Sarah's sister Angelina are pioneers whose story is inspiring and riveting. Check our catalog.

b2ap3_thumbnail_americanah.jpgAmericanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I loved this book. Ifemelu is a complicated character who is her best self when she is with her true love Obinze, who is still in Nigeria, but she has abruptly ended contact with him after an incident in America when she is struggling for work and money. Ifemelu writes a blog with observations from a non-American black--thought provoking and challenging to a white female reader. Five-star reviews are rare for me -- it's about the overall experience which was amazing. Check our catalog.

b2ap3_thumbnail_weareallcompletely.jpgWe Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Dysfunctional family — check. Quirky narrator — check. Believable characters — check. Good intentions ... tragic results. Surprising twist ... perfect ending. Fowler drew me in with all these elements plus humor, suspense, science, and my own memory about the 70s. It's a book that I want to share just so I can talk about it. Check our catalog.

--Connie Regan,


Connie Regan has been a Readers’ Advisor at Cook Library for over 26 years. She loves mysteries with complex characters and plots and when she’s not reading she’s riding her bike, swimming or watching the Blackhawks.