Connie Regan

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.


 

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At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen The three Americans who travel to Scotland to get proof of the Loch Ness monster in 1945 are privileged, snobbish, self-centered, and considered rude by the village and inn they descend upon. The fact that Hank’s fl...

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  Who knew more about love than William Shakespeare? There are so many memorable quotes about love and not enough space to include here. I’ll narrow it down to one from A Midsummer Night’s Dream that applies to every love story.   &...

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Lydia, a teenage girl, goes missing in a small Ohio town in the 1970s and is later found to have drowned in a nearby lake. Suddenly a once tight-knit inter-racial family unravels in unexpected ways. Lydia’s ...

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Years ago, a trip to the library was only as successful as the number of big, some would say gigantic, books that I could carry home. I wasn’t looking for a catchy title or a bright cover; I was drawn to the Michener-sized books. My plan was to flop ...

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A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley This is an amazing true story of Saroo, who, at five years old, is separated from his brother, falls asleep on a train, and travels overnight from his small village in India to the teeming station and streets o...

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Nora Webster by Colm Toibin Set in Wexford, Ireland, 40-year-old Nora is a recent widow, left with four children and little money. She begins the journey of creating a new life for herself without Maurice, the love of her life. Afraid that she will ...
You’re on the reserve list for Personal by Lee Child. You’re waiting patiently for an email or phone call that your copy is ready to pick up but you need a book in your hands right now. And you’re in the mood for a thriller. Even though Lee Child’s c...

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel When you pick up Station Eleven and start reading, I hope you have set aside enough hours and plan to read through the night. A pandemic has destroyed all but 1% of the world’s population in a matter of days. ...

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We are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas Eileen Tumulty’s upbringing in Queens in the ‘40s was dominated by playing caretaker to her drinking Irish parents. She dreams of a better life and thinks she finds it when she marries Ed Leary, a research scie...

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I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes  This debut espionage thriller depicts the collision course between two geniuses, one a tortured hero and one a determined terrorist, in a breakneck story reminiscent of John le Carré and Robert Ludlum at their fines...
I’m a doctor’s office People Magazine reader. I don’t buy it or go out of my way to read it but I invariably pick it up when I’m waiting for an appointment. So I’ve surprised myself lately to find that I’m picking up and devouring music celebrity mem...

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I’ve read every JoJo Moyes book that’s been published in the U.S. So it’s a no brainer that I’d grab her newest book One Plus One. It’s another contemporary opposites attract love story. What I love about her latest book is that I care equally about ...

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Natchez Burning by Greg Iles Penn Cage, former prosecutor and now mayor of Natchez, Mississippi is drawn into 40-year-old secrets when his beloved physician father is accused of murder.  As Penn fights to clear him, his father refuses to answer...

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Connie with our vast book club collection. Whether you read one book a week, a month or even a year, time is precious and we don’t want to spend it reading a book that we don’t enjoy or that doesn’t qualify as “good” in your … book. So when we’re a...
  I’m in a lucky position in my Readers’ Advisory position when it comes to debut novels.  Sometimes publishers send advanced reader copies (ARCs) before the actual book release. ARCs are bound uncorrected proofs sent by p...
I know the fourth season of Downton Abbey just ended but I’m already anticipating withdrawal waiting for the next season.  I’m going to delve into P. G. Wodehouse, who’ll take me to England in the early 1900s.  I just finished Jeeves and t...

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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: Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd I picked this book up because it take...

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John Steinbeck with his traveling companion, Charley. I love to read lists about books that I should have read before I graduated from high school, or lists of books that every well-read person has on their shelves, or lists of classics that I must...

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Connie with our Book Club books in the lower level. Have you been afraid to go into our Lower Level at Cook Park?  Is it a warehouse? A dungeon?  A black hole? Were you afraid if you ventured into the tall, black shelves you would never...
  I’ve been an avid fiction reader all my life and it takes a lot for me to choose nonfiction, even the “so-called” nonfiction that reads like fiction.  It’s not that I don’t want to learn—I could get into a whole debate with anyone who thinks nonfic...