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The Librarian's Choice

Hello everyone,
more treasures from London are making their way to your Library!

Starting with a request by Deborah, a recent publication from the US: Charlie Fig And The Lip by Steven Charnow.Aaron Lipstein, “the Lip” to his best friend Charlie Figatelli, (“because you got an answer for everything”), is about to graduate high school at the top of his class. Aaron is looking forward to an uneventful summer before leaving home for college and getting away from his abusive father.

When the bullet-riddled, delivery van belonging to Charlie’s father is pulled from a canal flowing into Jamaica Bay, and the police fail to recover Mr. Figatelli’s body, Charlie appeals to Aaron to help him search for it.
A story of fathers and sons, the bonds of friendship, and the loss of childhood innocence rendered in stunning detail of place and time.
Canarsie is an important place in the novel.
Click on the picture and visit the website of the author to know more.

The best thriller I read this year on my kindle, and bought for you to enjoy, comes from Paula Hawkins The Girl On The Train. A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Read the article of the NYT about Hawkins' book.
Staying with this theme of mental imbalance, I also recommend the classic The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks.
In his most extraordinary book, Oliver Sacks recounts the stories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders.
These are case studies of people who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people or common objects; whose limbs have become alien; who are afflicted and yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.
In Dr Sacks’s splendid and sympathetic telling, each tale is a unique and deeply human study of life struggling against incredible adversity.
 Listen to Dr Sacks speaking about people having hallucinations at a TED Conference.
You don't know the TED conférences? Check out here.
Enjoy this as well as many other treasures on the display table.
Your Librarian