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Tracy’s Recent Reads – 2021


Tracy’s Recent Reads – 2021
Bethany Branch BooksTalk, November 19, 2021
Tracy T. (Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries)

Prisoner B-3087
by Alan Gratz (YA Gratz)

As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis who have taken over. Everything he has, and everyone he loves, have been snatched brutally from him. And then Yanek himself is taken prisoner — his arm tattooed with the words PRISONER B-3087.

For Your Own Good
by Samantha Downing (Downing)

Teddy Crutcher has won Teacher of the Year at the esteemed Belmont Academy, home to the best and brightest. He really can’t be bothered with the death of a school parent that’s looking more and more like murder. His main focus is on pushing these kids to their full academic potential.

The Slap
by Christos Tsiolkas (Tsiolkas)

At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own. This event has a shocking ricochet effect on a group of people, mostly friends, who are directly or indirectly influenced by the slap.

Billy Summers
by Stephen King (King)

Billy Summers is a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he’ll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. What could possibly go wrong?

The Guest List
by Lucy Foley (Foley)

A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the New York Times bestselling author of The Hunting Party.

by Sinéad O’Connor (Music 781.66 O’Connor)

Sinéad O’Connor’s voice and trademark shaved head made her famous by the age of twenty-one. Her recording of Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U made her a global icon. She outraged millions when she tore up a photograph of Pope John Paul II on American television.

The Husbands
by Chandler Baker (Baker)

Nora Spangler is a successful attorney. Her husband works hard, too… but why does it seem like she is always working so much harder? Calling to mind a Stepford Wives gender-swap, The Husbands imagines a world where the burden of the “second shift” is equally shared–and what it may take to get there.

Mary Jane
by Jessica Anya Blau (Blau)

“Almost Famous” meets Daisy Jones and the Six in this funny, wise, and tender novel about a fourteen-year-old girl’s coming of age in 1970s Baltimore, caught between her strait-laced family and the progressive family she nannies for—who happen to be secretly hiding a famous rock star and his movie star wife for the summer.