Nan's New Books

Almost nothing is as satisfying to the human spirit as a good story well told. Here are six new books in the Library collection which should keep you occupied during the coming long winter nights.

Conclave by Robert Harris
Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world’s most secretive election, for a new pope. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Harris, the author of Enigma and Fatherland, is a master of suspense; and he proves it once again in this twisty Vatican thriller, which The Guardian called “unputdownable.”

Mr. Monkey by Francine Prose
In Francine Prose’s brilliant novel, the titular “Mr. Monkey” is a long-running family musical about a naughty chimpanzee. This is the madcap offstage story of actors, audience members, costume designer, writer, and even the monkey himself. In a stellar front-page review, the New York Times Book Review said, “It’s gorgeous and bright and fun and multi-faceted…. It’s a book to be treasured. It’s that good. It’s that funny. It’s that sad. It’s that deceptive and deep.”

Moonglow by Michael Chabon
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon mixes fiction and non-fiction to tell stories told to him by his dying grandfather. Variously described by Chabon as “a novel,” a “memoir,” and a “pack of lies,” Chabon’s new book is a love letter and a love story, about his grandmother and grandfather — “and also about mental illness, snake hunting, the Holocaust and rocket science,” according to the New York Times Book Review. It doesn’t matter what you call it. Read it.

Night School by Lee Child
Opening sentence: “In the morning they gave Reacher a medal, and in the afternoon they sent him back to school.” Lee Child fans already know that this must be a flashback to Reacher’s military career, before he became the loner/drifter/vigilante hero of 18 bestselling novels. We also know that nothing is as it appears, except of course for Reacher himself, who is always good company.

Valiant Gentlemen by Sabina Murray
Whether or not you saw “Eirebrushed,” a play about the gay heroes of the 1916 Irish Easter Rising brought to Provincetown last month from the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, you will want to know more about the hidden story of these real Irish revolutionaries. In this historical novel, Sabina Murray depicts the lives and intimate friendships of Irish patriot Sir Roger Casement; his closest friend, Herbert Ward; and Ward’s extraordinary wife, the Argentinian-American heiress Sarita Sanford.

Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand
Nantucket native Hilderbrand is well known as the queen of the summer beach read, probably because of her wonderfully complex characters. When seasons change and the holidays are upon us, some of us still want to spend time on Nantucket. Here, with just enough difficulty and dysfunction to be realistic, the Quinn family prepare to host a wedding at the Winter Street Inn. Compelling, entertaining, and as satisfying as a midnight turkey sandwich, this is the third in a trilogy which includes Winter Street and Winter Stroll.