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"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers."
Charles W. Eliot


Nancy (MPL substitute and library consultant):

  • I am just finishing listening to American Dervish: a novel by Ayad Akhtar.  At times I wanted to scream at the first person narrator and tell him to stop making bad decisions.  Twelve-year-old Hayat falls in love with his "auntie" who has come from Pakistan to live with Hayat's family.  Mina tutors Hayat in his study of the Quran and he clearly worships her and everything she says. When she meets a man and marriage is likely Hayat makes some disastrous decisions.  The author grew up Muslim in American and there is a richness in his portrayal of a young person torn between the demands of two cultures.  I love debut novels and highly recommend this one.

Liz B. (Assistant Librarian)


  • Dies the Fire / Stirling, S.M.  (books 1 in Emberverse series)  A great Post-apocalyptic read! March 17, 1998 an unexplained event survivors refer to as “The Change” occurs over Nantucket. The resulting energy wave nullifies all electricity, guns, explosives, internal combustion engines and steam power. Those who make it through the dying-time are faced with making a life for themselves based on technology from the middle ages.

Susan (Library Director)


  • Me before you by JoJo Moyes. The book jacket bills this as a romance, but there so much more to it. It will keep you reading until the end because the author makes you care about the characters and the challenges they face.

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. A quiet book about a man who is determined to finally do something with his life. Recommended if you have been reading too many depressing or challenging books and need a break!

  • Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. The writing is just so good that you can't help but be drawn into the characters' lives. Along with meeting some interesting people, you learn about butterflies, migration, and why we should be worried about climate change.

  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. I listened to this on audiobook. The narrator draws you into stories that are at once tragic and triumphant.

Trustees and Friends


  • House Rules by Jodi Picoult - one of her best!  Grabs you from the beginning and carries you through to the end.
  • Francona: The Red Sox Years 2004-2011 by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy. Fascinating behind-the-scenes information about the Red Sox World Series years and ensuing fiascos. Intriguing read for Red Sox fans who don't mind the colorful language of baseball.

Madbury Library Patrons

Brenna (teen reviewer):

Unwind by Neal Shusterman-

A must-read for fans of the Hunger Games or Uglies/Pretties; morbid dystopian literature at its finest. Set in a world after the Heartland War (Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice armies), abortion is outlawed and Unwinding is in. A more 'humane' alternative to abortion, mothers must keep their children until they are at least 13 and up to 18, when they can then be Unwound, or taken apart organ by organ, but are still -technically- alive. This story follows three Unwinds-- Connor, a rebel who is to be unwound due to behavior; Risa, a talented orphan who is being Unwound due to limited orphanage space; and Lev, the 10th child in a strictly religious family who is to be Unwound as a tithe. Either fighting to make it to age 18 (when they can no longer be Unwound) or wanting to sacrifice themselves, all three characters are changed over the course of the novel. Applause to the author for writing on a controversial subject without taking a side.

The Great Wide Sea by M.H. Herlong-

Really, really good. This novel follows three brothers, Ben, Dylan and Gerry, not long after the death of their mother. Their emotional wreck of a father, in his anguish, decides to sell their house, buy a sailboat, and sail around the Caribbean. The boys are distraught; especially Ben, the 15-year-old eldest son. After a successful trip around the islands, the boys wake up one morning to find their father gone. Left alone, the boys find themselves on a deserted island fighting to survive. No spoilers, but this book will keep you holding onto its cover for hours on end, until you finally get to the last page.


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