2020 Book Recommendations

Did you make a resolution to read more in 2020? Here are some of the biggest titles scheduled for release this year. Keep an eye out for them on our shelves! This is just a glimpse of some of the great titles that we add to our collection each month. Next time you stop by, take a look at our new book sections. You can also request items online (at skanlibrary.org) through the library catalog.

Here are some new books that we recommend:
Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict
Released January 7th—From the bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room and Carnegie’s Maid (enjoyed by our Evening Book Club in April 2019), here is another historical novel based on real events. This novel centers on Clementine Churchill, the iron-willed wife of one of Britain’s most illustrious leaders and her impact and influence through two world wars.

Everything Chocolate: A Decadent Collection of Morning Pastries, Nostalgic Sweets, and Showstopping Desserts by America’s Test Kitchen
Released January 28th—Make your decadent dreams come true with this chocolate-covered collection of more than 180 foolproof recipes that showcase the most treasured dessert ingredient. This cookbook includes recipes for delicious morning baked goods and pick-me-up treats to rich after-dinner delights for special occasions.

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson
Released February 25th—The bestselling author of The Devil in the White City travels back in time to London during the Blitz in this much-anticipated nonfiction epic. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports, some released only recently, Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experiences of Churchill and his family.

The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian
Released March 17th—This new novel from prolific author Chris Bohjalian (speaker during the 2017 Gifford Lecture series in Syracuse) follows lead character Alexis, an emergency room doctor, on a bike tour in Vietnam with her boyfriend. When he disappears without a trace, Alexis starts asking questions that lead her into danger.

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
Released March 24th—From the author of Station Eleven, this is another exhilarating novel set at the intersection of two seemingly disparate events, a massive Ponzi scheme collapse and the mysterious disappearance of a woman from a ship at sea. The Glass Hotel (already picked up for a television series) elegantly pieces together the reverberating consequences of seemingly unrelated events.

For more book recommendations, please check out our website at skanlibrary.org/explore/staff-picks. Happy reading!

Upcoming Events

Friday Film
Friday, January 24th at 7:00 PM
Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts. Rated PG-13, 1h 58min, 2019. Free popcorn! No registration.

Family Movie
Saturday, January 25th at 3:00 PM
The eccentrically macabre family moves to a bland suburb where Wednesday Addams’ friendship with the daughter of a hostile and conformist local reality show host exacerbates conflict between the families. Rated PG, 1hr 26min, 2019. Free popcorn! No registration.