The passion of Artemisia / Susan Vreeland (2002 historical fiction, F Vreeland)
A sweeping novel, set against the beautiful backdrops of Rome, Florence, and Genoa, vibrantly recreates the life of Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the most extraordinary female painters in history, whose search for love, forgiveness, and wholeness through her art led to her fame as a painter and her induction into the prestigious Accademia dell’Arte.
Vinegar girl : The taming of the shrew retold / Anne Tyler (2016 fiction, F Tyler)
A modern retelling of “The Taming of the Shrew” follows the experiences of a preschool teacher who alienates others by speaking her mind and who is expected by her eccentric father to marry his assistant to prevent the young man’s deportation.
Belgravia / Julian Fellowes (2016 fiction, F Fellowes)
A secret unravels behind the porticoed doors of London’s grandest postcode. Set in the 1840s when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is people by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. At the Duchess of Richmond’s new legendary ball, one family’s life will change forever.
The expatriates / Janice Y.K. Lee (2016 fiction, F Lee)
A traumatized college graduate, a lonely housewife and a burned-out mother of three endure the challenges of their respective demons and families in the face of unexpected consequences within their American expat community in Hong Kong.
Lillian Boxfish takes a walk : a novel / Kathleen Rooney (2017 fiction, F Rooney)
Embarking on a walk across Manhattan on New Year’s Eve in 1984, eighty-five-year-old Lillian Boxfish recalls her long and eventful life, which included a brief reign as the highest-paid advertising woman in America, whose career was cut short by marriage and loss.
Sunday Reference Librarian Sara’s Pick:
The Devil wears Prada / Lauren Weisberger (2003 fiction book, F Weisberger)
A small-town girl fresh out of an Ivy League college, Andrea Sachs is delighted when she is hired for her dream job as assistant to Miranda Priestly, the successful, high-profile editor of Runway magazine, one of the world’s premier fashion publications, until she discovers that she has been hired by the boss from hell.
Administrative Assistant Leona Mae’s Pick:
The sweetness at the bottom of the pie : a Flavia de Luce mystery / Alan Bradley (2010 mystery, call# M Bradley)
Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is propelled into a mystery when a man is murdered on the grounds of her family’s decaying English mansion and Flavia’s father becomes the main suspect.
Anonymous Reference Librarian’s Pick:
The art forger / a novel by B.A. Shapiro (2012 fiction book call# F Shapiro)
Boston painter Claire Roth has survived financially by painting reproductions, so when influential gallery owner Aiden Markel arrives with a bizarre proposal–her own show if she will forge a copy of a Degas, one of the pictures stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum–she says yes. As she works, Claire and Aiden become lovers, but she doesn’t tell him about her discovery that the stolen Degas is itself a copy. This knowledge is Claire’s lifeline when the finished forgery is discovered, Aiden and then Claire are both arrested, and only she can save them.