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Looking for a Great Summer Read? Here Are Over 40 Books PDF Print Email


By Sarah Thornton Clifford, Publisher

Jul. 18, 2018: Whether you’re at the beach, the lake, or the mountains or you are traveling or relaxing at home, summer can provide just enough downtime to pick up a good book. 

Below are over 40 books that my friends and family are enjoying this summer. The books are in alphabetical order and quotations are from those who submitted the titles.    

The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn.  

Bad Blood, by John Carreyrou. "About the Theranos scandal. Couldn’t put it down." 

The Banker's Wife, by Christina Ager. "Wealth, society, Swiss banks, financial titans. Has all the intrigue for a good mystery." 

Beartown, by Fredrik Backman.  

Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World, by Joshua Freeman. “Fascinating history of big factories.” 

Bobby Kennedy, by Chris Matthews. “Great read of Bobby's life … focuses on campaigns with JFK through his own presidential bid. Well-done tribute to his years of public service.”  

Breakfast with Buddha; Lunch with Buddha; Dinner with Buddha, a trilogy by Roland Merullo. 

The Confidence Code For Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self, by Katty Kay and Clair Shipman. “Has some good insights and is written in a very user-friendly, positive tone. I like both authors as journalists and found their insights into the need for confidence and perspective for our young girls (and boys) valuable.”  

Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan. “Beach read page-turner!” 

The Cutting Edge, by Jeffery Deaver.  

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a Presidentby Candice Millard. 

Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover. 

The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery, and Endurance in Early Americaby Scott Weidensaul.  

A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. This book was recommended by five different people.  

The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah. 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Societyby Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  

The Heart’s Invisible Furies, by John Boyne. 

The High Season, by Judy Blundell. 

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage, by Dani Shapiro. 

The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin.  

Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson.  

Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan. “Historical novel which takes place during WWll and is set at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. … Good historical context with a well-done family saga and NY mystery.” 

The Masterpieceby Fiona Davis.  

My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie.   

Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee.

The Piano Teacher, by Janice Y. K. Lee.

The Power of Oneby Bryce Courtenay. 

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Caroline Fraser. “It's about Laura Ingalls Wilder and the early 1880s settlement of the Nebraska and Northwest territory. It was ranked by the NY Times as one of the 10 best books of the year in 2017.”  

Providence, by Caroline Kepnes.

Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice, by Bill Browder.  

The Red Sparrow Trilogy, series by Jason Matthews. 

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey, by Candice Millard.  

The Rules of Magic, by Alice Hoffman.  

Saints for all Occasions, by J. Courtney Sullivan. “Novel based on two sisters and their story of immigration from Ireland and the different lives they choose. … Similar to the popular Brooklyn.

The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook, by Niall Ferguson. 

Strength in Stillness, by Bob Roth.

Temporary People, by Deepak Unnikrishnan. “This is a bit dated--March 2017--and its magical realism is odd, but I loved it. Really well-written short stories about migrant workers in the Persian Gulf." 

A Theory of Love, by Margaret Bradham Thornton. “Love story between a financier and a journalist set in London, St. Tropez, Tangier, and other beautiful places. Couldn’t put it down.” 

The Ticket, by Fred Shackelford. “Channing Booker is down on his luck and wins the Mega Millions lottery but there are some unexpected twists. I have given this to all my friends.” 

When Life Gives You Lululemons, by Lauren Weisberger. “Fun summer read by author of The Devil Wears Prada. ... As you can imagine, it’s a page-turner set in LA-NY-Greenwich. Society and glamor with Hollywood and politics mixed all equal a good summer read! I have started it and it is hard to put down when work gets in the way!” 

Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past, by David Reich. 

Photo by N. Bower 

Editor's note:  This list includes a book by a relative of the author.

Womrath Bookshop's Where's Waldo Search Under Way in Bronxville Stores PDF Print Email


By Staff

Jul. 11, 2018:  The big search for Waldo is under way. Waldo is spending most of the month of July in Bronxville, but he hasn’t let anyone know exactly where he is hiding. 

When the folks at Womrath Bookshop got wise to Waldo, they set up a search headquarters.

Young detectives are encouraged to sign up at the bookstore to find Waldo, the elusive, smiling--some might say smirking--character in the popular children's book series Where's Waldo? wearing his trademark red-and-white cap and round eyeglasses. 

Armed with a list of some 20 stores where Waldo might be hiding, the young sleuths are encouraged to visit local merchants as well as the Bronxville Public Library during the month of July to find Waldo. 

At the end of the search, there will be a party with prizes at Womrath Bookshop.

For more information, call Womrath Bookshop at 914-337-0199 or stop by the store at 76 Pondfield Road.

Pictured here:  Waldo display at Womrath Bookshop from a previous year.

Photo by A. Warner

Concordia’s Fall Literary Events Will Inspire Your Summer Reading PDF Print Email


By Rebecca Portnoy, Communications Associate, Concordia College

Jul. 4, 2018: Below are literary events at Concordia College in the fall that will inspire your summer reading.

Monday, September 17, Author John Leland: Concordia College and the Bronxville Adult School will host John LelandNew York Times writer and author of Happiness is a Choice You Make. A year of engaging with six people aged 85+ completely changed Leland’s understanding of old age, inspiring this wise and insightful book. 

Thursday, September 27, Poe Reads Poe: Join the premiere of Living Legends, a new series from Concordia College and the Eastchester Historical Society. In the inaugural event, Poe Reads Poe, historical interpreter Charles Wissinger will appear in character as Edgar Allan Poe reading from his work. Accompanying period music performed by Concordia Conservatory faculty will help make for an unforgettable evening.   

Monday, October 15, Author Kate Moore. Kate MooreNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Radium Girls, will be our guest for Books & Coffee. Coveted WWI factory jobs painting watch faces with a mysterious new substance called radium end in tragedy for several young women. The book tells the story of one of America’s biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights.

Pictured here: Author Kate Moore, who will discuss her book The Radium Girls in Concordia College's Books & Coffee series in October.

Photo by Duncan Moore   

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

Lectures on Aging in Place and Personal Finances at Bronxville Library June 28 and July 7 PDF Print Email


By Christine Utchel, Head of Reference, Bronxville Public Library

Jun. 27, 2018:  On Thursday, June 28, at 1:15 pm, the Bronxville Public Library will hold an informative session about how you or a loved one can age in place at home, the signs that home care is needed, and the costs associated with it. The lecture is presented by Alliance Homecare, a licensed home care agency. Registration is required.

On Saturday, July 7, 2018, at 11:00 am, the library will present a lecture titled "Blueprint for Financial Success." This informative seminar, to be presented by Kathleen Ryan of New York Life Insurance Company, will educate you about basic financial concepts and illustrate how you can apply them to your personal financial situation and help you build a stronger, more secure financial future. Topics will include cash flow, net worth, risk management, college funding, retirement planning, emergency savings, and more. Registration is required.

Registration for these events can be made by calling the library at 914-337-7680, ext. 24, or by sending an email to CLOAKING .

Pictured here:  The Bronxville Public Library

Photo by A. Warner

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes press releases, statements, and articles from local institutions, officeholders, candidates, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

Fiona Davis, National Bestselling Author, to Speak at Bronxville Library Thursday, October 4 PDF Print Email


By Margaret Mager, President, and Irena Choi Stern, Publicity Chair, Friends of the Bronxville Public Library

Jun 27, 2018:  The Friends of the Bronxville Public Library is encouraging book clubs to read The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis in preparation for a special conversation with the national bestselling author that will take place on the evening of Thursday, October 4, 2018, in the library’s Yeager Room.

Davis has established herself as a master of crafting captivating novels about historical New York City. In her fiction, readers are introduced to iconic New York City landmarks (the Barbizon Hotel for Women in her debut novel, The Dollhouse, and The Dakota in her second novel, The Address), through the eyes of women whose lives were transformed by their experiences within the institutions. With meticulous research, dazzling prose, intriguing characters, and an element of mystery, Davis entertains as she enriches readers’ knowledge of bygone eras through a female lens.

This August, she returns with The Masterpiece (Dutton; on sale starting August 7, 2018), sweeping readers into the glamorous lost art school within Grand Central Terminal, where two very different women, fifty years apart, strive to make their mark on a world set against them. The Masterpiece opens in 1928 with Clara Darden, a talented and ambitious illustrator and the only female teacher at the lauded Grand Central School of Art, which was founded by the painters Edmund GreacenWalter Leighton Clark, and John Singer Sargent in 1924 and enrolled as many as 900 students a year before closing in 1944.

“Unlike my previous novels, two characters in The Masterpiece are inspired by actual people, former instructors at the Grand Central School of Art,” Davis said. “Arshile Gorky was an abstract expressionist painter who led a large and ultimately tragic life, while illustrator Helen Dryden was considered the highest-paid woman artist in the early 1930s before mysteriously disappearing. The duo provided a jumping-off point to explore the role of women artists at that time and capture an art world and a city in flux, caught between the heady Jazz Age and the depths of the Depression.”

A second timeline in the book takes place in 1974 when the very existence of Grand Central Terminal was threatened. Developers went to court to reverse its landmark status so they could plop an enormous skyscraper on top. Support for preserving the building was tenuous, as the city was almost bankrupt, the terminal a faded glory. The fight to save the building, led by Bronxville’s own Brendan Gill, longtime writer for The New Yorker, and the inimitable Jackie Kennedy Onassis (who makes a brief appearance or two in the novel), informs the story of Virginia Clay, a former socialite fallen on hard times who is forced to take a job in the information booth.

“The novel touches upon issues dear to me: how women’s voices and agency have changed over time, the importance of the arts in our lives, and the hidden stories within New York’s historic skyline,” Davis said.

The novel will be available for sale at Womrath Bookshop on Pondfield Road. For further information, contact the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library at  CLOAKING .   

Pictured here:  The Bronxville Public Library

Photo by A. Warner

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes press releases, statements, and articles from local institutions, officeholders, candidates, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

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