Your Neighbors Recommend...July 2022

Ever been curious what your neighbors are reading or watching? Here are just some of their suggestions! As we receive more recommendations, we'll post them here on the AFL Blog.

If you would like to suggest something you've loved to your neighbors, fill out our Your Neighbors Recommend form!

The Kew Garden Girls

by Posy Lovell

"Based on true events. It tells the story of women who worked in the Kew Gardens of London during WWI. It centers on a young girl and a lady who are very different but bonded by the suffragette movement. Interesting story."

We Are Okay

by Nina Lacour

"It's sad, the main character ran away to deal with her grief and now she's hosting her ex-friend (def more than friend) over Holiday Break and they're gonna have to talk about things. So I would recommend reading if you're looking to feel something. Also maybe bring the tissues."

The Big Door Prize

by M.O. Walsh

"Most books might be described by their plot or events. This book, however, is best described as an examination of people, their feelings, motivations, secret thoughts, and, somewhat, of small town life. That's not to say that there isn't a plot, or that nothing happens, because there is and things do. The characters felt so real, so fully rendered—it was a really interesting examination of people, in an entertaining way."

The Last Bookshop in London

by Madeline Martin

"Inspired by true events about the last bookshops in London during the Blitz of WWII. Grace moves to London for a more exciting life. She gets a job in an old dusty bookshop with a cranky owner. Then the war begins and life changes dramatically."

The Guncle

by Steven Rowley

"This was a great vacation read: overall light, but not just fluff; easy to read but engaging; funny and witty. There's comedy, but emotional heft too. Patrick is gay, single, and mid-40s and spends the summer taking care of his niece and nephew after their mother (Patrick's best friend in college) dies and their father (Patrick's brother) enters rehab. Patrick knows grief well, and together they muddle through and even enjoy themselves. Sweet moments, but never sappy, and I laughed out loud a few times."

The Last Green Valley

by Mark Sullivan

"I loved his book Beneath a Scarlet Sky and in this book he tells another fascinating true story of the Martel family during WWII."

Hour of the Witch

by Chris Bohjalian

"I've always found books about witch trials throughout history to be interesting, and this one was too—but with a different twist. It centers on a 24-year-old woman married to a much older man who is abusive. She sues him for divorce (virtually unheard of at the time) and I won't give anything away, but—great read."

The Newcomer

by Mary Kay Andrews

"A sister finds her older sister dead in her apartment. She always said if anything happened to her to take her young daughter Maya someplace safe. Also that it was probably her boyfriend who killed her. They go to a small seaside hotel in Florida…..then the story begins. It’s a great story."

The Kitchen Front

by Jennifer Ryan

"A novel set in England during WWII, it tells the story of four cooks who enter a cooking competition centered around wartime cooking: making the most of rationing, shortages, and unexpected ingredients. It was a pretty good story, but the most interesting part was the (factual) variety of ways cooks compensated for shortages and rationing."

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