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Typh’s Picks: FINtastic Fiction

Bookworm and former librarian Typhani Russo is inspiring other readers with her monthly book picks. This month’s theme is FINtastic Fiction – books that would be good to read at the beach!

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 FINtastic Fiction 

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich with Broadway show creators: Steven Levenson,

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Due to the immense popularity of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, Dear Evan Hansen was written as a novel. The book follows main character, Evan Hansen, a teen who feels invisible in high school and would give anything to have his name be known. However, his life spirals out of control because of one little white lie that was meant to help a grieving family. A much-needed story in today’s world, the novel covers a wide range of relevant topics such as mental illness, acceptance, love, and forgiveness. Be sure to listen to the Broadway soundtrack after reading the book!

We are Called to Rise by Laura McBride

If you’re looking for an emotionally charged, thought provoking book, this one is for you. The story focuses on the life of a mother living with the death of her child and ruined marriage, a soldier whose impulse decision impacts all those around him, and a family that fled political persecution in Albania, now trying to survive in America. These three separate lives collide together when a split-second mistake changes each of them forever. Each character suffers through trauma of their own and their stories teach us how to learn from the past and grow from mistakes so we can live fulfilling and meaningful lives.

The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs

If you haven’t gotten enough of the Broadway hit Hamilton, check out The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs. This book is a historical fictional story delving into the lives of two imperfect human beings, Eliza Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton. Not only a history lesson, the book tells the story of how two individuals found love and overcame obstacles during the tumultuous time of the American Revolution. Educational and flawless, The Hamilton Affair is a timeless classic and its characters should be remembered for years to come.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Theodore Decker was only 13 when a tragedy killed his mother in New York. This devastation changes the course of his life through grief, guilt, reinvention and redemption. A painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch is his small piece of hope throughout the book. Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, this beautifully written, coming of age novel is sure to stimulate your mind and touch your soul.

11/22/63 by Stephen King

If you are looking for a book to TV binge, look no further than Stephen King’s 11/22/63. Thoroughly researched, this entertaining story takes us through a portal back to the 1960s. Jake, the main character, is tasked with the nearly impossible mission to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy. For those who have wondered what the world would be like had history been different, look no further than this book. Stephen King intricately shows us the dreamy fashions and lively music of the era, but also paints a portrait of the darker side of society where racism, misogyny, and murder were prominent. An addictive page turner, this book is a must read for all sci-fi, thriller, and historical fiction fans.

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