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August 2018 Staff Picks

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Eileen

unbrokenUnbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
You may think you know this story, but you’d be wrong. Louis Zamperini, former Olympian, spent 47 days drifting on an open raft in the Pacific Ocean in 1943, and 2 years as a Japanese prisoner of war. But an even greater trial awaited at home. Laura Hillenbrand battled her own debilitating illness to bring us this story of endurance and grace.

 

Katherine

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)Scythe by Neal Shusterman
An engaging, fast, interesting read. Death has been conquered – but the people still need to die on an Earth with limited resources.  While a benevolent AI oversees a nearly perfect society, “reaping” human lives is left solely in the hands of a group of people called Scythes. Scythes are supposed to be of the highest moral fibre, but they are not immune to corruption. This book aimed at teens and is a nominee for the NH Flume Award, but has enough depth and action to satisfy adult readers. Extremely well written, this is recommended to anyone who enjoys sci-fi and/or action novels.

 

Sarah

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” So begins the haunting tale of Rebecca. Told from the perspective of an unnamed 2nd wife, referred to only as Mrs. de Winter, who has been married to the mercurial Mr. Maxim de Winter and moved to his estate, Manderley. Before she becomes the second Mrs. de Winter, she is an orphan from modest means who is employed to a well connected, but tactless old woman who comes from wealth. While on a trip they run into Maxim who is a friend of the woman’s nephew. Maxim finds himself charmed and ends up proposing a quick marriage to the young girl. Once established at his estate, she realizes that she is most unwelcome. The housekeeper continues to be loyal to Rebecca although she is deceased. As the new Mrs. de Winter begins to try to sort out what caused Rebecca’s demise and experiences what she thinks is Rebecca haunting her, she starts to question her sanity and her role as wife and lady of the house. This is a true gothic, replete with an easily-influenced heroine, volatile lover, crumbling mansions, and ghostly mysteries. Don’t let our old copy turn you off, the writing is so vivid you won’t forget it. If you like Kate Morton, Diane Setterfield, Henry James, or the Brontë sisters you might just get swept away by this edge-of-your-seat classic. 

 

Cheryl

pure seaglassPure Sea Glass by Richard LaMotte

Feet in the sand, wind in the hair, both delightful prerequisites for an early morning hunt for beach glass! In his book, Pure Sea Glass, author Richard LaMotte shares with us a detailed look at sea glass finds, from chunks of bottles to tiny shards of blue and green glass all tumbled and tossed by ocean waves for years beyond our ages!  The book is an informative guide to the possible history of the shards and fragments the author has collected, as beautifully photographed by Celia Pearson.  You will most certainly enjoy the richness and beauty of this book.  See you at the beach!

 

Elizabeth

vinegar girlVinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

This book is an absolutely charming read with interesting, every-day, characters with flaws and funny quirks that end up in a very peculiar situation. The story is written as a retelling of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” and brings the brilliant old tale back to life and into more modern times. With this new version Anne Tyler takes a look into the life of Kate, a woman, stuck in a “dead-end” assistant teaching job, and boring repetitive life with a widowed father who is brilliant but absent-minded, and a pretty boy-crazy, but less than intelligent little sister who she now has to care for. Kate ends up on a sort of voyage of self-discovery and emotion as she finds her way through the new complicated situation of helping her father and his treasured research assistant with an expiring visa, and maybe creating a new life that she wants to be a part of along the way. The comedic and touching journey this book brings to life in its pages is sure to light up any free summer days you have, rain or shine!

 

Kelly

meet cuteMeet Cute by Jennifer Armentrout, et. al. 

“A scene in which a future romantic couple meets for the first time” is the definition of a “meet cute”, and this novel is full of them. From two girls falling in love over a delayed flight, to a boy finding love on his way to Mars, to a girl statistically calculating the chances of meeting a boy on the street, this novel has something for everyone. Maybe you need a reminder that even after heartbreak, you can find love or that you deserve to feel beautiful in whatever you wear or that your identities are valid. This novel will be that sign. Finally, the collection of authors each have their own way of telling their love stories that will keep you entertained until the last page.

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July 2018 Staff Picks

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Eileen

The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer
The Guest Cottage was my introduction to the wonderful world of Nantucket summer fiction. You get all the amazing descriptions of the play places of the wealth and semi-wealthy. I could almost take you on a tour! Sophie Anderson is on an island for the summer with her two teenagers, contemplating divorce. Trevor Black and his young son are mourning the loss of wife and mother. Sophie and Trevor have accidentally rented the same house. As the summer goes on, they wonder if a guest cottage is all they want to share.

 

Katherine

Death Watch (The Undertaken, #1)Death Watch by Ari Berk
After his father’s sudden disappearance, Silas is forced to take on his role as an Undertaker, with the responsibility of bringing peace to dead souls still trapped on Earth. This entrancing YA novel is both fantasy and mystery: Silas has many secrets to uncover about his father’s work and disappearance. Creepy and beautiful, this is recommended for those who want to get lost in a dark, magical world.

 

 

Sarah

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
If you were told the date of your death, what would you do with your life? Set in 1969 New York, the Gold Children are coming of age and have heard rumor of a fortune teller who can tell anyone the date of their death, so the siblings sneak out and seek their fortunes. Years later, they have traversed life into adulthood but the memory of their shared secret and what was said still haunts them. In alternating chapters their lives, choices, and fortunes play out. Will they be able to change what was predicted for them? Can they save each other? A moving exploration of beliefs, familial bonds, and love spanning the backdrop of decades of social change.

 

Cheryl

How to Raise Monarch Butterflies by Carol Pasternak

Wings aflutter, I delight in the seemingly carefree flight of the butterfly in the garden. She pauses from flower to flower, in search of the most flavorful nectar. Her time with us is limited to a brief few weeks, but her beauty in the garden is majestic and magical.

I am reminded of the many butterfly releases I have enjoyed with children over the years, and wanted to bring this book to mind. It is a delightful and informative book that teaches young and old how to raise Monarch Butterflies. In New Hampshire it is the late summer generation of Monarchs that hatches in September and October, and prepares for its migration to Mexico, a place it has never been. Such is the wonder of nature!

For young and old, from searching for the milkweed plants, to the awe of the hatch and release, this experience is a most memorable family experience, and will delight all.

If this book ignites your interests (and I hope it does) you may want to mark the following on your calendar:  The 6th Annual Monarch Festival will be held on 9/8/18, rain or shine, at Petals In the Pines in nearby Canterbury.  A great family event!

 

Elizabeth

The Vampire is Just Not That Into You by Vlad Mezrich

The Vampire is Just Not That Into You is a ridiculous and comical read made from the sort of joining of “He’s Just Not into You” and “Twilight” with a quiz book format twist. It’s full of all of the ever important do’s and don’ts of dating a vampire, and has guidelines for the hard moments, like initially identifying real vampire’s profiles from the posers, and introducing them to your parents. If you are looking for a quick and funny read this book just might be for you!

 

 

Kelly

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

“Hello. I’m calling from Death-Cast. I regret to inform you that sometime in the next twenty-four hours you’ll be meeting an untimely death. On behalf of everyone here at Death-Cast, we are so sorry to lose you. Live this day to the fullest, okay.”

Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio both received this message from the death predicting service “Death-Cast” while in rather different scenarios. Mateo gets his while lying in his bed, thinking of his father who is in a coma. Rufus gets his while beating his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend into a pulp. Mateo accepts his call filled with anxiety and Rufus accepts his with rage. The two spend half of their days doing what they would do normally; Mateo cleaning his house and exploring CountDowners, (a website for Deckers, those predicted to die), and Rufus hanging out and celebrating with his loving friends, The Plutos. In a random stroke of luck, the two boys meet on an app called Last Friends that specializes in finding a final friend for people on the verge of death to share their last day with. The boys meet up and begin to explore their town with fresh eyes, going to restaurants, parks, and clubs, and visiting friends and family. As the day winds down to their eminent demise, the boys begin to realize that “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live” (Marcus Aurelius).

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June 2018 Staff Picks

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Eileen

Falling Into the Mob by Steve Zousmer
Like Oceans 11? This dark comedy of life in the mob is intriguing. Phil Vail is 59 years old and almost resigned to his humdrum existence – until he meets the daughter of a mob boss on a train. Phil is pitchforked into an impossible situation and learns he has a knack for the criminal life. Meanwhile, his respectable speech-writing job suddenly changes as his client contemplates a run for President. A throwback tale for fans of Donald Westlake and Lawrence Block.

 

Katherine

One of Us Is LyingOne of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
Inspired by The Breakfast Clubwith the addition of a dead body. Very well done! Full of secrets and intrigue. One of those books that are hard to put down, and you can’t wait to find out what happens next. Recommended if you like teen dramas or mysteries.

 

 

Sarah

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
Serabai, an upper-middle class Parsi woman, and Bhima, Serabai’s Hindu servant have built an unlikely friendship based on decades of trust, devotion, and shared secrets as women in troubled marriages. Thrity Umrigar deftly explores the notions of gender, class, marriage, and power through their relationship and the relationship of their children and grandchildren. I just finished reading this for the second time and it was as good as the first time! The sequel is coming out in June. I would highly recommend this book to fans of Jodi Picoult, Jhumpa Lahiri, Anne Rivers Siddons, Lisa See, and Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie.

 

Cheryl

Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer
Addiction is…just like love – in the early moments, you don’t see the potential for it to bring you pain-it’s something you slide into between laughs and smiles and moments of bliss.  It’s something that feels like a shield, until you realize it’s actually a warhead, and it’s pointed right at you.

This is a beautiful novel about two sisters; one a successful physician and the other sister homeless, pregnant and addicted to drugs. Through parallel views of Lexie and Annie, Lexie in the present and Annie by journal entries, we learn of a heartbreaking story of addiction, and of a family love that is stretched. We are challenged to widen our views of addiction, and learn of Alabama’s tough drug laws that disproportionately target pregnant women who are addicted. Annie risks up to 10 years in prison should she seek urgent medical assistance for a pregnancy at risk, and Lexie again anguishes over the care and love for her sister and the unborn child.

I loved this book from beginning to end!  The author writes a captivating story that found me in my favorite chair by the window, with a “please do not disturb” post nearby!

 

Kelly

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Alice Crewe is anything but normal. With a past of moving from city to city chased by bad luck, she has learned that she is destined for a life of misfortune. Adding to her abnormality is a lady by the name of Althea Proserpine, a niche celebrity author who happens to be Alice’s grandmother. When news of her death hits Alice’s family of two (featuring Alice and her story-less mother, Ella), things begin to change. Firstly, her mother, stepfather of a few weeks, and stepsister go missing with only a storybook page left as a clue. The page? A title page from Althea’s only book Tales From The Hinterland, “Alice-Three-Times”. With no idea where to turn, she approaches rich boy, superfan, Ellery Finch. The two set off to discover what happened to Alice’s family and along their way, discover that Althea’s stories of murder, magic, and bloodshed may have been truer to life than once thought.

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May 2018 Staff Picks

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Eileen

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
I liked it so much, I read it twice! What was it about Frank Lloyd Wright that made Mamah Borthwick Cheney abandon her husband, 2 children, and her literary ambitions? What was it about her that made him abandon his 20 year marriage and 6 children? And did it make them happy? I truly enjoy these sneak peeks into fictionalized versions of famous people from history.
For fans of Paula McLain, Melanie Benjamin, and Marie Benedict.

 

Katherine

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty
It’s a classic closed-room murder mystery…. in space! With clones! A wonderful blend of two very different genres, and not like anything I’ve read before. If you like Poirot and Star Trek, you might like this. Or if you want something fun, intelligent, and different.

 

Sarah

Nutshell by Ian McEwan
An unborn child overhears a secret plot between his adulterous mother and his uncle, but being unborn what can he do? In the meantime he becomes a connoisseur of fine wine, continues to listen in on his mother’s daily life, ruminates on his fate and the powers he has to alter it, starts to develop opinions about his duplicitous relatives, and begins to plot. Ian McEwan nails this ingenious riff on Shakespeare’s Hamlet and while the tone is dark, it is leavened with plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor. Absurd and brilliant and unlike anything I have read.

 

Cheryl

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
This book takes you to remote regions of Alaska when a Vietnam veteran impulsively moves his family to a property left to him by a fallen comrade.  It is not a gentle book – war is not gentle, and the Allbrights, Cora, Ernt, and thirteen year old daughter Leni turn to Alaska to escape the brokenness of their world. As the family arrives in Alaska unprepared for living rough, Ernt continues to plummet into the darkness of PTSD. This is a story of survival of family, and of a love that is never free from the emotional scars of war.

 

Kelly

trials of apolloThe Trials Of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
Apollo is known as the Greek god of music, archery, the sun, medicine… what can’t this guy do? In the eyes of his godly father, Zeus, the one thing he can’t do is behave. In this novel, the multifaceted god is kicked from his immortal home on Mount Olympus and into the world of mortals after he betrays his father one too many times. The once handsome, brave, talented (need I go on) god is sentenced to life as a curly-haired, acne-faced teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. He concludes that he must find a way to gain back his father’s love, so he sparks up a partnership with the powerful street rat Meg McCaffrey and sets his sights on Camp Half-Blood. After his perilous journey, (featuring meeting his own children and fighting giant ants), he discovers that campers have been disappearing. Lester decides to take it upon himself to save them from their captor; the vicious immortal, Emperor Nero.

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March 2018 Staff Picks

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Eileen

evictedEvicted: Poverty and profit in the American city by Matthew Desmond
This book doesn’t need any praise from me. It was on every bestseller and awards list of 2016. Matthew Desmond dives deep into complicated issues of poverty and homelessness in the United States today. We look through the lens of life choices made by eight individuals in Milwaukee over about two years. With great empathy, Desmond shows how hard it can be to make those choices and how frustrating limitations can be. It’s all brought to vivid life and there’s a fascinating chapter about the way the research was done.

Katherine

BlanketsBlankets by Craig Thompson
 This graphic novel/memoir, despite its large size, is still a quick read. It’s a little hard to say how much is novel and how much is memoir. It says it is “based on personal experiences… and certain characters, places, and incidents have been modified in service of the story.” Regardless, it’s really good and really well done. The artwork beautifully complements the story, adding mood, telling more, helping it along. It’s tender and moving, and tugs at your heartstrings. It’s a coming of age story, of the struggles of first love and coming to terms with the religion you were raised with.

Already read it? Try Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi or Ghost World by Daniel Clowes.

Sarah

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is a loner and that’s the way she likes it! She goes to work, comes home, has some vodka and freezer pizza, does her crossword puzzle, occasionally talks on the phone with her abusive jailbird-mother, and doesn’t want to bother with the rest of humanity. When her routine is interrupted by an elderly gentleman lying ill on a sidewalk, she is forced to interact with her coworker who leads her on a journey into the world of the heart. This journey brings Eleanor to the realization that not all is as she thought, and face to face with a past she must make peace with. Check this book out if you enjoyed A Man Called Ove or any of Fredrick Backman’s books, Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, or Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig. Also check this out if you like quirky but lovable characters, or uplifting and humorous books with happy endings!

Cheryl

Will's red coat Will’s Red Coat: The story of one old dog who chose to live again
by Tom Ryan

“Life has a strange way of leading you where you need to be.”  – Tom Ryan
On this snowy day home and hearth were welcoming.  I reached for Will’s Red Coat, a book I had not yet considered reading but had thrust into my book bag “just in case!”
Life and a snow storm indeed led me where I needed to be!  This book is about the author, Tom Ryan, and a discarded little dog.  Will, aged,  frightened, deaf and mostly blind, was left at a kill shelter because its elderly and frail owners were no longer able to provide care.  And so begins a tale (tail) of something akin to Felix and Oscar, as this little dog, angry, frail, and a fierce biter, takes up residency with Tom and Atticus in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
This is much more than a story of a man and his dog; rather it is an inspiring reflection of the author’s extraordinary outlook on life. He is a gentle spirit. Tom Ryan writes vividly about nature, about the White Mountains, about life, and about abundant blessings shared.
For me, the sign of a good book is a book that longs to be read again and again.  I returned this book to the library, and purchased my very own copy, to savor for the many more snow days to come!

Kelly

carry onCarry On: The rise and fall of Simon Snow by Rainbow Rowell

Harry Potter fan-fiction is rarely good, but this reiteration takes the universe and retells it in the perfect fashion. Simon Snow takes the role of the Chosen One, with impeccable power and an arch nemesis; The Insidious Humdrum. Alongside his best friend Penelope Bunce, questionably loyal girlfriend Agatha Wellbelove, and suspicious roommate Tyrannus Basilton Grimm-Pitch, Simon attends Watford School of Magicks. While taking classes and living the crazy life of a teenager, Simon must harness his powers to fight evil and save the World of Mages. Throughout this story, Simon encounters dangerous tasks, beautiful romances, and the occasional ultimate sacrifice.

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Staff Picks February 2018

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Eileen

The Girl Before by JP Delaney

Every thriller claims to be a Gone Girl read-alike, but this one actually is. One Folgate Street, London is architect Edward Monkford’s masterpiece. Living in such a wonder requires a few sacrifices – ones Jane is prepared to make. Moving in after a personal tragedy, Jane soon becomes intrigued by the untimely death of Emma, the house’s previous tenant. Interest turns to obsession until Jane may suffer the same fate as the girl before.

 

Katherine

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
A young adult fantasy novel about the conflicts between those with Red blood and those with Silver. The Reds are the common people, while the Silver are the magical ruling class. But it turns out that Mare Barrow, the protagonist, has power as well. Problems and romance ensue.  An entertaining, well-written, and fast-paced read. It’s fairly lightweight – not heavy literature by any sense – but just so much fun. Full of adventure with plenty of twists and turns.

Recommended for readers of The Selection by Kiera Cass, the Game of Thrones series, and there’s a touch of the Hunger Games in there too.

 

Sarah

Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers, art by Shawn Harris

Lady Liberty is covered with a copper sheath that is as thick as 2 pennies. She was first assembled in France, disassembled and shipped, and then reassembled in the United States. She stands 150 feet tall, wears a size 879 shoe, and weighs 450,000 lbs. The spikes on her crown represent Earth’s seven seas, seven continents, and the rays of the sun. But have you noticed her right foot? With playful and informative text and brightly colored illustrations, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris bring us an insightful story about the Statue of Liberty and the symbolism behind the Statue of Liberty’s right foot.

 

Cheryl

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

This book is one of my recent favorites!   A short, somewhat simplistic, yet beautifully written novel about aging, second chances, and companionship.  In this story septuagenarian widow, Addie, reaches out to her neighbor, a widower, to ward off loneliness at night.   It is a wonderful book; touching, beautiful, sad – full of grace and truth.

This book was edited posthumously by Haruf’s wife.  I am sad that we won’t have any more books from Kent Haruf, but this, his last, is a true treasure.  Read if for yourself, your parents, or grandparents, it is both thought provoking and important.  It is a story that will linger.

 

Kelly

New Boy by Tracy Chevalier

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Shakespeare’s Othello took place in a sixth grade classroom in the 1970s? This book explains just that. The characters from the famous play are aged down and given all new backstories as they work their way through a day of school. Featuring Othello as Osei the son of a Ghanaian diplomat, Desdemona as Dee the classic “good girl” with a crush on the new boy, and Iago as Ian the good-for-nothing bully with a king-like hold on the playground. Osei faces racial discrimination from his white classmates and teachers, Dee discovers a forbidden love, and Ian finally learns what it means to stand up for something, even if it’s pure evil. This novel shows that children have the ability to hate, love, and act the same way adults do. They can be cunning and wicked or loving and naive. Though fast-paced, this book takes in a diverse range of characters and produces a story that no one would ever believe unless it was told by Shakespeare himself.

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Staff Picks January 2018

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Eileen

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Better than Before: Mastering the habits of our everyday lives by Gretchen Rubin

Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin

I personally love to start in January with a whole bright list of New Year’s resolutions. Gretchen Rubin is a best-selling author and pod-caster who “studies happiness, good habits, and human nature.” In this book she discusses forming, changing, and keeping habits and why what works for one person may not work for someone else. If you find this kind of topic as fascinating as I do, you may want to also try authors who publish similar works such as Susan Cain, Angela Duckworth, Malcolm Gladwell, or anyone shelved in the 150s in our non-fiction section.

 

 

Katherine

And I Darken
And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I Darken by Kiersten White
Very interesting. Strong characters who are sympathetic despite major flaws (such as being rather ruthless and vicious). Historical fiction is kind of a loose term for it – it takes many liberties with history, the major one being imagining Vlad the Impaler as a teenage girl.  Nevertheless, it’s very engaging and kept me up til 2 am. There’s lots of rich detail in the setting, but the plot keeps moving.  Features drama, intrigue, romance, you name it.  An excellent choice for fans of Game of Thrones.  Just don’t expect vampires – this isn’t that Dracula.

 

Sarah

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Ginny Moon is an unlikely and unique narrator! Placed in the foster care system from a young age and diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Ginny is finally in her forever home but something is still not quite right! Ginny has memories of leaving behind something or someone very important, but no one will believe her, so she carefully plans a mission to set the record straight. Ginny Moon was very hard to put down – it had both lovable and unlikable characters that brought so much intrigue and tension to Ginny’s journey and story. If you enjoyed Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, or books with themes of family, quirky narrators, and are mildly suspenseful then this book might be for you! The author, Benjamin Ludwig, lives in New Hampshire and adopted a teenager who has ASD. His journey with his adopted daughter and his time spent with families at the Special Olympics provided his inspiration for the story.

Ann

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Under the Dome by Stephen King

Under the Dome by Stephen King

This was a very interesting read! Under the Dome has many twists and turns that will surprise you until the end. The story reveals how some small town people have very big secrets and how much they will do to keep those secrets and to keep the power that they have.

 

 

Kelly

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Shadow Moon has been released from prison due to the death of his wife; Laura. On his journey home he meets a man that’s just like everyone else, apart from the small detail that he’s a god. “Mr. Wednesday” offers a job to Shadow, a “don’t ask any questions and do what I tell you” kind of job. He takes the offer, not yet knowing he’s joining a war of epic proportions. He’s fighting on the side of the Old Gods, brought over by hundreds of years worth of immigrants. His target? The New Gods of America, like Media and Technology. Alongside Mr. Wednesday and a whole cast of other godly powerhouses, Shadow must find his own path and learn what (and who) he stands for. Though not for the weak of heart, this novel takes everything we think we know about world mythology and turns it on its head.