Say Nothing -- Patrick Radden Keefe

Staff Pick

 In 1972 during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, a group of intruders abducted Jean McConville, the 38 year old mother of ten, and she was never seen again.  It was not until 2003 that her remains were unearthed on a beach.  Then, in 2013, Dolours Price died.  She was a front line soldier for the IRA, who, in a secret oral history project had confessed to her involvement in the death of Jean McConville. But at the heart of this story is Gerry Adams, who ordered the killing.  This is a chilling story, superbly told by an award winning New Yorker staff writer.

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland By Patrick Radden Keefe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385521314
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Published: Doubleday - February 26th, 2019

The Peacock Feast -- Lisa Gornick

Staff Pick

 In 1916 Louis C Tiffany held a peacock feast where children dressed as miniature chefs served silver platters of roasted peacock decorated with their own plumage.  The repercussions of this vulgar extravaganza carry across generations, in the lives of Tiffany's daughter Dorothy and more importantly, in the family of Tiffany's head gardener - his daughter Prudence,( who is 101 at the beginning of the novel) her brother Randall and his family.  The story takes us from the Guided Age in New York to Anna Freud’s consultation room, to a hippie commune in California and even to Paris. This is a beautifully written, intelligent novel  with a range and complexity that is almost impossible to summarize.

The Peacock Feast: A Novel By Lisa Gornick Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374230548
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - February 5th, 2019

Do Not Say We Have Nothing -- Madeleine Thien

Staff Pick

 This extraordinarily powerful, painful and exquisitely written novel concerns the Cultural Revolution in China and the fallout across generations, including the 1989 student protests and massacre in Tiananmen Square.  It's about music and the influence of Western composers on a circle of Chinese musicians at the Shanghai Conservatory.  It's about friendship, love and loss, and the power of music written, practiced, but never heard.  Most significantly, it's about a secret Book of Records, copied and recopied, each time newly encoded with Chinese characters holding hidden meanings, so as to record their stories. And when you read the stories of Sparrow, Kai, Zhuli, Ai-Ming and others, I’m certain you’ll never forget them. 

Do Not Say We Have Nothing: A Novel By Madeleine Thien Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393354720
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 3rd, 2017