Andrea Larson

Andrea Larson

Andrea Larson works as a Readers' Advisor at Cook Park Library and loves to connect great people with great books.  She'll read or watch pretty much anything (except horror -- she's kind of a wimp that way).  She's currently working on her Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

This moving memoir, Fuller’s third, traces her departure from her native Africa for the United States and the eventual unraveling of her marriage to American travel guide Charlie Ross. As she works through the heartbreak of her loss, she senses her s...
In A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler shows us once again that she is a master of domestic fiction. Her knack for capturing characters and making them not just real, but recognizable, is outstanding. And she absolutely nails dialogue. Take, for examp...

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  I love audiobooks. In fact, sometimes I find myself wishing my commute to work were longer so I could listen to more stories! Audiobooks even make housecleaning seem fun. And did you know that at CMPLD, there are two different ways of getting...
I really enjoyed this novel of Old Hollywood. It’s set during the shooting of Gone with the Wind in 1939, and you can’t get more classic than that. Alcott has researched her topic in detail and brings to life the manic, exacting producer David O. Sel...

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My nine-year-old son says winter is his favorite time of year, because it’s good for snuggling. I couldn’t agree more. One of the best things to do on a cold winter’s day is to curl up with a child/dog/cat (really doesn’t matter which, although the p...
  Eighty-three-year-old Etta Kinnick abruptly leaves the Saskatchewan farm she has shared for more than fifty years with her husband, Otto. Leaving behind a brief note, she begins walking to the east coast of Canada, more than th...
The Girl on the Train is a twisty psychological thriller featuring some very unreliable narrators. Rachel is a washed-up, alcoholic thirty-something who creates a fantasy about a couple she sees out the window of her daily train ride into London. In ...

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  As my colleagues at the library know, every year I set aside the month of December for reading holiday books. No literary fiction; no memoirs; no keeping up with the latest hot titles; just good old-fashioned Christmas stories. So here’s the ...
This is a mystery novel set within the confines of a ward (or congregation) in the Church of Latter Day Saints, and the Mormon culture plays a defining role in the story. Without the religious backdrop, the plot would seem ordinary: a housewife finds...

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  This was the response I got when I told people I was going to Bouchercon, otherwise known as the World Mystery Convention, in Long Beach, California. It’s called Bouchercon in honor of Anthony Boucher, a distinguished mystery and science fict...
  Station Eleven is one of those books that you can’t just read; you have to talk about it. Right away. In fact, that’s the reason I picked it up when I did – a friend had just finished it and told me I had to dive in, just so we could discuss ...
If you're like me, a sucker for singer-songwriters, check out this album from Australian artist Vance Joy.  His single "Riptide" got good airplay earlier this year, and the album (his first) is a great follow-up. Click the album cover to borrow...

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Ever thought much about elephants? If you’re like me, probably not – but this fascinating book will put them right at the top of your mind. Leaving Time is one of those works of fiction that teaches you volumes about a non-fiction topic that you didn...
This may be one of my favorite book titles ever. After all, isn’t it what we all wish for? And if you’re a Father Tim fan, you’ll know that he has, in fact, gotten this wish. He’s finally back in Mitford, the idyllic North Carolina mountain town that...

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Are you a mystery reader? If so, I highly recommend Julia Keller, author of the Bell Elkins mystery series. Her books, A Killing in the Hills (2012) and Bitter River (2013), are atmospheric, literary, and utterly engaging. The series centers around B...
  Liane Moriarty’s best-selling 2013 novel The Husband’s Secret was a big hit among our library patrons, and I think Big Little Lies will be equally popular -- it's a great read. Moriarty has a gift for addressing big issues with a light touch,...
This book is hilarious, unnerving, irreverent, honest, and did I mention hilarious? An essayist for The Atlantic magazine and an NPR radio commentator, Tsing Loh has never shied away from addressing very personal stuff, and this book is no exception....
This is a graphic memoir by Roz Chast, longtime cartoonist for the New Yorker. With words, photos and illustrations, Chast describes the experience of caring for her aging parents with brutal honesty and plenty of humor. This isn't a pleasant topic, ...
Elin Hilderbrand came to speak at Aspen Drive last week, and she was so impressive: a strong, inspiring woman who came out to Chicago for her book tour despite a recent cancer diagnosis and mastectomy! Even if she had canceled her visit, though, I wo...

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First off, it’s because her name is “Rainbow.” How cool is that? How could you ever get mad at someone named “Rainbow?” You’d just end up smiling every time you said her name! Second, her books are outstanding. Along with authors like John Green, sh...