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Café Happenings!

Click here for a guide to the stimulating “Nooner” cultural programs we offer in that relaxed, comfortable, sunlit space. “Book Talk” “Music With Sandy” “The Art Scene” The programs are informal and brief, typically 45 minutes long. And the coffee and tea are on the house.

The Perfect Couple

by Elin Hilderbrand Every summer we look forward to visiting Nantucket Island through Elin Hilderbrand's latest book.  Weddings are usually happy events but the Otis-Winbury wedding is beset by tragedy and a mystery.  Her books are always best-sellers and in demand.

The Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck Got an opinion on what’s THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL? If you do, I’d love to hear it…email me at Early on, mid-19th century, Hawthorne’s poetic Scarlet Letter was the consensus pick, followed in later decades by Moby Dick or Huck Finn depending on readers’ preference for psycho drama or humor. During [...]

The Great Alone

by Kristin Hannah The Albright family picks up and moves to the isolation of Alaska in this outstanding novel by Kristin Hannah.  The family is unprepared for the isolation of the long, cold winters and relationship are tested amidst hardship and tragedy.  

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century

by Kirk Wallace Johnson In 2009 an American student named Edwin Trist broke into the British Tring Museum and stole hundreds of rare bird skins that had been collected 150 years before by a colleague of Charles Darwin.  Think this sounds dry - think again!  It's a classic true crime thriller full of obsession and [...]

The Hellfire Club

by Jake Tapper 1950's congressman Charlie Marder comes to  D.C. wanting to do good but quickly learns that everything is not as it seems as he is caught up in backroom deals, secret societies, and a political conspiracy.  Written by the Chief White House Correspondent, this is a gripping political thriller.  

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

by Michelle McNamara Michelle McNamara was a gifted true-crime journalist who spent years investigating a series of murders and rapes attributed to the Golden State Killer.  The book was published posthumously as McNamara died at age 46 as she was writing the book.  The case was solved in April 2018.  

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

by Ruth Ware If you are an Agatha Christine fan and love a good page-turner then you will like the books of Ruth Ware. Her new thriller contains an orphaned heiress, a Gothic mansion, and a disputed inheritance.  The Washington Post review compared it to Daphne Du Maurier's "Rebecca."  

My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton

by  Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie Since the success of the Broadway musical "Hamilton", everyone has been interested in the family of Alexander Hamilton.  This book is a fictional retelling of the life of his wife in the context of war, betrayal, and tragedy.  


by Madeline Miller This book is a bold retelling of the goddess Circe from Homer's " Odyssey. "  It is an interesting interpretation as Circe becomes more multifaceted and a heroine in her own right.   From the author of the widely praised "The Song of Achilles."