Greene Book Recommendations
By: Charles Finch
Will Baker, a graduate of Yale and former campaign worker, sets off to earn a master's degree at Oxford in 2005. He is quickly enthralled by the traditions of his new abode. Will makes friends easily with a multi-national group of characters, but he falls hopelessly in love with the English Sophie.
By: Karen Mack, Jennifer Kaufman
The protagonist of this novel is Minna Bernays, sister-in-law of Sigmund Freud. In 1890's Vienna, Minna's options as a young woman are limited to marriage or to a very limited number of professions, including lady's maid or governess. She comes to live with her sister to help with the six young Freud children. Minna is gradually captivated by Sigmund's theories, and as they spend more time together, a physical attraction between them grows as well. This book is the author's interpretation of their affair which had never been confirmed until years after their deaths.
By: Rachel Urquhart
This novel is set in a mid-nineteenth century Shaker community during a period called "The Era of Manifestations." Teenager Polly Kimball and her younger brother are indentured to the Shakers by their mother. Polly is hailed as a visionist by some of the Shakers while others completely mistrust her. As she struggles to adjust to Shaker life, Polly is tormented by two life-altering secrets. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy Urquhart's first novel.
By: Elizabeth Berg
Twelve-year-old Katie lives with her older sister and volatile father in this touching coming of age novel. Set near an army base in Texas in the early 1960's, Katie tries to adjust to life without her mother who has died from cancer. Cheryl-Ann, Katie's older best friend, teaches her about makeup and proper behavior around boys. Katie and her older sister are heartbroken when, once again, they will be forced to move because of their father's military career. Author Elizabeth Berg wrote two later novels featuring the character Katie, The Joy School and True to Form.
Mud Season: How One Woman's Dream of Moving to Vermont, Raising Children, Chickens and Sheep, and Running the Old Country Store Pretty Much Led to One Calamity After Another
By: Ellen Stimson
While on vacation, Ellen Stimson and her husband fall in love with rural Vermont and decide to uproot their three children and a menagerie of pets to live there permanently. They buy an old farmhouse and an old general store. Costly repairs are needed to both structures and reorganizing the general store drives the local customers away. In the midst of their money problems, however, Stimson marvels at the beauty of the Vermont countryside and its wildlife. Humorous misadventures abound in this quaint memoir.