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Manchester Town Employees Read!!

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Manchester Town Employees Read!!

In looking for new book recommendations, we thought Manchester Town Employees would be a great source - and Indeed they are!  Our town employees read a wide selection of material and were happy to share their favorites with us.  Classics, popular fiction, biographies and social commentaries all find their place on this bookmark and we hope that some of these titles will find their way to your "must read" list.

Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott (B Lamott)
Laurie of Info Systems

 

The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury
Marc of Police
(…very entertaining; not to be confused with actual history; almost as good as the DaVinci Code)

 

Cold Fire by Dean Koontz
Jim of Accounting

It’s All About Him: finding the love of my life by Denise Jackson (B Jackson)
Doreen of Customer Service
(…beautiful story of faith, hope and love)


Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier & Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Renee of Police


Return of Another Spring by Columbia Anne Botticello
Katherine of Water
(…the author is Katherine’s aunt and the novel is based in the aunt’s life, with Manchester the setting for much of the story.)
 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowliing
Jan of Human Resources
(…started reading Harry Potter with my kids and continued because they are fun!)

 

Working Poor, Invisible in America by David Shipler (305.569)
Mary of Human Services
(…this may be eye-opening for those who don’t work in Human Services)

 

What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
Karen of Info Systems

 

Wild Fire by Nelson DeMille
Ray of Water and Sewer

 

Tim by Colleen McCullough
Elizabeth of Taxes

 

Rachel and Her Children by Jonathan Kozol (362.5)
Karen of Police Activities League
(…eye-opening account of homelessness, causes and challenges.)

 

Eat, Pray, Love: one woman’s search for everything across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert (B Gilbert)
&
Traveling Mercies: some thoughts on faith by Anne Lamott (B Lamott)
Joyce of Senior Adult and Family Services

 

For One More Day by Mitch Albom
Linda of Field Services
(…I could not put this book down!)

 

Shiver & Twice Kissed by Lisa Jackson
Shakti of Collector’s Office
(…Shiver is a little creepy and disconcerting to read just before bed, but Twice Kissed was a good mystery without giving me the shivers.)

 

The Closers by Michael Connelly
Frank of Registrar’s Office
(…I prefer books of intrigue and mystery by authors such as Cussler, Connelly, Patterson and Rollins.)

 

Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon
Diane of Customer Service
(…I have read all the Mitford series and thoroughly enjoyed them…this one seems to open a whole new set of characters for a future series.)

 

The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
Jennifer of Sanitation

 

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
Nancy of Info Systems

 

The Age of Turbulence: adventures in a new world by Alan Greenspan (B Greenspan)
Jack of Info Systems
(…an insightful view of world economics across the past four presidents from the perspective of the ultimate financial insider.)

 

A Random Walk Down Wall Street: the time-tested strategyfor successful investing by Burton Malkeil (332.6)
John of Police

 

The Way I Found Her by Rose Tremain
Bob of Senior Center
(…story of a 13 year old English boy and the summer he spends in Paris; it’s a good mystery with a great inside look at the real Paris.)

 

The Bell Jar by Syliva Plath
Amy of Senior Adult and Family Services

 

Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult
Kathleen of Accounting
(…develops a very good story line)

 

Last Child In the Woods: saving our children from nature-deficit disorder by Richard Louv (155.4)
Kathy of Recreation

 

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Laurie of Info Systems

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Marilyn of Town Clerk’s Office
(…gives the reader an insight into the lives, traditions and problems in Afghanistan)

 

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Judy of General Services
(…wonderful novel, rich in detail, about magic in England)

 

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah (B Beah)
&
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Milli of Customer Service

 

Wicked: the life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
Laura of Field Services

 

Ice Storm by Anne Stuart
&
All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
Katherine of Town Clerk’s Office
(…Ice Storm is the fourth book in a suspense/romance/thriller series; Anne Stuart is the best! All Together Dead is the latest in the “Southern Vampire” series. It’s sexy, fun and fast paced.)

 

An Innocent Man: murder and injustice in a small town by John Grisham (345.766)
Mary Ann
(…John Grisham reveals injustice and malicious prosecution in the legal system; this is one of Grisham’s best works!)

 

Nickel and Dimed: on (not) getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich (305.569)
&
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (917.9804)
&
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Karen of Recreation

 

Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
Valerie of Human Resources
(…brings history to life. It follows the lives of key Civil War figures, making them easier to understand and giving them a “realness” that is often lost in historical accounts.)
&
Liz of Human Resources
(…a must read novel for any Civil War Buff)

 

Iron Orchid by Stuart Woods
Jim of Water/Sewer
(…anything by Woods is worth the time.)

 

The Rings of My Tree: a Latvian woman’s journey by Jane Cunningham (B Labrencis)
Liz of Recreation
(…the story of a woman who lives in Manchester)

 

Soul Catcher by Michael White
Dede of Administrative Services
(…Michael White is a Connecticut author and this is his 6th book)