Millenial Collection (opens PDF document)
Books about and for 18- to 25-year-olds who are dealing with college or first jobs, first serious relationships, and other trials of young adulthood. This genre bridges the gap between books for teens and books for adults.
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NIGHT SISTER by Jennifer McMahon
Once the thriving attraction or rural Vermont, the Tower Motel now stands in disrepair, alive only in the memories of Amy, Piper, and Piper's kid sister Margot. The three played there as girls until the day that their games uncovered something dark and twisted in the motel's past, something that ruined their friendship forever.
Now adult, Piper and Margot have tried to forget what they found that fateful summer until Piper receives a call late one night from Margo with news of a horrific crime for which Amy is accused. As Piper and Margot investigate, a story of two other sisters who lived in the motel during the 1950s unfolds to reveal the secret that would haunt the generations to come. - Terry
THE ROAD FROM COORAIN by Jill Ker Conway
This beautifully written narative of Conway's journey from a girlhood on an isolated sheep-farm in the grasslands of Australia to her departure for America (and eventually the presidency of Smith College) is both new and universal. If few of us have known an eight-year drought in New South Whales, many of us have felt the despair of an ambitious young woman facing constrained female destiny. This book, an extraordinarily gripping and inspiring work, will take its place as one of the few heroic stories of girlhood. - Yvonne
SIMPLICITY PARENTING by Kim John Payne
This book has been really influential in defining our parenting style. Simplify your life - children don't need mountains of toys. Give them fewer options, and they learn to play with and focus deeply on this one thing. If you've ever been overwhelmed by having too many options, the same priciple applies to kids in their daily lives. I listened to the CD in the car, but reading it would be quick and informative as well. - Jessie.
A PLACE TO CALL HOME
A Place to Call Home film series is running through library patrons like wildfire. Set in small-town 1950s Australia, the story develops around the realtionship between a newly arrived nurse who carries scars and sadness fromWWII after her 20 years in Europe, and the widower/heir to a family estate ruled by his iron-fisted mother. Masterfully acted, the film explores the power of family loyalty and betrayal. Hard not to binge-watch this one. The library has seasons 1 and 2. Season 3 is currently under production in Australia. - Denise