Ask Again Yes book cover, view of a neighborhood and trees from high above

Ask Again, Yes

Mary Beth Keane
Rated by
Megan K.
Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019

Attempting to understand the human experience, and dealing with the aftermath of tragedy is something to which all people can relate. Mary Beth Keane’s novel Ask Again, Yes explores this phenomenon through the Gleeson and Stanhope families- neighbors in a suburb of New York City. The reader is introduced to the parents of both families at the beginning of the novel, and walks through life with their youngest children, Kate Gleeson and Peter Stanhope.

The book cover has four different sections with different colors

Only Child

Rhiannon Navin
Rated by
Colleen O.
Sunday, Jun 3, 2018

Only Child is told by six-year-old Zach Taylor, whose world is turned upside down when a gunman enters his school and kills nineteen children, including his older brother. The author has an uncanny ability to enter the mind of a small child and describe events as only a small child is able. The voice of innocence and wonder, sadness and confusion jumps out of every page as Zach tries to comprehend the tragedy that has befallen his family and the actions and despair of the adults around him, including his parents.


Under the Volcano

Malcolm Lowry
Rated by
Matt C.
Thursday, Oct 20, 2016

British consul, Geoffrey Firmin, is living in Mexico in self-imposed exile, solitary and saturated with liquor. He was once happy, or maybe ne never was. He isn’t sure now that he’s too riddled by alcoholism to even put on his socks. But on this day, The Day of the Dead, 1938, he has a visitor. His wife Yvonne has come to rescue the consul from himself. Maybe she can persuade him to leave Mexico behind and start over with her. Maybe she can salvage their marriage, left in ruins by her string of affairs with Geoffrey’s two best friends – both of whom are there with him in Mexico. They

We Were Liars

E. Lockhart
Rated by
Katie S.
Sunday, Jan 25, 2015

Cadence Sinclair is a high society fifteen-year-old who's family owns Beechwood Island off of Martha's Vineyard. Her grandparents have built each of their three daughters homes on the island so that the whole extended family can come and stay each summer. The three oldest grandchildren - Cadence, Johnny and Mirren - and their friend Gat form an inseparable group called the Liars and spend each summer bounding around the island, until Cadence has an accident and her whole world unravels.

outline of a dog on plain background

Salvage the Bones

Jesmyn Ward
Rated by
Helen H.
Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014

In the days before Hurricane Katrina is to hit Bois Savage, Mississippi, families are preparing their homes for the event as they’ve always done. Young Esch and her brothers have been left to their own devices since their mother’s death as their father is usually too drunk to care for them. One brother struggles to win a coveted scholarship to basketball camp, one dotes on his Pit Bull who has just birthed a liter of valuable puppies, Esch reaches a startling and unwelcome epiphany, and the youngest just gets in everyone’s way.

two people walking away on a beach with a tie-dyed blanket billowing behind them


Elin Hilderbrand
Rated by
Helen H.
Thursday, Oct 17, 2013

In the vein of Laura Moriarity’s The Rest of Her Life or Chris Bojhalian’s The Buffalo Soldier, Hilderbrand puts normal, everyday people under a microscope after throwing a terrible tragedy at them.

The Leftovers

Tom Perrotta
Rated by
Helen H.
Thursday, Apr 4, 2013

In The Leftovers, Perrotta puts human relationships under a microscope, sometimes to chilling effect. The town of Mapleton has never stopped reeling after the Sudden Departure, when large numbers of random people simply vanished into thin air. When the smoke clears, those left behind not only grieve for their friends and family who are suddenly gone, but also wonder why they were spared (or not spared).