Last Train to Babylon by Charlee Fam

Last Train to Babylon by Charlee Fam
"Who put the word fun in funeral? I can't think of anything fun about Rachel's funeral, except for the fact that she won't be there. Aubrey Glass has a collection of potential suicide notes--just in case. And now, five years--and five notes--after leaving her hometown, Rachel's the one who goes and kills herself. Aubrey can't believe her luck. But Rachel's death doesn't leave Aubrey in peace. There's a voicemail from her former friend, left only days before her death that Aubrey can't bring herself to listen to--and worse, a macabre memorial-turned-high-school reunion that promises the opportunity to catch up with everyone...including the man responsible for everything that went wrong between she and Rachel. In the days leading up to the funeral and infamous after party, Aubrey slips seamlessly between her past and present. Memories of friendship tangle with painful new encounters while underneath it all Aubrey feels the rush of something closing in, something she can no longer run from. And when the past and present collide in one devastating night, nothing will be the same again. But facing the future means confronting herself and a shattering truth. Now, Aubrey must decide what will define her: what lies behind . . . or what waits ahead"-- (Publisher Summary)

The Internship

The Intern's Handbook by Shane KuhnThe First Affair by Emma McLaughlinBuried in a Book by Lucy Arlington

The Intern's Handbook by Shane Kuhn
John Lago, New York City's most successful hit man, doubles as an intern at a prestigious Manhattan law firm where he gathers intel to pull of a clean, untraceable hit, but finds his plans thwarted by a sexy FBI agent who is assigned to take down the same law partner he's been assigned to kill. (Publisher Summary)

The First Affair by Emma McLaughlin
A woman recounts her summer internship at the White House during which she engaged in an affair with the president of the United States that, when exposed, destroyed her and the presidency and tries to make sense of her actions and the trauma it wrought for the world and for herself. (Publisher Summary)

Buried in a Book by Lucy Arlington
After losing her job as a journalist at the age of forty-five, Lila Wilkins accepts an internship at A Novel Idea, a thriving literary agency in North Carolina. Being paid to read seems perfect to Lila, although it's difficult with the cast of quirky co-workers and piles of query letters. But when a penniless aspiring author drops dead in the agency's waiting room-and Lila discovers a series of threatening letters-she's determined to find out who wrote him off. (Publisher Summary)

March Madness

Dream Team by Jack McCallumBrave Dragons by Jim YardleyTrue Fans by Dan AustinThe Hoops Whisperer by Idan Ravin

Dream Team by Jack McCallum
The 1992 U.S. team that won the Olympic gold medal is considered by virtually all knowledgeable observers to be the greatest basketball team ever assembled. Consider the roster: Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and Karl Malone are all Hall-of-Famers. Virtually all their teammates are, too. What makes this volume a must-read for nostalgic hoopsters are the robust portraits of the outsize personalities of the participants, all of whom were remarkably open with McCallum. (Booklist *Starred Review* )

Brave Dragons by Jim Yardley
When the Shanxi Brave Dragons, one of China’s worst professional basketball teams, hired former NBA coach Bob Weiss, the team’s owner, Boss Wang, promised that Weiss would be allowed to Americanize his players by teaching them “advanced basketball culture.” That promise would be broken from the moment Weiss landed in China. Desperate for his team to play like Americans, Wang—a peasant turned steel tycoon—nevertheless refused to allow his players the freedom and individual expression necessary to truly change their games. (Publisher Summary)

True Fans by Dan Austin
Three friends bike across America to bestow on the NBA Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., a basketball inscribed by everyday heroes. Based on Austin's documentary which won the People's Choice Award at the Banff Film Festival, the book begins with a sketch of the three pilgrims. Austin and his best friend, Clint, were consumed by basketball; Austin's younger brother Jared was more interested in biking, but willing to go along on their cross country pilgrimage to the "jock shrine". Their journey took them to a number of unusual basketball venues, from a hoop nailed to a barn to a small-town court lit up at night. The story pivots around basketball, but is essentially about the journey and about the kindness of strangers. (Kirkus Reviews)

The Hoops Whisperer by Idan Ravin
As a trainer, Ravin has helped hone the skills of some of pro basketball's biggest names. His arrival at this starry occupation was hardly glamorous. The product of a Conservative Jewish household, Ravin fell in love with basketball as a child and devised his own training regimen. Using that and his experience coaching youth basketball, he began training players while he pursued an unsatisfying law career. Year by year, despite no ties to the NBA hierarchy and a playing career that ended in high school, he attracted high-profile clients willing to pay for his personal, unorthodox training. (Publishers Weekly Reviews)

Librarian Picks

The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb

Relocating to a family farm in Connecticut after surviving the Columbine school shootings, Caelum and Maureen discover a cache of family memorabilia dating back five generations, which reveals to Caelum unexpected truths about painful past events. (Publisher Summary)

East of Eden of John Steinbeck
East of Eden of John Steinbeck

In his journal, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck called East of Eden "the first book," and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth. Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. (Publisher Summary)

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

Accompanying a future famous actress from her Wichita home to New York, chaperone Cora Carlisle shares a life-changing five-week period with her ambitious teenage charge during which she discovers the promise of the twentieth century and her own purpose in life. (Publisher Summary)

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The book about a migrant family seeking a better life in California during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s was not only banned, it was burned by people citing vulgar words and sexual references, nevertheless the Nobel Prize committee later indicated that the work was one of the prime reasons that its author won the top award in literature. (Publisher Summary)

 Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnav
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

On the sixtieth anniversary of the 1942 roundup of Jews by the French police in the Vel d'Hiv section of Paris, American journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article on this dark episode during World War II and embarks on investigation that leads her to long-hidden family secrets and to the ordeal of Sarah, a young girl caught up in the raid. (Publisher Summary)

This Day in History: Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in New York City, March 25 1911

Triangle: The Fire that Changed America by David Von Drehle
Triangle: The Fire that Changed America by David Von Drehle

"It was a profitable business in a modern fireproof building heralded as a model of efficiency. Yet the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York City became the deadliest workplace in American history when fire broke out on the premises on March 25, 1911. Within about 15 minutes the blaze killed 146 workers-most of them immigrant Jewish and Italian women in their teens and early 20s. Though most workers on the eighth and 10th floors escaped, those on the ninth floor were trapped behind a locked exit door. As the inferno spread, the trapped workers either burned to death inside the building or jumped to their deaths on the sidewalk below. Journalist Von Drehle recounts the disaster-the worst in New York City until September 11, 2001-in passionate detail. He explains the sociopolitical context in which the fire occurred and the subsequent successful push for industry reforms, but is at his best in his moment-by-moment account of the fire. He describes heaps of bodies on the sidewalk, rows of coffins at the makeshift morgue where relatives identified charred bodies by jewelry or other items, and the scandalous manslaughter trial at which the Triangle owners were acquitted of all charges stemming from the deaths. Von Drehle's engrossing account, which emphasizes the humanity of the victims and the theme of social justice, brings one of the pivotal and most shocking episodes of American labor history to life. Photos not seen by PW. Agent: Esther Newberg." ~ Publishers Weekly Reviews