What A Wonderful World: April

This year, our theme at the library is What A Wonderful World. We’re focusing on a different color for each month, and April’s is daffodil yellow. To that end, we’re highlighting books at the library with that color (or something close to it) on the cover!

If you enjoy Humorous Domestic Fiction:

Cathleen Schine’s They May Not Mean To, But They Do (2016)*

Part black comedy and part insightful exploration of family dynamics, this novel is the story of Joy, the newly widowed eighty-six-year-old matriarch of a Jewish family. After her husband Aaron’s death, Joy and her two children dance around feelings of guilt about where Joy should live. Should she stay on her own or move in with one of them or go to a nursing home? Joy and her children love each other, but it doesn’t make their decisions any easier, especially when a potential new love interest enters Joy’s life.

*Audiobook also available on Libby.

Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Eleanor Brown and Anne Tyler.

If you love cozy mysteries:

Karen Rose Smith’s Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes (2018)**

Daisy runs a tea shop in the middle of Pennsylvania’s Amish Country with her aunt Iris, and she has a lot on her plate (pun intended). Things get more complicated when Iris begins seeing a man who has a lot of family drama in his life. Then he winds up dead, and Iris is a suspect, and it’s up to Daisy to clear her aunt. This is the first book in a series about Daisy and her tea shop, so if you enjoy it, you’ll have more of Daisy’s adventures to look forward to.

**Ebook also available through Libby.

Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Joanne Fluke.

If you like chick lit:

Sophie Kinsella’s The Undomestic Goddess (2005)***

Samantha makes such an epic mistake at her job as an attorney that she flees the scene. Ending up in a remote area, she is mistakenly offered a job as a housekeeper, which she accepts. Samantha is terribly unskilled at domestic work–she can’t cook or sew–but she starts to learn and even finds love. When her old life finds her, will she even want to go back?

***Ebook also available through Libby.

Recommended for those who enjoy the works of Marian Keyes and Helen Fielding.

If you prefer audiobooks:

Alex Davies’s Driven: The Race to Create the Autonomous Car (2021)

This audiobook chronicles the race to develop driverless cars. It’s a story that is rooted in DARPA Grand Challenges for entrepreneurs and companies to develop driverless cars for use in war zones, though it quickly morphed into a much broader initiative once companies like Google and Uber joined the fray. And along the way, everyone started to realize safe, effective driverless technology wasn’t going to be easy. Davies–who is a transportation reporter for Business Insider–has received a lot of praise for the page-turning narrative he wrote, which balances the storyline with technical information that is not dry or confusing to readers unfamiliar with driverless cars.

Recommended for those who enjoy accessible nonfiction about technology.

What books with daffodil yellow covers are you reading? What are you reading in April? Tell us in the comments! As always, please follow this link to our online library catalog for more information on any of these items or to place them on hold.

Author: berryvillelibrary

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