August Staff Picks
Miss Austen by Gill Hornby
In March 1840, Cassandra Austen goes to visit the Fowle family and to find letters about her late sister Jane. Being at the vicarage brings back memories for Cassandra. Her friend Isabella tells Cassandra that she must move out following the death of her father. As Cassandra helps her friend pack, she searches and finds the letters, reading them in her room. Flashbacks provide an imitate look of both sisters' lives. I enjoyed reading about Cassandra Austen in her later years. A wonderful and well-researched novel!
Mrs. Lincoln's Sisters by Jennifer Chiaverini
In 1870, Mary Todd Lincoln is in the newspapers for alarming reasons. Her only surviving son Robert Lincoln turns to his aunts for advice. Mary's sisters Elizabeth, Ann, Frances, and Emilie haven't been in touch with her for a long time. What should they do to help their sister? Readers follow the lives of each of the four Todd sisters and their relationships with each other and Mary. I learned a lot about the Todd family. An author's note follows the text. I also recommend the author's earlier novel Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker as a companion read!
~Elisa Babel, Adult Librarian