Welcome to Langley-Adams Library's Reader's Advisory blog!

For anyone who doesn't know us, we are a small library in Groveland, Massachusetts. We have a small, dedicated staff with all kinds of favorite books to read! 

We will be posting reviews of recommendations of books that we have our library collection as well as information about upcoming titles! No spoilers, we promise! 


The Langley-Adams Library Staff

Orphan Black (TV Series)

Orphan Black follows an outsider and orphan named Sarah. After witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks identical to her, Sarah assumes the stranger's identity. Expecting to solve her problems by cleaning out the dead woman's savings, Sarah is instead thrust into a mystery when she realizes the dizzying truth that she and the dead woman are clones. While searching for answers, she discovers the chilling fact that there are more people like her out there. With no idea who created the clones she'll need to discover the reason in a hurry as an assassin is killing them one by one.*

This show is a science fiction thriller that is fast paced and addictive, by the end of the first episode I was hooked. The lead actress plays multiple complex roles in the show so well that you forget that it is one person. Although it deals with topics such as personal identity, cloning, and morality it also has funny and heartwarming moments. With so many characters there will be at least one …

Saturday Evening Girls Club by Jane Healey

“For four young immigrant women living in Boston’s North End in the early 1900s, escaping tradition doesn’t come easy. But at least they have one another and the Saturday Evening Girls Club, a social pottery-making group offering respite from their hectic home lives—and hope for a better future. Ambitious Caprice dreams of opening her own hat shop, which clashes with the expectations of her Sicilian-born parents. Brilliant Ada secretly takes college classes despite the disapproval of her Russian Jewish father. Stunning Maria could marry anyone yet guards her heart to avoid the fate of her Italian Catholic mother, broken down by an alcoholic husband. And shy Thea is torn between asserting herself and embracing an antiquated Jewish tradition. The friends face family clashes and romantic entanglements, career struggles and cultural prejudice. But through their unfailing bond, forged through their weekly gathering, they’ll draw strength—and the courage to transform their immigrant stories…

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

In the 1800s, Elsie is pregnant and recently widowed. Her late husband Rupert left her his family's estate, which comes with servants, mysteries, and a whole lot of horror. She meets Sarah, who is related to Rupert and fascinated by her family's history. When they find diaries written in the 1600s by Rupert and Sarah's ancestor Anne, Sarah immediately wants to read them.

In alternating chapters, we read Anne's story along with Sarah, finding out the circumstances that led to a tragic and terrifying paranormal horror that she experienced. Meanwhile, we also find out about a related terror Elsie experiences two-hundred years later and what it all leads to. 

Overall, The Silent Companions is a chilling read. It was perfect for the Halloween season, but it's also great for a cold night when you're in the mood for something a little different.
Darcy Lepore Library Director

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Her new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.*

If you read one Morrison novel, let it be this one. Recounts the years following a woman's horrific escape from a plantation that resulted in the murder of her child. This wise and poetic novel muses on a plethora of ideas including: "Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another". A must-read.

Sergei Franson
Library Assistant

*Beloved by Toni Morrison - Goodreads

Ghost: My Thirty Years as an Undercover FBI Agent by Michael McGowan & Ralph Pezzullo

10% of FBI special agents are trained and certified to work undercover. A Fourth of these agents work more than one undercover assignment. By the end of his 30 year long career, Mike McGowan worked more than 50! Luckily for us, after Mike retired, he wrote this fascinating autobiography about his career. A second generation cop, Mike shares how he went from police work to FBI SWAT and later to undercover work.  Mike then lays out some of his biggest cases-from international drug busts, contract killers, corrupt unions, to infiltrating the Russian and Italian mobs (just to name a few).*
Already a fan of The Godfather movies, Donnie Briscoe-you name it, I was curious of the cases Mike worked on. More importantly, how had he survived?! Hooked after reading the first chapter, I found this page turner an eye opening experience.   I totally get why Balboa Productions (owned by Sly Stallone) bought the movie rights. But don’t wait for the movie! Read Mike’s book now. Better yet, come and meet…

Annihilation (Southern Reach #1) by Jeff VanderMeer

The book follows a team of four women (a biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, and a surveyor) who set out into an area known as Area X. The area is abandoned and cut off from the rest of civilization.They are the 12th expedition. The other expeditions have been fraught with disappearances, suicides, aggressive cancers, and mental trauma. This is the first book of the Southern Reach trilogy and won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 2014.*
This is the most original science fiction book I have read this year. It is a thrilling book that borders on horror at times. VanderMeer’s writing is very descriptive with small details that really matter. The book also delivers a cast of complex female characters that are good, bad and everything in between. The story will keep you guessing until the very end.
Kelsey Fitzgerald Library Assistant

*Annihilation (VanderMeer Novel) - Wikipedia