Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln
by Janis Cooke Newman
Recommended by Julia Sjoberg
Historical fiction about the life of Mary Todd Lincoln, who was ultimately committed to an insane asylum after the assassination of her husband. It’s written in first-person and interesting to speculate: Was she or wasn’t she crazy? In any event, her story is a tragic one. Only one of her four children lived to adulthood, and the remaining son was cold and unloving.
Welcome to the Great Mysterious
by Lorna Landvik
Recommended by Carrie Brunsberg
I’ve always been a fan of Lorna Landvik’s books because of their charming characters and uncommon story lines. I’d connected so well with the characters in this book that they had me laughing out loud one moment and crying the next.
by Juliette Fay
Recommended by Mary Severson
Janie is left a widow with two young children at the age of 38 when her husband is killed in a motorcycle accident. Torn by grief, she pushes away everyone who tries to help her.
Recommendations from librarians at the Hennepin County Library–Eden Prairie