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Good Reads for Adults from the Naperville Public Library

Looking for a fun read? Talk with Karen T.

Looking for a fun read? Talk with Karen T.

Summertime magic is still a little ways again but you can enjoy books that feature a magical realism now!

Mistress of Spices
by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Once upon a time, a girl was born to a family in India. Although neither beautiful nor wealthy, she none the less became arrogant, obstinate, and merciless — for she possessed magic. Though she wanted love, she knew only how to elicit fear. After causing the destruction of her village, she finds the Old One and discovers her true calling as a Mistress of Spices. Promising never to love anyone or anything above the spices, she dedicates her life and power to helping others as a sorceress of immigrant dreams from an inconspicuous and dilapidated storefront in modern-day Oakland, California. But then temptation comes in the form of an American whose loneliness matches her own. The story weaves back and forth from her present to her past, always with a hint of fragrant and enchanted spices on the air. Divakaruni has woven a modern-day fable about seeking redemption while longing for happiness and love in a world where magic is real, and spiced. The movie version is also excellent!
Reading Level: Adult Karen T.

Garden Spells
by Sarah Addison Allen
Sarah Addison Allen combines the themes of women's lives and relationships with magical realism to bring to life the story of the Waverly family. Claire Waverley has made a successful career for herself as a caterer of dishes including flowers from the Waverley gardens. However, she finds her orderly world disturbed by her new next door neighbor, Tyler Hughes. After Claire's sister Sydney ran away from Bascom NC, she hit bottom in an abusive marriage. Now, Sydney has returned with her daughter Bay. Although delighted Sydney has returned, Claire feels too much of her constant world is changing. Additional changes are in store for Bascom townfolk, some sparked by Sydney's return while others are more unexpected. The close family and community ties woven throughout the novel beget a resolved and happy ending as the characters evolve and grow into their new lives. Susan Ericksen provides an excellent narration.
Reading Level: Adult Karen T.

These titles and more are available at the Naperville Public Library. Check out our website, or visit one of our 3 buildings, Nichols Library, Naper Boulevard or 95th Street Library. Driving Directions

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