Gwen Weldy, a digital services librarian at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, recommends a new take on a classic, as well as a book to help readers with everything from stress to anxietyin the latest installment of our occasional series, “Capital Region Reads.”
“Sex & Vanity” by Kevin Kwan
In Kevin Kwan’s newest book, we find main characters Lucie and George on the gorgeous Italian island of Capri where they are to attend the wedding of mutual friends. Misunderstanding and embarrassment abound and the inevitable couple part ways only to find themselves reacquainted and in different circumstances several years later in East Hampton, N.Y. This contemporary retelling of E. M. Forster’s “A Room with a View” with cameo appearances from the “Crazy Rich Asians” trilogy will delight fans of that series in this breezy fast-paced read.
“Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day” by Jay Shetty
Jay Shetty, podcaster, author, motivational speaker, and former monk, offers tangible advice and strategies for living without fear and anxiety. His easy-to- follow suggestions help readers navigate negative self-talk and find real solutions to age-old vices like envy, greed, and self-centeredness.
Recommended for readers looking for ways to destress, refocus, and live fully.