Today's book recommendations are from Tenaya Bannon, the local history librarian at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library. Bannon offers up two historical works, one of fact and one of fiction.
"A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II"
By Sonia Purnell
This fascinating true story follows Virginia Hall, an American woman with a prosthetic leg who worked for British intelligence and became one of their most valuable spies. Frequently underestimated and undervalued because of her gender, she nonetheless outperformed many of her male counterparts, in both bravery and wit. Indeed, the Gestapo came to describe her as “the most dangerous of all Allied spies,” and they set out to destroy her.
"The Guest Book"
By Sarah Blake
A family tragedy in the 1930s leads a young Manhattan couple to purchase an island off the coast of Maine for a summer retreat. Being one of a few families that “run the world,” they are under pressure at all times to maintain appearances and put on a brave face.
Each successive generation is affected by these constraints and repressions, right up to the present day. A striking story, beautifully written.