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“The Perfect Mother” by Aimee Molloy

In Molloy’s debut, a mommy group attempts to get to the bottom of a baby’s disappearance. The May Mothers is a group of Brooklyn women whose children share May birthdates and who enjoy bonding over the trials and tribulations of new motherhood. There’s gorgeous and brash Brit Nell Mackey, ghostwriter Colette Yates, sweet-natured Southerner Francie Givens, and Token, which is the nickname they’ve given the sole stay-at-home dad in the group, whom they assume is gay. Then there’s single mom Winnie Ross, an otherworldly beauty who sets herself apart but seems devoted to her little boy, Midas. When Nell suggests a moms’ night out without the babies, Winnie is reluctant to go, but Nell won’t take no for an answer, even offering to provide a babysitter. They drink the night away at a local bar, and before they leave, Nell receives a phone call from the babysitter with the news that Midas is missing, taken from his crib while she slept. Against the sweltering Brooklyn summer, the ladies, horrified at the mounting sensationalism of the case, use their various skills to dig into Winnie’s secretive past, hoping to bring little Midas home. The narrative rotates among the moms, offering insight into their varied lives, and readers will think they’ve got this one figured out, but the surprises, and revelations, come fast and often.

Molloy, a master of clever misdirection, deftly explores the expectations, insecurities, and endless judgement that accompany motherhood in this fast-paced thriller featuring a bevy of strong, smart, and realistically flawed women who, refreshingly, have each other’s backs when it counts the most. This book is mesmerizing. You can find this book in the New Adult Fiction section.

“Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power” by Jon Meacham

Last weekend I visited Monticello for the first time. For years, I had heard about the beauty of Thomas Jefferson’s home and I was not disappointed. I took several tours of the grounds and learned about his slaves, his house, his life and more. I came away seeing how conflicted he was primarily when it came to slavery. He never lifted a finger his entire life when it came to manual labor in the fields or even the building of his house (twice). Those burdensome tasks could not have been done without him owning nearly 100 slaves. Yes, he freed some of them later in life, but his lofty ideals written in America’s historic documents were not carried out in the real world of his slave plantations.

In Meacham’s masterful book on Jefferson, we are told that his inability to be a dreamy, impractical philosopher king allowed him to be a historic citizen, diplomat, and president. As a citizen, Jefferson became a central leader in America’s rebellion against the world’s greatest empire. As a diplomat, he mentored a similar revolution in France. As president, he doubled the size of the United States without firing a shot and established a political dynasty that stretched over four decades. As he accumulated power, he exercised it ruthlessly, often deviating from the ideals of limited government he had previously — and eternally — articulated. With an insatiable hunger for information, a talent for improvisation and a desire for greatness, Jefferson coolly calculated political realities — see his midlife abandonment of any effort to abolish slavery — and, more frequently than not, emerged from struggles with opponents routed and his own authority enhanced. You can find this book in the Adult Biography section.


Vince Giordano has been the director of the Juniata County Library since 2015.