What Should I Read Next?
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Here’s the second entry in our new regular feature that will offer up some staff selected recommendations on books for you to consider.

I always look forward to a new book from Ann Patchett. Since reading Bel Canto and State of Wonder she has become a favorite author of mine. So needless to say that when I noticed a new book coming I put my name on the request list. And it didn’t disappoint: Commonwealth is a wonderful book.commonwealth

Commonwealth is the story of a kiss, a look in the eye, a parting of ways, and a life time of family. What happens to the family, over five decades, is the story and each character has a chance to explain their part. But whose story is it to tell? And, if you decide to tell the story, might you make others angry? These two families, divided or together, share a bond that is both fascinating and illuminating

Can I recommend this book? Yes, I can! And I am looking forward to the next book from Ann Patchett.

Nancy Kipping


Nancy’s first job was as a page in the Peninsula Public Library in Lawrence, NY. Her love of reading brought her back to libraries and she has now worked at the Fanwood Memorial Library for over 13 years. Nancy wears many hats here at the library including planning and supervising of adult and teen programming, other YA and teen activities, book selection and buying, working behind the circulation desk and more. Her hobbies include baking, and she once won the NJN Chocolate bake-off contest for her famous “La Grande Park Ice Skating Rink Cookies". If you see her walking to work, or at the library, say hi... and ask her for that recipe).