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First Thursdays @ the FIU Libraries

Guide to the Libraries' in-house presentation program which takes place on the First Thursday of most months each year.

So, what are you reading?

 "So, what are you reading?" is an informal gathering of library staff who enjoy reading and sharing their impressions of books they've recently read.  We gather following most First Thursday presentations.  What began as 10-15 minutes of sharing has grown to 40 minutes or more.  If you don't attend the gatherings, you'll see that our tastes and interests are quite diverse, and we hope that you'll enjoy learning about some of the books that we've enjoyed and listed below.

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So, What Are You Reading?


George Pearson recommends: Inori. I'm in Love with the Villainess. 2021. 978-1648278006

Gayle Williams recommends: Orwell, George. 1984.


Rebecca Bakker recommends: Steward, Patrick, Sir. Making It So: A Memoir.

Gayle Williams recommends: Moreno-García, Silvia. The Daughter of Dr. Moreau.


Eduardo Fojo recommends: Coates, Darcy. From Below.

Gayle Williams recommends: Lewis, Damien. Agent Josephine: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy.


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Rebecca Bakker recommends: Wells, Martha. All Systems Red.

Sabine Dantus recommends: Harley, Shari. How to Say Anything to Anyone.

Gricel Dominguez recommends: Baldree, Travis. Legends and Lattes.

Doug Hasty recommends: Todd, Charles. A Fearsome Doubt.

Chris Jimenez recommends: Hackwith, A.J. The Library of the Unwritten.

Gayle Williams recommends: Streisand, Barbra. My Name Is Barbra.



Douglas Hasty recommends: Silva, Daniel. The Portrait of An Unknown Woman. 2022.  0062834851

Ramces Marsili recommends:  Hallinan, Timothy. King Maybe. 2016. 978-1616954321

Gayle Williams recommends: Rodgers, Mary, and Jesse Green. Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers. 2022 978-0374298623


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Gayle Williams recommendation: Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years

Katie Coldiron recommendation: Billionaire Wilderness 

Rebecca Bakker recommendations: The Man in the High Castle and The Midnight Library

Stephanie Brenenson recommendations: Where the Crawdad's Sing and Personal Librarian


 Eduardo Fojo recommendation: All That Heaven Allows

Gayle Williams recommendation: Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control

Stephanie Brenenson recommendation: The Last Year of the War


Gayle Williams recommendation: The Ride of Her Life

Stephanie Brenenson recommendation: The Buddha in the Attic


Lauren Christos recommendation: 20 Hrs. 40 Min: Our Flight in the Friendship 

Gayle Williams recommendation: Hooked: How Crafting Saved My Life

Stephanie Brenenson recommendation: The Four Winds


Douglas Hasty recommendation: The English Spy and other novels by Daniel Elba


Douglas Hasty recommendation: Gainesborough's Blue Boy 

Patricia Pereira-Pujol recommends: Not the Real Jupiter (and others in the Cassandra Reilly Mystery series) and The Grimrose Girls

Gayle Williams recommends: Last Dance on the Starlight Pier

Stephanie Brenenson recommends: The Enchanted April and The Paris Library


Barbara Sorondo recommendation: Better Than Before

Gayle Williams recommendation: The Mighty Franks

Stephanie Brenenson recommendation: Vox



Kelley Rowan recommendation: A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America's Hurricanes

Gayle Williams recommendation: Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions

Barbara Sorondo recommends: C. Auguste Dupin Collection (The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Roget and The Purloined Letter)

Stephanie Brenenson recommendation: The Third Daughter



Barbara Sorondo recommends: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Annotated Secret Garden

Gayle Williams recommendation: Anybody Can Do Anything

Stephanie Brenenson recommendation: The Vanishing Half


Rita Cauce recommendation: The Last Train to Key West

Sarah Hammill recommendation: En el Tiempa de las Mariposas and In the Time of Butterflies

Eduardo Fojo recommendation:  We are the Mods

Kevin Triana recommendation:  The Wind in the Willows

Barbara Sorondo recommendation: Piranesi

Stephanie Brenenson recommendations: Educated and 28 Summers


Barbara Sorondo recommendation: Miss Buncle's Book

Patricia Pereira-Pujol recommendations: The Midnight Library

Gayle Williams recommendation: Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle

Christopher Jimenez recommendation: The Lincoln Conspiracy

Stephanie Brenenson recommendation: Americanah


Chris Jimenez recommendations: Fear: Trump in the White House and Rage

Gayle Williams recommendation: Witch of Lyme Street:Seance: Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World

Stephanie Brenenson recommendation: The Forgotten Room


Kelley Rowan recommendations: Desert Solitaire and Coding of the American Mind

Katharine Labuda recommendation:  Invention of Nature: Alexander Humboldt's New World

Gayle Williams recommendation: The Library of Lost and Found: A Novel

Stephanie Brenenson recommendation: The Day the World Came to Town


Rebecca Bakker recommendation: Sugar Calling (podcasts)


Lauren Christos recommendation: A Confederacy of Dunces

Gayle Williams recommendation: Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen: A Novel


Ramces Marcilli recommendations: Timothy Hallinan's Junior Bender mysteries including Crashed and Little Elvises

Douglas Hasty recommendation: Book of Common Prayer and St. Augustine's Prayer Book

Gayle Williams recommendation: Circe

Patricia Pereira-Pujol recommendations:  Special Topics in Calamity Physics, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery and One Hundred Names

Barbara Sorondo recommendations: Night Film and The Art of Showing Up

Christopher Jimenez recommendation:  Harry Potter series

Stephanie Brenenson recommendations: Vintage Affair and Next Year in Havana


Gayle Williams recommendation: Unmasked

Molly Castro recommendation: Hello World

Stephanie Brenenson recommendation: In Pieces



Kelley Rowan recommendation: Giver of Stars

Gayle Williams recommendation: Volver: A Persistence of Memory

Katharine Labuda recommendation: Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language and Rebecca

Molly Castro recommendation: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Stephanie Brenenson recommendation: The Sweetness of Forgetting


Eduardo Fojo recommendations: Ten Restaurants that Changed America, and Serious Play: Midcentury design in America

Gayle Williams recommendations: My Brilliant Friend and The Story of a New Name (Books 1 & 2 of the Neapolitan Quartet)

Katharine Labuda recommendation: The Poisoner's Handbook: murder and the birth of forensic medicine in Jazz Age



Ramces Marcilli recommendation: Out on the Rim

Barbara Sorondo recommendation: Etiquette Rules: A Field Guide to Modern Manners

Gayle Williams recommendation: Decolonizing the Caribbean Record: An Archives Reader

Katharine Labuda's Recommendation: Underground Airlines



Elizabeth Lightfoot recommendation: Children of Blood and Bone

Ramces Marcilli recommendation: Bad Monkeys

Barbara Sorondo recommendation: The Suffragette: The History of the Women's Militant Suffrage Movement, 1905-1910.

Katharine Labuda recommendations: My Year of Rest and Relaxation and Good and Mad



Chris Jimenez recommendation: Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel

Stephanie Brenenson recommendation: The Hamilton Affair: A Novel

Gayle Williams recommendations: Story of the Lost Child (Book 4 of the Neapolitan Quartet) and Tom Sawyer