Do you remember when it was fun to imagine taking a trip to some far-flung location for business or pleasure? Has the pent-up itch to explore reordered your bucket list? For those of us who can only pine for such adventures right now, there are many options at GPL to vicariously sate that yearning to roam.

I love how books and online programs can provide deep experience, cultural and historical context, insider tips and perspectives—without the expense and hassle that often accompanies in-person travels! So, in honor of this Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I wanted to write the first in a series of “Armchair Travel” blogs that will focus on books and programs that are geographically linked.

May's Featured Reviews

The Lost Man
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
Kafka on the Shore
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Recent Readings

I have just finished reading: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, Smoke by Joe Ide and Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo. All were good picks, each very different in their approach to story building and characterization.

I am currently engrossed in: Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James, Every Last Fear by Alex Findlay, and listening to The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware.

How are you planning to celebrate May's Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month? Can you recommend some great reads from/about this fascinating part of our world?

Let me know at ( As always, I appreciate your suggestions and feedback, and I hope to hear from you.

Until next time: Be well and be well-read!


So, who am I, anyway? I am a resident of West Groton, with a husband, 4 teenaged children and a Samoyed puppy-all of whom are systematically destroying our house during the COVID crisis. I am currently working part time at the Groton Public Library and in a former life I was employed as a Director or PR/Marketing at a high-tech consulting firm. My BA is in Psychology, but most of my time was spent in college earning a Concentration on the Novel. That is all to say that I make no claims at being an expert of any kind and my thoughts, opinions and mistakes are solely my own. I am just a person whose passion for books has continued to grow from the moment I was first able to grip and gnaw on them, and I have been devouring them ever since.

May 01, 2021 / Joelle M Egan