In honor of National Friends of Libraries Week, we wanted to feature the new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes, in which her iconic heroine of Me Before You and After You, Louisa Clark, moves to New York City, hobnobs with the city’s elite, and becomes a friend of her local library.
“‘You gotta have your places for community,’ Ashok raised a hand emphatically, slicing the air. ‘You gotta have places where people can meet and talk and exchange ideas and it not just be about money, you know? Books is what teaches you about life. Books teach you empathy. But you can’t buy books if you barely got enough to make rent. So that library is a vital resource! You shut a library, Louisa, you don’t just shut down a building, you shut down hope.'” —Still Me
Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the superrich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life, protesting the closing of a library in Washington Heights that is in danger of closing with Ashook, the doorman, and his wife. She discovers the library as a necessary part of the community and is determined to save the branch.
While she’s not falling in love with her local library, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. In Still Me, as Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets—not all her own—that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?
If you liked the read, be sure to vote for Still Me for the January LibraryReads list by 11/20!