Read ME 2019

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Featuring Tess Gerritsen, Susan Conley, and Sarah Perry

2019 Read ME recommending Maine author Tess Gerritsen.

Read ME is a statewide community read that gets Maine adults all reading two books recommended by a well-known Maine author.

For 2019, recommending author Tess Gerritsen has chosen Paris Was the Place by Susan Conley and After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, a Daughter’s Search by Sarah Perry. The season will culminate on August 29 with an episode of Maine Calling, aired in front of a live audience at Bangor Public Library.


Tess’s picks


Maine author Susan Conley

Paris Was the Place by Susan Conley

Tess’s Quote:
“What’s a more seductive place to set a novel than in Paris? This story of a young American woman working abroad is both delicious and poignant, a tale of love and loss and, ultimately, hope. When Willie Pears helps a desperate girl escape immigration detention, she endangers her career and her budding romance with a French lawyer. The love of friends and family help her through this crisis, and the tragedy to come. Gorgeously written, this book had me in tears by the end.”






Maine author Sarah Perry. Photo by R.K. Oliver

After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, a Daughter’s Search by Sarah Perry

Tess’s Quote:
“On the night her mother was murdered, twelve-year-old Sarah Perry was asleep in the same house. Haunted by fractured memories of that night, and by the turbulent years that follow the murder, she tracks down the truth of what really happened. Ms. Perry’s memoir of her Maine childhood is both a gripping mystery and a heartbreaking love letter to the fiercely devoted mother she lost.” 





2019 Participating Libraries

Alice. L. Pendleton Library
Auburn Public Library
Bangor Public Library
Berwick Public Library
Bonney Memorial Library
Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library
Brewer Public Library
Brooksville Free Public Library
Caribou Public Library
Carver Memorial Library
Cary Library
Cary Memorial Library
Casco Public Library
Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library
Chelsea Elementary
Cony School Library
Cumston Public Library
Denmark Public Library
Dorothy Webb Quimby Library, Unity College
Dr. Shaw Memorial Library
Ellsworth Public Library
Frenchman’s Bay Library
Friend Memorial Library
Goodall Memorial Library
Guilford Memorial Library
Harrison Village Library
Hollis Center Public Library
Ivan O. Davis – Liberty Library
Kennebunk Free Library
Kezar Falls Circulating Library
Libby Memorial Library
Lincoln Memorial Library
Lithgow Public Library
Long Lake Public Library
Maine State Library
McArthur Public Library
Monroe Community Library
Naples Public Library
Norway Memorial Library
Orono Public Library
Peavey Memorial Library
Pittsfield Public Library
Portland Public Library
Prince Memorial Library
Rangeley Public Library
Rice Public Library
Rockland Public Library
Rockport Public Library
Scarborough Public Library
Shapleigh Community Library
Shaw Public Library
Simpson Memorial Library
Skowhegan Free Public Library
Soldiers Memorial Library
South Berwick Public Library
South China Public Library
South Portland Public Library
Southwest Harbor Public Library
Stewart Public Library
Stockton Springs Community Library
Topsham Public Library
Treat Memorial Library
Turner Public Library
Vassalboro Public Library
Vinalhaven Public Library
Walker Memorial Library
Waterboro Public Library
West Paris Public Library
William Fogg Public Library
Winslow Public Library
Winterport Memorial Library