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NJ True Crime: The Good Nurse, The First Family, and The Cases that Haunt Us

11 May

In addition to my love of books I have always had a passion for true crime. From a young age I was addicted to shows like “Dateline,” “48 Hours” and “Forensic Files.” My parents always joked that they knew I had been in the house if they turned on the TV and it was set to ID Discovery.  Not only is True Crime fun to watch on TV, but cooking is more fun (for me!) if I have a True Crime audio book.

With many of our patrons forced to self-isolate and be at home, I’d like to take this opportunity to recommend three of my favorite true crime titles that have a connection to New Jersey.

The books below are all available via eLibraryNj :

The Good Nurse
by Charles Graeber
Good Nurse
Charles Cullen, born in West Orange, NJ, is one of New Jersey’s most prolific serial killers. He was a registered nurse who practiced in Morristown, Livingston, Montclair, and parts of South Jersey and Pennsylvania. Cullen’s victim count is still unknown.

The First Family: Terror, Extortion, Revenge, Murder, and the Birth of the American Mafia
by Mike Dash
The First Family
Before there was the Genovese Crime Family there was Giuseppe “The Clutch Hand” Morello. This book follows Morello and the birth of one of the famous “Five Families” of New York City.

The Cases That Haunt Us: From Jack the Ripper to Jon Benet Ramsey, the FBI’s Legendary Mindhunter Sheds New Light on the Mysteries That Won’t Go Away
by Mark Olshaker and John Douglas
Cases That Haunt Us
This book was written by the detective who inspired the Netflix show “Mind Hunter.” While this book focuses on several cases, one of particular interest to New Jersey natives will be the case of Bruno Richard Hauptmann, otherwise known as the man who allegedly kidnapped the Lindbergh Baby. To this day there is disagreement on who is responsible. Explore the case that made kidnapping between states a federal crime and had a vast cast of investigators including New Jersey Police Superintendent Norman Schwarzkopf.

Written by:
Lindsay Sakmann
Information and Digital Services Librarian

Wanted: Romance Fans!

12 Feb

For too long romance has been a maligned genre, often referred to as “bodice rippers” or “trashy books.” I discovered them as a teenager through a friend, and after that, read all the Nora Roberts I could get my hands on. I proudly include romance on my reading lists!

If you want to explore different romance genres with a like-minded group of people, come to the first official meeting of the Hoboken Public Library’s newest book club “Romancing the Stacks,” Tuesday, March 31 at 6:30 PM. The first book I have selected for the club is Jennifer Robeson’s The Gown, a historical romance with a royal twist, spanning 1947-2016. In this book we meet Heather Mackenzie, who is grieving the loss of her grandmother, a woman she called Nan. Heather receives a final gift from Nan: a box with a piece of embroidery. The embroidery is striking and closely resembles the embroidery work on the train of Princess Elizabeth’s Wedding dress from her marriage to Prince Phillip in 1947. Nan never mentioned working in embroidery, or for that matter, mentioned much about her past. Heather sets off to find out what she can about her mysterious gift. The reader then learns more about Nan’s life after WWII and what brought her to North America.

If you like romance, you will love “The Gown.” If you have never read romance, this is the perfect first book for you; I had it along on a beach trip, and could not put it down.

You can also participate in our Mystery and Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Clubs!

Written by:
Lindsay T. Sakmann
Reference Librarian

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