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by order of the Town of Andover Select Board, September 13, 2021

Memorial Hall Library

New Year, Old Stories (Sort Of)

Looking for something new to read this year? Why not try one of these books for teens and adults that are inspired by classic works of literature?

Anna K : a love story
Anna K : a love story
by Jenny Lee

Retelling: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
 
A modern reimagining of Anna Karenina is set in the elite enclaves of Manhattan and Greenwich society and finds a reluctant socialite navigating teen life before falling for a notorious playboy who harbors a shattering secret. 
A blade so black
A blade so black
by L. L. McKinney

 
Retelling: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
 
By day, Alice juggles a slipping GPA, a high-maintenance best friend, and an overprotective mom, but by night she heads to the dark realm known as Wonderland to battle monstrous creatures to save her mentor.
The chosen and the beautiful
The chosen and the beautiful
by Nghi Vo

Retelling: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
 
Treated as an exotic attraction by her peers, Jordan Baker, queer and Asian, has the world of illusion, magic and mystery at her fingertips but the most important doors remain closed to her until she can figure out a way to open them. 
Dark and deepest red
Dark and deepest red
by Anna-Marie McLemore

Retelling: "The Red Shoes" by Hans Christian Andersen
 
Trapped in a pair of red shoes that compel her to dance uncontrollably, Rosella is drawn to a youth of questionable intent whose family was blamed for witchcraft centuries earlier. By the award-winning author of When the Moon Was Ours. 
Frankissstein : a love story
Frankissstein : a love story
by Jeanette Winterson

Retelling: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
 
A transgender doctor falls in love with a celebrated professor who is leading the debate about artificial intelligence and conducting controversial experiments impacting cryogenics and the sex trade. By the author of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Legendborn
Legendborn
by Tracy Deonn

Retelling: Arthurian legends
 
Wanting to escape her previous life after the accidental death of her mother, 16-year-old Bree enrolls in a program for high school students at the local university before her witness to a magical attack reveals her undiscovered powers as well as sinister truths about her mother’s death. 
Lost in the Never Woods
Lost in the Never Woods
by Aiden Thomas

Retelling: Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
 
Forced to confront a past she cannot remember involving the disappearance of her two brothers five years earlier, Wendy encounters a boy who begs for her help when other children start to go missing. By the author of Cemetery Boys. 
If the shoe fits
If the shoe fits
by Julie Murphy

Retelling: Cinderella
 
A fashion-obsessed plus-size woman fills in for a no-show contestant on her executive producer stepmother’s popular dating reality show and becomes a body-positivity viral sensation overnight and could actually picture herself falling for the eligible suitor. 
Incense and sensibility : a novel
Incense and sensibility : a novel
by Sonali Dev

Retelling: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
 
After his friend is injured in a hate-fueled incident at a campaign rally, California’s first Indian gubernatorial candidate turns to a stress management coach/yogi in the new novel from the author of Recipe for Persuasion.
Love in color : mythical tales from around the world, retold
Love in color : mythical tales from around the world, retold
by Bolu Babalola

Retelling: Various myths and folk stories
 
A debut anthology reimagines cultural folk and love stories from West Africa, Greek mythology and Middle Eastern legend, from the tale of an unappreciated Nigerian goddess to the story of a powerful Ghanaian spokeswoman’s fateful decision. 
Never look back
Never look back
by Lilliam Rivera

Retelling: The Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice
 
In an Own Voices retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, a girl moves to the Bronx after losing everything in Hurricane Katrina and bonds with a talented bachata singer before their relationship is tested by the demons of the past. 
An orchestra of minorities : a novel
An orchestra of minorities : a novel
by Chigozie Obioma

Retelling: The Odyssey
 
In a contemporary twist of Homer's The Odyssey, a guardian spirit recounts the tragic story of a Nigerian poultry farmer who sacrifices everything for the wealthy woman he loves. By the award-winning author of The Fishermen. 
Pride
Pride
by Ibi Aanu Zoboi

Retelling: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
 
A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice traces the experiences of a proud Brooklyn woman from a large, underprivileged family of sisters who clashes with a wealthy, arrogant newcomer. 
So many beginnings : a Little Women remix
So many beginnings : a Little Women remix
by Bethany C. Morrow

Retelling: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
 
In this powerful retelling of the classic novel, four young Black sisters, coming of age during the American Civil War, face first love, health issues, heartbreak and new horizons. 
That way madness lies : fifteen of William Shakespeare's most notable works reimagined
 
An anthology of modern retellings of 15 favorite Shakespeare classics includes Dahlia Adler’s reimagining of The Merchant of Venice, Kayla Ancrum’s adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew and Joy McCullough’s alternate interpretation of King Lear. 
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