Staff Favorites for April 2020
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The following books, recently selected by the library staff as their favorite reads, are available at the library. Please save this list if you find something that interests you. These books will be available when the library reopens.
What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty. Alice Love, twenty-nine-years old and pregnant with her first child, wakes up on the floor of a gym after falling off a bike during her spin class. A head injury sends Alice to the hospital where she discovers she is really thirty-nine-years old, has three children, is in the middle of a nasty divorce, and is no longer a fun-loving person. Follow Alice as she rebuilds her life. This book, along with other Moriarty titles, is available in both print and eBook. Liane Moriarty became my new favorite author after reading What Alice Forgot.
Wicked as you Wish, by Rin Chupeco, is a modern alternative history fairy tale. A decade ago, the evil Snow Queen froze the Kingdom of Avalon and everyone in it. Prince Alexei, who was just a child when his kingdom was frozen, managed to escape and go into hiding. He is the only surviving member of the ruling family of Avalon and he is hiding out in Arizona. The Prince is waiting for his 18thbirthday to see if the legendary Firebird will appear to guide him home and help him win the battle for his kingdom. The Firebird that shows up is an eye rolling, raspberry blowing, sassy, too smart for his own good bird. The book is, at heart, a mash-up of fairy tales that the author has modernized and made relevant to current social issues. It is also the first book in a new series. I can’t wait to read the next one.
Christy, by Catherine Marshall, was a recent reread for me. I originally read the book for an 8th grade book report and enjoyed it again as much as I did in school. Nineteen-year-old Christy Huddleston left her home in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1912, to teach Appalachian Mountain children at the new school started by American Inland Mission in Cutter Gap, Tennessee. The family feuds, moonshining, primitive conditions, and a typhoid epidemic are among the things that often make Christy question both her faith and ability to help the children. Marshall based the novel on the life of her mother, Leonora Whitaker, a teacher at a mission school in the Tennessee mountains. This book is available in print, eBook, and downloadable audio.
The Fifth Avenue Story Society, by Rachel Hauck, brings together five New Yorkers who have absolutely nothing in common. Each receives an invitation to meet at the local library. No one knows the who, what, or why they were invited to attend this meeting. Come and join the group as they open up and|
reach out to embrace the challenges that they encounter. This book is available in print and audio book.
I’ll be gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer is a true crime book written by Michelle McNamara. The author passed away before completing the book and it was finished by her editor and research team. She did not live to find out the identity of the serial killer she had been hunting for so long. Shortly after the release of the book the police arrested the man believed to be responsible for terrorizing the state of California by raping over 50 women and murdering 13 people from 1974 to 1986. The book was not the reason for the arrest, but investigators said it was the biggest reason the cold cases were not forgotten, so in the end the author did contribute a great deal to closing the case. It is a good read for anyone that likes reading true crime accounts. This book is available in print, eBook, and downloadable audio.
Chasing Cassandra, by Lisa Kleypas, is the 6th book in the Ravenels series. Lady Cassandra Ravenel is the last of the unwed Ravenel sisters. During her first season, she was the “sought after prize”, but Cassandra wants to marry for love. At her twin sister’s wedding Cassandra meets Tom Severin, a wealthy railway magnate. Tom is a friend of her guardian who forbids the match based on his knowledge of Tom’s outlook on acquisitions. Tom wants a wife, but love will not be part of the business deal. The game is on. Will Tom get the prize he seeks, and will Cassandra find love? Read this historical romance for a trip back to the days of duke, duchesses, earls, lords, and ladies. This book is only available as an eBook.