Staff Favorites for September 2020
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The following books, recently selected by the library staff as their favorite reads, are available at the library. These books are available using curbside service.
The Friendship List, by Susan Mallory, is the tale of two friends who are trying to find themselves. After Ellen overhears her high school age son telling his friend that he cannot attend the college of his dreams due to his mother “needing” his help at home, Ellen and her best friend create lists that challenge their “comfort” zones. While completing their lists, will the two find happiness and love? Read this light hearted novel to find out. This book is available in print, audio book, eBook, and downloadable audio.
Eight Perfect Murders, is a twisty thriller by Peter Swanson. Years ago Malcolm Kershaw, a Boston book store owner, made an entry on a blog for Old Devils Bookstore that contained a list of, in his opinion, eight perfect fictional murders. FBI agent Gwen Mulvey finds similarities between the murders on Malcolm’s list and actual murders in the area. Malcom starts second guessing himself as the investigation does not stop additional murders that appear to follow the list on the blog. This title is available in print and eBook.
In The Lost and Found Bookshop, by Susan Wiggs, Natalie is faced with a tragedy as her mother and boyfriend are killed in a small plane crash. She inherits a bookshop as well as the care of her ailing grandfather. Soon after moving back home to San Francisco, she discovers that the bookshop is deeply in debt. Her plan is to sell the property and all of the contents, but discovers that her mother did not own the business. Her grandfather is the sole owner and refuses to sell. In walks “Peach” Gallagher, a contractor hired by her mother to make repairs to the aging building. His young daughter, Dorothy, is a regular at the bookshop. As the work progresses, numerous historical “finds” are discovered. Will one of these treasures be valuable and save the bookshop? Will romance bloom? This novel is available in print and as an eBook.
The Hunger, by Alma Katsu, is an intense blend of historical fiction and horror. It is based on the true story of the Donner Party whose doomed journey across the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the brutal winter of 1846 led to the most famous instance of survival cannibalism in the history of the United States. The author explores the hard choices people are capable of making when faced with certain death and what a fine line it truly is between us and animals. Bad luck plagued the wagon train from the very start, and when supplies ran low and people were dying the ones who were left realized they were being hunted. The question is are the monsters lurking in the shadows real or is it our fellow humans who should scare us the most?
For a totally different fictional take on the Donner Party, read Old Bones, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, the first entry in the Nora Kelly series. Clive Benton, Donner Party descendant and historian, asks archaeologist Nora Kelly to help him locate the lost Donner Camp. Benton is searching for the camp not only for historical significance, but also in hopes of finding a treasure of gold coins. Meantime, FBI agent Corrie Swanson is assigned to investigate four grave robberies, all of which were graves belonging to Donner Party descendants. Workers at the archaeological site begin to die as they get closer to finding the lost camp. Read this thriller to find the link between the grave robberies to the Donner Party and the deaths of the site workers. This book is available in print, eBook, and downloadable audio.
Where Dreams Descend, is the first book in the Kingdom of Cards series by author Janella Angeles. It is the story of a young woman named Kallia who wants more out of life and is willing to do whatever she has to in order to get it. Kallia dreams of becoming the first female state magician in a world where females are second class citizens. She is not content to stay in the background and is out to prove that she is just as good as any man. The author transports you to a world full of daring magicians and danger with a mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end. This novel is available in print.
If you wish to reserve any of these books for curbside service, call 465-7042.