Monthly Archives: August 2018

Three promising debuts

Ingrid Rojas Contreras set her coming-of-age debut, ”Fruit of the Drunken Tree”  in Colombia during the last year of Pablo Escobar’s reign of terror.   They story is seen through the dreamlike voice of seven-year-old Chula.   “Salt Houses” by poet Hala … Continue reading

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Thrillers

For those still hanging out at the beach, new series favorite Cork O’Conner  investigates a plane crash that killed a Senator in “Desolation Mountain” (William Kent Kruger).  In “Murder on the Left Bank” by Cara Black finds Aimée Leduc searches … Continue reading

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A pirate story

“The Desert and the Sea” by Michael Scott Moore details the author’s harrowing experience as a hostage to Somali pirates.  Visiting the Horn of Africa to write about piracy, he was kidnapped and held hostage. Moore’s   account is gripping in … Continue reading

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Heat checks*

“Factfulness” by Hans Rosling  presents ten reasons why things are better than you think.  His “succinct and lively” book  ’throws down a gauntlet to doom-and-gloomers’ (Nature) —not bad for a statistician.  “Education”, says Arne Duncan in “How Schools Work”, “runs … Continue reading

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A sign of the season

   A sure sign that the seasons are about to change: Canadian geese (branta canadensis) are heading south.  They stopped by the library and town hall for a late breakfast (watch you step coming up to the library!).

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Ah, wilderness

“Still Waters” by Curt Stager dips into the secret world of lakes,  from Walden Pond to the Dead Sea.  His is a “quietly impassioned argument for the vitality of our lakes”(Kirkus Reviews). “A Naturalist at Large” contains the best essays … Continue reading

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More spooks

August is a good month for spy themes.  Besides Jason Matthews Red Sparrow series, we have “Agent of the State” and “The Extremist” by Roger Pearce, the first 2 stories in a series about British agent John Kerr, who fights … Continue reading

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Secret agent (wo)man

Fans of stories about spies and secret agent men will want to read Jason Matthew’s Red Sparrow trilogy. “The Red Sparrow” introduces Dominika Egorova, a former dancer drafted to become a “sparrow,” a trained seductress. Sent to seduce a CIA operative, she … Continue reading

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This just in

  UPS strikes gain. These books arrived late Wednesday.  The are all ready to take out!  Dial in your requests or come by early on Friday! The one on top is a bio of Princess Margaret (the latest in House … Continue reading

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Late beach read roundup

In “The Quiet Side of Passion” by Alexander McCall Smith, Isabel Dalhousie hires an office assistant and an au pair for her daughter. Unfortunately, the romantic woes of  the new hires outweigh their help.  In “The Endless Beach” by Jenny Colgan, … Continue reading

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