January 23, 2015 by Reader's Connection
Ten reviews of new books from librarians in nine states. The east and west coasts are both represented, as are a couple of Indiana’s neighbors; and “a wide-eyed Indiana girl” goes to Hollywood in one of the novels.
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
In this book, we come to know three generations of Whitshanks–a family with secrets and memories that are sometimes different than what others observe. The book’s timeline moves back and forth with overlapping stories, just like thread on a spool. Most readers will find themselves in the story. Once again, Tyler has written an enchanting tale. — Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott
With the background of the making of Gone with the Wind, this is a delightful read that combines historical events with the fictional career of an aspiring screenwriter. Julie is a wide-eyed Indiana girl who, through a series of lucky breaks, advances from studio go-fer and assistant to Carole Lombard to contract writer at MGM. A fun, engaging page-turner! — Lois Gross, Hoboken Public Library, Hoboken, NJ
My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh
A crime against a 15-year-old girl is examined through the eyes of one of her friends–a friend who admits to being a possible suspect in the crime. This is a wonderful debut novel full of suspense, angst, loyalty, deceit, and most of all, love. — Alison Nadvornik, Worthington Libraries, Columbus, OH
The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn
At a dreaded music recital, a cellist catches Sir Richard Kenworthy’s eye, and he determines to marry her. Iris Smythe-Smith is a smart cookie and rightly suspicious of Sir Richard’s motives when he comes courting, but finds herself falling for his charm. Things seem to be working out well until Iris finds out what a big secret Richard is keeping. — Sharon Redfern, Rockville Public Library, Vernon, CT
Half the World by Joe Abercrombie
Fifteen-year-old Thorn, determined to become a king’s soldier, is fighting not just physical opponents, but her world’s social mores. Girls are supposed to desire nothing more than a wealthy husband. Period. Thorn’s struggles to achieve her dream make for a riveting read. Second in a series, this book reads very well as a standalone. — Cynthia Hunt, Amarillo Public Library, Amarillo, TX
Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon
Stay-at-home dad Simon Connelly receives the call every parent dreads: there’s been a shooting at his children’s school. Through flashbacks and present-day narratives, he mines his memory for clues to what may have happened. This is a refreshing take on the well trodden “bad kid” novels, and an excellent thriller to recommend to all who liked Defending Jacob or We Need to Talk About Kevin. — Alissa Williams, Pekin Public Library, Pekin, IL
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Fantasy fans should enjoy this atmospheric novel, where London is the link between parallel universes, and magician Kell is one of two Travelers who can move between them. Now something sinister is disturbing their equilibrium, and Kell must try to unravel the plot with only feisty street thief Delilah Bard as an ally. — Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders
Loved this mystery! The acerbic narrator is 40-year-old British book publishing editor Samantha, whose best author goes missing after writing a tell-all book about a famous French fashion designer who died under suspicious circumstances. Very funny, and great secondary characters as well. — Ann-Marie Anderson, Tigard Public Library, Tigard, OR
The Siege Winter by Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman
I couldn’t have been more excited when I learned Franklin wrote a new book. This wonderfully written novel takes place during King Stephen and Empress Matilda’s tumultuous civil conflict to claim England, no matter what cost to themselves or their subjects. The story conveys the brutality of the period without sacrificing the complex nature of the time and the people. — Elizabeth Carroll, Madison Public Library, Madison, WI
Considering that King is one of the finest mystery authors writing today, it’s no surprise that the latest in the Russell/Holmes series is an engaging read. Intrigue follows the duo as they board a liner bound for Japan and meet up with a known blackmailer and a young Japanese woman who is not all that she seems. Great historical research and rich atmosphere! — Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI
January 22, 2015 by Reader's Connection
That’s the name of a book discussion group. They’ve been meeting for several years, but I just found out about them.
Click Jane’s picture for a schedule of future meetings at College Avenue Library.
Elizabeth K. Jarvis, the group’s facilitator, e-mailed:
This is a group that reads selections of 18th century literature that Jane Austen might have read. Well-known novels of Burney, Edgeworth, Fielding, Defoe, Sterne and others formed our earliest reading. If you enjoy Jane Austen, you may like some of the writers who influenced her. We now are reading lesser-known works which were popular in her day . . . As these are sometimes obscure works, the library often doesn’t have copies, so our members have to use on-line sources, purchase second hand copies (under $5) or use interlibrary loan to obtain the books.
January 19, 2015 by Reader's Connection
The weather outside may be frightful, but this is the season when the knitting is most delightful! If you are a knitter or just like to read stories about knitters, here is a great list of fictional knitting books to curl up with during knitting breaks. Hopefully you will discover some hidden “purls” in these titles!
January 19, 2015 by Reader's Connection
I loved this angry, funny, distraught, sweet poem when I read it in the December issue of Poetry, and thought I would post it on MLK Day.
Click on the Poetry Foundation link.
I should warn you that there’s some coarse language in the poem, and you shouldn’t click the link if you want to avoid that.
Best wishes to everyone on Martin’s Day.
January 16, 2015 by Reader's Connection
Truth, as the saying goes, is usually stranger than fiction. Documentaries have the potential to change our lives and give us a glimpse into a corner of the world we might not otherwise get to experience. Looking for a great documentary as you start off the New Year? Check out this list of some of the best documentary films of 2014.
Discover all of these titles and more at the Indianapolis Public Library!