New Library Books

Here are the new titles. 

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke tells a tale of Darren Locke, a Texas Ranger who could have been an attorney, investigating the murders of a black attorney and a white woman in a small Texas town.  The racial aspects of the crime complicate the case as does the history of the town.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Elena Richardson and her family lead well planned lives. Mia Warren and her daughter live wanderers’ existences. Yet they all become friends.  Then a contested adoption places Elena and Mia on opposite sides of a controversy.  Elena’s actions then produce results with terrific costs.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. We meet Anna Kerrigan in her childhood during the depression. Her story continues during World War II when she works as a diver in New York city repairing ships in the harbor.  Her adventurous spirit and a complicated home life leads Anna to explore many aspects of life that were barred to her, and other women, before the war.

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott explores the lives of some Irish American Nuns in Brooklyn and the lives of one mother and child whom they care for.  The past and the future all play a role in this novel.

Not a Sound: A Thriller by Heather Gudenkauf. Amelia Winn became profoundly deaf after an accident and her life fell apart.  Now, moving to a new place, she is healing and adapting when she discovers the corpse of a co-worker. She tries to understand what happened and finds herself in danger.

An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn.  The Odyssey is a trip around the ancient world based on Homer’s tale of the same name.  The travelers are a father who is a crusty, 81-year old retired scientist and his son, a professor of classics. The epic is how they learn about each other on the trip and in a classroom with the son as teacher.  This book is both funny and moving.

Fateful Mornings by Tom Bouman.  The lone policeman in a small Pennsylvania town, Henry Farell moves carefully because “as a policeman in a small township, it is a fine line between making yourself useful and paining the community’s ass.”  Henry becomes involved in an increasingly more complex situation as he searches for a missing woman, looks for a murderer and tries to maintain a reasonable life.

Proving Ground by Peter Blauner.  “The murder of a liberal lawyer in Brooklyn puts his Iraq War veteran son and two detectives on a collision course in this complex, character-rich tale.”[1]

Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward. Set in Mississippi this is the story of a bl ack woman and her children going to pick up their white husband and father from prison.  At the same time, it shows how their present is tied to a difficult past with previous lies and treacheries.

Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur. Katy Tur, a novice reporter, was criticized by now President Trump and used as an example of a fake news reporter during his campaign.  Her memoir about the campaign is breezy, gossipy, and shows how she persevered.

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton.  This is a hard look at Clinton’s presidential campaign.  She reflects on her errors and on events that cost her dearly.

Grant by Ron Chernow.  For those of us who have not checked in on Ulysses S. Grant recently, we find his reputation has improved markedly.  Chernow writes a book that creates a picture the times and places in which Grant lived and shows his strengths and weaknesses.

The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams. “Adams . . . kicks off a new series featuring strong women, a touch of romance and mysticism, and both the cunning present-day mystery and the slowly revealed secrets of the intriguing heroines’ pasts.”[2]

Blood Brothers: The Dramatic Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace By Eric Chcour and David Hazard.  The story of Eric Chacour, born a Palestinian Christian, became a refugee in his own land after 1947 when almost a million Palestinians were placed in refugee camps and thousands were killed.  Ultimately he felt it was important to become a peacemaker.   The book tells his story and the history of Arabs and Jews in earlier generations.

A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carré.  Le Carre‘ returns to add a prequal to his admired book, “The Spy who came in from the Cold.”  He uncovers lies and deceit from many years ago and reveals again the moral and immoral accomodations that spying requires.

Trajectory: Stories by Richard Russo.  Russo present four stories involving types of middle-aged angst for people who are seemingly accomplished.  Each story raises questions about why we act the way we do. They also contain hope and satisfying humor.

A gentleman in Moscow. by Amor Towles. The gentleman is a Russian aristocrat imprisoned in a hotel in Moscow after being accused of writing a counter-revolutionary poem.  While he is in the hotel he maintains his gracious behavior and interacts with many people.  His is a life that shows deeply good character.


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