@ Your Library – July 15, 2021

@ Your Library

It is mid-July and I am ready for cooler weather. We have had so little rain, whatever the deer haven’t eaten the sun has fried. Until then I will be sitting in the library reading.

World War II fiction is definitely popular and there is lots of it being published. What I find interesting is that much of the fiction these days is quieter stories of war. People working behind the scenes with little fanfare and glory.

The Historians by Cecilia Ekback is set in Sweden as they try to maintain their neutrality. Laura is the right-hand assistant to Sweden’s chief negotiator and works hard to stay out of political intrigue until her best friend is murdered. She works with Jens, the secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs after she find her friend had sent him a report on racial profiling. They are pulled deep into a web of lies and deceit involving a very dark conspiracy that some will go to any lengths to keep secret.

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles is another war story beginning in 1939 Paris and then Montana in 1983.Odile Souchet has her dream job at the American Library in Paris, but all is threatened when the Nazis march in and occupy the city. Flash forward to 1983 when a lonely teenager in small town Montana is looking for adventure and befriends the solitary, elderly neighbor from Paris. Can they find the dark secret that connects them?

I am reading both The Cat I Never Named by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess and Laura L. Sullivan and The Hatmakers by Tamzin Merchant. One is a heavy story of the brutal ethnic violence as Serbs and Bosnians clash in 1992 and the other is a fun magical story of hats, gloves, boots, watches, and cloaks and their makers.

It has been a while since we looked a the NYT best seller lists. We have all five of the top fiction titles and three of the top non-fiction titles. In alphabetical order by author they are The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave, Untamed by Glennon Doyle, The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand, Killing the Mob by Bill O’Reilly, The President’s Daughter by James Patterson and Bill Clinton, Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid and Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. These are all popular titles so they aren’t sitting on the shelves waiting for you. Go online or call to have us reserve one or more for you and we will contact you when it is your turn to read them.

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