Library Column for November 12, 2021

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The weather has been great to look at, but I’ve much preferred curling up with a good book under a blanket and a cat if possible. There are so many books I want to find time to read, but I think at this point I will have to live to 232 to read my list of books I want to read and that assumes nothing new will be published that I add to the list.

So here are books I want to read but haven’t gotten around to yet. I keep adding Jennifer Chiaverini titles to my list, but haven’t gotten around to any yet. I need to make them a priority to find out if I like her historical fiction. Her latest title is The Women’s March, a novel of the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession.

Set in Maine in 1969 is Boo Walker’s latest, The Singing Trees. Annalisa loses her parents in a car accident and lives with her grandmother and around the large Italian family in Payton Mills. She is an aspiring artist who has closed herself off to love after seeing her mother’s artistic dreams disappear in marriage. But of course that means she encounters an Ivy League student who pays her much attention and devotion.

I like the idea of psychological thrillers more than I actually like reading them. Liv Constantine is a pen name for two sisters who write together, which I find amazing. The Stranger in the Mirror is a ‘diabolically twisty, psychologically unsettling novel about a women with no recollection of her past.’ Addison was found several years ago bleeding next to a New Jersey highway. While she has healed physically, her memory has never returned and she doesn’t know her real name or how she ended up injured next to the highway.

Do librarians make good detectives? Lots of authors think so, add librarian M.E. Hilliard to that list with the first Greer Hogan mystery, The Unkindness of Ravens. Greer is a librarian and avid reader of murder mysteries who also seems to have a habit of stumbling upon dead bodies. She now lives in a small village called Raven Hill which seems to be developing a rather high body count.

Kelly Mustian is a debut author with The Girls in the Stilt House. It is centered around the Trace, a rugged swampy area of Mississippi and set in the 1920’s. Two girls desperately want to leave and find a life for themselves elsewhere, but they keep getting pulled back into the dangerous world of bootleggers.

Let’s end with a handful of non-fiction. The Blue Wonder by Frauke Bagusche is subtitled ‘why the sea glows, fish sing, and other astonishing insights from the ocean.’ I want to read this soon. Blind Man’s Bluff is a memoir by James Tate Hill, a man who spent fifteen years hiding his blindness from everyone who knew him. And finally, The Ravine: a family, a photograph, a holocaust massacre revealed by Wendy Lower.

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