Library Column for April 15, 2022

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It is mid-April, the weather has been slowly warming allowing the most snow we have gotten in years to slowly melt. While I might be more than ready for things to start growing, I do appreciate the slow melt for allowing water to soak into the ground and not puddle quite as much. Tax season is just about over (I’ve submitted mine and hope you have gotten yours in as well) and it is time to look forward to warm, sunny days.

We are planning summer reading and getting excited about what we want to read this summer. In the meantime here are some new books that might keep us reading and learning the next six weeks or so.

Bernard Cornwell continues his series about series about Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Sharpe with Sharpe’s Assassin covering the occupation of Paris in 1815. Following the defeat of Napolean, the battle for the power in France is just beginning and Sharpe is let loose on the streets of Paris to search out and kill a lethal assassin.

M.C. Beaton left behind several uncompleted stories upon her death. R.W. Green completes the latest Hamish MacBeth murder mystery Death of a Green-Eyed Monster finds Hamish falling in love with his new constable. Can they track down the murderer before the hope he has for a blissful future is destroyed?

Talk to Me by T.C. Boyle explores what it means to be human after an animal behaviorist reveals he has taught a juvenile chimp to speak in sign language. What do we know about being human and how do we know we know it?

Anthony Boerr moves between 15th century Constantinople, a small town in present day Idaho and an interstellar ship decades from now in his latest book Cloud Cuckoo Land. Hope in the midst of gravest danger is what keeps us alive and moving forward as children on the cusp of adulthood find resilience, hope and a book.

It has been less than 100 years that premature babies had almost any chance of surviving. The Light of Luna Park by Addison Armstrong begins in New York City in 1926 with a nurse who dies a little each time another premature baby dies. So when she reads about the amazing survival of babies in incubators at Luna Park, Coney Island she believes it is the miracle she is hoping for, but the doctors dismiss her and the unconventional treatment. She is forced to make a choice between a babies life and docctor’s orders, a choice that changes everything.

Ending on a lighter note with Sadie on a Plate by Amanda Elliot. Sadie is a rising star in the restaurant scene, but after a public breakup with her boss, she’s worried her career is over until she lands a spot on the next season of her favorite TV show. She meets Luke on the plane to the film set and they connect immediately. Showing up on the set the next day, she discovers just who Luke is!

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