Library Column for May 6, 2022

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Welcome May! I am so excited for this month. The weather is warmer, but not hot yet and usually not too much precipitation. It is also when I can really begin to read on our porch. It is enclosed and faces south, so it is usually a wonderful spot to bask in the sun and read.

Here are some of the exciting new books available this month at your friendly, local public library. Let’s start with fun. I love the cover of Pug Actually by Matt Dunn with its adorable pug wearing bright, red heart-shaped sunglasses. Doug, is the pug and he is determined to ‘fix his owner’s love life with his own four paws.’ Can Doug make Tom and Julie see that they are perfect for each other?

Men in My Situation by Per Petterson is being called equal to his international best seller Out Stealing Horses. It explores Arvid’s life after loing his parents and brothers in a tragic ferry accident followed by his wife divorcing him and taking their three daughters. Can he pull himself out of a tailspin? Can he help his daughter who reaches out to him in her own time of crisis?

A. J. Rivers is the author of the fascinating series starring Emma Griffin, FBI agent. The first book in the series is The Girl in Cabin 13 and is set in the small northern town of Feathered Nest where she is sent to uncover the truth behind a series of mysterious disappearances that has the town terrified and on edge. When a dead body appears on her porch with her name written on the dead man’s hand she uncovers a clue to a mystery that has haunted her since childhood. There are currently 16 more titles in this series that all start with The Girl….

I have always been fascinated by the Three Musketeers (actually what I’m fascinated by is ‘honor fighting’). I don’t understand it, how can it be honorable to fight? How does one reconcile fighting and honor in one’s heart and mind? That means I have read quite a few books about the French Legion, the musketeers and the samurai. I was delighted to read a review of One for All by Lillie Lainoff which features a group of young women who train as a team of musketeers. Then I learned that the main character in the book also had POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) which a friend of my daughter has struggled with. That just made the book all the more interesting.

Follow that up with Beyond the Lavender Fields by Arlem Hawks, set in France of 1792 as revolution consumes France yet again. Set primarily in Marseille, a port city in the south with Gilles, a clerk at the local soap factory and Marie-Caroline, the daughter of the owner of the factory meeting as they try to figure out what is freedom, what is revolution and can they find a way to be together?

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