Library Column for September 22, 2023

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The fall colors are definitely happening, so be sure you have a book to read under a blanket or other warm cozy place. Here are some great titles to read this fall. How much does the past affect us? That may be one of the reasons I enjoy reading historical fiction. Bruce Borgos explores the present in light of past secrets in The Bitter Past. But these past events don’t just affect one or two people. Sheriff Porter Beck leads a quiet life in the high desert of Nevada until a retired FBI agent is found tortured and murdered. Clues point to a mystery dating back to the early days of the nuclear age and as Sheriff Beck tries to unravel the mystery he unravels a whole lot more.

Sometimes I think it would be fun to have social seasons again. The House is on Fire by Rachel Beanland is set during the height of the winter social season in Richmond, Virginia in 1811. The night after Christmas a local theater is packed with holiday revelers when it goes up in flames. The story focuses on the actions of four folks in the theater that night. There actions affect their own lives and the lives of countless others as the author explores the historical drama and moral decisions that affect so many.

And while we’re reading about social seasons, maybe we’ll also be drawn to the glamour of old Hollywood and the seductive draw of modern showbiz in Did You Hear about Kitty Karr? by Crystal Smith Paul. This is a multigenerational saga with plenty of hidden secrets, family ties, debts and debatable crimes that asks how much power do the secrets of the dead hold over the living? Or look to the glamour and glitz of Radio City Music Hall in its mid-century heyday as found in Fiona Davis’ The Spectacular.

If you’re not ready to give up on summer and reading on the beach then try The Café at Beach End by RaeAnne Thayne or On Fire Island by Jane L. Rosen. Both books explore unexpected endings, new beginnings, family and memories.

Imagine not being remembered. The book How to be Remembered by Michael Thompson functions under a very unusual premise, every year a handful of people are forgotten on the same day. Tommy is one such person, he gets a reset every year as no one remembers who he is, what he’s done or not done. It is all gone, he rebuilds his life every year until he falls in love and doesn’t want to be forgotten. Can he figure out what is more important, the things we leave behind or the people we bring with us?

Check out our lobby display of the incredible photos of Marsha Shuff. Her photos will be displayed until the end of October so be sure to stop by in the next month. We enjoy the artwork local artists share with us and we hope you do too.

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