Thanks to all who participated in last night’s discussion of Judy Blundell’s What I Saw and How I Lied. It was great to get so many different perspectives!
I hope to see you all at January’s discussion of Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle — mark your calendars now: it’s scheduled for January 11th, at 6pm.
Some things that came up in last night’s discussion:
And some of the titles that came up:
- Life As We Knew It and The Dead and the Gone, by Susan Beth Pfeffer — survival stories that’ll have you stockpiling food and chopping wood… just in case!
- Ten Cents a Dance, by Christine Fletcher — this one that will let you experience an aspect of the 1940s that many people haven’t even heard of: taxi dancing. The atmosphere is so strong that you’ll hear, smell and see Ruby’s world. Highly recommended.
- Last Days of Summer, by Steve Kluger — an epistolary novel set in the years leading up to and during the United State’s involvement in WWII. Hilarious and heartbreaking and sweet and again, hilarious, this is one I’ve read at least fifteen times.
- The Green Glass Sea and White Sands, Red Menace, by Ellen Klages — a beautifully written pair of books that begin in 1943, with 11-year-old Dewey Kerrigan traveling to live with her father at Los Alamos, where he is one of the many people working on “the gadget”.
As always, if you’d like to put any of these items on hold, stop by and see us, give us a call at 985.2173, or place the hold online at our catalog.
Crossover discussion #1:
John Connolly’s The Book of Lost Things
…Heartsick, by Chelsea Cain.
I’ve been meaning to read this one for ages. And now that it has two sequels, I really need to get on the ball!
From the flap:
Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer, but in the end she was the one who caught him. Two years ago, Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for ten days, but instead of killing him, she mysteriously decided to let him go. She turned herself in, and now Gretchen has been locked away for the rest of her life, while Archie is in a prison of another kind—addicted to pain pills, unable to return to his old life, powerless to get those ten horrific days off his mind. Archie’s a different person, his estranged wife says, and he knows she’s right. He continues to visit Gretchen in prison once a week, saying that only he can get her to confess as to the whereabouts of more of her victims, but even he knows the truth—he can’t stay away.
When another killer begins snatching teenage girls off the streets of Portland, Archie has to pull himself together enough to lead the new task force investigating the murders. A hungry young newspaper reporter, Susan Ward, begins profiling Archie and the investigation, which sparks a deadly game between Archie, Susan, the new killer, and even Gretchen. They need to catch a killer, and maybe somehow then Archie can free himself from Gretchen, once and for all. Either way, Heartsick makes for one of the most extraordinary suspense debuts in recent memory.
It’s always fun to find two books with the same cover art.
This gallery features a huge number of examples.
When Autumn Leaves by Amy S. Foster.
If you’re in the mood for chick lit nestled in a cozy land of magical realism, When Autumn Leaves may be just the ticket. Author Amy S. Foster has created a fictional coastal town called Avening where the impossible is possible and a mystical sisterhood called the Jaen is losing their leader Autumn; the challenge is choosing a replacement from a bevy of interesting, complex female characters (hence the cute double-meaning title). The cover is glowing with warm autumnal shades of orange offset by a black latticework-like border of leaves, and the loveliness of the image suggests that the reader’s journey with one filled with vivid images and lyrical writing.
From the publisher’s summary:
In Avening, a tiny town on the Pacific coast, it’s hard not to believe in magic. This is a town where the shoes in the window always fit, where you can buy a love potion at the corner shop, and where the woods at the outskirts of town just might be the door to another world. And, of course, there’s Autumn, Avening’s beloved resident witch. From what’s known of its mythical founding, Avening has always been a haven for people who are a little bit different, a place where they can come to discover what makes them so special. When Autumn receives news that she’s been promoted to a higher coven, she also learns she has to replace herself. But who in Avening is in tune enough with her own personal magic to take over the huge responsibility of town witch? Autumn has a list of thirteen women and men who just might have what it takes-but how can she get them to open their eyes to the magic in their lives? This endlessly surprising and heart-warming debut is the story of coming to terms with the magical things we take for granted every day-our friends, our community, and, most of all, ourselves.
Here’s a link to Amy S. Foster’s website.
If you’d like to place a hold on When Autumn Leaves you can call the library at 985-2173 or go to our website to place a hold online!