The Friends of the Peter White Public Library sponsor a subscription to BookPage magazine. This monthly tabloid is a selection guide for readers. Free copies are available at the PWPL each month. BookPage editors evaluate and select for review the best books published in a variety of categories and genres. The Library Reads List is a compilation of books nominated by library staff across the country. These are the latest books that librarians can’t wait to share with readers. The PWPL has nine of the ten books listed for February 2015 on the book shelves. These new works of fiction include new authors as well as popular and time-tested writers.
Anne Tyler has established herself as a writer who captures history. A Spool of Blue Thread follows three generations of the Whitshanks family back and forth with overlapping stories—just like a spool of thread. Filled with quirky but genuine characters, this book realistically recounts the lives of this family and their well-worn Baltimore home. Tyler fans will not be disappointed, and this novel may encourage those unfamiliar with Tyler’s work to read some of her previous works.
A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott combines a historical setting and a fictional screenwriter as Julie, an aspiring screenwriter from Indiana advances from studio go-fer, assistant to Carole Lombard and finally becomes a contract writer for MGM. Using the making of Gone with the Wind as a backdrop, this captivating story will appeal to fans of vintage Hollywood.
The unnamed friend of 15 year-old rape survivor examines the aftermath of the crime as it influences the life of victim Lindy Simpson in My Sunshine Away. This debut novel by M.O. Walsh ties together numerous threads in what is being called “a budding classic likely to remain in readership for many years to come.” The novel is filled with suspense, angst, loyalty and deceit.
Joe Abercrombie follows his novel Half a King with a sequel Half the World. This book can be read as the second book in the series or a standalone. Thorn, a 15 year old has been told that a woman should look for a wealthy husband rather than a warrior. Desperate to revenge her father’s death she lives to fight and destroy those who are bent on deceiving her.
Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon uses flashbacks and present-day narratives to tell the story of stay-at-home dad Simon Connelly as he confronts the fact that he does not know his son Jake. Suddenly one day, Connelly receives a text that there has been a shooting at his son and daughter’s high school. As parents are reunited with their children, Connelly’s son Jake is declared missing. Psychological suspense surrounding a parent’s worst nightmare make this a captivating and impossible book to put down.
Fantasy fans will enjoy A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. Set in London, the link between parallel universes, the magician Kell is one of only two travelers who can move between them. Something very sinister is disturbing the equilibrium, and Kell must unravel a plot that threatens to destroy both worlds. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, he will first need to stay alive.
Laurie R. King is one of the most popular mystery writers today, and her new book Dreaming Spies: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes will not disappoint. Russell and Holmes board an ocean liner enroute to Japan. During the journey they meet a known blackmailer and a young Japanese woman who is not all that she seems. Dobbs and her husband Holmes must solve a mystery involving international espionage, extortion and shocking secrets or an empire will be toppled. This book contains rich atmosphere and wonderful historical research.
The Siege Winter is a novel set during King Stephen and Empress Matilda’s tumultuous civil conflict to claim England. The pair will do whatever it requires no matter the cost to themselves or their subjects. The brutality of the period is realistically captured without sacrificing the complex nature of the time or the people involved in the story.
These and many other new works of fiction are available at the Peter White Public Library.
By Pam Christensen, Library Director