Archive for August, 2018

The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood

August 22, 2018

25532936[Sara]

I couldn’t stop listening to this book– the characters had great dynamics, and the setting and description was so vivid that I felt kind of like the house was one of the characters. I can’t get enough of this narrator, Imogen Church; since finishing this book I have continued to borrow more audiobooks of hers from the library on my Overdrive account.

The only drawback for me was that IT WAS SO GROSS! The description was so vivid it often made me wince or gag. But despite this, I couldn’t put it down. Worth the read if you like a good thriller.

Available in Wiggin’s OverDrive collection

The Lido by Libby Page

August 18, 2018

[Amanda] If you’re looking for a light, feel-good work of fiction to add a cool splash to the final dog days of summer, look no further than The Lido by Libby Page. The novel follows young journalist Kate Matthews as she searches for her purpose in Brixton, London. Nearby lives Rosemary, an eighty-six-year-old woman whose greatest joy is her daily swim at the local public pool, the lido. What brings them together unexpectedly is the initiation of a corporate plan to fill in the pool and create luxury apartments, thereby erasing the rich history of loving memories and community which flow within its waters.

What captivated me most about this book was the universality of human experience across generations which is present in its pages. The book is part love story, part hardship, and part self-redemption all wrapped up by the bond of blossoming friendships. The Lido teaches us that no matter how solitary we feel, the power of human connection transcends the social boundaries our Western culture may erect between us.

Choose The Lido if you enjoyed A Man Called Ove by Fredrik BackmanThe One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood, and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Or choose The Lido if you are seeking a fresh, sparkling introduction to contemporary adult fiction.

Check catalog/place hold for The Lido

 

 

 

There There, by Tommy Orange

August 8, 2018

[Lesley] Many thanks to the library patron who requested this book!

I think most fiction I have read with Native American characters have either been fictionalized history or stories that take place on reservations. This book turns all of the familiar tropes inside out.

Meet the “urban Indians” who you have never thought about or even realized existed. Generationally, their grandparents have both feet in traditions, language, history; their parents were part of that as children but since have melted into the mixing pot of cities – either by choice or circumstance – cities where tribes are formed more around economics than heritage; the urban Indians are caught between two worlds – neither one of their choosing and neither one purely then or purely now, purely here or purely there.

Like energetic atoms, these characters spin and bounce off of their families, each other, and society fueled by loss, sadness, anger, ambition, and hope. The energy builds to one moment, one inevitable and unrelenting moment that is devastating but not without some beauty.

This book and the book Girls Burn Brighter seem indicative of our time when so many people are in a limbo-world between the past and the future. The present, which is transitional, is messy and confusing but filled with uneasy imperative to emerge in a new world as a new type of person. Not labeled by ethnicity, gender, language, class – but something freer and more true.

There There can be found on Libby/Overdrive.

Check catalog/place hold for There There
Check catalog/place hold for Girls Burn Brighter

There There - ebook

Nightbird by Alice Hoffman

August 2, 2018

20971472[Sara]

I have thoroughly enjoyed several Alice Hoffman books for adults so I figured I’d give this one a try. I liked it a lot! Even though it is not as complex a story as her longer, more epic works, it is a beautiful story of family, understanding, and belonging. It contains just a hint of magic, enough to please those fans of her more witchy books, but leans more on the realistic elements. This makes it not only accessible to readers of different ages, but those of us who are not usually inclined to read fantasy or magical realism. Don’t judge this book by its cover 😉

Check for availability in Wiggin catalog

Check for availability in OverDrive