Between the Covers: More from the Central Library
The Gift of Fire/On the Head of a Pin by Walter Mosley
The author of the Easy Rawlins mystery series really seems to hit his stride when he ventures into the human mind. These two stories combined in one book are an intense and exciting questioning of how we morally see the world and where this vision might take us.
Gathering of Waters by Bernice L. McFadden
Third-person narratives are not uncommon but when that narrative voice is the spirit of an inanimate object, "Money, Mississippi," the possibilities explode. Bernice McFadden is a craftsman of prose. She will carry you along in a sweeping symphony without any pretension.
Dear Everybody by Michael Kimball
Kimball seamlessly moves between speakers through the notes from Jonathan, the dialogue, and Robert's comments. You start the book knowing Jonathan commits suicide, but the point is why. The character development through "showing" is phenomenal.
Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
Timeless humor, witty dialogue, and enough British scenes to satisfy the most voracious Anglophile reader.
The Neon Rain by James Lee Burke
Louisiana’s natural world at its best! The beginning of a saga of a man and his growth after alcoholism. Great language and insights.
Refuse to Choose! by Barbara Sher
This is a great book for anyone who felt they had to choose one path in life. The author really does show you how to do all the things you love.
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Loved the way it was written from various characters’ point of view, both protagonist and antagonist. Great read.
The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
This was very approachable Science Fiction for me. A touch of Harry Potter with a fine layer of Bourne Identity, which made this a real page-turner. The offices described seemed very in touch with normal business red tape and politics. Hope there is a sequel on the horizon!
What It Was by George Pelecanos
If there is a genre for guys as a counterpoint to “Chick Lit,” this would be a perfect addition! Very authentic details of the early 70s in D.C.—the music, the cars, the clothes—even the menus at popular restaurants at the time. Good read but gritty.
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
I like the author’s style, and she puts more depth into her books than most YA fantasy authors. However, I’m very tired of the “torn between two fabulous guys” trope….
Justice edited by Michael Sandel
A great refresher or intro to classic political philosophy. The world would be a better place if this was taught in elementary schools.
The Firm by John Grisham
This book was nothing like I expected it to be, and that was the most pleasant surprise. I expected boring lawyerly proceedings and instead I got action, thrills, and suspense. Grisham builds up the excitement in the novel, as the reader slowly begins picking up clues that lead to the big picture and the grand finale. He is a master of sucking the reader into his complex web of characters with his engaging and effortless writing style, making you care deeply about a morally questionable lawyer, a one-dimensional female protagonist, and a loquacious convict. This book kept my attention throughout without the need for over-the-top action or crazy firefights. It combined mystery, suspense, and action seamlessly, and proved to be one of the best reads this year.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
A must read for introverts and extroverts alike. Introverts will discover how they are not alone in their feelings and views of an over-stimulating world, while extroverts will learn that all that talking is not as impressive as it seems. We need both kinds of people in a balanced world, so it is time to relish the qualities of the quiet ones instead of constantly telling them to speak up unnaturally.
Home by Toni Morrison
I could see this book being a real big movie! A story with a twist and makes you think (why, maybe, who, and because). Was absorbed. Some profanity. Family, relationships, racism, and community are the major themes. You will feel! A very interesting book that I am still processing.
The Jury Master by Robert Dugoni
A legal thriller that really was hard to put down. Highly recommend.
Blink of an Eye by William S. Cohen
Politics. Conspiracy. Big money. The author, a true insider (Secretary of Defense under President Bill Clinton), takes you on a thrill ride with detailed insight into the modern reality of how mushroom clouds could be a part of our future.
Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Two A, edited by Ben Bova
Eleven "novellas." These are older works by well-known authors. A "fan" of sci-fi might like them all. I found several which could stand alone, published individually. Several I didn't "get." I liked "And Then There Were None" by Eric Frank Russell.
Flim-Flam Man by Jennifer Vogel
Honest, insightful book written by a woman whose father was a professional conman and major counterfeiter. Very well-written; spans her lifetime from childhood until her dad's last "job."
Encyclopedia Brown Solves Them All by Donald J. Sobol
It's been about 30 years since I've read an Encyclopedia Brown book, but when I heard that author Donald J. Sobol passed away, I thought I'd honor his memory by rereading a childhood favorite. Let me tell you, I was STILL stumped by some of those mysteries! Some of the answers are outdated, but all in all, a quick, fun read that actually got me to think.
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
Saw it first in the movie, book better. A lot of action.
Death in Holy Orders by P. D. James
This was my first P. D. James book, and I was very pleased with it. The author took a lot of effort in detailing the characters of the story, so that finding out the murderer soon gave way to me knowing more about the characters.