Here are some mini-reviews of the best new books at your library:
- Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero: This is the story about the kids from Scooby-Doo all grown-up. While this sounds like a bit of a silly idea, it is well-executed with some dark undertones.
- Wolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures by Ben Mezrich, George Church and Stewart Brand: This is a story about the scientists who are trying to bring the mammoth back to life; it breathes new life into the history of this spectacular creature.
- The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota: This is a book that challenges its readers to step into the shoes of another–in this case, take a walk in the lives of Indian migrants in Britain.
- Defectors by Joseph Kanon: This is a wonderful thriller and spy novel that is set in the early 1950s during the Red Scare. It was so gripping that it only took me about a day to get through it.
- The Child by Fiona Barton: The author’s previous book, The Widow, centers around a cold case–this book does as well, only this time, it involves the murder of a newborn. There’s a huge twist at the end that will leave you thinking about this book for some time to come.
- The Force by Don Winslow: This quote from NPR was so wonderful that I have to use it. “An instant classic, an epic, a…Wagner opera with a full cast and buckets of blood and smack and Jameson whiskey.” If that doesn’t sound awesome to you, then I don’t what to tell you.
- Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong (e-book): A book about dementia that’s sweet (but not too sweet) and relatable.
- The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss (e-book): Goss is drawing from Robert Louis Stevenson, H. G. Wells, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Mary Shelley in this story of friendship and history. Rather than being derivative, it’s actually quite insightful.
- Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy: An adventure story with deep characters and grim truths.
- The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman: This book is a testament to the power of reading. Literature vs. video games–who will win?
- Theft by Finding by David Sedaris: For fans of David Sedaris, this is like a glimpse into his mind–an all-at-once shocking and amazing place.
- The Alice Network by Kate Quinn: A suspenseful read full of pain, but also hope.
- Silver Silence by Nalini Singh (e-book): If you like paranormal romance, then this book is for you. There are changelings, humans, and a race called Psy who ward off all emotions.
- Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis: This is a cute little romance perfect for the beach!