A new book of local interest and of baseball! “If These Walls Could Talk: Stories From The Milwaukee Brewers Dugout, Locker Room And Press Box” by Bill Schroeder contains a wealth of stories that recall Brewer history beyond the statistics.
”Secondhand Time: The Last Of The Soviets, An Oral History” by Svetlana Alexievich is the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize In Literature. It chronicles the disintegration of the Soviet Union to the emergence of the new Russia. Alexievich’s distinctive documentary style exhibits a “history of emotion” by sharing the stories of ordinary men and women; a reason that was cited for its award.
“LaRose” is the latest from Louise Erdrich, author of “The Round House”. The story takes place in North Dakota in the summer of 1999. Landreaux Iron accidentally shoots and kills his neighbor’s 5 year old son; the youngest child of his best friend, Peter Ravich. A year later when healing seems to
c gradually come, a vengeful man enters and threatens their peace with accusations.
Linda Howard’s new book “Troublemaker” is a romantic suspense novel that features Morgan Yancy, an operative and Isabeau Maran, a part-time police chief in a small West Virginia town. Maran’s quiet life is interrupted when Yancy shows up on her doorstep.
”Prayers The Devil Answers” by Sharyn McCrumb is a Depression era story set in Appalachia. Ellie Robbins, a recent widow must take her husband’s job as sheriff to support her family. Her job is largely symbolic, but when secrets come to light she must make some difficult decisions.
“The Pier Falls And Other Stories” is a collection of short stories by the author of “The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time”, Mark Haddon. The stories in the book take many forms—science fiction, contemporary realism, Victorian adventure and a morality tale.
“The Railwayman’s Wife” by Ashley Hay takes place in 1948 in the aftermath of the war. Three lost souls search for new ways to live their lives after the trauma of the war. They connect through their love of literature and poetry they find at their local library.
“A Buccaneer At Heart” by Stephanie Laurens is the second book in “The Adventurers Quartet”; “where Regency-era intrigue, danger, romance and passion abound”.
Amanda Quick’s newest book takes place in Victorian London, the historical fiction novel tempts the read er with mystery, romance and obsession. Read about it in “’Til Death Do Us Part”.
The library recently acquired some books of local interest:
“Some Like It Cold: Surfing The Malibu Of The Midwest” by William Povletich chronicles the journey of twin brothers Lee and Larry Williams and their passion for surfing on the shore of Sheboygan.
There are several books about the Native people of Wisconsin: “Skunk Hill: A Native Ceremonial Community In Wisconsin” by Robert A. Birmingham, “Native People Of Wisconsin” by Patty Loew, “The Silver Man: The Life And Times Of Indian Agent John Kinzie”.
“Polka Heartland: Why The Midwest Loves The Polka” by Dick Blau and Rick March.
“One-Room Country Schools: History And Recollections” by Jerry Apps.
“No Safe Secret” by Fern Michaels features Molly, a woman of status. She’s married to a wealth cosmetic dentist, lives in an exclusive neighborhood and has exceptional children. However, there is
a secret that she left in Florida that threatens her pristine life.
Beverly Lewis offers a book that originates in Lancaster County. The mistakes of the past haunt Lucy Flaud, now she’s twenty-five and past Amish courting age. She meets an “Englischer” who is looking for a simpler way of life. Will things work for them? Read about it in “The Atonement”.
Linda Lael Miller is introducing a new series; it is the “Carsons Of Mustang Creek”. “Once A Rancher” is the first book and it takes place In Bliss County, Wyoming. The “queen of Western romance” weaves a story worthy of the title.
There is a new book that is getting a lot of attention. It is written by Kathleen Grissom, author of “The Kitchen House” it’s a sequel, “Glory Over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House”. The main character, Jamie Pyke a southern slave, is living a life of a wealthy white aristocrat living in Philadelphia. His secret identity is threatened when he wants to return to the south to help two of his friends escape via the Underground Railroad.
“Darkness” by Karen Robards features Dr. Gina Sullivan a renowned ornithologist, who is on a research study on the remote island of Attu , Alaska. Things get interesting when a jet plane falls out of the sky and crashes in the water a few feet away from the boat she’s in. When the survivors are rescued, it is apparent that the crash wasn’t an accident at all.
Lisa Scottoline offers up a suspenseful read. “Most Wanted” begins with Christine and Marcus Nilsson are unable to conceive a child. They decide to select a donor, and two months later Christine is pregnant. Imagine her surprise when, on the evening news there’s a murderer being arrested who has an uncanny resemblance to the donor.
Fans of science fiction have a new selection from R.A. Salvatore. “Maestro” is book 2 in the “Homecoming” series (“Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms”). Drizzt is going home to Menzoberranzan. Something terrible has come to the City Of Spiders, something that is leaving death and destruction in its wake.
Donna Leon has a new “Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, “The Waters Of Eternal Youth” is the twenty-fifth book in the series. It has the inspector drawn to the case that might not be one at all.
“Off The Grid” is a “Joe Pickett Novel” by C.J. Box that has the Red Desert of Wyoming as it’s backdrop. The game warden and his friend Nate must deal with a special operations force and domestic terrorists to mention a few challenges.
“Private Paris” by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan has Jack Morgan fighting for the most powerful people in Paris.
Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of “The Deep End Of The Ocean” offers “Two If By Sea”, a story that features Frank, a man who saves a boy with special powers.
Danielle Steele, a continual favorite, has “Property Of A Noblewoman” a story about a woman who left a safety deposit box full of jewels with no heir. See how the mystery unravels as the true owner of the treasure is found.
Science Fiction-Fantasy fans can enjoy “Fire Touched, A Mercy Thompson Novel” by Patricia Briggs and another series novel by Christine Feehan, “Dark Promises, A Carpathian Novel”.
“Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox: Reprogram Your Body For Rapid Weight Loss And Amazing Health” by William Davis works in conjunction with the other “Wheat Belly” books to help people remove wheat and grains from their diets.
“Thirty Million Words, Building A Child’s Brain, Tune In Talk More Take Turns” by Dana Suskind shares the secret to “nurturing the brain to optimum intelligence and stability”. It explains the most important things parents can do for their children to build their brains.