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June 2024

The Moonshiner’s Daughter

by Donna Everhart

Set in 1960’s North Carolina. Jessie Sasser’s family has a long legacy of making and running moonshine on Shine Mountain. Seeing her mother die a horrific death when she was very young has Jessie dead set against the family business. It leaves her with many questions about her mother and a eating disorder. Running shine isn’t easy, even with Sally Sue a rocket of a car. Mayhem, rivalry and the revenuers takes it’s toll on this family leaving Jessie with a choice to make about her family legacy.

This book is available in the library and on Hoopla an ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Chris Schultz, Graphics Information Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


Camino Ghosts

by John Grisham

An extraordinary blend of fact and fiction, Camino Island grabs you at the very first page and carries you until the end.  Continuing with his Camino Island series, this third book by Grisham brings us back to bookseller Bruce Cable and tells the story of a small barrier island off the coast of Florida settled by slaves hundreds of years ago and the 300-year-old curse that surrounds it.
When a giant resort developer uses its deep pockets to try to claim ownership of the island, the last surviving  inhabitant is the only thing that stands in their way.  What the developer doesn’t realize is that the island has a long history and the locals believe it is cursed.  The author also provides us a look back into the horrors of the slave trade. The battle that ensues for ownership makes for fascinating reading.  I would highly recommend this one.
This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook.
Recommended by: Denise Mitchel, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


May 2024

The Things We Cannot Say

by Kelly Rimmer

The Things We Cannot Say is a heartbreaking, heartwarming hopeful story that explores love, loss, hardship, sacrifice and the relationships that bond people together. This story was compelling and emotional by layering duel timelines and how they connected the story and the family. We see the historical side to the story and then a modern side to it. Each is strong, interesting stories with their conflicts and heartache that shape the people they are.

This book is available at the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook and on Hoopla as an ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Chris Schultz, Graphics Informational Clerk

 

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The Crystal Shard: Legend of Drizzt

by R. A. Salvatore

Dungeons & Dragons, the tabletop role-playing fantasy game, has seen a rise in popularity in the past few years with the release of the Stranger Things TV series and the 2024 video game of the year Baldur’s Gate 3. I wanted to delve deeper into the lore of D&D, and R.A. Salvatore’s books were a great starting point for me.

The Crystal Shard, the fourth book in the legend of Drizzt seriesdoes not in fact focus solely on the iconic and popular drow elf Drizzt Do’Urden. Instead of dominating the adventure as an almighty invincible swordsman as he would come to be in later novels, Drizzt is a fantastic protagonist without stealing the spotlight from the other characters. This made the book feel more like a real game of D&D as everyone had even-handed appearances throughout the book. The novel is filled with action-packed scenes, intricate battles, and themes of friendship, redemption, and the struggle between good and evil. Drizzt emerges as a heroic figure, fighting against the norms of his society and striving to do what is right.

R.A. Salvatore’s books have been a fun way for me to explore the world of D&D outside of actually playing it, and I would suggest this series to anyone who wants to learn more about the lore of D&D or is simply interested in high-fantasy and immersive world building. It is a timeless classic in the fantasy genre.

This book is available on Hoopla as an ebook.

Recommended by: Kristen Holding, Graphic Artist

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The Overstory

by Richard Powers

In his much-admired novel “The Overstory” Richard Powers takes a profound look at the ties that link people and trees. Powers creates a huge mural of stories demonstrating the importance of trees and their influence on our lives. Powers writes in such a beautiful and evocative language that he is like a painter painting woodland scenes with words. He is a nature expert giving rich histories of events centered around trees and their habitats. “This is not our world with trees in it. It’s a world of trees, where humans have just arrived.” I don’t know how many times I have read that quote, but it continues to serve as a reminder to value what is around us and keep it safe. If you are looking for a place to be motivated to conserve trees and other things, then you must not miss it.

This book is available in the library and on Hoopla as an e audiobook.

Recommended by: Maurya Orr, Graphic Artist

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Dangerous Games

by Danielle Steel

Alix Phillips, a fearless television correspondent, often listens to her college-aged daughter, Faye, voicing concerns about the risks inherent in her job. Despite navigating perilous situations to deliver acclaimed news coverage, Alix, accompanied by her cameraman Ben Chapman, confronts civil unrest on the global stage and investigates local political crimes. Ben, a former Navy SEAL, keeps a gun under his pillow as a precaution. Ironically, despite Faye’s worries about her mother’s profession, she herself experiences more personal violence.

Alix and Ben’s journey to the Middle East yields significant results when a confidential informant reveals unexpected information about a particular American politician. Impressed by a book penned by Olympia Foster, a refined yet reclusive widow of the once-presidential hopeful Bill Foster, Alix decides to collaborate with her. With insights from various sources, including Alix’s editor Felix, they embark on an investigation into allegations against Vice President Tony Clark. The CIA’s involvement even extends to having Olympia wear a wire.

As Alix delves deeper into her latest assignment, she finds herself confronting unprecedented danger. The stakes rise, unveiling a captivating narrative that intertwines personal and political intrigue and a romance between two long-time coworkers.

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook.

Recommended by: Jackie Boyd, Communications Manager

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Grey Bees

by Andrey Kurkov

The book follows Sergey, a Ukrainian beekeeper residing in the tumultuous “grey zone,” where conflict between Ukrainians and Russians rages on. With electricity out for weeks and food supplies dwindling, tea and honey become precious commodities in this stark landscape.

Sergey, a disabled former mine safety inspector forced into retirement at 42, grapples with the ghosts of his past—a failed marriage and the departure of his daughter. Amidst the chaos of war, his bees continue their work, oblivious to borders, gathering pollen from both Ukrainian and Russian flowers.

This juxtaposition hints at the irony of nature’s indifference to human conflict, as Sergey navigates the complexities of life amidst the turmoil of war.

This book is available on Hoopla as an ebook.

Recommended by: Jackie Boyd, Communications Manager

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Fourth Wing

by Rebecca Yarros

On conscription day, Violet Sorrengail, daughter of General Lilith Sorrengail, finds herself thrust into a fate chosen by her mother rather than her own desires. Despite objections from her sister Mira, Violet is compelled by her mother to forgo her dreams of becoming a scribe and instead attends Basgiath War College in Navarre, a society steeped in polytheism and perpetual warfare for centuries. In this mythical realm teeming with dragons, gryphons, and other fantastical creatures, students navigate treacherous terrain both academically and physically, with fatalities not uncommon during training exercises.

Amidst the chaos, Violet grapples with complex relationships. Her childhood friend, Dain Aetos, now her squad leader, harbors doubts about her abilities, while the enigmatic Xaden Riorson, son of rebellion leader Fen Riorson and her wing leader, presents an irresistible allure despite their initial misunderstandings.

Set against a backdrop of quill pens and inkwells, this fantasy-romance transports readers to an alternate universe rich in magic, featuring elements such as time manipulation, dragon-sight, and lightning wielding. As Violet contends with others’ perceptions of her fragility and the challenges posed by her recurring shoulder dislocations, author Yarros weaves a tale of resilience and determination, presenting a disabled heroine poised to defy the odds.

This book is available in the library, on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook and e audiobook, and on Hoopla as an e audiobook.

Recommended by: Jackie Boyd, Communications Manager

Posted in: Adult Fiction


People We Meet on Vacation

by Emily Henry

Poppy and Alex may seem like an odd match at first glance, with little apparent common ground. She’s a carefree spirit adorned with chunky plastic earrings, while he’s the khaki-clad, bookish homebody devoted to his morning workouts. Yet, a serendipitous car ride during their college days, a decade ago, sparks a deep and enduring friendship that transcends the geographical gap between their current residences in New York City and Linfield, Ohio. For ten summers, they’ve shared unforgettable vacations, until a rift tore them apart two years ago, leaving them estranged.

Caught in a seemingly idyllic yet hollow existence of lavish trips devoid of true fulfillment, Poppy reminisces on the last time she felt genuinely content—when they were together. Determined to mend their fractured bond, she persuades Alex to embark on one final journey together in hopes of reconciliation. Reluctantly, he agrees, his attendance at his brother’s wedding in California serving as added incentive.

With just a week to heal old wounds, Poppy confronts the uncomfortable truths simmering beneath the surface of their seemingly perfect friendship. Amidst back spasms, malfunctioning air conditioning, and unexpected setbacks, she grapples with the daunting task of not only repairing her relationship with Alex but also confronting the unspoken truths that have long lingered between them.

This book is available in the library, on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook and e audiobook, and on Hoopla as a e audiobook.

Recommended by: Jackie Boyd, Communications Manager

Posted in: Adult Fiction


Iron Flame

by Rebecca Yarros

In this sequel to Fourth Wing (2023), twenty-one-year-old Navarrian woman Violet Sorrengail grapples with daunting challenges, her joints threatening to give way with every exertion. Alongside her companions Xaden Riorson and their dragons, internal struggles clash with external conflicts against military and governmental forces.

Despite her physical limitations, Violet embodies resilience and strength as a formidable warrior. Bonded to two dragons, Tairn and Andarna, she stands poised to wield not one, but two powers—an extraordinary feat typically reserved for those bonded to a dragon previously linked to a family member, akin to her lover Xaden’s connection with Sgaeyl.

Expertly crafted chapters conclude with devastation yet offer renewal, mirroring the cycle of destruction and rejuvenation. Through the pages of Violet’s library, glimpses of forthcoming challenges emerge, enhancing the narrative’s suspense. A warrior at heart and a scholar in mind, Violet epitomizes the ideal heroine, disability notwithstanding.

As their yearning for honesty and transparency strains their relationship, an unexpected cliffhanger finale threatens to unravel Violet and Xaden’s bond, culminating in a brutal yet poignant conclusion.

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Jackie Boyd, Communications Manager

Posted in: Adult Fiction


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