Great Reads

Penney, Stef. The Invisible Ones

Private investigator Ray Lovell thought he’d left his Gypsy roots far behind him. His father left the travelling life long ago to “live in bricks” with Ray’s gorgie—non-Gypsy—mother and Ray himself has never lived on the road. His main connection to that life was childhood trips to visit his father’s family in their trailers.  But he finds himself pulled back into the often tangled webs of Gypsy family when Leon Wood, a Gypsy man, hires him to locate his missing daughter. No one but a Gypsy would get far, Leon insists, and Ray reluctantly takes the case. Rose Wood—Rose Janko at the time of her disappearance—has been missing for seven years and Ray doesn’t think he’ll get too far. But when he interviews the seemingly cursed Janko family—not only did Rose vanish, but the males of the family are plagued by an always-fatal degenerative disease of mysterious origins—Ray soon finds that nothing is as it seems and that it’s finally time for the Janko family secrets to come to light. When Ray lands in the hospital, poisoned near-fatally and partially paralyzed, his drive to see this case through to the end intensifies.

Narrated alternately by Ray Lovell, a flawed but driven man; and young JJ, a Gypsy boy trying hard to understand his place in both the Janko clan and the greater world, The Invisible Ones is both a compelling mystery and also a fascinating glimpse into an unfamiliar culture and lifestyle. Between this and her debut novel, The Tenderness of Wolves, it is obvious that Stef Penney is an author to watch.

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Just a Thought--Coming Soon!

We’re gearing up for a great spring all ready! Temperatures are high, flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and a lot of best-selling authors are coming out with spring releases! If you’d like to get ahead of the rush, here’s a small sampling of some of this spring’s sure-bet bestsellers! Call or visit the library to place your reserves now!

 

APRIL

  • Baldacci, David.  The Innocent
  • Bradford, Barbara Taylor.  Letter from a Stranger
  • Johansen, Iris.  What Doesn’t Kill You                                                          
  • King, Stephen.  Wind Through the Keyhole
  • Leon, Donna.  Beastly Things
  • McCall Smith, Alexander.  Limpopo Academy of Private Detection
  • Tyler, Anne.  Beginner’s Goodbye
  • Wambaugh, Joseph.  Harbor Nocturne
  • Woods, Stuart.  Unnatural Acts                                                                       

 

MAY

  • Archer, Jeffrey.  Sins of the Father
  • Berry, Steve.  The Columbus Affair
  • Harris, Charlaine.  Deadlocked
  • Irving, John.  In One Person
  • Morrison, Toni.  Home
  • Parker, Robert B.  Lullaby
  • Patterson, James.  11th Hour
  • Quindlen, Anna.  Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
  • Roberts, Nora.  Witness
  • Sandford, John.  Stolen Prey
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Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars.

Hazel has resigned herself to being sick for a long time and then dying; That's just what happens when you have terminal cancer. But when she meets Augustus, a survivor in remission, at her usually uneventful cancer support group, her life radically changes, and so does his.

Initially Hazel fights her feelings for Augustus because she doesn't want to be a "grenade", destroying anyone and everyone who gets too close to her. But things change when Hazel and Augustus go on a trip to Amsterdam to meet her favorite author. Unfortunately, he turns out to be a cruel drunk who is unable to face his own suffering, let alone discuss his work that has had such a deep effect on Hazel. Despite that disappointment, however, she finally feels the courage to give in to her deep desire to be with Augustus, for however long it will be. She knows it will be worth it, and it is.

This bittersweet novel from Green is another masterpiece. Hazel and Augustus are two characters so unique and wise beyond their years that you will not forget this story for a long while.

Just a Thought -- John Carter of Mars

The current blockbuster action movie, John Carter, has a lot of people confused and a few more people worried. The movie, you see, is actually based on a series of science fiction novels written about one hundred years ago by Edgar Rice Burroughs—yes, that Edgar Rice Burroughs, more famous as the author of another series that has often been brought to the silver screen, Tarzan.  The confusion about the current John Carter movie seems to lie with the producers’ decision to remove “of Mars” from the title. I have read that this was to distance the film from other recent flops containing the word Mars, such as Mars Needs Moms, but it also serves to confuse people who only know the name John Carter as Noah Wyle’s character on the TV show E.R.!  Meanwhile, the original book series has a large and very passionate fanbase (among whose number I count myself!) who are concerned that the movie will do a disservice to their beloved characters. I have yet to see the movie myself, but I have been re-reading the books over the last year or so and getting as swept up in them now as I did when I was twelve. Despite having been written so long ago, they hold up very well and hold appeal for a wide age group.  If you’re wondering what all the John Carter buzz is really about, take a look at the source!

 

  • A Princess of Mars
  • The Gods of Mars
  • The Warlord of Mars
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Dee, Jonathan. The Privileges

The Privileges is a satirical portrayal of Adam and Cynthia—a  charmed New York couple blessed with a great love for each other, beautiful children, and all of the privileges of increasing wealth—who find themselves desiring more.  Because of this greed, Adam, who works in the world of private equity, makes a decision that sends him down the path of the immoral and corrupt.  If you want a personal glimpse into one reason why the nation’s financial crisis occurred, this is the book for you.  The Privileges is a highly readable novel with well-drawn characters whom you both empathize with and despise.

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