Lima Public Library Book Reviews

fiction

The Teller of Secrets by Bisi Adjapon

Young Esi Agyekum is the unofficial “secret guardian” of her family, as discreet about her father’s adultery as about the sex life of her stepsisters. But after being humiliated and punished for her own sexual exploration, Esi begins to wonder why women’s secrets and men’s secrets have different consequences. It’s the beginning of a journey of discovery that will take her to unexpected places.

A twisted tree by Una Mannion

It’s the early 1980s and 15-year-old Libby is obsessed with The Field Guide to the Trees of North America, a gift her Irish immigrant father gave her before he died. She finds solace in “The Kingdom,” a stand of red oaks and thick mountain laurels near her home in suburban Pennsylvania, where she can escape her large, unruly family and share menthol cigarettes and beers. lukewarm with her best friend.

Julia Kelly’s debutante last dance

When it is announced that 1958 will be the last year the debutantes will be presented at court, thousands of enthusiastic mothers and hopeful daughters flood the palace with letters asking for the most coveted invitation of the year: a chance for their daughters to curtsy to young Queen Elizabeth and officially step out into society. In an effort to appease her traditional mother, aspiring college student Lily Nichols agrees to become a debutante and make the season a scintillating, grueling series of countless balls and cocktail parties.

Reprieve by James Han Mattson

On April 27, 1997, four contestants travel to the last cell of Quigley House, a haunted full-contact escape room in Lincoln, Nebraska, famous for its monstrosities, traps, and ghoulishly costumed actors. If the group can endure these horrors without shouting the safe word “respite”, they will win a substantial cash prize – a surprising feat accomplished only by another group in the house’s long history. But before they can complete the challenge, a man bursts into the cell and kills one of the contestants.

nonfiction

Murder Maps USA: Crime Scenes Revisited; From Bloodstains to Ballistics, 1865-1939 by Adam Selzer

The most sensational and intriguing murders from across the United States are revisited in this disturbing volume, which introduces readers to the deadliest killers in every state.

Revealing homicides from a pivotal time in American criminal history, this collection spans from the end of the Civil War to the start of World War II, the era that saw the first murderer convicted using fingerprints fingers and the birth of the FBI laboratory.

A Confederacy of Dumptys: Portraits of American Scoundrels in Verse by John Lithgow

While the Trump era was plagued by corruption and abuse of power, this was nothing new. Through Lithgow’s cutting-edge humor, you’ll discover a gallery of rogue villains who preceded Donald J. Trump, powerful men and women who were corrupt, venal, criminal, adulterous, racist, or just plain filthy. With dark and lyrical stories from across American history, you’ll discover long-forgotten characters and bad actors of today.

Patient Zero: A Curious History of the World’s Worst Diseases by Lydia Kang

Discover the tragic stories of Patient Zeros throughout history, like Mabalo Lokela, who contracted Ebola while on vacation in 1976, and the Lewis Baby on Broad Street in London, the first to catch cholera during an 1854 outbreak which led to a major medical breakthrough. Interspersed with origin stories of a different kind – how a rye fungus in 1951 turned a small village in France into a spooky scene. Plus, learn about the difficult history of human autopsy, how the HIV virus has been with us for at least a century and more.

Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation by John Lewis

Congressman John Lewis has been a paragon of the civil rights movement and political leadership for decades. A hero we won’t soon forget, Lewis was a beacon of hope and a role model of humility whose invocation of “good trouble” continues to inspire millions across our country. During his final months on earth, even as he battled cancer, he dedicated time to sharing his memories, beliefs and guidance – exclusively immortalized in these pages – as a message to generations to come.

CHILDREN

What is the difference ? : Over 40 Seemingly Similar Pairs by Emma Strack

Have you ever thought about the difference between a crocodile and an alligator? A bee and a wasp? How is a camel different from a dromedary or a penguin from a penguin? Are Holland and the Netherlands the same? And England and Great Britain? The Arctic and Antarctica are very different, but who goes where? In this book, more than 40 pairs of similar and often confused objects are examined for the different details that distinguish them from each other. Filled with fun anecdotes and facts that might surprise you, the book covers pairs of animals, food, geography, fashion, the human body and more. You’ll never mix these seemingly similar things again!

Ages: 4-8

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