By Terry Morris
Time seems to be flying by. Summer is just around the corner and hot weathers here. Children will be out of school, families going on vacation, gathering wonderful memories to be cherished in the years to come. The library will become busier with children and the influx of part-time residents.
Keep your eyes open for all the details of our Summer Reading Program.
News and Views from the new bookshelves
"Leeway Cottage" by Beth Gutcheon -- In April, 1940, as the Nazis march into Denmark, a rich girl named Sydney Brandt, of the Dundee summer colony, marries a gifted Danish pianist, Laurus Moss. They believe they are well matched, as young lovers do, but almost at once their views of the world and their marriage begin to diverge. In the decades to come, many people, especially their three grown children, will wonder whether these two very different people understand each other at all. This is a beautifully written tour de force of a novel. The author takes readers back to the coastal village of Dundee, Maine. There, in a Victorian summer house called Leeway Cottage, we witness the scenes of a long Twentieth Century marriage.
"The Hot Kid" by Elmore Leonard -- Carl Webster, the hot kid of the marshals' service, is polite, respects his elders, and can shoot a man driving away in an Essex at four hundred yards. Carl wants to be America's most famous lawman. With Tommy guns, hot cars, speakeasies, cops and robbers, and a former lawman who believes in vigilante justice, all played out against the flapper period of gun molls and Prohibition, "The Hot Kid" is Elmore Leonard -- a true master at his best.
"Falls the Shadow" by William Lashner -- a beautiful young woman is dead, her husband convicted of the murder. In seeking a new trial for the husband, defense attorney Victor Carl must confront not only a determined prosecutor and a police detective who might have set up his client, but also, a strange little busybody named Bob. It's all good, until Victor finds a connection between Bob and the murdered wife. Is Bob a kind of saint or is this obsessive Good Samaritan in reality a murderer? Filled with keen wit and a twisting suspense, this book is sure to leave readers eager for more.
"Zorro" by Isabel Allende -- Born in Southern California late in the Eighteenth Century, he is a child of two worlds. Diego de la Vega's father is an aristocratic Spanish military man turned landowner; his mother, a Shoshone warrior. Between California and Barcelona, the New World and the Old, the persona of Zorro is formed, a great hero is born, and the legend begins. After many adventures, Diego de la Vega, a.k.a. Zorro, returns to America to reclaim the hacienda on which he was raised and to seek justice for all who cannot fight for it themselves. This is a great story that reveals for the first time how Diego de la Vega became the masked man we all know so well.
"Heartbreak Hotel" by Jill Marie Landis -- Tracy Potter always played by the rules and maintained a perfect home. But, after her husband's death, she learns the devastating truth. All she believed in was a perfect lie. Forced to start over, Tracy puts everything into resurrecting the Heartbreak Hotel, a long abandoned, turn-of-the century inn overlooking the Pacific Ocean. She's determined never again to believe in anyone but herself -- until the night mysterious loner Wade MacAllister checks in. Along California's sparkling blue coastline and amid its shrouded nights, "Heartbreak Hotel" unfolds a suspenseful and yet tender story of second chances against all odds.
"Company Man" by Joseph Finder -- Nice Conover, the CEO of a major corporation, a local boy made good, was once the most admired man in a company town. But that was before the layoffs. A faceless stalker menaces his family. At work, Nick begins to uncover a conspiracy against him. With everything he cares about in the balance, Nick discovers strengths he never knew he had. His enemies don't realize how hard he'll fight to save his company. And, nobody knows how far he'll go to protect his family. A heart-stopping thriller about ambition, betrayal and the price of secrets.
"Follies" by Ann Beattie is a collection of stories about adult children, aging parents and the chance encounters that irrevocably alter lives. Beattie looks at Baby Boomers in their maturity, sorting out their own lives and struggling with parents that are eccentric, unpredictable and increasingly dependent. The author is a masterful observer of domestic relations and the idiosyncratic logic that governs human lives.
"The Italian Secretary" by Caleb Carr is the newest tale commissioned by the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The story begins when Sherlock Holmes reveals to Dr. Watson an encrypted telegram he has received from his brother, Mycroft; the famous detective has been summoned to the aid of Queen Victoria in Scotland. Rushed northward on a royal train -- a nearly murdered Holmes and Watson are soon joined by Mycroft, and learn of the brutal killings of a renowned architect and his foreman, both of whom had been preparing to renovate a wing of the famous Royal Palace Of Holyrood in Edinburgh. Told with his unique feel for historical detail, and the architecture of human evil, this new offering enriches the Conan Doyle tradition.
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