New books for the new year

Written by Laurie Wilson

A model new set of books – that is what we obtained simply earlier than the winter break. The timing was excellent, however the strain was overwhelming. What number of of them can I learn throughout my trip?

It is enjoyable getting new books, however now I am behind on my present studying. And I hold including to my checklist. Nearly each week I hear a couple of e book or writer that’s new to me and appears very attention-grabbing.

The most recent one is Anne of Cleves. After studying a few them, I’d suggest it to anybody who loves complicated puzzles and police procedurals.

Begin with “The Crow Lure,” the primary e book within the Vera Stanhope sequence. Three very totally different ladies are launched within the story, however the principle one is Vera. Not precisely what you’ll count on of a detective inspector, Vera is a middle-aged girl and is described as dressing like a “bag woman”.

In an interview, the writer stated that she by no means supposed to have a detective within the novel. Nonetheless, Vera would not seem till midway by means of, so I feel extra about her previous can be revealed within the subsequent books within the sequence.

I additionally learn Cleeves’ ‘Raven Black’, the primary e book for the Shetland Quartet. Cleeves does an excellent job of setting the scene, such because the distant Northumberland countryside for ‘The Crow’ Lure” and even the gloomy Shetland Islands in “Raven Black”.

What made it extra attention-grabbing was the addition of native customs and traditions that had been new to me, resembling Up Helly Aa. It is a grand occasion that takes place on New Yr’s Eve and features a torchlight procession by means of city, ending with the burning of a Viking kitchen, constructed particularly for the occasion. It is a crucial a part of the plot and tradition of the island. This was an incredible e book and I can not wait to start out the following one.

Simply because I want a break from crime now and again, and for e book membership I learn “The Bathers” by Julie Otsuka. One of many redeeming options of her books is the truth that they’re brief. This one is just 176 pages lengthy. It delivers a stunningly stunning story in these few pages – introducing you to Hodgepodge’s group of devoted leisure swimmers from all walks of life, who’ve met and exercised at a neighborhood pool each week for years. Swimming is such an integral a part of their lives that it is nearly an obsession—till at some point a crack seems within the backside of the pool, slowly spreading, and issues begin to change.

At first, there isn’t a distinction within the pool and swimming routine, however because the crack widens, the pool is closed periodically for repairs. Left with out their routine, the swimmers get misplaced and misplaced, particularly Alice, a lady nearing dementia who’s slowly dropping her reminiscence. With no pool and swimming each day, reminiscences flash again and threaten to derail her relationship along with her daughter. Prepare for an emotional journey once you learn this superb story.

We even have her earlier work, Buddha within the Attic, which is the story of a bunch of “image brides” of Japanese ladies who had been dropped at San Francisco within the early 1900s to marry immigrant Japanese males. One other simple to navigate at 129 pages, however do not underestimate it.

Anybody who has attended our lecture sequence previously might have seen former Secret Service agent Clint Hill when he spoke right here in October 2016. Listening to about his experiences with Kennedy was each fascinating and nostalgic for us of a sure age. Now, at age 90, he has a brand new e book, My Travels With Mrs. Kennedy, written by him and Lisa McCubbin-Hill. Written after he discovered an outdated trunk full of memorabilia and private gadgets from his time within the White Home, it’s full of private images and anecdotes. We even have his memoir, Mrs. Kennedy and I, which recounts his 4 years as an agent.

Wait till subsequent time and browse extra new books obtainable so that you can take a look at, or come to the library and browse our assortment to see what you could find for winter studying.

Laurie Wilson is the librarian of cataloging and digital content material at Southern Arkansas Group School.

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