New books for the new year

Written by Laurie Wilson

A model new set of books – that is what we bought 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 maintain including to my listing. Virtually each week I hear a couple of e book or creator that’s new to me and appears very attention-grabbing.

The newest one is Anne of Cleves. After studying a few them, I might advocate it to anybody who loves advanced puzzles and police procedurals.

Begin with “The Crow Entice,” the primary e book within the Vera Stanhope collection. Three very totally different girls are launched within the story, however the principle one is Vera. Not precisely what you’d anticipate of a detective inspector, Vera is a middle-aged lady and is described as dressing like a “bag woman”.

In an interview, the creator stated that she by no means supposed to have a detective within the novel. Nonetheless, Vera would not seem till midway by, so I believe extra about her previous will likely be revealed within the subsequent books within the collection.

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

What made it extra attention-grabbing was the addition of native customs and traditions that have been new to me, akin to Up Helly Aa. It is a grand occasion that takes place on New 12 months’s Eve and features a torchlight procession by 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 begin the subsequent one.

Simply because I would like a break from crime once in a while, 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 barely 176 pages lengthy. It delivers a stunningly lovely 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 an area 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 shedding her reminiscence. With no pool and swimming each day, recollections flash again and threaten to derail her relationship together with her daughter. Prepare for an emotional journey if you learn this excellent story.

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

Anybody who has attended our lecture collection up to now could 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 previous trunk stuffed with memorabilia and private objects from his time within the White Home, it’s stuffed with private pictures 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 try, or come to the library and browse our assortment to see what yow will discover for winter studying.

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

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