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We’re loving this fall weather! For years I have told my husband that it’s a good thing I forget how hot and humid summers are in Texas. If I remembered, I’d be out of here. I’m so grateful that the rest of the year is nice.
Fall is also a big season for book publishers and we’ll have many good books rolling in soon. Among them is Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam. “What appears on the surface to be a simple story of a family on vacation morphs into a narrative about humanity, shared fear, misconceptions of people, and more. Amanda, Clay, and their two children rent an AirBnB. Then homeowners Ruth and GH appear on the doorstep in a panic, and suddenly nothing is normal.” (10-6) Marika Zemke
If you enjoy Alice Hoffman, like I do, then you’ll want to check out her newest, Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic. “In the 1600s, witch/healer Hannah Owens finds a baby girl abandoned in a basket guarded by a crow. The resulting tale provides the backstory to the ‘Owens curse’ central to Hoffman’s 1995 novel. Those who’ve read Practical Magic will want a re-read after devouring this prequel.” (10-6) Donna Ballard
Lisa Jewell’s latest is Invisible Girl. “A teenage girl disappears. A loner living where she was last seen is taken into custody. Case closed? Nothing in this book is that simple. Jewell is a master at complex characters and plots that keep the reader constantly guessing.” (10-13) Linda Quinn
Tana French is another master in the murder mystery genre and her new book is The Searcher. “Cal is an ex-Chicago copy now living in a small Irish town. His hopes for a quiet retirement are dashed when he’s drawn into local intrigue. With intricate plotting and an atmosphere thick as fog, this standalone combines the attitude of the Dublin Murder Squad with the politics of small-town life.” (10-6) Caitlin Loving
On the lighter side is Sophie Kinsella’s Love Your Life. “Ava and Matt’s whirlwind romance at a writers’ retreat turns upside down when they return to London and really get to know one another. Kinsella delivers another charming rom-com full of quirky characters and lighthearted humor.” (10-27) Annabelle Mortensen
Already in the library is Louise Penny’s All the Devils Are Here. This new thriller takes place in Paris where Inspector Armand Gamache is awaiting the birth of his granddaughter. Gamache’s godfather, a billionaire with enemies, is run down on a Paris street. While the police think it’s a simple hit-and-run, Gamache isn’t so sure. Penny’s books are always wonderful and I’m sure this one is, too. Do yourself a favor, though, and start with Penny’s first book, Still Life. This is available in print and CD.
Ken Follett fans rejoice! The Evening and the Morning is on its way to the library. This is a prequel to his Pillars of the Earth, which was written 30 years ago. The new book is set at the end of the Dark Ages and follows three figures during this period of immense change. It’s a hefty epic, perfect for history fans.
The weather is perfect for a visit to the library. If you’re uncomfortable getting out, call us for curbside delivery. You won’t get french fries, but we’ll provide a smile. Happy reading!
Helen Thompson, Director - Mount Pleasant Library