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While this is a highly unusual holiday season, it’s still a time to celebrate and be thankful for the good things that have happened to us this past year. We all wish you the best of everything, especially health, as 2020 rushes to a close. We look forward to seeing you all in the library after Christmas.
We’ll be closed at noon December 23 and all day December 24 and 25. We’ll also be closed New Year’s Day. Otherwise, we’re here Monday through Friday from 9-6. Come inside or call for curbside delivery.
The January 2021 Library Reads list just arrived and the top book for the new year is The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins. “Mild-mannered Jane cobbles together a living as a dog walker for the wealthy residents of Thornfield Estates, when an encounter with Eddie Rochester turns into a whirlwind romance. But plain Jane has a mysterious past. . .and so does everyone else in this upscale neighborhood. Loosely inspired by Jane Eyre, this domestic suspense novel features the twists and turns that fans of the genre expect. This is perfect for fans of Liv Constantine and Louise Candish.” (1-12) Nannette Donohue
The next book is by Melanie Benjamin who wrote The Aviator’s Wife, one of my all-time favorites. Her new book is The Children’s Blizzard. “A deadly snowstorm roared through the Great Plains on January 12, 1888, at a time when many children were in school with teachers little older than they themselves. Based on actual oral histories of survivors, and told from perspectives of teachers, students, and the media, this book is perfect for readers who enjoy historical fiction by Ariel Lawhon and Marie Benedict.” (1-12) Wendy Paige
The Ex Talk is by Rachel Lynn Solomon. “Shay’s lifelong dream has been to be in radio, and she’s been working at a Seattle NPR station since she was 19. Ten years later, she and new wunderkind Dominic create a show around the idea that they’re exes talking about relationships. The burn between Shay and Dominic is slow, instense, and HOT. Give to fans of The Kiss Quotient and The Hating Game.” (1-26) Jessica Werner
The House on Vesper Sands is by Paraic O’Donnell. “Three stories—a mysterious suicide, a wayward young man searching for his uncle, and a young journalist investigating the story behind several missing girls—unfold before finally converging. The dark mood is palpable as inspector Cutter, Gideon Bliss and Octavia Hillingdon travel through Victorian London to fit the puzzle pieces together. Perfect for fans of The Night Circus and Jane Steele.” (1-12) Maribeth Fisher
Outlawed by Anna North sounds way out there, but who knows? “Bank robberies and women’s health may not see like natural companions, but North weaves then together seamlessly in this alternate history Western. Cast out of her hometown for failure to get pregnant after a year of marriage, Ada joins the notorious Hole in the Wall Gang and becomes an outlaw, all the while seeking real information about pregnancy and fertility. This is for fans of Inland and The Power.” (1-5) Emily Calkins
If you’re looking for me when the library is closed, I’ll be curled up reading A Great Reckoning, number 12 in Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series. Happy reading and Merry Christmas!
Helen Thompson, Director - Mount Pleasant Library