Tag Archives: Award Winner

Chew by John Layman

Title: Chew: The Omnivore Edition

Author: John Layman

Illustrator: Rob Guillory

Call #:  G LAY

Welcome to a near future dystopia where a horrible bird flu has killed millions of people and chicken as a food source has been completely outlawed for our safety.  Tony Chu, a cibopath, which means he can get a psychic impression from whatever he eats and it also means that if he is willing to eat corpses, he can solve just about any case.  His job is to stop illegal chicken consumption. This is a dark, character driven story with cliff hangers, but it is not for the weak stomached.

Recommended by: Becky

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Ines of my Soul by Isabel Allende

Title: Ines of My Soul

Author: Isabel Allende

Call#: ALLENDE

This historically accurate novel fictionalizes the story of the Spanish conquerors of Chile in the 1500s. Ines Suarez narrates the book in her old age looking back on her life that began as a seamstress in Spain, but wound up with her becoming the first Gobernadora of Chile. Ines relates the trials and jubilation, the hard times and the wonderful moments of establishing Santiago, Chile. Most of the novel is taken up with the story of Ines and her lover, Pedro Valdivia, the war hero, and their bloody struggles with the indigenous people of Chile. This is the story of Ines’ life, a chronicle of the founding of Chile, a comment on the price of “discovering” the New World, and a tale of the power of love.

Recommended by: Becky

Love You More by Lisa Gardner

Title: Love You More

Author: Lisa Gardner

Call #:  M – GAR

Boston MA. State Trooper Tessa Leoni, is found in her home beaten and bruised with the body of her abusive husband, Brian Darby, on the kitchen floor.  Detectives D.D. Warren and Bobby Dodge step in to investigate this, what seems to be an open and shut case. But where is Tessa’s six-year-old daughter, Sophie?  Although Tessa confesses to the murder of her husband, she has no idea where her daughter is.  Det. Warren and Dodge feel that her story just doesn’t add up. This is a clever ‘who did it’ story.

Recommended by: Connie

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

Title: The Killer Angels

Author: Michael Shaara

Call #:  SHA

This book brings to life the men who fought the battle of Gettysburg – both confederate and union. The author gets inside their heads, exploring their motivations, strengths and their weaknesses. It’s a gripping story and paints a vivid picture of war. I couldn’t stop reading until I finished it, even though I knew how it ended.

Recommended by: Betty

The Killer’s Wife by Bill Floyd

Title:  The Killer’s Wife

Author:  Bill Floyd

Call #:  FLO

Six years after her ex-husband, Randy, was convicted of viciously killing twelve people across the country, Nina Mosley and her seven-year-old son Hayden, have a new life in Cary N. C.  Living with her new name, Leigh Wren, she thought the future was looking up until someone exposes her identity as the wife of a serial killer. The nightmare continues when a copycat killer picks up where Randy left off.                  

Recommended by: Connie

Passage by Connie Willis

Passage by Connie WillisTitle:  Passage

Author:  Connie Willis

Call #:  SF WIL

Psychologist Joanna Lander invents a pill which will recreate Near Death Experiences. When Joanna tests the pills herself she keeps ending up on the Titanic. Evil Mr. Mandrake is also studying NDEs but is publishing false reports on his own fabricated experiments. Joanna is in a race to make sense of her findings and keep Mandrake from ruining her research.

Recommended by:  Becky

Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan LethemTitle:  Motherless Brooklyn

Author:  Jonathan Lethem

Call #:  LET

Meet the unforgettable Lionel Essrog, a gonzo detective with full blown Tourette’s syndrome, trying to solve the murder of his small-time mobster boss. Essrog narrates this mystery novel in the hard-boiled mold with all of the grunting, swearing, and tics typical of the syndrome. We follow Essrog along, begin to adjust to his odd rhythms and join him in the race to avenge his boss.

Recommended by:  Becky