We ended our monthly staff meeting on Tuesday with a round of book sharing, so it’s time for another “what we’re reading” post.
Rachel: Snake dreamer by Priscilla Galloway revisits the Greek myth of Medusa, the Gorgon with the head of snakes, in a page-turning, occasionally convoluted, contemporary fantasy.
Mary Beth: British nobleman John Grey and highland heartthrob Jamie Fraser share equal time in The Scottish prisoner by Diana Gabaldon, the third installment in the Lord John series.
Karen: Man in the woods by Scott Spencer. A man, a woman, a child, and an unforgettable dog combine forces in this gripping and surprising psychological thriller. Provenance: how a con man and a forger rewrote the history of modern art by Laney Salisbury reads like a well-plotted thriller, but is the true account of one of the most far-reaching and elaborate cons in the history of art forgery. (Both on order.)
Maggie: The forever war by Joe W. Haldeman–one of the most influential war novels of our time–tells the timeless story of war, in this case a science-fictional conflict between humanity and the alien Taurans.
Lisa: Dead end in Norvelt by Jack Gantos melds the entirely true and the wildly fictional in a story about a kid whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he’s “grounded for life” by his feuding parents; the winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for the year’s best contribution to children’s literature and the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction!
Eileen: The brothers K by David James Duncan is a complex tapestry of family tensions, baseball, politics and religion, by turns hilariously funny and agonizingly sad.
Janet: The deception at Lyme: or, the peril of Persuasion by Carrie Bebris–the sixth entry in the delightful mystery series featuring the beloved Darcy duo from Pride and Prejudice–embroils the couple in two mysteries involving characters from Austen’s last novel, Persuasion.
Sarah: Daughter of smoke & bone by Laini Taylor. A Prague art student who was raised by demons, 17-year-old Karou has many questions about her past in this romantic, action-filled fantasy.
Janice: The postmistress by Sarah Blake weaves together the story of three very different women–loosely tied to each other–and takes readers back and forth between small town America and war-torn Europe in 1940.