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Oh, do we have some good reads for you this month, so come on
down to the Arden Library!
Saturday 2:30 – 4
Sunday 2:30 – 4
Wednesday 7:30 – 9
Thursday 3 – 5
Only ONE visitor at a time will be allowed in the Library
All visitors are required to wear a correctly fitted face mask
The Library will have hand sanitizer, all entering the Library are required to use it when entering the building
Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery by Renee Treml
Bird skeleton by day, sleuth by night, Sherlock Bones investigates rumors of a monster haunting a new museum exhibit. Overheard remarks from departing schoolchildren about an elusive swamp monster and a missing octopus in the new wing prompt the skeletal tawny frogmouth, a carnivorous Australian bird first met in Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery (2020), to hop off its display rack again and round up Watts, a taxidermic parrot and literally silent partner, and Grace, a scatterbrained, chocoholic, live raccoon. Taking care not to alert the guard (guess how that goes), the bumbling gumshoes hie off to an exhibit that features live flora and fauna—notably restless algae octopus fond of camouflaging itself and creeping out of its tank—plus numerous legible exhibit labels to fill readers in on diverse habitats, cryptids of the world, and species endangered or otherwise. (Graphic mystery. 7-10)
Kirkus Reviews (January 1, 2021)
Billy Summers by Steven King
One last job? Again? King has multiple novels in play here—a thriller, at least two coming-of-age stories, and a knockout road novel—and he knits them together beautifully, never missing a stitch. Billy Summers is a former Marine sniper... Billy wants out of the game, but he needs a stake. The job requires lead time, during which Billy poses as a writer and finds that he likes it; he’s good, too, as we find ourselves totally drawn into the tale of Billy’s dysfunctional family, his years in a juvenile detention home, and his experience during the Iraq War. That’s plenty, but there’s much more. Laying low after the hit (and after he real-izes he’s been tabbed as a fall guy), Billy saves college student Alice, a rape victim, and the two hit the road, driving cross-country to Denver, where Billy gathers information from his former handler, a wonderfully realized, grandfatherly outlaw, and begins to track the bad guys behind the frame. More road trips follow, as Alice emerges as a scene-stealing heroine on her own coming-of-age journey. King has never been better than he is here at wrapping readers into a propulsive, many-tentacled narrative—complete with a perfectly orchestrated, moving ending. Booklist starred (July 2021 (Vol. 117, No. 21)
Recommended for teens
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – by V.E. Schwab
On July 29, 1714, in a small village in France, a young woman named Adeline prays to any god who will May 2021 page 4 answer for salvation from a stifling life. But the one who arrives grants Addie a gift, in exchange for her soul, that comes with a curse: though she will not age or die, everyone, she meets will forget her
as soon as she leaves their sight. For 300 years, Addie moves through the world without touching it, balancing ephemeral but immense suffering against the joy of witnessing, and often underhandedly influencing, art and artists. As the devil she bargained with lingers in the shadows, Addie makes herself his equal, laying claim to her strange life. And then, one day in 2014 Manhattan, she finds a boy who, impossibly, remembers her. Schwab deftly weaves time and place, flitting between Addie’s frantic past and her grounded present while visiting intermittent July 29ths in between. Narratively, this is a whirlwind—deeply romantic, impossibly detailed, filled with lush language, wry humor, and bitter memories. This often startlingly raw story begs the questions: what is a soul? What does it mean to be remembered? And what prize is worth giving those things up?
The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nations Largest Home – by Denise Keirnan
From the Gilded Age to the present, Kiernan (The Girls of Atomic City, 2013) traces the history of Biltmore, the estate of George Vanderbilt in what was then the sleepy town of Asheville, North Carolina. At a leisurely pace, Kiernan follows the lives of both Vanderbilt fortune heir George and his future wife, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser, who, after George’s death in 1914 from a pulmonary embolism, dealt with Biltmore through WWI and the Depression. Kiernan lavishes attention not
only on the house, made up of 250 rooms and covering four acres, but also on the forestry school designed to revive the over-logged landscape, the Arts and Crafts movement that grew up in Asheville under Edith’s influence, and the many visitors to the estate, including Edith Wharton and Henry James. The story of the house, which now survives on the money of tourists, may not be suspenseful, but the many diverting detours Kiernan takes make the book enticing for even those who will never set foot on Biltmore grounds.
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