The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett (BAR) offers a love story in three versions: one where two people marry as young adults, another where they are together as mature lovers and lastly, where they share senior love. There is enough in this story to offer the reader much to be inspired by, and also to be appreciated with.
I was drawn to I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around, by Ann Garvin (GAR), by the title and it didn’t disappoint. The characters make mistakes but move forward. If you like a novel where you’re drawn into the characters, anticipate to be pulled in. Tig’s life is going nowhere. She is taking care of her mother who has Alzheimer’s and has just moved into a nursing home, while her own boyfriend is off and she lost her job as a psychologist. One of the salvation points is that you can laugh out loud at times as Tig tries to take care of her own needs.
Secrets in Summer, by Nancy Thayer (THA), is a perfect read for the beach. The characters have emotional depth and the reader starts rooting for the characters. Thayer’s strong sense of place makes this the perfect escapist book for the summer.
The eleventh addition to author Patrick Taylor’s beloved Irish Country series is now here in An Irish County Love Story (TAY). One can enjoy the love between two people but also the love between an ailing pensioner and faithful dog. This entire series has an inviting way of pulling you into the little northern Irish town and in the process you are quite content to stay.
Once a Rebel (PUT) is the second in the Rogues Redeemed Series. Mary Jo Putney’s work of historical fiction provides much to bring history alive while offering engaging characters. Her characters are very believable.
Be Obsessed or Be Average, by Grant Cardone (Psychology, Success, Cardone), is easy to read, both in terms of understanding it and how it’s laid out in terms of eye- reading ability. The book is laid out in chapters about different parts of life that need obsession like attention to detail. Chapter 2 focuses on erasing the conventional wisdom that average and safe are all one can achieve, and replacing this with a burning, purposeful obsession.
Tom Callahan enables the reader to get to know and appreciate the life of Arnold Palmer in his Arnie (Sports, Gold, Callahan). Callahan knew Palmer well for many years and now pays tribute to this golfing icon. Many stories from the key people in Palmer’s life are included and offer both entertainment and insight.
A fascinating account of a tragic and forgotten chapter in the history of the American West can be found in Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI, by David Grann (True Crime, Murder, Grann). Not only is this a riveting mystery but one comes to see that Grann is a terrific journalist.
Pig the Pug (JE BLA) is a hilarious book about learning to share, written by Aaron Blabey. Not only does Blabey offer narrative that is endearing, but his illustrations draw in children to the gist and direction of the story. This makes a story toddlers can enjoy on their own or which makes a perfect story for reading aloud and together.
Penguin in Love, by Salina Yoon (JE YOO), provides a story that is fascinating in detail, broad in its scope and lets one both smile and wonder. Penguin goes looking for love and finds, instead, a mitten, but as he tries to locate the mitten’s owner, he knits his way through a blizzard to an unexpected meeting.
One meets Nickelodeon friends PAW Patrol, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Shimmer and Shine in Nickelodeon 5-Minute Stories Collection (J NIC). These tales of mermaids, magic spells and super pups can be read aloud in about five minutes.
Dr. Leroy Hommerding
Beach Library Director