Library Treasures


If you love to read a mystery that has a convoluted plot that keeps you guessing, check out Peter Lovesey’s Another One Goes Tonight (M LOV). In addition to his quality writing, there is humor to accompany. The two professional investigators, Hornby and Diamond give readers much to observe and delight in.

In When the Music’s Over (M ROB) Alan Banks has been promoted to Detective Inspector and he oversees two cases that prove to be timely and riveting. Peter Robinson offers an attack on current problems offering the reader an uncomfortable book but one that will keep one looking for his next one. In his acknowledgments at the end of the novel, Robinson mentions three books he found useful when researching the themes of this novel. These are worth considering as further reading.

Named a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize in addition to other literary awards, Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam (ISL) is gaining attention. For a first novel the characters are well developed and that alone will renew thoughts. The novel set in Brooklyn and Bangladesh is told from the point of view of multiple family members over the span of a summer.

Winter Storms is the eighteenth novel and conclusion to the Winter Street trilogy by Elin Hilderbrand (HIL). The earlier trilogy titles are Winter Street and Winter Stroll. While I wanted to see the continuation of stories about some characters this latest seems more hastily written than Elin’s earlier novels, though many readers will find and welcome that earlier loose-ends are tied up.

A patron described China Mieville’s This Census-taker (MIE) as a thought-provoking fairy tale for adults and I found this an apt description. If you liked Florida writer Karen Russell’s Swamplandia or Vampires in the Lemon Group (Florida Fiction RUS) or Aimee Bender’s The Color Master or This Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Fiction BEN) this is a must read.

The Storm of the Century by Al Roker (US History, South, Roker) recalls the Category 4 hurricane that the people of Galveston, TX found themselves in during the afternoon and evening of September 8, 1900. Roker known to many for his work on NBC’s Today will likely grab your attention.

From Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Tim Weiner, One Man Against the World:  the tragedy of Richard Nixon (US History, 20th Century, Nixon) does an incredible job on capturing the spirit of the age and Nixon’s enthralling and ultimately self-sabotaging personality that explores Nixon’s foreign policy woes and triumphs and his domestic crimes.

By its natural composition, The Healthiest Diet on the Planet by John and Mary McDoughall (Health, Diet, McDoughall) controls the intake of calories, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals without causing hunger. The thoughts and menus and suggestions offered to achieve this is worth the time spent in digesting this new book. A pioneer in plant-based nutrition, the McDoughalls’ crystallize the flaws of low carb and Paleo disease producing diets and offer a strong case for whole food plant based nutrition. They do this with clarity and punch!

Olympic Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn in Strong is the New Beautiful (Health, Vonn) emphasizes that people stop thinking about losing weight quickly and instead focus on caring for one’s body in terms of who one is and what can be done. Lindsey backs up her fitness program with advice on what to eat and how to work out.

From Steve Breen, the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the syndicated comic strip Grand Avenue, is the traditional The Secret of Santa’s Island (JE BRE). For preschoolers to grade 2 is this Christmas fantasy about a stowaway on Santa’s sleigh, a story whose characters are long remembered.

A Friend for Mole by Nancy Armo (JE ARM) features Mole after he decides to leave his dark and comfortable furrow. He deals with his fear of the unknown and finds a kindred soul when he meets a friendly Wolf, who is trying to deal with fears of his own. As they keep each other company and learn from one another, they discover that friendship can be one of the strongest aids in dealing with the unknown.


Dr. Leroy Hommerding
Beach Library Director