Library Treasures


Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen’s novel, Playing with Fire (M GER) enables the reader to gain first-hand knowledge of emergency and autopsy, as she is a physician and author. Interestingly, Gerritsen’s interests go beyond the clinical so one can anticipate some twists and turns. It is for this reason that many regard her novels as thrillers, starring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles, and from the names you’d be correct in assuming they inspired the TV series Rizzoli & Isles. The humor and dialogue make it easy to stay with the storyline. She uses three different voices in the story but they are easy to follow and quickly get to the point.

Described as an unforgettable story about true love, real life and second chances, Who Do You Love? by Jennifer Weiner (WEI) meets most reader expectations. The story follows the lives of Rachel and Andy, told through chapters from either Rachel in first person or Andy in third person. One comes to like both the characters, though flawed. A lot of issues including class, family relationships, sex and cheating are treated and add to the storyline.

The fifth book in Ace Atkins’ Quinn Colson (Ranger) series, The Redeemers (M ATK) has a lot going for it. The characters are well developed and the dialogue flows and moves, seeming to speed the plot along. In the year since the last episode, Colson has been ousted at the polls as sheriff and his promising romance with local businesswoman Ophelia Bundren has ended as he resumes a long awaited passion for childhood sweetheart Anna Lee Stevens. Atkins writes villains well and The Redeemers offers much to like about both the action and the suspense.

Carly Phillips is the N.Y Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 50 contemporary romance novels offering compelling stories. The characters in Perfect Together (PHI) are easy to relate to. The story between Nicole and Sam gets into their relationship and also highlighting what it gives them to overcome. Her father’s company and Tyler being in Serendipity Town add to the drama.

Jane Green focuses on Gabby and Elliott, who have been happily married for eighteen years, in Tempting Fate (GRE) and provides an emotional story about the temptations that can threaten even the best of relationships. Be ready for an emotional rollercoaster.

Hailed by book reviewers as a masterpiece, Home Ground:  Language for an American Landscape was published in 2006 in hardcover, being reprinted three times with strong sales. This visionary reference brings together 45 poets and writers to offer 850 plus definitions for words describing our lands and waters. This totally redesigned, near-pocket-sized field guide edition (Travel North America United States) includes an introductory essay by essayist and author Barry Lopez.

As an architectural acoustics specialist, Trevor Cox earns a salary retrofitting theaters and classrooms to minimize unwanted echoes and sonic distortions. In The Sound Book:  The Science of the Sonic Wonders of The World (Science Cox) he is on a journey to discover the sonic wonders of the world. He pays attention to whispering galleries, musical roads, stalactite organs, humming dunes and explains how sound is made and altered by the environment. He explains clearly how our body reacts to peculiar noises and how these are part of our everyday settings. Cox’s careful work presents a new appreciation for both the unusual and the ordinary sounds that are part of each day.

If you have any interest in words, puns and humor, then The Pun Also Rises by John Pollack (English Pollack) is a must read. The narrative is engaging and addresses how people make puns and how their development impacts the growth of human language. The subtitle of Pollack’s book, “How the humble pun revolutionized language, changed history and made wordplay more than some antics” describes the content well.

The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls offers a unique window into the ideology and religious view of a time that witnessed the birth of Christianity. The Jordan Dept of Antiquities oversaw the publication of these scrolls and maintained strict control. Robert Eisenman led the efforts to make the scrolls widely available. The New Testament Code (Religion Bibles Eisenman) shares his encyclopedic grasp of these scrolls, which contribute to more robust reading and understanding of the New Testament. The photo sections following page 182 and page 374 add much to this understanding.

Another delightful rhyming for K to Grade 3 is available in Superworm, by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Alex Scheffler (JE DON). The repeating chant “Superworm is super long. Superworm is super strong. Watch him wiggle. See him squirm. Hip hip hurray for Superworm!” is easy to remember. Check out other titles by this dynamic duo too:  The Fish Who Cried Wolf, One Ted Falls Out of Bed, The Spiffiest Giant in Town and others.

Dr. Leroy Hommerding

Beach Library Director