Lima Public Library Book Reviews

January 18, 2009


The Necklace by Cheryl Jarvis (302.34082 N)

Thirteen women friends combined forces and funds to jointly purchase a valuable diamond necklace. What starts as a simple agreement to share a beautiful piece of jewelry soon becomes a study in friendship and sharing, consumerism and material desire, and the power of possibility and adventure.

The World Is Fat by Barry Popkin (362.196398 P)

One of the world's most distinguished expert on obesity, the global food system, and nutrition explores the fads, trends, polices and products that are fattening the human race and potential solutions. This is compelling reading on a complex and growing societal threat.

White Heat by Brenda Wineapple (920 W)

Wineapple chronicles the remarkable friendship between reclusive, unconventional poet Emily Dickinson and Colonel Thomas Wentworth Higgins, a radical abolitionist, reformer and writer who became responsible for the publication of her poetry after her death. The result is a moving portrait of two unalike but kindred spirits.

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder (92 Buffett)

This detailed look at the life and career of legendary investment guru Warren Buffett sheds new light on the man, as well as on the work, ideas, business principles, strategies, and no-nonsense insights that have guided his phenomenally successful endeavors.


Christmas is Murder by C. S. Challinor

Rex Graves is headed to Swanmere Manor, a secluded Victorian hotel in the English countryside, and not even a blizzard can keep him away for the holidays. But instead of finding Christmas cheer, Rex and the other guests are snowbound with a killer among them. As the body count rises Rex takes it upon himself to unravel the mystery with a charm to rival Poirot.

The Inner Circle by Mari Jungstedt

The Island of Gotland offers beautiful scenery for tourists and interesting archeological sites for the all-female international group of students in the area. Investigator Anders Knutas is called in to meet this group when one is murdered in a horrific ritual killing. As Inspector Knutas and his team work feverishly to find the killer, more victims appear. With Scandinavian mythology and a fast-paced, intricate plot, the reader is truly intrigued with the secret filled story.

Contagious by Scott Sigler

Across the country a mysterious disease is appearing that can turn ordinary people into psychopathic killers. The human race fights back in the form of a secret governmental project called Project Tangram. When the disease turns contagious and more enemies join in the fray, it triggers a countdown to Armageddon. This page-turning novel is filled with gory action and heart pounding suspense that leads to an explosive ending.

The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry

Ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone begins to search for answers about his father, Capt. Forrest Malone, after learning that instead of dying in 1971 in a nuclear sub accident in the North Atlantic, his father actually died while on a secret submarine mission to the Antarctic. Malone is not the only one who wants the full story regarding this mysterious sub mission. Inspired by several strange clues discovered in Charlemagne's tomb, a group led by Malone races to Antarctica, where they find a strange underground city. With an Admiral fighting to keep their discovery secret and further his own career, Malone embarks on a dangerous quest to find the truth.


Princess Peepers by Pam Calvert

Princess Peepers loved all of her wonderful glasses, she had many different pairs for all kinds of occasions. The other princesses of the Royal Academy made fun of Princess Peepers and her glasses. It was time for the princesses to meet the Grand Price, but the others were still making fun of Princess Peepers. She took off her glasses and then tried to find the others so she could meet the Grand Prince. Princess Peepers ran into a lot of trouble by not wearing her glasses. Find out if she meets the Grand Prince in time for the ball.

Ages: 5 to 8

Thump, Quack, Moo: a Whacky Adventure by Doreen Cronin

Those crazy farm animals from "Click, Clack, Moo" are back again in this latest installment from Farmer Brown's farm. It's time for the annual Corn Maze Festival, and Farmer Brown is making all the animals help in preparation for the big day. The chickens are building a fence, the cows are painting, and Duck is building the ticket booth for the hot-air ballon rides. Farmer Brown is designing the corn maze, but Duck is doing some designing as well. Will everything be exactly as Farmer Brown wants by the big day? Or do the animals have something up their sleeves?

Ages: 3 to 8