Lima Public Library Book Reviews


Red River Seven by A.J. Ryan

A man awakes on a boat at sea with no memory of who or where he is. He’s not alone — there are six others, each with a unique set of skills. None of them can remember their names. All of them possess a gun. When a message appears on the onboard computer — Proceeding to Point A — the group agrees to work together to survive whatever is coming. But as the boat moves through the mist-shrouded waters, divisions begin to form. Who is directing them and to what purpose? Why can’t they remember anything? And what are the screams they can hear beyond the mist?

Let the Dead Bury the Dead by Allison Epstein

An urgent, immersive alternate history set in an imperial Russia on the brink of disaster, following a surprising cast of characters seeking a better future as Saint Petersburg struggles in the wake of Napoleon’s failed invasion. Allison Epstein combines cleverly constructed plot with unforgettable characters in this exuberant historical page-turner, intercut with fractured retellings of traditional Eastern European folk stories that are equal parts deadly dark and slyly illuminating. Vividly written and emotionally intense, Let the Dead Bury the Dead reminds us that the concerns of the past aren’t quite as far behind us as we like to believe.

The Thing About Home by Rhonda McKnight

Casey Black needs an escape. When her picture-perfect vow renewal ceremony ends in her being left at the altar, the former model turned social media influencer has new fame. An embarrassing viral video has cost her millions of followers, and her seven-year marriage is over. With her personal and business lives in shambles, Casey runs from New York City to South Carolina’s Lowcountry hoping to find long-lost family. She spends her days caring for the land and her nights cooking much needed Southern comfort foods. She also meets Nigel, the handsome farm manager whose friendship has become everything she’s never had. And then there are the secrets her mother can no longer hide ….

Tokyo Time by Dawn Farnham

Eurasian homicide detective Martin Bach has survived the war and the surrender: now all he has to do is survive the occupation. The Brits are locked up and his new boss at the CID is the ex-police chief of Nagasaki, enigmatic Kano Hayashi, installed by the new regime. The two men team up to solve the vicious murder of the young trophy wife of a wealthy old friend of the Marquis Fujimoto, Civilian Governor of Malaya—and the Emperor of Japan’s brother-in-law. The case naturally captivates the public. So, the Japanese military administration, desperate to win the hearts and minds of the local population, demands that justice at least be seen to be done … and quickly.


Dolly Parton Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones by Dolly Parton

Featuring behind-the-scenes stories from Dolly Parton’s life and career, and the largest reveal of her private costume archive, this gorgeously photographed book spotlights her most unforgettable looks from the 1960s to now. The sky-high heels, famous wigs, bold makeup, eye-catching stage clothes—she shares them all. Along the way, Parton discusses memorable outfits from her past, from the clothes her mother would sew out of feed sacks (including her “Coat of Many Colors”) and the bold dresses and hairdos that shook up Nashville, to the bunny suit on the cover of Playboy, evening wear at Studio 54, costumes from her most famous film and TV roles, and the daring styles that continue to entertain and inspire today.

The Immortality Key: The Secret History of the Religion with No Name by Brian C. Muraresku

A groundbreaking dive into the role psychedelics have played in the origins of Western civilization, and a real-life quest for the Holy Grail. With an unquenchable thirst for evidence, Muraresku takes the reader on his 12-year global hunt for proof. He gains access to the hidden collections of the Louvre Museum to show the continuity from pagan to Christian wine. He spelunks into the catacombs under the streets of Rome to decipher the lost symbols of Christianity’s oldest monuments. He breaches the secret archives of the Vatican to unearth manuscripts never before translated into English. He unveils the first scientific data for the ritual use of psychedelic drugs in classical antiquity.

What You Need to be Warm by Neil Gaiman

During the coldest season, when the world feels scary—what do you remember about being warm?

Baked potatoes. Trust. A kettle on the stove. Blankets. A smile. And, most of all, the reassurance that you belong.

In his powerful and moving poem, featuring illustrations from 13 extraordinary artists, bestselling author and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Neil Gaiman draws together many different memories to answer the question, what do you need to be warm?

Never Enough: When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic – and what We can do about it by Jennifer Breheny Wallace

In Never Enough, award-winning reporter Jennifer Breheny Wallace investigates the deep roots of toxic achievement culture and finds out what we must do to fight back. Drawing on interviews with families, educators, and an original survey of nearly 6,000 parents, she exposes how the pressure to perform is not a matter of parental choice but baked into our larger society and spurred by increasing income inequality and dwindling opportunities. As a result, children are increasingly absorbing the message that they have no value outside of their accomplishments, a message that is reinforced by the media and greater culture at large. Never Enough offers an urgent, humane view of the crisis plaguing today’s teens and a practical framework for how to help.


Dog Training for Kids by Vanessa Estrada Martin

Congratulations on deciding to bring a new dog into your family! You’re taking on the special and important responsibility of giving your canine companion the best life possible. Part of that is teaching your pet to be an obedient family member and a good citizen with people and other dogs. Your new friend needs a lot of love, patience and training to learn how to be a good boy or girl. Whether you are raising a new puppy, adopting a rescue or getting your first family pet, this book will teach you and your grownups to properly train, care for and establish a lasting bond with your new furry bestie. Includes tips on choosing the best dog for your family, checklists for care and training and essential equipment, suggestions for games to play with your pet and more. This book is a must-read for all new dog owners!

Ages: 8 and up


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