Lima Public Library Book Reviews


Gone to the Wolves by John Wray

Kip, Leslie, and Kira are outliers ― even in the metal scene they love. Different as they are, Kip, Leslie, and Kira form a family of sorts that proves far safer, and more loving, than the families they come from. But in time, Leslie moves home to live with his elderly parents; Kip struggles to find his footing in the sordid world of LA music journalism; and Kira finds herself drawn to ever darker and more extreme strains of metal. On a trip to northern Europe for her 22nd birthday, she simply vanishes. Two years later, the truth about her disappearance reunites Kip with Leslie, who in order to bring Kira home alive must make greater sacrifices than they could ever have imagined.

Prophet Song by Paul Lynch

On a dark, wet evening in Dublin, scientist and mother-of-four Eilish Stack answers her front door to find two officers from Ireland’s newly formed secret police on her step. They have arrived to interrogate her husband, a trade unionist. Ireland is falling apart, caught in the grip of a government turning toward tyranny. As the life she knows and the ones she loves disappear before her eyes, Eilish must contend with the dystopian logic of her new, unraveling country. How far will she go to save her family? And what — or who — is she willing to leave behind?

Undertow by Jana DeLeon

When Jill Morgan left Tempest Island after high school, she didn’t know what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. The only thing she’d ever loved was writing fiction, but that was a pursuit with no financial guarantees. So, she did the responsible thing and got her college degree, and she wrote in her free time. She never expected to become a bestseller, but her books brought her millions of happy readers. And a stalker. When her identity is compromised, Jill decides to disappear until the cops can identify the man threatening her. Her first thought is returning to Tempest Island. Can she build a new life for herself on Tempest Island? Or will the stalker end that journey before it even gets started?

Women are the Fiercest Creatures by Andrea Dunlap

Anna Sarnoff is still reeling from her quickie divorce from tech wunderkind Jake Sarnoff. Anna is navigating the waters of solo parenting their two teenage boys and adapting to her new role of ex-wife. Across town, the brilliant and striking Samanta Flores-Walsh, Jake’s college girlfriend, is busy raising her teenage daughter and running her thriving yoga studio. Finally, there’s Jake’s much younger new wife, Jessica, who’s struggling to stay afloat as a new mom while her high-profile husband grows increasingly distant. Set in the wealthy enclaves of Seattle’s tech elite, the lives of these three women grow entangled as long-held secrets are forced to the surface, threatening to destroy their families.


Pseudoscience: The Conspiracy against Science by Alison B. and James C. Kaufman

In a post-truth, fake news world, we are particularly susceptible to the claims of pseudoscience. This book examines pseudoscience from a variety of perspectives, through case studies, analysis, and personal accounts that show how to recognize pseudoscience, why it is so widely accepted, and how to advocate for real science. Contributors examine the basics, including issues of cognitive bias; the costs of pseudoscience, with accounts of naturopathy and logical fallacies in the anti-vaccination movement; perceptions of scientific soundness; the mainstream presence of “integrative medicine,” hypnosis, and parapsychology; and the use of case studies and new media in science advocacy.

Ghosts of Atlantis: How the Echoes of Lost Civilizations Influence our Modern World by J. Douglas Kenyon

J. Douglas Kenyon presents extensive physical and spiritual evidence of a lost great culture and the collective amnesia that wiped it from planetary memory. He explores evidence of advanced ancient technology, extraterrestrial influence, time travel, crystal science, and the true age of the Sphinx. He examines evidence of Atlantis in the Bible and ancient Armageddon, the Stone Age high-tech found at Gobekli Tepe, the truth of Rapa Nui (Easter Island), the Zep Tepi monuments of Egypt, the mysteries of the Gulf of Cambay, and what lies beneath the ice of Antarctica. He looks at extinction events and how our DNA reveals that humanity has had enough time to evolve civilization and lose it more than once.

The Book of Denial by Ricardo Chavez Castaneda

There are stories so terrible that we tremble to hear even a whisper of them. Even more terrible, some of them are true. This is one such story, a story of our deepest inhumanity — one that confronts the history of violence against children, and through its young narrator attempts to find a way out. A horror story and ghost story told as much through art as through text, The Book of Denial is an antidote to our collective silence. Written by genre-defying Mexican author Ricardo Chávez Castañeda, The Book of Denial is a dark and powerful story within a story, illustrated with a striking graphic sensibility by Alejandro Magallanes and translated by Lawrence Schimel.

Not My Type: Automating Sexual Racism in Online Dating by Apryl Williams

In the world of online dating, race-based discrimination is not only tolerated, but encouraged as a personal choice about one’s romantic partner. Indeed, it is so much a part of our inherited wisdom about dating and romance that it actually directs the algorithmic infrastructures of most major online dating platforms. In Not My Type: Automating Sexual Racism in Online Dating, Apryl Williams presents a socio-technical exploration of dating platforms’ algorithms, their lack of transparency, the legal and ethical discourse in these companies’ community guidelines, and accounts from individual users in order to argue that sexual racism is a central feature of today’s online dating culture.


Sesame Street World of Science (series) by Susan Katz

The Sesame Street gang is back to help young readers learn about how the world works. Children are naturally curious about the world around them, and this colorful series featuring Sesame Street’s favorite furry friends introduces basic science concepts in a fun way for all the preschoolers in your neighborhood. Ignite little scientists’ STEAM smarts with all the titles in the series: Color; Light and Shadow; Push and Pull; Sink or Float; States of Matter and Simple Machines. Each volume contains a glossary of new words and suggestions of simple science activities to try at home that go along with each book.

Ages: 3-7


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