Lima Public Library book reviews


Fiction

Pharafaneelya

by Jaws

Pharafaneelya is about an asylum that consume people souls, by using their most prize possessions against them. In protecting such loved possessions, they end up committing some of the most horrific crimes. These crimes lead to their souls becoming trapped in the limbo of an asylum lost in the void—a special asylum that captures the unlucky souls of the forgotten.

Unfurled

by Michelle Bailat-Jones

For more than 20 years, Ella has learned to live without her mother, Maggie, who disappeared into a fog of mental illness when Ella turned 10. Despite this trauma, Ella has forged ahead, becoming a veterinarian, getting married, and most of all, developing a deep, trusting bond with her father. Ella’s contented life is shattered when her father is hit by a car and killed.

Listen to the Marriage

by John Jay Osborn

Gretchen and Steve have been married for a long time. Living in San Francisco, recently separated, with two children and demanding jobs, they’ve started going to a marriage counselor. Unfolding over the course of 10 months and taking place entirely in the marriage counselor’s office, this is the story of a fractured couple in a moment of crisis, and of the person who tries to get them to see each other again.

Someone Like Me

by M. R. Carey

Liz Kendall wouldn’t hurt a fly. Even when times get tough, she’s devoted to bringing up her two kids in a loving home. But there’s another side to Liz — one that’s dark and malicious. She will do anything to get her way, no matter how extreme. And when this other side of her takes control, the consequences are devastating.

Non-Fiction

Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948

by Ramachandra Guha

This volume opens with Mohandas Gandhi’s arrival in Bombay in January 1915 and takes us through his epic struggles over the next three decades: to deliver India from British rule, to forge harmonious relations between India’s Hindu and Muslim populations, to end the pernicious Hindu practice of untouchability, and to develop India’s economic and moral self-reliance.

Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite: My Story

by Roger Daltrey

Born during the air bombing of London in 1944, Daltrey fought his way (literally) through school and poverty and began to assemble the band that would become The Who while working at a sheet metal factory in 1961. In Daltrey’s voice, the familiar stories — how they got into smashing up their kit, the infighting, Keith Moon’s antics — take on a new, intimate life.

Born to Dance: Celebrating the Wonder of Childhood

by Jordan Matter

Jordan Matter is known to millions for his 10 Minute Photo Challenge YouTube videos. Now, in one dazzling photograph after another, he portrays dancers — ages 2 through 18 — in ordinary and extraordinary pursuits, from hanging with friends to taking selfies, from leaping for joy to feeling left out.

To the Ramparts: How Bush and Obama Paved the Way for the Trump Presidency, and Why It Isn’t Too Late to Reverse Course

by Ralph Nader

Nader brings together the outrages of the Trump administration with the key flaws and failures of the previous administrations — both Republican and Democratic — that have led our nation to its current precipice. Trump didn’t come out of nowhere. Bush and Obama led the way.

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