Lima Public Library Book Reviews


Fiction

The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer

In 1940, Varian Fry traveled to Marseille carrying $3,000 and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to help escape. He stayed more than a year, working to procure false documents, amass emergency funds and arrange journeys across Spain and Portugal, where the refugees would embark for safer ports.

Lanny by Max Porter

There’s a village an hour from London. It’s no different from many others today: one pub, one church, redbrick cottages, some public housing and a few larger houses dotted about. Voices rise up, as they might anywhere, speaking of loving and needing and working and dying and walking the dogs. This village belongs to the people who live in it, to the land and to the land’s past.

Biloxi by Mary Miller

Louis has been forlorn since his wife of 37 years left him, his father passed and he impulsively retired from his job in anticipation of an inheritance check that may not come. These days he watches reality television and tries to avoid his ex-wife and daughter, benefiting from the charity of his former brother-in-law, Frank, who religiously brings over his Chili’s leftovers and always stays for a beer.

A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay

In a chamber overlooking the nighttime waterways of a maritime city, a man looks back on his youth and the people who shaped his life. Danio Cerra’s intelligence won him entry to a renowned school, even though he was only the son of a tailor. He took service at the court of a ruling count — and soon learned why that man was known as the Beast.

Non-Fiction

The Map of Knowledge: A Thousand-Year History of How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found by Violet Moller

The foundations of modern knowledge were laid by the Greeks, whose ideas were written on scrolls and stored in libraries across the Mediterranean and beyond. But as the vast Roman Empire disintegrated, so did appreciation of these precious texts. Christianity cast a shadow over so-called pagan thought, books were burned.

FAKE: Fake Money, Fake Teachers, Fake Assets: How Lies Are Making the Poor and Middle Class Poorer by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Robert Kiyosaki has built a legacy around simplifying complex and often-confusing subjects like money and investing. He continues to challenge conventional wisdom and asks the questions that will help readers sift through today’s information overload to uncover ways to assess what’s real… and what isn’t. And use truth and facts as a foundation for taking control of their financial lives.

Emeralds of Oz: Life Lessons from Over the Rainbow by Peter Guzzardi

After a lifetime in book publishing, Peter Guzzardi had edited a remarkable group of diverse authors, from Stephen Hawking to Deepak Chopra, from Carol Burnett to Douglas Adams, from Byron Katie to Geneen Roth. Yet everything he’d learned from working with them felt oddly familiar. One day it suddenly became clear: all that wisdom had its roots in a film he’d watched as a child, “The Wizard of Oz.”

The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson

From the battles at Lexington and Concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1777, American militiamen and then the ragged Continental Army take on the world’s most formidable fighting force. It is a gripping saga alive with astonishing characters. The story is also told from the British perspective, making the mortal conflict between the redcoats and the rebels all the more compelling.

Children’s

The New Neighbors by Sarah McIntyre

The bunnies are excited that new neighbors have moved into the apartment building. The new neighbors are rats, and the bunnies are going to go and meet them. On their way downstairs, the bunnies stop by the neighbors’ apartments to let them know about the news. As they go through each floor of the building, the other neighbors are not as excited as the bunnies. Excitement soon turns to fear and panic. What will happen when the bunnies and all the other neighbors go and meet the new rats on the bottom floor? A great book to read to young children about rumors and making assumptions. Check it out to find out what happens when the bunnies meet the rats.

Ages: 4-8

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