Lima Public Library Book Reviews


LIBRARY ONLINE

• Although the Lima Public Library is temporarily closed, you can still access lots of books, videos and other resources with your library card at www.limalibrary.com/digital.

• The main library has curbside pick up. Hours are 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Call 567-712-5239, contact the library through Facebook Messenger or put a hold on a book through the online catalog. Give workers 24 hours to gather. Park near the main entrance. Call when you arrive, and your items will be brought out.

Fiction

House of Trelawney by Hannah Rothschild

For more than 700 years, the vast, rambling Trelawney Castle in Cornwall — turrets, follies, a room for every day of the year, four miles of corridors and 500,000 acres—was the magnificent and grand home of the earls of Trelawney. By 2008, it is in a complete state of ruin. Still: the heir to all of it, Kitto, his wife, their three children, their dog, Kitto’s ancient parents, and his aunt Tuffy Scott all manage to live there and keep it going.

The Circus by Jonas Karlsson

The gentle, off-beat narrator of The Circus is perfectly content with his quiet life. By day he works in a bakery, and by night he obsessively organizes and reorganizes his record collection: it’s all just the way he likes it. But when his childhood friend Magnus comes calling out of the blue, the contours of our narrator’s familiar world begin to shift.

The Nightmare Feast by Andrew Klavan

Austin Lively, once just an out-of-luck Hollywood screenwriter, is now a chosen hero caught between two worlds and dual quests in both Los Angeles, California, and the magical world of Galiana. Tasked with taking a talisman across the Eleven Lands to restore the rightful queen to her throne, Austin must evade a murderous, vengeance-seeking wizard.

The God Child by Nana Oforiatta Ayim

Maya is the only child of an expat Ghanaian couple based in Germany, where as the sole African girl in her school, the pressure is on her to succeed. Her mother-heir to a crumbling dynasty in Ghana-is glamorous and charismatic. Maya is both in awe of and intimidated by her overbearing beauty and her ability to command a room. But when Maya’s mother adopts her god child, Kojo, his mission to heal their story begins to bring to Maya the sense of possibility and purpose she has longed for.

Non-Fiction

The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability — Designing for Abundance by William McDonough

For the authors, the questions of resource scarcity and sustainability are questions of design. They are practical-minded visionaries: They envision beneficial designs of products, buildings and business practices — and they show us these ideas being put to use around the world as everyday objects are being reimagined not just to sustain life on the planet but to grow it. It is an eye-opening, inspiring tour of our green future as it unfolds in front of us.

A Delayed Life: The True Story of the Librarian of Auschwitz by Dita Kraus

Dita Kraus grew up in Prague in an intellectual, middle-class Jewish family. She went to school, played with her friends, and never thought of herself as being different — until the advent of the Holocaust. Torn from her home, Dita was sent to Auschwitz with her family. From her time in the children’s block of Auschwitz to her liberation from the camps and on into her adulthood, Dita’s powerful memoir sheds light on an incredible life — one that is delayed no longer.

John Adams Under Fire: The Founding Father’s Fight for Justice in the Boston Massacre Murder Trial by David Fisher

The Boston Massacre has often been called the first shots of the American Revolution. As John Adams would later remember, “On that night the formation of American independence was born.” Yet when the British soldiers faced trial, the young lawyer Adams was determined that they receive a fair one. He volunteered to represent them, keeping the peace in a powder keg of a colony, and in the process created some of the foundations of what would become United States law.

The Princess and the Prophet: The Secret History of Magic, Race, and Moorish Muslims in America by Jacob S. Dorman

Delving into new archives and uncovering fascinating biographical narratives, secret rituals and hidden identities, historian Jacob Dorman explains why thousands of Americans were enthralled by the Islamic Orient and why some came to see Islam as a global antiracist movement uniquely suited to people of African descent in an era of European imperialism, Jim Crow segregation and officially sanctioned racism.

Children’s

American Royals By: Katherine McGee

What if George Washington hadn’t been America’s first president? What if he had been America’s first king? Two and a half centuries after the American Revelation, the House of Washington still sits on the throne, and it’s poised to have its first ruling Queen. Told from multiple different perspectives, this novel re-imagines America’s political landscape while also diving into the romance, heartache and struggles of its ruling family. From Princess Beatrice, who struggles with finding a man who can love her for more than just the throne she’s set to inherent, to Princess Samantha who fears she’ll never be treated like more than the spare, and her twin, Prince Jefferson, who, if he’d been born a generation earlier, would have ascended the throne. Perfect for those who enjoy Rachel Hawkins’ Royal series or keeping up with the British monarchy.

Ages: Teen

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LIBRARY ONLINE

• Although the Lima Public Library is temporarily closed, you can still access lots of books, videos and other resources with your library card at www.limalibrary.com/digital.

• The main library has curbside pick up. Hours are 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Call 567-712-5239, contact the library through Facebook Messenger or put a hold on a book through the online catalog. Give workers 24 hours to gather. Park near the main entrance. Call when you arrive, and your items will be brought out.

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