Lima Public Library Book Reviews


LIBRARY OPEN

• The Lima Public Library has reopened. Main library hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Branch hours are noon to 6 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, except Lafayette is closed Wednesdays.

• 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

Vagabonds by Hao Jingfang

This genre-bending novel is set on Earth in the wake of a second civil war … not between two factions in one nation, but two factions in one solar system: Mars and Earth. In an attempt to repair increasing tensions, the colonies of Mars send a group of young people to live on Earth to help reconcile humanity. But the group finds itself with no real home, no friends and fractured allegiances as they struggle to find a sense of community and identity, trapped between two worlds.

Have You Seen Me? by Kate White

On a cold, rainy morning, finance journalist Ally Linden arrives soaked to the bone at her Manhattan office, only to find that she’s forgotten her keycard. When her boss shows, he’s shocked to see her — because, he explains, she hasn’t worked there in five years. Ally knows her name, but is having trouble coming up with much beyond that.

The Absolution by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

The police find out about the crime the way everyone does: on Snapchat. The video shows a terrified young woman begging for forgiveness. When her body is found, it is marked with a number “2.” Detective Huldar joins the investigation, bringing child psychologist Freyja on board to help question the murdered teenager’s friends. Soon, they uncover that Stella was far from the angel people claim, but who could have hated her enough to kill?

A Luminous Republic by Andrés Barba

San Cristóbal was an unremarkable city — small, newly prosperous, contained by rain forest and river. But then the children arrived. No one knew where they came from: 32 kids, seemingly born of the jungle, speaking an unknown language. At first they scavenged, stealing food and money and absconding to the trees.

Non-Fiction

The Negro Leagues Were Major Leagues: Historians Reappraise Black Baseball by Todd Peterson

How good was Negro League Baseball (1920-1948)? Some experts maintain that the quality of play was equal to that of the American and National Leagues. Some believe the Negro Leagues should be part of Major League Baseball’s official record and that more Negro League players should be in the Hall of Fame. Skeptics contend that while many players could be rated highly, NL organizations were minor league at best.

The Introvert’s Guide to the Workplace: Concrete Strategies for Bosses and Employees to Thrive and Succeed by Thea Orozco

Introverts make up one half of the population, and we’re hardwired to thrive — especially in the workplace! However, it’s not uncommon for introverts to feel out of place in the office, where it seems the only ones succeeding are outgoing personalities ready to toot their own horn. Thea Orozco busts that myth, showing how the workplace is truly a setting for introverts to succeed based on their innate skillset and natural introvert strengths.

Galileo: And the Science Deniers by Mario Livio

Galileo’s story may be more relevant today than ever before. At present, we face enormous crises — such as the minimization of the dangers of climate change — because the science behind these threats is erroneously questioned or ignored. Galileo encountered this problem 400 years ago. His discoveries contradicted conventional wisdom and the teachings of the church at the time. Consequently, in a blatant assault on freedom of thought, his books were forbidden by church authorities.

The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America’s Urban Heartland by Walter Thompson-Hernandez

To most people, Compton is known only as the home of rap greats NWA and Kendrick Lamar, hyped in the media for its seemingly intractable gang violence. But in 1988 Mayisha Akbar founded The Compton Jr. Posse to provide local youth with a safe alternative to the streets, one that connected them with the rich legacy of black cowboys in American culture.

Children’s

Cat Stats series by World Book

Dogs may be called man’s best friend, but in the United States, more households actually have cats (94 million cats to 90 million dogs). This series explores six popular cat breeds to help potential owners to decide what type of feline friend is best for them. Cats may seem to not have as much variety as dogs, but there are significant differences in appearance, personality and needs that make each kitty breed special in its own way. Each bright volume full of cute photos and kitty stats will engage young cat lovers. Featured breeds are: American Shorthair, Abyssinians, Ragdolls, Sphynxes, Main Coons and Siamese. Whether you are looking to add a cat to your family or just want a dose of cute, check out this series!

Ages: 7 –10

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LIBRARY OPEN

• The Lima Public Library has reopened. Main library hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Branch hours are noon to 6 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, except Lafayette is closed Wednesdays.

• 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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