Lima Public Library Book Reviews


LIBRARY OPEN

• The Lima Public Library has reopened. Main library hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 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

Factory Witches of Lowell by C.S. Malerich

For the young women of Lowell, Massachusetts, freedom means fair wages for fair work and decent room and board. When the Boston owners decide to raise the workers’ rent, the girls go on strike. Their ringleader is Judith Whittier. Judith has already seen one strike fold and she doesn’t intend to see it again. Fortunately Hannah, her best friend in the boardinghouse ― and maybe first love? ― has a gift for the dying art of witchcraft.

True Love by Sarah Gerard

Nina is a struggling writer, a college drop-out, a liar and a cheater. More than anything she wants love. She deserves it. From the burned-out suburbs of Florida to the anonymous squalor of New York City, she eats through an incestuous cast of characters in search of it: her mother, a narcissistic lesbian living in a nudist polycule; Odessa, a single mom with even worse taste in men than Nina; and more.

Afraid of the Light by Cynthia Ruchti

Clinical psychologist Camille Brooks isn’t put off by the lifestyle of her hoarder clients and the distress of their families. She lost her mother to the crippling anxiety disorder — so she’ll go a long way to help others avoid the same pain. Despite Camille’s expertise and the recognition she’s gaining for her creative coaching methods, she’s not prepared for the pushback. And the revelation that Camille has her own hoarding problem sends her spinning.

The Saints of Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton

Humanity is struggling to hold out against a hostile takeover by an alien race that claims to be on a religious mission to bring all sentient life to its God at the End of Time. But while billions of cocooned humans fill the holds of the Olyix’s deadly arkships, humankind is playing an even longer game than the aliens may have anticipated. From an ultra-secret spy mission to one of the grandest battles ever seen, no strategy is off the table.

Non-Fiction

The Quest for Queen Mary by Hugo Vickers

When James Pope-Hennessy began his work on Queen Mary’s official biography, it opened the door to meetings with royalty, court members and retainers around Europe. The series of candid observations, secrets and indiscretions contained in his notes were to be kept private for 50 years. Now published in full for the first time and edited by the highly admired royal biographer Hugo Vickers, this is a riveting, often hilarious portrait of the eccentric aristocracy of a bygone age.

This Is Ohio: The Overdose Crisis and the Front Lines of a New America by Jack Shuler

Tainted drug supplies, inadequate civic responses and prevailing negative opinions about people who use drugs, the poor and those struggling with mental health issues lead to thousands of preventable deaths each year. Putting themselves at great personal risk (and often breaking the law to do so), the brave men and women profiled here are mounting a grassroots effort to combat ineffective and often incorrect ideas about addiction and instead focus on saving lives through commonsense harm reduction policies.

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas by Adrian Miller

James Beard award-winning author Adrian Miller vividly tells the stories of the African Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards and servers for every First Family since George and Martha Washington. Miller brings together the names and words of more than 150 black men and women who played remarkable roles in unforgettable events in the nation’s history.

The Luckiest Man: Life with John McCain by Mark Salter

More so than almost anyone outside of McCain’s immediate family, Mark Salter had unparalleled access to and served to influence the Senator’s thoughts and actions, cowriting seven books with him and acting as a valued confidant. Now Salter draws on the storied facets of McCain’s early biography as well as the later-in-life political philosophy for which the nation knew and loved him, delivering an intimate and comprehensive account of McCain’s life and philosophy.

Children’s

Who Is My Neighbor? By Amy-Jill Levine & Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

Blues and Yellows just don’t mix, and that’s the way it’s always been. Nobody remembers why, but the two colors just can’t be friends with anyone from the “different” group. One day, Midnight Blue has an accident. He is very surprised when his friends, Navy Blue and Powder Blue hurry past without helping. When caring Lemon Yellow comes along, Midnight Blue is nervous, but he accepts her help, and realizes that all Yellows aren’t bad; in fact, they make wonderful friends. This colorful variation on the Good Samaritan parable helps the youngest readers explore the concept “Who is my neighbor?” and is sure to prompt valuable conversations about friendship and inclusivity.

Ages 4 - 8

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LIBRARY OPEN

• The Lima Public Library has reopened. Main library hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 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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