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

The Vanishing Museum on the Rue Mistral by M. L. Longworth

Something strange has happened at the unassuming Musée de Quentin-Savary in Aix-en-Provence. When the director, Monsieur Achille Formentin, walks in one beautiful April morning, he is shocked to find the whole museum emptied of its contents—only a bench, the reception desk, and a lowly fern remain.

Wendy, Darling by A.C. Wise

Find the second star from the right, and fly straight on ’til morning, all the way to Neverland, a children’s paradise with no rules, no adults, only endless adventure and enchanted forests – all led by the charismatic boy who will never grow old. But Wendy Darling grew up. She has a husband and a young daughter called Jane, a life in London. But one night, after all these years, Peter Pan returns. Wendy finds him outside her daughter’s window, looking to claim a new mother for his Lost Boys. But instead of Wendy, he takes Jane.

Widespread Panic by James Ellroy

Freddy Otash was the man in the know and the man to know in ’50s L.A. He was a rogue cop, a sleazoid private eye, a shakedown artist, a pimp—and, most notably, the head strong-arm goon for Confidential magazine. In Freddy’s viciously entertaining voice, Widespread Panic torches 1950s Hollywood to the ground.

The Dead Husband by Carter Wilson

Twenty years ago an unspeakable tragedy rocked Rose Yates’s small, affluent hometown … and only Rose and her family know the truth about what happened. Haunted by guilt, Rose escaped into a new life. Now she seems to have it all: a marriage, a son, a career. And then her husband is found dead. As far as Detective Colin Pearson is concerned, Rose is guilty.

NONFICTION

Planet Palm: How Palm Oil Ended Up in Everything―and Endangered the World by Jocelyn C. Zuckerman

Worldwide, palm oil production has nearly doubled in just the last decade. But the palm oil revolution has been built on stolen land and slave labor; it’s swept away cultures and so devastated the landscapes of Southeast Asia that iconic animals now teeter on the brink of extinction. Fires lit to clear the way for plantations spew carbon emissions to rival those of industrialized nations.

Test Gods: Virgin Galactic and the Making of a Modern Astronaut by Nicholas Schmidle

Nicholas Schmidle tells the remarkable story of the test pilots, engineers, and visionaries behind Virgin Galactic’s campaign to build a space tourism company. Schmidle follows a handful of characters―Mark Stucky, Virgin’s lead test pilot; Richard Branson, the eccentric billionaire funding the venture; Mike Alsbury, the test pilot killed in a fatal crash; and others―through personal and professional dramas, in pursuit of their collective goal: to make space tourism a reality.

Final Pagan Generation by Edward J. Watts

Watts recounts the fascinating story of the lives and fortunes of the last Romans born before the Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity. He traces their experiences of living through the fourth century’s dramatic religious and political changes, when heated confrontations saw the Christian establishment legislate against pagan practices as mobs attacked pagan holy sites and temples.

Your Computer Is on Fire by Thomas S. Mullaney

This book sounds an alarm: we can no longer afford to be lulled into complacency by narratives of techno-utopianism, or even techno-neutrality. We should not be reassured by such soothing generalities as “human error,” “virtual reality,” or “the cloud.” We need to realize that nothing is virtual: everything that “happens online,” “virtually,” or “autonomously” happens offline first, and often involves human beings whose labor is deliberately kept invisible.

CHILDREN’S

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison

The author of Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History is back with a companion volume featuring dozens of black male trailblazers, leaders and pioneers in a variety of fields. The lions of the civil rights movement are included, as well as American’s first black President and some famous entertainers and artists, but the author also shines a light on many lesser-known pioneers of achievement. Men like James Armistead Lafayette, Revolutionary war spy; Robert Smalls, who became a U.S. Congressman after winning his freedom; Deputy U.S. Marshall Bass Reeves, the likely inspiration for the Lone Ranger; daring WWII ace pilot John Robinson, who inspired the Tuskegee Airmen; Vogue fashion icon Andre Leon Talley and many more. Which of these men will inspire you?

Ages: 8-12

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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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