Lima Public Library Book Reviews


LIBRARY OPEN

• Lima Public Library is open to the public six days a week. Hours for the Main Library in Lima are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Our Cairo, Elida and Spencerville branch libraries are open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Our Lafayette branch is open from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

• Curbside pickup is available at the Main Library from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Arrangements can be made by calling 567-712-5239, contacting the library through Facebook Messenger, or putting a hold on a book through the online catalog. 24 hour notice is required. Call us when you arrive (park near the main entrance) and your items will be brought to you.

FICTION

Last Stop on the 6 by Patricia Dunn

“Last Stop on the 6” is the return of the prodigal daughter to a world of long-buried hurts, political complexities, and female resilience. Dunn introduces characters of all possessing questions for which there are no easy answers — only the slow and steady re-awakenings of familial bonds and moral responsibility.

The Throwback List by Lily Anderson

Welcome to Sandy Point, Oregon: a sleepy beach town that’s home to a giant anchor statue, and Frosty’s questionably legendary Sunday Sundae Surprise. A town Jo Freeman, Autumn Kelly, and Bianca Boria-Birdy thought they’d left far behind when they graduated, finally moving on to greener pastures than the midway point for tourists heading to the Goonies house. Now the three have their own lives, careers, and plans for the future. But life seldom goes according to plan.

The Days of Afrekete by Asali Solomon

Liselle Belmont is having a dinner party. It seems a strange occasion―her husband, Winn, has lost his bid for the state legislature―but what better way to thank key supporters than a feast? Across town, Selena Octave is making her way through the same day, the same way she always does―one foot in front of the other, keeping quiet and focused, trying not to see the terrors all around her.

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones

“How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House” is the powerful, intense story of three marriages, and of a beautiful island paradise where, beyond the white sand beaches and the wealthy tourists, lies poverty, menacing violence and the story of the sacrifices some women make to survive.

NONFICTION

The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth by Kristin Henning

Drawing upon 25 years of experience rep­resenting Black youth in Washington, D.C.’s juve­nile courts, Kristin Henning confronts America’s irrational, manufactured fears of these young peo­ple and makes a powerfully compelling case that the crisis in racist American policing begins with its relationship to Black children.

Pump: A Natural History of the Heart by Bill Schutt

In this lively, unexpected look at the hearts of animals—from fish to bats to humans—American Museum of Natural History zoologist Bill Schutt tells an incredible story of evolution and scientific progress.

Blown to Hell: America’s Deadly Betrayal of the Marshall Islanders by Walter Pincus

The most important place in American nuclear history are the Marshall Islands―an idyllic Pacific paradise that served as the staging ground for over sixty US nuclear tests. It was here, from 1946 to 1958, that America perfected the weapon that preserved the peace of the post-war years. And it was here that a native people became unwilling test subjects in the first large scale study of nuclear radiation fallout.

Chasing Ghosts: A Tour of Our Fascination with Spirits and the Supernatural by Marc Hartzman

Ghosts are everywhere—whether you believe in them or not. Every town has its local legends, and countless books, movies, and TV shows are haunted by their presence. But our obsession with ghosts runs deeper than we know—and is embedded in the very fabric of American history.

CHILDREN’S

Knock! Knock! Who Was There?: Over 300 Sidesplitting Jokes (WhoHQ) by Brian Elling

So you say you have read many books in the immensely popular WhoHQ series by Penguin? And you say you love a good rib-tickler, too? Then look no further than this collection of funnies all based on famous people who have a Who Was/Who Is biography in the series. Amuse your friends and family (or make them groan) with some of the over 300 jokes in this book. Q: What do frontiersmen like to put on their mashed potatoes? A: Gravy Crockett! Q: What was Clara Barton’s favorite fish? A: A nurse shark! Q: Which of the Three Stooges took care of the yard work? A: Moe! This is just a taste of the fun you can have with this goofy collection, illustrated with artwork from the series.

Ages 8-12

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LIBRARY OPEN

• Lima Public Library is open to the public six days a week. Hours for the Main Library in Lima are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Our Cairo, Elida and Spencerville branch libraries are open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Our Lafayette branch is open from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

• Curbside pickup is available at the Main Library from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Arrangements can be made by calling 567-712-5239, contacting the library through Facebook Messenger, or putting a hold on a book through the online catalog. 24 hour notice is required. Call us when you arrive (park near the main entrance) and your items will be brought to you.

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