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

Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez

It’s 2017, and Olga and her brother, Pedro “Prieto” Acevedo, are boldfaced names in their hometown of New York. Prieto is a popular congressman representing their gentrifying Latin neighborhood in Brooklyn, while Olga is the tony wedding planner for Manhattan’s power brokers. Despite their alluring public lives, behind closed doors things are far less rosy. Sure, Olga can orchestrate the love stories of the 1 percent but she can’t seem to find her own.

A Woman of Endurance by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

A Woman of Endurance, set in nineteenth-century Puerto Rican plantation society, follows Pola, a deeply spiritual African woman who is captured and later sold for the purpose of breeding future slaves. The resulting babies are taken from her as soon as they are born. Pola loses the faith that has guided her and becomes embittered and defensive. The dehumanizing violence of her life almost destroys her.

A Perfect Equation by Elizabeth Everett

Six years ago, Miss Letitia Fenley made a mistake, and she’s lived with the consequences ever since. Readying herself to compete for the prestigious Rosewood Prize for Mathematics, she is suddenly asked to take on another responsibility—managing Athena’s Retreat, a secret haven for England’s women scientists. Having spent the last six years on her own, Letty doesn’t want the offers of friendship from other club members and certainly doesn’t need any help from the insufferably attractive Lord Greycliff.

Games in a Ballroom by Jentry Flint

London, 1815. Olivia Wilde has resigned herself to never finding a love match. Her father has insisted she marry a man with a title, but the men her father deems acceptable are either boring or are only interested in increasing their own diminishing coffers. With her future looking dismal, Olivia vows to enjoy the last few months of freedom with her childhood friends, including Emerson Latham. His devilish smile and flirtatious teasing stirs up feelings she knows she cannot entertain.

NONFICTION

The Precipice of Mental Health: Becoming Your Own Safe Space by Achea Redd

The mental health crisis is worse than ever: In an age of increasing isolation, insecurity, and loss, people are suffering, and not everyone is able to afford or access the help that they need. Mental health activist Achea Redd wants to change that, because for her, it’s personal. Though Redd seemingly led a charmed life as the daughter of a pastor and wife of NBA legend and former Olympian Michael Redd, the mother of two battled debilitating mental illness and is determined to help others overcome their own trauma and mental health struggles to thrive.

Mom Milestones: The TRUE Story of the First Seven Years by Grace Farris

Beginning with one-day-old mom, this is a love letter to the myriad ways moms grow and adapt to motherhood. Here are significant firsts: First sleepless night. First walk with baby. First mom friend. Skills learned—how to soothe baby (sometimes); how to coax a preschooler into taking medicine. Mom’s likes (adapting pop songs to lullaby format; gathering intelligence from other moms) and dislikes (emptying the lunch box with mystery smells; requests for video games). There’s Bedtime: The Board Game; crafts mom enjoys (no glitter or glue, thanks!); and the ABCs of motherhood (E for ennui)

The Man from the Future: The Visionary Life of John von Neumann by Ananyo Bhattacharya

The smartphones in our pockets are computers like brains. The vagaries of game theory and evolutionary biology. Nuclear weapons and self-replicating spacecrafts. All bear the fingerprints of one remarkable, yet largely overlooked, man: John von Neumann. Born in Budapest at the turn of the century, von Neumann is one of the most influential scientists to have ever lived. A child prodigy, he mastered calculus by the age of 8, and in high school made lasting contributions to mathematics.

In the Shadow of the Mountain: A Memoir of Courage by Silvia Vasquez-Lavado

Endless ice. Thin air. The threat of dropping into nothingness thousands of feet below. This is the climb Silvia Vasquez-Lavado braves in her page-turning, pulse-raising memoir following her journey to Mount Everest. A Latina hero in the elite macho tech world of Silicon Valley, privately, she was hanging by a thread. Deep in the throes of alcoholism, hiding her sexuality from her family, and repressing the abuse she’d suffered as a child, she started climbing.

CHILDREN’S

TOP SECRET: Spies, Codes, Capers, Gadgets and Classified Cases Revealed (NatGeo Kids) by Crispin Boyer and Suzanne Zimbler

In this classified collection of all things clandestine, you’ll get the inside scoop on some closely-guarded secrets of spycraft around the world. Inside you will find secret codes to crack, plus tips and techniques of the shadow world pros. Learn about the history of espionage, starting with the Ancient Greeks and Romans to the most heinous American double agents of our time. Find out about some of the most famous hidden rooms and secret passages, from the White House to the hidden chamber behind Lincoln’s head on Mount Rushmore. Peek into the fortress of Fort Knox and take a look at all the latest in spycraft technology, a.k.a ‘the tools of the trade’. From the latest in cyber-security to becoming a master of disguises, this book is a great introduction to the ultra-secret world of spies and covert operations.

Ages: 10-14

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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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