I hope you’re all having a very Happy Holiday Season and are finding time to relax and read! Our latest boxes of new books contained some very interesting nonfiction, about many fascinating people or events.
To go along with our family history theme that I’ve been doing on our “Tea Talk with a Librarian” series, we have Questions to Ask Your Parents Before Its Too Late by Shannon L. Alder. This book was originally written to guide readers in getting to know their parents better, but it will help family historians know what questions to ask about their parents’ childhoods, family traditions, and views on spirituality. The book contains over 300 questions to ask your parents or older relatives.
Combine a love of travel with an interest in American history with two new travel guides — America’s National Historic Trails: Walking the Trails of History by Karen Berger and Oregon Trail Road Trip: Historic Sites, Small Towns, and Scenic Landscapes Along the Legendary Westward Route by Katrina Emery. The first book is a large, gorgeous coffee table-type book that inspires readers to visit lands covered by the Pony Express and early explorers. Oregon Trail Road Trip is a more practical size that can be taken along on any trip. It features 20-day road trip plan that starts in Independence Missouri and culminates in Oregon City.
Seventies music lovers will enjoy Do You Feel Like I Do?: A Memoir by Peter Frampton, which covers his early years with several mega-groups all the way to the twilight of his career. This memoir offers an inside look into the British music scene of the 1970s. Additional titles about music and musicians include The Last Days of John Lennon by James Patterson (yes, that James Patterson!) and Me and Patsy: Kickin’ Up Dust by Loretta Lynn. Loretta Lynn tells the story behind her short, but very special friendship with Patsy Cline.
Some other new biographies and memoirs include Ree Drummond’s candid look at her life in rural northern Oklahoma: Frontier Follies: Adventures in Marriage and Motherhood in the Middle of Nowhere, and Meghan and Harry: The Real Story by Lady Colin Campbell, the royal insider who loves to tell all in her books. Many will remember her books about other British royals, including Princess Diana.
Some very timely titles include Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May, American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic by Andrew Cuomo, and Don’t Be a Victim: Fighting Back Against America’s Crime Wave by Nancy Grace, who has been a victim of crime herself.
New books about history span from the Vikings to the American Frontier in the 1840s to the Space Age. In Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings, archaeologist and lecturer Neil Price offers a very comprehensive look into the history and legacy of this very influential culture. The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch by Miles Harvey is a very readable and engaging look at the American frontier in the 1840s and 50s, as told through the story of the Mormons’ move westward and a splinter group in Michigan. Finally, Shuttle, Houston: My Life in the Center Seat of Mission Control by Paul Dye take a deep look into NASA during the most prolific years of space exploration. Paul Dye is the former and longest-serving Flight Director of NASA, so this book truly does offer an inside look.
On the fiction front, we have some new books by some popular authors: Hidden in Plain Sight by Jeffrey Archer, Daylight by David Baldacci, and Dark Tides by Philippa Gregory and The Searchers by Tana French. Joyce Carol Oates’ newest title is Cardiff, By the Sea: Four Novellas Suspense. Science fiction author Ernest Cline follows up Ready Player One with Ready Player Two.
Libraries center in two new fiction titles: Midnight Library by Matt Haig, and The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis. Midnight Library is a delightful fantasy tale about a library containing an infinite number of books that tell the alternate stories of people’s lives, the one they would have lived if they had made different choices. Fiona Davis about another New York City landmark in The Lions of Fifth Avenue. As in her previous titles, Davis writes about the plight of women making hard choices in life and fighting past the stereotypes they are often forced into.
Marie Benedict writes about another strong, interesting woman – author Agatha Christie – in The Mystery of Mrs. Christie. Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days in 1926, a mystery that is still unsolved today. In Perestroika in Paris, Jane Smiley writes about a horse, a boy, a dog, a raven and two ducks. All of these characters spend a cold winter in Paris having all sorts of adventures.
Travel seems to be a theme in this post! The Garden of Promises and Lies by Paula Brackston is the second in her time-traveling series. Paris Is Always a Good Idea by Jenn McKinlay takes readers on a journey through Ireland, France, and Italy. Miss Benson’s Beetles by Rachel Joyce is a heart-warming and charming story of travel, the power of friendship, and the fulfillment of pursing a dream. Miss Benson’s Beetles has the same charm and affirmation as The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.
We have many other new titles on the shelf, so come see them! We’re open Tuesday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm, and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. Don’t forget that you can sign up to receive notices when I’ve posted something new. You can do that at the bottom of this page.