What We're Reading

The Awkward Squad by Sophie Henaff

Book Categories: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Date Posted: September 27 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

A Parisian police squad specifically designed to corral misfits and make the rest of the department look good lands a pair of cold cases that promptly turn red-hot.

Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman

Book Categories: Fiction
Date Posted: September 26 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
A novella about Eden, a veteran of the Iraq War who waits to die in a San Antonio  burn center from injuries sustained in the conflict, and his wife Mary, who cares for the couple's daughter and struggles with the decision of whether to take her husband off of life support.The story is narrated by Edens best friend, killed in the same explosion that badly injured Eden.
 

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Book Categories: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Date Posted: September 24 2018
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)
Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden Bishop must solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle in order to escape the curse, in a world filled with enemies where nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

 

Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings

Book Categories: Fiction
Recommended By: Ellen L. in Adult Ref
Date Posted: September 24 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Villanelle (a codename, of course) is one of the world's most skilled assassins. A catlike psychopath whose love for the creature comforts of her luxurious lifestyle is second only to her love of the game, she specializes in murdering the world's richest and most powerful. But when she murders an influential Russian politician, she draws a relentless foe to her tail. Codename Villanelle is a sleek, fast-paced international thriller and is the inspiration for the TV sensation Killing Eve, starring Sandra Oh.

A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell

Book Categories: Fiction
Recommended By: Ellen L. in Adult Ref
Date Posted: September 24 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

A single mother's life is turned upside down when her best friend vanishes, an inexplicable event that prompts her to reach out to her blog readers and the missing woman's handsome husband before nightmarish realities come to light. Soon to be a major motion picture.

The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman

Book Categories: Non-fiction
Date Posted: September 22 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
A true-crime investigation of the 1948 abduction of Sally Horner details the crime itself and how it inspired Vladimir Nabokov's classic novel, "Lolita."
 

Mother American Night by John Perry Barlow

Book Categories: Biography
Recommended By: Bruce in Adult Reference
Date Posted: September 22 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

Traces the remarkable life story of the Grateful Dead lyricist and digital free speech advocate, describing his upbringing among elite Wyoming ranchers, his vigorous advocacy of Internet freedoms and his relationships with figures ranging from Jerry Garcia and Jackie Kennedy Onassis to Steve Jobs.

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

Book Categories: Fiction
Recommended By: RVC Library Staff
Date Posted: September 18 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

An illustrated response to the tragic human realities of the refugee crisis presents a father's letter to his young son on the eve of a dangerous sea crossing, as he reflects on their life before the war in Syria.

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

Book Categories: Fiction
Recommended By: Amy in Adult Reference
Date Posted: September 17 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

In a novel imbued with magical realism, when Sabrina Nielsen arrives at her 30th birthday dinner in New York City, she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also her favorite professor from college; her father; her ex-fiance, Tobias; and Audrey Hepburn.

The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King

Book Categories: Biography
Date Posted: September 17 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

The first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories and archival documents, the author traces the iconic children's program host's personal, professional and artistic life through decades of work.

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