Allison Public Library Notes 9/21
“ENEMY OF THE STATE” by Vince Flynn . . . With a non-aggression pact in place that keeps Saudi involvement in 9/11 quiet in exchange for oil, Mitch Rapp undergoes a covert mission as a traitor to keep the peace when evidence emerges that the Saudis are funding ISIS.
“THE SUMMER THAT MADE US” by Robyn Carr . . . Returning to her childhood summer home to rebuild her life after losing her job, a television talk-show host is flooded with memories of the summers she spent with her sisters and cousins before a tragic event that they seem to remember quite differently.
“A COLUMN OF FIRE” by Ken Follett . . . A half-century love affair between a man in service to Elizabeth I and a woman on the opposing side of England's religious divide is challenged by violent ideological power shifts, torn loyalties and the queen's circle of spies, in a latest entry in the best-selling series that includes The Pillars of the Earth.
“NO PLACE I'D RATHER BE” by Cathy Lamb . . . Olivia Martindale discovers an old, handwritten cookbook in the attic. Its pages are stained and torn, their edges scorched by flame. Some have been smeared by water . . . or tears. The recipes are written in different hands and in different languages. In between the pages are intriguing mementos, including a feather, a pressed rose, a charm, and unfamiliar photographs. Olivia hopes the recipes will offer a window into her grandmother’s closely guarded past.
“THE BREAKFAST CLUB MURDER” by Camilla T. Crespi . . . Lori Corvino is forced to clear her name when she becomes the prime suspect in the murder of her ex's new wife, especially since the crime was committed just days after a nasty confrontation between the two women.
“THE BOAT RUNNER” by Devin Murphy . . . Sent to a Hitler Youth Camp to secure German business for his family's Dutch company, Jacob Koopman, the privileged nephew of a fisherman, finds his world upended by the outbreak of the war, which eventually forces him to make a transformative decision about his life purpose.
“WHEN I NEED YOU” by Lorelei James . . . When he makes a play for single mother and personal trainer Rowan Michaels, who breaks all three of his dating dictates, Vikings football star Jensen Lund realizes he is falling hard for this strong woman who needs his help in improving conditions for her fellow cheerleaders.
“WHERE TWO HEARTS MEET” by Liz Johnson . . . When journalist Adam Jacobs comes to the bed-and-breakfast where she is the chef, Caden Holt assumes that he is the travel writer whose feature could be the boost the struggling inn needs, and sets herself to impress him.
“MY FIRST COACH” by Gary Myers . . . Shares the compelling, real-life stories of some of the country's most famous quarterbacks and how they took advantage of or overcame their relationships with their fathers. Can young athletes overcome helicopter parents? How did the kids with NFL aspirations deal with their fathers who'd already made it?
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“A BIG DAY FOR BASEBALL” by Mary Pope Osborne . . . Transported through time to 1947 to participate in a history-making baseball game, Jack and Annie don magical baseball caps to bolster their skills while learning what is so special about the game and its star player, Jackie Robinson.
“MOO MOO IN A TUTU” by Tim Miller . . . When Moo Moo the adventurous cow decides to become the world's most famous ballerina, her loyal duck best friend, Mr. Quackers, tries to be supportive in spite of Moo Moo's less-than-graceful dancing skills.
“WE'RE ALL WONDERS” by R.J. Palacio . . . Over 6 million people have fallen in love with Wonder and have joined the movement to Choose Kind. Now younger readers can meet Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, and his beloved dog, Daisy. Given in memory of Marilee Reiher.
NEW DVDs for your viewing enjoyment: SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE, GIFTED, and GOING IN STYLE.