Allison Public Library Notes 4/23
“MASKED PREY” by John Sandford . . . When a Senator’s daughter discovers that an unknown extremist has been posting politician kid photos online beside vicious but legal ideological rants, Lucas Davenport is summoned by influential Washington leaders to prevent dangerous attacks on their children.
“VALENTINE” by Elizabeth Wetmore . . . In the early hours of the morning after Valentine's Day, fourteen-year-old Gloria Ramírez appears on the front porch of Mary Rose Whitehead's ranch house, broken and barely alive. The teenager had been viciously attacked in a nearby oil field; an act of brutality that is tried in the churches and barrooms of Odessa before it can reach a court of law. When justice is evasive, the stage is set for a showdown with potentially devastating consequences. A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick.
“REVENGE” by James Patterson . . . Investigating the suspicious suicide of a young woman whose family once employed him as a bodyguard, former SAS soldier David Shelley makes unsettling discoveries that are complicated by the victim’s father’s thirst for revenge.
“REDHEAD BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD” by Anne Tyler . . . A tech expert and building superintendent finds his circumscribed routines upended by his significant other’s eviction and the appearance of a teen at his doorstep who claims to be his son.
“AFTERLIFE” by Julia Alvarez . . . Reeling from her beloved husband’s sudden death in the wake of her retirement, an immigrant writer is further derailed by the reappearance of her unstable sister and an entreaty for help by a pregnant undocumented teen.
“LAKE SEASON” by Denise Hunter . . . A reclusive author with a bad case of writer's block bonds with a North Carolina innkeeper who would bring closure to a pair of star-crossed lovers, an agenda that is complicated by the secrets of another guest.
“WRITERS & LOVERS” by Lily King . . . Blindsided by her mother’s sudden death, and wrecked by a recent love affair, Casey Peabody has arrived in Massachusetts in the summer of 1997 without a plan. A former child golf prodigy, she now waits tables in Harvard Square and rents a tiny, moldy room at the side of a garage where she works on the novel she’s been writing for six years. When she falls for two very different men at the same time, her world fractures even more.
“MEMORIES OF GLASS” by Melanie Dobson . . . In 1942 Holland, childhood friends Josie and Eliese partner with a few other citizens to rescue Eliese's son and hundreds of other Jewish children awaiting deportation, but dangerous secrets could derail their mission.
“PIVOT” by Kat Martin . . . Three women—Meri, Melanie and Michelle—who bonded as girls over broken homes and growing up in foster care come together to fight for their live, and loves, once more as danger follows them at every turn.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“GIRLS OF JULY” by Alex Flinn . . . Four girls from very different backgrounds forge bonds and support one another in the wake of life-changing secrets, ambitions and self-discovery during a shared summer in the Adirondacks.
“DOGS AND THEIR PEOPLE” by Anne Lambelet . . . Loving to observe the variety of dogs and people she passes on her way home from school, a young girl takes note of how pets and their owners resemble or differ from one another, before arriving home to the warm welcome of her own best friend.
“NESTING” by Henry Cole . . . Two robins build a nest together and raise their chicks, navigating a year of changing seasons and serpentine predators.
NEW DVDs for your viewing enjoyment: JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL, THE GREAT ALASKAN RACE, and 1917.