Allison Public Library Notes 7/23
“Fraternity” by Benjamin Nugent . . . The debauched kinship of boys and girls straddling adolescence and adulthood: the drunken antics, solemn confessions, and romantic encounters that mark their first years away from home. Beneath each episode lies the dread of exclusion. The closeted Oprah’s hero worship gives way to real longing. A combat veteran offers advice on hazing. An alienated young woman searches for a sanctuary. And the shadow of assault hovers over every sexual encounter.
“Outsider” by Linda Castillo . . . Chief of Police Kate Burkholder helps a friend from the police academy go into hiding among the Amish to avoid vengeful rogue cops who have wrongly accused her of murdering an undercover officer.
“Beach Read” by Emily Henry . . . Two writers living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer's block. Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She'll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he'll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult. Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love.
“The Revelators” by Ace Atkins . . . Struggling to recover after an attempt on his life, Sheriff Quinn Colson resolves to track down his would-be killers only to find his efforts stymied by an interim sheriff who has been appointed by a corrupt governor.
“The Wedding Thief” by Mary Simses . . . Returning to her hometown to reconcile with her bohemian sister Mariel, Sara realizes that she still has feelings for her ex, who is now Mariel's fiancâe.
“The Choice” by Gillian McAllister . . . Being followed on her way home at night, Joanna turns and knocks out her pursuer, setting off two different timelines, one in which she helps him, and the other in which she ignores the bleeding man and goes home.
“The Tea Chest” by Heidi Chiavaroli . . . Emma Malcolm’s father is staunchly loyal to the crown, but Emma’s heart belongs to Noah Winslow, a lowly printer’s assistant and Patriot. But her father has promised her hand to Samuel Clarke, a rapacious and sadistic man. As his fiancée, she would have to give up Noah and the friends who have become like family to her—as well as the beliefs she has come to embrace.
“The Happy Camper” by Melody Carlson . . . When Dillon Michaels returns home after a breakup, her grandfather gifts her a vintage camp trailer that needs restoration. Intrigued by the work, and the charming hardware store owner, she's hopeful for a fresh chance at love--until a surprise visit from her ex-boyfriend turns everything upside down.
“Deep In The Alaskan Woods” by Karen Harper . . . Relocating to Lost Lake, Alaska, to escape her toxic past, a traumatized woman unexpectedly bonds with a wilderness survival tracker whose devoted protection heals her shattered heart.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“Say Yes Summer” by Lindsey Roth Culli . . . Rachel Brooks has capital-G Goals: straight As, academic scholarship, college of her dreams. And it's all paid off--after years of following the rules and acing every exam, because Rachel Brooks has spent most of high school saying no. No to dances, no to parties, and no to boys. So she begins a summer of yes. Yes to new experiences and big mistakes, yes to rekindled friendships and unexpected romances, yes to seeing the world in a whole new way.
“I Believe I Can” by Grace Byers . . . An empowering tribute to the limitless potential of children from every background that conveys messages about believing in themselves.
“Cat On The Bus” by Aram Kim . . . The story of a homeless cat who is shooed away by several impatient passengers on a bus before meeting an Asian grandfather with whom he finds a loving home.
NEW DVDs for your viewing enjoyment: BERNIE THE DOLPHIN2, OUTLANDER SEASON 4, and MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL.