Allison Public Library Notes 10/24
“VENDETTA IN DEATH” by J.D. Robb . . . Homicide detective Eve Dallas investigates the sordid past of a wealthy businessman for clues to help her track down a vigilante killer who calls herself Lady Justice.
“THE DUTCH HOUSE” by Ann Patchett . . . At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. In memory of Carl DeBoer.
“THE SECRETS WE KEPT” by Lara Prescott . . . At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime. Their mission: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, where no one dare publish it, and help Pasternak's magnum opus make its way into print around the world.
“AKIN” by Emma Donoghue . . . A retired New York professor's life is thrown into chaos when he takes his great-nephew to Nice, where he plans to look into his own mother's wartime activities after uncovering a handful of puzzling photographs from her wartime years. In memory of Carl DeBoer.
“TEXAS FOREVER” by Janet Dailey . . . A rough-and-tumble new ranch hand and the daughter of an ambitious ranch tycoon struggle to deny their feelings for one another in the face of conflicting responsibilities.
“THE HIDDEN SIDE” by Heidi Chiavaroli . . . As her personal life falls apart, radio personality Natalie Abbott finds comfort in the Revolutionary War diaries of Mercy Howard, who sets out to avenge the death of her fiancâe Nathan Hale. In honor of Joy Schueler.
“THE HEALING JAR” by Wanda E. Brunstetter . . . After Lenore's fiancâe calls off their engagement, she resigns herself to being permanently single, but while working in her grandmother's garden, she digs up an old jar that may help her find healing.
“LONE WOLF COWBOY” by Maisey Yates . . . When Vanessa Logan, whose life he saved years ago, returns to Gold Valley, firefighter and former EMT Jacob Dalton, who has never forgotten her, is happy to explore their attraction, but when she gets pregnant, he faces a difficult choice.
“IOWA BARNS: YESTERDAY AND TODAY” by Karlene Kingery . . . A tour of all 99 counties with 800 photos of barns and other buildings, addompanied by stories that portray their diversity, past and present. In memory of Carl DeBoer.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“PAY ATTENTION, CARTER JONES” by Gary D. Schmidt . . . When an English butler arrives to help his troubled family, Carter struggles to navigate middle school while adjusting to the unwelcome presence of a butler who is determined to help him become a gentleman and deal with burdens from the past.
“HIDE 'N' SHEEP” by Jennifer Sattler . . . A sheep tries to convince the reader that he is all the other animals on the farm--from pigs to chicks.
“LLAMA LLAMA MESS, MESS, MESS” by Anna Dewdney . . . When Mama Llama says it is time to clean up, Llama ignores her since he is more interested in playing than cleaning, but Mama finds an imaginative way to teach Llama a lesson about cleanliness. Im memory of Marilee Reiher.
“HANGRY” by Drew Brockington . . . When a young monster arrives in the city to find his favorite hot dog place closed, his monster-sized, hunger-induced tantrum sets off panic in the city's residents as they try to find food to satisfy him.
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