Allison Public Library Notes 5/16
“THEY ALL FALL DOWN” by Rachel Howzell Hall . . . After accepting an invitation to vacation on a private island, Miriam discovers that she and her companions were brought there under false pretenses and as accidents start happening, they become increasingly suspicious of each other.
“NORMAL PEOPLE” by Sally Rooney . . . The unconventional secret childhood bond between popular Connell and lonely, intensely private Marianne is tested by character reversals in their first year at a Dublin college that render Connell introspective and Marianne social, but self-destructive.
“THE SUMMER COTTAGE” by Viola Shipman . . . Memories of better times motivate a woman at a crossroads in her life to renovate a lakeside family cottage where she was most happy and where she discovers a cache of letters from the late nineteenth century.
“THE MISTER” by E L James . . . After he inherits his family’s noble title, wealth and estates, Maxim Trevelyan must fight his desire for an enigmatic woman who’s recently arrived in England, possessing little more than a dangerous past.
“THE ALTRUISTS” by Andrew Ridker . . . A professor at a Midwestern college invites his estranged children to reconcile with him at his St. Louis home, but he is also after the large fortune his ex-wife left the children.
“CHRONICLES OF A RADICAL HAG” by Lorna Landvik . . . When beloved columnist Haze Evans falls into a coma, Susan McGrath, filling the void with Haze's past columns, stumbles upon secrets that have been locked in the files for decades.
“A DEFENSE OF HONOR” by Kristi Ann Hunter . . . Over a decade after turning her back on London society, circumstances find Kit FitzGilbert back in a glamorous ballroom, where she meets Graham, Lord Wharton, who is convinced she can help him find his friend's missing sister.
“THE TRIAL OF LIZZIE BORDEN” by Cara Robertson . . . Drawing on twenty years of research and recently discovered evidence, an account of the infamous Lizzie Borden trial explores professional and public opinions while considering how Gilded Age values and fears influenced the case.
“LOW COUNTRY HERO” by Lee Tobin McClain . . . Sunny, carefree days splashing in the ocean—it’s the life Anna George has always wanted for her five-year-old twins. And now that they’ve made it to Safe Haven, South Carolina, she won’t let anyone stand in her way. Not the abusive ex she’s just escaped and not the rugged contractor who caught her setting up house in the shuttered beachfront cabins he’s refurbishing.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“THE FRIENDSHIP WAR” by Andrew Clements . . . When Grace takes boxes of old buttons from a building her grandfather bought, she starts a fad at school that draws her closer to one friend, but further from another.
“YOU ARE MY HAPPY” by Hoda Kotb . . . At the end of the day, a baby bear and its mother reflect back on the things that brought them happiness throughout the day.
“THERE'S A HOLE IN THE LOG ON THE BOTTOM OF THE LAKE” by Loren Long . . . An adaptation of the classic children's song features an adorable cast of animal characters whose teeming activities and whimsical side comments reveal that there is much more than a mere log at the bottom of their lake.