Allison Public Library Notes 8/01
“THE LAST STONE” by Mark Bowden . . . On March 29, 1975, sisters Katherine and Sheila Lyons, age 10 and 12, vanished from a shopping mall in suburban Washington, D.C. As shock spread, then grief, a massive police effort found nothing. The investigation was shelved, and mystery endured. Then, in 2013, a cold case squad detective found something he and a generation of detectives had missed. As a cub reporter for a Baltimore newspaper, Mark Bowden covered the frantic first weeks of the story. In The Last Stone, he returns to write its ending.
“MRS. EVERYTHING” by Jennifer Weiner . . . Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise. Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies. And their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib.
“THE LAST HOUSE GUEST” by Megan Miranda . . . When her longtime best friend is found murdered, a woman combs through her idyllic Maine tourist community to uncover local secrets and clear her name of suspicion.
“THE PERFECT PLAN” by Bryan Reardon . . . The abduction of a young woman, family secrets, and a dark suburban underworld shape the twisted lives of two brothers, one who is believed to be mentally unstable and his older sibling, a golden-boy gubernatorial candidate.
“PLAINSONG” by Kent Haruf . . . From the unsettled lives of a small-town teacher struggling to raise two boys alone in the face of their mother's retreat from life, a pregnant teenage girl with nowhere to go, and two elderly bachelor farmers emerges a new vision of life and family as their diverse destinies intertwine.
“CALIFORNIA GIRLS” by Susan Mallery . . . Three sisters wrestling with difficulties in their personal and professional lives tackle secrets and old wounds while helping their mother relocate from the family home to a condo.
“THE MENDING OF LILLIAN CATHLEEN” by Linda Brooks Davis . . . 1914. While American women are demanding the vote and the first flames of the Great War are igniting Europe, a battle of a different sort rages in Oklahoma. The jury has reached a verdict. Lily fidgets in the old church pew. The answer rests in the hands of twelve men. Not a single woman sits among the jurors. Lily eyes the judge. And the courtroom holds its breath.
“THE LAST WOMAN IN THE FOREST” by Diane Les Becquets . . . An endangered wildlife protector on assignment in northern Alberta falls in love with her brilliant mentor before a tragic accident and disturbing inconsistencies trigger her suspicions about his possible role in four murders.
“I WANT YOU BACK” by Lorelei James . . . When former NHL star Jaxson Lund returns home, he is determined to prove to Lucy, his ex-girlfriend and mother of his daughter, that he is ready to be a father and the man she has always wanted.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“LIZZIE FLYING SOLO” by Nanci Turner Steveson . . . Hoping to get through school unnoticed while enduring life in a transitional housing shelter after her father is arrested for a white-collar crime, Lizzie St. Clair bonds with a frightened pony at a local stable while struggling to accept help from new friends. In memory of Melu Shafer.
“CURIOUS GEORGE GOES SWIMMING” by Margret & H.A. Rey . . . Curious George and his friend are spending a fun summer day at their local pool. Kids are swimming, diving, and playing pool games, and there's even a snack stand! George can't wait to spend the whole day in the water, but when he sees his friend Lucy afraid to swim, George wants to help.
“I AM NOT A FOX” by Karina Wolf . . . Avoided by foxes who find him too dog-like and rejected by the dog park dogs for being a fox, Luca confusedly compares the many interests he shares with dogs before a friendly little girl accepts him just as he is.
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