Allison Public Library Notes 8/08
“SURFSIDE SISTERS” by Nancy Thayer . . . Returning to her Nantucket childhood home in the wake of personal and professional setbacks, novelist Keely Green is forced to face her estranged best friend, Isabelle, and when she begins to fall for Isabelle's brother, things become complicated.
“ON EARTH WE'RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS” by Ocean Vuong . . . A letter from a son to a mother who cannot read reveals the impact of the Vietnam War on their family history and provides a view into parts of the son's life that his mother has never known.
“UNDER CURRENTS” by Nora Roberts . . . Returning to his hometown of Lakeview where his father's abuse made his childhood a nightmare, Zane Bigelow begins a relationship with Darby McCray, a landscape designer, but his dark past comes back to haunt Zane and threatens their happiness.
“CONVICTION” by Denise Mina . . . An upper-class Edinburgh housewife who enjoys listening to the sordid details of true-crime podcasts has her world turned upside down when a new podcast turns out to have connections to her own dark past.
“THE TUBMAN COMMAND” by Elizabeth Cobbs . . . Placed in charge of a team of black scouts by a skeptical General David Hunter, Harriet Tubman devises the largest plantation raid of the Civil War and leads a fleet of gunships up the Combahee River in South Carolina in an attempt to free hundreds of slaves.
“WINDOW ON THE BAY” by Debbie Macomber . . . Encouraged by her best friend to start dating again, an intensive care nurse and empty nester catches the attentions of her injured mother's surgeon.
“ON A SUMMER TIDE” by Suzanne Woods Fisher . . . When her father buys an island off the coast of Maine with the hope of breathing new life into it, Camden Grayson thinks he's lost his mind. An unexpected event sends Cam to his rescue, and she discovers the island has its own way of living and loving.
“THE LONGEST DAY/A BRIDGE TOO FAR” by Cornelius Ryan . . . Published to coincide with the 75th anniversary of D-Day, this deluxe collector’s edition presents two of the best books ever written about World War II along with 88 pages of photographs, full-color endpaper maps and rare archival material revealing how the books were written.
“BAREFOOT BEACH” by Debbie Mason . . . Wedding fever has taken over Harmony Harbor, and the local matchmakers have set their sights on Theia Lawson, a former navy pilot who's in town for a stay, and while Theia's got her reasons to put this small town behind her as fast as she can, there's a certain tall, dark and irresistible man she can't seem to get off her mind.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“FRONT DESK” by Kelly Yang . . . After emigrating from China, ten-year-old Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown motel, despite the nasty owner, Mr. Yao, who exploits them, while she works the front desk and tries to cope with fitting in at her school.
“LION AND MOUSE” by Jairo Buitrago . . . A modern update on the classic fable finds a captured mouse successfully begging for mercy from a good-natured lion who is unexpectedly rescued by the mouse from a hunter's trap.
“LITTLE TACO TRUCK” by Tanya Valentine . . . Happily serving tasty treats to hungry workers on Union Street, Little Taco Truck is dismayed to find another food truck in his space day after day and worries that his customers will prefer other foods to his before his friends help him make room for everyone.