“Pam’s Pick” this week is: “Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover” by Ann B. Ross, it’s summer and Miss Julia has visions of enjoying a life of leisure. But a letter from her long-lost cousin Elsie informs her that Elsie’s granddaughter is on a bus headed to her that very day. Elsie proclaims that she is sending Trixie to Miss Julia’s to learn to become a lady. The nerve of some people!
New Fiction: “The Snow Queen” by Michael Cunningham, this is the story of two brothers, who turn to each other to provide closeness in their time of need. Barrett is haunted by the light he sees in Central Park after being broken up with in the form of a text message on his phone. His brother Tyler is having a hard time writing a love song for his bride-to-be who has cancer.
“Waiting for Wednesday” by Nicci French, this is a Frieda Klein mystery. Ruth Lennox, housewife and mother of three, is found dead in a pool of her own blood. Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson can’t piece together a motive and calls in Frieda, hoping her talents will offer a new angle on the case. When it emerges that the mother was hiding a scandalous secret, her family closes ranks. Then a chance remark sends Frieda down a dangerous path that seems to lead to a serial killer who’s long escaped detection. Is Frieda getting closer to unraveling the case?
“Prayer” by Philip Kerr, this is an intense psychological thriller. FBI agent Gil Martins it hunting a serial killer with a religious motive. As he investigates the case he realizes that prayers are sometimes answered in terrifying ways.
“The Keeper” by John Lescroart, this is a Dismas Hardy legal thriller. Hardy and his friend Abe Glitsky are looking into the disappearance of a young wife and mother. When her body is found a few blocks from home, her deputy sheriff husband is arrested. Hardy and Glitsky must look into their past to find the killer.
“A Family Affair” by Fern Michaels, the story of dreams coming true. Trisha has always wanted to be a princess. When she meets and falls in love Malik her dreams are about to come true. But her sister’s marriage is falling apart. Trish strives to stay true to what matter most love, and family.
“Field of Prey” by John Sandford, this is a Lucas Davenport thriller. Davenport is called in when the police find fifteen bodies at an old abandoned farmhouse. When he begins to investigate, he makes some disturbing discoveries of his own. The victims had been killed over a great many years, one every summer, regular as clockwork. Can he catch the killer before he strikes again?
New Christian Fiction: “The Amish Groom” by Mindy Starns Clark, this is the first book in the Men of Lancaster County series. Born to an ex-Amish mother and an English father, 23-year-old Tyler Anderson was raised as a military kid until the age of 6, when his mom passed away. His dad, shipping off to yet another overseas post, placed Tyler in the care of his Amish grandparents, an arrangement that was supposed to be temporary. It lasted a lifetime.
“Woman of Courage” by Wanda E. Brunstetter, this story will take you on a 3,000-mile journey with Amanda Pearson. She leaves the disgrace of a broken engagement and enters the work of a Quaker mission in the western wilds. The trip is fraught with danger, and Amanda is near death before reaching her destination. Among those she meets are an Indian woman who becomes her first convert and a half-Indian trapper who seems to be her biggest critic. But love follows her into the wilderness and will determine the course of her future.
New Large Print: “The Summer Girls” by Mary Alice Monroe, this is the first book in the Lowcountry Summer trilogy. This is the story of estranged sisters Carson, Eudora and Harper as they share a summer of healing and forgiveness while exploring the tenacious complexities of sisterhood and friendship.
New Mystery: “Midnight Crossroad” by Charlaine Harris, this is the first book in the Midnight, Texas trilogy. Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town. There’s a pawnshop and a diner. And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private. Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth.
New Non-fiction: “Four Blood Moons” by John Hagee, Pastor Hagee reveals direct connections between four upcoming blood-moon eclipses and what they portend for Israel and all of humankind. The next series of four blood moons occurs at Passover and Sukkot in 2014 and 2015. Pastor Hagee explores what these blood moons mean and why Christians must understand these signs and what they mean for Israel and the world.
“American Crucifixion” by Alex Beam, this is the story of the murde4r of Joseph Smith and the fate of the Mormon Church.
“A Call to Action” by Jimmy Carter, this is the story of the world’s discrimination and violence against women and girls. It is the most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights.
“The Iron Road” by Christian Wolmar, this is an illustrated history of the railroad around the world. Did you know the top speed in the 18th century was 2 ½ MPH and now the Train a Grande Vitesse can go 357 miles per hour.
“Understanding Parkinson’s Disease” by Naheed Ali, M.D., this is an introduction for patients and the caregivers to information that will allow them to successfully confront this debilitating disease.
“Brothers Forever” by Tom Sileo, this is the story of a friendship between First Lieutenant Travis Manion and Lieutenant Brendan Looney. Manion, a fallen US Marine, and Looney, a fallen US Navy SEAL although they were killed three years apart, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, these two former roommates and best friends are now buried together, and will be “brothers forever.”
New Biographies: “Finding Me” by Michelle Knight, this is the story of the kidnapping and torture that Michelle Knight endured for a decade at the hands of Ariel Castro.
“Good Call” by Jase Robertson, this is a story of reflections on faith, family and fowl by Duck Dynasty star Jase Robertson.
New Audio Books: “Field of Prey” by John Sandford, “Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover” by Ann B. Ross, “I’ve Gove You Under My Skin” by Mary Higgins Clark, and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
New CDs: “Dreamchaser” by Sarah Brightman, and “Passione” by Andrea Bocelli.
New DVDs: “The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug,” “2013 Dining with the Dearly Departed,” and “Scooby-Doo! Wrestle Mania Mystery.”
New TV Season: “Mr. Selfridge” season 1.
Upcoming Events: The Scholastic Book Fair will be held June 6, 7, & 9, in the basement of the library, Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 am. – 2 p.m. and Monday from 12 noon – 8 p.m. This sale will help with prizes for our Summer Reading Program in July. Happy Reading!
The Cadiz Record’s Library Notes feature is submitted by John L. Street Library Director Pam Metts.