#8 in our new regular feature that offers up staff-selected recommendations for your consideration.
I have to admit it I am a little late to the Liane Moriarty Fan Club. Yes, I see that her books go out over and over again, and that a new novel will spark a long wait list, but being someone who is never part of a crowd I just didn’t read her books… until now.
My guess is that it took me a day and a half to read Big Little Lies. And I loved it. The book takes place in Australia and I can hear the accents in the writing. Starts out slow and just keeps building, this book is a great fun read.
There’s a terrible riot at Pirriwee Public’s annual school Trivia Night that leaves one parent dead. And now there’s a sneaking suspicion that the death, first a seemingly tragic accident, could actually be murder. All of which gives top-spot New York Times best-selling author Moriarty (The Husband’s Secret) a chance to visit issues of parenting, divorce, and shattered families in shuttered suburbia.
The three copies in the catalog have gone out over 125 times and I can see why. I guess I am now a member of the club, part of the crowd! And I am glad I joined!
#7 in our new regular feature that offers up staff-selected recommendations for your consideration.
This week I’m going with an oldie but a goodie by the amazing Michael Crichton. His retelling of the Beowulf saga, Eaters of the Dead, is masterful and a gripping read, with all the drama and grounding in fact that this prolific writer brings to all of his work.
In A.D. 922 Ibn Fadlan, the representative of the ruler of Bagdad, City of Peace, crosses the Caspian sea and journeys up the valley of the Volga on a mission to the King of Saqaliba. Before he arrives, he meets with Buliwyf, a powerful Viking chieftain who is summoned by his besieged relatives to the North. Buliwyf must return to Scandanavia and save his countrymen and families from the monsters of the mist….
Crichton shares how the retelling came to be when a friend of his was giving a lecture on the “Bores of Literature”. Included in his lecture was an argument on Beowulf and why it was simply uninteresting. Crichton stated his views that the story was not a bore and was, in fact, a very interesting and compelling work. The argument escalated until Crichton said that he would prove to him that the story could be interesting if presented in the correct way. And he more than proved his point with this amazing tale, replete with adventure, daring, swordplay, Vikings, Neanderthals, demons, and battles with both actual and mythical creatures, along with real and fictional details and footnotes and sources and characters that blur the lines between fact and fiction and keep you turning pages.
#6 in our new regular feature that offers up staff-selected recommendations for your consideration.
Let’s see…do you like Historical Fiction? England? Royalty? Masterpiece Theater? Fun Reads?
If you only choose one from that list then you will like Victoria: A novel of a young queen by Daisy Goodwin. Drawing on Queen Victoria’s diaries, which Ms. Goodwin started reading when she was a student at Cambridge University, the book brings the young nineteenth-century monarch who would go on to reign for 63 years richly to life.
The television version of this book will start on PBS January 15, but reading the book is a walk back in to history for me. And a perfect warm read on these cold days.