Book Buzz: Literary Science Fiction, A Genteel but Murderous Groundhog Day, Regional Ozark Literature

Every month, we’re profiling new-ish releases that are getting critical and commercial buzz. For July, we’re looking at a haunting story about families and scientific experimentation gone awry, a madcap mystery set on a British estate, and an anthology collection of local literature.

Erika Swyler’s Light from Other Stars (2019)*

Light from Other Stars

Our summer program theme is space-related this year. If you want to try something that fits that theme and is a bit deeper than your average beach read, Swyler’s tale about Nedda Pappas might do the trick. Nedda’s childhood was spent idolizing her grief-stricken father, a former NASA scientist, who invents a machine to slow down time. Needless to say, complications ensue–of both the personal and professional variety–especially decades later when Nedda herself is an astronaut and she and her crew face a difficult situation in space.

*Ebook also available on Libby.

Recommended if you enjoy speculative literary fiction.

Stuart Turton’s The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (2018)**

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A twisty mystery with a British setting, this debut novel’s complicated plot isn’t for everyone. But if you like quirky mysteries with a science fiction twist, this might be exactly what you’re looking for. The protagonist–Aiden Bishop–finds himself trapped in the same day, Groundhog Day-style, but with the setting a masquerade party on a British estate. Another twist: he wakes up every day as a new person at the party, though Evelyn Hardcastle dies every single day, regardless of who he is. Can Aiden solve the mystery and save the day? You’ll have to read the book to find it.

**Ebook and audiobook also available on Libby.

Phillip Howerton’s The Literature of the Ozarks: An Anthology (2019)

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If you like regional literature–and especially the distinctive work of the Ozarks–then you’ll really need to check out this new anthology edited by Missouri State University–West Plains English professor Phillip Howerton. Spanning multiple genres and two centuries, the anthology presents a wealth of material and especially examines how an Ozark regional identity (and regional stereotypes) formed in the general public’s mind.

Recommended for those enjoy the history and literature of the Ozarks.

P.S. We’re very pleased to announce that Dr. Howerton will be joining us at the Berryville Library on Monday, July 15, at 6 p.m., to talk about his book. Please join us!

What’s your favorite new-ish books? What books are you buzzing about these days? Have you read any of these books? Tell us in the comments! As always, please follow this link to our online library catalog for more information about any of these items.

Author: berryvillelibrary

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