What A Wonderful World: January

This year, our theme at the library is What A Wonderful World. We’re focusing on a different color for each month, and January’s is spring green for a fresh start. To that end, we’re highlighting books at the library with that color (or something close to it 🙂 ) on the cover!

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Book Buzz: Bank Robbers, Famous Dresses, and Historic Poets

Every month, we’re profiling new-ish releases that are getting critical and commercial buzz. For December, we’re looking at various books about famous women–biographical fiction about Bonnie Parker of Bonnie and Clyde fame, a historic romance centered around Grace Kelly’s wedding dress, and a biography of 18th century African American poet Phillis Wheatley.

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Katherine Center’s What You Wish For (2020)

Sam feels like she’s finally found happiness in both her personal and professional life. Does she have everything she wants? No. But she is very pleased with her job as a children’s librarian at a quirky, fun-loving private elementary school on Galveston Island in Texas, and she loves the circle of friends/coworkers she has found.

When corporate robot Duncan is hired to be the new principal and promptly starts wrecking everything that makes the school unique and endearing, she and her fellow teachers are outraged and vow to take action. But Sam is even more horrified than everybody else because, years ago, she worked with a very different Duncan–one who was fun-loving and caring. In fact, she was madly in love with that Duncan, though she was too shy to ever act on her feelings. She still sees flashes of that person underneath the austere, distant new Duncan. What happened to Duncan? What’s going to happen to the school? What’s going to happen to Sam?

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Your Library Card, Your Ticket to the World: Mexico

Our library theme for 2020 is Your Library Card, Your Ticket to the World–because with the library, you truly can travel around the world without ever leaving the comfort of your own home. Every month in 2020, we’ll be landing at a new place on the globe. In November, we’re in Mexico.

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Book Buzz: Singapore Romance, Ozark Noir, and Florida Panthers

Every month, we’re profiling new-ish releases that are getting critical and commercial buzz. For November, we’re looking at a jaunty romance set in Singapore, a thriller about crime in the Missouri Ozarks, and a nonfiction narrative about panther conservation in Florida.

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Your Library Card, Your Ticket to the World: Brazil

Our library theme for 2020 is Your Library Card, Your Ticket to the World–because with the library, you truly can travel around the world without ever leaving the comfort of your own home. Every month in 2020, we’ll be landing at a new place on the globe. In October, we’re in Brazil.

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Patrick Radden Keefe’s Say Nothing

One of the more notorious incidents in The Troubles, the conflict between Catholic nationalists and Protestant loyalists in Northern Ireland, is the disappearance of Jean McConville. The widowed mother of ten disappeared one night in December 1972 after she was forcibly removed from her home by the Irish Republican Army (IRA). Rumors circulated for decades about what had happened to McConville and why. Murder was hardly uncommon during The Troubles (especially if someone was suspected of being an informant) or frowned upon by the IRA, but disappearances were another matter.

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Book Buzz: Romantic Fiddlers, Murderbots, and Appalachian Memoirs

Every month, we’re profiling new-ish releases that are getting critical and commercial buzz. For October, we’re looking at historical fiction set in Civil War and Reconstruction-era Texas, an intriguing science fiction series, and a meditative memoir about rural Kentucky.

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Crystal King’s Feast of Sorrow

I’ve chatted on here before about my interest in ancient Rome. I love me some good historical fiction set in ancient Rome, the worse behaved the Romans are the better. Those of you who know me well know that I even named my dog after a Roman emperor. (Don’t judge.) But I digress.

A couple of years ago fellow book blogger Vanessa (foodinbooks), who has a magnificent blog about books and food, recommended the book Feast of Sorrow to me precisely because of its ancient Roman setting. I just now got around to reading it, and I only regret not reading it sooner. Thanks so much for the fantastic recommendation, Vanessa! (Also thanks so much to my boss Julie for adding this book to the collection at my request.)

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Your Library Card, Your Ticket to the World: Italy

Our library theme for 2020 is Your Library Card, Your Ticket to the World–because with the library, you truly can travel around the world without ever leaving the comfort of your own home. Every month in 2020, we’ll be landing at a new place on the globe. In September, we’re in Italy.

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