While library patrons have been enjoying the delights of summer reading, the staff members have been enjoying books—on their own time and in their own tastes. The themes vary, there is fiction and non-fiction and we hope the staff critiques will catch your eyes for these recommended books.
Cutting for Stone, is a book about an Indian nurse and an American doctor practicing medicine in Ethiopia. Their love results in twins who grow up in unusual circumstances. It is a sweeping saga and a very personal novel that has found a huge audience of readers. Staff critique: I enjoyed this book. It was moving, elegantly told, very gripping, had multi-layered characters and was very insightful. The story shows different perspectives of cultural diversity and moves from India to Ethiopia to New York City. I found it compelling how the love of these doctors helped find treatments and cures for poverty-stricken patients.
Sophie Kinsella is the author of the well-liked Shopaholic series. Her newest humorous title is Wedding Night, about a young woman who is disappointed by her boyfriend’s proposal to go on a trip, rather than to get married. She impulsively decides instead to wed an old friend. Staff critique: ...loved this amusing romantic comedy because it is light, cute and the perfect beach companion.
A Torrance resident and war hero who endured great deprivation gained greater admiration after the publication of Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. Staff critique: It is an interesting read and very inspirational story of how Louis Zamperini stayed unbroken despite the unbelievable hardships, suffering and challenges he faced. He is a perfect example of perseverance, courage and optimism.
Erik Larson is the author of the very popular Devil in the White City. He returns with In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin which is about the college professor who surprisingly becomes the American ambassador to Germany when Nazism is rising. The story is about how the ambassador and his family react to living in such a moral and political whirlpool. Staff critique: I had never heard of Ambassador Dodd so reading about him was like learning a bit of forgotten history. Larson is a very powerful and dramatic writer.