Saturday, May 7, 2016


Don’t we just love it when a favorite author writes a new book? Look to the Monrovia Public Library for some much anticipated titles already on the bestseller lists. 

Master of suspense Harlan Coben returns to a favorite theme—a person believed dead is actually alive—in his new Fool Me Once. Maya is a former special ops officer who sees her recently murdered husband on her nanny cam and starts to peel back the layers of mystery about his death. Plot twists and turns make this novel a real page turner.

Jumpha Lahiri, whose novel The Namesake has become a contemporary classic, goes in a new direction with her memoir In Other Words. Written in Italian, which Ms. Lahiri has been studying for  years, the author comments how this language has freed her from the conflict she had with English, her second tongue which she learned when she came to the United States from India. The memoir is about moving to Italy and finding a new way to express herself.

Armchair travel favorite Bill Bryson returns with The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain, a hilarious look at his trip across England. Commenting on his own aging, although only 64, the author’s curmudgeonly ways add to this travelogue. Bryson takes the roads less traveled and delivers wonderful stories about small town experiences.

Miller’s Valley is a coming-of-age novel by bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen. Set in Pennsylvania in the 1960’s and reflecting the aspirations, quirks and relationships of a family, this is also about a small town that may be doomed by a plan to flood a community and create a reservoir. Lead character Mimi Miller ponders her bonds with others and how the land where they live connects them.

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