Shawnee Public Library
My name is Nancy and I work at the Shawnee branch of the Pioneer Library System. Always an avid reader, when I retired from teaching at Shawnee High School, I found the library to be the natural next stage of my life adventure. I love to examine new books as they come across the information desk on their way to the shelves. Books that I would have never known existed peak my interest and find their way onto my checkout list.
For this column I will share some of the more interesting titles I find. You will see short synopses/reviews of teen and adult fiction and non-fiction. Some of them will be new releases while others will be ones I have just "discovered." Check here every month for the latest finds. Feel free to come in and visit with me about your own suggestion list or simply leave me a note. I am interested in what you have to say.
Following are three books I read that I think you will enjoy and an author recommendation. Keep Reading!
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This is a heart wrenching story of teens trying to navigate the road of life while dealing with the complications of cancer and their own mortality. Exhibiting a broad spectrum of emotions, the scenes are volatile and poignant. Both a love story, and curiously, a story of hope, this is a book for mature teens and adults; but it would make for serious and rewarding discussion between peers or teens and their parents.
Zoo by James Patterson
I read a review that described this book as a cross between Stephen King and Dean Koontz. It is certainly different from any James Patterson book I have ever read. Mankind has totally messed up the world and the animals are taking over. I have just two words: tense and scary.
Killing McVeigh: the death penalty and the myth of closure by Jody Lynee Madeira
While this book is about a specific Oklahoma event, it is also about the survivors and family and friends of any victims of violence. The author takes a hard look at the idea that the death penalty serves to close for good the door into a room of pain and horror. Not leisure reading, but I found this book informative and it certainly requires a thought-provoking examination of my own misconceptions.
I found a new author the other day while browsing the Sizzler shelves; at least she is new to me. Karin Slaughter is a mystery/thriller writer in the vein of James Patterson and John Sandford. Begin with her first novel: Blinsighted. I started with the newest release and it was a plot spoiler for her previous books, but she is so good I am reading them anyway.