Lima Public Library Book Reviews

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The Animal Council by Nick McDonell

After The Calamity, the animals thought that the humans had managed to lock themselves up. But, it turns out that a few curl up in makeshift villages. So the animals, including a cat, a dog, a crow, a baboon, a horse and a bear, came together to debate whether to help the last human stragglers… or to eat them. Rest assured, there is a happy ending. Kind of.

everyone by M Shelly Conner

Eve Mann arrives in Ideal, Georgia, in 1972, looking for answers about the deceased mother giving her life. A mother named Mercy. A mother who during Eve’s 22 years was a mystery and a quest. Eve’s search for her mother, and the father she never knew, is a mission to discover her identity, her name, her people, her home.

The last guard of Nalini Singh

For Canto Mercant, family and loyalty are everything. A cardinal telepath deemed “imperfect” by his race due to a spinal injury, Canto cares about the opinions of very few and ruthlessly protects those he claims to be his. Intelligence chief of the influential Mercant family, he prefers to remain a shadow on the Net, unknown and invisible. But Canto is also an anchor, part of a secret designation whose task is to stabilize the PsiNet.

Jake Tapper’s Devil’s Dance

Charlie and Margaret Marder, stars of politics in 1960s Washington DC, know all too well how the tangled web of power in the nation’s capital works. But as they yearn to settle into the comfort of their own home, Attorney General Robert Kennedy has other plans. He needs them to address a potential threat not only to the presidency, but to the security of the United States itself.

NON-FICTION

Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner

With humor and heart, Zauner recounts growing up one of the few Asian American children at his school in Eugene, Oregon; to struggle with his mother’s special and high expectations for him; from a painful adolescence; precious months spent in her grandmother’s small apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother bonded late at night around plates full of food.

The Ride of a Lifetime: The True Story of a Woman, Her Horse, and Their Last Chance Journey Across America by Elizabeth Letts

In 1954, 63-year-old farmer Annie Wilkins from Maine embarked on an impossible journey. She had no money or family, she had just lost her farm and her doctor had only given her two years to live. But Annie wanted to see the Pacific Ocean before she died. She ignored her doctor’s advice to move into the county charity house. Instead, she bought a rejected brown gelding named Tarzan, donned men’s overalls, and headed south in mid-November, hoping to beat the snow.

Better, Not Bitter: Living Purposefully in the Pursuit of Racial Justice by Yusef Salaam

They didn’t know who they had. So begins Yusef Salaam telling his story. No one’s life is the sum of the worst things that have happened to him, and during Yusef Salaam’s seven years of wrongful incarceration as one of the Central Park Five, he has gone from child to man and gained a spiritual perspective on life. Yusef learned that we are all “born on purpose, with a purpose.”

Blue: In Search of Nature’s Rarest Color by Kai Kupferschmidt

Search the history of mankind and you will quickly conclude that we have been in love with blue at least since the pharaohs. So it’s surprising to turn to the realms of nature and find that “real” blue is truly rare. From the morpho rainforest butterfly to the blue jay that walks past your window, few living things are blue – and most of them are sleight of hand with physics or chemistry. Blueberries use the pigment found in red roses to achieve their blue tint. Even the blue sky above us is a play of light.

CHILDREN

Ultimate Supercars (series) by World Book

Reluctant readers and car enthusiasts alike will love this great new series. Tons of photos and fun facts tell you everything you need to know about some of the world’s best luxury sports cars in a readable format. You are sure to find the motorcycle of your dreams in this range! Check out this ultimate garage: Porsche 918 Spyder; Ferrari 488 GT8; Tesla Model 5; Chevrolet Corvette Z06; Mustang Shelby GT350; Bugatti Veyron; McLaren 12C; Dodge Viper SRT; and last but not least, the essential driving of 007, the Aston Martin DB9. This high octane series is sure to shake and stir you!

Ages: 9-13

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