Friday, November 27, 2015

Recovering from Black Friday

What better way to get over the stress and craziness of full-tilt shopping than to stay home and relax with a good book? Here are some titles from our New Books shelf:

How about Gregory Maguire's new book, After Alice, an imaginative continuation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland?

John Irving also has a new novel, called Avenue of Mysteries, set in Oaxaca, Mexico, in which Juan Diego, a famous writer, tells the story of his past, and his little sister Lupe, a mind reader and clairvoyant who believes she knows the future.

If you're in the mood for intrigue, Anne Perry has written another Victorian-era holiday mystery, called A Christmas Escape, and the title is a double entendre--the initial escape is to a romantic Mediterranean island but, later on, rumblings from the local volcano and an unexpected murder provide different reasons for escape!

Thomas Kenneally, author of Schindler's List, has written a novel about two Australian sisters, both nurses, who carry away a guilty secret from their home town as they sign up for the cataclysm that was the first World War. Find The Daughters of Mars at both libraries.

There are many other choices for new books, but we all know they tend to check out more, since people are waiting for them. So how about some other suggestions? How about, say, starting a series?


Deborah Crombie's two-detective series alternates perspectives from book to book between Detective Inspector Duncan Kincaid and Police Sergeant Gemma Jones, starting with A Share in Death.

Louise Penny's Inspector Armand Gamache mysteries begin with Still Life, and keep getting better.

There are four books and counting in Alex Grecian's Scotland Yard Murder Squad saga, including The Yard, The Black Country, The Devil's Workshop, and The Harvest Man.


How about a little "Space Opera"? For instance, John Scalzi's Old Man's War series, or the Dune chronicles by Frank Herbert?

Try some time travel books from Connie Willis--one serious (The Doomsday Book, wherein time travelers get trapped in time during the Black Death) and one hilarious (To Say Nothing of the Dog, a French farce of a book with its hapless characters time-hopping into ever more ridiculous situations).

The classic fantasy series that starts with A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. LeGuin, is timeless and beautifully told. Plus, dragons!


Try something contemporary, such as JoJo Moyes' books Me Before You and After You, or a classic Regency romance by Georgette Heyer, like The Grand Sophy or Arabella.


It's politics season: How about a presidential biography or autobiography? We have 'em all (more than 150!), from Washington to Obama.

Are you fascinated by war? Check out our many books about the Civil War, World Wars I and II, or our Veterans' Collection.

Sports, music, gardening, travel, building a green home...there's something for everyone.

Whether you saw something here that piqued your interest or you still feel the need to browse, Burbank libraries (Central and Buena Vista) are both open on Saturday, and Buena Vista is open on Sunday. Stop by and check something out for your weekend!

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