September's staff picks come from the good folks at the Norcross Branch, who offer a really intriguing handful of titles for your reading pleasure.
The Age of Miracles
by Karen Thompson Walker
you woke up one Saturday morning and found that the rotation of the earth had
suddenly started to slow down? As time
passes the days grow to 20, 30 then 40 hours long, and life changes
radically for residents of one California suburb. The environment serves as a major
testing ground for maintaining relationships and establishing stability.
People struggle to figure it out whether live by clock time or to adjust
their lives to movement or lack of movement of the earth. This story is
told through the eyes of Julia, a 6th-grade girl who valiantly navigates
changes within her family, her friendships and her own coming-of-age.
Highly recommended for modern day fantasy lovers.
Between Two Fires
by Christopher Buehlman
The setting is medieval France in 1348. Thomas, a disgraced, faithless but warmhearted knight finds an angelic orphan girl who seems to be much more than Thomas can comprehend. She convinces Thomas to lead her over the depraved landscape to Avignon, where she will fulfill her mission to confront the evil that has overcome mankind. You see, the final war is coming and strange, unholy things walk the face of the Earth. This book is epic in scope, emotionally draining for the characters (and readers alike) and is definitely exhilarating. Recommended for readers who like to take the scariest ride at the amusement park.
by James S. A. Corey
Corey, the pen name for Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham, delivers a rollicking good space opera about the people of the solar system (Earth, Mars and the Asteroid Belt) coming face to face with the gruesome infectious evidence of a far flung alien civilization. Highly recommended for fans of more human-centered Science Fiction.
Maisie Dobbs series
by Jacqueline Winspear
is my favorite genre, and a little history in the plot makes it even
better. I especially like to read book series in order. When I reach the
last book available in a series, I am at a loss until I find a
character in a new series to follow. I found my new historical mystery
series in Maisie Dobbs. The series is set in World War I-era
England and begins with Maisie Dobbs as a young girl earning her living
as servant. She serves as a nurse during the Great War, witnessing
firsthand the terrible loss and suffering from trench warfare and nerve
gasses. After the war she becomes a strong, independent woman who runs
her own private investigation agency. As the series develops, Maisie
solves mysteries that come from the troubles of the war, which highlights
the compelling human cost of war as well as the social issues of the
The Scent of Darkness
by Margot Berwin
Eva, also known as Evangeline takes a journey of self discovery from Cyril, New York to the fragrant and otherworldly bayous of Louisiana and back. After inheriting her grandmother's home, Eva discovers a vial of perfume in a hidden room where her Grandmother, an "aromata," created scents. Gabriel, a young medical student who has been using the home as a quiet study, is present when she empties the vial upon herself and is transformed from invisible and lackluster into a force whose presence is felt as soon as she steps foot in New Orleans. Evangeline’s presence transforms strangers, animals, Gabriel (who represents good) and Michael Bon Chance (who represents evil and wants to possess her power). Evangeline is drawn to both men but even more so to the mystery of the scent, which does not wash off or wear off and has changed life as she knew it. Highly recommended for those who enjoy Magical Realism.
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