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What Are We Reading at the Library? March 28, 2008

Posted by bookgoddess in Authors, Books, Fiction, Librarians, Mysteries, Public libraries, readers, Reading, West Palm Beach Public Library.
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At our weekly meeting today, I asked the Library staff for the titles of any great books they’ve read recently.  Steve found Tim Dorsey’s Big Bamboo wonderfully funny.  If you are in the mood for a crime novel that provides outlandish entertainment and a great deal of interesting information about Florida, Tim Dorsey is the author for you.  I do think you would be well advised to begin with his first, Florida Roadkill.

Jennifer is reading Cotton by Christopher Wilson.  The protagonist starts out as a mixed race child growing up in the segregated South.  Though this novel deals with serious issues, it has some truly unusual plot twists and one critic described it as “antic entertainment.”

Lena checked out No!  I Don’t Want to Join a Book Club by Virginia Ironside on my recommendation.  She’s halfway through and agrees that it is fabulous.  She also recently viewed the classic film Twelve Angry Men and it became an instant all-time favorite.

Fawn is enjoying People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks.  A book conservator travels to Bosnia to restore a Hebrew manuscript that was saved by a Muslim librarian.  Fawn says that Brooks brings history alive for the reader.

I’m just finishing the second mystery novel featuring Quirke, the Dublin pathologist, by Benjamin Black, better known as Booker Prize winner John Banville.  The Silver Swan has terrific characterization, a great plot, and the wonderful writing that you would expect of this award-winning author.

Now, keep in mind – we work at the library where there is a very wide choice of reading materials, and these are the items that we picked.  So my feeling is that these are really good choices that you might want to consider.

Happy Reading!

The Book Goddess


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