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Debbie’s Recent Reads – 2022


Debbie’s Recent Reads – 2022
Library BooksTalks on Zoom, April 15, 2022
Debbie A. (formerly of Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries, now retired)

Mostly fiction — one non-fiction, with called # listed.

Playing Nice
by J.P. Delaney (Thriller, 2020)

What if you found out that your family isn’t yours at all? How far would you go to protect them? A gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling author of The Girl Before.

The Wonder
by Emma Donoghue (Historical Fiction, 2016)

The Irish Midlands, 1859. An English nurse, Lib Wright, is summoned to a tiny village to observe what some are claiming as a medical anomaly or a miracle — a girl said to have survived without food for months.

House of Correction
by Nicci French (Mystery, 2020)

A young woman accused of murder and in prison awaiting trial. There is a strong case against her and she can’t remember what happened the night of the movie. Alone, frightened and confused, and from the confines of her cell, she needs to prove everyone wrong.

The Searcher
by Tana French (Mystery, 2020)

A retired detective moves to a remote village in rural Ireland planning to relax and put his old police instincts to bed forever. However, he soon discovers something is wrong in this community, and he must find out what, even if it brings trouble to his door.

All We Ever Wanted
by Emily Giffin (Fiction, 2018)

Three very different people must choose between their family and their values.

Not a Happy Family
by Shari Lapena (Mystery/Thriller, 2021)

In this family, everyone is keeping secrets — especially the dead.

Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng (Fiction, 2020)

A riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

The Fisherman
by Chigozie Obioma (Fiction, 2015)

In a small town in western Nigeria, four young brothers take advantage of their strict father’s absence from home to go fishing at a forbidden local river where they encounter a dangerous local madman who predicts that the oldest boy will be killed by one of his brothers. This prophecy unleashes a tragic chain of events of almost mythic proportions.

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars
by Christopher Paolini (Science Fiction, 2020)

Kira Navárez dreamed of life on new worlds. Now she’s awakened a nightmare. While Kira faces her own horrors, Earth and its colonies stand upon the brink of annihilation. Now, Kira might be humanity’s greatest and final hope….

The Dilemma
by B.A. Paris (Fiction, 2020)

Husband and wife Adam and Livia each have a secret that will shake the foundation of their family to its core. Both must ask themselves: Is hiding the truth the same as telling a lie? And, how far are they willing to go to protect the ones they love?

The Abstinence Teacher
by Tom Perotta (Fiction, 2007)

The Abstinence Teacher exposes the powerful emotions that run beneath the surface of modern American family life and explores the complex spiritual and sexual lives of ordinary people.

Look Again
by Lisa Scottoline (Mystery, 2009)

When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a ‘Have You Seen This Child?’ flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops; the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will.

Zoo Nebraska: The Dismantling of an American Dream
by Carson Vaughan (Non-Fiction, 2019) (590.73 Vau)

Royal, Nebraska, population eighty-one — where the church, high school, and post office each stand abandoned, monuments to a Great Plains town that never flourished. But for nearly twenty years, they had a zoo, seven acres that rose from local peculiarity to key tourist attraction to devastating tragedy. And it all began with one man’s outsize vision.

Before We Were Yours
by Lisa Wingate (Historical Fiction, 2017)

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country — Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.