The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the Carnegie Award for excellence in fiction for 2015, this deeply moving story by acclaimed author Anthony Doerr is set in WWII and follows a young French blind girl and a German boy with an aptitude for radios as they both struggle to survive the horrors of the war. Their stories envelop a suspenseful hunt for a priceless gem hidden from the Nazis as they attempt to gather France’s treasures during the occupation.
“A novel to live in, learn from, and feel bereft over when the last page is turned.” — Booklist
“Tackling questions of survival, endurance and moral obligations during wartime, the book is as precise and artful and ingenious as the puzzle boxes the heroine’s locksmith father builds for her. Impressively, it is also a vastly entertaining feat of storytelling.” –New York Times Book Review
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We librarians love books! Here are a few staff picks--some new, some newly-discovered--to give you some ideas:
TJ - The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell. Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life. Mitchell weaves a story of rich fantasy mixed with our real world events and conditions and takes a speculative look at our future, which should be taken as a literal heads up.
April - The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins - Carolyn and each of her adopted (kidnapped?) siblings have been raised by Father to master their own catalog of ancient wisdom to rule the world – from murder and war to languages to animal behavior. But Father is missing (or dead) and the library stands unguarded – who will take his place? It’s a thriller, mystery, scifi, comedy and horror all rolled into one.
Dena - Girl Waits with Gun, by Amy Steward. Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.
Claudia - The Nature of the Beast, by Louise Penny. Intelligent and intriguing as always, this latest (#11) in the Armand Gamache series delivers all the things we love in Louise Penny's absorbing novels: multi-layered plot, nuance, great characters, and a expertly crafted plot.
Pam - John Krakauer's Missoula: Rape And The Justice System In A College Town. Of the estimated 110,000 women aged 18-24 raped each year, 350 sexual assaults were reported in Missoula between January 2008 and May 2012. Krakauer investigates the experiences of several women – the nights they were raped; the psychological trauma they experienced afterwards; the way they were treated by police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and the general public. Not for the faint of heart, this eye-opening book is a well written, level-headed, in-depth report of how sex crimes are handled throughout the country.
Lisa - The Farm, by Tom Rob Smith. By the author of Child 44, this fast-moving tense drama begins when Daniel gets a call from his father in Sweden telling him his mother has had a psychotic breakdown and is in an asylum. Before he can get there, he gets a call from his mother telling him that everything he's been told by his father is a lie, that his father is involved in a crime. She leaves the asylum, immediately travels to London and unravels the story to Daniel, who still doesn't know which of his beloved parents to believe. The tension mounts as Daniel's father arrives in London accompanied by a mysterious stranger.
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Whatever you're after, we're here to keep you supplied with whatever you need for your reading pleasure. If you love your library and what it means to your community, you may enjoy Joe Queenan's essay entitled In Praise of Libraries. Libraries are more than just books.
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e-books and e-audios
Read or listen on Kindles, iPads, iPods, Nooks, Sony Readers, MP3 players, and other devices using your home computers, or, depending on the device, download directly onto the device itself. Patrons will need to do one-time downloads of free software onto their computer and/or device, then access the VALNet Digital Collection through the VALNet website.
You may choose your own check-out period: 7, 14 or 21 days, and are limited to 3 checked out items at a time. E-books and MP3-format audios may be returned early; WMA-format audios stay on your record until the loan period expires, so you may want to select a shorter loan period for those. It's easy to place holds, and put items on a wish list for later.
Not sure how to get started? The VALNet Digital Collection website's Help section provides information about compatible devices and their supported formats, as well as links to OverDrive Media Console software for e-audios and Adobe Digital Editions software for e-books, the free software used to manage your library downloads.
New materials will be added to the collection weekly, so check back often for new titles. In addition to the regular e-collection, thousands of public domain titles are available. These do not expire, do not count against your 3-item limit, and are always available -- no waiting.
Ask your library staff for more information.