The following books are now available at the Transylvania County Library.

Fiction

Clements, Oliver. “The Queen’s Men.” Someone wants Queen Elizabeth I dead. As she traveled through Waltham Forest her carriage was riddled with bull holes from masked gunmen who disappeared into the dark. Now the Queen’s Private Secretary, Sir Walsingham, must find the shooters who won’t stop until she is dead. At the same time, Elizabeth and her Privy Council search for a way to protect her country and throne which they believe is through Greek fire, a “recipe that disappeared with the collapse of the Byzantine Empire.” (FIC CLE)

MacLeod, Alison. “Tenderness.” When D.H. Lawrence was trying to publish his novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover, a story about class distinction and sensuality, he knew it would be censored so he published it privately and died alone and poor. Alison MacLeod’s Tenderness reimagines the fate of the story in the hands of the soon-to-be First Lady, Jackie Kennedy. Kennedy is horrified that America is attempting to censor the novel by Lawerence and steps up to ensure it is published. (FIC MAC)

Picoult, Jodi. “Wish You Were Here.” Diana has planned her life perfectly. She’ll be married by thirty, have children by thirty-five, climb the “professional ladder” in her field, and leave New York City for the suburbs. She is sure her boyfriend is getting ready to propose on their upcoming trip to the Galapagos, just days before her thirtieth birthday. But when a new virus sweeps the globe, Diana’s boyfriend is unable to go on the trip. She goes on so as not to lose the money, but the trip is miserable with lost luggage and no wi-fi. To make matters worse, Diana is unable to leave after the week because the island closes its borders. So much for her perfect life plan. (FIC PIC)

Ramisetti, Kirthana. “Dava Shastri’s Last Day.” Dava has just learned she has a terminal illness so she “arranges to have her death break early so she can read the obituaries.” She invites her four adult children to her private island to give them the news and help her celebrate what she is sure will be glowing eulogies lauding her philanthropy. Instead, two deeply hidden secrets about Dava come to light and her children learn what she is really like as a person. Dava wanted everyone to celebrate her life before it was over but finds herself trying to make peace with those she loves before it is too late. (FIC RAM)

Non-Fiction

Hustvedt, Siri. “Mothers, Fathers, and Others: New Essays.” Recommended as an excellent companion to motherhood, Hustvedt’s collection of essays touches on the “indignities” of the vocation—the hard parts and the unexpected parts. She tells stories of the times strangers have looked at her as if she is a horrible person because of a minor mishap, such as the time her daughter nearly fell from her stroller as they descended an escalator. But Hustvedt is very “real” in her writing, exploring all the messiness of being a mom. (814.54 HUS)

Lehr, Dick. “White Hot Hate: A True Story of Domestic Terrorism in America’s Heartland.” Often, hate hides in quiet, dark places and no one is aware of what is brewing before it is too late. But one such situation was thwarted before disaster hit. In a small town in Kansas in 2016, three men who were part of an extremist group called the Crusaders were plotting to bomb a Somali mosque in town. They hoped to kill hundreds and encourage other groups to carry out similar attacks. An FBI informant “befriended the three men” and for eight months “taped conversations with the militia,” leading to a disruption of their plans and solid evidence for conviction of “conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction.” (363.325 LEH)

Powers, Kristen. “Saving Grace: Speak Your Truth, Stay Centered, and Learn to Coexist with People Who Drive You Nuts.” It is clear our nation is divided on multiple fronts which has created a “cycle of outrage and self-righteousness.” Senior political analyst and author Kristen Powers is finding she must work hard to not get caught up in the vitriol and has decided she will do whatever she can to maintain peace. Powers has created a “template for a different kind of America,” where, despite our differing opinions and ideals, we can all find the potential in other people. (303.6 POW)

Weiwei, Ai. “1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows: A Memoir.” Ai Weiwei spent his childhood in exile in China’s “Little Siberia” where his father was sentenced for his participation in the Cultural Revolution. He grew up with little freedom to express his innate creativity. Eventually he left home to study art in America but returned to China to become an “art world superstar and international human rights activist.” WeiWei shows what it talitarian regime as a target of the Chinese authorities. (B Weiwei)

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