Do you like warm and quirky characters? Try The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan. Laura takes a job as the housekeeper and assistant of eccentric writer Anthony Peardew and unknowingly steps into a world of lost things. After his sudden death, Laura is charged with the task of reuniting Anthony's collection of lost items and their owners in hopes of mending just one broken heart. This job seems insurmountable, and she soon discovers the house is filled with not just lost trinkets but lost souls, too. You might also like Sweet Tea & Sympathy by Molly Harper. This romantic comedy revolves around Margot Cary who loses her lucrative event planning job in Chicago. Thankfully, an aunt she’s never met offers her a job in small town Lake Sackett, Georgia, where she begins again. Amidst the many quirky residents and Molly’s humorous faux pas, she catches the eye of the elementary school Principal Kyle Archer.
If you like family dramas, check out When Your Mother Doesn't by Jill Kelly. What kind of women do daughters become when their fathers are missing and their mothers can’t love them? How do they find love and ways to love themselves? Amazon says it’s “a revealing and intimate story of what a mother will—and will not—do for her daughters.”
Summer is the perfect time for suspense. The Life We Bury by Allen Eskins is about college student Joe who has a simple assignment…write a biographical essay about someone’s life. He interviews a local nursing home resident who is also a parolee convicted of murder. But, Joe soon realizes that Carl may not have committed this crime and, along with his sympathetic neighbor, devotes himself into unraveling the mystery. Do you prefer more of a thriller? Try The Big Kahuna by Janet Evanovich and Raymond Benson. A sinister adversary has Nick Fox and Kate O'Hare in his crosshairs, and will stop at nothing to eliminate them. They'll need to assemble the team to defeat their enemy. Unfortunately, their number one player, Kate's father, is on the run and on the most wanted list, after being betrayed by an old friend. The trio is going to have to watch their backs at every turn to rid the world of their two greatest foes, and clear their names.
For those who like paranormal fantasy, Vivian staff recommends Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs. It opens with the Columbia Basin Pack of shape-shifters contending with a plague of zombies and the unfamiliar witch who must be creating them. When they go to their local gray witch for help, they find her family massacred and evidence that she herself has been practicing black magic. As they dig deeper into the mystery, the pack turns to the local vampire seethe for answers, leading Mercy to reunite with former allies and discover that events from the past may tie in to the zombie incursion. If you are new to the Mercy Thompson series, you might want to start with book one, Moon Called.
Finally, for nonfiction readers, the Vivian staff recommends Becoming by Michelle Obama. In her multi-award-winning memoir, Michelle invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. She describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms.
Upcoming events at the Robert A Vivian branch: August 26, 1:00 pm, Vivian Book Club will be discussing The Necklace by Claire McMillan. Call (734) 241-1430 to register. On Wednesday, August 28, at 5:00 pm, join us at Vivian branch library for an evening of back to school bingo! Bingo prizes will be school supplies!! Register here.