The Rasey Memorial Branch Library in Luna Pier and the Erie Branch suggest several offbeat, yet heartwarming novels for your August reading. Try W. Bruce Cameron’s The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man. After repo man Ruddy McCann begins hearing the voice of deceased Alan Lottner, the father of Ruddy's crush, in his head, Alan tasks Ruddy with finding his murderers. The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg is about Elmwood Springs, Missouri. It’s a small town like any other, but something strange is happening out at the cemetery. ’Still Meadows, ' as it's called, is anything but still. This title is classic Fannie Flagg, it’s a humorous story about a cute town filled with quirky characters.
You should read at least one romance this summer and Jill Shalvis’ The Lemon Sisters is the perfect mix of intrigue and romance. When LA documentarian Brooke’s sister Mindy, and her children, show up on her doorstep, it’s obvious Mindy is overwhelmed and in trouble. Brooke offers to take the children home so Mindy can stay at her place in LA for a few days of needed rest. But when they arrive in their hometown, Brooke reconnects with her troubled past and her former boyfriend Garrett. Publisher’s Weekly says, ”…flawed, believable characters and plenty of sizzling love scenes make this an enjoyable outing.”
Are you a mystery fan? Try the charming Peach Clobbered by Anna Gerard. What’s black and white and dead all over? Georgia bed and breakfast proprietor Nina Fleet finds out when she comes across a corpse in a penguin costume. Do you prefer a spooky tale? Try Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale. When her health begins failing, the mysterious author Vida Winter decides to let Margaret Lea, a biographer, write the truth about her life, but Margaret needs to verify the facts since Vida has a history of telling outlandish tales.
For fantasy fans, Erie/Luna Pier recommends Kevin Hearne’s Hounded. It’s book one of the Iron Druid Chronicles. Atticus O'Sullivan, the last of the Druids, finds his peaceful life in Arizona shattered by the arrival of an angry Celtic god who wants Atticus's magical sword, forcing Atticus to call upon some unlikely allies for help.
Did you enjoy Educated: a Memoir or Where the Crawdads Sing? If so, pick up this oldie but goodie. Jeanette Walls The Glass Castle: a memoir is an inspiring survival story. Successful journalist Walls is the child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother. She discusses overcoming her early life. Her family lived a nomadic existence during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities. Her parents end up homeless on the streets of New York City while Jeanette and her sister, now settled and successful, try to help them.
This week our Children’s Lunch program continues at the Rasey Memorial Branch (Luna Pier) at 12:30 pm. Wednesday through Saturday. Call the branch at (734) 848-4572 for more information.