by Walter Mosley
He’s back! Ever popular author Mosley has a winner once more. This time, ace private eye Easy Rawlins is charged with finding Evander “Little Green” Noon, who disappeared during an acid trip. Easy’s fans will love this tough-minded exploration of good and evil and the power of guilt and redemption.
by Wilton Barnhardt
The four Johnston children of Charlotte, North Carolina, wander perpetually toward scandal and mishap. Mama Jerene Jarvis Johnston finds she must work tirelessly to preserve the family’s legacy. But can she possibly succeed in saving this heedless brood?
Beijing’s Power and China’s Borders: Twenty Neighbors in Asia
edited by Bruce A Elleman, Stephen Kotkin and Clive Schofield
China shares borders with more countries than any other nation. Twenty case studies identify and explore the areas where border disputes could flare up. Though not sharing a land border with China, Japan, nonetheless, is the subject of one of the essays.
Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations
by Mary Beard
Probably the world’s best-known classicist, Beard even writes a popular blog on the topic. If Greek and Roman history are your passion, you are sure to enjoy this fresh-eyed look at the ancient classical world. Topics include Cleopatra and Asterix and the Romans.
World War Two: A Short History
by Norman Stone
Following up on his excellent study of World War I (also available in the Library), British historian Stone has produced a concise account of World War II. For readers who would like a quick and expert overview of the “deadliest war in human history,” this succinct study (199 pages) is perfect.
Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo
by Tim Parks
This is an amusing, tender study of the chaos of Italian railways and the denizens who use them. Park’s tales of encounters with ordinary Italians, including train conductors and passengers, paints a vivid picture of Italian life, from the fashion centers of the north to the bucolic south.
Member: Erica Koito
Title: 11 Birthday
by Wendy Mass
What’s the book about?
It is about a girl called Amanda and her friend, Leo, who have celebrated their birthdays together since they were born. But on their 10th birthday, they have a fight, which causes an old curse to unravel.
What did you like about it?
I liked how the story was touching and funny at the same time. While Amanda and Leo have a good friendship, it’s funny how the Sponge Bob balloon greets Amanda every morning.
Why did you choose it?
I liked Wendy Mass’s other books, so when I laid my eyes on this colorful cover, I instantly wanted to read it.
What other book(s) would you recommend?
Another very readable book from the same author is called How We Decide—a fascinating look at the inner workings of the mind.