Monthly Archives: July 2018

Magpie Murders

Anthony Horowitz   Pages:  496   Published: 2017

The book: Alan Conway is a successful crime writer who writes in a style inspired by classic crime writers such as Agatha Christie. The main character in his books is detective Atticus Pund, who solves crimes committed mostly in small villages in the British countryside. The manuscript for his latest novel is delivered to his editor, Susan Ryeland, but key pages are missing. Murder is afoot and not just fictional ones, and there are hidden messages in the manuscript. Who is or are the murderers?
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There There

Tommy Orange    Pages: 294     Published: 2018

The book: Set in Oakland, California, this is the story of 12 different characters whose lives intersect at the Big Oakland Powwow. Unlike the majority of novels and stories about native Americans, this story focuses on native people living in cities.
The novel deals with multiple themes: the tragic and cruel impact of settlers on native people, what it means to survive and persist, what it means to be native in America today, and what is native culture.
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The Great Gatsby

Scott Fitzgerald         Pages: 180    Published originally: 1925

The book: In the summer of 1922, Nick Carraway, a young man from a well-to-do, Midwest family, decides to learn about the bond business and heads for the East coast.  Rather than live in New York City, he rents a small home on Long Island. A mysterious and rich Mr. Jay Gatsby lives in the large mansion next door. Gatsby throws huge, extravagant parties. However, nobody seems to know where Gatsby is from or how he made his money.  What will Nick learn about Gatsby? How will the summer of 1922 turn out? Read more

Heart Berries

Teresa Marie Mailhot       Pages: 142        Published: 2018

The book: The author grew up on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in Canada. Her memoir, which she began writing while a patient in a mental institution, is told in a collection of essays in which she seems to unravel her traumatic past to get to a more hopeful future. Read more