July 16, 2020
Are you an “Outlander” fan? I once lost 30 minutes of my life, listening to a friend telling me all about it as she had been watching it on the telly. I have been looking at subscribing to Acorn, a British app for DISH TV, and was overcome by the selection. Anyway, the Library now has all eight volumes of Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” (F GAB) series. If you should not be familiar with it, here goes: you are in the Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and is reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach, an “Outlander” in Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord, 1743. There you go. No more need to be said.
In another world torn by war and raiding clans (just joking) is “The Art of Her Deal” (B TRU) by Mary Jordan, the untold story of the life of Melania Trump. This revelatory biography of Melania Trump from Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post reporter Mary Jordan depicts a first lady who is far more influential in the White House than most people realize. Jordan traces Melania’s journey from Slovenia, to her days as a model, and to the long, complicated dating dance that finally resulted in her marriage to Trump. Jordan documents Melania’s key role in Trump’s political life before and at the White House, and shows why he trusts her instincts above all. The picture of Melania Trump that emerges in “The Art of Her Deal” is one of a woman who is savvy, deliberate, and who plays the long game.
The Library has acquired a new series written by LT Vargas and Tim McBain. Rookie FBI agent Violet Darger is sent to help hunt down a serial killer who is targeting women in rural Ohio. The person is deranged, known only by a horrible nickname “The Doll Parts Killer”. Victims are cut-up, left in garbage bags in public places like trash. The investigation is non-existent. No witnesses, no physical evidence and the FBI has lost contact with the star profiler who has been working the case. Darger has her own demons to deal with and killer watches the investigation on television and laughs, knowing he can’t be stopped. A pretty grisly story. Oh yeah, the title is “Dead End Girl” (F VAR)
The second book in the series in “Killing Season” (F VAR), again by LT Vargas and Tim McBain takes place in Atlanta and is a sniper case. Someone is taking shots at drivers along I-20, killing eight and causes a thirty-six car pileup. The next morning, the same person shoots through a grocery store window, taking out six people and the window, before fleeing without a trace. Once more Agent Vargas must peer into the darkness to anticipate his next move, putting herself into his head may be the only way to stop him. But at what damage to herself?
“Inge’s War: A German Woman’s Story of Family, Secrets, and Survival Under Hitler” (B ING) by Svenga O’Donnell is one of those books I saw on Amazon and it sounded interesting. There are fewer and fewer survivors of that era and it is one that still resonates with many people. Plus, as George Santayana said in 1903, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Growing up in Paris as the daughter of a German mother and an Irish father, Svenja O’Donnell knew little of her family’s German past. All she knew was that her great-grandparents, grandmother, and mother had fled their home city of Königsberg near the end of World War II, never to return. But everything changed when O’Donnell traveled to the city, now known as Kaliningrad, and a part of Russia, and called her grandmother, who uncharacteristically burst into tears. “I have so much to tell you,” Inge said. This is a captivating story, one of secret, valor, terror, loss. The memories are still real to those who lived through it and still tear their hearts and minds in remembering those days.
Several people have sent memorials to honor James T. “Jim” Roberts life. We have used those funds to purchase some new Westerns as Jim enjoyed reading that genre. In reading Robert Arms obituary, he asked that you go fishing or go hog hunting in his memory. Well, we got a book memorial, so I am going to look for a fish or hog hunting book in his honor!
Stay cool, my friends! Pick those black-eyed peas early in the morning!
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