What Staff are Reading
Societies, secrets and so much more! Check out our list below for all the goodies the staff are reading this month
Jean’s pick is ‘Scented’ by Laurence Fearnley (Adult Fiction, FEA)
This is the story of a woman in midlife with no ties to bind her. From the loss of her hitherto successful career in academia, the fall out of losing a cherished home, failure to find employment and a loss of personal respect. ‘Scented’ is a search for personal identity through the power of sense of smell and love of perfume.
This is a must-read for any perfume lover but comes recommended as a great journey to self-realization.
Kerrie’s pick is ‘Little White Lies’ by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Young Adult Fiction, BAR)
Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother's "society" might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life-her father's identity-she signs on the dotted line. As she's drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn't the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet.
A thrilling mystery that keeps you guessing till the end!
Zuni’s pick is ‘Sapiens’ by Yuval Harari (Adult Non Fiction/History, 909 HAR
Explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?
A fascinating deep look at human history
Kevin’s pick is ‘Utopia 58’ by Daniel Arenson (Adult Fiction, ARE)
Imagine a perfect society. A world with no racism, sexism, or ageism. A utopia.
In Utopia 58, everyone is equal. Everyone must be equal. You will be equal. Like it or not.
KB209 was born into this utopia. He has no true name. No past. No future. He is one among millions. The same.
One day, at a propaganda rally, KB209 glimpses an act of startling defiance. A citizen with painted toenails. A woman in a genderless society. Color in a black and white world.
When KB209 confronts her, he is drawn into an underground rebellion. A movement that dares to dream. That dares to say: "We are unique. We are individuals. We will be free!"
Kept me guessing until the end!
Fanua’s pick is ‘Once Upon a River’ by Diane Setterfield (Adult Fiction, SET)
A dark midwinter's night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science?
A beguiling tale full of twists and turns
Fiona’s pick is ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens (Adult Fiction Rental, OWE)
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.
This story had me captured from beginning to end with many twists along the way.