Lima Public Library Book Reviews

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FICTION

Power challenges by Ben Bova

What better way to regain America’s glory than by returning to the moon and setting up a permanent moon base that can then serve as a launch pad for Mars? But as usual, political intrigue and conflicting priorities threaten the entire agenda. Add to that a dying president, a legislature that thinks money spent on a moon base is wasted money and general public apathy, and you have an almost impossible task.

When the Stars Collide by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Chicago Stars back-up quarterback Thaddeus Walker Bowman Owens is a talented team player, touchdown coach, occasional male underwear model, and a man with little tolerance for divas. International opera superstar Olivia Shore is a passionate diva with a passion for perfection, a thirst for justice, too many secrets, and a monumental grudge against the selfish, lowbrow jock she’s stuck with.

First person singular by Haruki Murakami

The eight stories in this new book are all told in the first person. From childhood memories, meditations on music and a fiery love of baseball, to dreamlike scenarios and invented jazz albums, together these stories challenge the boundaries between our mind and the outside world. Sometimes a narrator may or may not be Murakami himself. Is it a memoir or a fiction? The reader decides.

The two lost mountains by Matthew Reilly

Against all odds, Jack West Jr. found the Three Secret Cities, but at a heartbreaking price. His beloved daughter Lily, it seems, was slaughtered by the Sphinx in a cruel ancient ritual. With his rivals far ahead, Jack must now reach one of the Five Iron Mountains – two of which have never been found – and accomplish a mysterious feat known only as “The Fall”. But what is this object on the moon that is connected to it?

NON-FICTION

Eyes of Compassion: Living with Thich Nhat Hanh by Jim Forest

In the mid-1960s, Thich Nhat Hanh was a little-known Vietnamese Zen monk, touring the United States in the name of the cause of peace in his homeland. Jim Forest, a Catholic peacemaker, was invited to accompany him in his speeches. From this arose a decades-long friendship, during which Jim learned through conversation and everyday life Nhat Hanh’s spiritual teachings on mindfulness.

Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service by Carol Leonnig

The Secret Service was born in 1865, following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, but its history begins in earnest in 1963, with the death of John F. Kennedy. Shocked in reform by its failure to protect the president on that fateful day in Dallas, this once sleepy agency was radically transformed into a highly trained elite unit that would redeem itself several times, most notably in 1981 by foiling an assassination attempt. against Ronald Reagan.

Full Spectrum: How Color Science Made Us Modern by Adam Rogers

From kelly green to thousand-year-old pink, our world is adorned with a wealth of colors. But our man-made colors haven’t always matched nature’s kaleidoscopic range. To reach these brightest heights, it took millennia of remarkable innovation and a fascinating exchange of ideas between science and craftsmanship that enabled the brightest manifestations of our constructed and adorned world.

Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad by Gordon Chang

Across the sea, they came by the thousands, fleeing war and poverty in southern China to seek their fortunes in America. Converging to the huge west side of the transcontinental railroad, the migrants have spent years blasting tunnels through the snow-capped cliffs of the Sierra Nevada and laying tracks through the scorching desert of Utah. Their sweat and blood fueled the rise of an interconnected industrial United States.

CHILDREN

Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey From WWII To Peace By Ashley Bryan

Renowned children’s picture book artist Ashley Bryan presents a deeply moving illustrated memoir about his experiences as a soldier during WWII and how connections to loved ones and sketches helped him continue. While an art student at the age of 19 in 1943, Bryan was drafted to fight in World War II. For the next three years, he will face the horrors of war as a black soldier in a segregated army where he and his black teammates are given the most degrading and terrible tasks, such as removing the bodies of the dead. For decades he kept his war experiences private, but now he shares his story. Filled with unpublished works of art, handwritten letters and diary entries, this enlightening and moving autobiography is both a lesson in history and a testament to hope. Now 97 years old, Mr. Bryan is the recipient of a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Medal of Honor for this book, among his many other awards.

Ages: 10 years and over


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