Lima Public Library Book Reviews


FICTION

Katharine Parr, The Sixth Wife of Alison Weir

After sending his beloved but deceptive young wife Katheryn Howard to her beheading, King Henry sets his lonely eyes on a more mature woman, Katharine Parr, 30, twice widowed. She, however, is in love with Sir Thomas Seymour, brother of the late Queen Jane. Conscious of his rival, Henry sends him abroad, leaving Katharine no choice but to become Henry’s sixth queen in 1543.

The Galaxy and the Inner Ground by Becky Chambers

Without water, air and indigenous life, planet Gora is commonplace. The only thing it has going for it is a fortuitous proximity to more popular worlds, which makes it a decent stopover for ships traveling between the wormholes that keep the Galactic Commons connected. If deep space is a highway, Gora is just your average truck stop.

Pip Williams’ Lost Words Dictionary

Esme was born in a world of words. She spent her childhood in the Scriptorium, a garden shed where her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers collected words for the first-ever Oxford English Dictionary. One day, a piece of paper containing the word servant floats under the table. She saves the underpants, and when she learns the word means “slave,” she begins to collect other words that have been thrown away or overlooked by the men in the dictionary.

A man named doll by Jonathan Ames

Happy Doll is a charming, albeit at times inexperienced, private detective living at a Hollywood-sign single cliff with her beloved Half Chihuahua, Half Terrier, George. A veteran of the Navy and LAPD, Doll supplements her meager income as an IP by working overnight at a local Thai spa that offers her clients a number of special services.

NON-FICTION

John Piper Providence

From Genesis to Revelation, the providence of God directs the whole course of redemptive history. Providence is “the intentional sovereignty of God”. Its extent extends to the flight of electrons, to the movements of galaxies, and to the heart of man. His nature is wise, righteous and good. And its purpose is the glorification of God exalting Christ through the joy of a redeemed people in a new world.

Sick and Tired: An Intimate History of Fatigue by Emily Abel

Recent articles on various diseases conclude that fatigue has been underestimated, underdiagnosed and undertreated. We know little about what it means to live with this disease, especially given its various symptoms and causes. Emily K. Abel presents the first story of fatigue, a story scrupulously researched but also informed by her own experiences as a cancer survivor. Abel reveals how the limits of medicine and the American culture’s emphasis on productivity intersect to stigmatize those who suffer from fatigue.

Drunk: How we sipped, danced and stumbled on our way to civilization by Edward Slingerland

Drunk elegantly cuts through the tangle of urban legends and anecdotal impressions that surround our notions of intoxication to provide the first rigorous and scientifically grounded explanation for our love of alcohol. Drawing on evidence from archeology, history, psychopharmacology, literature and genetics, Slingerland shows that our liking for chemical intoxicants is not an evolutionary error. In fact, poisoning helps solve a number of specific human challenges.

Dedicated: The Case for Engagement in the Age of Infinite Sailing by Pete Davis

We’re stuck in “endless navigation mode”: browsing endless dating profiles without committing to a single partner, jumping from place to place in search of the next big thing, and refusing to make a decision that could close us off from an even better choice we imagine it’s just around the corner. This culture of restlessness and indecision causes tension in the lives of young people today.

CHILDREN

Superheroes are everywhere from Kamala Harris

Before Kamala Harris became America’s first female vice president, she was a superhero-loving little girl. When she looked around, she realized that the real superheroes were everywhere – all the parents, friends and inspiring teachers and mentors who encouraged her to be the best she can be. In this picture book aimed directly at children, Kamala takes readers through her life and shows that the power to make the world a better place comes from within. Take the “Hero Pledge” with Kamala and promise to do what you can to be a superhero for the people in your life!

Ages: 8-12

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