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Book Club Favorites

Looking for book club suggestions? Try one of these novels perfect for group discussion. They are available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.

In the KitchenIn the Kitchen by Monica Ali
Struggling to maintain his culinary integrity in a hotel restaurant, an executive chef oversees a staff of eccentric characters while pursuing his secret ambition to become the hotel’s owner.

Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
An unassuming doctor, once a hit man and currently a member of the Federal Witness Protection Program, runs into his past.

Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski
Following his girlfriend to her new teaching position in Thailand, a young reporter researches the story of an American anthropologist who committed suicide in the Thai prison where she was serving a lengthy sentence for murder.

Await Your ReplyAwait Your Reply by Dan Chaon
Three characters have interlocking lives – Myles seeks letters and clues in a search for his missing twin, Ryan struggles with the discovery that he is adopted and Lucy finds leaving her hometown creates unexpected consequences.

The House GirlThe House Girl by Tara Conklin
An ambitious first-year associate in a Manhattan law firm searches for the “perfect plaintiff” to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.

Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Freemantle
Henry VIII’s sixth wife follows through with her reluctant marriage to the egotistical and powerful king in spite of her love for Thomas Seymour.

The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass
Enjoying his active but lonely rural life, a 75-year-old man allows a progressive preschool to move into his barn and transform his quiet home into a lively, youthful community.

Small DamagesSmall Damages by Beth Kephart
A pregnant eighteen-year-old girl is bitter when her mother sends her to Spain to deliver and give her baby away.

The Lowlands by Jhumpa Lahiri
Two brothers pursue vastly different lives, one in rebellion-torn Calcutta and the other in a quiet corner of America, until tragedy brings them together to heal family wounds.

The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett
A young antiquarian bookseller relocates from the U.S. to the English countryside after his wife’s death and stumbles upon a forged Shakespeare volume containing a portrait strikingly similar to his wife.

How to Read the AirHow to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu
Leaving behind his marriage and job in New York, the son of Ethiopian immigrants sets out to retrace his parents’ trip and weave together a family history.

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Two troubled souls, a fifteen-year-old runaway and an elderly man who can communicate with cats, inhabit a surreal coming-of-age novel.

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
Why does a 14-year-old student at an elite Dublin school end up dead and what are the unplanned outcomes that result after his demise?

Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
Struggling to recover from the death of his wife, a 67-year-old man moves into a lonely cabin in Norway where he recollects formative events of his youth.

This Is Where I Leave YouMr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
After a layoff during the Great Recession sidelines his technology career, a man takes a job at a bookstore in San Francisco and soon realizes that the establishment is a façade for a strange secret.

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Separated from his unfaithful wife and fired from his job, a man returns home to sit shiva with his unconventional family following the death of his father.

 

Originally published on October 18, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.

World War II

More powerful than any fictional thriller, these true stories from World War II are available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.

Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile and Love Reclaimed by Leslie Maitland
A former New York Times reporter sets out to find out what happened to her mother’s first love, a French Catholic she planned to marry when the impending Nazi invasion of France forced her to flee.

Letters from Berlin : A Story of War, Survival, and the Redeeming Power of Love and FriendshipLetters from Berlin: A Story of War, Survival, and the Redeeming Power of Love and Friendship by Margarete Dos and Kerstin Lieff
The memoir of a girl coming of age in Hitler’s Germany, her subsequent imprisonment in a Russian Gulag and her posthumously discovered love letters to a mysterious soldier on the front written during the final siege of Berlin.

The End : The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1944-1945 by Ian Kershaw
Hitler biographer explores how Germany was able to hold out to the bitter end of the war.

Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
In 2012 the U.S. Coast Guard and the North South Polar mounted an expedition to solve the mystery of a cargo plane that crashed in 1942 and the rescue plane that flew into a storm and vanished.

The Liberator: One World War II Soldier’s 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau by Alex Kershaw
A maverick U.S. Army officer and his infantry unit fought over five hundred days to liberate Europe, from the invasion of Italy to the discovery of Dachau concentration camp.

Army of Evil: A History of the SS by Adrian Weale
A small squad of political thugs grew into the militarized Waffen-SS with more than eight hundred thousand loyal and ruthless men, rivaling Germany’s regular armed forces.

Hitlerland : American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to PowerHitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power by Andrew Nagorski
Personal testimonies offer a fresh perspective by diplomats, military, expats, visiting authors, Olympic athletes and others who were present when Hitler rose to power.

The Blood of Free Men: The Liberation of Paris, 1944 by Michael Neiberg
Resistance fighters, Allied commanders and French citizens led the liberation of Paris in 1944 from German occupation and ultimately helped shape the outcome of World War II.

Neptune's Inferno : The U. S. Navy at GuadalcanalNeptune’s Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal by James D. Hornfischer
Interviews with veterans and primary sources present a narrative account of the pivotal campaign, chronicling the three-month effort to gain control of Guadalcanal, a battle that taught the Navy and Marines new approaches to warfare.

Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941 by Stanley Weintraub
Americans tried to go about celebrating the holiday season as usual while facing the realities of the Pearl Harbor attack and American involvement in World War II.

Counting the Days : POWs, Internees, and Stragglers of World War II in the PacificCounting the Days: POWs, Internees and Stragglers of World War II in the Pacific by Craig B. Smith
The stories of six prisoners from both sides of World War II are recounted, including a pair of European expatriates who were released into the dangerous Philippine jungles, a U.S. citizen who was confined in a detention camp and a Japanese soldier who hid in the Guam jungles until 15 years after the war.

Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific, A Young Marine’s Stirring Account of Combat in World War II by Robert Leckie
Leckie provides a riveting account of his odyssey from basic training to the raging battles in the Pacific.

The Perfect Nazi : Uncovering My Grandfather's Secret PastThe Perfect Nazi: Uncovering My Grandfather’s Secret Past by Martin Davidson
Upon his grandfather’s death, the author’s mother revealed his hidden past as a Nazi SS officer.

Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler : A True Love Story RediscoveredSome Girls, Some Hats and Hitler: A True Love Story Rediscovered by Trudi Kanter
A Jewish Austrian hat designer and the businessman she loved sought safety amid the horrors of World War II Europe.

No Surrender: A World War II Memoir by James J. Sheeran
A World War II paratrooper describes landing in Normandy on D-Day, being captured by the Germans, escaping a POW train, traveling behind enemy lines in France and hooking up to fight with Patton’s army.

 

Originally published on October 11, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.

Page Turners

Looking for a fast moving story? These page-turners come highly recommended. They’re available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.

Con EdCon Ed by Matthew Klein
To save his son, an ex-con accepts a proposal from a Las Vegas casino owner’s stunning wife who has a plan for a scam.

Runner by Thomas Perry
After years of a happy, quiet life as the wife of a surgeon, a woman who once helped people in trouble find new identities is drawn back into her dangerous former profession when a bomb goes off in the middle of a hospital.

On Borrowed Time by David Rosenfelt
On a journey with his girlfriend a man blacks out after a car accident and discovers when he awakes that she’s not only missing, but apparently never existed.

Sworn to SilenceSworn to Silence by Linda Castillo
Recently appointed Chief of Police in her former hometown, a woman who grew up in an Amish community before abandoning their way of life is faced with violent serial killer.

Bleed for Me by Michael Robotham
A psychologist attempts to help an abused girl explore her memories in attempt to aid a criminal investigation that involves sexual predators and a blackmailer.

The Weight of SilenceThe Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
When their seven-year-old daughter goes missing, a mother evaluates her decision to stay in a loveless marriage that caused her child to withdraw into silence, while the father confronts an uncomfortable aspect of his own personality.

The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio
A garden designer and her husband are intrigued by the story of a rare camellia orchid secreted away on an English country estate at the beginning of the Second World War.

The HostThe Host by Stephenie Meyer
A member of a species that takes over the minds of human bodies, the Wanderer is unable to disregard his host’s love for a man in hiding.

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
A young woman relates the story of her brutal kidnapping to her psychiatrist, sharing experiences of her captivity and how she is coping since her return.

Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw
Dreaming of love and success in rapidly changing Shanghai, four individuals – a starry-eyed waitress, a wealthy developer’s son, a pop artist and a poetry-loving activist – confront unexpected realities.

Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong FingerChose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison
Running away with her fiancé’s brother after he convinces her that the man she was about to marry has been unfaithful, a young woman takes a job at a bridal shop when the ensuing relationship also fails, leading to an explosive confrontation seventeen years later.

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
After a less than perfect twenty-eight-year marriage, a Chicago psychotherapist realizes leaving her troubled relationship with her husband could lead to the disintegration of her affluent lifestyle.

Headhunters by Jo Nesbø
In attempt to mitigate the guilt he feels over missteps in his relationship with his art dealer wife, a corporate headhunter decides to recommend one of her gallery’s clients for a high-profile executive position.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
A young woman takes a job working for man who once travelled the world making big deals but who is now moody, acerbic and wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident.

Magic HourMagic Hour by Kristin Hannah
After reluctantly giving up her California practice working with troubled children, a young woman draws on all her skills to deal with a young mute girl found abandoned and terrified in her Pacific Northwest hometown.

 

Originally published on October 4, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.

Law and Order – Brit Style

Discover great detective and courtroom dramas from British television. These series on DVD are available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.

Cadfael Collection [13 Discs]Cadfael
Although he would prefer to be a simple gardener, Brother Cadfael is a 12th century monk with investigative talents who responds to mysterious crimes happening around his community.

Foyle’s War
English Detective Chief Superintendent Chrisopher Foyle solves crimes on the home front while he reluctantly sits out World War II.

Garrow’s Law
This period courtroom series is inspired by 18th century barrister William Garrow who is credited with introducing the concept of “innocent until proven guilty” to our legal system.

Inspector George Gently
George Gently, a stubborn and incorruptible veteran cop, partners with a young, ambitious protégé to tackle cases in the North East of England during the turbulent 1960s.

Life on Mars : Series 1 [4 Discs]Life on Mars
After a car accident, 21st-century police detective Sam Tyler wakes up in 1970s Manchester wondering if he has really traveled back in time and solving crimes using the low-tech, aggressive methods of the era.

Luther [2 Discs]Luther
Analytical and intuitive Inspector John Luther is a brilliant detective who becomes obsessed by the dark crimes he investigates.

Prime Suspect
Dedicated and ambitious Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison rises through the ranks solving crimes while battling sexism on the force and her own personal demons.

Rumpole of the Bailey
Legendary defense counsel Horace Rumpole is a colorful, claret-drinking and cigar-smoking “Old Bailey hack” in a series based on books by John Mortimer.

Sherlock : Season One [2 Discs]Sherlock
Featuring iconic details from the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories, Sherlock and Dr. John Watson navigate a maze of cryptic clues and lethal killers in a funny, fast-paced adventure set in present-day London.

Blue Murder
Manchester Detective Chief Inspector Janine Lewis balances career, her four kids and life as a single parent, solving cases with persistent police work.

Last Detective
Beleaguered by life and belittled by colleagues in his small London police station, an odd-man-out known as “Dangerous” Davies cracks tough cases with old-fashioned investigative work.

Rosemary & Thyme : Series One [3 Discs]Rosemary and Thyme
Rosemary Boxer, a former police officer, and Laura Thyme, once a university plant biologist, are professional gardens and amateur sleuths.

New Tricks : Season One [3 Discs]New Tricks
Career-driven Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman is reassigned to a newly created unsolved murder squad made up of veteran detectives brought back onto the force.

Midsomer Murders
Veteran Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby and his young sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer.

Hetty Wainthropp
To make ends meet, 60-year-old housewife Hetty sets up shop as a private eye, dispensing hard-boiled justice and motherly empathy.

Touch of Frost : Season 1 [2 Discs]A Touch of Frost
Brash policeman D.I. Frost follows his personal moral compass, shows compassion for the common man and always solves the case.

Inspector Morse
In the university town of Oxford, enigmatic and romantic Morse uses his passion for justice to solve murders.

Dalziel and Pascoe
The combination of Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel’s old-style policing and Sergeant Peter Pascoe’s university-educated modern investigative approach leads to solved murder cases.

Originally published on September 27, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.

How To Books

The authors of these informative books bring their expertise to the aid of every reader. Try a how-to book from the Lititz Public Library.

Queue Tips : Discovering Your Next Great MovieQueue Tips: Discovering Your Next Great Movie by Rob Christopher
An assortment of thought-provoking, topical lists provide viewers with options for selecting films to watch.

The Cat Whisperer: Why Cats Do What They Do – and How to Get Them to do What You Want by Mieshelle Nagelschneider
A feline behaviorist offers advice on how to address common cat problems ranging from litter-box issues and scratching to spraying and biting.

Do More, Spend Less: The New Secrets of Living the Good Life by Brad Wilson
Real-world examples show consumers how to save by taking advantage of free, or nearly free, products and services.

Projects to Get You Off the Grid: Rain Barrels, Chicken Coops, and Solar Panels selected by Instructable.com
Photographs and easy-to-follow instructions present simple projects for thinking green, such as making a backyard chicken coop or turning a wine barrel into a rainwater collector.

The Beauty Detox Foods : Discover the Top 50 Beauty Foods That Will Transform Your Body and Reveal a More Beautiful YouThe Beauty Detox Foods: Discover the Top 50 Beauty Foods That Will Transform Your Body and Reveal a More Beautiful You by Kimberly Snyder
Top celebrity nutritionists and beauty experts share a program that advises readers to avoid fancy beauty products and try eating avocados and sweet potatoes for youthful skin, pumpkin seeds for lustrous hair and bananas to diminish under-eye circles.

Extreme Couponing : Learn How to Be a Savvy Shopper and Save Money... One Coupon at a TimeExtreme Couponing: Learn How to Be a Savvy Shopper and Save Money – One Coupon at a Time by Joni Meyer-Crothers
Expert shows how to save thousands by clipping coupons and using them wisely, including tips on items you should never pay for and techniques for obtaining coupons.

Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at it for a Year by Kjerstin Gruys
A scholar and devoted follower of fashion spent a year without mirrors to get a better view of herself, her life and her relationships while documenting her thoughts along the way.

Yogalosophy: 28 Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover by Mandy Ingber
Los Angeles yoga instructor offers a flexible, 28-day plan for achieving a healthier body and happier mind.

Lawn Gone! : Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your YardLawn Gone!: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard by Pam Penick
Leave mowing behind by replacing a traditional lawn with a wide variety of easy-care, no-mow, low water and money-saving options.

Making Marriage Simple: 10 Truths for Changing the Relationships You Have into the One You Want by Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt
The authors draw on their thirty-year relationship, extensive research and counseling workshops to distill basic truths about marriage and provide essential tools for making marriage more rewarding.

Gardening for the Birds : How to Create a Bird-Friendly BackyardGardening for the Birds: How to Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard by George Adams
Learn how to mimic natural ecosystems and use seasonal blooms and fruits to attract a variety of birds.

The Quantum Guide to Life: How the Laws of Physics Explain Our Lives from Laziness to Love by Kunal K. Das
The author applies the laws of physics to explain everything from relationships and human nature to the effects of globalization.

T-Shirt Quilts Made Easy by Martha DeLeonardis
Stabilize all kinds of stretchy fabrics and artfully arrange blocks of various sizes to design unique quilts of precious mementos.

How to Retire the Cheapskate Way: The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Guide to a Better, Earlier, Happier Retirement by Jeff Yeager
Popular blogger outlines strategies for retiring earlier and enjoying a more fulfilling retirement, demonstrating frugal spending practices while providing coverage of topics ranging from health care to travel.

Originally published on September 20, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.

Set In Italy

Known as bel paese or beautiful country, the history, culture and ambiance of Italy make it an inspiring setting for many writers. These novels are available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.

Villa TristeVilla Triste by Lucretia Grindle
When two sisters are forced to make impossible decisions while living under the brutal Nazi occupation of Italy, their actions set off a chain of events that ultimately impact a murder investigation sixty years later.

The Body in the PiazzaThe Body in the Piazza by Katherine Hall Page
While celebrating their anniversary in Italy, an amateur sleuth and her husband find murder on the itinerary when a new acquaintance is killed in Rome.

Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance by Garrison Keillor
A woman sees a chance to rekindle romance with her husband when she plans a trip to Rome with a group of neighbors on a mission to honor one of Lake Wobegon’s World War II heroes.

The Golden Egg by Donna Leon
At the request of his wife, an Italian police commissioner looks into the death of a deaf, mentally disabled man who worked at their dry-cleaners and uncovers a mystery when he discovers the man left no official records.

Death in the Floating City : A Lady Emily MysteryDeath in the Floating City by Tasha Alexander
Entreated for help by a childhood nemesis who has been wrongly accused of murder, Lady Emily launches an investigation in Venice that takes her from elegant palazzos to slums, libraries and bordellos before she links the crime to a centuries-old puzzle.

The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners by Luanne Rice
A young woman begins a journey to reunite her family by travelling to the isle of Capri where her mother settled after fleeing family expectations and abandoning her two daughters a decade ago.

When We Were Romans by Matthew Kneale
A nine-year-old boy watches protectively over his mother and little sister when they flee their estranged father and leave their life in England to seek refuge in Rome.

The Rossetti LetterThe Rossetti Letter by Christi Phillips
Learning that a rival professor may refute her research about the role of 17th-century Venetian courtesan Alessandra Rossetti, a Ph.D. candidate agrees to chaperone a troubled teen in order to gain passage to the professor’s presentation in Venice.

Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo
After sixty years of living in upstate New York, a man and his wife of forty years prepare for a trip to Italy to visit a childhood friend who fled his hometown many years earlier.

The Savage GardenThe Savage Garden by Mark Mills
While researching the famous 16th-century garden of Villa Docci, a Cambridge scholar discovers that Signor Docci’s wife may have been murdered, a finding that points to a more recent killing.

Waking Raphael by Leslie Forbes
Leading a restoration project on a Raphael painting near the Italian town of Urbino, an Englishwoman discovers unexplained disappearances and a cover-up with roots to atrocities that occurred during World War II.

Lucrezia Borgia and the Mother of PoisonsLucrezia Borgia and the Mother of Poisons by Roberta Gellis
Fleeing false accusations in Rome, Lucrezia Borgia begins a new life in Ferrara but her peace is disrupted when she is accused of poisoning her husband’s mistress.

Ciao Bella by Gina Buonaguro and Janice Kirk
After Italy allies itself with Nazi Germany in 1940, a woman’s husband joins the resistance leaving her alone on their remote farm until she meets an American soldier stranded in the mountains.

Originally published on September 13, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.

Natural History

Learn more about the world we inhabit and explore the engrossing relationships we share with our environment. Borrow a book about natural history from the Lititz Public Library.

The End of Night : Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial LightThe End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard
Modern artificial light has changed the way humans experience darkness, negating the influence of true darkness in science and art.

Cooked : A Natural History of TransformationCooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan
The author explores the path that led humans from raw ingredients to tasty and nutritious cooked food, including the art of barbeque, proper cooking in pots and how fungi and molds ferment to produce products like cheese and beer.

Cascadia’s Fault: The Coming Earthquake and Tsunami That Could Devastate North America by Jerry Thompson
A Canadian television journalist investigates the Cascadia Subduction Zone, an 800-mile fault under the Pacific Ocean that could produce a massive earthquake off the coast of the Pacific Northwest.

Weeds : In Defense of Nature's Most Unloved PlantsWeeds: In Defense of Nature’s Most UnLoved Plants by Richard Mabey
A nature writer reveals the many hidden truths behind weeds and explores how they have been portrayed in literature and the popular media.

The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America by Douglas Brinkley
Believing nature had restorative healing powers, Roosevelt fought to preserve forests, grasslands, mountains and the habitats of diverse birds, fish and mammals.

Nature’s Great Events Edited by Karen Bass
Six of the most spectacular natural phenomena are introduced, such as the flooding of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, the melting of 10 million square kilometers of ice in the Artic, and the annual tide of sardines along South Africa’s east coast.

Dry Storeroom No. 1 : The Secret Life of the Natural History MuseumDry Storeroom No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum by Richard Fortey
The senior paleontologist of the Natural History Museum in London acquaints readers with the major departments of the museum using his professional experiences to explain the workings of science.

Voyages of Discovery: A Visual Celebration of Ten of the Greatest Natural History Expeditions by Tony Rice
Ten of the most famous voyages of scientific discovery are profiled including Hans Sloane’s voyage to Jamaica in 1687 and the Challenger expedition of 1872, the first study of the deep ocean.

Out of the BlueOut of the Blue: A History of Lightning by John S. Friedman
Facts and thrilling personal stories relate the science, coincidence and superstition of lightning.

The Tree: A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live, and Why They Matter by Colin Tudge
Trees are the earth’s lungs and a source of food, medicine, building materials for mankind and animals.

Carnivorous Nights: On the Trail of the Tasmanian Tiger by Margaret Mittelbach and Michael Crewdson
Two nature writers join an artist on the search for a presumably extinct doglike predator in Tasmania after discovering people who claimed to have seen the animal.

Stories Rabbits Tell: A Natural and Cultural History of a Misunderstood Creature by Susan E. David and Margo DeMello
Pet, pest or farm animal, the authors hope to increase understanding of the rabbit by examining their roles in folklore, nature and commerce.

The Smartest Animals on the Planet : Extraordinary Tales of the Natural World's Cleverest CreaturesThe Smartest Animals on the Planet by Sally Boysen
Animals like the salamander, dolphin, crow and ant exhibit a high degree of intelligence, using tools, communication, imitation, social learning and numerical abilities.

Planet Dinosaur: The Next Generation of Killer Giants by Cavan Scott
More new species of dinosaurs have been discovered in the last decade than in the past 200 years, for example the Dracorex hogwartsia which lived in North America 70 million years ago and resembled a real-life dragon.

Snowstruck: In the Grip of Avalanches by Jill Fredston
An avalanche expert and predictor explores the often deadly nature of avalanches, sharing dramatic rescue and escape stories.

Of Moths and Men : An Evolutionary Tale: The Untold Story of Science and the Peppered MothOf Moths and Men: An Evolutionary Tale by Judith Hooper
In the 1980s scientists began reviewing a seminal 1950s biological study that used the British peppered moth as an example of how animals adapt to their surroundings only to discover holes in the experimental design that questioned the results.

Originally published on September 6, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.

What People Are Reading

Did you miss some of the most recommended novels of the summer? They are available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.

And the Mountains EchoedAnd the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Set in Afghanistan in 1953, a boy and his sister live with their father and step-mother in a small village, caring for one another through the struggles of daily life.

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
After their mother dies, two sisters are sent to live with their uncle in the decaying Virginia mansion that’s been in their family for generations.

The SonThe Son by Philipp Meyer
Captured by the Comanche at age 13, a boy adapts to his new life by becoming a hunter and warrior but later returns to the white world as a Texas Ranger and rancher in a family saga that follows the history of Texas.

Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine
In 1964, an eleven-year-old boy leaves the family dairy farm and moves to Greenwich Village with his glamorous, careless older sister.

TransAtlanticTransAtlantic by Colum McCann
Four generations of women interact with pioneers of aviation, political leaders and Irish peace activists in a novel that spans 150 years.

The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan
This story links the lives of four couples who come to own one diamond ring over several decades, and the 1940s career woman who wrote the most famous diamond sales campaign slogan.

A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
Returning to any idyllic Rhode Island oceanfront community for the summer of 1938, a New York socialite is devastated by the appearance of her newly married ex-fiancé and her former best friend.

Ladies' NightLadies’ Night by Mary Kay Andrews
Cut off from her palatial home and checking account after an act of post-divorce rage forces her attend court-mandated group therapy, a rising media star bonds with three fellow patients.

Big BrotherBig Brother by Lionel Shriver
When her massively overweight brother, once a slim New York jazz pianist, comes for a visit, a woman is forced to choose between her exercise-fanatic husband and her brother, who needs her support in losing weight.

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Horror story follows a young woman from childhood to motherhood and her battles with an ageless child abductor who lures youngsters to an amazing and terrifying playground.

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani
In the 1930s a fifteen-year-old girl strives to be accepted when she is exiled to en exclusive equestrian boarding school after a tragic incident.

Bad MonkeyBad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
Surprising, wacky characters populate this novel about a former police officer working as a Health Inspector who tries to prove a murder occurred and win back his old job.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Envisioning a summer vacation in the humble Singapore home of a boy she hopes to marry, a Chinese-American woman is unexpectedly introduced to a rich and scheming clan that strongly opposes their son’s relationship with an American girl.

Visitation StreetVisitation Street by Ivy Pachoda
In a blue-collar dockside Brooklyn neighborhood, two teens disappear after taking a raft onto the Hudson River.

Claudia Silver to the Rescue by Kathy Ebel
Overwhelmed by her unemployment and estrangement from her bohemian Brooklyn family, a young woman’s misstep leads to a disastrous love affair that disrupts three families.

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Originally published on August 30, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.

School Supplies

Attention parents! Don’t forget a vital school supply for all students…a library card. Children who use the library perform better during their school year and beyond. Sign up today and borrow one of these great reading adventures to share with your child.

Twelve Kinds of IceTwelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed
A girl, her family and friends enjoy a winter of skating, ending with an ice show complete with costumes, refreshments and clowns. Grades 3-6

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
When a twelve-year-old girl vanishes on her birthday, suspicion falls on a puppeteer and his two orphaned assistants who flee Victorian London and are caught in a trap set by the puppeteer’s ancient rival. Grades 4-8

The Mysterious Benedict SocietyThe Mysterious Benedict Society by Trent Lee Stewart
After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. Grades 5-9

Where the Mountain Meets the MoonWhere the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
An adventurous girl from a poor village buys a magical goldfish and then joins a dragon on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hope of bringing life to the Fruitless Mountain. Grades 3-6

DramaDrama by Raina Telgemeier
A seventh-grade girl rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production as various relationships start and end. Grades 5-8

The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater
When Mr. Plumbean’s house is splashed with bright orange paint, he decides a multi-colored house would be a nice change. Grades 2-3

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park
In her own words, a young girl describes her feelings about starting kindergarten and what she does when she decides not to ride the bus home. Kindergarten – Grade 3

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
A thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea lives under a bridge in a potter’s village and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics. Grades 4-8

The Strange Case of Origami YodaThe Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
A sixth-grader and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda worn by their weird classmate, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Grades 3-6

The School Skeleton by Ron Roy
At Green Lawn Elementary, the entire school becomes involved in a mystery when Mr. Bones, the skeleton in the nurse’s office, disappears. Grades 2-4

A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune. Grades 4-6

Gregor the OverlanderGregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
When an eleven-year-old boy and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches and spiders while on a quest foretold by an ancient prophecy. Grades 4-7

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
A seventh-grader adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father’s efforts to start a new business, his mother’s extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school and a boy who wants his help spying on another resident living in their building. Grades 5-8

The Second Life of Abigail WalkerThe Second Life of Abigail Walker by Frances O’Roark Dowell
Bullied by two mean girls in her sixth-grade class, a lonely, plump girl gains self-confidence and makes new friends after a mysterious fox gently bites her. Grades 4-6

 

Originally published on August 23, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.

One Book, One Community

The 2013 selection for Lancaster County’s One Book, One Community initiative is The Cellist of Sarajevo by Canadian author Steven Galloway, a novel that explores themes of survival and self-sacrifice during the Yugoslav conflict. Inspired by a true event, Galloway tells the story of a cellist who decides to honor the memory of twenty-two friends and neighbors killed in war-torn Sarajevo by playing his cello for twenty-two days on the spot where they died.

Borrow The Cellist of Sarajevo, or one of these novels with similar themes, from the Lititz Public Library.

Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
Maintaining a bedside vigil, a woman remembers a painful search for her missing sister as her comatose uncle ruminates on a tragic betrayal that cost him his family.

Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
Orphaned at the age of eight, a British-born Ethiopian woman devotes her life to the teachings of the Qur’an but is forced to flee London when she is persecuted for her foreign heritage.

Good to a FaultGood to a Fault by Marina Endicott
After a car crash, a woman feels responsible for a young family and must accept the consequences of doing the right thing when she invites them into her home.

The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy
A historical glimpse at the struggles of immigrant life in Vancouver’s Chinatown during the 1930s and 1940s is shared through the eyes of three siblings.

A Golden AgeA Golden Age by Tahmima Anam
Life goes on for a Bangladeshis widow and her children even as they maneuver the changing political climate and mounting conflicts that lead to the war for independence from Pakistan.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
In a rural village in 2004 Chechnya, a failed doctor provides a home for the traumatized eight-year-old daughter of a father abducted by Russian forces and reflects upon their shared past.

Deafening by Frances Itani
Finding love with a man who uses sign language to describe the beauty of sounds, a young deaf woman struggles with unforgiving surroundings when her husband is sent to the trenches of World War I.

Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay
Set in the Canadian North, an eccentric group of transplants take a canoe trip into the Artic wilderness where the balance of their relationships shifts.

The Gift of RainThe Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
On a Malaysian island prior to WWII, a half-British, half-Chinese young man find his loyalty torn between his aristocratic family and an older, Chinese diplomat who teaches him the art of aikido.

Pretty BirdsPretty Birds by Scott Simon
In Sarajevo, a Muslim teenager and her parents are driven from their home by the Bosnian Serbs, surviving appalling conditions through any means they can.

Disturbance of the Inner Ear by Joyce Hackett
A young woman, once a child musical prodigy, takes a teaching job in the home of a millionaire who possesses a priceless cello.

A Lily of the Field by John Lawton
This story follows the parallel lives of an Austrian cellist whose orchestra becomes part of the Hitler Youth and a Hungarian physicist who is recruited by the Americans to help build the atomic bomb.

The Small Boat of Great SorrowsThe Small Boat of Great Sorrows by Dan Fesperman
A former Bosnian policeman living in present-day Germany is recruited by the International War Crimes Tribunal to return home and help catch a WWII-era war criminal.

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Originally published on August 16, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.