Check out these book reviews from staff members of the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library. The books (with review cards) can be found on the Fireplace Mantel near the front desk at Graves Library. Come on in for a visit and check them out!
The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer
This is a very clever writer telling a heartfelt story about Moehringer’s fatherless upbringing in a whacky dysfunctional family. Looking for some sort of father figure (his father being an absent radio personality), he follows his uncle to the local pub, where he finds support, solace, comfort and a sense of belonging – along with an education in the use of foul language. “Long before it legally served me, the pub saved me” just about says it all in this example of a first rate story telling.
The Light In The Ruins by Chris Bohjalian
The book begins in Italy on a wealthy estate in Tuscany. Life is seemingly far removed from the horrors of World War II. Soon however, the tranquil scene is upset by the approaching German army. The family learns to live by it’s wits in order to survive, but is forced to make difficult choices.
In 1955 a series of murders sets off a mystery that apparently has ties to both the war and the estate in Tuscany. As the investigation moves forward the tragic story of the once noble family is revealed. The author has written an engrossing tale of crime and redemption but there is also a lot of history remembered. One particular story line is of a small unit of men in the Allied Forces. They were assigned to the protection of valuable art works in Italy that were being stolen systematically by the Germans.
Bohjalian has filled his book with beautiful landscapes, interesting characters, WWII history and a chilling mystery.
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
McEwan moves on to another genre in this book, which is part spy novel, part mystery, part romance, part coming of age – all written very well. This book is fun, witty and clever, reflecting McEwan’s ability to write just about anything and captivate the reader while doing it.