New Books to Check Out

Those who know me well know how much I enjoy reading a variety of books and topics. I also greatly enjoy discussing some of my new favorite books. During this year, I had a chance to read quite a few wonderful books published in 2019 and 2020; maybe one of these will become your new favorite too!
In “Glass Town,” Isabel Greenberg illustrates the Bronte’s fictional world of Glass Town. As young children, Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell created a town on paper with heroes and legends and tales of deception and dismay. Greenberg’s gorgeous illustrations brings to life the Bronte’s imagination and adds to the Bronte story, discussing the creation process and the feud in the storyline that eventually ended the siblings’ collaboration. This is a perfect book for any Bronte enthusiast.
Speaking of classics, the ultimate classic “Beowulf” receives a new translation from author Maria Dahvana Headley. Simply put, this translation is remarkable. Headley’s interpretation of phrases adds a somewhat modern approach to the legend of Beowulf. There are passages filled with such vibrant emotion, and the periodic coarse language really brings to mind battles and destruction. This is a definite recommendation for those who enjoy the classics.
For much lighter reading, “The Bookish Life of Nina Hill” by Abbi Waxman is highly recommended. Nina Hill is an introvert who loves books, alone time, her daily planner, and her life. That is, until her life gets a tad complicated. Nina never knew her father, so when he passes away and leaves her in his will, Nina discovers a whole new family, with complications and squabbling. She also has an interest in a rival trivia night team member. Can she navigate these new pieces to her life without going crazy? I’d recommend this one to those who enjoyed Maria Semple’s “Where’d You Go Bernadette” and Gail Honeyman’s “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.” 
Fiona Davis’ “Chelsea Girls” looks at the Chelsea Hotel, two young women, and a major secret that can tear their lives apart. Hazel and Maxine meet each other as they volunteer for the World War II war effort. After the war, they both find themselves in New York City and both living in the famous Chelsea Hotel and working to get a play on Broadway. But, in the 1950s, the Red Scare and McCarthyism create havoc and fear among the artist and actor community. As accusations fly, Hazel and Maxine find themselves in the crossfires. Davis brings the terror felt by those accused to life; a fascinating read.
One book I am eager to read is the latest by Anthony Horowitz, “Moonflower Murders.” This is a follow up to Horowitz’s “Magpie Murders,” which featured editor Susan Ryland, a missing manuscript, and a hunt for a real murderer. In Moonflowers, Susan finds herself again intrigued by a story of murder and a disappearance and feels a great need to investigate. Horowitz is a brilliant and original author – I cannot wait to see what he has in store for Susan. 
You can find each of these titles through the Adams County Library System – just place a hold online at www.adamslibrary.org, or stop by or call any Adams County Library location. Happy Reading!

Submitted by Jessica Laganosky
Public Services Librarian