Shhh! Whatever you do, don’t tell anyone about the awe-inspiring amount of e-books and e-audiobooks available FOR FREE through the library. After all, if you’re the only one aware of our titles, you’ll get to enjoy the sheer plethora of titles all by your lonesome self. Here are some of our newest releases in all things “e”.
First up, a little romance in the form of Welcome to Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong. From the publisher, “The red warning light on her car dashboard may have driven Lainie Davis to seek help in the tiny town of Last Chance, New Mexico, but as she meets the people who make this one-horse town their home, it’s her heart that is flashing bright red warning lights. These people are entirely too nice, too accommodating, and too interested in her personal life–especially since she’s on the run and hoping to slip away unnoticed.
Yet in spite of herself, Lainie is increasingly drawn into the small-town dramas and to a handsome local guy with a secret of his own. Could Lainie actually make a life in this little town? Or will the past catch up to her even here in the middle of nowhere?”
As Kirkus said of Hyde, the clever little book by Daniel Levine, “Cleverly imagined and sophisticated in execution, this book may appeal to those who like magical realism and vampire stories, but the latter should know that the book is more intellectual than thriller.”
When was the last time you read a good book about the Amazons? Publishers Weekly said of Anne Fortier’s The Lost Sisterhood, “the novel manages to maintain its appeal: an entertaining tale about smart warrior princess who faces shadowy bad guys, exploding drill sites, and deep-think puzzles, with some enticing romance on the side.”
On the nonfiction side, The General and the Genius: Groves and Oppenheimer – The Unlikely Partnership That Built the Atom Bomb by James Kunetka coincides nicely with the 70th anniversary of The Trinity Test. Said PW, “This is an entertaining and informative account of a time of great tension, great discovery, and great accomplishment.”
A very different war and a very different story can be found in Christopher Dickey’s Our Man in Charleston: Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South. Intriguingly PW says of the book that, “Dickey makes it easy to believe that the obscure Bunch really did play a pivotal role during his years in America.”
We know how hard you work and how difficult it can be to get food on the table. Better Homes and Gardens published Make Ahead Meals with the promise that it would be, “a must-have recipe collection for people looking to get a homemade dish on the table every night with ease. Filled with over 150 recipes and more than 100 gorgeous photos, plus tips and tricks for quick food prep and complete make-ahead meals, this book makes planning dinner easier than ever.”
And for you those of you who like a book while you travel, here are some new e-audio titles that should certainly be of interest to you:
Probably one of the hottest books published today, Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner tells the tale of star-crossed lovers who meet over a period of years. Said Library Journal of the book, “Complete with a riveting, realistic recounting of 9/11 and a plot twist that will make your jaw drop, Weiner’s brilliantly written novel will capture your heart. Verdict: Readers will simultaneously want to savor and devour Weiner’s latest.”
On the nonfiction side, Rinker Buck’s The Oregon Trail has been sitting pretty on the New York Times bestseller list for a while. As PW said of it, “Buck’s enthusiasm for the often arduous trip, coupled with his honest assessment of poor judgments and mistakes along the way, makes for an entertaining and enlightening account of one of America’s most legendary migrations. Even readers who don’t know a horse from a mule will find themselves swept up in this inspiring and masterful tale of perseverance and the pioneer spirit.”
And finally, we know it’s not October quite yet and the heat just doesn’t seem to be relenting, but cool your jets for just a while with this trip into autumnal cadences in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.
Want something for the kids? How about a verse novel that the President himself bought for his girls? Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson is the best kind of memoir. Smart and touching with enough American history snuck in there to teach even as it charms.
That book won a Newbery Honor. Now listen to the next potential Newbery winner, Goodbye Stranger, just out this year from the remarkable Rebecca Stead:
And as ever, if you’re interested in reading e-books or e-audiobooks but just don’t know how to get started, take a gander at our instructions found here or see your local librarian for help.