Friends of the Library have hot titles |

Friends of the Library have hot titles

Martha Kinne
Truckee Library Staff Member

At any one time, James Patterson is sure to have at least one book on the bestseller’s list. After all, more than 150 million of his books have been sold worldwide. Reportedly, John Grisham’s record is even better than Patterson’s, with more than 235 million sold worldwide. If you are a reader who eagerly anticipates the latest book by Grisham, Patterson or any other best-selling author, you probably know there can be a wait for the Library’s copies. If you just can’t wait for a reserved copy, become familiar with The Friends of the Truckee Library collection, a small but popular selection of new bestsellers and recognized books.

The books are purchased by the Friends and include not only terrific fiction titles but also biographies, political commentary and other high-profile non-fiction. New books are added continuously. When books are no longer in demand, they are removed to keep the collection small and up-to-date. The books can be borrowed for seven days and provide an alternative to waiting on the request list for hot new titles.

Expect to find books by Patterson, Grisham, Evanovich and other favorite fiction authors. This is also the perfect place to look for outstanding non-fiction as well. The following five titles illustrate the variety available in the collection:

When You are Engulfed in Flames

If you like books with a lighter touch, pick up David Sedaris’ new book, which is filled with hilarious and personal tales of his early life, his travels and the quirky characters who make up so many of his essays. Sedaris is always humorous, even when recounting embarrassing encounters with fellow passengers on a plane and a unique strategy to stop smoking.

Swine Not?

Jimmy Buffet is known as a famous musician and songwriter but he is also a great storyteller. His new novel will make you chuckle as it follows the adventures of a southern family and their clever pet pig who move from Tennessee to live in a Manhattan hotel. Told in the first person by Rumpy, the pig and by the son, Barley, the story follows the family as they think up ways to evade the hotel staff (especially the chef) and try to keep Rumpy undetected in the four star hotel .

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

This debut novel by David Wroblewski is a coming-of-age story of a Wisconsin boy and his family. The family raises and trains a special breed of dogs and Edgar, who is mute from birth, develops a special bond with the dogs. When his father dies suddenly, Edgar is forced to flee to the woods and become responsible for his own survival and three of the dogs. His experiences in the wild and his attempts to deal with his father’s murder make this a book that will appeal to dog lovers and readers who love a good story.

The Lace Reader

This novel by new author Brunonia Barry takes place in present day Salem, the setting of the historic witch trials. The heroine of the novel, Towner Whitney, comes from a family of lace readers, women who can see the future in the patterns of handmade lace. Towner has been living in California but returns to Salem when her Great Aunt goes missing. The story unfolds as Towner tries to solve the mystery of her missing aunt and that of a young girl who has also mysteriously disappeared. The novel is an exciting blend of the supernatural and suspense.

Moscow Rules

If you like fast-paced spy novels, consider the latest thriller by Daniel Silva. The novel is the eighth book in Silva’s series about Gabriel Allon, an Israeli espionage agent and art restorer. The story takes place in modern-day Moscow where Allon is hot on the trail of an ex-KGB officer and arms dealer who threatens Israel and the world. Allon must stop the arms dealer before a deadly attack takes place.

Animal stories, espionage, mysteries, tell-all biographies. There is something for everyone in the Friends’ collection. Check the shelf each time you visit the Library. If the title you really want isn’t there the first time, it may be there the next week.

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