New summer reads for adults at the Truckee Library

Lauri Ferguson
Truckee Librarian

New fiction is arriving at the Truckee Library just in time for summer reading. Many of your favorite authors are coming out with new titles such as James Patterson, Michael Connelly and Janet Evanovich, but here are some other worthwhile titles you might not have encountered yet. This month we showcase titles featuring female protagonists.

and#8220;The Ballad of West Tenth Streetand#8221;

By Marjorie Kernan

Sadie is a rock starand#8217;s widow trying to keep the family together after his death. The house she finds in Manhattan, which speaks to her, is filled with two of her children, who are being taught by a variety of eccentric friends Sadie has acquired over the years. The youngsters roam the streets freely, befriending a homeless vet with a cat, while Mom drinks away the pain of widowhood. Next door a new neighbor arrives, filling the empty house with beauty and mystery, changing their lives in unexpected ways. A delightful, thought-provoking tale of family and love with notes for book clubs.

and#8220;The Proof of Honeyand#8221;

By Salwai al Neimi

This sensuous book by an Arab-French writer leads the reader through and#8220;gatesand#8221; of stories reflecting her and#8220;polyamorousand#8221; adventures in love. The unnamed narrator shifts between her academic life as an expert in classical Arabic erotica, lecturing at universities around the world and her illusory soul mate and#8220;the Thinker,and#8221; who teaches her the art of making love. While never crass or vulgar, this novella gives insights into the feminine Arab perspective of sex in an intriguing mixture of storytelling and tutoring.

and#8220;Murder in the Latin Quarterand#8221;

By Cara Black

Aimee Leduc, a Parisian private detective, returns with another mystery concerning a sister she never knew she had, who is involved in the murder of a visiting Haitian scientist with links to voodoo and the finances of the World Bank. Black immerses the reader in the Latin Quarter (as in the language of academia) reflecting the bohemian lifestyle of students, down ancient alleys and through buildings with centuries old secrets. Leducand#8217;s old friends help her solve the many plot twists in a suspenseful read.

and#8220;Laura Riderand#8217;s Masterpieceand#8221;

By Jane Hamilton

Laura Rider should be happy with a loving husband, Charlie, but sheand#8217;s worn out from Charlieand#8217;s physical attentions, banning him from the bedroom. Her other secret pleasure is listening to public radio host Jenna Faroli, who she considers her teacher and mentor. Laura longs to write and know her idol could help her in this endeavor. Laura encounters Jenna at a local meeting and in turn, Charlie meets Jenna serendipitously and begins an e-mail flirtation, which Laura encourages, even as it escalates to a full blown affair. Itand#8217;s all fodder for Lauraand#8217;s romance masterpiece in this witty, funny satire of the lengths writers go to for their art. Hamilton readers may be surprised at her departure from her other best sellers and#8220;Book of Ruthand#8221; and and#8220;Map of the World.and#8221; Hopefully they will just enjoy the ride.

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