Truckee Library’s adult fiction is new and notable
December 17, 2008
New fiction is arriving at the Truckee Library, perfect for the long, dark evenings of winter. Mystery, fantasy, adventure and mythical tales will transport you to another place or time as only books do. Reading allows our imagination to visualize people, places and events according to our own personal tastes. Here are a few highlights of recently-acquired books:
“Bell at Sealey Head,” Patricia A. McKillip
In a small town on the edge of the ocean called Sealey Head, people hear a bell no one can see. Just out of town is a mansion, Aislinn House, where the doors sometimes open onto a magical world of knights and princesses in distress. As the owner lies dying, her grand-niece arrives puzzling over a mirrored image of her aunt’s home behind each cabinet and cupboard. A mysterious scholar arrives searching for clues to the tolling bell which leads to Aislinn House. Lyrical, magical and just right for a cozy read before the fire.
“Eleventh Man,” Ivan Doig
The 1941 Treasure State University football team is undefeated and its teammates are close friends. Two years later WWII has begun and the team members are scattered across all theaters of the war. One promising pilot is selected to help the war propaganda machine by following his teammates’ war careers, creating heroes. Ben Reinking is ready for action, but must follow in his father’s footsteps writing about these men and their exploits for small town America, not knowing his own life will test him in ways the war cannot.
“Fire,” Katherine Neville
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In the sequel to her most popular work, “The Eight,” Neville continues the story. Alexandra Solarin returns to her family’s ancestral Colorado home in 2003 to find her mother missing and mysterious clues to the famed chessboard of Charlemagne among an assortment of houseguests. In a parallel story set in the 19th century, the powerful ruler of the Ottoman Empire, Ali Pasha, sends the only person he can rely on, his daughter, Haidee, on a dangerous mission to smuggle a valuable relic out of Albania to the only man who might be able to save it. Neville weaves together an unforgettable story of intrigue, action and magic.
“Lulu in Marrakech,” Diane Johnson
Lulu Sawyer arrives in Marrakech on a mission to rekindle her romance with a worldly Englishman. However, she is now working undercover for the CIA and must blend in with the expatriate society trying to trace the flow of money from big donors to radical Islamic groups. She observes the fragile balance of the two cultures, while appearing to be obsessed with only the glittering life of the rich and famous. She stumbles into unforeseen intrigues with the local inhabitants, seeing danger around each corner. Lulu is an endearing heroine, if a bit naïve.
“Servants,” Michael Marshall Smith
Young Mark’s world is gloomy and bleak, living in Brighton with his mother and her new husband. The old house they live in appears just as bad as he feels. But one damp evening, Mark wanders into the basement flat where an old woman lives who offers him snacks and sympathy and a key to a secret, a world beyond today. He becomes caught up in the frenetic bustle of the servants below stairs, being drawn deeper into spirits, memory and a way to change everything in his life.
Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Ave. 582-7846
Monday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday Toddler Time at 10:30 a.m. (ages 2 to 3 years)
Babes in Bookland on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. (ages 6 months to 2 years)
Storytelling with Mrs. Fix on Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. (ages 3 years and up)
Spanish Storytime on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (ages 2 and up)
Bookshelf’s Dry Camp Book Club at the Library
Meets monthly at the Library. Participants at the book group meeting
will receive a coupon for 15 percent off a one-time book purchase at
the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks. Everyone is welcome.
Now on display at the library:
Portraits by Truckee artist Raphael Jolly
Above the Fireplace: Sand Harbor in oils by Linda D’Toole