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What We're Reading - February 3

JohnA bookHello, it's Wednesday and time for another post about what Wilmette Public Library staff has been reading. You can search for these titles and put them on hold through our online catalog or you can look for an ebook or e-audiobook on the Digital Library of Illinois


nameoftheroseTitle: The Name of the Rose
Author: Umberto Eco
Reader: John A., Adult Services Librarian

I just started it, but it centers around a heresy investigation and a succeeding series of murders plaguing a wealthy Italian abbey in the 14th century. I’ve never read any of Eco’s books before, so thought I’d give this a try...


howtostoptimeTitle: How to Stop Time
Author: Matt Haig
Reader: Sheri R., Youth Services Librarian

This novel follows the life of Tom Hazard, a man with anageria, which causes him to age exceedingly slowly. Tom will probably live to the age of 900, and that’s not always a blessing. Wise and hilarious insights emerge from his loves, losses, and experience of history, not as a straight line, but an arc in which we “mayflies” repeat the same mistakes, generation after generation—and sometimes learn from them.


fieldofbloodTitle:  The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to the Civil War
Author: Joanne B. Freeman
Audiobook Narrator: Read by the author
Reader: Jessica T., Cataloging Librarian

I recently started listening to The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to the Civil War, on Hoopla. The author, Joanne B. Freeman, a history professor at Yale, uses an eleven volume diary written from 1828-1870 by Benjamin Brown French to describe the tone, happenings, and violence of the Congress in pre-Civil War America.


lion of marsTitle: Lion of Mars
Author: Jennifer L. Holm
Reader: Jennifer L., Youth Services Librarian

This children's book is about a kid named Bell who spent all of his life in Mars. He is so distanced from earth and curious about all the secrets kept from him, the truth about why him and other kids can't contact anyone in the US colony. He has to figure things out to save his family.


snowTitle: Snow
Author: John Banville
Reader: Joan B., Adult Services Librarian

This is a well written detective novel set in Ireland. "Detective Inspector St. John Strafford has been summoned to County Wexford to investigate when a parish priest is found dead in Ballyglass House, the family seat of the aristocratic, secretive Osborne family. The Catholic Church rules Ireland with an iron fist, and Strafford--a Protestant--faces obstruction at every turn. There is a culture of silence in this tight-knit community, and Stafford learns the Osbornes are not at all what they seem" - adapted from the book jacket

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