I finished The Library Book by Susan Orlean.
A very enjoyable and educational read.
I liked that the book moved back and forth between the 1986 fire/investigation and the history of the library.
I found myself going online to find pictures of the art, architecture and additional background on the fire.
I recommend this book.
I also finished listening to The Lost Girls of Paris.
I enjoyed the story and liked one of the narrators voices…but the other two not so much.
Not enough to ruin my listen, just noticeable to me every time I listened.
My current read is by the same author, Pam Jenoff- The Orphan’s Tale.
Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep. When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.
Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.
This is the current selection for my little, local town’s Book Club via the Recreation Department.
I hope to be able to make the meeting at the end of the month, but its always up in the air with kids and work.
My current listen is Murder in an English Village by Jessica Ellicott.
1920: Flying in the face of convention, legendary American adventuress Beryl Helliwell never fails to surprise and shock. The last thing her adoring public would expect is that she craves some peace and quiet. The humdrum hamlet of Walmsley Parva in the English countryside seems just the ticket. And, honestly, until America comes to its senses and repeals Prohibition, Beryl has no intention of returning stateside and subjecting herself to bathtub gin.
For over three decades, Edwina Davenport has lived comfortably in Walmsley Parva, but the post-World War I bust has left her in dire financial straits and forced her to advertise for a lodger. When her long-lost school chum Beryl arrives on her doorstep–actually crashes into it in her red motorcar–Edwina welcomes her old friend as her new roommate.
But her idyllic hometown has a hidden sinister side, and when the two friends are drawn in, they decide to set up shop as private inquiry agents, helping Edwina to make ends meet and satisfying Beryl’s thirst for adventure. Now this odd couple will need to put their heads together to catch a killer–before this sleepy English village becomes their final resting place . . .
Narrated by the wonderful Barbara Rosenblatt.
I am only one hour in, but am enjoying it!
I also pre ordered Andrea Vernon and the Superhero-Industrial Complex, the sequel to what I consider my FAVORITE listen of 2018-Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for Ultra-Human Protection.
I can’t wait to listen!
Have a good week!