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Staff Pick

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (from nkjamison.com) - 

This is the way the world ends. Again. 

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries. 

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She’ll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.” 

You can borrow this book at the Internet Archives https://archive.org/details/the-fifth-season-the-broken-earth-book-1_20200420. You click Sign Up to set up an account. Once your account is set up, type the title of the book in the Search bar. Click Borrow Book and then select Download format*You will have to install Adobe Digital Editions to read. 

Staff Pick

The Great Influenza by John M. Barry (from Amazon.com)

“At the height of WWI, history's most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. It killed more people in twenty-four months than AIDS killed in twenty-four years, more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century. But this was not the Middle Ages, and 1918 marked the first collision of science and epidemic disease. Magisterial in its breadth of perspective and depth of research and now revised to reflect the growing danger of the avian flu, The Great Influenza is ultimately a tale of triumph amid tragedy, which provides us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon.”

You can borrow this book at the Internet Archives https://archive.org/details/isbn_9780143113461. You click Sign Up to set up an account. Once your account is set up, type the title of the book in the Search bar. Click Borrow Book and then select Download format*You will have to install Adobe Digital Editions to read. 

Staff Pick

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Five Skies by Ron Carlson (from Amazon.com) - 

“...Five Skies is the story of three men gathered high in the Rocky Mountains for a construction project that is to last the summer. Having participated in a spectacular betrayal in Los Angeles, the giant, silent Arthur Key drifts into work as a carpenter in southern Idaho. Here he is hired, along with the shiftless and charming Ronnie Panelli, to build a stunt ramp beside a cavernous void. The two will be led by Darwin Gallegos, the foreman of the local ranch who is filled with a primeval rage at God, at man, at life. 

As they endeavor upon this simple, grand project, the three reveal themselves in cautiously resonant, profound ways. And in a voice of striking intimacy and grace, Carlson's novel reveals itself as a story of biblical, almost spiritual force...” 

You can borrow this book at the Internet Archives https://archive.org/details/isbn_9780143113461. You click Sign Up to set up an account. Once your account is set up, type the title of the book in the Search bar. Click Borrow Book and then select Download format*You will have to install Adobe Digital Editions to read. 

Staff Pick

Staff Pick

 Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult - Used (Very Good) - 0345544927 by Random House Publishing Group | Thriftbooks.com

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult (from Amazon.com) -

“For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who’d originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers. As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish.”

This book will leave your head spinning and you will end up having to rethink what you know about elephants and the world in general. You can borrow this book at https://iconnct.rbdigital.com/home. Click "register" to set up account. CT residents may access without a library card using this access code: ctstatelib20. To bring up this book click on the magnifying glass on the upper right-hand corner of the page. Select to search “eBooks” and type in title. Click on book to check out. If copies are all checked out you can place one on hold. Take a look at what else is available to borrow while you wait.