Calling Me Home
Synopsis: Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. It's a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything to drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. Over the years, Dorrie and Isabelle have developed more than just a business relationship. Dorrie, fretting over the new man in her life, still wonders why Isabelle chose her. Isabelle confesses that, as a willful teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell deeply in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family's housekeeper. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences and that the history of Isabelle's first and greatest love just might help Dorrie find her own way.
Donna Says: Julie Kibler’s debut novel is partially set in Arlington, Texas and should appeal to fans of The Help by Kathryn Stockett, although it lacks The Help’s sassy humor. It is a well-developed story about forbidden love and an unusual friendship that should help warm the remaining cold days of March.
Call Number: F KIB
The Cuckoo's Calling
Synopsis: After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man
Elizabeth Says: I'm not usefully a reader of detective stories and might not have read it but for the reveal that Robert Galbraith was a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling. I was very surprised that I found myself really enjoying the book. The mystery is a little thin but the characters were very well fleshed out. This is the first in a series and lays the foundation for some great sequels.
Call Number: MYS F GAL
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark
Synopsis: When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed a property listing for a grand estate that had been unoccupied for nearly sixty years, he stumbled into one of the most surprising American stories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Empty Mansions is a rich tale of wealth and loss, complete with copper barons, Gilded Age opulence, and backdoor politics. At its heart is a reclusive 104-year-old heiress named Huguette Clark
Emily Says: I read Dedman's news pieces about Huguette when her curious lifestyle was first made public and I'm glad he filled in her story, with the help of a relative of hers (who wasn't in the process of contesting her will). This book was highly readable but also well researched and cited (Dedman read tens of thousands of pages of documents and spoke to over 100 people). Definitely recommend!
Call Number: 328.73 DED
Synopsis: A sweeping historical tale based on the life and times of the daughter of a New York merchant finds the orphaned Belle suffering at the hands of a rival cousin before working as a prostitute and transforming herself repeatedly to win the love and life she desires. In 1838, Arabella Godwin and her brother, Lewis, are orphaned and sent to live on their aunt's desolate farm in upstate New York. Time and again she will be broken and remade. She will bear a gambler's child, build a fortune, commit murder, leave a trail of aliases in her wake and sacrifice almost everything for the man whose love she cannot bear to lose. Her destiny takes her to Gold Rush California... where she disappears.
Magen Says: “What is my name? Well, that depends in which decade of my life you ask me. When one lives a life of lies and deceit, it often becomes necessary to change your identity.” Belle Cora, by Philip Margulies, is a gripping tale. How does a daughter born into a wealthy protestant New York family become a notorious madam? The answer is both heartbreaking and compelling.
Call Number: F MAR
The Husband’s Secret
Synopsis: Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband's death, Cecelia, a successful family woman, is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women.
Nina Says: Moriarty has fast become a reader favorite, and with good reason. In her latest, her characters once again jump off the page as she explores the idea of the cost of both secrets and truth. The epilogue feels a bit heavy-handed, but the story itself will keep you up long past bedtime.
Call Number: F MOR