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Selected titles from October’s list follows.
“The Body: a Guide for Occupants” by Bill Bryson takes you on a tour of the human body with information about how it functions, how it heals and the ways it can fail. This is probably not a book for biologists but if you have an interest in the human body and love trivia, then this book is for you.
“The Butterfly Girl: A Novel” by Rene Denfeld is a magical mystery about a woman who has an uncanny ability to find missing children. While searching for her own sister who she was separated from when escaping captivity, she meets Celia, a 12-year-old. Celia has escaped from an abusive home and feels that she is protected by the butterflies that guide and guard her.
“Cilka’s Journey” by Heather Morris is about the powers and difficulties of beauty. Cilka is a teenager in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in 1942 when she is separated from the other women and kept by the Commandant. At war’s end, she is imprisoned in Siberia for sleeping with the enemy. Eventually, she is taken under the wing of a woman doctor and finds room for love.
“Imaginary Friend” by Stephen Chbosky is about a woman on the run from an abusive relationship. Together with her son, she finds herself in a tight-knit community in the wilds of Pennsylvania. All is well until her son disappears for six days only to return unharmed but not unchanged.
“Ninth House” by Leigh Bardugo is a paranormal fiction set in Yale University. Alex is the most unlikely freshman on campus. She was raised by a hippie mom in outskirts of Los Angeles and is suddenly tasked with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies in exchange for a full scholarship. Alex finds that their occult activities are more sinister than she could imagine. In fact, they are tampering with forbidden magic.
“Nothing to See Here” by Kevin Wilson is outrageous story about friendship founded in a boarding school. Years after the women have last seen each other, Madison pleads with Lillian to be her twin step kid’s caretaker. There’s only one catch; they spontaneously combust when they get agitated. Over the course of the summer, Lillian learns that she needs these strange kids as much as they need her.
“Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts” by Kate Racculia is about an eccentric billionaire who dies, leaving behind an epic treasure hunt. His clues send Tuesday on a hunt through the city based on clues inspired by Edgar Allen Poe. The clues involve knowledge, wit, and courage to face painful ghosts from the past to win a share of the billionaire’s vast wealth.
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Tina Winstead is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in The Daily Star every Monday. Her columns may also be found online at www. thedailystar.com/community/library_corner.