Roxi Reviews

Roxi Wilkinson has graciously agreed to share some of her recent reads with us. The following review is part of an ongoing series of guest posts written by Roxi:

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson is an absolute literary masterpiece. I feel blessed to have had the privilege to read such a fine novel. In fact, I just ordered a copy for my daughter’s birthday present. Life After Life is a spectacularly written story about how even the smallest choices we make can sometimes change the course of history. Ursula Todd is born during the 1910 blizzard to an English bank and his wife. She dies before her first breath. On that same night Ursula Todd is born, lets out a cry and proceeds with the most unusual life, taking the reader on a supenseful journey. Ad Ursula grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, as the world moves towards a horrible World War. Can and will Ursula Sace the world from horror?

The story is sbviously highly imaginative, unlike any ever, which makes it all the more intriguing. Life After Life reminds me of those vidro games my grandson plays where moving his “man” changes the course of the game yet he can return Start and try try again.

This passage on page 446 grabbed me as Ursula says to her favorite brother, Teddy:

“. . . you just have to get on with life. We only have one after all, we should try and do our best. We can never get it RIGHT, but we must TRY.”

“What if we had a chance to do it again and again,” Teddy said, “until we finally did get it right? Wouldn’t that be wonderful?”

“I think it would be exhausting.”

Kate Atkinson does a marvelous job of keeping the plot moving. A book like this reads over and over in my mind long after the last page is turned. I cannot offer a bigger compliment that that.

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New Large Print

new bookwormWidow’s Tears by Susan Wittig Albert: Herbalist ex-lawyer China Bayles investigates the murder of a teller at the Pecan Springs bank and follows the clues to a haunted bed and breakfast.

Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Fowler: A tale inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald follows their union in defiance of her father’s opposition and her abandonment of the provincial finery of her upbringing in favor of a scandalous flapper identity that gains her entry into literary party scenes.

Hard Twisted by Joseph C. Greaves: In 1934, a homeless man and his daughter are befriended by a charismatic drifter who lures the pair to Texas where the father, Dillard Garrett, mysteriously disappears, and his daughter Lucile begins a one-year ordeal as Palmer’s captive.

The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood: Claire, a young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie Kennedy, struggles over the decision to stay in a loveless but secure marriage or follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying.

Dangerous Refuge by Elizabeth Lowell: Environmental conservancy advocate Shayne and big city cop Tanner join forces to uncover the truth behind Tanner’s uncle’s death. When Shayne becomes a killer’s target, Tanner realizes he’d give up anything to protect her.

Yesterday Once More by Debbie Macomber: Julie Houser fled from her wedding, but has been unable to forget the love she had shared with the groom-to-be. She decides to return and convince him  that true love was too precious to leave behind.

Midnight at Marble Arch by Anne Perry: When the bodies of two high-profile women are discovered, bearing signs of rape, and an innocent man is accused of the crime, Thomas Pitt’s quest for the truth forces him to play a dangerous game of politics and murder.

The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler: A novel about a mysterious mail-order bride in the wake of World War II, whose sudden decision ripples through time to deeply impact the daughter she never knew.

The Ashford Affair by Laura Willig: Feeling unfulfilled in the face of an imminent legal partnership and a broken engagement, Manhattan lawyer Clementine Evans learns of a long-buried family secret that leads her to the inner circles of World War I British society and the red hills of Kenya.

Summer Reading Events


  • TESTING ENDS Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. In order to complete the Read for a Ride program successfully, your reading goal must be met before the deadline!

  • Design Your Own Big Rig Contest ends today at 5:00 p.m.

  • The 4th of July Gnome contest ends Thursday, July 11th at 5:00 p.m.

  • A Little R&R and the Burrito Bros. will give a Garden Concert Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the rose garden.

  • The final Adult Summer Reading contest and the Inspired Books Bulletin Board ends on Friday, June 12th at 5 p.m.

  • The Summer Reading Pool Party signifying the end of the Summer Reading program will be Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the City Pool. All are welcome!

  • Wrist bands or Chamber Bucks for those successfully completing the Read for a Ride program may be picked up during the pool party or anytime after during library hours. Prizes will not be awarded before the pool party.


New Adult Fiction

new bookwormReconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight: Kate, a lawyer, investigates her daughter’s suicide at a private school after she receives an anonymous text message implying it was murder.

And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman: Heloise decides to leave her profession as a prostitute and disappear with her child after a colleague is found dead, and she must stay a step ahead of a murderer–and the father of her child–whose sentence is about to be overturned.

The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell: Fifteen-year-old Marnie and her little sister, Nelly, are on their own after they bury their parents in the backyard. After a while the old man from next door takes them in, but soon people begin to ask questions about their parents.

The Famous and the Dead by T. Jefferson Parker: Charlie Hood struggles with the moral challenges of arresting his late love’s cartel-connected son, Bradley Jones, while the enigmatic Mike Finnegan uses his unsettling knowledge to infiltrate both of their lives.

Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer: Queenie return home hopeful that the bad memories of her late mother and promiscuous sister have been forgotten by the locals and discovers that some people can’t be forgotten–heartbreaker Everett Coburn.

The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen: An all-expense-paid week at a luxury villa in Jamaica is the invitation of a lifetime for a group of old college friends, but as a powerful hurricane bears down on the island, turmoil swirls inside the villa.

Life Among Giants by Bill Roorbach: When David “Lizard” Hochmeyer’s parents are murdered he sets out on a path to recovery and finding his parents’ killer as he finds himself surrounded by a wide variety of famous people.

Black Fridays by Michael Sears: Former Wall Street hotshot Jason Stafford, having spent two years in prison for a white-collar crime, finds his life in danger as he tries to rebuild his career by investigating irregularities left by a junior trader who died in an accident.

The Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwartz: Trudy and her husband Oskar decide to take a job as lighthouse keepers in a remote area of California, but what Trudy finds among the rocks and in the fog will change her life forever.

The Last Threshold by R.A. Salvatore: Drizzt fears the loss of Dahlia to his former enemy, while agents of the elite drow hide a secret agenda and Tiago Baenre enlists Bregan D’aerthe in his quest to destroy Drizzt.

Summer Reading Events

Summer Reading Events for July 1st through July 5th:

  • The Gnome contest begins today and runs through Thursday, July 11th. Take a picture of your gnome in a 4th of July setting (found in the Summer Reading packets) and submit it at the circulation desk for a chance to win!

  • No Wednesday program or adult programs this week.

  • Don’t forget to finish up your testing!!! Next Wednesday, July 10th at 5:00 is the deadline to reach your goal, so don’t wait!

Updated pictures of Summer Reading events can be found on our Facebook page!