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Library Commentary - January 12, 2017

Moonglow by Michael Chabon, Victoria by Daisy Goodwin, In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett, God’s of Asgard series by Magnus Chase.

Linda’s recommendations include these three adult fiction book titles at the Clarion Public Library:

Moonglow, by best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon:

Moonglow develops with the unfolding of a deathbed confession by the character referred to as “my grandfather.”  It is a novel of adventure, war, and desire.   The story portrays a love, passionate yet difficult, between the narrator’s grandfather and grandmother. Reading this book will take you through an entire era… from the Jewish slums of pre-war South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany and from a retirement village in Florida to a prison in New York.

Victoria, by Daisy Goodwin:   

    This fictional story takes place in 1837.  Approximately one month beyond her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria will become “Queen Victoria.” The young queen has her own thoughts and ideas, from choosing her new name to consideration of who she will marry.  Author Daisy Goodwin will spark your interest regarding the imagined life and activities of this young woman ready to make her mark on the world.

In Such Good Company, by Carol Burnett:

Comedian and actress, Carol Burnett speaks of her twenty-five –time Emmy award winning Carol Burnett Show. This legacy is depicted from Carol’s perspective, reflecting on improvisations, sketches and guest visits. You will be reminded of the creativity and humor that was evident in the original episodes. Choose to read, “In Such Good Company,” and revisit joyfully the humor of classic comedian, Carol Burnett.

Missy has been reading Rick Rioden’s Magnus Chase: God’s of Asgard series. These books are a good fit for any pre-teen or teen who has seen any of the Thor Movies or has interest in Norse mythology. The main character is Magnus Chase, a homeless teen, who dies and goes to Valhalla.  He finds out about his family background and sets off on a quest to save the Earth and other 8 realms from destruction. He is accompanied by a whole host of characters, including Gods and Goddesses, dwarves, elves, wolves and a talking sword. So far there are 2 books in the series with more on the way.

Here are a few other new kids’ books we have added to our collection;

Bad Kitty Takes the Test by Nick Burel

Give Please a Chance by Bill O’Reilly and James Patterson

Pirate Ship (a board book with lift up flaps).

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