I like to try new things and go to new places, and agree with the late, great Dr. Seuss when he said, “There’s no limit to how much you’ll know depending how far beyond zebra you go.”
Yes, the only way to learn new things is to go out on a limb and go places that you’ve never been. My husband and I decided to treat our grandkids to an evening of Chinese food; we thought it would be fun for them to try something different. As the evening went on, the full plates before us told us that McDonald’s is still the restaurant of choice for them.
My seven year old granddaughter remarked that “she’s sure glad she doesn’t live in China,” and my nine year old grandson observed that our server spoke with an accent, and commented that “she must be Mexican or something.” In fact, even French toast is considered foreign cuisine, because when offered French toast for breakfast, the oldest grandchild replied, “No thanks; I don’t like anything French.” Do you like to try new things? If you do, kick back, relax and check out these new fiction titles from your local branch of JCPL!
Within the coastal Oregon hamlet of Deception Bay, there is the Colony. Some see it as a cult; and the terrors that live within its walls unnerves even the most resilient residents. Eight months into a surrogate pregnancy, Detective Savannah Dunbar just wants to wrap up her paperwork and go on medical leave, but a brutal double homicide puts Savannah in crime-solving mode. This investigation differs from most, as it is complex and has become personal as well. As disturbing rumors about the Colony begin to surface, long buried secrets begin to rear their heads in “Something Wicked” by Lisa Jackson.
Maura Corrigan, married to her high school sweetheart, Pete, is happily raising three small kids in a peaceful Chicago suburb. Secure in her marriage and the fact that her parents live nearby, Maura’s life is good. But in one single, distracted second in time, everything changes and a twist of fate brings Maura’s world crashing down around her, and in that split second, her life and the lives of those around her are irrevocably changed. “Those We Love Most” by Lee Woodruff examines the complexities of family drama, family dynamics and the power of the human heart, and how, sometimes we must pick up the pieces and go on.
The Valley is in need of a financial boost, and in order to bring in some much needed revenue, the mayor of the Valley lures a movie studio to town. The star of the big production is Thad Perry, a ruggedly handsome but badly behaved actor who needs some babysitting so that he doesn’t get into trouble. The perfect pair for the job is Bernie and Chet, and as this team of canine and human detectives begin their babysitting adventure, they begin to smell a rat, and that rat is Thad. Find out how these two super-sleuths track down and sniff out danger in “A Fistful of Collars,” a Chet and Bernie mystery by Spencer Quinn.
I want to take the time as I end this article to honor the beloved master of words, Dr. Seuss, and so that I don’t drone on and on, I’ll wrap it up with a favorite quote of his; “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs is making a chore for the reader who reads.” Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!