Lima Public Library Book Reviews


The Middle Affliction by Alex Shvartsman

What would you do if you lost everything that matters to you, and all the means to protect yourself and others, but still had to save the day? Conrad Brent is about to find out. Brent protects the people of Brooklyn from monsters and magical threats. The sarcastic and cunning guardian also has a dangerous secret: he’s one in a million – literally.

Children of the Hill by Jennifer McMahon

1978: In her famed treatment center in scenic Vermont, brilliant psychiatrist Dr. Helen Hildreth is acclaimed for her compassionate work with the mentally ill. But when she’s at home with her darling grandchildren, Vi and Eric, she’s just a grandma – teaching them how to take care of their pets, cooking them home-cooked meals, caring for them , attention and love.

Kate White’s second husband

After losing her husband, Derrick, in what appears to have been a random street crime, 30-something Emma has built a new life with kind, handsome, driven and successful widower Tom. Emma can finally feel safe again, both in her relationship with Tom and in the home they built together on the Connecticut coast.

A History of Shoes by Jane L. Rosen

Esme Nash can’t wait to leave her small town and begin her carefully planned post-college life: a move to New York, an apartment with her love interest boyfriend, and a fancy job at an art gallery. But when tragedy strikes, instead of heading to Manhattan, she returns home to care for her ailing father, leaving every bit of her dream behind.


The High Sierra: A Kim Stanley Robinson Love Story

Kim Stanley Robinson first ventured into the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the summer of 1973. He returned from that encounter a changed man, amazed by a landscape that made him feel like he was walking simultaneously in an art museum and climbing in a gym in the jungle like a child full of energy. He returned to the mountains throughout his life – over a hundred trips – and accumulated a vast amount of knowledge about them.

Rooted Life: Cultivating Health and Wholeness by Growing Your Own Food by Justin Rhodes

Have you ever wanted to experiment with growing your own food, but didn’t think you had the space, time, or knowledge? Justin Rhodes thought the same – until after years of battling systemic disease and struggling to provide the kind of healthy food he wanted for his family, he bought a packet of seeds from the groceries and got hooked. Justin discovered the miraculous potential and empowerment of working with nature to grow food for his family.

The Letters of Thom Gunn by Thom Gunn

“I write about love, I write about friendship,” Thom Gunn remarked, “I find they absolutely bond.” These core values ​​permeate his correspondence with friends, family, lovers and fellow poets, and shed new light on “one of the most singular and compelling English poets of the past half-century”.

The Pope at War: The Secret History of Pius XII, Mussolini and Hitler by David I. Kertzer

When Pope Pius XII died in 1958, his papers were sealed in the Vatican’s secret archives, leaving unanswered questions about what he knew and did during World War II. These questions have only grown and escalated, making Pius XII one of the most controversial popes in Church history, especially now that the Vatican is preparing to canonize him. In 2020, the archives of Pius XII were finally opened, and David I. Kertzer has been mining this new material ever since, revealing how the pope came to set aside moral leadership in order to preserve the power of his church.


The Ruthless by Namina Forna

It’s been six months since Deka freed the goddesses of the ancient kingdom of Otera and found out who she really is…but war rages across the kingdom and the real battle has only just begun. For there is a dark force growing in Otera, a ruthless power that Deka and his army must stop. Yet hidden secrets threaten to destroy all that Deka has known. And with her own gifts changing, Deka must find out if she holds the key to saving Otera…or if she could be his greatest threat. “The Merciless Ones” is the thrilling second episode of the epic fantasy series in which a young heroine battles against a world that would dare to tame her.

Ages: 12+


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