Staff Picks: Three Great Fall Reads
In the lovely fall weather, it’s nice to have a book to read outside. In the gloomy fall weather, it’s nice to have a book to read inside. Either way, it’s nice to have a book! Here is what the Warrenton reference staff has been reading.
I’ve been a fan of J.A. Jance’s mysteries for a long time, particularly her J.P. Beaumont series. Set in Seattle, Washington, these mysteries follow the life and career of J.P. Beaumont (Beau to her friends), first as an officer with the Seattle Police Department, and later as a homicide detective. Jance also writes three other mystery series, all set in Arizona, and her characters often cross over between series. Her latest book, Dance of the Bones, has Beau teaming up with Brandon Walker (from the Walker Family mystery series), an ex-sheriff’s deputy, to solve a cold case murder in Arizona that has ties to Seattle. Jance’s books are well-written, interesting, and ones that I don’t want to put down. I highly recommend all of them, but start with the Beaumont series! Until Proven Guilty is the first title in that series.
~Vicky, Reference/Virginiana Room Librarian, Warrenton central library
The New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife (which I recommended earlier in the year), brings to life the story of Beryl Markham. Another great historical fiction by Paula McLain, Circling the Sun is a book that I could not put down. And it has been a while since I’ve been able to say that. Beryl and her parents move from England to Kenya, where Beryl is abandoned by her mother. Beryl, a “wild child,” grows up with an appreciation for Kenya and the wild. An avid horse lover, Beryl becomes a horse trainer, a woman well before her time in the 1920’s. But it is her love of flying, and a relationship with Denis Finch Hatton, which helps Beryl find what is deep within herself. To read more about Beryl Markham, try: West with the Night.
~Jody, Reference Librarian, Warrenton central library
Recently, in my ongoing search for compelling domestic fiction, I picked up The Wife by Meg Wolitzer. Wolitzer has newer titles, including The Interestings (2013), but the premise of The Wife (2003) intrigued me so I decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed. If you think you might enjoy an insightful, well-written look at a realistic relationship, you will not be disappointed either. Joan and Joe Castleman are well into a long marriage that began as an affair when he was her professor. The book shows us past and present, taking us back to when the Castlemans first met and fell in love. Wolitzer shows us the layers of their marriage and the unique set of circumstances that has worn on them over time. Joan has made the precipitous decision to leave her husband. What will become of the Castlemans? I would encourage you to give this short, fascinating book a try and find out for yourself.
~Amanda, Reference Librarian, Warrenton central library