With reluctance, I picked up Tamar Myers' The Witch Doctor's Wife to give her writing a second chance. The first in a four book series based in 1950's Belgian Congo, I was pleasantly surprised right away by the differences between this book and Myers' silly Pennsylvania Dutch series.
We have chosen Lost on Planet China by J. Maarten Troost as our first summer read. Copies of the title can be picked up at the Carnegie Reference Desk or we can send it to your nearby branch for pick up, just call 788-4087 and ask for Reference to request the copy to be sent.
The book Red Moon is receiving lots of acclaim as a "deeply layered" literary thriller. For me, it was a frustrating, vague read that ended flat, without an identifiable denouement.
While I give the little National Geographic Pocket Guide: Birds of North America four stars, be warned that this is not a field guide. It does not even cover all common birds in any region. For instance, it covers four woodpecker species but completely leaves out the Hairy Woodpecker, which is a common enough species anywhere.