Book reviews of the Public Library of Lima


signal fires by Dani Shapiro

Signal Fires opens on a summer night in 1985. Three teenagers have been drinking. One of them gets behind the wheel of a car, and in an instant, everything changes on Division Street. The lives of each, and that of Ben Wilf, a young doctor who arrives on the scene, is shattered. For the Wilf family, the circumstances of that fatal accident will become the deepest secret, one so dangerous that it can never be spoken.

Rest by Katie Sise

After the traumatic birth of his daughter at a New York City hospital, Rowan O’Sullivan returns to his apartment with his perfect newborn, Lila. Next to her are her husband, Gabe, and June, a part-time nanny hired to help Rowan in any way he can. But in this moment of joy, Rowan can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t right. Rowan’s increasing instability leads her to accuse June of unspeakable things. And when June disappears just days later, Rowan becomes a suspect.

the invincible lady client by Penny Hawk

Aleen Cust has big dreams. And no one, not her family, not society, not the law, will stop her. Born in Ireland in 1868 into an aristocratic English family, Ella Aleen knows that she is destined to work with animals, even if her family is horrified by the idea of ​​a woman pursuing a career as a veterinarian. Against her wishes, but with the support of the guardian she was assigned after her father’s death, Ella Aleen herself attends the New Veterinary College in Edinburgh.

A touch of moonlight by Yaffa S. Santos

Larimar Cintrón works hard at three things: her job as brand manager for Beacon Café, a New York-based corporate bakery chain; take care of his parents and his grandmother; and hiding that she is a ciguapa, a mythical creature from Dominican folklore with long straight hair and backward-facing feet.


The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s legacy and the future of the crown by Katie Nicholl

For seventy years, Queen Elizabeth ruled an institution and a family. Throughout her life, she was steadfast in her desire to provide a constant presence and be a trusted steward of the British people and the Commonwealth. Faced with the abdication of her uncle, with the uncertainty of the Blitz, and with the tentative exposure of her family and her private life to the public through the press, Elizabeth became synonymous with the crown.

The Bane of All Witches: Life and Death in the New World by Malcolm Gaskill

In Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1651, peculiar things begin to happen. Precious food spoils, livestock suffer, property disappears, and people convulse as if possessed by demons. A woman is seen wading through the swamp like a lost soul. Disturbing dreams and visions proliferate. Children get sick and die. As tensions rise, rumors of witches and heretics spread, and the community becomes entangled in a web of mistrust, resentment, and denunciation.

Auschwitz’s daughter by Tova Friedmann

Tova Friedman was one of the youngest people to come out of Auschwitz. After surviving the liquidation of the Jewish ghetto in central Poland where she lived as a toddler, Tova was four when she and her parents were sent to a Nazi labor camp, and almost six when she and her mother were forced onto a truck full of cattle and sent to Auschwitz II, also known as the Birkenau death camp, while her father was transported to Dachau.

The Battle Cry Of The Siamese Kitten: Even More Stories From The Accidental Vet by Philipp Schott, DVM

In the third book of this bestselling series, we meet the strangest of creatures, from an escaped newt to a baby snow leopard, but the focus is on the dogs and cats that make up the majority of a vet’s day. pets and eccentric and wonderful people. who bring them Dr. Schott also pulls back the curtain on what it’s really like to be a vet. Do some vet students faint at the sight of blood? (Yes). Is it easier for vets to bring their own pets for procedures? (No.) Has the pandemic changed veterinary practice? (Yes, and how.)


From Wolf to WOOF!: The Story of the Dogs by Hudson Talbott

Long, long before humans and dogs were friends… in fact, long before dogs existed, there were wolves. This book traces the origin story of how wolves evolved from being enemies of humans to becoming our companions and helpers with many tasks like hunting, guiding, tracking, transporting, protecting, and comforting people. When a human gave a hungry wolf some scraps of food and the wolf decided to trust his former enemy, it was the start of a howlingly successful partnership. Today there are more than 400 breeds of dogs and countless ‘mutts’. They all share a common wolf ancestor and the label “man’s best friend”.

Ages: 8 – 12


• The Lima Public Library is open to the public six days a week. The hours of the Main Library of Lima are from 9 am to 8 pm from Monday to Thursday and from 9 am to 5 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Our Cairo, Elida and Spencerville branch libraries are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Thursday and from 10 am to 2 pm on Friday and Saturday. Our Lafayette branch is open from 12 noon to 7 pm on Tuesdays, 10 am to 5 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 10 am to 2 pm on Fridays.

• Curbside pickup is available at the main library from 2 pm to 6 pm on weekdays and from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays. Arrangements can be made by calling 567-712-5239, contacting the library via Facebook Messenger, or reserving a book through the online catalog. A 24 hour notice is required. Call us when you arrive (park near the main entrance) and we’ll bring your items to you.

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