Lima Public Library Book Reviews


Hell of a Book by Jason Mott

In Jason Mott’s Hell of a Book, a Black author sets out on a cross-country publicity tour to promote his bestselling novel. That storyline drives Hell of a Book and is the scaffolding of something much larger and more urgent: Mott’s novel also tells the story of Soot, a young Black boy living in a rural town in the recent past, and The Kid, a possibly imaginary child. who appears to the author on his tour.

Bright Ruined Things by Samantha Cohoe

The only life Mae has ever known is on the island, living on the charity of the wealthy Prosper family who controls the island’s magic and its spirits. Mae longs for magic of her own de ella and to have a place among the Prosper family, where her de ella best friend de ella, Coco, will see her as an equal, and her de ella crush de ella, Miles, will finally see her. But tonight is First Night, when the Prospers and their high-society friends celebrate. With everyone returning to the island, Mae finally has the chance to go after what she’s always wanted.

When I Sing, Mountains Dance by Irene Solà

Near a village high in the Pyrenees, Domènec wanders across a ridge. He gathers black chanterelles and attends to a troubled cow. And then storm clouds swell, full of electrifying power. Reckless, gleeful, they release their bolts of lightning, one of which strikes Domènec. I have die. The ghosts of 17th-century witches gather around him, taking up the chanterelles he’d harvested before going on their merry ways.

Chevy in the Hole by Kelsey Ronan

August “Gus” Molloy has just overdosed in a bathroom stall of the restaurant where he works. Shortly after, he packs it in and returns home to his family in Flint. This latest slip and recommitment to sobriety doesn’t feel too terribly different from the others, until Gus meets Monae, an urban farmer trying to coax a tenuous rebirth from the city’s damaged land. Through her eyes of her, he sees what might be possible in a city everyone else seems to have forgotten or, worse, given up on.


All the Flowers Kneeling by Paul Tran

In poems of desire, gender, bodies, legacies, and imagined futures, Tran’s poems elucidate the complex and harrowing processes of reckoning and recovery, enhanced by innovative poetic forms that mirror the nonlinear emotional and psychological experiences of trauma survivors.

White Hot Hate: A True Story of Domestic Terrorism in America’s Heartland by Dick Lehr

In the spring of 2016, as immigration debates rocked the United States, three men in a militia group known as the Crusaders grew aggravated over one Kansas town’s growing Somali community. They decided that complaining about their new neighbors and threatening them directly wasn’t enough. The men plotted to bomb a mosque, aiming to kill hundreds and inspire other attacks against Muslims in America. But they would wait until after the presidential election, so that their actions would not hurt Donald Trump’s chances of winning.

Watergate: A New History by Garrett M. Graff

In the early hours of June 17, 1972, a security guard named Frank Wills enters six words into the logbook of the Watergate office complex that will change the course of history: 1:47 AM Found tape on doors; call police. The subsequent arrests of five men seeking to bug and burgle the Democratic National Committee offices—three of them Cuban exiles, two of them former intelligence operatives—quickly unravels a web of scandal that ultimately ends a presidency and forever alters views of moral authority and leadership . Watergate, as the event is called, becomes a shorthand for corruption, deceit, and unanswered questions.

Whispers of the Gods: Tales from Baseball’s Golden Age, Told by the Men Who Played It by Peter Golenbock

This book features the reminiscences of baseball legends, pulled from hundreds of hours of taped interviews with the author. Roy Campanella talks about life in the Negro Leagues before coming up to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Ted Williams recounts why he believes Shoeless Joe Jackson belongs in the Hall of Fame. Tom Sturdivant provides vivid memories of Casey Stengel, Mickey Mantle, and other Yankee icons.


Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker

As a child, Katherine Johnson showed an early aptitude for mathematics. She was so smart, she skipped three grades and entered high school at just 10 years old. After graduating from university with top honors in math, Katherine became a teacher, married and had a family. In 1953 she joined a team at NASA as a ‘human computer’ with other African-American female mathematicians. The space race was heating up and America was racing to get a man on the moon. Katherine’s calculations were crucial to launching the spaceship, getting it to its destination and back home to Earth safely. Without Katherine’s contributions, American astronauts would never have landed on the moon or flown any other successful missions in space. This extraordinary ‘hidden figure’ of history remained humble, but she deserves recognition for her enormous impact on NASA’s success.

Ages: 8-12

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