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Check These Out! Titles to Look for at the Library

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library,
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At Check These Out!, each month you will find a few recently published or upcoming titles that are worth “checking out” from the library. All titles are either currently available or have a record in the catalog where you can place a hold and be among the first to read them when they hit the library's shelves. For many of these titles, you will also find interviews with the author on the LAPL Blog and/or a longer, more in-depth review on LAPL Reads.

Gailey, Sarah

Sarah Gailey, author of River of Teeth, Taste of Marrow (maneating hippo mayhem!) and last year’s excellent Magic For Liars, spins a tale of the American Southwest repopulated with many traditional tropes of a classic Western, with just a bit of a twist. This tale is in the future, not the past, and there are as many women riding the horses, brawling and participating in the shootouts as there are men. And some of these women you don’t dare call “ma’am.”

Upright Women Wanted, is a spirited adventure combined with a coming of age story in which a young woman attempts to run away from a life she doesn’t want, only to find one she never dreamed possible. A quick but wonderful read!

Polk, C. L.

2018’s Witchmark, from debut author C.L. Polk, was a fantasy tale of intrigue and politics, passion and treachery. It had wonderful world-building and a system of magic that is wonderfully complex and recognizable. It is a brilliant read, full of atmosphere and thrills, likeable characters, more than a bit of romance and it was a remarkable debut!

Now Polk is back with Stormsong, a sequel to Witchmark that is every bit as engaging and compelling as her debut.

Benedict, Marie

Historical fiction author Benedict, whose previous novels include The Other Einstein and last year’s excellent The Only Woman in the Room, returns to tell the story of Clementine Churchill, Winston Churchill’s wife. Benedict’s novels are always top-notch and a must-read for those interested in the compelling stories of women often overlooked by history.

Montimore, Margarita

On New Year’s Eve 1982, Oona Lockhart will turn 19 at the stroke of midnight. She has her entire life ahead of her and is facing the “big decisions” she feels could affect the rest of her life (as everyone at that age does). Just before midnight, Oona faints and when she awakens, she is a 51-year-old woman living in a home that she is told she owns. What soon becomes clear is that each New Year’s, Oona will find herself at a different age and in a different year, living her life in a seemingly random order as opposed to the linear march of time experienced by everyone else around her.

Montimore tells a tale of life as a wild ride, decidedly more unpredictable than most of us experience yet still guided by simple truths. This is a lovely tale of love, family and the challenge of ensuring one has lived their life to the fullest.

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