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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.

The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols: Adapted From the Journals of John H. Watson, M.D.
Meyer, Nicholas

Nicholas Meyer is back with his first Sherlock Holmes novel in 26 years (after 1993’s The Canary Trainer) and it is a page-turner. It is a thrilling adventure, a fascinating critique of our current culture and, as characterized in the author’s introductory note, “the biggest and most consequential failure of the detective’s entire career.” This is a must read for fans of the consulting detective!

Sharma, Priya

Priya Sharma tells the story of a gentle young man’s journey to adulthood in a brutal world not of his choosing. Sharma follows Gideon for approximately 10 years, from the age of 7, when his parents move him to the family farm, to just prior to his reaching his majority. She chronicles his growing awareness of both his surroundings and the people with whom he shares the family residence. Each chapter chronicles not only how daily life is on the farm, but the major events that occur as he grows older. The events are separated by as little as days and as much as several years, and yet the story is complete. And, in each chapter, readers are allowed to witness Gideon making the choices that will result in the kind and thoughtful person that will ultimately survive this brutal upbringing. Oh, and there is a dragon...

To Be Taught, If Fortunate
Chambers, Becky

Chambers’ latest, following up the three novels that make up The Wayfarers Series, is a novella about the wonders, hardships, sacrifices, and rewards of exploration. The story follows four humans that are striking out to explore the universe after technological advances make it possible to alter the human body to survive, and thrive, in environments not of this earth.

Chambers combines the method and structure of established science with the wonder of a child and the frailties inherent in all adults. The result is a marvelous look at how we might approach exploring beyond our solar system if we are ever able to provide ourselves the opportunity. A wondrous read!

Ninth House
Bardugo, Leigh

Leigh Bardugo steps away from the fantasy world of the Grisha that she created for Young Adult audiences and plunges headlong into her first adult fantasy with gripping and terrifying results. She introduces readers to Galaxy “Alex” Stern, a young woman of color, who is a high school dropout and a small-time drug dealer who can see ghosts. Because she can see ghosts, Yale University offers her a full scholarship to attend. Yale, it seems, is a hub for arcane magic and paranormal activities, focused in the eight famous, and somewhat infamous, “secret societies” on campus. Alex will become a member of the titular ninth house that acts as overseers and watchers of the other eight. But nothing in her young life has prepared her to be an Ivy League student. When a young “townie” girl is killed, and Alex realizes, due to her skill, that the police have the wrong person in custody, she will risk her present and future to uncover the identity of the killer and bring them to justice.

Bardugo’s first novel for adults is page-turning, terrifying, thought-provoking and, at times, laugh out loud funny. A must for fans of her earlier work and a wonderful introduction if you haven’t yet read any of her earlier novels.

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