Adult Recommendations

Dollbaby: A Novel by Laura Lane McNeal

 

In the summer of 1964 Ibby Bell’s father dies. Her mother dumps Ibby and her father’s urn at grandmother Fannie’s New Orleans house. Fannie, Fannie’s cook, Queenie, and her daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South. Soon hidden secrets, closed rooms, and southern family quirks begin to unlock their mysteries to Ibby.
 
For fans of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and The Help, Dollbaby brings to life the charm and unrest of 1960s New Orleans.
  

In The Garden of Beasts

No one wanted to be the first US Ambassador to Hitler’s Germany.  It was 1933; Hitler and his Nazi party had risen to power promising a renewed and powerful Germany but stories of the beatings and hatred of Jews and other minorities were beginning to leak out of Berlin.  Newly-elected President Franklin Roosevelt had to personally call William Dodd, an easy-going history professor at the University of Chicago, to convince him to fill the vacancy. Reluctantly, Dodd accepted the job with the caveat that his wife, son and flamboyant daughter accompany him.  Dodd’s daughter, Martha, began to get noticed at Nazi Party functions leading her father to believe she was in over her head.  As the author succinctly stated, “These were complicated people moving through a complicated time, before the monsters declared their true nature.”  This well-written glimpse into the lives and machinations of the Nazi inner circle is an excellent read. 

The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris

Thousands of miles and nearly two decades separate the lives of Tommy Capello, a convicted bank robber doing time in Alcatraz prison, and Shanley Keegan, an 11-year old orphan living in Dublin, Ireland. Tommy’s story launches readers into Alcatraz prison in 1937, where he watches and listens from inside the warden’s greenhouse as prison guards search for the missing daughter of a fellow guard. Acutely aware of what’s at stake, Tommy can only hope they don’t find the girl. In Dublin, Ireland in 1919, Shanley Keegan, aspires to be a vaudevillian. He performs in local pubs to often bellicose or indifferent customers and turns his earnings over to his abusive, alcoholic uncle. Shan wants more out of life than this and jumps at the opportunity to travel by ship to America with his uncle. Fate has other plans for Shan. Easily moving between time and characters, this intricately-plotted story of loyalty and sacrifice is captivating and satisfying.

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