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Too Much Stuff? Borrow, Read and Return These New Books From JCPL!


Stuff, stuff and more stuff. You can never have enough stuff. My motorcycle-parts-collecting husband is proof of that.

I recently read an article in the newspaper written by a woman who chided her stuff-collecting husband for his bad habit of collecting stuff. I identified with her, and when my motorcycle collecting husband took a trip to sell his “stuff,” I decided to go through mine, bringing me to an epiphany of my own; I am a collector of the worst kind.

My collecting habits are hidden; hidden in all of the closets, that is, which makes me a ‘closet collector.’ Worse than that is the “stuff” I have collected is of a scattered variety; a little of this and a little of that, equaling zero in the stuff-value department. That is why I should only be allowed to borrow things; things I can return when I’m through with them. My friends at the Jasper County Public Library understand this, so they collect great, new adult fiction, offering a variety of “stuff” that I can borrow and then return. Read on for samples of the great “stuff” of which I speak!

New Orleans is the setting for “The Devil in Her Way,” by Bill Loehfelm. In this novel, written in the same suspenseful tone common in Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane favorites, protagonist, Maureen Couglin, is a new-bee on the New Orleans police force, and kicks off her final week of field training by uncovering a stash of pot and guns from a suspect’s apartment. Out on the street, Maureen’s trained eye spies two neighborhood boys making a deal that can only bring trouble, and, determined to dig until the whole story is told, Maureen sets off on a deadly and dangerous pursuit into the darkest and most hidden corners in the New Orleans crime circuit.              

With World War II raging across Europe, the Rosatis, an Italian family, exist behind the walls of their villa, hoping to stay safe from the battles of war. The tranquility of the Rosatis’ pseudo-shelter is shattered, however, when two soldiers appear, demanding entrance to an ancient burial site on the estate. The sanctuary that once protected the family has now become their prison, as the Nazis have now infiltrated the villa, and peace and safety are gone forever. Fast forward to the year 1955; Serafina Bettini, an investigator with the Florence Police Department, is assigned to unravel the mystery behind a series of murders; murders of the Rosatis family members left behind after the war. Flawed herself by the ravages of war, Serafina delves into the gruesome case, uncovering secrets of the past, and parts of her own tragic history in “The Light in the Ruins” by Chris Bohjalian.

Similar to one hit wonders, child stars, Abigale Applegate and Zach Barnes have now disappeared off the radar of Hollywood stardom. Whatever happened to these beloved icons of past sitcoms? Hollywood dreams now part of the past, Abigale has moved on and has fallen in love with the man of her dreams. Or so she believed, until their perfect relationship splinters into small fragments, shattering her illusions. Turning to her very best friend, Zach Barnes, Abigale vents her frustrations, not realizing that Zach is deeply in love with her, and has been his whole life. When Abigale’s journal falls into Zach’s hands, and he discovers that Abigale intends to find a new man, and fast, Zach begins reinventing himself, determined to convince Abigale that he has been her future all along in “Wrecked” by Shiloh Walker.

Eleven year old Caleb disappeared without a trace, only to resurface three years later, living with a new family under a new name. Upon his safe recovery, Caleb’s mother, Marlene, whisks him away to escape the media, taking refuge in Costa Rica with her estranged husband’s family. Outrunning the past, however, is not as easy as it seems, and comes back to haunt the family in “Where You Can Find Me” by Sheri Joseph.

I have come to the conclusion that “stuff” is overrated; that is, unless it’s “stuff’ that I can borrow and then return, and since the above titles from the Jasper  County Public Library fall into that category, they are worth their weight in gold in the “stuff-value” department!