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Westerly Sun Column

September 16th:

By Caroline Badowski, Reference Librarian


A lot of you may already be on the waiting list for popular books including “Testament”, Margaret Atwood’s follow up to “The Handmaid’s Tale”, and “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens (that book has had a huge waiting list since 2018!) No need to worry, there are plenty of new books to try while you’re waiting.  I thought I might recommend a few that you can try while you’re waiting on your books to come in for you.


I’ve just started “Hollow Kingdom” by Kira Jane Buxton and I absolutely love this book. S.T., a domesticated crow, and Dennis, a loyal, simple minded dog, must set out into the world when their owner is stricken with the malady that seems to be affecting all of humanity. I should warn you that the crow has a pretty foul mouth, but he is so funny! The story is also surprisingly touching given that the narrator is a crow. I must have a thing for animals being narrators, one of my favorite books is “Three Bags Full” by Leonie Swann in which a flock of sheep solve a murder.


The Lost Night” by Andrea Bartz is a thriller that opens with college friends partying on what appears to be a fun night out. Things take a serious turn when one of them turns up dead along with a suicide note. Ten years later one of the friends, Lindsay, begins to wonder if the woman did not commit suicide but was a victim of murder. As she attempts to recreate that night, Lindsay, to her horror, begins to wonder if she might have been involved in the violence that took place.


Supper Club” is the first novel from Lara Williams. One reviewer likened it to a feminist version of the Fight Club. Basically a group of young women start a secret society with the aim of reclaiming their appetites and bodies. The club is a way to “explore, discover, and push the boundaries of the space they take up in the world.”—from the summary. It is funny and empowering at the same time.


Hopefully some of these suggestions intrigue you. The library is full of interesting new titles and you never know when you’ll find your next favorite book!