The Tumbling Turner Sisters – Juliette Fay

Schlow Library Selection: Written from alternating perspectives of middle daughters Gert and Winnie, The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay is a slice of American historical fiction set in vaudeville as its popularity begins to wind down. In order to provide for her family after her husband suffers an accident making it impossible for him to work, the four Turner girls’ domineering mother coincidentally finds her place as their stage mother, turning them into a tumbling act. Each daughter, from young widow and mother Nell ...    Read More >

The Lion in the Living Room – Abigail Tucker

Schlow Library Selection: January 2017: Based on an incredible breadth and depth of resources, Abigail Tucker tells the tale of how our beloved house cats came to be in The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World. Beginning at the beginning, the author–a feline fan herself–reveals how prehistoric cats survived and then evolved into the wild predecessors of the tabbies that cuddle on our laps purring the days away. It seems that cats have a nearly unlimited ...    Read More >

Bay of Sighs – Nora Roberts

SCHLOW LIBRARY SELECTION:¬†Nora Roberts’ Bay of Sighs, the second book in The Guardians Trilogy, continues the epic tale of six strangers with very special qualities/skills (seer, witch, mermaid, time traveler, werewolf & immortal) as they search the globe for stars hidden from an evil goddess who intends to use them for her own glory. This part of the story contains many of Roberts’ classic trilogy points most notably three men and three women who end up in three couples fighting evil with magick (always ends ...    Read More >

Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully – Allen Kurzweil

A Schlow Library Selection: As author Allen Kurzweil observes, the convoluted and twists and turns his Edgar Award-winning biography Whipping Boy reveals would likely not be believed if he had written it as a novel. As a 10-year-old boy, the author was sent to a Swiss boarding school after his father died, where he had the misfortune of rooming with a bully named Cesar. The youngest student at the school, Kurzweil often found himself as Cesar’s target, leading to a forced re-enactment of “39 Lashes” ...    Read More >

Brotherhood in Death – J. D. Robb

Schlow Library: J.D. Robb's Brotherhood in Death is a must-read for fans of the slightly futuristic series starring homicide cop Eve Dallas and her inner circle as we find out new details about many of their lives. Eve's confidant/police psychiatrist Charlotte Mira and her husband Dennis are brought center stage due to the latter witnessing an assault on his cousin. Not only does Dallas confirm the feelings we've always suspected she has toward the incredibly kind professor, but due to the incredible twists and turns the case takes, she reveals exactly what happened to her as a child in that hotel room so many years before that gave her her name and her passion for standing up for victims. Fans know that Dallas has a hard exterior for very good reasons, but Robb's latest book allows her, Roarke, Peabody, and the Miras to convey their tender sides as well, a nice change of pace.     Read More >

Every Last Tie: The Story of the Unabomber and His Family – David Kaczynski

From the Schlow Library: Every Last Tie: The Story of the Unabomber & His Family by David Kaczynski is exactly that. David, the younger brother of Ted, provides an intriguing view that only he can from inside the family that produced the Unabomber who terrorized the US for over 15 years with homemade bombs that killed three and injured nearly two dozen others. Rather than a scientific study of Ted’s dissent into mental illness-induced madness, though, Every Last Tie reads more like a well-written, thoughtful ...    Read More >

The Zig Zag Girl – Elly Griffiths

Schlow Centre Region Library: If you like your murder mysteries with a bit of prestidigitation, then Elly Griffiths' The Zig Zag Girl is the book for you! Spoiler alert, though, the killer uses classic illusions as their weapon, so the reader finds out the secrets behind the tricks long before they find out "whodunnit!" Edgar Stephens is a former member of MI5's shadowy unit charged with deceived the enemy into believing the British military was more prepared than they actually were. He is now a police detective who finds himself thrown back into his own history as he investigates alongside Max Mephisto, another of the Magic Men. Set in the post-war England of the 1950s, The Zig Zag Girl is intriguing on many levels and hopefully the first of another successful series for Ms. Griffiths, author of the Ruth Galloway novels centered on archaeology.    Read More >

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter – Kate Clifford Larson

Schlow Library Selection: Based on obsessive research of first-hand accounts, Kate Clifford Larson tells the story of Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter in the context of her famous family and the history swirling around them. Albeit not moving as quickly as her eight siblings, Rosemary participated in the upper echelons of society as much as she could until her early 20s. It appears as though a combination of escalating psychological issues and "Rosie's" realization that she was not allowed and/or able to live life as her age cohort led to uncontrollable "rages" and seizures. Their desperation over how to keep her from embarrassing the family led her parents to move Rosie from facility to school to house until finally Joe, Sr. fatefully arranged for the widely disparaged frontal lobotomy that robbed his eldest daughter of almost all of the physical and mental skills she had. Rosie became a rarely-mentioned ghost in her family, making this book even more impressive in the author's gathering and collating of letters, journals, and other historical sources into a well-written, disturbing, and ultimately intriguing story of one of the most well-known families in American history.    Read More >