We have lots of new books at the Chandler Public Library, and we feature many of them on this blog and on our Twitter feed, but we’re more than just new bestsellers! Read on for some recommended titles that came out a few years ago.
Columbine by Dave Cullen (2009) - This masterful account of the tragic shooting at Columbine High School in 1999 is a must read for fans of true crime. It explores all aspects of the incident: from the psychology of the shooters, to what really happened inside the school, to how the police handled the shooting and what changes took place in law enforcement and school security as a result. It is chilling yet still sadly relevant today.
Coventry by Helen Humphreys (2009) - On November 14, 1940, the English city of Coventry was attacked by 515 German bombers. This novel imagines the resulting devastation through the eyes of two mothers. It is a searing and poignant story of loss and courage.
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (2009) - Many readers recently discovered Sarah Waters with the release of her latest novel, The Paying Guests. If you liked her style I encourage you to read this novel: a ghost story (or is it?) set just after WWII. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as the novel follows the declining Ayres family and the strange occurrences that haunt their home. It’s a wonderfully gothic thriller.
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones (2011) - Two girls growing up in 1980’s Atlanta share the same father, who just happens to be a bigamist. One girl is the ‘real’ daughter and the other the ‘secret’ daughter - until they form a friendship that spurs the undoing of both their father’s families. This is a powerful and beautifully written tale filled with flawed and realistic characters.
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan (2011) - This re-telling of The Scarlet Letter is set in a future America that is controlled by religion and where criminals have their skin altered to match the color of their crimes. When Hannah Payne, who is now red for the crime of murder, is released after her imprisonment, she has to learn to survive in a world that is avidly unsympathetic to her condition. It has complex characters, a suspenseful plot, and it really makes you think about how fear and uncertainty can lead to harsh governmental control. - Anbolyn (Sunset)