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ELLINWOOD —There are new books at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. They are:
“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple. Bernadette is a frightfully intelligent wife and mother who seem to have an intense aversion to people. But now her daughter insists on a family trip to Antarctica, of all places, and Bernadette is faced with the daunting prospect of actual human interaction. On top of a series of hilarious mishaps, it is finally too much. On the verge of a breakdown, she simply disappears. But her daughter is determined to find her mother, and find out her secrets.
“Two titles” by Nevada Barr, 13 1/2 and Burn. 13 1/2 is a taut and terrifying psychological thriller. A murderous boy is released from prison at age seventeen, and soon his life drifts into contact with a family with two daughters. Are some crimes doomed to repeat themselves? Does evil stay the same and only the names of the victims change? In Burn, Anna crosses paths with Jordan, a creepy guy who seems to be putting a curse on her. But soon she realizes that Jordan is not who is seems to be, and it will take all her survival skills to rescue the most vulnerable from a savage ending.
“Telegraph Avenue” by Michael Chabon. Two longtime friends, band mates and owners of a used record store find their families, their livelihoods, and their futures threatened by an ex-NFL player who wants to build his newest megastore right where they call home. Throw in their wives’ mid-wife business, a long forgotten teenage son, and a young love struck girl, and the story becomes an imaginative, funny and triumphant novel.
“The Racketeer” by John Grisham. Judge Fawcett has been murdered. No forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies, and one state-of-the-art safe, opened and emptied. What was in the safe and why was the judge killed? One man knows, but he’s in prison. He can talk, but it’s going to cost something.
“Freeman” by Leonard Pitts, Jr. Freeman takes place in the first few months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Sam, a runaway slave who once worked for the Union Army, decides to leave his safe haven in Philadelphia and set out on foot to return to the South to find his wife. At the same time, Sam’s wife, Tilda, is being forced to walk at gunpoint with her owner from his Mississippi farm into Arkansas, in search of an undefined place that would still respect his entitlements as slave-owner.

Sharon Sturgis is the librarian at the Ellinwood School/Community Library.