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Sharon Sturgis
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ELLINWOOD — There are new audio books at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. They are:
“Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo. The author shares the tragedies and hopes of the people of Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadows of the Mumbai luxury hotels in India.
“Friends Forever” by Danielle Steel. Five individuals who meet in kindergarten become lifelong friends. Through the years, together they find strength, meet challenges, face life’s adventures, endure loss and open their hearts. Best-selling novelist Steele traces their journey, and they discover the vital bonds that will last a lifetime.
“A Wanted Man” by Lee Child. Four people are in a car, all hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death, a man last seen with two of the riders. One of the men in the car, a hitchhiker, is Special Agent Jack Reacher, who soon discovers that he has hitched more than just a ride.
“The Dog Stars” by Peter Heller. Everyone he loves has died of the world flu pandemic, and he believes he is alone in the world. But then a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, and the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that something exists outside the isolated world he has created for himself.
“The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman. After four years on the war front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia a damaged man, and takes a job at an isolated lighthouse. In a twist of fate, he falls in love and brings a young, bold, and loving wife, to the lighthouse. Their hopes of having children are repeatedly dashed, until a mysterious boat floats to the shore with only a dead man and a crying infant. What could be the consequences of just keeping the child, and keeping the secret of her arrival?
“Matterhorn” by Karl Marlantes. In 1968, in the remote jungles of Vietnam, an ambitious Marine wants to command a company to further his future political ambitions. But two people stand in his way: first, a war weary commander who does not want to leave his men with an inexperienced officer, and second, an angry leader of the company’s radical men. As tragedy ensues, the young man begins to question the value of ambition over compassion and heart.
“This is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz. In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender and funny, the stories in this collection lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart. They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that the “half-life of love is forever.”
Sharon Sturgis is the librarian of the Ellinwood School/Community Library.