Summertime in Seaside, whether or not the sun is shining, can be a place like no other. To elevate that experience, finding a great book at the Seaside Library from the new books area could add that final piece of ultimate relaxation and escape for folks living or visiting in Seaside.
The following books are all on the library’s new bookshelf right now and have been read and reviewed by library staff Esther Moberg, Connie Word, Jon Burke and Dan Cawley.
On the nonfiction new books shelf:
• “Open Heart: A Cardiac Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table,” by Stephen Westaby. In this book you can learn about an insider’s view of all things medical. Westaby recounts his long career with compassion and British humor, as well as frustration over who gets treatment and who doesn’t.
On the fiction new books shelf:
• “Camino Island” by John Grisham. A daring heist, a gang of ruthless thieves, priceless manuscripts and a ransom of $25 million. Welcome to “Camino Island” John Grisham’s new literary thriller featuring young novelist and heroine Mercer Mann.
• Behind every great writer is a great editor. Terry O’Donell was at the forefront of “new journalism” working for Esquire and Rolling Stone. His recent memoir, “Accidental Life,” is a delightful romp through the trials and tribulations of the magazine industry. O’Donell helped launch the careers of Jim Harrison, Edward Abbey, Tom McGuane and several others. His anecdotes are unforgettable, such as golfing on LSD with Hunter S. Thompson. Buy the ticket, take the ride and relive the swinging ’70s.
• “Girl in Disguise,” by Greer Macallister, is a fictionalized account of the first woman Pinkerton. A widow with nothing to lose, Kate Warne had to be tough to survive being the first woman detective in Chicago. Expect some rough situations that don’t gloss over what is was like to be a Pinkerton. While most of the book is purely fiction, the real Kate Warne did help Abraham Lincoln escape an assassination attempt before he became president.
• If you grew up with the tale of Jane Eyre and loved it, you will also enjoy “Mr. Rochester,” by Sarah Shoemaker. Finally giving us the story of Edward Rochester from childhood to adulthood, it fleshes out his character and explains some of his behaviors from his point of view throughout the Jane Eyre story. The majority of this book focuses on the Rochester’s background, his lonely childhood and adulthood, although it does go briefly through the story of Jane Eyre as well, rounding out the same story from a different perspective. An enjoyable read for fans of Charlotte Bronte, albeit written from a more modern point of view.
• “Stillhouse Lake,” by Rachel Caine: Gina had the perfect life, until the accidental discovery of her husband’s secret life as a serial killer. Now she is always on the run, looking over her shoulder for her former husband and other people, some even worse, who want to harm or destroy her and her family. Finally, moving to Stillhouse Lake, there seems to be some breathing room. But it only seems safe until a woman turns up in the lake with all the trademarks of her husband’s kills. Copycat or something more? Gina, now Gwen has to decide whether or not to run again before time runs out.
• In the latest psychological thriller by Paula Hawkins, author of “The Girl on the Train,” comes the book “Into the Water,” where an entire town is on edge and a majority of the population seems to be morally and mentally unhinged. The small sleepy town is located near a deep, dark, and quiet spot in the river where witches were drowned centuries before. The water continues to be a place of darkness and tragedy. Suicide or murder? That is the question when a single mother is found in the pool. She was always drawn to the pool with its dark murders and suicides and now it seems to have claimed her as well. However, her daughter has doubts and so does her estranged sister as they wrestle with the past and the present and what is really going on behind the dark secrets that the town and the river both hide.