I read 14 books in March – 10 Fiction, 4 Non-fiction, heavy on the mysteries.
U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton. Sue Grafton has been writing this alphabetical mystery series about private investigator Kinsey Millhone since the 1980s. I have been reading it since middle school. This book showed she’s still got it. A very engaging mystery.
The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green. This book was first published in 1878 and is a classic of the mystery genre. Green was one of the first to introduce the detective series. Her detective, Ebenezer Gryce, first appears in this book – almost a decade before the world first met Sherlock Holmes.
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy. This month’s book club selection, The Moviegoer, won the National Book Award in 1962. Percy is a New Orleans writer and the book has a real sense of place, but mostly I thought it was just okay. Glad to have read it (and good book club discussion as always), but nothing amazing.
The Bloody Tower by Carola Dunn. Back in the mood for some Daisy Dalrymple mysteries. This one is set at the Tower of London.
The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters. This is the second book in the Amelia Peabody series – I read the first ages ago, but I was in grad school and I didn’t manage to keep up. I’m glad I went back and gave the series another try though – very amusing.
Black Ship by Carola Dunn. This is the first Daisy Dalrymple book that I saw on the new books shelf at DCPL. The lovely art deco cover drew me in – but I had to read the 16 preceding mysteries first!
Captain Raptor and the Moon Mystery by Kevin O’Malley. This is a book that only a 7 year old boy could love – a space adventure featuring dinosaurs. Sort of bizarre, but would probably appeal to a very specific demographic.
Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection edited by Matt Dembicki. Matt Dembicki is from DC and I actually got to seem him speak at a program at DCPL which was pretty cool. This anthology features a bunch of different graphic artist illustrating Native American Trickster tales. It’s quite good.
Shake, Rattle & Turn That Noise Down!: How Elvis Shook Up Music, Me & Mom by Mark Alan Stamaty. A graphic memoir about the author’s love of Elvis. Not sure how interesting the tale would been to the elementary school set. Do kids even know who Elvis is nowadays?
Work Hard. Be Nice.: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America by Jay Mathews. This book is about the founders of the KIPP Academy charter schools, which exist all across the country (and of course about the schools themselves). I though it was good – and it was nice to read a book about something that was working in public school education.
No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure by Susan Hughes. A somewhat lackluster collection of a Girl Power tales. Just okay for me.
Dawn Land by Joseph Bruchac. This was a graphic novel adaptation of a book first published back in 1994. It was interesting to read with Trickster, since it also a Native American tale – but a full book length one. It was quite good.