Ellis staff recommends several exciting wartime stories for your summer reading! Code name Lise : the true story of World War II's most highly decorated woman by Larry Loftis. This book tells the story of Odette Sansom, the real British spy who operated in occupied France and fell in love with her commanding officer during World War II. It’s perfect for fans of The Boys in the Boat, and Code Girls. Interested in World War I? Try this book with a Michigan connection: Polar Bear Expedition : the heroes of America's forgotten invasion of Russia, 1918-1919 by James Carl Nelson. It’s the story of America's invasion of Russia: one-thousand miles north of Moscow, five-thousand brave U.S. troops from Michigan fought the Red Army during the winter of 1918-1919 in brutal arctic conditions. And, you may also enjoy an inspiring and touching war story, Silent night : the story of the World War I Christmas truce by Stanley Weintraub. On Christmas Eve of 1914, the Great War had been raging for several months…a small miracle emerged: across the No Man's Land, the sounds of "Silent Night" floated, and, for a short time, soldiers on both sides spontaneously laid down their arms, exchanged gifts, and celebrated together.
For history buffs, Publisher’s Weekly says about Joseph J. Ellis’ Revolutionary summer : the birth of American Independence, “…now the definitive book on the revolutionary events of the summer of 1776. Ellis's prose is characteristically seductive, his insights frequent, his sketches of people and events captivating…”
Do you enjoy speculative fiction? This title is a thriller with a touch of satire. The Oracle Year by Charles Soul is about bassist Will Dando, who awakens to find he can predict future events. He and a friend decide to slowly disclose this information online as “The Oracle.” The world becomes obsessed with the Oracle's posts. Some people like him and others don’t. Unmasking the Oracle's identity becomes the prime objective worldwide. On the run from those seeking to kill him or exploit his knowledge, Dando realizes that all the predictions are somehow connected and that someone-or something-could be orchestrating the end of the world. Booklist calls it “a dark, rollicking tale.”
More of a fantasy reader? Try the young adult novel Caraval by Stephanie Garber. When Scarlett’s ruthless father arranges her marriage, she believes she will never be allowed to participate in the annual Caraval performance. But, Scarlett receives the invitation she has always dreamed of before her sister, Tella, is kidnapped by the show's mastermind organizer. Ellis staff say “It’s exciting and good!”
Events happening at Ellis this week:
Ellis Fanta-Sci Book Club meets Wednesday, July 31 at 7:00 pm. Do you love Science Fiction and Fantasy? Join us as we read adult and young adult books on hidden worlds, mythological creatures, alternate histories, and possible futures.
New members are always welcome. Stop in to Ellis or call/email Jenn McCarty to request a copy of this month’s book to be delivered to your branch of choice. This month’s book is The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.