We’re pleased to announce the following are our August selections for the Featured Book of the Month program!
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
“Walter’s well-constructed, bittersweet romance begins in April 1962, when a young innkeeper, Pasquale Tursi, puts up the American actress Dee Moray, who has arrived supposedly sick with stomach cancer at the remote Italian port of Vergogna. She has come from the extravagant Rome filming location of Cleopatra along with co-stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Pasquale soon discovers that 20th Century Fox’s chief troubleshooter, the young Michael Deane, has in fact whisked Dee, pregnant with the married Burton’s child, away from the public eye to avoid scandal. Pasquale falls in love with the beleaguered, vulnerable Dee, who is under pressure from Deane and the studio to get a discrete abortion in Switzerland. 50 years later, the elderly Pasquale shows up on a Hollywood back lot looking for information about Dee’s present whereabouts. The Hollywood glitterati, led by the duplicitous Deane, come off looking thoroughly jaded and shallow compared to the stately, chivalrous Pasquale in Walter’s quirky and entertaining tale of greed, treachery, and love.”
— Publishers Weekly
“When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. And she’s more than a little startled when the body disappears into thin air. Soon Clary is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. And Clary is introduced with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster. How could a mere human survive such an attack and kill a demon? The Shadowhunters would like to know!”
Saving Arm Pit by Natalie Hyde
When vandals deface the Harmony Point sign, the town does indeed seem to become the arm pit of the region. The baseball team hasn’t won a game in two seasons and the town itself is falling into disrepair. But when the new postmaster becomes the new ball coach, Clay and the rest of the Terriers finally seem to stand a chance of winning a game. Until they overhear a bureaucrat from the city say that the post office will close unless the numbers work out. The team begins Operation Tennis Elbow: a letter-writing campaign designed to generate enough mail to keep the post office—and its postmaster—in town. Along the way, they learn the power of the pen in effecting positive changes in their community.”
Look for displays of all our Featured Book of the Month titles at your local branch and the Main Library!