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quirky books

If you enjoyed the narration by teenager Bee, you might enjoy the Flavia de Luce mysteries by Alan Bradley, beginning with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.Check the Spokane County Library District catalog for this title Check the Spokane Public Library catalog for this title. Precocious 11-year-old Flavia relates her exploits solving mysteries in and around her family’s dilapidated mansion. Her unique voice gives readers a delightful slant on her quirky family and friends.

And speaking of quirky families, The Family Fang. Check the Spokane County Library District catalog for this title Check the Spokane Public Library catalog for this title by Kevin Wilson showcases Caleb and Camille Fang, performance artists who use their children, often times unwittingly, as part of their art. Annie and Buster (child A and child B to their parents) end up with a lot of emotional baggage to work through as adults. The resulting novel is a sometimes funny, often poignant look at the confluence of family and art.

Another unusual family can be found in Peter Hoeg’s recent The Elephant Keepers’ Children. Check the Spokane County Library District catalog for this title Check the Spokane Public Library catalog for this title. Precocious teenager Peter narrates this story of the disappearance of his vicar father and organist mother from a small (fictitious) island off the coast of Denmark. Are they planning a surprise visit to a spiritual conference or a nefarious plot to steal religious relics?


epistolary books

The ‘epistolary’ style of writing has long enjoyed popularity in literature. Including e-mails and tweets as well as letters in novels is a modern adaptation of a tradition at least as old as Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan.Check the Spokane County Library District catalog for this title.

A recent and very popular novel written in this style is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.Check the Spokane County Library District catalog for this title Check the Spokane Public Library catalog for this title by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows. The Nazi occupation of one of Britain’s Channel Islands has a profound effect on its residents, chronicled in a series of letters between a London newspaper columnist and the members of the titular group who correspond just after the end of the war.

Other contemporary writers who have used this style effectively include Elizabeth Berg in The Pull of the Moon.Check the Spokane County Library District catalog for this title Check the Spokane Public Library catalog for this title and Lee Smith in Fair and Tender Ladies.Check the Spokane County Library District catalog for this title Check the Spokane Public Library catalog for this title.


epistolary books

Seattle has been the setting for numerous recent novels, ranging from a series of romances by Debbie Macomber (the Blossom Street novels, beginning with The Shop on Blossom Street.Check the Spokane County Library District catalog for this title Check the Spokane Public Library catalog for this title.) to gritty mysteries by Ridley Pearson (the Lou Boldt and Daphne Mathews novels, the most recent of which is The Body of David Hayes.Check the Spokane County Library District catalog for this title Check the Spokane Public Library catalog for this title).

Historical novels can give a reader a true sense of what a particular place was like at a particular time. In Truth Like the Sun. >Check the Spokane County Library District catalog for this title Check the Spokane Public Library catalog for this title by Jim Lynch, that time and place is Seattle in 1962 when a group of promoters crafted the World’s Fair and built the iconic Space Needle. A brash politician from that time is running for mayor of the city in 2001 but his campaign may be in trouble from the dirt that a newspaper reporter digs up on him.


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