Eiland Center Library - News for April 2021

April brings us showers, flowers, and a welcome to Spring!  So, our books for April are also a collection of very different reads.  Hopefully, something for everybody.  Great authors, interesting story lines, and a nice rainy afternoon to enjoy a good book!

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline recreates the beginnings of a new society in a beautiful and challenging land, telling the story of Australia from a fresh perspective.  It is an ambitious and emotional novel that captures the hardship, oppression, opportunity and hope for three women struggling to make a life in 19th Century Australia. 

The Chanel Sisters by Judithe Little takes the reader from a convent orphanage to the rue Cambon in Paris, as it tells the story of the Chanel sisters’ determined climb out of poverty and into high society.  It is an introduction to the unsung Antoinette and her pivotal role in her famed sister’s success. 

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner weaves three heroines and two timelines into one tale of poison, revenge, and the silent network of women helping other women in a world stacked against them.  A forgotten history. A secret network of women. A legacy of poison and revenge. Rule #1 the poison must never be used to harm another woman.   

Cold Millions by Jess Walters is an entertaining novel about two brothers swept up in the turbulent class warfare of the early twentieth century. Featuring an unforgettable cast of cops and tramps, suffragists and socialists, madams and murderers, this book is a page turner about socio-economic disparity and is being hailed as a best book of the year!

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro is his first novel since being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.  The story of an “Artificial Friend,” a robot girl with artificial intelligence designed as a playmate for real children.  It is a fable about the innocence of a robot that asks big questions about existence, and it will both break and mend your heart. 

Pat Harkins