Staff Book Reviews

We at the library wanted to give you some insight into what we are reading during this time of self-quarantine.

We’ll be posting reviews here and on our Facebook page of both written works and eBooks that we have enjoyed.

A Man Named Ove – Fredrick Backman

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?⁣
⁣ Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.⁣

I have dubbed A Man Called Ove an ‘Emotional Bomb’- you’re floating along reading (or listening like I did) to this old curmudgeon of a man and then bam!, it hits you what’s really happening under the surface of his hard exterior and it just gets better and better from there. It’s masterfully written and tugs on just the right heart strings at just the right time and makes perfect use of dark humor and light humor in equal measure.
A wonderful story about a cranky old man named Ove and the lives we can touch and change whether we intend to or not.

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Danielle Gassett, Nola Brantley Memorial Library

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

A fictional movie star, Evelyn Hugo, is ready to tell her life story. Any book publisher would kill to release it and any author would be thrilled to tell her unique and controversial life story. When Evelyn chooses an unknown reporter, Monique Grant, even the reporter is shocked. Through a series of flashbacks to the scandalous star’s past, we get a beautifully rich story that captures glimpses of the trends and scandals of Hollywood and the nature of celebrity through the decades.

I loved how the author richly developed the main character. You can see aspects of many real movies stars’ lives in Evelyn Hugo, from Elizabeth Taylor to more modern stars. There is also a mystery aspect that will keep you guessing throughout.

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James Floyd, Branch Manager - Perry Branch Library