Amish Fiction

Amish fiction has become very popular, even making the besteller lists recently.  Perhaps the farm or village settings, close-knit family life and gentle romance make the simpler Amish lifestyle appealing as a pleasant change of pace from our busy suburban lives.

Here are some recent Amish fiction titles available at the library:

Brunstetter, Wanda. Lydia’s Charm; On Her Own; A Sister’s Hope; White Christmas Pie.

Clark, Mindy Starns. The Amish Midwife.

Ellis, Mary. Abigail’s New Hope.

Fisher, Suzanne Woods. A Lancaster County Christmas.

Fuller, Kathleen. An Honest Love; A Man of His Word.

Gray, Shelley. Autumn’s Promise; Spring’s Renewal; Winter’s Awakening.

Hilton, Laura. Patchwork Dreams.

Lewis, Beverly. The Judgment; The Missing; The Secret; The Telling; The Thorn.

Wiseman, Beth. Plain Proposal.

Woodsmall, Cindy. The Bridge of Peace; The Hope of Refuge.


Award-Winning Mysteries

The 2011 Anthony Awards were awarded at Bouchercon in St. Louis last month. The Anthony winners are voted on by all the mystery fans and authors attending the conference. The winners are:

Best Novel: Bury Your Dead, by Louise Penny

Best First Novel: Damage Done, by Hilary Davidson

Best Paperback Original: Expiration Date, by Duane Swierczynski


Physics of the Future

      What will the future look like, over the next 100 years?  Physicist Michio Kaku tries to answer that question, based not on science fiction, but on serious study and interviews with over 300 scientists. While not as fun as reading science fiction, this clearly-written book may inspire your imagination. With predictions for advances in energy, medicine, space travel, even contact lenses that help you use the internet, I’m most looking forward to riding in a magnetic car hovering above the ground.


Nobel Prize for Literature announced

The 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Tomas Transtromer of Sweden, a poet. Your library doesn’t own any books of his poetry yet, but we probably will soon. Visit the author’s website here for more information and a sample of his poetry.