Not sure what book to pick up next? K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library’s Assistant Director Cara Perrion has got you covered. Whether you’re an avid reader or picking up a book for the first time in years, these picks will help readers of all ages find the next adventure to get lost in.
Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
Coming-of-age story. ”First, I got myself born. A decent crowd was on hand to watch, and they’ve always given me that much: the worst of the job was up to me, my mother being let’s just say out of it.” When a book’s opening line is this good, you have to keep reading.
For those of you who have been under her spell since reading The Bean Trees or The Poisonwood Bible, you will be delighted to read Barbara Kingsolver’s latest, Demon Copperhead. If this is the first time you are reading a Kingsolver, then know that you are reading her finest. She is skilled in creating complex characters while educating the reader about social issues that lurk in the dark corners of our society. This story is narrated by the main character, Demon Copperhead, and set in poverty-stricken, opioid-addicted southern Appalachia. Kingsolver tells an intimate tale of the multifaceted opioid crisis and the rotting effects it has on our society. In classic Kingsolver style, this is a powerful story of broken families, corporate greed, addiction, and how hope and the will to survive can triumph over all. Through a series of events and circumstances you will realize how society, once again, has let down its own. Some may say this is a modern Dicken’s David Copperfield, but it is well crafted enough to stand on its own. Do not despair at number of pages for this tale, as Kingsolver’s fluid writing style makes the pages turn quickly.
Adventure Story Book. A new way to read adventure books for kids. Puzzlooies are solve-the-story adventure books that are great for all levels of reading. Each book begins with a different adventure and the reader must decode puzzles to keep the story going and to eventually solve the mystery. Full of riddles, jokes, and trivia, will keep any reader entertained until the very end.