Ames Public Library's Reading Connection
top navbar

Ames Public Library
is a department of
the City of Ames.

bottom navBar
Ames Public Library's Reading Connection
Left Corner

Staff Picks

Left Corner

PanicPanic by Jeff Abbott (MYS ABB)

Documentary filmmaker Evan Casher gets a call from his mother in Texas telling him to come home immediately. Upon arriving, he finds his mother dead from strangulation. His world becomes chaotic as he finds himself pursued by a freelance spy group known as the Deeps. Evan quickly discovers that his life and the lives of his parents were nothing but a carefully constructed web of lies.
- Ann

The Camel ClubThe Camel Club by David Baldacci (BAL)

The Camel Club, a group of social misfits in Washington, D.C., keeps the government honest and accountable by discovering the truth behind questionable official actions. After witnessing a murder, the club discovers the incident is part of a plot that threatens not only the United States, but ultimately the world.
- Ann

Body and SoulBody and Soul by Marcelle Bernstein (BER)

After thirteen years cloistered in a Welsh convent, thirty-one year old Anna is called home to cope with a family crisis. She struggles with her religious and family obligations in this absorbing story which includes convincing details about the appeal of the monastic life for young women.
- Paige

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks (BRO)

Year of WondersBrooks tells the harrowing story of a 17th-century English village infected with the bubonic plague from the perspective of Anna, an 18-year-old widow with two young sons. As the plague ravages the population, the vicar convinces everyone to seal themselves off from the outside world. Anna considers the ethics and religious ramifications of the situation as villagers turn against one another.
- Dawn

An American Childhood by Annie Dillard (920 DILLARD, A.)

An American ChildhoodPulitzer Prize winning author Annie Dillard recalls her childhood spent in Pittsburgh in the 1950s. Naturally inquisitive and adventurous, Annie's loving and unconventional parents encouraged her to pursue her varied passions. With humor and sensitivity, she describes the moments in her youth when she gained awareness of herself and her relation to the world—awareness that lead to a period of adolescent rebelliousness.
- Mary

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective AgencyThe No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (MYS MCC)

Precious Ramotswe, the first woman detective in the southern African country of Botswana, is introduced in the first book of this delightful series. Precious decides to set up an agency to help people in her home area who have problems of a mysterious nature. She is an engaging character with wisdom and a sense of humor who describes her country in loving detail.
- Lynne

Saturday by Ian McEwan (MCE)

SaturdayLondon neurosurgeon Henry Perowne wakes early and sees a plane with its wing afire on approach to Heathrow Airport. His first thought is concern for the passengers and his second is of terrorism. The reader follows Perowne through his day, mainly via an interior monologue. His sense that the world has become "a community of anxiety" plays out in suspense, delusion, heroism and reconciliation. In a detailed description of one man's day, McEwan provides a poignant portrait of contemporary life.
- Cathy

SnowSnow by Orhan Pamuk (PAM)

Set in Turkey, this beautifully written literary work examines the tension between those who want to westernize that country and those who are part of the Islamic movement. Turkey is shown to be a microcosm of movements and events occurring in the world today. The story involves a poet who returns to Istanbul after being in political exile in Frankfurt.
- Janet

Five Days in Philadelphia by Charles Peters (324.2734 PET)

Five Days in PhiladelphiaPeters captures the excitement of the 1940 Republican convention in Philadelphia that chose Wendell Willkie to run against Franklin Roosevelt for president. The raucous, sweltering convention is filled with rousing speeches, multiple ballots and backroom deals while events outside the hall cast a darkening shadow as France falls to the Nazis.
- Mike

The Thirteenth TaleThe Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (SET)

World famous author Vida Winter, who has always invented pasts for herself in interviews, is on her deathbed. She chooses to tell the true story of her life to Margaret Lean, an antiquarian bookseller and sometime biographer of obscure writers. Margaret finds herself spellbound by the tale of Vida's childhood some 70 years earlier; but, is it really the truth? This is a compelling gothic tale of strangeness and insanity.
- Cathy

InuYashaInuYasha, Volume 1 by Rumiko Takahashi (MANGA INU V1)

After falling through an ancient well, a high school girl named Kagome is transported back to Japan's feudal era and accidentally releases a dog-like half-demon named InuYasha from his imprisonment.
- Jillian

Settling Accounts: The Grapple by Harry Turtledove (SF TUR)

Settling AccountsThis is the third book in Turtledove's third trilogy based on the premise that the South won the Civil War. In the first trilogy, the South defeats the North; in the second, the North and the South fight World War I on American soil; and in the third, the same combatants meet in World War II. This alternative history features a Hitler-like leader coming to power in the South and African-Americans as the victims of the Holocaust.
- Scott