Karen’s Pick of the Week – The Hidden by Melanie Golding

Peppered with flavorful tidbits of Celtic mythology, paragraphs from traditional Selkie tales published from 1849 – 1903 which help set the mood, The Hidden by Melanie Golding is a psychological thriller that starts out intensely  with an abandoned child and a bloody body in a bathtub.   The chapters are short and switch perspectives, timeframes and characters. They keep the reader…

The Best Nonfiction of 2021

Yesterday I examined fiction that received the most love in 2021 from book reviewers. Today I will look at nonfiction. I compiled 27 notable lists with more than 500 books, including our own favorites from the Cook Memorial Public Library District staffers. Thirty-four books, from social commentary and history to climate change and humor, rose…

The Best Fiction of 2021

While the Covid-19 pandemic raged throughout the world in 2020 and we were forced to stay inside and bake bread or binge-watch shows, writers were busy creating stories. What resulted was a bounty of amazing fiction in 2021. In my search for the top-reviewed books of the year, I once again compiled an overall tally,…