Andrea’s Pick of the Week: Dirt Creek by Hayley Scrivenor

I’m fascinated by Australian mysteries. Something about the Australian landscape lends itself well to crime fiction: the bleak, drought-ridden outback serves as the perfect setting for murder. Dirt Creek fits right into this, as the book is named for the town in which it’s set (also called “Dirt Town” by its residents). This small, rural place is slowly dying,…

Jo’s Pick of the Week: Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart

Young Mungo begins with a camping trip from Hell, launching a gripping story of the dysfunctional, fascinating Hamilton family.  Author Douglas Stuart, who won the 2020 Booker Prize for his literary debut, Shuggie Bain, returns with another coming-of-age story set in the 1990s among the working poor of Glasgow, Scotland. The matriarch of the family, Maureen, gives birth to Hamish as an…

Jean’s Pick of the Week: River of the Gods by Candice Millard

The queen of biographical adventure narratives – Candice Millard – is back! Her recently released book, River of the Gods, explores one of the most complex geographical questions of the nineteenth century: what is the mysterious source of the Nile River? Read on to discover the incredible obstacles, illnesses, and hardships British explorers Richard Burton, John Hanning Speke, and their African guide Sidi Mubarak Bombay faced in their attempt to answer the question.