What’s New in the Popular Collection?

Did you know Ames Library has a Popular Reading Collection? It’s located right next to the Circulation Desk and has dozens of titles from which to choose. Grab one of these for some light weekend reading or just to take a break from all that scholarly work you’ve been doing.

Some of our recent additions to the collection include:

New Popular Reading Titles

Bones Never Lie – Kathy Reichs

Flesh and Blood – Patricia Cornwell

Gray Mountain – John Grisham

Handsome Man’s De Luxe Cafe – Alexander McCall Smith

Leaving Time – Jodi Picoult

Mean Streak – Sandra Brown

Revival – Stephen King

Amazon.com Review

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, November 2014: How does Stephen King do it? In book after book, writing long (Under the Dome,11/22/63) or short (Joyland) he manages, nearly always, to tell a compelling story that is both entertaining and somehow profound, or at least thoughtful. His latest, Revival, is vintage King. It’s the perfect mix of baby boomer nostalgia (think Stand By Me) – this guy remembers the 60s with details you usually can only find in photographs – and good old American horror, the kind that was first elevated by sucrevivalh minor writers as, say, Poe and Hawthorne. The story here centers on a reverend who comes to a New England town, befriends and mentors a young boy, and then goes wild with grief when his family dies in an accident; he gives a blasphemous sermon and is, basically, run out of town. Cut to: a couple decades later, when the boy, now a junkie, meets up by chance with the disgraced clergyman, and they form another disturbing relationship. Reverend Jacobs, it turns out, was always more complicated than the stereotypical man of God – he is fascinated by electricity, by science – and pretty demonic, too. How he and Jamie find and fight each other over their lifetimes is as shocking and inevitable as the explosive and, yes, horrorish, climax of the book. Never mind that King’s prose can sometimes lapse into laughable cliché – “like water through a sieve”? Really? – there is absolutely no better storyteller than Stephen King, who keeps us up at night, with fear and fascination and admiration. –Sara Nelson

Slow Regard of Silent Things – Patrick Rothfuss

Wolf in Winter – John Connolly

Yes Please – Amy Poehler

New Kindle Titles

Astonish Me – Maggie Shipstead

Delancy: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage – Molly Wizenberg

Euphoria – Lily King

Kill Switch – James Rollins

Now I See You – Nicole C. Kear

Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra – Helen Rappaport

We Are Not Ourselves – Matthew Thomas

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