Page Turners

Here is a list of books that have been shared on KMA's Page Turners with the Shenandoah Public Library.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

aired the week of April 24, 2017

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien is a collection of 22 stories about Alpha Company and the things they carried before the Vietnam War, during the war and back home after the conflict's end.  A powerful collection loosely based on O'Brien's own time in Vietnam.

aired the week of April 17, 2017

Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese tells the story behind the Woman In Gold painting by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt.  The story alternates between Adele Bloch-Bauer the Woman In Gold and her niece Maria Altman.  Adele comes of age during the turn of the century and Maria during the rise of the Nazi party in Austria.  Both women are bright and strong but suffer under the constraints of the age they are living in.

aired the week of April 10, 2017

Desolation Flats by Andrew Hunt is a historical mystery that follows policeman Art Overson after his former partner is accused of murdering an Englishman visiting for the races at the Bonneville Salt Flats.  The Englishman's brother whom Art has helped has gone missing after the altercation and Art is concerned no one is looking past the most likely suspect. 

Thursday, March 09, 2017

aired the week of April 3, 2017

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal tells the story of Eva a young chef with a once-in-a-generation palate.  Each section tells a bit about her through the lens of someone who comes in contact with her and includes an ingredient essential in her wildly popular pop up dinner club.  Laugh out loud funny with very quirky characters. There is a lot of strong language so keep that in mind when you pick this title up.

aired the week of March 27, 2017

Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen tells the story of this year's it dress a little black number designed by Morris Siegel a 90-year-old pattern maker.  Follow the dress as it passes through the hands of nine different individuals and how the dress impacts each of their lives.  A light fun chick-lit read.

aired the week of March 20, 2017

Pale Horse Coming by Stephen Hunter is set in the deep south in 1951.  Sam a small town Arkansas lawyer is hired to find a black man in Thebes, Mississippi.  When Sam goes missing his good friend and former marine Earl Swagger sets off after Sam and finds a whole heap of trouble.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

aired the week of March 13, 2017

Willnot by James Sallis is a title full of noir set in the small town of Willnot.  Doctor Lamar Hale finds noir in his everyday life as he deals with his patients and the people in his community.  A slim title with many threads that finally tie up at the very end.

aired the week of March 6, 2017

A Week in Paris by Rachel Hore is set in 1961.  Fay is traveling to Paris to play with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.  While telling her mother about the trip, Fay learns that their family has ties to Paris.  Fay knew she grew up during the war, but thought it was in London.  Now is her chance to find out a little about her past.

aired the week of February 27, 2017

The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen introduces Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Kirk Stevens and regional FBI agent Carla Windermere as they work together on a case tracking a group of kidnappers.  These kidnappers have been operating together for a while, but now they are in trouble garnering attention from law enforcement and the mob. 

1. The Professionals
2. Criminal Enterprise
3. Kill Fee
4. Stolen Ones
5. Watcher in the Wall
6. Forgotten Girls

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

aired the week of February 20, 2017

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead follows Cora a slave from a Georgia plantation as she and another runaway make their way northward toward freedom. In this book Whitehead envisions the Underground Railroad is a real honest to goodness railroad.  Follow Cora and Caesar as they ride the rails across the hostile country.

aired the week of February 13, 2017

You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris is a slim volume that chronicles how Leiris dealt with the death of his wife at the hands of terrorists during the Paris concert attack in November of 2015.  He had 17-month-old Melvil to think about and protect. How can he explain to their child that mamma is not coming home?  Beautiful and moving.

aired the week of February 6, 2017

A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith highlights a little known footnote in our country's history.  Cora Blake gets a letter inviting her to make the trip to France with other gold star mothers who have had sons buried on European soil during the First World War.  This is her chance to see Sammy's final resting place.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

aired the week of January 30, 2017

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong is a unique take on the traditional locked room mystery.  It is set in the town of Rockton in the Canadian wilderness.  Rockton is off the grid and populated by people who need to disappear from society.  Casey Duncan has just become the town's newest resident and police detective.  Her first day she has a missing person and a murder to solve.

aired the week of January 23, 2017

A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams is loosely based on the German comic opera Der Rosenkavalier first performed in 1911.  This story is set against the sweeping backdrop of New York City during the height of the Jazz age. Society matron Theresa Marshall has fallen in love with her much younger paramour whom she just may lose to a sweet young thing.  It is difficult being a woman of a Certain Age.

aired the week of January 16, 2017

The Drifter by Nicholas Petrie introduces former Marine Peter Ash who while suffering from PTSD chooses to help out the family of a fellow corpsman.  While repairing their front porch Ash discovers a suitcase stuffed with bills and explosive detonators.  What was Peter's friend doing when he committed suicide?

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

aired the week of January 9, 2017

Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf is a thriller set in rural Iowa.  Sarah Quinlan finds out what little her husband has told her about his past is a lie.  Now his Aunt Julia is dead and it seems they are among the suspects even though they were in another state when Julia was pushed down the stairs.  Sarah cannot wait to leave Iowa and return home, but not until she uncovers the truth.

aired the week of January 2, 2017

Carrie's top 10 reads for 2016 
in no particular order:

1.  Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal
2.  Invisible City by Julia Dahl
3.  The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
4.  The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig
5.  In Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward
6.  Forty Thieves by Thomas Perry
7.  Lawyer for the Dog by Lee Robinson
8.  Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima
9.  Lilac Girls
10. The Zig Zag Girl by Ella Griffiths

aired the week of December 26, 2016

Grace by Natashia Deon tells the story of Naomi in flashbacks.  Chapters about Naomi, a runaway slave alternate with chapters about her daughter Josey who was born just before Naomi was killed by slave hunters.  Set in the deep south during the mid 1800s.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

aired the week of December 19, 2016

Christmas in Pairs by Anita Hughes is a romance set in the most romantic city in the world at the most magical time of the year. Isabel has just broken off her engagement but decides to take her honeymoon trip to Paris alone.  There she meets Alec who has been jilted by his fiancee.  The two make friends.  Alec hopes for more but Isabel is following the advice of a fortune teller and is only looking for a French aristocrat to marry. Can they still find love?

aired the week of December 12, 2016

Christmas Bells by Jennifer Chiaverini tells the story behind the Christmas carol Christmas Bells.  It was a poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow during the Civil War and a time of personal tragedy in the Longfellow home.  Longfellow's story is told in alternating chapters with a modern day story set in the Boston area of Massachusetts.  A poignant Christmas novella that will linger with the reader long after the book is finished.

aired the week of December 5, 2016

Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson tells the story of Joy as she moves from her home in Chicago to live closer to her adult sons in Arizona.  Christmas is her favorite season and to make her move more fun Joy packs her RV full of Christmas items and gives them away along the route.