Flower Hunters by Mary Gribbin and John Gribbin Checked in at SPL
This book chronicles the adventures of 11 intrepid explorers who searched the world for extraordinary plants. Details of their trips and the impact their findings had on science and our yards are told in a way that very much impressed one board member.
King Jesus by Robert Graves
Robert Graves uses his superb narrative powers, his painstaking scholarship, his wit and unsurpassed ability to recreate the past, to produce a magnificent portrayal of the life of Christ on earth. Long out of print, SPL does not have a copy. (Description adapted from the publisherʼs note on Powellʼs Books which also says that it is a controversial book.)
The Mitford Years (Series) by Jan Karon All but The Wedding Story are checked in at SPL
This is a series of novels about folks including Father Tim in a small town in the mountains of North Carolina. It is so popular that there is a cookbook with recipes from this mythical town. The first novel is At Home in Mitford others include A Light in the Window, A New Song, The Wedding Story, and Shepherds Abiding. (Note that the SPL list of suggested books includes The Mitford Sisters written by Nancy Mitford. These sisters are not like the residents of Mitford, N. C. but The Mitford Sisters is a good book.)
The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm by Juliet Nicolson Checked in at SPL
This is a lively social history of London and environs in the very hot summer of King George Vʼs coronation and labor strikes. Ms. Nicolson makes good use of papers and diaries of notable individuals including Queen Mary and Winston Churchill and also gives details of the life of the poor such as detailing the cost of a childʼs funeral.
The Redheaded Princess by Ann Rinaldi Checked in at SPL
The author has written a number of other historical fiction novels for children, young adults and adults. This one tells the story of Queen Elizabeth starting when she was only 9 and a long way from next in line for the throne. The story primarily concentrates on her time in exile.
The Twilight Saga (series) by Stephenie Meyer
This series consists of four novels Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. A teenage girl moves to Forks, WA and falls in love with a vampire. The fourth book completes the story. The series is extremely popular with all 4 books having many holds at SPL.
Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin Checked in at SPL
The author is known for her excellent American histories. In this memoir, her focus is on childhood summers spent following the Boston Red Sox on the radio. She tells how her love of the team facilitated a special connection to her father who was also a fan.