Plan some interesting itineraries this summer. Begin by browsing “Small Town Pennsylvania,” by Dennis Wolfe, a recent acquisition at the Abington Community Library. In a forward to this collection of photographs, the author suggests that “you take your time, enjoy the pictures, and then go out and see something you discovered on these pages.” He notes that Pennsylvania has a wealth of history, scenery, and culture and in this book, he attempted to recognize those many and varied attractions, focusing on small towns, generally having populations less than 10,000, not in a metropolitan area. The photos depict landscapes, streetscapes, old buildings and new ones, vegetation, waterways, and people just enjoying what Pennsylvania has to offer. Get acquainted with the lesser-known side of Pennsylvania through these pages and plan some day trips that both educate and delight.
New Fiction for Adults
“The Carrion Birds,” by Urban Waite. Ray Lamar wants to make a new life far from the violence of the last ten years, and he believes that one last job will take him there. Someone, though, wants revenge, and Ray must come up with a plan, or else Coronado, New Mexico’s lady sheriff will have a vicious bloodbath on her hands.
“Angelopolis,” by Danielle Trussoni. Now an elite angel hunter for the Society of Angelology, Verlaine pursues his mission with single-minded devotion: to capture, imprison, and eliminate the angel, Evangeline, and others of her kind. When Evangeline is kidnapped before his eyes, by a centuries-old foe, the chase to rescue her drives him from the shadows of the Eiffel Tower to the palaces of St. Petersburg.
“Island 731,” by Jeremy Robinson. The crew of a shipwrecked research vessel studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, finds themselves mysteriously ashore on a tropical island, the ship sabotaged and two men dead. Expert tracker Mark Hawkins and other survivors quickly discover evidence left behind by the island’s former occupants, Unit 731, Japan’s ruthless experimentation program. Then, one by one, more crewmates are taken and Hawkins must fight to save himself.
“Hour of the Red God,” by Richard Crompton. Nairobi Detective Mollel is a former Maasai warrior assigned to find the killer of a dead girl who was also a Maasai. Set against the backdrop of Kenya’s turbulent 2007 elections, this thriller brings Nairobi to life: gritty and modern, with an extraordinary blend of tribal and urban elements. As Mollel is forced to confront his turbulent past, he begins to doubt his warrior’s instincts.