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Books: Spring reading ideas

3/23/2020, 7:40 p.m.
Hunker down. That's what you'll be doing for the immediate future: trying to stay well or get well or just ...

Hunker down.

That's what you'll be doing for the immediate future: trying to stay well or get well or just waiting. You've had enough TV and the pantry's as clean as it'll ever get, so maybe it's time to find something to read. Why not try one of these great books.....

FICTION

Hunker down.

That's what you'll be doing for the immediate future: trying to stay well or get well or just waiting. You've had enough TV and the pantry's as clean as it'll ever get, so maybe it's time to find something to read. Why not try one of these great books.....

FICTION

If you're a fan of unusual thrillers, look for "Please See Us" by Caitlin Mullen. It's the story of two dead women who have not yet been found in their marshy grave. But they know what's going on, and they know they won't be alone for long. Oh, and they know who killed them. Also, thriller fans, get "Journey of the Pharaohs" by the late Clive Cussler and Graham Brown. If you've ever read a Cussler book, you know what you're in for!

"The Love Story of Missy Charmichael" by Beth Morrey is a sweetheart of a book. It's about w seventy-nine-year-old woman who's largely alone; her children are scattered or estranged and she's old enough to believe that reflection on her past is all she has left. And then she meets a dog....

The fan of historical fiction will love having "Westering Women" by Sandra Dallas on the sofa. It's the story of a young seamstress and her small daughter, both of whom travel with a caravan of other women to answer the call for "eligible women" out west in the 1800s. Adventure, love, action, can you resist?

NON-FICTION

Music fans will love hunkering down with "The Beatles from A to Zed" by Peter Asher. It's an easy-breezy book on the Fab Four, but indirectly – which means you'll get some little-discussed, little-known tales that fans will need to know. Here's another book that's perfect for the music fan: "She Can Really Lay It Down" by Rachel Frankel, a book about music's female rebels and rockers. Or look for "1973: Rock at the Crossroads" by Andrew Grant Jackson, a book that's part history, part music history, and all perfect nostalgia.

For the reader who loves a good true-medicine tale, try "The Open Heart Club" by Gabriel Brownstein. Written by a man whose life was saved by cardiac surgery when he was just a small child, this book looks at heart surgery in the distant past and what's being done to cure the heart now. Another book to look for, whether you're thinking it's time to quit smoking, you're fascinated about why anyone would start, or you're just plain in need of something different is "The Cigarette: A Political History" by Sarah Milov.