Trying to figure out what to read next?

Susan Hill Gelé, assistant director for public relations at the Central Arkansas Library System, highlights a few books that should be on your must-read list:

Arkansas Authors

"Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South," "The Bookmaker’s Daughter" and "Love’s Apprentice" by Shirley Abbott – These three memoirs of her family highlight her experiences growing up in Hot Springs in the '30s and '40s.  Each contribute to presenting a reflection of family interaction, understanding the place of women during that time and working through societal expectations and changes for women’s roles.

"Read More" by Ace Collins – Jefferson Burke and the Secret of the Lost Scroll has been described as Indiana Jones meets the DaVinci Code.  This story has a professor following up the rumor of a lost scroll supposedly written by Joseph that might or might not be about Jesus’ birth. 


"Let’s Dance: the complete book and DVD of ballroom dancing instructionby Cal Pozo – This how-to book goes over the fundamentals of partner dancing, including positions and holds and individual characteristics. There are instructions for the most popular ballroom dances including the waltz, fox-trot, tango, cha-cha, line dances, and many more. 

Fun Reads

"Hello Goodbye Hello" by Craig Brown – The book offers true stories of famous people meeting other famous people, including Lawrence Olivier and JD Salinger (at the time Catcher in the Rye came out with unfavorable references to Olivier), Harry Houdini and Teddy Roosevelt.  It's an interesting look at how even famous people get star-struck and do things they review and regret.

"Expats" by Chris Pavone – This spy thriller spends time developing the relationship of the couple at the center of the story.  A family has moved to Luxembourg where they meet an American couple who may not be what they seem.  This story is an easy read for readers who don't usually read spy thrillers, and reminds us to not be afraid to try reading a new or different genre.

See where the books are at a CALS branch by searching its catalog here.