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The Lies They Tell


If you are like me and can’t exactly read any book defined as “horror” this Halloween season – stick to a good thriller/mystery instead.

The Lies They Tell by Gillian French is just that: Everyone in Tenney’s Harbor, Maine, knows about the Garrison tragedy. How an unexplained fire ravaged their house, killing four of the five family members. But what people don’t know is who did it. All fingers point at Pearl Haskins’s father, the town drunk, who was the caretaker of the property, but she just can’t believe it. Leave it to a town of rich people to blame “the help.”

With her disgraced father now trying to find work in between booze benders, Pearl’s future doesn’t hold much more than waiting tables at the local country club, where the wealthy come to flaunt their money and spread their gossip. This year, Tristan, the last surviving Garrison, and his group of affluent and arrogant friends have made a point of sitting in Pearl’s section. Though she’s repulsed by most of them, Tristan’s quiet sadness and somber demeanor have her rethinking her judgments. Befriending the boys could mean getting closer to the truth, clearing her father’s name, and giving Tristan the closure he seems to be searching for.

When Pearl does befriend them she finds our more secrets than she was bargaining for and she puts herself in more and more danger…but is it worth it?


America’s Best-Loved Book

Top Ten and ‘Best’ lists are disputable. This latest list polled the public to vote for their favorite book. More than 4 million votes were cast. Here is the top 10:

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird
  2. Outlander (Series)
  3. Harry Potter (Series)
  4. Pride and Prejudice
  5. Lord of the Rings
  6. Gone with the Wind
  7. Charlotte’s Web
  8. Little Women
  9. Chronicles of Narnia
  10. Jane Eyre

Click on the logo here to see the rest of the list:The Great American Read

The Great American Read

PBS has been airing a series called The Great American Read that is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). On October 23rd (tomorrow) they are airing the finale which will reveal the top Best Loved American Novel! How many of the 100 have you read?

Hey Jude

Paul McCartney is writing a children’s picture book for 2019.  Possibly titled, “Grandude,” the title is for children and their grandparents.  The book describes the adventures of a grandparent with their grandchildren. McCartney states it mirrors his own memories of being with his grandparents.  He has eight grandchildren of his own.