By Melissa Chapman
WARSAW — Almost nine overwhelming months into the coronavirus pandemic, you’ve likely binged every television show on your list, assembled every jigsaw puzzle you own and maybe even baked bread. What’s left to do?
The answer, of course, is READ! What better way to fill cold nights than with a blanket and a book? Warsaw Community Public Library offers a wide range of reading material.
“His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope” by Jon Meacham shines a light on the late, revered Congressman John Lewis, whom he equates in stature with America’s founders: “He rejected the tragedy of life and history” to embrace “the possibilities of realizing a joyful ideal.”
“One by One” by Ruth Ware is a chilling whodunit. The shareholders of a British tech startup descend on a French ski chalet for a retreat. When a blizzard traps them there and folks begin getting killed off, the mood turns truly icy.
“Ready Player Two” on eAudio is Ernest Cline’s sequel to the sci-fi adventure “Ready Player One,” a prophetic vision of a technology-fueled dystopian future. The sequel arrives nearly a decade later and promises more action and more predictions about what happens when the real and virtual worlds inevitably meld.
In Michael J. Fox’s new memoir “No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality,” the actor re-evaluates his sunny outlook on life in light of new health challenges. Filled with humorous and thoughtful anecdotes and reflections, the book offers insights into a man who knows struggle all too well, but refuses to let it get in his way.
“The Cold Millions” by Jess Walter is set in the early 20th century and follows Gig and Rye Dolan, two orphaned brothers who hop freight trains through the American West in search of a living wage. Their travels take them to Spokane, Wash., where they find themselves swept up in the burgeoning labor rights movement and the free speech riots.
“Magic Lessons” by Alice Hoffman is the long-awaited prequel to “Practical Magic.” Hoffman turns back the clock to Salem circa the 1600s, where the Owens family bloodline begins with Maria Owens, a spirited young woman with strange gifts. Maria falls for a man who later abandons her. Heartbroken and furious, she follows him to Salem, where she levies the curse that will haunt her family for centuries.