Sarah and her husband, Tom, moved to Cable from Montana. They have two daughters in Drummond school.
Little Deaths: A Novel, by Emma Flint
(Hachette Books, 9780316272476, $26)
“In 1965, Ruth Malone, recently separated from her husband, wakes to find her children gone. Both are found dead and Ruth finds herself the prime suspect, tried and convicted by the court of public opinion because she is a single parent and rumors abound about her drinking and dating habits. Flint has created a compelling whodunit based on true events, and I was riveted from page one. This is a literary thriller that will have you parked in your reading chair until you turn the last page!” —Sarah Harmuth Letke, Redbery Books, Cable, WI
Stevenson chronicles his work with his legal practice, the Equal Justice Initiative, in this beautiful memoir. His work involves defending those most in need, and his clients and their families are desperate. His work with Walter McMillian is the main part of the book, along with several other clients on death row. His work involves uncovering police corruption, lying witnesses, and a system that just doesn’t work. I thought at first this was just going to be an anti-death penalty book, but I soon discovered that it is, instead, the story of a man who is working to bring justice to all. The system he works within is not a balanced, fair system, but a system that is broken. Stevenson has made it his life’s work to help bring that system into balance. He is truly working for “justice for all,” not simply justice for the privileged few with the funds to afford expert legal advice to navigate the courts. He reveals the shortcomings of this country’s legal system in an eloquent, balanced voice and I was riveted from the first page. -- Sarah's Staff Picks, November 2016, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin
Hollandsworth tells the story of America’s first serial killer, who terrorized Austin, Texas from 1885 to 1886. History buried the story, but the author resurrects the tale of a killer that eluded police and sent citizens running for their lives. He struck on moonlit nights, and managed to slip in and out of homes without anyone seeing him. This man inspired the first lights to be added to Austin’s streets, which can still be seen today. Over a dozen men were arrested on suspicion of these murders, and in 1888, London police thought the man known as Jack the Ripper had begun his killing in Austin as the Midnight Assassin. This is a fast paced true crime story, I couldn’t put it down! -- Sarah's Staff Picks, November 2016, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin
Noah Hawley is the showrunner of the FX series Fargo. He’s written a novel not unlike the style of Fargo, which jumps between characters and leaves you guessing until the end. Before the Fall is the story of the events surrounding a fatal private plane crash, in which we know that there are only two survivors, Scott Burroughs, a painter and former competitive swimmer, and a 4 year old boy, the son of a CEO who was also on board. Scott was a last minute addition to the passenger list and immediately falls under suspicion. The media pick apart the story relentlessly, and every passenger is analyzed—was it an accident or sabotage? -- Sarah's Staff Picks, November 2016, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin
The latest in Pryor’s Hugo Marston series, The Paris Librarian takes place in and around the American Library in Paris. Secret passages, hidden doors, books, and a body in a locked room—what more could you ask for?! Pryor mixes in a mystery involving an actress, her potential ties to the French Resistance and the existence of a knife that she is rumored to have used to kill an SS officer during WWII. A fun, locked room mystery that will keep you turning pages well past your bedtime. -- Sarah's Staff Picks, November 2016, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin
Spellbinding. Another "tour de force "from Scottoline. It drew me in, in a single breath. Mary Kubica, bestselling author of "The Good Girl"
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Mary North stays in London during the Blitz to teach the children left behind after the evacuation: the disabled, the racial minorities and the mentally disturbed. Mary defies her family by taking the "low brow" job of teaching, and defies society by befriending these leftover children. Her boyfriend, Tom, is also a civil servant on the home front after being turned down for enlistment. Mary finds herself increasingly attracted to Tom's friend, Alistair, who is serving on Malta, where the Allied forces are constantly under attack by Axis forces. Her letters to Alistair are the only thing keeping him going, and he must decide whether to stay on Malta and surely die in vain, or take the opportunity to get back to England.I've read a number of war themed books lately, so I was very hesitant to pick up another. Each one detailed the horrors of war and the toll it takes on civilians, but this one left me with a greater understanding of the sacrifices of war. Cleave has written a story with depth and characters that I cried for. It also gave me a new perspective of what it must have been like to live through the Blitz in London. His story put me right in London, on the ambulance runs with Mary, and on the island of Malta, starving and terrified along with Alastair. His book made me realize how courageous the average Londoner had to be on a daily basis just to survive. That generation of Brits defined bravery in modern times, and the phraseKeep Calm and Carry On makes much more sense to me now. What else do you do in the midst of overwhelming destruction and the chaotic madness of daily life in a war zone? You carry on and keep moving forward the best way you know how, as Chris Cleave has helped me to understand in this amazing and gorgeously written novel.-- Sarah staff pick, April 2016, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin
Ruddy McCann isn't having the best time of it lately. He used to be an NFL-bound football star and now he's a lowly repo man in northern Michigan. He begins hearing voices in his head that introduce itself as Alan Lottner, and announce that he's been murdered. Ruddy must figure out if he's going crazy (repo madness!) or if the voice is telling the truth. -- Sarah staff pick, January 2016, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin
Perhaps it's the stage I am at in life, or the relationship I now have with my own mom, but I felt such a connection to Kelly Corrigan's new book, Glitter and Glue, that I'm having a hard time not stopping people on the street to say, "Go out and buy this book right now!" Corrigan writes of her experience as a nanny to 2 children who have recently lost their mom and how she then gains a much deeper understanding of her own mother and their relationship. Her time with the Tanner children opens her to the knowledge that the role of a mother is terrifying, wonderful, and hugely challenging, all at once. When she writes, "I was meant to be her daughter, and I consider it a damn good thing that she, of all people, was the principle agent in my development," she is speaking for all of us who are lucky enough to have a mom who loves us endlessly, wants the best for us, and puts her heart and soul into raising children the best way she knows how. -- Sarah, staff pick, March 2015, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin
Bernadette is a not-so-perfect mom in a world of perfect Seattle suburbanites. When she goes missing, it's up to her daughter to put the pieces to together and figure out what happened to her. -- Sarah, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin (2014)
Single mom Kate is convinced her daughter Amelia did not commit suicide. Now she must untangle the lies and uncover the truth of what happened to Amelia. -- Sarah, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin (2014)
Somerset, New Hampshire, 1975: Nola Kellergan runs into the woods and is never seen again. 2008: Marcus Goldman is determined to clear his mentor's name and find out what really happened on the day Nola disappeared. -- Sarah, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin (2014)
In a departure from the Cork O'Connor series , Krueger tgells the coming of age story of 13 year old Frank Drum in small town Minnesota. A summer of murder, suicide, family struggles, and loss have Frank trying to understand a world that is falling apart. -- Sarah, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin (2014)
Successful lawyer Alma Terrebone must return home to Billings, Montana to take care of her niece in the wake of her sister's death. Family secrets are revealed, high school love is rekindled and mysteries are solved, all centered at the "home place," the old family homestead on the plains of eastern Montana. -- Sarah, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin (2014)
College student Joe Talbert must complete a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to meet Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Did Carl really commit the murder her was convicted of thirty years ago? Can Joe figure out the truth in time to clear Carl's name? -- Sarah, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin 92014)
Yvonne Carmichael meets a stranger on the street. She is soon pulled into a world she never intended to be a part of, and ends up on trial for murder. What happened in Apple Tree Yard? What led this successful scientist, wife, and mother to get involved with an unnamed mystery man? Is she guilty of murder? -- Sarah, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin (2014)
Maggie has lost her job in Silicon Valley and now spends her days in Dragonfly Used Books, killing time until she figures out what she wants to do next. There, she finds an old copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover. In the margins, there are notes between two lovers from long ago. Maggie is determined to find out about them, and in so doing, she will find a purpose for her career and her life. -- Sarah, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin (2014)