Winter is dragging on a bit longer than everyone likes in the North East. I’ve managed to read three books quite quickly.
Fiction from the Library’s New Book Shelf:
More family intrigue emerges in Jennifer Laam’s debut novel, The Secret Daughter of the Tsar, which jumps between 1902, to 1941, to present day seamlessly. Was there another daughter? Suspenseful with a surprise ending.
I heard David Stuart MacLean interviewed about his experiences with amnesia on the radio and asked my library to get the book. The Answer to the Riddle is Me chronicles MacLean’s reaction to the anti-malaria drug Lariam which he began taking before leaving for a Fulbright in India. He’s found wandering at a train station, without his passport and unable to remember anything. How he pieces his life back together makes for a remarkable albeit cautionary tale. He includes a history of malaria and its treatments—enough to make one very leery of these powerful drugs.