Here are the Grandville Branch staff pick selections for the month of March.
A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson: For the past three years, Mr. Malik has been secretly in love with Rose Mbikwa, a woman who leads the weekly bird walks sponsored by the East African Ornithological Society. Just as Malik is getting up the nerve to invite Rose to the Nairobi Hunt Club Ball (the premier social occasion of the Kenyan calendar), Harry Khan, a nemesis from his school days, arrives in town. Khan announces his intent to invite Rose to the Ball. Rather than force Rose to choose between the two men, a clever solution is proposed. Whoever can identify the most species of birds in one week’s time gets the privilege of asking Rose to the ball.
Drayson’s descriptions of the Kenyan wildlife and his sharp take on the foibles and follies of the people and politics sketch a rich picture of contemporary life in Nairobi.
Out of Warranty by Haywood Smith: Wanting to remarry when her health-care costs eat up all of her money, widow Cassie Jones enlists the grudging help of reclusive fellow patient Jack, and devises a pragmatic but unconventional solution when dating proves unsuccessful.
It has a clever plot, fun characters and it would also appeal to inspirational fiction readers.
Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo (Kate Burkholder series): Kate Burkholder, who grew up in an Amish community before abandoning their way of life, has recently been appointed Chief of Police in her former hometown. When a serial killer, whose spree sixteen years before was dubbed The Slaughterhouse Murders, returns with spectacular violence, Kate is determined to catch him.
Aya by Marguerite Abouet: Aya tells the story of its nineteen-year-old heroine, the studious and clear-sighted Aya, her easygoing friends Adjoua and Bintou, and their meddling relatives and neighbors. It’s a breezy and wryly funny account of the desire for joy and freedom, and of the simple pleasures and private troubles of everyday life in Yop City.