The following are the top 5 fiction and non-fiction titles as requested this week at the Haliburton County Public Library.
HCPL’s TOP 5 FICTION
#1. Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinksy
#2. Stranglehold by Robert Rotenberg
#3. Mistress by James Patterson
#4. Inferno by Dan Brown
#5. And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
HCPL’s TOP 5 NON-FICTION
#1. My Way: An Autobiography by Paul Anka
#2. Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill
#3. Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis
#4. Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes by Kamal Al-Solaylee
#5. The Wealthy Barber Returns by David Chilton
It has been over 10 years since Khaled Hosseini took the literary world by storm with his first novel The Kite Runner. His latest book, new to our library collection and to our “Top 5 Fiction” list is And The Mountains Echoed. This book is about an Afghan family, starting at the end of the 1940s and ending a decade into the 21st Century. It examines the ways in which the 20th Century has split families apart geographically. It isn’t unusual today to find siblings of one spread all over the world – what does this do to our familial bonds? Does an absence of physical contact impact the very essence of what it means to be family? In many ways, this is novel simply revisits the themes of Hosseini’s previous works: family, childhood innocence and how seemingly minor decisions can irrevocably impact one’s life path. If you enjoyed The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns, you will likely be equally compelled by And The Mountains Echoed. You can reserve this title in print, large print and talking book formats.
* originally printed in The Highlander on June 27, 2013