Books of the Month: May

Books of the Month: May

Fiction Book of the Month

See What I Have Done – Sarah Schmidt

A re-imagined twisted tale inspired by one of America’s most notorious and unsolved murder cases. This unforgettable debut makes you question the truth behind one of the great unsolved mysteries, as well as exploring power, violence and the harsh realities of being a woman in late nineteenth century America.

When Lizzie Borden’s father and step-mother are found brutally murdered on a summer morning in 1892, she immediately becomes a suspect, but with a number of motives and stories to tell it’s hard to guess who might have done it. Told through four key voices this unforgettable debut novel cleverly portrays a claustrophobic household, rife with sexual tension, jealousy and sibling rivalry, helping the reader to build their own assumptions of the characters and what might have really happened during the true case.

Non-Fiction Book of the Month

The Zookeeper’s Wife – Diane Ackerman

When Germany invades Poland, Warsaw is left devastated in every form, with bomb attacks having ruined much of the city, including the zoo. With most of the animals killed, or stolen away to Berlin, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski begin smuggling Jews into the empty cages.

As the war escalates Jan becomes increasingly involved in the anti-Nazi resistance, with ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and explosives stored in the animal hospital. Through the ever-present fear of discovery, Antonina must keep her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and animal inhabitants.

Written with the narrative drive of a novel, The Zookeeper’s Wife is a remarkable and emotional true story, showing the impact of war and resistance.

Kids’ Book of the Month

Bigfoot, Tobin & Me – Melissa Savage

Bigfoot, Tobin and Me is a funny & heartbreaking detective story that takes you on an adventure from the very first page. When Lemonade’s mum dies she has to move from San Francisco to Willow Creek (The Bigfoot Capital of the World) to live with her grandfather and start a new life. She meets her neighbour Tobin who runs The Bigfoot Detective Agency and he invites her to join him on an adventure, determined to get a picture of the elusive Bigfoot before the summer is over.

As Lemonade makes new friends, and gets to know her grandfather she starts to have an impact on them all. And she and Tobin start to get closer to seeing Bigfoot, following up on leads and camping out in the woods to track him down. By the end of the summer Lemonade has got a lot more out of her new life than she imagined.