Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | November 15, 2012

Hot Reads

Did you love Downton Abbey?  Here’s the book the new PBS series is based on:

Call the Midwife: a memoir of birth, joy, and hard times, by Jennifer Worth

“An unforgettable story of the joy of motherhood, the bravery of a community, and the hope of one extraordinary woman At the age of twenty-two, Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in post war London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she meets while delivering babies all over London-from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives to the woman with twenty-four children who can’t speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side-illuminate a fascinating time in history.”

And at the opposite end of the scale, for our true-crime lovers:

The Negotiator: My Life at the Heart of the HostageTrade, by Ben Lopez

“In the high-stakes world of hostage negotiations, every call is a matter of life and death. Ben Lopez spends his life traveling the world, bartering with people who value money over life. Working for governments, law enforcement agencies, multinational corporations and private clients, Ben is an expert K&R (Kidnap and Ransom) consultant, supplying professional kidnap-negotiation services. He can be called out to anywhere in the world within twenty-four-hour notice to set up and command the negotiator’s cell, bargaining with religious fanatics, hardened criminals, and other desperate people in order to save the lives of their captives. Alongside a shadowy team of former spies and special operatives, his arsenal of psychological techniques is just as powerful as brute force.”

 

 

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