January 17, 2024

January Books for Adults

Ian Hauck, head of Troy Public Library’s adult services and reference services, recommends four books for January. Selections: “Alien Worlds: How Insects Conquered the Earth & Why Their Fate Will Determine Our Future” (Steve Nicholls, 2023) explores the activities of insects and arthopods with explanations and amazing illustrations. “Invisible Generals: Rediscovering Family Legacy, and a Quest to Honor America’s First Black Generals” (2023), written by Benjamin Davis, a descendant of America’s first two Black generals, tells the family’s military history “across five generations, from post-Civil War America to modern day Asia and Europe.” Shifting to fiction, “The Fraud Squad” (Kyla Zhao, 2023) echoes “Crazy Rich Asians” with a novel of a working class woman infiltrating Singapore’s high society. The final book, “The Heavens May Fall” (Allen Eskens, 2016) presents a murder mystery from two opposing perspectives, with an attorney working to redeem himself after the death of an innocent client. This is Ian’s final book segment; we wish him well in his transition from Troy to the East Greenbush library. For more details on books, visit www.thetroylibrary.org. To find other libraries in New York State, see www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/libs/#Find. Produced by Brea Barthel for Hudson Mohawk Magazine.

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