Footnotes from the Library

Nancy Smith

We all have our favorite authors. We love the book characters and follow their antics, problems and lives. So let’s take a look at the authors who create these best-selling books:

Kathy Reichs: She’s a board-certified forensic anthropologist for the province of Quebec, Canada. She’s also the Chief Medical Examiner for the state of North Carolina. Being a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina keeps her busy. She traveled to New York after 9/11 to help out at the World Trade Center recovery effort. The television series Bones was inspired by Reich’s novels.

Anne Perry: A new addition in our library. Perry’s characters feature investigator Wm. Monk, while other novels involve Thomas and Pitt. These historical fiction novels offer good suspenseful reading.

Stephen King: Says that even as a child his mind was full of life’s emotions and textures. At a very early age his imagination was running at full speed. He asked himself what humans were afraid of. Stephen says, “Chaos.” Here is an author who believes that the very first line of a story should grab you.

James Patterson: Did you know this writer has a master’s degree in English from Vanderbilt? His Alex Cross novels have been made into movies. Because of his love of reading he has launched a special website for young readers:

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child: This writing duo have fast become best-selling authors. Featuring FBI agent Pendergast, the reader romps through tales guaranteed to keep you guessing. Lincoln Child also has his own standalone novels.

Susan Wiggs: She’s a Harvard graduate. She admits to being “a terrible golfer but a good skier.” She drives her motorboat from Puget Sound (where she lives) so she can meet with her writers group.

Note: If you like Susan Wiggs, you might like to read Kristin Hannah or RaeAnne Thayne.

So there you have it. A wide variety of suggestions to help you battle the summer heat. If you still can’t find what you’d like ask one of our friendly volunteers. They shelve thousands of books each week. They’ll help you find them, too. Stay cool.