Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up!
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It’s just all too much sometimes isn’t it? The unrelenting bleak, the cold chill, a steel grey sky without a whisper of blue? It’s beginning to feel like winter is never going to loosen its grip that the rain and cold will never end. Will a warm sunny day remain a phantom limb for us? Something dimly remembered from a previous lifetime? Well, this week’s message fromThe SoNo Loft is “Hang in there Baby.” I say we all need to heed this one. Sure it feels like the rain and cold are never going to end, that a warm sunny day is an itch never to be satisfied, but look around People! The pansies are out at Nielson’s and the Gardener's Center, and in my neck of the woods I have spotted daffodils and they are blooming. Granted, these daffodils were planted near a dryer vent so they had a lot of help. But maybe, just maybe, there is a nugget of truth about April showers and all that. Stay strong! I have heard from The Weather People who supposedly know these things that Sunday we will finally see a temperature that begins with the number 6. This is normal for this time of year and as it should be. I say that if this turns out to be a lie, everyone should just turn on the TV on Sunday afternoon and watch The Masters. We can look at green grass and blooming azaleas and remind ourselves that our turn is coming. This week we have the Dump, the Shroud of Turin and some crack. Of course we have The Playlist! It’s a little soggy but it won’t melt.
Let us begin!
Laura is back from her vacation with Hades by Cynthia Fox. “This is an ultimate page turner. This Aussie's debut novel is a gripping and chilling read. Readers know who the killer is, but not who will be the next victim. The hunt to find the killer is narrated by Detective Frank Bennett, who is partnered with the lovely and mysterious Eden Archer. She, and her brother Eric, are the adopted daughter and son of Hades, who is the patriarch/owner of a strange underworld located at the city dump. All three have a secretive back story that is riveting, page by page. I read this during a vacation and didn't want to put it down.”
Virginia the Tall Cool Texan has just finished The Fifth Gospel, Ian Caldwell. What are you thinking VA? ”Ten years in the making, The Fifth Gospel, by Ian Caldwell is first and foremost an intellectual literary suspense novel that explores theology, scriptural interpretations and the political machinations that happen inside the Vatican walls. At the root of the plot, is a newly discovered Gospel text that has the potential to prove the Shroud of Turin, the controversial religious icon, is indeed a true relic holding the image of Jesus after he was crucified. A week before an exhibit is to open announcing the discovery, the lead curator is found murdered and two brothers are drawn into the investigation. One as the lead suspect, and the other is fighting to discover the truth before his brother is stripped of being a Priest. This book is a fascinating read about the history of religion, but ultimately the book is about humanity, relationships, and how one priest struggles with maintaining the delicate balance of family and faith.”
Steph Is a mess. I’ll let her explain. “I’ve been wrecked by a book again—Delicious Foods by James Hannaham. It’s a compulsively readable and intense novel. Darlene is a young widow and mother whose depression after her husband’s death leads her to crack addiction. When a nice woman in a minibus downtown offers her a good job if she gets in, sure, she can call her son when she gets there, and hey, want to smoke with us on the way? It seems too good to be true, and it is. Immediately, Darlene finds that she’s contracted to perform hard labor on a farm and is being billed for the old mattress and terrible food they provide. The farm is so distant that no one is even sure which state it’s in and workers are kept pliant with alcohol and crack. (Think this is too crazy to be true? Here’s just one story about such an occurrence and it has happened multiple times.) The story unfolds with alternating chapters from Eddie, Darlene’s son, as he looks for her, and then finds and stays with her on the farm, and Scotty, who is the voice of the crack cocaine she can’t quit. Both voices are, as you’d imagine, heartbreaking.” and the story is brutal. But Hannaham’s writing is fantastic and unflinching even as the story gets darker and darker. If you’re mentally prepared for it, I can’t recommend this book highly enough.
DJ Jazzy Patty McC is in da house with the doings from The State Which Shall Not Be Named. What’s good Pats? “Falling asleep to the sound of the rain is one of my favorite things. I have always loved the smell and sound of the rain. Now it turns out there’s a name for that wonderful smell, petrichor. http://www.iflscience.com/environment/smell-rain-how-csiro-invented-new-.... We’ve had plenty of it this week. Ok, it’s rained ALL week and while this is a verdant, fecund time for emerging plants and flowers waking from winter, it’s been a bit of a drag for my kiddos during their Spring Break Staycation. Ever resourceful and without direction the kids have built a tent city in their room, rode bikes in the rain and spent hours Minecrafting together. There is now an entire wall covered in freshly drawn anime characters.Me? I have been itching to get out, plant something and dig my hands into the dirt but maybe it just isn’t time, yet. There are times when we need to wait, watch the rain, reflect and, like the plants, absorb things. So for now I’m just going to hang in there, watch my kids create things and smell the rain. I can always garden next week.
Amy and Elisabeth presented to the Meet Us On Main Street group and, because of their selections, they have made my day today so much easier! Why? Because tomorrow I meet with my book group and, to prepare, I would be plying the bookshelves and book reviews to create a list of books to suggest. No need, thanks to Amy and Elisabeth, because every book they presented today, will be a hit with my group. For the most part Amy brought the thought-provoking, current-event, non-fiction titles while Elisabeth, being Elisabeth, brought the light and teasingly fun selections. For tomorrow's meeting, my list is done. For your next book group, is yours?
(I have included all of the formats in the library's collection, i.e. book, audiobook, and DVD, of the books on the list. FYI, many are in digital format too, so if you are an e-book user, please refer to the library's e-book selections.)
How about some books that went to film this week? And remember you don't have to wait! Immediate gratification can be yours!
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Here is a list of the most popular items this week.
Happy Easter, Passover, Vernal Equinox, Grilled Cheese Month! Whatever it is that you celebrate we wish you a happy one. This weekend will bring us the Full Pink Moon named for the blooming pink wild phlox. Yup. That’s not happening. Although, I will say on my runs in the evening, I have noticed that the Snow Drops and the Glory of the Snow are FINALLY blooming. So that’s encouraging. This full moon is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon which makes sense or the Egg Moon, again there is a sort of sense to that too, but then there is the Fish Moon. I have no idea why fish would be involved. Are they spawning? Were they wintering in the deep, deep depths and now they are back closer to the surface and therefore catchable? If anyone out there has the 411 on the springtime ways of those that swim among us, just let me know and I’ll reveal all next week. Our image this week is of Sweet Ann’s Egg Tree. Because, really? How could we not bring you The Egg Tree? This has become Tradition. Thanks Ann! This week we have France, Miami, the Cunard Line, a pilgrimage, a hobby and some California. The Playlist? That’s becoming Tradition too. Can’t mess with Tradition!
Let us begin!
Sweet Ann has just finished The Nightingale by Hannah Kristen, which is rapidly becoming a staff favorite. Let’s see if she likes it as much as others have. “This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Kristen and I believe this novel is her first in the historical novel genre. It is the story of WWII France and two sisters whose lives will be uprooted and changed by the war. Vianne is married with a young daughter. Isabelle, her younger sister, is a woman who takes risks and won't let people or situations keep her down. At first I was concerned when I started this novel that it would be similar to many WWII novels I have read before where a main character reflects back on his or her war experience, but this was a different slant on a story and it was quite good. The story follows the sister’s lives as they choose very different paths. Vianne will do anything to keep herself and their daughter safe until her husband returns after being imprisoned in a Nazi prison. She will also have to contend with having German Captain Beck live in her house. He is an interesting character and at times I found his actions to be caring, something usually not associated with a Nazi officer. Isabelle, on the other hand, will not stand by and let the Germans take over. Her decisions will put her life and the lives of those closest to her in danger. This is a well written fast paced novel.”
Always Fabulous Babs B is thrilled to have a new Joy Fielding to tuck into with Someone Is Watching. “I was so excited to see a new Joy Fielding book and was not disappointed. The story centers on Bailey Carpenter who is a special investigator for a Miami law firm. On one of her assignments spying on a deadbeat dad in the middle of the night, she is viciously attacked and nearly killed. Once she is released from the hospital she becomes a veritable prisoner in her own home, unable to venture past her front door without panicking. To fill her time, she uses binoculars to casually observe from her window the neighboring buildings and other people's lives. Anyone else see Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window going on here? Bailey fixates on the handsome guy across the street and then suddenly realizes he is watching her too. Suddenly she starts thinking the terrifying possibility that he may be the man who shattered her life. The police become involved and do a check on this man and he is totally clean. Bailey feels like she is losing her sanity as nobody believes anything she says. Suffice it to say, there is a real twist at the end which I never saw coming! Good to have you back, Joy!”
Barbara M has tackled Erik Larson’s latest book Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. Larson describes the tragic event of May 1915 which needn’t have happened. As he has done with his other books Larson creates an atmosphere by telling the story from different viewpoints; the Cunard Company, the captain of the U-boat, the passengers and crew of the Lusitania, President Wilson, and the British government. His research is meticulous and it is the details which make the story come alive. For example, one of the passengers, Charles Lauriat Jr., a book dealer from Boston, boarded the Lusitania with two priceless items; a set of drawings by William Makepeace Thackeray and a copy of A Christmas Carol with annotations made by Charles Dickens. Although we know how the story ends Larson’s writing makes this a compelling and exciting read.”
Pat T, as always, can be found listening. Here is what she liked this week. “The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessey by Rachel Joyce is the companion book to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye. I just finished listening to the audio book and I think it enhances this charming story. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye takes us on a journey with Harold as he sets off to walk 500 miles across England to visit his friend, Queenie, who is at the end of her life. Now, we have the pleasure of hearing about Queenie's recollections of her friendship and love for Harold. Both books reveal delightful characters reflecting on their lives and move forward with dignity and courage as they reach out, in friendship, to one another one last time. As I began reading Queenie's story I couldn't help but think of one of our former co-workers, who hailed from Britain, because he originally recommended, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye, to ‘all us wonderful librarians’! I hope life is good for him and his children, across the pond!”
The Ever Delightful Pat S got her hands on It’s What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario which was a book she was highly anticipating. Here’s what she thought. “Recommended by a colleague, this memoir is a fascinating exploration of the life and times of an award-winning photojournalist. Addario grew up in Westport, Ct and discovered photography as a hobby in her early teens. After college, wanting to travel and see the world, she wound up in South America and it was there she began to photograph people and realized that photography was a way to tell a story. ‘It was the marriage of travel and foreign cultures and curiosity and photography. It was photojournalism.’ From that moment on, Addario worked ceaselessly to become the best. Paying her dues in South America, she returned to New York where picture by picture, she began to climb the professional ladder which ultimately brought her to the New York Times. It was on a trip to Afghanistan to photograph an essay on women's issues in 2000 that provided the tipping point for Addario. After September11, 2001, she was one of the few photographers who already had a working knowledge of the Taliban. Ultimately, it is Addario and her colleagues who put a human face to war, genocide, and countless other crimes against humanity in the international arena. After being robbed, kidnapped, beaten up, and molested in the course of her work, Addario's only response to the question Why? is 'It's what I do.’ Not yet forty, Addario has won a Pulitzer Prize and been awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. I can't wait to see what she does with the second forty years.”
Miss Claire of the Children’s Library has just read Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero. “Gabi, A Girl in Pieces was the winner of the Winner of the William C. Morris award, given to a debut YA author, and it’s not impossible to see why this novel has captured so many readers of teen literature. Told through Gabi’s diary, I was immediately drawn to the character’s honest portrayal of the struggles of being a Mexican-American teen living in California, especially when your father is an addict and your best friend just found out she’s pregnant. Gabi’s story is both humorous and poignant, and witnessing her transformation into a poet and writer is worth every page! “
DJ Jazzy Patty McC! From That State Up North! What's good Pats? "This Easter and Passover feels particularly auspicious. Before sunrise on April 4th we can witness a total eclipse of the Full Pink Moon that will last approximately 5 minutes. Times and locations for best viewing can be found here. We’re making preparations for our creative session of egg coloring. I am cooking up a tiny ham, loads of vegetables and a Raspberry-Ricotta Cake for our Sunday celebration here with the folks. Big thanks to Jen for the cake recipe share! May your holiday involve eggs, a shared meal with family and friends, some chocolate and don’t forget the music.
DL EGGSTATIC 2015
Here are the new titles available from OverDrive.
What Comes Next and How to Like It by Abigail Thomas
The Stranger by Harlan Coben
The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Ferguson
Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender, Rick Tetzeli and