August 11, 2023 - Summer Reading Celebration

The Summer Reading came to an end last Saturday. You can continue to spend your Dragon Dollars in our story through August 13th.  This is not, however, quite the end of the Summer Reading Program. On Wednesday, August 30th there will be a big party, celebrating the hundreds of books, the tens of thousands of pages read, the badges earned, and the challenge accepted and achieved.  Details are still being finalized. I can safely say that the celebration will include music, food, and lots and lots of fun.  The number of new books arriving at the library continues at a steady pace, but there is a noticeably shift away from “beach” reads toward the fall publishers’ list of big, best-selling authors. There is a noticeable shift towards the beginning of fall weather-wise. The days are beginning to cool down slightly. The dawn is arriving later and later each day and the dawn chorus is thinning out. Cardinals continue to greet the dawn and now and then a chickadee, but the robins are becoming quieter as are the finches.  It won’t be long before the birds start thinking about migrating. And the back-to-school sales have already started (or at least the advertising).  While there still are a few lazy days of summer left, check out some of the new books at library and enjoy!

New Non-Fiction

“Thunderclap: A Memoir of Art and Life and Sudden Death” by Laura Cumming. New York Times bestselling author and art critic Laura Cumming reveals the fascinating, little-known story of the Thunderclap—the massive explosion at a gunpowder store in Holland that killed Carel Fabritius, renowned painter of “The Goldfinch” and nearly killed Johannes Vermeer, painter of “Girl with a Pearl Earring”—two of the greatest artists of the 17th century.

“Valiant Women: The Extraordinary American Servicewomen Who Helped Win World War II” by Lena Andrews. This is the story of the 350,000 American women who served in uniform during World War II. These incredible women served in every service branch, in every combat theater, and in nearly two-thirds of the available military occupations at the time.

New Fiction

“Dead Fall, No. 22 (The Scot Harvath Series)” by Brad Thor. America's top spy is sent to war-torn Ukraine after a Russian military unit comprised of violent, insane criminals conscripted from their worst prisons and mental asylums goes rogue in the latest addition to the series following ”Rising Tiger”.
“Everyone Here is Lying” by Shari Lapena. A father who had been having an affair that just ended badly discovers his difficult daughter unexpectedly home from school and loses his temper, ultimately discovering he's not the only one harboring secrets when she goes missing several hours later.

“Flags on the Bayou” by James Lee Burke. Accused of murder, an enslaved woman goes on the run with an abolitionist schoolteacher in the fall of 1863, dodging constables and slave catchers in the new novel by the “New York Times” best-selling author of “If I Disappear”.

“An Honest Man” by Michael Koryta. A man who gained infamy after murdering his own father ten years prior discovers seven murdered men on his yacht in the new thriller from the “New York Times” bestselling author of “Those Who Wish Me Dead”.

“Obsessed: A Michael Bennett Psychological Thriller’ by James Patterson & James Born. When a killer becomes obsessed with his oldest daughter, Detective Michael Bennett will do anything to keep his family safe as he races against time to crack this superstitious killer’s code.

“The Possibilities” by Yael Goldstein-Love. When her worst nightmare comes true and her eight-month-old son Jack disappears, Hannah, plagued by terrifying visions of the different paths her life could have taken, must tap into an extraordinary ability she never knew she had to bring him back home.

“Prom Mom” Laura Lippman. Drawn back to Baltimore where she’s known as “Prom Mom”—the girl who allegedly killed her baby on the night of the prom after her date, Joe Simpson, abandoned her, Amber Glass is unable to stay away from Joe and vice versa until he asks her to help him do the unthinkable.

“Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Defiance, No. 18 (Jason Bourne)” by Brian Freeman. Next on a killer’s list, Jason Bourne, as someone high up in the U.S. government erases all evidence of a shocking mission from his past known as Defiance, follows a global trail to expose the truth, bringing him face-to-face with his archenemy, the assassin known as Lennon.

“Secrets in the Dark, No.2 (The Blackbird Trilogy)” by Heather Graham. After bringing peace back to Lillehammer, Norway, FBI agents Della Hamilton and Mason Carter arrive in London where another killer stalks the streets and must shine a light on the shadowy corners in a city almost 2,000 years old to draw out evil.

“The Spider: A Killer Instinct Novel” by Lars Kepler. When a serial killer sends them riddles, offering them the chance to stop the murders before they happen, Detective Saga Bauer and her partner, Detective Joona Linna discover someone is spinning a fiendishly intricate web, pulling Joona into a trap he may be able to escape.