July 14, 2023 - Midpoint

If you consider summer to be those 99 days between the Memorial Day weekend and the Labor Day weekend, we are suddenly at the midpoint between those two dates. Being at the midpoint means there is still plenty of time to enjoy those lazy, crazy, days of summer.  However, as far as our Summer Reading Program is concerned, we are—unfortunately—much closer to the end, then we are to the beginning. In fact, as of July 14th, there are only 22 days left in the Summer Reading Program which ends on August 5th.  That means there is still plenty of time to read, record, earn dragon dollars, and help achieve the community reading challenge. There are a number of interesting books listed below that might help keep you reading as the final stretch approaches.  As of this writing, it is only 17 days until the 21st Annual Harry Potter Birthday Party on July 31st (his birthday). Please plan on attending. Consider yourself invited!  You’re also invited to the Tuesday evening concerts at the library (on Market Street) at 6:30 p.m. This Tuesday, July 18th, the Mad City Jug Band will be performing. They bill themselves as “America’s Most Adequate Jug Band” and they play favorites (not always with jugs) from the 1920s- the 1960’s. Adequate should be spectacular!  In the meantime, below you will find soe of the new books which recently arrived at the library. Enjoy!

New Non-Fiction

“How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion” by David McRaney. Delving into the latest research of psychologists and neuroscientists, the author explores the limits of reasoning, the power of groupthink, and the effects of deep canvassing. 

“The Parrot and the Igloo: Climate and the Science of Denial” by David Lipsky. The “New York Times” best-selling author explores how “anti-science” became so virulent in American life―through a history of climate denial and its consequences.

“Lexington: The Extraordinary Life and Turbulent Times of America’s Legendary Racehorse” by Kim Wickens. The powerful true story of the champion Thoroughbred racehorse who gained international fame in the tumultuous Civil War–era South, and became the most successful sire in American racing history 

“The Heat Will Kill You First” by Jeff Goodell. “Fragmented: A Doctor’s Quest to Piece Together American Health Care” by Illana Yurkiewicz. An award-winning physician-writer exposes how pervasive cracks in the health care system cost us time, energy and lives—and how we can fix them.

New Fiction

“Goodbye Earl: A Revenge Novel” by Leesa Cross-Smith. The award-winning author of “Half-Blown Rose” returns with a story based on the popular female empowerment song, following four 
best friends through two unforgettable summers as they fight the abusive men in their lives

“Save What’s Left” by Elizabeth Castellano. Kathleen Deane moves to a small beach town looking for peace, only to find herself in an all-out war with her neighbors. A first novel.

“The Only One Left” by Riley Sager. Bestselling author Riley Sager returns with a Gothic chiller about a young caregiver assigned to work for a woman accused of a Lizzie Borden-like massacre decades earlier.

“A Good House for Children” by Kate Collins. This moody atmospheric gothic-y novel that moves between 1976 and 2017 to tell the story of two women and their children. In 2017, Orla moves to the big empty house on the Dorset coast where she hears voices and other unsettling things. Four decades Lydia moved into the same house with similar strange occurrences. The book combines an atmospheric mystery with resonant themes of motherhood, madness, and the value of a woman’s work. .

“The Centre: A Novel” by Ayesha Manazir Siddiqi. In this speculative debut novel, a London-based Pakistani translator furthers her stalled career by attending a mysterious language school that boasts near-instant fluency—but at a secret, sinister cost.

“Flop Dead Gorgeous” by David Rosenfelt. A lawyer who runs a dog rescue in Paterson, New Jersey helps out his ex and current famous actress when she is accused of murder in the latest addition to the long-running series following “Santa's Little Yelpers”.

“Viviana Valentine Gets Her Man (A Girl Friday Mystery, Book 2)” by Emily Edwards. 1950, New York. Viviana Valentine–Girl Friday turned partner to New York’s top investigator, Tommy Fortuna–is drawn into a sordid new case when Buster Beacon, a wealthy man of science, beckons them to a party at his mansion north of the city

“Must Love Flowers” by Debbie Macomber. Nursing student Maggie, to escape her alcoholic father, rents a room in Joan’s home and finds a glimmer of hope for a better life, including a new romance, while Joan doesn’t know what to make of the mysterious landscaper who’s been revitalizing her garden—and who seems as lost as she is.

“Flags on the Bayou” by James Lee Burke. This novel set in Civil War-era Louisiana as the South transforms and a brilliant cast of characters – enslaved and free women, plantation gentry, and battle-weary Confederate and Union soldiers – are caught in the maelstrom