July 28, 2023 - Harry Potter

The excitement is in the air. We are only days away from the 21st Annual Harry Potter Birthday Party. It will, of course be on Harry’s actual (can a fictional character have an actual birthday?) birthday, July 31st.  The celebration will start at 10 a.m. and go until noon (or a little be after).  There will be quidditch (kind of) and a garden gnome toss (no gnomes will be harmed, or indeed used), a chance to meet with Professor Trelawney and find out if the “Grim” is in your future, and potion demonstrations. There will be a costume contest, refreshments at the Three Broomsticks including our own, soon-to-be-patented Butter Beer and Pumpkin Juice libations. I’m pretty sure there will be cookies. I’m have it on good authority that there will be a slug-eating contest. There will be a jolly good two-hour’s worth of frivolity and mischief for all ages. And if the Harry Potter Birthday Party is fewer than three days away, can the end of the Summer Reading Program be far behind?  The answer is “no”. The Summer Program ends on August 5th.There is still time to read a couple of books. There is still plenty of time to log the books you have read and the events and activities you have participated. There is still plenty of time to earn “dragon dollars” to spend yourself in our fabulous store, or to donate to one of our charities—including the remodel/ renovation of the Children’s Story Hour Room.

Below are some of the newest books which have arrived at the library. Enjoy!

New Non-Fiction

“Bogie and Bacall: The Surprising True Story of Hollywood’s Greats Love Affair” by William Mann. A noted Hollywood biographer delves into the courtship and twelve-year marriage of Hollywood legends Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart with extraordinary new revelations into both their personal and professional lives.

“First to the Front: The Untold Story of Dickey Chapelle, Trailblazing Female War Correspondent” by Lorissa Rinehart. This biography of photojournalist Dickey Chapelle chronicles her trailblazing and heroic career from World War II through the early days of Vietnam, including her radical style of reporting that focused on the humanity of the oppressed.

“Jackie: Public, Private, Secret” by Randy Taraborrelli. Based on hundreds of new interviews, this often startling look at the life of the legendary former first lady explores the flaws and contradictions that only served to make her even more iconic.

New Fiction

“Boys in the Valley” by Phillip Fracassi. An ancient evil is released upon the residents at St. Vincent's Orphanage for Boys when a group of men with occult symbols on their flesh show up at their door one stormy night.

“Camp Damascus” by Chuck Tingle. Situated high up in the mountains, Camp Damascus offers a sin-free and "saved" life to its ultra-conservative Christian patrons as the self-proclaimed "most effective" gay conversion camp in America, while hiding a host of very unholy secrets.

“The Collector” by Daniel Silva. The #1 “New York Times” best-selling author with another blockbuster—a tale of high stakes international intrigue—starring Gabriel Allon. Ten preschoolers develop an unsettling medical condition that leaves them craving blood and are implicated, along with their mothers, in the murder of their young teacher in the new novel from the author of “Whisper Network”. 

“Light Bringer (Red Rising)” by Pierce Brown. The legendary Reaper, Darrow, to defend Mars from a bloodthirsty would-be conqueror, begins his long voyage home, an interplanetary adventure where old friends will reunite, new alliances will be forged and rivals will clash on the battlefield.

“Hello Stranger” by Katherine Center. After a routine surgery a struggling artist loses the ability to see people's faces but can still see animal faces in the new novel from the “New York Times” best-selling author of “What You wish For.”

“The Air Raid Book Club” by Annie Lyons. From the “USA Today” best-selling author of “The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett” comes a heartwarming story of found family, love, and making connections through books set against the bombing of London during WWII.

“History’s Angel” by Anjum Hasan. In this U.S. debut from the celebrated Asian author, a middleaged man in contemporary India discovers that neither his life nor his country are as stable as he thought.

“Excavations” by Kate Myers. In a novel set in the astonishingly beautiful sun-dappled Greek islands, four incompatible women digging into the past may just find the answers to their futures.

“Inside the Wolf” by Amy Rowland. When the career of an academic studying Southern folklore in New York City flames out, she returns to her family’s tobacco farm in Shiloh, North Carolina only to be confronted with the town’s buried history of racism and violence.

“The Majority” by Elizabeth Silver. In this riveting novel, eighty-three-year-old Supreme Court Justice Sylvia Olin Bernstein shares her personal story, revealing the intimate truth about who she was as she ascended to her modern throne and how she was given a chance to change the course of American history—and give voice, at last, to the majority.