June 23, 2023 - Arrival of Summer

If you blinked on this past Wednesday morning at 9:57 a.m., you missed the summer solstice and the arrival of summer.  The sun rose at 5.18 a.m. and didn’t set until 8:40 p.m. giving us 15 hours 22 minutes and 16 seconds worth of daylight. And of course, it’s all downhill from here.  Why, by the very next day we shall have lost 2 seconds and those seconds add up quickly. By the time Harry Potter’s Birthday Party rolls around, on July 31st (Please mark it on your calendar. It is on Monday, the 31st because that is Harry’s actual birthday (can a fictional character have an actual birthday? A point to ponder, but not now.).) we shall have lost 29 minutes at sunrise and 20 minutes at sunset. There is still a long way to go until the deep, dark, days of December when we bottom out at 8 hours 59 minutes and 44 seconds of daylight. We have lots of lovely, long, leisurely days left to enjoy this summer. Many of those days will include library programs for all ages. Please check out website and Facebook for information about upcoming programs – or sign up for out electronic newsletter and the latest information will land in your email inbox (Scroll down on the library’s website home page. On the right-hand side at the bottom there is a “subscribe” link under “Newsletter Signup”.   We all know that summer time is the perfect time to kick back and read. Below you will find some of the books which recently arrived at the library. Enjoy!

New Non-Fiction

“The Search: Finding Meaningful Work in a Post-Career World” by Bruce Feiler. From thousands of hours of interviews, the author has distilled a powerful new vision of work: That the people who are happiest don’t chase someone else’s dreams; they chase their own. Using a toolkit that asks 21 Questions, this book will help you find the work you love. 

“Many Things Under a Rock: The Mysteries of Octopuses” by David & Laurel Scheel. These two ecologist’s chronicles their decades-long obsession with octopuses: his discoveries, adventures and new scientific understanding of their behaviors. 

 “Better Living Through Birding: Notes from a Black Man in the Natural World” by Christian Cooper. The Central Park birder at the center of a racially charged viral video reflects on his lifetime journey towards self-acceptance while offering insights into the wonderful world of birds and what they can teach us about life.

“The In-Between: Unforgettable Encounters During Final Moments” by Hadley Vlahos. A hospice nurse shows that end-of life care can teach us just as much about how to live as it does about how we die, sharing moving stories of joy, wisdom and redemption from her patients’ final moments while offering wisdom and comfort for those dealing with loss.

New Fiction

“Crow Mary” by Kathleen Grissom. A sweeping saga inspired by the true story of Crow Mary—an indigenous woman torn between two worlds in 19thcentury North America.

“Neat Miss” by Stuart Woods & Brett Battles. A sweeping saga inspired by the true story of Crow Mary—an indigenous woman torn between two worlds in 19thcentury North America.

“All the Sinners Bleed” by S.A. Crosby. Former FBI agent Titus Crown returns to his Home town and decides to run for sheriff to fight a bigoted police force and must trust his instincts when a serial killer appears to be hiding in plain sight.

“Robert B. Parker’s Bad Influence, No. 11 (Sunny Randall)” by Alison Gaylin. When her new client, Blake, an Instagram influencer, is targeted by a killer, PI Sunny Randall investigates the dark side of social media as she is drawn into world rife with lies and schemes and ties to a dangerous criminal scene.

“Homecoming” by Kate Morton. The highly anticipated new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of “The Clockmaker’s Daughter”, is a sweeping novel that begins with a shocking crime, the effects of which echo across continents and generations 

“The Five-Star Weekend” by Elin Hilderbrand. Inviting her best friend from each phase of her life, widow Hollis Shaw hosts an unforgettable weekend on Nantucket during which things don’t go as planned as each woman deals with heartbreak, infidelity, scandal and secrets, but things turnaround 
due new friendships, unexpected romance and self-discovery.

“Private Moscow” by James Patterson & Adam Hamdy. The founder of Private, the world’s biggest and best detective agency, Jack Morgan investigates the murder of his former U.S. Marine comrade, which appears to be linked to another murder in Moscow, and arriving in Russia, begins to uncover a conspiracy that could have global consequences. 

“The House of Lincoln” by Nancy Horan. An outsider in her community for as long as she can remember, Ana, in 1860s Springfield, Illinois, finds employment as a Saturday girl and household help for Abraham and Mary Lincoln where she gets a front-row seat to historic societal changes that reshape Springfield and the entire country.

“Sinister Revenge (A Veronica Speedwell Mystery, Book 8)” by Deanna Rayborn. Veronica must find and stop a devious killer when a group of old friends is targeted for death in this new adventure from the New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award–nominated author Deanna Raybourn.