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March 21, 2019 - March Madness

We are about to enter into the "March Madness" time of the month. The men's NCAA basketball tournament will take over the airwaves and may, if history is an indicator as far as weather is concerned, bring us the chance for one more winter storm. Or not. Currently the weather forecast looks positively balmy. The birds are certainly not indicating a return to winter. They have been arriving in loose flocks for the past week or more. Robins are singing and hopping about on the lawns; mourning doves are moaning; house finches are serenading their ladies; the goldfinches are putting on their golden coats; the killdeer are starting to scurry along the sides of roads and across parking lots; and the red-winged black birds seem omnipresent. Over the past weekend I ventured up to Goose Pond which is about thrice it's normal size and across the road to the north and has been across the road that divides. There is still plenty of ice on the ponds so no birds on it per se. However, the fields surrounding it are littered with geese with a few ducks sprinkled in and of course a a pair or family group of Sandhill Cranes are dotted very sparingly on the fields of stubble. The spring migration is definitely underway. The publisher's spring book lists are also migrating to the library's doors. Below you will find some of the recent titles that have arrived at the library Enjoy!

“How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States” by Daniel Immerwahr. The award-winning author of Thinking Small traces the lesser-known stories of the U.S. territories outside the mainland, including the Guano Islands, the Philippines and Puerto Rico, to offer insights into how America has transitioned from colonialism to technological innovation. Illustrations. Index.

 

“Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium” by Lucy Inglis. The creator of the award-winning Georgian London blog presents an authoritative history of opium that explores its many uses and controversies, covering subjects ranging from the heroin underworld to the development of synthetic opiates. Illustrations.

 

“Nature’s Mutiny: How the Little Ice Age of the Long Seventeenth Century Transformed the West and Shaped the Present” by Philipp Blom. The author of Fracture chronicles the 17th-century climate crisis that transformed the social and political fabric of Europe, detailing apocalyptic weather patterns that shaped mass migrations, city growth, early capitalism and the Enlightenment era. Illustrations.

 

“Putin’s World: Russia Against the West” by Angela Stent. A Georgetown University professor analyzes Russia's key relationships with its neighbors and major world powers, revealing how Putin-era Russians perceive their global role. By the author of the prize-winning The Limits of Partnership . 50,000 first printing.

 

“Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey From Slavery to Segregation” by Steve Luxenberg. The award-winning author of Annie's Ghosts documents the story of the infamous 19th-century Supreme Court ruling in favor of segregation, tracing the half-century of history that shaped the ruling and the reverberations that are still being felt today. Illustrations.

 

Women Warriors: An Unexpected History” by Pamela Toler. Reveals how women have stepped out of traditional female roles throughout history to take up arms or assume leadership positions in transformative ways, from Britain Celtic tribe leader, Boudica, to Battle of Little Bighorn Cheyenne warrior, Buffalo Calf Road Woman. Illustrations.

“Such Good Work” by Johannes Lichtman. Prompted by his drug addiction and latest dismissal to relocate to 2015 Sweden, a creative-writing instructor volunteers to teach Swedish to Middle Eastern refugees, including one who challenges his views about making an actual difference. 50,000 first printing.

 

“Willa & Hesper” by Amy Feltman. A story told from alternating perspectives traces the whirlwind romance of two women who are separated when one returns home to uncover her grandfather's story and the other heartbrokenly embarks on a Holocaust tour. A first novel. 25,000 first printing.

 

“A Justified Murder, No. 2 (Medlar Mysteries)” by Jude Deveraux. When a longtime resident is found murdered by three possible methods, unlikely friends Sara, Kate and Jack assist the authorities, only to discover unexpected realities about the victim's true nature. By a New York Times best-selling author. 150,000 first printing.

 

“The Lost Man” by Jane Harper. Meeting at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches on an isolated belt of the Australian outback, two brothers navigate the haunting realities of the isolation that ended their third brother's life. By the best-selling author of The Dry .

 

“Reckoning, No.2 “ by Ysra Sigurdardottir. A follow-up to The Legacy finds detective Huldar and child psychologist Freyja investigating the disappearance of a schoolgirl who was last seen in the company of a disabled classmate. By the award-winning author of The Silence of the Sea .

 

“More Than Words” by Jill Santopolo. A woman mourning the death of her hotel owner father and reeling from an astounding secret finds herself caught between the world of her longtime boyfriend and her passionate boss. By the author of The Light We Lost .

 

“Blood Echo, No. 2(Burning Girl)” by Christopher Rice. When her latest mission goes wrong in horrifying ways, Charlotte Rowe isolates herself in a small California town, only to be targeted by domestic terrorists with ties to her corrupt employers. By the award-winning author of Bone Music .

 

“The Border, No.3 (Power of the Dog)” by Don Winslow. Promoted by the DEA after a crucial victory, Art Keller is targeted by the power-hungry traffickers behind an American heroin epidemic. By the best-selling author of The Force . 250,000 first printing.