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March 28, 2019 - Flocks of Robins

While it is true that "one robin doesn't make a spring", I think it can be safely said that flocks of robins everywhere pretty much do make a spring. True, we still have a few more days of basketball championships to be gotten through to avoid the dreaded basketball-tournament-snow-storm curse, but, at least at this point, the extended forecast seems to indicate we may just have avoided that. This year the swallows returned to Capistrano well before their festival day of March 19th. The buzzards (a.k.a. turkey vultures) returned to Hinckely, Ohio on March 15th where they were sighted flying over the Hinckley Reservation at 7:58 a.m. The major spring markers in the bird world have been achieved. I saw my first buzzard on a drive back from a library system meeting in Reedsburg a week ago today. As you well know, if you see one buzzard there are bound to be more and there were and there are. With spring more firmly entrenched daily, as the piles of snow turn black and melt away, and as the first hint of green appears in the fields and lawns, the spring list of books from the major publishing houses have started to arrive. Below you will find some of the new titles that recently arrived at the library. Enjoy!

“90 Seconds to a Life You Love: How to Master Your Difficult Feelings to Cultivate Lasting Confidence, Resilience, and Authenticity” by Joan Rosenberg. Reveals how eight commonly misunderstood core emotions can be recognized and balanced to minimize sabotaging disconnect, reduce anxiety, promote confidence and gain a greater awareness of personal ambitions.


“The Warrior Code: 11 Principles to Unleash the Badass Inside of You” by Tee Marie Hanible. A first book by the military trainer on American Grit and National Veteran's Chair for the Women's March describes the profound violence that marked her youth and her achievements as the only woman Marine in her Iraq-deployed unit.


“Parkland: Birth of a Movement” by Dave Cullen. The New York Times best-selling author of Columbine offers a deeply moving account of the extraordinary teenage survivors of Parkland who became activists and pushed back against the NRA and Congressional leaders—inspiring millions of Americans to join their grassroots #neveragain movement.


“Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury” by Carolyn Burke. A portrait of the intense relationship among Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Stand and Rebecca Salsbury explores how their strong personalities, passions and aesthetic ideals shaped their bonds and influenced 20th-century art. By the author of “No Regrets”.


“First: Sandra Day O’Connor” by Evan Thomas. Based on exclusive interviews and access to archives, an authoritative portrait of America's first female Supreme Court justice includes coverage of her convention-breaking achievements and role in shaping decades of American law. By the best-selling author of “Being Nixon”.


“Mar-a Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump’s Presidential Palace” by Laurence Leamer. The inside story of how President Donald Trump became King of Palm Beach—and how Palm Beach, and the resort Mar-a-Lago, continue to be his spiritual home even as president—is told with unrivaled access.

“Careless Love, No. 25 (DCI Banks)” by Peter Robinson. Detective Superintendent Alan Banks and his crack investigation team investigate two suspicious deaths that are complicated by a shocking revelation and the return of an old enemy. By the Edgar Award-winning author of “Sleeping in the Ground”.


“The Hunting Party” by Lucy Foley. A group of thirty-something Oxford friends celebrate New Year's Eve in the Scottish Highlands as a historic blizzard hits, trapping and isolating them, only to discover one of them is a murderer.


“Never Tell, No. 10 (D.D. Warren & Flora Dane)” by Lisa Gardner. While D. D. Warren investigates a pregnant woman's suspicious role in the murders of her father and husband, Flora draws on her own haunted past to identify an unsettling link to one of the victims.


“The Secretary” by Renee Knight. Serving 20 years as the Personal Assistant to the celebrated Mina Appleton, and amassing many, many secrets, Christine Butcher, discovering that years of loyalty and discretion come with a high price, shows everyone why they should never underestimate a steadfast woman.


“Stalker, No. 5 (Joona Linna) by Lars Kepler. Two sadistic murders by a killer who would play games with the police prompt Swedish detective Joona Linna and trauma hypnotherapist Erik Maria Bark for a case with disturbing ties to a years-old conviction. By the best-selling authors of “The Sandman”.


“The Club” by Takis Wurger. A U.S. release of an international best-seller follows an outsider's deadly investigation into the dark secrets of a centuries-old, all-male dining club for the privileged elite and social climbers of Cambridge University.


“The Library of Lost and Found” by Phaedra Patrick. A shy librarian whose kind heart is often exploited receives a mysterious book of fairy tales from the beloved grandmother she believed dead and embarks on a perspective-changing journey of astonishing family secrets.


“Little Faith” by Nickolas Butler. A Wisconsin family grapples with the power and limitations of faith when an adult daughter falls under the influence of a radical church that threatens a grandchild's safety. By the best-selling author of “Shotgun Lovesongs”.