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May 23, 2019 - Memorial Day

Here we are coming up to the holiday weekend that (usually) marks the beginning of summer. Why, back in the day, it used to be that you never put your garden in until after Memorial Day because there was still the slightest risk of frost. Now that risk of frost has retreated a couple of weeks closer to April. It used to be that you didn’t wear white summer clothes or linen until after Memorial Day. The same went for footwear. No white shoes or sandals until summer was truly and irrevocably established by passing Memorial Day on the calendar. While it certainly has been cool, these past few days and I am still wearing sweaters (Okay. I will admit it. I always wear sweaters. Rain or shine, winter or summer, I wear sweaters. I do change from wool to cotton – once we get past Memorial Day.) and some have complained about wind chills still being in effect or that wind chills should still be in effect (“should” being the operative word here), we are rapidly approaching the summer solstice (less than a month away). Once we get past Memorial Day, I shall take the winter survival gear out of the back seat of my car (A winter jacket, assorted snow brushes in assorted conditions, ice scrapers of varying sizes and efficacy, winter boots, a snow shovel, spare mittens, hats, and socks, and a gallon of windshield wiper fluid to name most, if not all the survival gear) and not feel that my doing so will result in a late spring snow squall. Once we’re past Memorial Day, the summer reading program shall have been running for 10 days now and you may have already started logging titles that you have read. You can do this on-line or on-phone via a handy-dandy app. Details are on our website or ask at the circulation desk when you come in. Below are some new titles to whet your reading appetite. Enjoy!

Bon appetit!

“The Problem of Democracy: The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality”by Nancy Isenberg & Andrew Burstein. A bold recasting of the second and sixth presidents, father and son John and John Quincy Adams, explores how they worked to partially protect a fledgling American democracy from its vulnerabilities to popularity-driven elections and an elite ruling class.

 

“Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault: Essays From the Grown-Up Years” by Cathy Guisewite.

The award-winning creator of the iconic Cathy comic strip presents an illustrated first collection of whimsical, wise and honest essays about being a woman in what she lovingly terms, "the panini generation."

 

“Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed” by Lori Gottlieb. The national advice columnist and best-selling author of toughLOVE presents a behind-the-scenes tour of a therapist's world from the perspective of both a patient and a psychotherapist who found answers in her client's journeys.

 

“After Life: My Journey From Incarceration to Freedom” by Alice Marie Johnson. The convicted drug trafficker whose controversial life sentence was commuted by Donald Trump after serving 21 years in prison shares the story of her life, her faith and the advocacy work of Kim Kardashian West.

 

“Becoming Doctor Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination” by Brian Jay Jones. A full-scale portrait of Theodor Geisel, best known as American icon Dr. Seuss, shares insights into his successful early career as a radical political cartoonist and the complicated genius that informed his beliefs on such subjects as empathy and environmentalism.

 

“The Farmer’s Son: Calving Season on a Family Farm” by John Connell. A U.S. release of an award-winning memoir from Ireland traces a calving season on the author's family farm, where, after a decade's absence, he found hope and healing in his family, routines, faith and community

“Murder on Trinity Place, No. 22 (Gaslight Mysteries)” by Victoria Thompson. Horrified when a neighbor they spotted behaving in uncharacteristic ways is found murdered during the 1900 New Year celebrations at Trinity Church, Frank and Sarah Malloy are prompted by scandal-fearing relatives to search for answers in the victim's past.

 

“Triple Jeopardy, No. 2 (Daniel Pitt)” by Anne Perry. The lawyer son of Charlotte and Thomas Pitt is forced to defend a disreputable British diplomat in the wake of an embezzlement scandal and rumors of his link to a murder cover-up. By the best-selling author of “Twenty-One Days”.

 

“Under the Table” by Stephanie Evanovich. The best-selling author of Big Girl Panties presents a modern adaptation of My Fair Lady in the story of a canny young divorcée who makes over her socially awkward millionaire client, with unexpected results.

 

“The View From Alameda Island” by Robyn Carr. Deciding on her 24th wedding anniversary that she will no longer uphold pretenses about her idyllic family life, Lauren taps the power of her inner strength to separate from her controlling husband and pursue a happier relationship.

 

“The 13-Minute Murder” by James Patterson with Shan Serafin. An elite assassin takes a last job before retirement, only to find himself in a cat-and-mouse game opposite the person responsible for his wife's disappearance, a vigilante who would avenge the murder of her son.

 

“The Better Sister” by Alafair Burke. When a prominent Manhattan lawyer is murdered, two estranged sisters—one the victim's widow, the other his ex—navigate long-standing resentments to uncover devastating family secrets. By the best-selling author of “The Wife”.

 

“Collusion, No. 1” by Newt Gingrich. An FBI terrorism expert and a disgraced Navy SEAL team up to prevent the assassination of a high-ranking Kremlin official who would help prevent a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. By the best-selling authors of “Vengeance”.