September 15, 2023 - Story Hour Room

The publication date of this column, which I assume shall be Friday, September 15th, is the eve of the Fall Harvest Celebration.  That celebration takes place on Saturday, September 16th from 10 – noon. There will be a special storytime, crafts for all ages, a farm animal petting zoo, games, treats, and lots of fun. Stop by and join us to celebrate the season. 

As you may have noticed, the space formerly known as the Story hour room, is undergoing a major renovation.  As of this writing, all the cabinetry has been removed, the walls have been re-textured and painted, the new flooring has been loaded into the room awaiting installation, and the old flooring was just removed on Monday. The electrician has been in and moved outlets. The plumber has been in and has made plans for putting in a new sink. The new cabinets and counter tops have been ordered. The flooring should be completed this week. Next Monday, the cabinets will be loaded into the room and their installation will begin. If you peek in the Story Hour room you may notice these changes. It is hoped that this project will be completed by the beginning of October. Soon after that, there will undoubtedly be a grand opening.  While you are waiting for this happy event, why not read a book?
Below are some of the books which recently arrived at the library. Enjoy!

New Non-Fiction

“Of Time and Turtles: Mending the World, Shell by Shattered Shell” by Sy Montgomery. A National Book Award finalist for “The Soul of an Octopus” and “New York Times” best-seller turns her journalistic curiosity to the wonder and wisdom of our long-lived cohabitants—turtles—and through their stories of hope and rescue, reveals to us astonishing new perspectives on time and healing.

“Why We Love Baseball: A History in 50 Moments” by Joe Posnanski. A love letter to baseball and the follow-up to last year’s best-seller “The Baseball 100”.

“Writing for Busy Readers: Communicate More Effectively in the Real World” by Todd Rogers & Jessica Lasky-Fink. Two behavioral scientists lay out the best way to communicate via writing and get people's attention in this fast-paced world, including using few words, writing at a lower reading level, stating a clear purpose and much more.

“To Infinity and Beyond: A Journey of Cosmic Discovery” by Neil DeGrasse Tyson & Lindsey Walker. Drawing on mythology, history and literature, a legendary astrophysicist and host of the award-winning StarTalk podcast takes us on entertaining journey to the farthest reaches of the cosmos where, along the way, science greets pop culture as he explains the triumphs—and bloopers—in Hollywood’s blockbusters. 150,000 first printing. Illustrations.

New Fiction

“All the Dead Shall Weep, No. 5 (Gunnie Rose)”  by Charlaine. Harris. Lizbeth Rose waits for her sister Felicia to join her in Texoma while their mother's family of high-powered Mexican wizards tries to kidnap or assassinate her family in the fifth novel of the series following “The Serpent in Heaven”. 

“Amazing Grace Adams” by Fran Littlewood. Grace Adams, a once-amazing woman who is now forty-five, stalled, perimenopausal and losing it, leaves her car in the middle of traffic and sets out to win back her estranged teen daughter on her sixteenth birthday

“How I Won a Nobel Prize” by Julius Taranto. A funny novel about a graduate student who decides to follow her disgraced mentor to a university that gives safe harbor to scholars of ill repute, igniting a crisis of work and a test of her conscience (and marriage).

“Memory and Desire” by Philip Caputo. When he discovers stranded Cuban refugees during a fishing outing turned tragedy, newsman Luke Blackburn becomes the center of a media firestorm that threatens to blow up his marriage while his star investigative reporter slowly pieces together a story of corruption and cartel money in his refuge, Key West.

“Wellness” by Nathan Hill. Alongside the challenges of parenting, married couple Jack and Elizabeth encounter cults disguised as mindfulness support groups, polyamorous would-be suitors, Facebook wars and something called Love Potion Number Nine as they undertake separate, personal excavations in their quest to find health and happiness.
“What You Are Looking For is in the Library” by Michiko Aoyama. A novel about how the perfect book recommendation can change a readers’ life.

“Devil Makes Three” by Ben Fountain. Forced to abandon his beachfront scuba business after the 1991 Haitian coup d’état, an American expat teams up with his best friend to uncover legendary shipwrecks off the southern coast, running afoul of arms-traffickers and the CIA.

“The Fraud” by Zadie Smith. In 1873 Victorian London, with the city mesmerized by the “Tichborne Trial,” wherein a lower-class butcher from Australia claims he is the rightful heir of a sizable estate and title, Mrs. Eliza Touchet becomes determined to find out if he’s really who he says he is or if he’s a fraud.

“The River We Remember” by William Kent Krueger. When the body of a wealthy landowner is found floating in the Alabaster River on Memorial Day in 1958, Sheriff Brody Dern, a highly decorated war hero, struggles to solve this murder that has the town of Jewel, Minnesota, up in arms, while putting to rest the demons from his own past.