September 8, 2023 - Really Nice Celebration

The last holiday of summer has past, as did the last event of the Summer Reading Program. We had a really nice celebration for all the Summer Reading Program participants on August 30th. Many hot dogs were eaten, many cones of cotton candy were consumed (Thanks to the Boy Scouts Troop 155 for not only loan us their cotton candy machine but for running the machine and dispensing that sweet treat.), many bags of popcorn were popped (I know because I was in charge of popping) and distributed. It was a lovely night and rather breezy. “How breezy was it?” I hear you ask. Well, it was so breezy that when one went to sprinkle popcorn salt your bag of popcorn, the salt (a very fine and powdery salt made just for popcorn) missed the bag by about 8 inches. Tiny tufts of cotton candy were also wafting in a southerly direction on the breeze coming out of the north. And the bubbles went pretty much what ever direction they wanted to. A great time was had by all, especially by the students who got to slime their school principals, school librarians, and our Children’s and teen librarians.

But now that that season has passed, we are already well into September, which as I’m sure you all know is “National Library Card Sign Up Month”.  If you don’t have a card, stop by the library and get one. If your child or grandchild doesn’t have a library card, consider getting them one. And of course, if you do have a card, then please use it!  Below are some of the new books which recently arrived at the library. You can use you library card to check them out or to put them on hold. Enjoy!

New Non-Fiction

“Under the Eye of Power: How Fear of Secret Societies Shapes American Democracy” by Colin Dickey. From a cultural historian and the acclaimed author of “Ghostland” comes a history of America's obsession with secret societies and the conspiracies of hidden power.

“Queen of the Court: The Many Lives of Tennis Legend Alice Marble” by Madeleine Blais. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist presents the dramatic and untold story of legendary tennis star and one of America’s greatest female athletes Alice Marble, a glamorous worldwide celebrity known for best for helping break tennis’s color barrier, who had previously remained largely forgotten until now. Illustrations.

“When the Game Was War: The NBA’s Greatest Season” by Rich Cohen. In this no-holds-barred account of the 1987 NBA season, a “New York Times” best-selling author, drawing on interviews with NBA insiders. tells the story of this thrilling year through the four teams and the four players who dominated it—Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas and Michael Jordan.

“Young Queens: Three Renaissance Women and the Price of Power” by Leah Redmond Chang. This dramatic intertwined story of Catherine de’ Medici, Elisabeth de Valois and Mary Queen of Scots, who lived through the changes that transformed sixteenth-century Europe, shows how they learned that to rule as queen was to wage a constant war against the deeply entrenched misogyny of their time. 35,000 first printing. Illustrations.

New Fiction

“Every Drop is a Man’s Nightmare” by Megan Kakimoto. A new novel explores contemporary Hawaiian identity and womanhood.

“Good Bad Girl” by Alice Feeney. When a baby is stolen from a stroller and someone at a nursing home is murdered, four women who distrust each other must investigate together, in the new novel by the best-selling author of “Daisy Darker”.

“Out of Nowhere” by Sandra Brown. Brought together by a mass shooting at a Texas county fair, children’s book author and single mother Elle Portman and high-rolling corporate consultant Calder Hudson, both fueled by revenge, search for a killer while wondering if the attraction growing between them is too painful and complicated to sustain.

“Rock Bottom, No. 35 (Sisterhood)” by Fern Michaels. The Sisterhood takes action when an old classmate of one of its members needs them to expose the real cause of a number of bridge and building collapses, going head-to-head with an adversary who has money, power and resources that match theirs—and has no intention of giving up with a fight.

“Small Town Sins” by Ken Jaworowski. Captures the characters of a down-and-out Pennsylvania town, revealing their troubled pasts and the crimes that could cost them their lives. 
“Three Fires: A Novel” by Denise Mina. Reimaging the “Bonfire of the Vanities” through a series of fires lit throughout Florence at the end of the fifteenth century, this modern take on a fascinating historical story follows Girolamo Savonarola, a Dominican friar who, railing against the vice and avarice of the ruling Medici family, was instrumental in their removal from power.

“Can’t Get Fooled Again, No. 3 (Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View)” by Olivie Blake. In honor of the fortieth anniversary of “Return of the Jedi”, forty different storytellers re-create iconic scenes from the movie through the eyes of a supporting character in the third novel in the series following “The Empire Strikes Back”. 

“Happiness Falls” by Angie Kim. Mia isn't initially concerned when her family fails to return from a walk, until her mute brother Eugene, who suffers from a rare genetic condition, returns bloody and alone and is unable to describe what happened to their father.

“Payback in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel, No. 57 (In Death)” by J.D. Robb. While investigating the apparent suicide of a retired Internal Affairs captain, who made his career tripping up bribe takers, rule breakers and worse, homicide detective Eve Dallas follows a trail of corruption all the way to the top to expose a killer bent on revenge.