Library Column for October 10, 2018

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Storytime is held each Thursday morning at the library beginning at 10:30 am.  Tomorrow the focus will be on pets. Young children and their caregivers are welcome to attend and discover some great stories about pets and then spend time playing together.

Here are some new fiction titles getting buzz in the press that we have on the shelf at the library as I write this, so they may not be there when you stop in, but we can put you on a wait list to read the book when it is next available.  A Shout in the Ruins by Kevin Powers is set in the state of Virginia from the antebellum era to the 1980’s and examines the fates of the inhabitants of Beauvais Plantation. How do we reckon with the past, live in the present and build for a better future for all? Heavy questions handled with emotional intensity, harrowing realism and poetic precision and no easy answers, but powerful perspectives.

Continuing with another fiction title dealing with heavy issues is The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker. The book is set in the ancient city of Troy during the final weeks of the Trojan War as experienced by the captured women living in the Greek camp. Experience the impact of war on individual lives and wonder whether we can ever learn a different way to settle difference.

April in Paris, 1921 by Tessa Lunney is a Kiki Button mystery. This is the first in the series. Kiki is a war veteran, party girl, detective and spy living in the city of freedom and trying to create a new woman from her war-worn self. Taking place during the span of one beautiful spring week in the glittering world of Jazz Age Paris, Kiki must find a double agent or face jail while also tracking down Picasso’s wife’s portrait.

I’ll end this week with the fantastical. Have you ever wondered what was up with Cinderella’s stepmother? Wonder no more with ‘the untold story of Cinderella’s stepmother’ All the Ever Afters by Danielle Teller. Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu, author of the award winning Three Body Problem, explores what happens when scientific inquiry and the drive to harness new discoveries isn’t tempered by consideration of their possible consequences.

The New York Times Bestselling fiction list includes Lethal White by Robert Galbraith, Juror #3 by James Patterson, Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness, Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini and Shadow Tyrants by Clive Cussler.  We have a copy of all five titles, although all are currently checked out. You are welcome to place a hold on any of the titles or ask us to assist you.

Handiwork night is back and meeting the first and third Mondays of the month. The next meeting will be Monday, October 15 from 6 – 8 pm. Bring a project, definitely not too early to bring Christmas gifts, and in the company of others also trying to get things done, work on a project.