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Friday, February 28, 2014 9:00 PM

Now is the time to think of Spring. Soon we will be rid of the snow (hopefully) and it will be time to start thinking about landscaping, gardening and outdoor home improvement. The library has added many new books in these areas over the past few months and ready for our great patrons to check out!

The library is excited to have local author Sara Berelsman hold a book signing at the library on March 18 at 6 p.m. The Page Turner’s Book Club will be meeting to discuss the book Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn on March 8 at 10 a.m. The club is always welcoming new members.

DVD titles added to collection this month:

The Artist

The Butler

Blue Jasmine

Captain Phillips

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Downton Abbey Season 4

Enough Said

Free Birds

Henry Hugglemonster: Meet the Hugglemonsters

Last Vegas

The Perfect Family

Red

Rush

 

Books on CD titles added:

The Tattered Quilt by Wanda Brunstetter

Command Authority by Tom Clancy

Blindsided by Fern Michaels

Accused by Lisa Scottoline

Plain Peace by Beth Wiseman

 

Music CDs added:

Eric Church- The Outsiders

Kids Bop #25

Now that’s what I call music #49

Parmalee- Feels like Carolina

Switchfoot- Fading West

 

FICTION

The Daring Ladies of Lowell: A Novel by Kate Alcott

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker comes a moving historical novel about a bold young woman drawn to the looms of Lowell, Mass., — and to the one man with whom she has no business falling in love. Eager to escape life on her family’s farm, Alice Barrow moves to Lowell in 1832 and throws herself into the hard work demanded of “the mill girls.” In spite of the long hours, she discovers a vibrant new life and a true friend—a saucy, strong-willed girl name Lovey Cornell. But conditions at the factory become increasingly dangerous, and Alice finds the courage to represent the workers and their grievances. Although mill owner, Hiram Fiske, pays no heed, Alice attracts the attention of his eldest son, the handsome and reserved Samuel Fiske. Their mutual attraction is intense, tempting Alice to dream of a different future for herself. This dream is shattered when Lovey is found strangled to death. A sensational trial follows, bringing all the unrest that’s brewing to the surface. Alice finds herself torn between her commitment to the girls in the mill and her blossoming relationship with Samuel. Based on the actual murder of a mill girl and the subsequent trial in 1833, The Daring Ladies of Lowell brilliantly captures a transitional moment in America’s history while also exploring the complex nature of love, loyalty, and the enduring power of friendship.

Long Man: A novel by Amy Greene

A river called Long Man has coursed through East Tennessee from time immemorial, bringing sustenance to the people who farm along its banks and who trade among its small towns. But as Long Man opens, the Tennessee Valley Authority’s plans to dam the river and flood the town of Yuneetah for the sake of progress—to bring electricity and jobs to the region—are about to take effect. Just a few days remain before the river will rise, and most of the town has been evacuated. Among the holdouts is a young, headstrong mother, Annie Clyde Dodson, whose ancestors have lived for generations on her mountaintop farm; she’ll do anything to ensure that her three-year-old daughter, Gracie, will inherit the family’s land. But her husband wants to make a fresh start in Michigan, where he’s found work that will bring the family a more secure future. As the deadline looms, a storm as powerful as the emotions between them rages outside their door. Suddenly they realize that Gracie is nowhere to be found. Has the little girl simply wandered off into the rain? Or has she been taken by Amos, the mysterious drifter who has come back to Yuneetah, perhaps to save his hometown in a last, desperate act of violence? Suspenseful, visceral, gorgeously told, Long Man is a searing portrait of a tight-knit community brought together by change and crisis, and of one family facing a terrifying ticking clock. A novel set in history that resonates with our own times, it is a dazzling and unforgettable tour de force.

The Chase: A Novel by Janet Evanovich

Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O’Hare. Together they’ll go undercover to swindle and catch the world’s most wanted—and untouchable—criminals. Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency. Grove has stolen a rare Chinese artifact from the Smithsonian, a crime that will torpedo U.S. relations with China if it ever becomes public. Nick and Kate must work under the radar—and against the clock—to devise a plan to steal the piece back. Confronting Grove’s elite assassins, Nick and Kate rely on the skills of their ragtag crew, including a flamboyant actor, a Geek Squad techie, and a band of AARP-card-carrying mercenaries led by none other than Kate’s dad. A daring heist and a deadly chase lead Nick and Kate from Washington, D.C., to Shanghai, from the highlands of Scotland to the underbelly of Montreal. But it’ll take more than death threats, trained henchmen, sleepless nights, and the fate of a dynasty’s priceless heirloom to outsmart Fox and O’Hare.

 

NONFICTION

Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life In the Minor Leagues of Baseball by John Feinstein

Baseball’s minor leagues are a paradox. For some players, the minors are a glorious launching pad toward years of fame and fortune; for others, a crash-landing pad when injury or poor play forces a big leaguer back to a life of obscure ballparks and cramped buses instead of Fenway Park and plush charter planes. Focusing exclusively on the Triple-A level, one step beneath Major League Baseball, Feinstein introduces readers to nine unique men: three pitchers, three position players, two managers, and an umpire. Through their compelling stories, Feinstein pulls back the veil on a league that is chock-full of gifted baseball players, managers, and umpires who are all one moment away from getting called up—or back—to the majors.

Where Nobody Knows Your NameThe stories are hard to believe: a first-round draft pick and pitching ace who rocketed to major-league success before finding himself suddenly out of the game, hatching a presumptuous plan to get one more shot at the mound; a home run–hitting former World Series hero who lived the dream, then bounced among six teams before facing the prospects of an unceremonious end to his career; a big-league All-Star who, in the span of five months, went from being completely out of baseball to becoming a star in the ALDS, then signing a $10 million contract; and a well-liked designated hitter who toiled for 18 seasons in the minors—a record he never wanted to set—before facing his final, highly emotional chance for a call-up to the big leagues.

From Raleigh to Pawtucket, from Lehigh Valley to Indianapolis and beyond, Where Nobody Knows Your Name gives readers an intimate look at a baseball world not normally seen by the fans. Feinstein gets to the heart of the human stories in a uniquely compelling way, crafting a masterful book that stands alongside his very best works.

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson

In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies—with hardware, software and networks at their core—will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing and accomplish many tasks once considered uniquely human. In The Second Machine Age MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee —two thinkers at the forefront of their field — reveal the forces driving the reinvention of our lives and our economy. As the full impact of digital technologies is felt, we will realize immense bounty in the form of dazzling personal technology, advanced infrastructure, and near-boundless access to the cultural items that enrich our lives. Amid this bounty will also be wrenching change. Professions of all kinds—from lawyers to truck drivers—will be forever upended. Companies will be forced to transform or die. Recent economic indicators reflect this shift: fewer people are working, and wages are falling even as productivity and profits soar. Drawing on years of research and up-to-the-minute trends, Brynjolfsson and McAfee identify the best strategies for survival and offer a new path to prosperity. These include revamping education so that it prepares people for the next economy instead of the last one, designing new collaborations that pair brute processing power with human ingenuity and embracing policies that make sense in a radically transformed landscape. A fundamentally optimistic book, The Second Machine Age will alter how we think about issues of technological, societal, and economic progress.

 

DONATIONS

Zealot: Life and Times of Jesus of Nazarth by Aslan

The Question that never goes away by Yancey

David and Goliath by Gladwell

The Ear of the Heart by Hart

Open Your Eyes by Olson

In Capable Arms by Kovac

Donated by the Catholic Daughters of America, Delphos

 

MEMORIALS

Downton Abby Season 4

In memory of Chuck Calvelage by Irene, Tony, Laura, Ken & Paul

The Confident Mom: Guiding your family with God’s strength and wisdom by Meyer

The Courage to be a stepmom: finding your place without losing yourself by Thoele

In Memory of Janet (Geise) Pohlman Elchert by Family & Friends

 

FROM THE CHILDREN’S CORNER:

TRUCK STOP by Anne Rockwell

There are children’s books about every form of truck possible and now someone has finally written about the Truck Stop! Told from the perspective of the young boy whose family runs “Jim’s Diner” he welcomes 18-wheelers, flatbed trailers, the tow truck and the ice cream truck to his truck stop every day. One day as he rides to school on the bus, he sees a familiar truck in the ditch and the bus driver is able to call for help. This little slice of Americana is just right for truck lovers.

Anne Frank's Chestnut TreeANNE FRANK’S CHESTNUT TREE by Jane Kohuth

Outside the Secret Annex where Anne and her family hid from the Nazis during World War II lived a chestnut tree that Anne could just see a small portion of through a tall window. Unable to get outside for fresh air, to play or run, Anne writes about the tree in “Kitty”, her diary. Seeing the changes of seasons on the tree gave her hope and courage. The book ends with the story of how, when the tree eventually blew down in a storm, saplings were taken and planted all over the world at schools, libraries and museums. Please note: though written for young readers there is mature concepts in the book.

I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE – BASEBALL by David Milne

It will soon be spring and a young man’s fancy will turn to ……baseball!! This ode to America’s game is full of identical pictures and the reader is asked to spot the differences. The photographs have everything from uniforms to pennants to gloves to pitcher’s signals to catcher’s masks in them. So, while you are waiting for the field to dry up and the days to warm up, have a little baseball fun with this great book.

LOOK UP!: BIRD WATCHING IN YOU OWN BACKYARD by Anne Leblanc Cate

Bird watching is not just for the serious ornithologists out there, in fact you don’t even need a pair of binoculars. After all, they are right in our own backyards. This bright and enthusiastic book walks you through everything you need to know to find and note what types of birds you encounter. It groups birds by their color, feather types, bird calls, habitats and behaviors. Readers will also enjoy the humorous conversational bubbles spoken by bird-watchers and birds alike.

ONE CAME HOME by Amy Timberlake

Timberlake has won a Newbery Honor award for this historical mystery set in the 1870’s. Georgie’s older sister Agatha runs away after Georgie makes an embarrassing remark. What happens next haunts Georgie until she goes looking for Agatha without her family’s help. An unidentifiable body wearing Agatha’s dress is brought home to the family, but Georgie refuses to believe it is her sister. Turns out, there is a lot more to the story and Georgie, a crack shot, may be forced to defend herself.

 

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