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Denver Public Library Weekly Report

An update on all the excitement here at YOUR LIBRARY!

  HELLO, DENVER!

The Library has several new Adult Nonfiction books to showcase this week starting with “The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers,” by Maxwell King. This is the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers and tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, King traces Rogers’s personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work.

ANOTHER BIOGRAPHY of great interest is “Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer,” by Lisa McCubbin.  Setting a precedent as First Lady, Betty Ford publicly championed equal rights for women and spoke out about taboo issues such as breast cancer, depression, abortion, and sexuality. And after a painful intervention by her family, Ford admitted her addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs. Going forward, in 1982 she co-founded the Betty Ford Center, which revolutionized treatment for alcoholism and inspired the modern concept of recovery. But first and foremost, Betty Ford was a devoted wife and mother.

FINALLY, in parenting news we have “When Your Kid is Hurting,” by Dr. Kevin Leman. Questions that may come to mind are addressed, such as: What do you do when your teen withdraws and won’t talk? Or, what do you do when a mean comment about your child pops up on social media? Dr. Leman discusses real-life issues, your child’s fears, and natural coping mechanisms for stress and grief.

IN LARGE Print Fiction, Tracie Peterson continues her Golden Gate Secrets series in “In Times Gone By.” After being left at the altar, Kenzie Gifford flees to San Francisco, makes new friends and finds a good job. But Dr. Michah Fisher pursues her relentlessly, despite her resistance. When the Great Earthquake of 1906 strikes, Kenzie reevaluates her life… and her heart.

COLORADO 1888 is the setting of “My Heart Belongs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado,” by Rebecca Jepson. Millie Cooper is a nurse who has fled her own entanglement with the wealthy Stephen Drexel. Now she has been summoned to care for Stephen’s elderly mother and expectant wife. Can Millie forgive the wrongs they’ve done to her in the past?

LASTLY, we have “The First Love,” by Beverly Lewis. It is the summer of 1951, and sweet Maggie Esh finds comfort in her Old Order Amish district. The young men treat her kindly, but Maggie has struggled with illness and wishes she was more like other courting-age girls. When a tent revival gathers in the area, the words of the preacher cause Maggie to reconsider her faith and trust in God.

 NEW ADULT FICTION:

James Patterson presents “Texas Ranger.” Rory Yates' skill and commitment to the badge have seen him rise through the ranks of the Texas Rangers, but it cost him his marriage.  Still, when he receives a worrying phone call from his ex-wife, Anne, Rory rushes to his hometown. However, he arrives to a horrifying crime scene and a scathing accusation: he is named a suspect in Anne's murder.

PETER Decker and Rina Lazarus have their work cut out for them in “Walking Shadows,” by Faye Kellerman. On a quiet street in upstate New York, the brutally beaten body of a young man is discovered in the woods adjacent to an empty vacation home. Twenty-six-year-old Brady Neil had no criminal record, few friends, worked full-time, and attended community college. But as Decker learns, when Brady was a baby, his father, Brandon Gratz, was convicted of robbing and killing the owners of a local jewelry store. Could the son’s murder be related to his father’s past?

AND THIRDLY, we have “America for Beginners,” by Leah Franquie. Recently widowed Pival Sengupta has never travelled alone before, and her first trip to America masks a secret agenda: to find out the truth about her long-estranged son who was declared dead shortly after he revealed his sexual orientation to their traditional family. Pival’s unlikely traveling companions are Satya, her guileless and resourceful tour guide, and Rebecca, an aspiring actress who signed up for the role of Pival's modesty companion. As their preconceptions about each other and about America are challenged, these unlikely companions learn a lot about themselves.


 

 

 

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