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Newsletter Wed., May 19th and 26th
WE would like to thank the Denver Elementary students, teachers and associates who visited the Library in the past couple of weeks. It has been enjoyable to gather with you again and share stories, crafts and laughter! We hope to see you all this summer for our Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program at 1:30 in the Library and Community Room, June 22nd and 29th, and July 6th and 13th. Registration forms are now available at the Library, and we do prefer that you sign up ahead of time.
NOW for adults, we have new Fiction starting with “Robert B. Parker’s Paybck,” by Mike Lupica starring Sunny Randall. PI Sunny Randall has often relied on the help of her best friend Spike in times of need. When Spike's restaurant is taken over under a predatory loan agreement, Sunny has a chance to return the favor. At the same time, Lee Farrell asks her to intervene with his niece, a college student who reported being the victim of a crime but seems to know more than she's telling police. Can these two cases be tied together?
PURITANS and witches haunt the pages of “Hour of the Witch,” by Chris Bohjalain. Boston, 1662. Mary Deerfield is twenty-four-years-old and has married the wrong man. Thomas Deerfield, a man as cruel as he is powerful, is prone to drunken rage. When he drives a three-tined fork into the back of Mary's hand, she resolves to divorce him. Easier said than done in a world where every neighbor is watching for signs of the devil! As Mary finds it more difficult to tolerate the hypocrisy of the colony, she soon becomes herself the object of suspicion and rumor.
DEAN Koontz is known for his horror stories, but his latest is more of a mystery. In “The Other Emily” we meet writer David Thorne who is still recovering from the unexplainable disappearance of his girlfriend, Emily Carlino, who vanished after her car broke down on a California highway a decade ago. Then David meets Maddison Sutton. Everything about Maddison is just like Emily. As David’s obsession grows, Maddison’s mysterious past deepens and terror escalates. Is Madison actually Emily or just a DEAD ringer?
HAVEN’T heard from Fern Michaels for awhile, but she’s back with “No Way Out.” Struggling to remember the accident that left her in a coma and led to her boyfriend Rick's disappearance, video game developer Ellie Bowman starts over in rural Missouri. Yet even in this quiet small town, it’s impossible to completely isolate herself, and little by little, Ellie is being drawn back into the world through the neighbors and community around her, especially a pesky eight-year-old boy. Things are really looking up for Ellie until she hears that Rick has resurfaced and her nightmares return.
LASTLY, summer romance awaits readers in “The Summer of Lost and Found,” by Mary Alice Monroe. Love in the time of the coronavirus proves challenging for Linnea Rutledge. She’s just lost her job at the aquarium, her finances are in shambles, and her new love interest, Gordon, struggles to return to the Isle of Palms from England. Complicating matters, her old flame, John, is quarantining next door and sending her plaintive notes in the form of paper airplanes! If Gordon ever returns from England, Linnea may find herself still jobless but with two men!
NEW in Adult Nonfiction this month we have “The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, gene editing, and the future of the human race,” by Walter Isaacson. Doudna is a is an American biochemist known for her pioneering work in CRISPR gene editing. Isaacson explains how Doudna, along with her colleagues and rivals, launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and enhance our children.
FROM Bill Gates we have “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.” Bill Gates explains why he cares so deeply about climate change and what makes him optimistic that the world can avoid the dire effects of the climate crisis. As a technologist, he has seen firsthand how innovation can change the world. By investing in research, inventing new technologies, and by deploying them quickly at large scale, Gates believes climate change can be addressed in meaningful ways.
BIRDERS and other naturalists will enjoy “A World on the Wing,” by Scott Weidensaul. In the past two decades, our understanding of bird migration has grown significantly, and scientists have made astounding discoveries. Weidensaul shares many of these revelations to convey both the wonder of bird migration and its global sweep, taking the reader from the mudflats of the Yellow Sea in China, to the remote mountains of northeastern India, and to the salt lakes in the Mediterranean. Weidensaul also introduces those trying to preserve global migratory patterns in the face of climate change and other rising challenges.
NOW on to the bad side of human nature! Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard explore that in “Killing the Mob: the fight against organized crime in America.” O’Reilly discusses the prohibition-busting bank robbers of the Depression Era - such as John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, and Pretty Boy Floyd - then talks through the power struggles of the “Five Families,” the growth of the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover and the mob battles to control Cuba, Las Vegas and Hollywood. Though they don’t reveal Jimmy Hoffa’s burial site, their book shows just how deeply the Mob has influenced every aspect of American life.
FINALLY, political enthusiasts may appreciate “Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the lessons of power,” by Susan Page. Featuring more than 150 exclusive interviews with those who know her best and a series of in-depth, news-making interviews with Pelosi herself, this tome is unprecedented in the scope of its exploration of Pelosi’s remarkable life and of her impact on American politics.