In large print: Where We Belong by Lynn Austin. Ms. Austin is one of my favorite authors. Her topics are well researched and her characters well drawn. The inspiration for the two sisters in Where We Belong was the true story of remarkable twin sisters, Agnes and Margaret Smith, born in Scotland in 1843. These brilliant, self-educated women discovered a copy of the Gospels dating from AD 500 at the monastery of Mount Sinai, among other discoveries of ancient manuscripts. “Proficient in several modern and ancient languages, Agnes and Margaret were well-respected scholars in an era when advanced degrees weren’t available to women.” Ms. Austin moved her fictional sisters to Chicago, a city with which she is more familiar. Our library has one other novel by this author, in standard print: A Light to My Path, set during the Civil War.
In standard print: Goose Van Schaick of Albany, 1736-1789: The Continental Army’s Senior Colonel by T. W. Egly, Jr. Gosa Van Schaick was nicknamed Goose at the beginning and always went by that name, even using it for his signature. He was “destined to play an important role in military affairs in New York State during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution and to distinguish himself as an outstanding field officer in the Continental Army.” This book joins our New York State collection. In that section, you may find books on state and local history, geography, travel, and more. In our general non-fiction section, you may also find more books on the 1700s.
The Sherburne-Earlville Schools have announced that they will be CLOSED tomorrow, Wednesday, February 7, due to the winter storm that is on its way. The Smyrna Public Library will also be CLOSED.
Some books added recently to our collection–come check them out:
Adult fiction, large print: C. J. Box, Paradise Valley (Highway Quartet); Philippa Gregory, The Last Tudor; Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, The Obsidian Chamber (Agent Pendergast Series); Matthew Quirk, Dead Man Switch; Jodi Picoult, Small Great Things; Amy E. Reichert, The Simplicity of Cider; Daniel Silva, House of Spies (A Gabriel Allon Novel); Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow; and Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall, Barely Legal (A Herbie Fisher Novel featuring Stone Barrington).
Adult fiction, standard print: Debbie Macomber, Dakota Trilogy: Dakota Born, Dakota Home, and Always Dakota; and Greer Macallister, The Magician’s Lie.
Children’s fiction: Alexander Stadler, Julian Rodriguez: Episode One: Trash Crisis on Earth.