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New Books for Adults

Adult fiction, large print:  James Lee Burke, New Iberia Blues (A Dave Robicheaux Novel); Lisa Jewell, Watching You; Amanda Quick, The Other Lady Vanishes; and Stuart Woods, A Delicate Touch (A Stone Barrington Novel).  These are terrific choices for our readers who like mysteries and thrillers.  New Iberia Blues:  The shocking death of a young woman leads Detective Robicheaux into the dark corners of Hollywood, the mafia, and the backwoods of Louisiana in this gripping mystery.  Watching You:  Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighborhoods in Bristol, England—not the sort of place where people are brutally murdered in their own kitchens.  The Other Lady Vanishes:  After escaping from a private sanitarium, Adelaide Blake is desperate to start over in 1930s California, in a seaside resort town frequented by Hollywood movers and shakers, where the most dazzling of illusions can’t hide the darkest secrets.  A Delicate Touch:  Stone Barrington uncovers a societal minefield in this exhilarating new adventure, a decades-old scandal involving numerous prominent New Yorkers who would prefer that the past stay buried.

Adult fiction, standard (regular) print:

Susan Anne Mason, Love’s Faithful Promise:  This novel completes the Courage to Dream trilogy; our library has the complete set.  When her mother suffers a stroke, medical student Deirdre O’Leary makes the difficult choice to put her career on hold to care for her.  She approaches Dr. Matthew Claiborne who is renowned for his amazing results with patients, but he is surly and uninterested in helping.  He is a widower devoted to his daughter, Phoebe.  When a health scare with Phoebe causes him to turn to Deirdre for help, a bargain is struck that includes his caring for Deirdre’s mother.

Also by Susan Anne Mason, A Most Noble Heir:  When stable hand Nolan Price learns from his dying mother that he is actually the son of the Earl of Stainsby, his plans for a future with kitchen maid Hannah Burnham are shattered.  Once he is officially acknowledged as the earl’s heir, Nolan will be forbidden to marry beneath his station.  It seems that only a miracle will bring Nolan and Hannah together.

Allie Pleiter, Cloak and Grammar:  In this latest installment in the Secrets of Castleton Manor Library series, a retirement celebration for author Red Maxton is being planned, but before the event begins, a dead man in discovered in the hedge maze who looks just like Red.  The event is canceled, but then Red shows up—alive and well.  Once again, the members of the Candle House Book Club are on the case, along with Watson, the crime-solving cat.

Naomi Stephens, Shadow among Sheaves:  Set in 1857 in India and England, this novel is inspired by the Biblical love story of Ruth and Boaz.  Rena, an Indian woman, loses her husband, a British officer.  She follows her mother-in-law to England, where Rena meets Lord Barric, who attempts to help the two widows despite his better judgment.


Adult non-fiction, large print:

Michael Lewis, The Fifth Risk:  What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works?  After the 2016 election, similar stories played out across all departments:  President Trump’s appointees were few and far between, and those that showed up were shockingly uniformed.  Some threw away the briefing books that had been prepared for them.  In this sea of confusion, still there are unsung heroes:  the public servants whose knowledge and dedication keep the machinery running.  Michael Lewis finds them, and asks them what keeps them up at night.

James Patterson, true-crime thrillers as seen on the Discovery ID TV series, Murder Is ForeverMurder Beyond the Grave and Murder, Interrupted.  As previously reported, the library also has a third book in this series:  Home Sweet Murder.  All three books are in large print.


Adult non-fiction, standard (regular) print:

Kathryn Kleinman and Sara Slavin:  On Flowers by Kathryn Kleinman and Sara Slavin.  This is an exquisite, full-color volume that celebrates the wonder and beauty of flowers.  In arrangements by outstanding designers and in stunning photographs, this beautiful book presents imaginative worlds created from flowers—flowers contained in vases and wreaths, edible flowers for salads and garnishes, and fantasy designs of flowers as clothing and art.  A lyrical text explores the significance of flowers in literature, poetry, and everyday life, as well as practical information on the styling, handling, and care of flowers.  Included also are 20 delicious recipes such as Scented Geranium Muffins and Pasta with Wild Onion Flowers.

Ed McMahon and David Fisher, When Television Was Young:  Many of us remember Ed McMahon for his 30 years on The Tonight Show.  This book is the inside history of the early days of television; he worked with the pioneers of TV entertainment, and he lets the legends of the small screen tell their own stories here.

Patricia Morrisroe, 9 ½ Narrow: My Life in Shoes:  This is a funny, poignant, coming-of-age memoir of love, loss, and the shoes that carry us through.  She remembers, over five decades, the shoes she wore at given times and the people she was with, making shoes so much more than mere footwear.

The Best of Martha Stewart Living: Great American Wreaths:  This gorgeous book gives step-by-step instructions for 52 beautiful wreaths created with natural materials and simple techniques.  Each wreath represents a state in the union, as well as the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

Ron White, Bedrolls, Bushes, and Beaches: The Hippie Years:  Mr. White is a former resident of Smyrna.  His memoir brings us back to the world of the 1960’s where his personal struggles could not dim his dreams of travel, achieving his goal of circumnavigating the globe at age 22.  Growing up in an abusive home, travel and music kept him sane.


New Books for Children

Linda Ashman, William Wakes Up:  William (a boy) and his animal friends have had the whole winter to nap.  Now it’s time for them to wake up and welcome a very special guest.  There’s lots to do to get ready, from scrubbing the floors to baking a tasty treat.  But it’s so hard to leave a cozy bed….

Stacy McAnulty, Sun!: One in a Billion:  Sun is a yellow dwarf star and a huge space lover.  The center of the solar system, he’s surrounded by eight planets, the Kuiper Belt, the Oort Cloud, and numerous dwarf planets (including Pluto).  This is Sun’s story, entertaining and informative.  He makes learning fun!

Oge Mora, Thank you, Omu!:  Everyone in the neighborhood dreams of a taste of Omu’s delicious stew!  One by one, they follow their noses toward the scrumptious scent, and one by one, Omu offers a portion of her meal.  Soon the pot is empty.  Has she been so generous that she has nothing left for herself?  (“Omu”—pronounced AH-moo—is the Igbo term for “queen.”)  This is a heartwarming story of sharing and community.

David Ezra Stein, Hush, Little Bunny:  “Hush, Little Baby” is a lullaby that parents have sung to their children for generations.  Here, it has been reimagined, featuring an irresistible papa bunny and his little one.  This is a tender ode to unconditional love and the beauty of the natural world, perfect to share with your bunny.

Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel, The Donkey Egg:  Bear doesn’t want to work on his farm.  He’d rather sleep all day.  Good thing Fox knows exactly what Bear needs—a donkey!  And Fox just happens to have a donkey egg that’s almost ready to hatch.  But wait!  Donkeys don’t come from eggs….  Is Bear in for a surprise?


New Toys

Card games:  Crazy 8’s, Go Fish, and Slap Jack!

Puppets:  Brown Cow, Hedgehog, Jack Russell Terrier, Peacock, Rat in a Tin Can, Red Fox, Sea Serpent, and Swallowtail Butterfly.

Puzzles:  Two different 3D brain-benders.

Stuffed animals:  Babe the Pig and Friends, Llily the Llama, pelican, and rooster.

Toys to ride:  Yankee Doodle the Rocking Horse and the Library Dragon.


New on DVD

Blade Runner 2049; Close Encounters of the Third Kind; Dead Men; Hacksaw Ridge; Highlander (5 movies); Into the West; The Perfect Weapon; The Snowman; The Villainess; Wild West: Meet the Animals of the Legendary American West (BBC Earth).