New Items ~ July 2018

FICTION

All the ever afters by Danielle Teller.  The untold story of Cinderella’s stepmother, this gives life to the brace and resourceful Agnes, better known as one of fairy tales’ most reviled villains.

The atrocities by Jeremy Shipp.  Any fans of haunted houses or strange families will thoroughly enjoy this read.

Beautiful music by Michael Zadoorian.  Set in early 1970s Detroit, a racially divided city still reeling from its violent riot of 1967, this novel is the story of a high school boy’s transformation through music.

The captives by Debra Jo Immergut.  A riveting story of a woman convicted of a brutal crime, the prison psychologist who recognizes her as his high school crush – and the charged reunion that sets off an astonishing chain of events with dangerous consequences for both.

The cast by Danielle Steel.  A magazine columnist meets an array of Hollywood professionals when a producer turns a story about his grandmother into a TV series.

The death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware.  A tarot card reader mistakenly receives an inheritance letter and attends the funeral of the deceased to collect it.

Denver Moon: the mind of Mars by Warren Hammond.  Once considered humanity’s future home, Mars hasn’t worked out like anybody hoped.  Plagued by crime and a terraforming project that’s centuries from completion, Mars is a red hell.

The favorite sister by Jessica Knoll.  This is a blistering paced thriller starring two sisters who join the cast of a reality TV series.  One won’t make it out alive.  So…who did it?

Florida by Lauren Groff.  A literary tour de force of precariousness set in a blistering place, a state shaped like a gun.

The girl who never read Noam Chomsky by Jana Casale.  The interior life of a millennial Everywoman as she matures over the decades.  So much fun, so smart, and ultimately profound and beautiful.

The lonely witness by William Boyle.  When a young woman with a sordid past witnesses a murder, she finds herself fascinated by the killer and decides to track him down herself.

Motherhood by Sheila Heti.  A novel about whether to have children that will spark conversations about womanhood, parenthood, and about how – and for whom – to live.

The optimistic decade by Heather Abel.  You say you want a revolution?  This energetic and entertaining novel about a utopian summer camp and its charismatic leader asks smart questions about good intentions gone terribly wrong.

The outsider by Stephen King.  An unspeakable crime.  A confounding investigation.  Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face?

Shelter in place by Nora Roberts.  Survivors of a mass shooting outside a mall near Portland, Maine develop different coping mechanisms and face a new menace years later.

Social creature by Tara Burton.  Louise has nothing.  Lavinia has everything.  After a chance encounter, the two spiral into an intimate, intense, and possibly toxic friendship.  A Talented Mr. Ripley for the digital age, this takes a classic tale of obsession and makes it irresistibly new.

Sorority by Genevieve Crane.  An addictive, compulsively readable exploration of female friendship and coming of age that will appeal to anyone who has ever been curious about what goes on in a sorority house.

That kind of mother by Rumaan Alam.  Can motherhood ever look beyond race?  Can we learn to recognize the terrible blindness of our respective cultural perspective?

There there by Tommy Orange.  A look at Native American life in Oakland, CA, through the experiences and perspectives of 12 characters.  The author articulates the challenges and complexities not only of Native Americans but also of America itself.

Timberline by Matthew Mayo.  Based in the northern Rocky Mountains at the beginning of the winter months, this is a tale of adventure, survival, determination, and surprise.  Western fans will enjoy.

Time was by Ian McDonald.  Brought together by a secret project designed to hide British targets from German radar, Tom and Ben have found a love that could not be revealed. When the project went wrong, they vanished into nothingness, presumed dead.  Now they are lost in time, hunting each other across decades, leaving clues in books of poetry and trying to make their desperate timelines overlap.

NONFICTION

Beneath a ruthless sun by Gilbert King.  A spellbinding true story of racism, privilege, and official corruption.  By turns sobering, frightening, and thrilling, this meticulous account of the power and tenacity of officially sanctioned racism recalls a dark era that America is still struggling to leave behind.

Birds of a feather by Lorin Lindner.  Parrots and military veterans bond and heal each other in this powerful story of dedicated service to abandoned birds and veterans and how bringing them together helped save them all.

Calypso by David Sedaris.  This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke.  It is simultaneously Sedaris’ darkest and warmest book yet – and it just might be his very best.

Fight like a girl by Kate Germano.  One woman’s professional battle against systemic gender bias in the Marines and the lessons it hold for all of us.

First in line by Kate Brower.  An intimate, news-making look at the men who are next in line to the most powerful office in the world – the vice-presidents of the modern era, from Richard Nixon to Joe Biden to Mike Pence.

I’m Keith Hernandez by Keith Hernandez.  The legendary first baseman tells all in this gripping memoir.  His mission was not to write a “boring” baseball book.  Mission accomplished.

The last lobster by Christopher White.  Although Maine has been experiencing a lobster “boom” in the past few years, White says a climate-affected fluctuation in lobster populations may be endangering the industry and the Maine culture it supports.

The lives of the Surrealists by Desmond Morris.  Life histories of the Surrealists, known and unknown by one of the last surviving members of the movement.

One day you’ll thank me by David McGlynn.  A pleasing blend of humor and humility that shows what it means to be a father in America today.  Timeless, funny, and honest stories of raising boys.

Paul Simon: the life by Robert Hilburn.  An intimate, candid, and definitive bio written with Simon’s participation – but without editorial control – by an acclaimed music writer.

Reporter: a memoir by Seymour Hersh.  A revealing memoir of a decades-long career breaking some of the most impactful stories of the last half-century, from Washington to Vietnam to the Middle East.

The restless wave by John McCain.  A memoir by the Republican senator from Arizona, an American hero who reflects on his life – and what matters most.

The rise and fall of the dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte.  Every week a new species of dinosaur is being discovered somewhere in in the world.  EVERY WEEK.  We are in a new golden age of dinosaur science, and this provides an insider’s view of that history.

Ruthless tide by Al Roker.  A gripping narrative history of the 1889 Johnstown Flood – the deadliest flood in US history.

The soul of America by Jon Meacham.  The Pulitzer Prize winning biographer contextualizes the present political climate through the lens of difficult moments in American history.

Tip of the iceberg by Mark Adams.  A fascinating and funny journey into Alaska, America’s last frontier, retracing the historic 1899 Harriman Expedition.  Tourists will certainly enjoy reading about both the past and the present, and the breezy, self-deprecating tone makes for an obvious vacation diversion.

World War II at sea by Craig Symonds.  Many have argued that WW II was dominated by naval operations; few have shown and explained how and why this was the case.  This combines story-telling verve, expertly illuminating not only the mechanics of large scale warfare on (and below) the sea but offering wisdom into the nature of the war itself.

PICTURE BOOKS

Aquarium by Cynthia Alonso

Dude by Aaron Reynolds

Fall in Line, Holden! by Daniel W Vandever

Geraldine by Elizabeth Lilly

King of Bees by Lester L. Laminack

No Kimchi for Me by Aram Kim

People Don’t Bite People by Lisa Wheeler

Roar: A Dinosaur Tour by Michael Paul

Teddy’s Favorite Toy by Christian Trimmer

Two Problems for Sophia by Jim Averbeck

Vernon is on His Way: Small Stories by Philip C. Stead

CHAPTER BOOKS

Boy Called Bat by Elana Arnold

I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Lulu Is Getting a Sister by Judith Viorst

Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh

Train I Ride by Paul Mosier

Unicorn in the Barn by Jacqueline K. Ogburn

 

NON-FICTION

Lemonade Stand Cookbook by Kathy Starahs

Rodent Rascals by Roxie Munro

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating

What’s on Your Plate? Exploring the World of Food by Whitney Stewart

GRAPHIC NOVELS

Bolivar by Sean Rubin

Time Museum by Matthew Loux

Do You Know Komodo Dragons? By Alain M. Bergeron

NEW DVDs

Early Man (2018) starring Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston.

G-Force (2009) starring Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz.

Gnomeo & Juliet (2011) starring Michael Caine and Emily Blunt.

Strange Magic (2015) starring Evan Rachel Wood and Kristen Chenoweth.

Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.

Independence Day Poem From The Shelves

I ~ If you lived at the time of the American Revolution

N ~ Notable American women

D ~ Digging to America

E ~ Eight American poets

P ~ Patriotic crafts

E ~ Ethnic America

N ~ New discoveries in American quilts

D ~ Discovering great American artists

E ~ Exploring North America

N ~ National Parks

C ~ Celebrate America

E ~ Escaping to America

D ~ Don’t know much about American history

A ~ Absolutely American

Y ~ You wouldn’t want to be an American colonist!

Magazines! In The Library?!?!?!

Do you feel magazines are too expensive to subscribe to or to buy individually?  Here’s a reminder that you can borrow them for free at the Gardiner Public Library.  We have a selection of over 25 titles some of which are:  Antiques & Fine Arts, Consumers Reports, DownEast, Entertainment, Kiplinger’s, Money, Nation, People, Rolling Stone, Time, and Yankee.  Check them out !

Summer Reading Program ~ 2018

Summer Reading Program begins June 18th.  Here is a list of events and how to get your charts. Looking forward to seeing you all during the summer at the library were there will be plenty of things happen.

Join us Wednesdays @ 10:00 AM in the Children’s Room for 8 weeks.

Free Admission and Free Popcorn!

June 20th ~ Treasure Planet ~ (PG 96 min.)

June 27th ~ The BoxTrolls ~ (PG 100 min.)

July 11th ~ Leap ~ (PG 85 min.)

July 18th ~ Gnomeo & Juliet ~ (G 84 min.)

July 25th ~ Strange Magic ~ (PG 99 min.)

August 1st ~ Early Man ~ (PG 89 min.)

August 8th ~ Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day! ~ (PG 81 min.)

August 15th ~ G-Force ~ (PG 88 min.)

Lindsay & Her Puppet Pals

Programs sponsored by the Gardiner Federal Credit Union

New Items ~ June 2018

FICTION

Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk.  Young men take on geriatric politicians who are pushing the country toward a third world war.

American by day by Derek Miller.  A gripping and timely novel that follows Sigrid, a dry-witted Norwegian detective, from Oslo to the U.S. on a quest to find her missing brother.

Big guns by Steve Israel.  From the congressman-turned-novelist comes a comic tale about the mighty firearm industry, a small Long Island town, and Washington politics.

Circe by Madeline Miller.  This tells about Circe’s evolution from insignificant nymph to formidable witch best known for turning Odysseus’ sailors into swine.

Date with malice by Julia Chapman.  Mystery readers who love to escape to Louise Penny’s village of Three Pines will enjoy becoming acquainted with the town of Bruncliffe and its quirky residents.

Dead girl running by Christina Dodd.  Two emotionally damaged characters find hope, self-forgiveness, and love in this modern version of Gaslight that hooks readers and keeps them mesmerized until the end.

The fallen by David Baldacci.  Amos Decker, known as the Memory Man, puts his talents toward solving a string of murders in a Rust Belt town.

Family and other catastrophes by Alexandra Borowitz.  A wedding weekend tests an eccentric family’s bonds.  Humor and heart mix here and it will resonate with anyone who loves their family despite said family’s best efforts.

The flight attendant by Chris Bohjalian.  A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened.

Home for unwanted girls by Joanna GoodmanPhilomena meets Orphan Train –  the story of a young unwed mother who is forcibly separated from her daughter at birth and the lengths to which they go to find each other.

 Line of glory by Thomas Clagett.  Although the tale has been told many times, Clagett has done a masterful job of delving into the back stories of the characters involved in the Alamo, both Texan and Mexican.

The listener by Robert McCammon.  Race relations are one subject of this seductive slice of supernatural noir set in 1934 New Orleans.

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner.  A woman is separated from her son when she begins two consecutive life sentences in a California correctional facility.

The merry spinster by Mallory Ortberg.  A collection of darkly playful stories based on classic fold and fairy tales (but with a feminist spin) that find the sinister in the familiar and the familiar in the alien.

Mile High Murder by Marcia Talley.  This mystery takes the reader on a timely and illuminating trip into the often befuddling world of marijuana legislation.

My dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray.  The tale of Alexander Hamilton’s wife – seen growing up in revolutionary New York, passionately entering into marriage, and striving to assure Hamilton’s legacy.

 Noir by Christopher Moore.  A zany tale set on the mean streets of post-World War II San Francisco, and featuring a diverse cast of characters including a hapless bartender, his Chinese sidekick, a doll with sharp angles and dangerous curves, and a black mamba.

The only story by Julian Barnes.  A love affair between a 48 year old and a 19 year old is hardly unheard of, but this reverses gender expectations.

Our little secret by Roz Nay.  Grilled by police about the missing wife of her former boyfriend, Angela reveals the fateful story of their love triangle.

The perfect mother by Aimee Molloy.  An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.

River’s child by Mark Seiler.  Fasten your seat belt in this fantasy as our spirited heroes ride icebergs from the frozen north, battle wild men, and fall in love while they race to prevent world war.

Robert B. Parker’s old black magic by Ace Atkins.  Ironic, tough-but-tender Boston PI Spenser delves into the black market art scene to investigate a decades-long crime of dangerous proportions.

The saint of wolves and butchers by Alex Grecian.  A chilling thriller about an enigmatic hunter on the trail of a Nazi who has secretly continued his devilish work here in America.

Scot free by Catriona McPherson.  This character-driven romp is sparked by the larger-than-life quirky residents of the Last Ditch Motel, putting this laugh-out-loud whodunit on a par with the early Janet Evanovich.

The Sparsholt affair by Alan Hollinghurst.  Explores richly complex relationships between fathers and sons as it spans 7 transformative decades in England, from the 1940s through the present.

Speed the dawn by Philip Donlay.  Hundreds of white-hot meteor fragments plunge toward Earth near Monterey Bay.  Huge fires ignite the tender-dry landscape, the power grid collapse, and the fires grow.  Donovan Nash realizes he is trapped.

The spirit photographer by Jon Varese.  Historical suspense about a charismatic con man haunted – perhaps literally – by a ghost from his past.

Tomb of the unknown racist by Blanche Boyd.  Explores the intricate world of the white supremacy movement and the treacherous ways that racism shatters families and spreads its dark roots across America.

NEW DVDs

The Post (2017) starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) starring Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill

The Greatest Showman (2017) starring Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams

NONFICTION

Accidental brothers by Nancy Segal.  The riveting story of two sets of identical twins separated at birth and improbably reunited as adults, a dream case for exploring nature and nurture.

Alt-right by Mike Wendling.  A vital guide to understanding the racist, misogynist, far-right movement that rose to prominence during Donald Trump’s election campaign.

The big ones by Lucy Jones.  A riveting history of natural disasters, their impact on our culture, and new ways of thinking about the ones to come.

Cousins Maine Lobster by Jim Tselikis.  From the co-founders of the Cousins Maine Lobster food truck comes a business book revealing to new entrepreneurs how the authors built their brand through integrity and authenticity.

 Crafting a patterned home by Kristin Nicholas.  Create a unique space that’s all your own – bold and colorful handmade projects to fill your home with pattern.

Darwin comes to town by Menno Schilthuizen.  In this delightful account, readers who assume that pigeons, cockroaches, and rats are the only representatives of city biology will learn that it is far more complex.  This is an expert romp through urban natural history.

The death and life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan.  A landmark work of science, history, and reporting on the past, present and imperiled future of the Great Lakes.

Man vs Baby by Matt Coyne.  A fresh take on the bewilderment and joy of having a baby from a rip-roaring new voice, this combination memoir and advice book is sure to charm parents everywhere.

The milk lady of Bangalore by Shoba Narayan.  Sincere and laugh-out-loud funny, Narayan’s rich and evocative writing transports readers to the busy streets of Bangalore and a fully formed picture of modern India.

My patients and other animals by Suzanne Fincham-Gray.  A moving memoir of a life spent in the company of animals – a veterinarian sheds light on the universal experiences of illness, healing, and how we care for loved ones.

Natural causes by Barbara Ehrenreich.  An epidemic of wellness, the certainty of dying, and killing ourselves to live longer…the author explores how we are killing ourselves to live long, but not better.

No immediate danger by William Vollmann.  A timely, eye-opening book about climate change and energy generation that focuses on the consequences of nuclear power production.

Our towns by James Fallows.  A surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media.  A realistically positive and provocative view of the country between its coasts.  Eastport, Maine is one of the towns examined.

Two sisters by Asne Seierstad.  The riveting story of 2 sisters’ journey to the Islamic State and the father who tries to bring them home.  It’s a relentless thriller and a feat of reporting with profound lessons about belief, extremism, and the meaning of devotion.

Waiting for the last bus by Richard Holloway.  Now in his 9th decade, the former Bishop of Edinburgh presents a positive, meditative exploration of the many lessons we can learn from death along with forgiving ourselves and others.

PICTURE BOOKS

Baby Bear’s Book of Tiny Tales by David McPhail

Bear and Wolf by Daniel Salmieri

Funeral by Matt James

Honey by David Ezra Stein

I Am Enough by Grace Byers

Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs by David Soman

Memoirs of a Parrot by Devin Scillian

On the Other Side of the Garden by Jairo Buitrago

Pip & Pup by Eugene Yelchin

This Is the Nest That Robin Built by Denise Fleming

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Car by Kate Dopirak

Wake Up, Baby Bear! by Lynn Plourde

CHAPTER BOOKS

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Mystery of the Bear Cub by Tamra Wight

Mystery of the Missing Fox by Tamra Wight

Serpent’s Secret: Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond by Sayantani DasGupta

Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi

Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

Who Killed Darius Drake? by Rodman Philbrick

You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

NON-FICTION

A Seal Named Patches by Roxanne Beltran

Bluegrass Boy: The Story of Bill Monroe Father of Bluegrass Music by Barb Rosenstock

Song of the Wild: A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davies

When Paul Met Artie: The Story of Simon & Garfunkel by G. Neri

GRAPHIC NOVELS

Crafty Cat and the Great Butterfly Battle by Charise Mericale Harper

NEW DVDs

Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2018) starring Ruby Barnhill and Kate Winslet.

Paw Pals: Summer Rescues  (2017) 8 episodes of Paw Patrol.

PJ Masks: Cracking the Case (2018) Join Catboy, Owlette and Gekko on their night time missions into the night to save the day in this fun-packed superhero adventure.

PJ Masks: Let’s Go PJ Masks! (2017) Another superhero adventure with Catboy, Owlette and Gekko.

Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.

 

 

 

 

 

Philip Roth – A Poem From The Shelves

As many of you may know, Pulitzer Prize winning author, Philip Roth died recently. The following poem, in homage to him, uses only titles of some of his works.

Reading myself and others

Our Gang

Everyman

Deception

Indignation

Nemesis

Shop talk

The facts

The plot against America

American pastoral

The great American novel

The humbling

The ghost writer

Letting go

Goodbye, Columbus

Exit ghost

 

Maine State Park Pass

Here is a reminder to our patrons that the Gardiner Public Library will once again be providing a Maine State Park pass for you to use free by checking it out with your Gardiner library card.  The pass goes out for three days on a first come/first served basis and allows a vehicle and all its occupants’ free access to a State Park in Maine.

 

Enjoy the warm weather now that it has arrived!

 

Gardiner Head Start Art Exhibit

Gardiner Head Start Art Exhibit is on display in the Children’s Room until Saturday, May 19th. Take some time out of your busy week to come and see the wonderful student works. Enjoying these creations, some of the many life skills that are learned in early school years, became evident.

Friends

Head Start Art Exhibit

 

Sharing

Head Start Art Exhibit

Counting

Head Start Art Exhibit

Colors

Head Start Art Exhibit

Books

Head Start Art Exhibit

Reading

Head Start Art Exhibit

Letters

Head Start Art Exhibit

Playing

Head Start Art Exhibit

Language

Head Start Art Exhibit

Songs

Head Start Art Exhibit

Games

New Items ~ May 2018

FICTION:

Accidental heroes by Danielle Steel.  Strangers pull together to avert a disaster involving two flights from New York to San Francisco.

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline.  Scottoline keeps the pace relentless as she drops a looming threat into the heart of an idyllic suburban community, causing readers to hold their breath in anticipation.

Alternate side by Anna Quindlen.  In this novel about money, class, and self-discovery, the tensions in a tight-knit neighborhood – and a seemingly happy marriage – are exposed by an unexpected act of violence.

Anatomy of a miracle by Jonathan Miles.  A novel about a paralyzed young man’s unexplainable recovery – a stunning exploration of faith, science, mystery, and the meaning of life.

The baby plan by Kate Rorick.  Here we enter the wild, bewildering world of modern pregnancies.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll shake your head as you wonder where everyone’s sanity went.

The bishop’s pawn by Steve Berry.  Cotton Malone discovers revelations about the day Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated.

The broken girls by Simone St. James.  A riveting genre-blender that combines a supernatural tale with intertwined mysteries from the 1950s and today.

The disappeared by C.J. Box.  Wyoming game warden, Joe Pickett, has two lethal cases to contend with.

The female persuasion by Meg Wolitzer.  A novel about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time.  It’s a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time).

 The gunners by Rebecca Kauffman.  Reminiscent of The Big Chill and St. Elmo’s Fire, this novel is just as satisfying and provides readers with an entire cast of characters who feel like old friends upon finishing.

Hard aground by Brendan DuBois.  A riveting Rear Window-type drama of a man trapped in a menacing environment, forced to rely on his wits rather than brawn to solve a crime.

I bring sorrow and other stories of transgression by Patricia Abbott.  One of the stories here is about a Maine fisherman who makes an unusual catch and is the longest story in this sparkling collection.

I’ve got my eyes on you by Mary Higgins Clark.  A high school guidance counselor tries to uncover the identity of her sister’s murderer.

Lake silence by Anne Bishop.  In this thrilling and suspenseful fantasy, an inn owner and her shape-shifting lodger find themselves enmeshed in danger and dark secrets.

Let me lie by Clare MacKintosh.  The police say it was suicide.  Anna says it was murder.  They’re both wrong.  Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie.

No one ever asked by Katie Ganshert.  Challenging perceptions of discrimination and prejudice, this drama explores three women navigating challenges in a changing school district – and in their lives.

The perfume burned his eyes by Michael Imperioli.  16 year old Matthew is moved by his mother from Queens to a posh apartment in Manhattan in 1976 after she gets a large inheritance.  Having just lost his 2 important male models – his father and grandfather – Matthew becomes fascinated by another resident in the new building: the singer Lou Reed.

The punishment she deserves by Elizabeth George.  Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard and detective sergeant Barbara Havers are approached by a Member of Parliament with a request to investigate the supposed suicide of a constituent’s son.

A reckoning by Linda Spalding.  This is set in the late 1850s as conflicts over slavery and abolition tear apart a Virginia plantation family.

Tangerine by Christine Mangan.  Living in sultry 1956 Tangier with her husband, Alice is dismayed when a troublesome former college roommate comes calling.

This scorched earth by William Gear.  An amazing tour de force depicting a family’s journey from devastation to rebirth following the American Civil War.

To die but once by Jacqueline Winspear.  In the new Maisie Dobbs novel, Winspear does a smashing job describing the bravery exhibited by everyday Britons as the fear of invasion becomes ever more real during World War II.

Trenton Makes by Tadzio Koelb.    Here is a vivid, brutal, razor-sharp debut about a woman who carves out her share of the American dream by living as a man in 1946.

Varina by Charles Frazier.  Frazier returns to the time and place of Cold Mountain, vividly bringing to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil War as he tells the story of the wife of Jefferson Davis – a woman who comes to realize that complicity carries consequences.

Worst fear by Matt Hilton.  In Portland, Maine, private investigator Tess Grey discovers that someone from her past is pursuing a deadly vendetta – and she could be the next to die.

NEW DVDs:

The Phantom Thread (2017) starring Daniel Day-Lewis

The Handmaid’s Tale (2017) starring Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes

Quiz Show (1994) starring Rob Morrow, Ralph Fiennes, and Paul Scofield

Decoy (1957) starring Beverly Garland

Psycho (1960) starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh

 NONFICTION:

Everything you love will burn by Vegas Tenold.  The dark story of the shocking resurgence of white supremacist and nationalist groups, and their path to political power.

Fascism: a warning by Madeleine Albright.  A personal and urgent examination of Fascism in this day and how its legacy shapes today’s world, written by the first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State.

A higher loyalty by James Comey.  The former FBI director shares his experience from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions.

Historic New England by Patricia Harris.  A tour of the region’s top 100 national landmarks – touchstones of our collective past that still resonate with our present.

Let it rot! by Stu Campbell.  Since 1975 this has been where gardeners have looked for advice on keeping useful organic stuff out of the trash.

Life without plastic by Chantal Plamondon.  The practical step-by-step guide to avoiding plastic to keep your family and the planet healthy.

The line becomes a river by Francisco Cantu.  A former border patrol agent ponders what it means to be successful at his job.

The Lyme solution by Darin Ingels.  Here’s a five part plan to fight the inflammatory auto-immune response and beat Lyme disease.

More than true by Robert Bly.  Bly revisits a selection of fairy tales and examines how these enduring narratives capture the essence of human nature.

Norman: the doll that needed to be locked away by Stephen Lancaster.  A chilling true tale of life with a doll.  Dedicated readers of horror and internet creepy-pasta stories will thrill to the mounting evil and solution Lancaster and his wife devise to appease Norman.  A must-read for fans of the Chucky and Annabelle movies.

Redemption by Joseph Rosenbloom.  An immersive, humanizing, and demystifying look at the final hours of Dr. King’s life as he seeks to revive the non-violent civil right movement and push to end poverty in America.

Rise, decline, and renewal by Douglas Rooks.  A history of the Democratic Party in Maine from an editor of the Kennebec Journal.

12 rounds in Lo’s Gym by Todd Snyder.  Part love letter to Appalachia, part rigorous social critique, readers may find this book – and its narrative of individual and community strength in the face of globalism’s headwinds – a welcome corrective to narratives that blame those in the region for their troubles.

Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.

 

Museums

Maine has some other great art museums besides the Portland Museum of Art that are perhaps not necessarily on your radar.  For future planning, I would like to suggest an upcoming exhibit at the Bates College Museum of Art at the Olin Arts Center in Lewiston.  Beginning in June and running until October, Bates College Museum of Art will be featuring Maine’s own Dahlov Ipcar in a show that is drawn mainly from private collections.  Find out more about this exciting exhibit at the Bates College Museum of Art web site – http://www.bates.edu/museum/exhibitions/upcoming/dahlov-ipcar-a-life-in-the-arts/