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May Is National Correct Posture Month

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WHAT IS POSTURE?

Posture is how you hold your body.

There are two types different types of posture: Dynamic and Static.

-Dynamic posture is how you hold yourself when you are moving, like when you are walking, running, or bending over to pick up something.

-Static posture is how you hold yourself when you are not moving, like when you are sitting, standing, or sleeping.

HOW CAN POSTURE AFFECT MY HEALTH?

Poor posture (such as slouching or slumping over) can affect you head to toe, contributing to a number of problems:

Cause neck, shoulder, and back pain

Cause headaches and jaw pain

Cause knee, hip, and foot pain

Decrease your flexibility

Affect how well your joints move

Cause Shoulder pain and impingement

Affect your balance and increase your risk of falling

Make it harder to digest your food

Make it harder to breathe

Misalign your musculoskeletal system

Wear away at your spine, making it more fragile and prone to injury

HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY POSTURE IN GENERAL?

  • Be mindful of your posture during everyday activities, like watching television, washing dishes, or walking
  • Stay active. Any kind of exercise may help improve your posture, but certain types of exercises can be especially helpful. They include yoga, tai chi, and other classes that focuses on body awareness. It is also a good idea to do exercises that strengthen your core (muscles around your back, abdomen, and pelvis).
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Extra weight can weaken your abdominal muscles, cause problems for your pelvis and spine, and contribute to lower back pain. All of these can hurt your posture.
  • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes. High heels, for example, can throw off your balance and force you to walk differently. This puts more stress on your muscles and harms your posture.
  • Make sure work surfaces are at a comfortable height for you, whether you’re sitting in front of a computer, making dinner, or eating a meal.

HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY POSTURE WHEN STANDING?

  • Stand up straight and tall
  • Keep your shoulders back
  • Pull your stomach in
  • Put your weight mostly on the balls of your feet
  • Keep your head level
  • Let your arms hang down naturally at your sides
  • Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart

HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY POSTURE WHEN SITTING?

So many of us spend a good deal of time sitting – either at work, at school, or at home. It is important to sit properly, and to take frequent breaks:

  • Switch sitting positions often
  • Take brief walks around your office or home
  • Gently stretch your muscles every so often to help relieve muscle tension
  • Don’t cross your legs; keep your feet on the floor, with your ankles in front of your knees
  • Make sure that your feet touch the floor, or if that’s not possible, use a footrest
  • Relax your shoulders; they should not be rounded or pulled backwards
  • Keep your elbows in close to your body. They should be bent between 90 and 120 degrees.
  • Make sure that your back is fully supported. Use a back pillow or other back support if your chair does not have a backrest that can support your lower back’s curve.
  • Make sure that your thighs and hips are supported. You should have a well-padded seat, and your thighs and hips should be parallel to the floor.

POSTURE TEST

You can take a posture test at home without any equipment. You will need someone’s help to take a measurement with a ruler or tape measure.

First, stand against the wall, with the back of your head touching the wall. Place heels 6 inches out from the wall.

Your buttocks and both shoulder blades should be touching the wall. Have someone measure the space between your neck and the wall. Also, measure the distance between the wall and the small of your back.

Both these measurements should be less than 2 inches. If the measurement is greater than 2 inches, you likely have poor posture and a curved spine.

There’s an app for that.

New Items ~ May 2021

FICTION

Act your age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert.  The flightiest of the Brown sisters crashes into the life of an uptight B & B owner and has him falling hard – literally!

The Affair by Danielle Steel.  A French author’s extramarital affair affects various member of his wife’s family.

All the cowboys ain’t gone by John Jacobson.  The main character is an old fashioned hero worth rooting for with much Indiana Jones-style derring-do as he travels from Texas at the turn of the century to join the French Foreign Legion.

Cloudmaker by Malcolm Brooks.  A soaring novel set during the summer of Amelia Earhart’s final flight, a tale of American ingenuity and optimism set against the backdrop of a deepening Great Depression.

The consequences of fear by Jacqueline Winspear.  Maisie Dobbs uncovers a conspiracy with devastating implications for Britain’s war effort during the Nazi occupation of Europe.

Danger in numbers by Heather Graham.  Deep in the Everglades, an eerie crime scene sets off an investigation that sends two agents deep into a world of corrupted faith, greed, and deadly secrets.

The drowning kind by Jennifer McMahon.  A chilling novel about a woman who returns to the old family home after her sister mysteriously drowns in its swimming pool…but she’s not the pool’s only victim.

Eternal by Lisa Scottoline.  Three people involved in a love triangle find everything they hold dear is tested as Mussolini’s power grows and laws change in Rome.

Infinite Country by Patricia Engel.  A story of a family occupying two different countries, Columbia and the United States.

The Kaiser’s web by Steve Berry.  A newly discovered dossier from World War II might change the course of Germany’s upcoming elections.

Klara and the sun by Kazuo Ishiguro.  An “Artificial Friend” named Klara is purchased to serve as a companion to an ailing 14 year old girl.

The ladies of the secret circus by Constance Sayers.  A magical story spanning from the jazz age in Paris to modern-day America of family secrets, sacrifice, and lost love set against the backdrop of a mysterious circus.

The lamplighters by Emma Stonex.  A gorgeous and atmospheric novel about the mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse keepers from a remote tower miles from the Cornish coast – and about the wives who were left behind.

The last bookshop in London by Madeline Martin.  Through blackouts and air raids as the Blitz intensifies, a woman discovers the power of storytelling to unite her community in ways she never dreamed – a force that triumphs over even the darkest night of the war.

The lost apothecary by Sarah Penner.  An aspiring historian in London finds a clue that might put to rest unsolved apothecary murders from 200 years ago.

The lost village by Camilla Sten.  In 1959, 900 villagers disappeared without a trace.  How can an entire village full of people just…vanish?  This delivers maximum dread with remarkable restraint.   As the situation goes from bad to worse to terrifying, readers will revel in the chills.

Meet me in Paradise by Libby Hubscher.  Marin Cole has never:  seen the ocean, climbed mountains, taken a risk in her life.  But if her sister’s plan works, she just might do all three.

Never far away by Michael Koryta.  Placed in witness protection in remote northern Maine, Leah risks exposing herself to the dangerous forces of her past when her homesick children run away.

The nine lives of Rose Napolitano by Donna Freitas.  This explores 9 possible outcomes when a woman who has never wanted children marries a man who gradually decides he does.

Of women and salt by Gabriela Garcia.  The daughter of a Cuban immigrant take sin the daughter of a neighbor detained by ICE and seeks to learn about her own family history.

The other Emily by Dean Koontz.  Haunted by the unsolved disappearance of the love of his life a decade earlier, a writer visits her suspected killer in prison before meeting a woman who uncannily resembles the person he lost.

Other people’s children by R.J. Hoffmann.  A riveting novel about a couple whose dream of adopting a baby is shattered when the teenage mother reclaims her child.

The phone booth at the edge of the world by Laura Messina.  Two bereft people find themselves seeking a garden at the top of a hill in Japan, where a disconnected phone allows the grief-stricken to send their voice into the wind as they talk to those they have lost.

The red book by James Patterson.  This puts the characters through hell in a story that’s top-drawer crime fiction.

Serpentine by Jonathan Kellerman.  Alex Delaware is traversing the forbidding place known as L.A. and exhuming the past in order to bring a vicious killer to justice.

What’s mine and yours by Naima Coster.  The integration of a North Carolina school ties together a pair of seemingly unconnected families for two decades.

NEW DVDs

Wonder Woman 1984  (2020) starring Gail Gadot and Chris Pine

News of the world (2020) starring Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel

The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) starring Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson

The snake pit (1948) starring Olivia de Havilland

The enchanted cottage (1945) starring Dorothy McGuire and Robert Young

NONFICTION

Birds of Maine by Peter Vickery.  This offers a detailed look at the state’s birds – from the Wild Turkey to the Arctic Tern – with info on migration patterns and how Maine’s geography and shifting climate mold its birdlife.

Fears of a setting sun by Dennis Rasmussen.  The surprising story of how the Founding Fathers came to despair for the future of the nation they had created.

Fourteen (talks) by (age) fourteen by Michelle Icard.  The 14 essential conversations to have with your tween and early teenager to prepare them for the emotional, physical, and social challenges ahead.

The hill we climb by Amanda Gorman.  The poem read on President Biden’s Inauguration Day by the youngest poet to write and perform an inaugural poem.

Lady Bird Johnson by Julia Sweig.  A look at the policy initiatives and the leadership style of the first lady during her time in the East Wing.

Restoring your historic house by Scott Hanson.  The complete comprehensive guide for homeowners on how to accommodate contemporary life in a historical house.

Sensitive is the new strong by Anita Moorjani.  The power of empaths in an increasingly harsh world.

Shooting Midnight Cowboy by Glenn Frankel.  The history of the controversial 1969 Oscar-winning film that signaled a dramatic shift in American popular culture.

Sidelined by Julie DiCaro.  This is a sweeping takedown of misogyny in America’s sports media and professional leagues.  It’s all about sports, culture, and being a woman in America.

Wait, I’m working with who?  by Peter Economy.  The essential guide to dealing with difficult coworkers, annoying managers, and other toxic personalities.

Where we find ourselves: the photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897-1922.  These are interesting on so many levels and is Americana at its most compelling, real buried treasure brought to life.

Winter pasture by Li Juan.  A warm portrait of stark, strenuous lives in remote China as a woman journeys with a family of herders in winter.  It’s a rare look at a disappearing world.

The women of the Bible speak by Shannon Bream.  They lived timeless stories – by examining them, we can understand what it means to be a woman of faith.

Children’s Books

PICTURE BOOKS

Birdsong by Julie Flett

Curious George goes swimming by Margret Rey

Granddaddy’s turn : a journey to the ballot box by Michael S. Bandy

I am perfectly designed by Karamo Brown

I promise by LeBron James

Love you forever by Robert Munsch

Northbound : a train ride out of segregation by Michael S. Bandy

Spring stinks by Ryan Higgins

V is for voting by Kate Farrell

Vote for our future! by Margaret McNamara

Welcome to the party by Gabrielle Union

Your house, my house by Marianne Dubuc

CHAPTER BOOKS

Alone in the woods by Rebecca Behrens

Ancestor approved : intertribal stories for kids edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Clean getaway by Nic Stone

Loretta Little looks back : three voices go tell it! by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Two roads by Joseph Bruchac

Wings of fire : the dangerous gift by Tui Sutherland

GRAPHIC NOVELS

The Great bunk bed battle by Tina Kugler

Hilo. Book 7, Gina the girl who broke the world by Judd Winick

History Comics. The Challenger disaster : tragedy in the skies by Pranas Naujokaitis

History Comics. The Great Chicago fire : rising from the ashes by Kate Hannigan

History Comics. The Roanoke Colony : America’s first mystery by Chris Schweizer

NON-FICTION

Beginner’s world atlas by National Geographic Kids

Buzzing with questions : the inquisitive mind of Charles Henry Turner by Janice N. Harrington

Dinosaur lady : the daring discoveries of Mary Anning, the first paleontologist by Linda Skeers

The great bear rescue : saving the Gobi bears by Sandra Markle

Heartbeat by Doe Boyle

Hello neighbor! : the kind and caring world of Mister Rogers by Matthew Cordell

Insects by the numbers : a book of infographics by Steve Jenkins

Kamala Harris : rooted in justice by Nikki Grimes

Marie’s Ocean : Marie Tharp maps the mountains under the sea by Josie James

Student World Atlas by National Geographic

National parks of the U.S.A. by Kate Siber

The national parks : discover all 62 parks of the United States by Stefanie Payne

Space : a visual encyclopedia by DK

Whoosh! : Lonnie Johnson’s super-soaking stream of inventions by Chris Barton

William Still and his freedom stories : the father of the underground railroad by Don Tate

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

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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 What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence refers to sexual activity when consent in not obtained or not freely given. The term sexual violence can refer to any violence, physical or psychological, carried out through sexual means or by targeting a person’s sexuality, gender identity, or gender expression. Sexual violence impacts every community and affects people of all races, religions, cultures, sexual orientations, socioeconomic and age groups. 

 Sexual Violence Statistics

Sexual Violence Myths & Facts

There is a lot of information (and misinformation) that circulates about sexual violence and the people affected by it. The following myths are common and can impact survivors of assault or abuse, as well as the behavior and effectiveness of friends, family, medical, social service and law enforcement personnel. This will help clarify some of the most common myths.

Myth: Sexual Assaults are not that common.

Fact: There is an average of 433,648 victims ages 12 or older of rape and sexual assault each year in the U.S. This means 1 sexual assault occurs every 73 seconds.

Myth: Only women are victims of sexual assault/Men cannot be sexually assaulted.

Fact: A victim of sexual assault can be of any age, race, class, gender, or sexual orientation. According to RAINN (The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network), one in ten victims of sexual assault is male, and three percent of American men are victims of rape or attempted rape.

Myth: Most sexual assaults are committed by strangers.

Fact: Most sexual assaults and rapes (8 out of 10 in fact) are committed by someone the victim knows, or is acquainted with. Only about 19.5% of sexual assaults/rapes are committed by someone completely unknown to the victim.

Myth: A person cannot be sexually assaulted by their partner or spouse.

Fact: Sexual assault can be committed within any type of relationship, including in marriage, in dating relationships, or by friends, acquaintances or co-workers.

Myth: Sexual assaults most often occur in deserted areas like garages, stairwells, or wooded areas. 

Fact: The majority of assaults occur in places ordinarily thought to be safe, such as homes, cars and offices. 55% of rape or sexual assault victimizations occur at or near the victim’s home, and 12% occur at or near the home of a friend, relative, or acquaintance.

Myth: If a person is aroused s/he is assaulted, then it is not really sexual assault.

Fact: Arousal and/or an Orgasm does not mean that someone “enjoyed” the sex, or that they wanted it. Arousal and/or an Orgasm can be a natural biological reaction that someone can’t control; it does not mean that forced or coerced sexual activity was consensual and often this is used to silence the survivor.

Myth: If a victim of sexual assault does not scream or fight or has no injury, it could not have been a sexual assault.

Fact: Submission is not consent; lack of a “no” does not mean “yes”.  There are many reasons why it may not be “safe” or possible for someone to physically resist or fight back. – Many survivors experience something called tonic immobility or a “freeze response” during an assault where they physically cannot move or speak.

Myth: It’s only considered “forced” when there is some form of violence.

Fact: Force is: blackmail, emotional coercion, manipulation, threats, intimidation, the use of alcohol and drugs, the use or display of a weapon, physical battery or assault, immobilization or restriction and any combination thereof.

Myth: People that have been sexually assaulted will be hysterical and crying.

Fact: Survivors of sexual assault elicit a range of emotional, physical, and mental reactions to the trauma of being sexually assaulted, including not having any reaction at all. Each victim will respond differently.

Myth: Sexual assault is caused by lust or uncontrollable sexual urges and the need for sexual gratification

Fact: While some offenders do seek sexual gratification from the act, sexual gratification is most often not a primary motivation for a rape offender. Power, control, and anger are more likely to be the primary motivators.

Myth: Sexual assault is provoked by the victim’s wearing revealing clothing, behaving provocatively, or drinking/using drugs.

Fact: Sexual assault is NEVER the victim’s fault, and has nothing to do with their actions, behaviors, or by the way they dress. Sexual assault is a violent attack on an individual, not a spontaneous crime of sexual passion.  No one “asks” for or caused their assailant to commit a crime against them.

Myth: People who commit same-sex sexual assault must be homosexual.

Fact: Sexual assault is about power and control and happens regardless of sexual orientation. Forcing sexual acts is one tactic an offender can use to dominate, humiliate, and exert power over another person regardless of that person’s gender. It can occur in same-sex and heterosexual relationships and victims of sexual assault can be any gender. In one study, 98% of men who raped boys reported that they were heterosexual.

Myth: Being sexually assaulted by someone of the same gender can make a person gay or lesbian.

Fact: The assault is typically not based on the sexual preferences of the victim or rapist, and therefore does not necessarily change the victim’s sexual orientation.

Myth: People with disabilities are at low risk for sexual assault.

Fact: People with disabilities are victims of sexual assault twice as much as people without disabilities.

Myth: Sex workers cannot be raped because they are selling sex.

Fact: Sex workers have the right to give and withhold consent to any sexual activity, and therefore, can be assaulted or raped just like anyone else.

Myth: A lot of victims lie about being raped or give false reports.

Fact: The incidence of “false reporting” is estimated at 2-6%. Reporting a sexual assault is not easy, and most sexual assaults are not reported. The false report rate is no greater than the false report rate for any other felony.

Myth: Getting help is expensive for survivors of assault.

Fact: Services such as counseling and advocacy are offered for free or at a low cost by sexual assault service providers.

Myth: There is nothing we can do to prevent sexual violence.

Fact: There are many ways you can help prevent sexual violence including intervening as a bystander to protect someone who may be at risk.

FACT: It is NEVER the victim’s fault.

 What to do if you’ve been sexually assaulted

If you’ve been sexually assaulted, you may have many mixed emotions. You may also ask yourself many questions. All reactions are valid.

 Steps to take after a sexual assault.

After a rape/sexual assault, it’s hard to know how to react. You may be physically hurt, emotionally drained, or unsure what to do next. You may be considering working with the criminal justice system, but are unsure of where to start. Here are some steps you can take…

  • Address your immediate safety. Get to a safe place/Call 911 or other local emergency personnel.
  • Call someone. No matter how late it is, you should not be alone. Call a trusted family member or friend. You can also contact an advocate from a local crisis center. (You’ll find a list of hotlines/helplines below.)
  • Consider your medical options – Remember, the choice to seek medical treatment is yours alone. Many survivors may be reluctant to pursue medical attention in the immediate wake of a sexual assault. It is ultimately up to you to decide what to do in accordance with your own physical, psychological and emotional needs. Please keep in mind that you do NOT have to report what happened to the police to receive medical attention.

Although the choice is yours, it’s recommended that you seek medical attention from a private doctor, clinic, or hospital emergency room for treatment of any injuries (including internal injuries of which you may be unaware), as well as preventative medication for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

  • Consider getting a sexual assault examination or “rape kit.” This preserves potential DNA evidence. If you decide that you do want to proceed with official charges, this evidence will be invaluable.

If the assault occurred within the past 120 hours (5 days), you can receive a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam, also known as a ‘rape kit.’ During the exam, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) will collect patient history and information about the crime that occurred, and collect physical evidence, including photographs of injuries.

Try not to not shower, bathe, eat, drink, smoke, change clothes, or use the restroom if at all possible. This is important to preserve evidence. If possible do not change your clothes, if you already changed, put your clothes in a clean paper bag (not plastic bag) and bring those clothes with you to the hospital.

You don’t have to decide right away if you’re going to talk with the police about what happened or press charges against the person who assaulted you. If you choose not to report to police right away, the evidence collected during the exam will be kept in an anonymous rape kit, which is called an Anonymous Report or Jane Doe Report. The evidence collected will be stored for one year, to give you time to decide whether you want to report the crime.

  • Find mental health support. A sexual assault service provider or your local crisis center can connect you with professionals skilled in this area of support.
  • Figure out your next steps: A sexual assault service provider can help answer any questions you may have. They can also connect you with resources you may need, including legal options.

Remember, the sexual assault was not your fault and you are not alone.

 Where to go for help:

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual abuse, you don’t have to go through it alone. The websites and hotlines listed below can help!

 HOTLINES

National Sexual Assault Hotline: National hotline, operated by RAINN, that serves people affected by sexual violence. It automatically routes the caller to their nearest sexual assault service provider. The hotline operates 24/7.

Hotline number: 1-800-656-4673

National Street Harassment Hotline: Created by Stop Street Harassment, Defend Yourself, and operated by RAINN, the National Street Harassment Hotline is a resource for those affected by gender-based street harassment.

Hotline number: 1.855.897.5910

National Sexual Violence Resource Center: NSCRV provide supportive services to victims of sexual assault: mental health support, advocacy, accompaniment during medical exams and law enforcement interviews, education, follow-up services, and referrals to other resources.

Hotline Number: 1-877-739-3895

Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault Helpline: MECASA is organized to end sexual violence and to support high-quality sexual violence prevention & response in Maine communities.

Helpline number: 1-800-871-7741

Maine Statewide Crisis Hotline: This is a 24-hour crisis hotline where callers can speak with a trained crisis clinician who can connect them with the closet crisis center.

Hotline number: 1-888-568-1112

National Domestic Violence Hotline: NDVH’s advocates are there to listen without judgement. They are there to help you begin to address what’s going on in your relationship. Their services are always free and available 24/7.

Hotline number: 1-800-799-7233

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: The NTDAH’s peer advocates are reachable by phone, text and online chat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Hotline number: 1.866.331.9474

Text: LOVEIS to 22522

Chat Live: https://www.loveisrespect.org/

ONLINE RESOURCES

After Silence: On this Web site, you will find a support group, message board, and chat room for survivors of rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse.

http://www.aftersilence.org/index.php

The National Center for Victims of Crime: The mission of the National Center for Victims of Crime is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. They are dedicated to serving individuals, families, and communities harmed by crime.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center: This site offers a wide variety of information relating to sexual violence (including a large legal resource library) for survivors, friends & family, and advocates & educators.

The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website:  The NSOPW is an unprecedented public safety resource that provides the public with access to sex offender data nationwide. Users can search the state, territorial and tribal sex offender registries all in one place.

Victim Connect Resource Center: The VCRC website is a place where victims can learn about their rights and options confidentially and compassionately. Victims can find information and connect with resources, craft their next steps, and access referrals.

Sexual Assault Resource Guide: Healthline covers a wide range of information including what is sexual assault, what is consent, what is force, how to make a police report, how to find medical care, how to get legal support, how to find mental health support, and more.

 References/Source Information:

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (Rainn)

New Items ~ April 2021

FICTION

Across the green grass fields by Seanan McGuire.  In this fantasy, a young girl discovers a portal to a land filled with centaurs and unicorns.

A bright ray of darkness by Ethan Hawke.  The blistering story of a young man making his Broadway debut in Henry IV, just as his marriage implodes – an utterly transfixing book about art and love, fame and heartbreak.

The burning girls by C.J. Tudor.  An unconventional vicar must exorcise the dark past of a remote village haunted by death and disappearances in this unsettling thriller.

Dark sky by C.J. Box.  Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett must accompany a Silicon Valley CEO on a hunting trip – but soon learns that he himself may be the hunted.

Death by chocolate snickerdoodle by Sarah Graves.  When a cunning killer and a devastating fire threaten to ravage Eastport, Jacobia Tiptree must go into action before all she loves goes up in smoke.

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn.  In the first book of the Bridgerton series, Daphne Bridgerton’s reputation soars when she colludes with the Duke of Hastings.

Enjoy the view by Sarah Morgenthaler.  A grouchy mountaineer, a Hollywood starlet, and miles of untamed wilderness.  What could possibly go wrong in this rom-com?

Faithless in death by J.D. Robb.  Eve Dallas investigates the murder of a young sculptor in the West Village.

The kitchen front by Jennifer Ryan.  A BBC-sponsored wartime cooking competition gives the four women who enter a chance to better their lives.

Landslide by Susan Conley.  The author is at her best capturing Maine’s coastal terrain as well as her character’s emotional turmoil.  Through her disarming family portrait, she speaks volumes about changing ways of life.

Later by Stephen King.  With echoes of his classic novel, It, this is a powerful, haunting, unforgettable exploration of what it takes to stand up to evil in all the faces it wears.

The lowering days by Gregory Brown.  Set in 1980s Maine, this explores family love, the power of myths and storytelling, survival and environmental exploitation, and the ties between cultural identity and the land we live on.

The midnight library by Matt Haig.  Nora Seed finds a library beyond the edge of the universe that contains books with multiple possibilities of the lives on could have lived.

Minus me by Mameve Medwed.  Her life turned upside down by a grim diagnosis, a small-town Maine woman sets about writing a “How To” life manual for her handsome yet hapless husband.

Missing and endangered by J.A. Jance.  The Cochise Country Sheriff’s daughter becomes involved in a missing persons case.

The northern reach by W.S. Winslow.  Set in Maine, this is a novel about the power of place and family ties, the weight of the stories we choose to tell, and the burden of those stories we hide.

Our Italian summer by Jennifer Probst.  Three generations of women must heal the broken pieces of their lives on a trip of a lifetime through picturesque Italy.

The Paris Library by Janet Charles.  A teenager in Montana discovers that her elderly neighbor worked decades earlier at the American Library in Paris and was part of the Resistance.

The Plague Court murders by John Dickson Carr.  When a spiritual medium is murdered in a locked hut on a haunted estate, Sir Henry Merrivale seeks a logical solution to a ghostly crime.

The rebel nun by Marj Charlier.  Based on the true story of Clotild, the daughter of a 6th century king who leads a rebellion of nuns against the rising misogyny and patriarchy of the medieval church.

The sanatorium by Sarah Pearse.  Elin Warner must find her estranged brother’s fiancée, who goes missing as a storm approaches a hotel that was once a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps.

Who is Maud Dixon?  by Alexandra Andrews.  Identity theft takes on a new meaning in this arresting thriller.

Winter’s orbit by Everina Maxwell.  A famously disappointing minor royal and the Emperor’s least favorite grandchild, Prince Kiem commanded by the Emperor to renew the empire’s bonds with its newest vassal planet.  The prince must marry Count Jainan, the recent widower of another royal prince of the empire.

NEW DVDs

Jojo Rabbit (2019) starring Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson, Taika Waititi, and Sam Rockwell

The old maid (1939) starring Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins

Foreign Correspondent (1940) starring Joel McCrea

The Sunshine Boys (1975) starring Walter Matthau and George Burns

NEW MUSIC CDs

Fetch the bolt cutters by Fiona Apple

Women in Music, Pt. III by HAIM

Black Pumas by Black Pumas

The new Abnormal by The Strokes

Fine line by Harry Styles

NONFICTION

Can’t slow down by Michaelangelo Matos.  How 1984 became pop’s blockbuster year – the definitive account of pop music in the mid-80s from Prince and Madonna to the underground hip-hop, indie rock, and club scenes.

The crown in crisis by Alexander Larman.  A juicy account of the events leading up to and following British monarch King Edward VIII’s abdication…even royal watcher will learn something new from this comprehensive account of one of the biggest scandals in the history of the British monarchy.

Dress codes by Richard Ford.  A revelatory exploration of fashion through the ages that asks what our clothing reveals about ourselves and our society.

Every conversation counts by Riaz Meghji.  Readers looking to have more meaningful interactions would do well to pick this up due to significant consideration as to how the pandemic era has changed relationships.

Girlhood by Masuma Ahuja.  Full of pictures and the unique voices of teenage girls in a variety of situations and cultures, this provides a snapshot of teens’ lives around the world.

The soul of a woman by Isabel Allende.  A passionate and inspiriting meditation on what it means to be a woman.

To raise a boy by Emma Brown.  A journalist’s searing investigation into how we teach boys to be men – and how we can do better.  Insightful and sometimes disturbing.

Walk in my combat boots by James Patterson.  A collection of interviews with troops who fought overseas.  The most moving and powerful war stories ever told, by the men and women who lived them.

Walking with ghosts by Gabriel Byrne.  Bryne channels his fellow countrymen and Ireland’s literary masters as he reveals his struggle with alcoholism, aching passion for the Ireland of his youth, and is piercingly frank about his acting life.

We need to hang out by Billy Baker.  In this comic adventure through the loneliness epidemic, a middle-aged everyman looks around one day and realizes that he seems to have misplaced his friends, inspiring him to set out on a hilarious and moving quest to revive old tribes and build new ones, in his own ridiculous way.

What they don’t teach teens by Jonathan Cristall.  Life safety skills for teens and the adults who care for them.

The witch of eye by Kathryn Nuernberger.  Essays concerning the history of women who saw things differently and dared not to be silent and silenced by power structures.  Women such as Titiba, Marie Laveau, and Hildegard of Bingen.

World of wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil.  A collection of essays about the natural world and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us.

You’re leaving when? by Annabelle Gurwitch.  Erma Bombeck meets Dorothy Parker in this topical and often laugh-out-loud take on our modern malaise.

Children’s Books

PICTURE BOOKS

The camping trip by Jennifer K Mann

Champ and Major: first dogs by Joy McCullough

Cow boy is not a cowboy by Gregory Barrington

Eyes that kiss in the corners by Joanna Ho

Idea jar by Adam Lehrhaupt

Look! I wrote a book! (and you can too!) by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Time for Kenny by J. Brian Pinkney

Welcome to the party by Gabrielle Union

Your name is a song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

CHAPTER BOOKS

Clean getaway By Nic Stone

Sofia Valdez and the vanishing vote by Andrea Beaty

Two roads by Joseph Bruchac

GRAPHIC NOVELS

The baby-sitter’s club: Claudia and the new girl by Ann Martin

Baby-sitters little sister: Karen’s worst day by Ann Martin

The Challenger disaster by Pranas Naujokaitis

The great Chicago fire by Kate Hannigan

The Roanoke Colony by Christ Schweizer

NON-FICTION

Free press and censorship by Susan Brophy Down

Frogs by Gail Gibbons

Hello neighbor! : the kind and caring world of Mister Rogers by Matthew Cordell

Kamala Harris : rooted in justice by Nikki Grimes

Marie’s Ocean: Marie Tharp maps the mountains under the sea  by Josie James

Memorial Day by Emma Carlson Berne

Memory superpowers: an adventurous guide to remembering what you don’t want to forget by Nelson Dellis

Monarch butterfly by Gail Gibbons

The truth about butterflies by Maxwell Eaton III

Visual guide to grammar and punctuation by Sheila Digmen

DVDS

Bill Nye the science guy: Patterns

Bill Nye the science guy: Reptiles

Bill Nye the science guy: Wetlands

Jetsons, the movie

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

Women’s History month

Though women in history haven’t always been able (read: allowed) to fight in wars, publish books, or live adventurous lives, that has never stopped women disguised as men from stepping up to the plate and taking care of business. Women who pretended to be men have helped win wars, shape nations, and set precedents for everything women are capable of.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re here to celebrate some daring women who weren’t afraid to break barriers and don men’s clothing to seek their fortunes and serve their countries!

Jeanne Baret/Jean Baret (1740-1807)

Baret is recognized as the first woman to have completed a voyage of circumnavigation of the globe, which she did via maritime. In the 1700s women were banned from being aboard French Navy Ships, but that didn’t stop Jeanne Baret from doing what she dreamed of—exploring the world in search of new plants. When Jeanne’s lover Philibert Commerçon, a Royal Botanist and Naturalist, was recruited by Admiral Louis-Antoine de Bougainville for his round-the-world expedition, the pair came up with a plan to get her on-board. She disguised herself as a man and showed up on the docks to offer “his” services the day the Etoile was set to depart. Philibert hired “him” on the spot as his valet and assistant. Their plot worked, and from 1766–1769 Jeanne Baret was a part of Bougainville’s colonial expedition.

Jeanne was involved with collecting more than 6,000 plant specimens on the voyage, including her greatest find in Brazil: Bougainvillea, the spectacular pink vine she named in honor of their captain. According to Bougainville’s account, Baret was herself an expert botanist and convinced the French Navy to award her an annual pension for her work gathering plants. In 2012, Jeanne finally received well-deserved recognition when a new South American plant species was named in her honor.

Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot)

Mary Ann Evans (1819 –1880), known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She wrote seven novels, Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Romola (1862–63), Felix Holt, the Radical (1866), Middlemarch (1871–72) and Daniel Deronda (1876). Her novels (most famously ‘Middlemarch’) are celebrated for their realism and psychological insights, as well as sense of place and detailed depictions of the countryside.

Although female authors were published under their own names during her lifetime, she used a male pen name to ensure her works were taken seriously in an era when female authors were usually associated with “silly” romantic novels.

Mary Anderson (Murray Hall)

At the turn of the twentieth century (a time when women were still fighting for the right to vote) a politician was garnering popularity in New York City and becoming a household name. His name was Murray Hall, and he was known as a poker-playing, cigar-chomping, whiskey-drinking, “man about town.” Hall was a leader of New York City’s General Committee of Tammany Hall, a member of the Iroquois Club, a personal friend of State Senator “Barney” Martin and other officials, and one of the most active Tammany workers in the district… However, after Hall’s death, it was revealed that she was in fact female, born as Mary Anderson (1841 − 1901), but had been living under the guise of her male alias in order to participate in political suffrage for over 25 years. Hall managed to vote and serve as a political leader in an era when women were denied the franchise.

Hannah Snell/James Gray

‘Why gentlemen, James Gray will cast off his skin like a snake and become a new creature. In a word, gentlemen, I am as much a woman as my mother ever was, and my real name is Hannah Snell.’

Hannah Snell (1723-1792) spent five years of her life disguised as a male soldier named James Gray. She enlisted in the Marines, traveling as far as India, and fighting in multiple battles including the siege of Pondicherry where she was severely wounded; including a hit to the groin, but managed to still mask her true identity until returning to London. After revealing herself, Snell was honorably discharged, granted a lifetime army pension from Royal Chelsea Hospital, and opened a pub called The Female Warrior. She lived for another forty years, marrying twice and raising two sons.

Margaret Ann Bulkley /Dr. James Barry

James Miranda Steuart Barry (1789–July 1865) was an Irish-born military surgeon in the British Army. Barry obtained a medical degree from the University of Edinburgh Medical School, then served first in Cape Town, South Africa, and subsequently in many parts of the British Empire. Before retirement, Barry had risen to the rank of Inspector General, the second highest medical office in the British Army, which put him in charge of all military hospitals. Barry not only improved conditions for wounded soldiers, but also the conditions of the native inhabitants, and performed the first recorded caesarean section in which both the mother and child survived the operation… The catch? Dr. James Barry was born Margaret Ann Bulkley. Barry’s was able to hide his real identity until his passing when a maid preparing his body for the funeral got quite a shock!

Sarah Edmondson/Frank Thompson

Desperate to escape an abusive father and a forced marriage, New Brunswick-born Sarah Emma Evelyn Edmonds fled home at age 15. Knowing a woman traveling alone wouldn’t make it very far, (not to mention her father was undoubtedly looking for her) Sarah cropped her hair, tanned her face with stain, and donned a suit of men’s clothing; and so Frank Thompson was born.

 In May of 1861, posing as Thompson, Edmonds joined a regiment called the Flint Union Grays, which became Company F of the 2nd Michigan Infantry. Edmonds’s duties as a soldier ranged from that of a male nurse to the regiment’s postmaster, and finally a mail carrier. In addition to duties as a nurse, which included burying the dead soldiers, she picked up a gun and participated in the Battle of Williamsburg and the Seven Days’ Battles. Edmonds witnessed some of the most infamous battles of the war, including First Bull Run, Antietam, and Fredericksburg.

 In 1882, Frank Thompson revealed her true identity to the utter amazement of the veterans of her regiment. Edmonds is the only known women to receive a regular army pension from the Civil War and the first women to be inducted into the Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans’ organization.

 

In times when a woman’s role was fixed and certain, these women were brave enough to live on their own terms, no matter what it cost them!

 

New Items ~ March 2021

FICTION

Beneficence by Meredith Hall.  In the years after World War II, the Senter family built a wonderful life on their isolated dairy farm in rural Maine.  After tragedy strikes, each must fight the isolation of their own grief and guilt to reclaim their old life – if they can.

Blood grove by Walter Mosley.  A continuation of the Easy Rawlins saga, in which the iconic detective’s loyalties are tested on the sun-soaked streets of Southern California.

The bride wore black by Cornell Woolrich.  A police detective seeks the rationale between seemingly-unrelated murders, connected only by the appearance of a beautiful woman each time.

The children’s blizzard by Melanie Benjamin.  A story of courage on the prairie, inspired by the devastating storm that struck the Great Plains in 1888, threatening the lives of hundreds of immigrant homesteaders, especially school children.

A deadly fortune by Stacie Murphy.  A historical mystery in the vein of “The Alienist”, in which a young woman in Gilded Age New York must use a special talent to unravel a deadly conspiracy.

The ex talk by Rachel Solomon.  To save their jobs, rival public radio co-workers pretend to be exes for a new show and end up getting much more than they bargained for.

Faithless in death by J.D. Robb.  Gwen is wealthy, elegant, and comforted by her fiancé as she sheds tears over the trauma of finding a body.  But why did it take an hour to report it?  And why is she lying about little things?

The four winds by Kristin Hannah.  An epic novel of love and heroism and hopes, set against the backdrop of one of America’s most defining eras – The Great Depression.

The frozen crown by Greta Kelly.  A princess with a powerful and dangerous secret must find a way to save her country from ruthless invaders in this exciting fantasy.

Girl A by Abigail Dean.  An absorbing and psychologically immersive novel about a young girl who escapes captivity – but not the secrets that shadow the rest of her life.

A heart of blood and ashes by Milla Vane.  The fun thing about romance is that it encompasses all other genres too.  If you are a fantasy fan, looking for a happy-ever-after, this could be the ticket.

If I disappear by Eliza Brazier.  When a true-crime podcaster disappears, her biggest fan sets out to find her.

A lie someone told you about yourself by Peter Davies.  A truthful examination of fatherhood that explores the fallout from an abortion and the difficulties that follow a second pregnancy.  This will strike a resonant chord with parents everywhere.

Lone stars by Justin Deabler.  This follows the arc of four generations of a Texan family in a changing America and in doing so shows the hope that by uncloseting ourselves – as immigrants, smart women, gay people –we find power in empathy.

Meet me in Bombay by Jenny Ashcroft.  United by love.  Separated by war.  Will they find their way back to each other?

Milk fed by Melissa Broder.  This explores the difficulties of loving oneself in a world that prizes thinness above all else.  This poignant exploration of desire, religion, and daughterhood is hard to resist.

Murder by numbers by Eric Brown.  A British detective battles to unmask a killer before his wife becomes victim No. 6.  A classic English mystery with plenty of unexpected plot twists.

Nick by Michael Smith.  This is a look into the life of Nick Carraway before Gatsby entered his life.

People like her by Ellery Lloyd.  A razor-sharp, wickedly smart suspense novel about an ambitious influencer mom whose soaring success threatens her marriage, her morals, and her family’s safety.

The perfect guests by Emma Rous.  A grand estate with many secrets; an orphan caught in a web of lies; and a young woman playing a sinister game.

Perfect little children by Sophie Hannah.  Beth had a falling out with her best friend, Flora, and hasn’t been in contact since.  She drives by Flora’s house many years later and sees Flora, who looks the same, only older, by 12 years.  Flora calls to her children to get out of the car.  They emerge…exactly as Beth last saw them 12 years ago, aged 5 and 3.  How can that be?

The push by Ashley Audrain.  A devastating event forces a mother who questions her child’s behavior – and her own sanity – to confront the truth.

The scorpion’s tail by Douglas Preston.  An FBI agent and an archaeologist identity a mummified corpse and its gruesome cause of death.

Trio by William Boyd.  A rollicking novel with a dark undertow, set around three unforgettable individuals and a doomed movie set.

Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten.  Before Catherine the Great, there was Catherine Alexeyevna: the first woman to rule Russia in her own right.  This is the story of her rise to power from serf to murderess, to empress.

The wife upstairs by Rachel Hawkins.  A recently arrived dog walker in a Southern gated community falls for a mysterious widower.

The yellow wife by Sadeqa Johnson.  This harrowing story follows an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia.

NEW DVDS

The King of Staten Island (2020) starring Pete Davidson and Marisa Tomei

The Godfather, Coda: the death of Michael Corleone (2020) starring Al Pacino

Slap shot (1977) starring Paul Newman and Michael Ontkean

Mulan (2020) starring Yifei Liu and Donnie Yen

Only when I laugh (1981) starring Marsha Mason, Joan Hackett, and Kristy McNichol

 NEW MUSIC CDs

Folklore by Taylor Swift

Disco by Kylie Minogue

Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers

Wildflowers and all the rest by Tom Petty

NONFICTION

Coming back by Fawn Germer.  How to win the job you want when you’ve lost the job you need.

Fright favorites by David Skal.  31 movies to haunt your Halloween and beyond from Turner Classic movies.

Frontier Follies by Ree Drummond.  A down-to-earth, hilarious collection of stories and musings on marriage, motherhood, and country life from the star of the TV show The Pioneer Woman.

How to start and run a successful home daycare business by Christina Kamp.

Just as I am by Cicely Tyson.  An icon in film, TV, and fashion, Tyson here tells the story of her remarkable life.

The secret life of Dorothy Soames by Justine Cowan.  A memoir about the unearthing of her deceased mother’s secret past and a generations-long cycle of family trauma.  This frank account of a real-life Dickensian dystopia captivates at every turn.

We came, we saw, we left by Charles Wheelan.  In a pre-CoVid 19 world, the Wheelans decided to leave behind work, school, and even the family dogs to travel the world on a modest budget.  Equal parts “how-to” and “how-not-to”, this is an insightful and often hilarious account of one family’s gap-year experiment. 

Where I come from by Rick Bragg.  Bragg brings us an ode to the stories and history of the Deep South, filled with eclectic nuggets about places and people he knows well.

What becomes a legend most by Philip Gefter.  Biography of Richard Avedon, a monumental photographer of the 20th century, who captured the iconic figures of his era in his starkly bold, intimately minimal, and forensic visual style.

What cats want by Yuki Hattori.  An illustrated guide for truly understanding your cat.

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

New Items ~ February 2021

FICTION

American traitor by Brad Taylor.  Pike Logan is on the desperate hunt for a man who is about to betray his country – and ignite a horrific new world war.

Better luck next time by Julia Johnson.  A charming story of endings, new beginnings, along with the complexities and complications of friendship and love, set in late 1930s Reno.

Bloodline by Jess Lourey.  Perfect town.  Perfect homes.  Perfect families.  It’s enough to drive some women mad…After moving to her fiancé’s hometown, Joan thinks something is off with the town.  Her fiancé tells her she’s being paranoid.  He might be right.  Then again, she might have moved to the deadliest small town on earth.

Cobble Hill by Cecily von Ziegesar.  This chronicles a year in the life of 4 families in an upscale Brooklyn neighborhood as they seek purpose, community, and meaningful relationships – until one night a raucous Neighborhood party knocks them to their senses.

From these broken streets by Roland Merullo.  A galvanizing historical novel of Nazi-occupied Naples and the rage and resistance of a people under siege.

He started it by Samantha Downing.  A road trip to scatter their grandfather’s ashes – and claim their inheritance – takes a strange turn for three adult siblings.

The heiress by Molly GreeleyPride and Prejudice side-trip:  the story of Anne de Bourgh, the heiress Darcy was expected to marry.

If I had two wings by Randall Kenan.  Mingling the earthy with the otherworldly, these ten stories chronicle ineffable events in ordinary lives.

The moment of tenderness by Madeleine L’Engle.  A genre-bending story collection that transcends generational divides and reminds readers that hope, above all, can transform suffering into the promise of joy.

Neighbors by Danielle Steel.  A woman opens her home to her neighbors in the wake of a devastating earthquake, setting off events that reveal secrets, break relationships, and bring strangers together to forge powerful new bonds.

Nora by Nuala O’Connor.  A bold re-imagining of the life of James Joyce’s wife, muse, and the model for Molly Bloom in Ulysses.

The once and future witches by Alix Harrow.  In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in this novel of magic and the suffragette movement.

Outlawed by Anna North.  The Crucible meets True Grit in this adventure story of a fugitive girl, a mysterious gang of robbers, and their dangerous mission to transform the Wild West.

Pretty little wife by Darby Kane.  A twisty domestic suspense novel that asks one central question: shouldn’t a dead husband stay dead?

The prophets by Robert Jones.  A stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence.

Ready player two by Ernest Cline.  In a sequel to Ready Play One, Wade Watts discovers a technological advancement and goes on a new quest.

The Resolutions by Brady Hammes.  Three fractious main characters are brought to life and their reunion is turned into a life-changing journey.

Secret Santa by Andrew Shaffer.  The Office meets Stephen King dressed up in holiday tinsel in this fun, festive, and frightening horror-comedy set during the horror publishing boom of the ‘80s.

Some go home by Odie Lindsey.  A searing novel that follows 3 generations – fractured by murder, seeking redemption – in fictional Pitchlynn, Mississippi.

Sorry I missed you by Suzy Krause.  Quirky, humorous, and utterly original – this is a heartwarming story about friendship, ghosting, and searching for answers to life’s mysteries.

The Sweeney sisters by Lian Dolan.  The sisters gather in Southport, CT for the funeral of their father, a brilliant writer.  An unexpected guest at his wake, however, will shift the foundations of their lives.  A warmhearted portrait of love embracing true hearts.

Sweet water by Cara Reinard.  What did her son do in the woods last night?  Does a mother really want to know?  This is an unsparing account of “rich people problems” that goes on forever – like all the best nightmares.

Ties that tether by Jane Igharo.  At 12 years old, Azere promised her dying father she would marry a Nigerian man and preserve her culture, even after immigrating to Canada.  Her mother has been vigilant about helping.  But when she meets a man who is…white…and seems so right for her, things get complicated.

Under the tulip tree by Michele Shocklee.  During the Great Depression, a young woman reporter takes a job interviewing former slaves for the Federal Writer’s Project.  There she meets a 101 year old woman whose honest yet tragic past as a slave horrifies her.

Violent peace by David Poyer.  World War III is over…or is it?  Superpowers race to fill the postwar power vacuum in this thriller.

NONFICTION

Anxiety first aid kit by Rich Hanson.  A quick-relief guide for calming anxiety and stress right now.

The Black Civil War soldier by Deborah Willis.  A stunning collection of stoic portraits and intimate ephemera from the lives of Black Civil War soldiers.

Calm the h*ck down by Melanie Dale.  A laugh-out-loud hilarious parenting book that teaches you how to dial back the stress of raising children with the simple premise that we all must need to lighten up a little bit.

College admission essentials by Ethan Sawyer.  A step by step guide to showing colleges who you are and what matters to you.

The good assassin by Stephen Talty.  The untold story of an Israeli spy’s epic journey to bring the notorious Butcher of Latvia to justice – case that altered the fates of all ex-Nazis.

His Holiness the fourteenth Dalai Lama by Tenzin Tethong.  This beautifully illustrated chronicle presents an in-depth, firsthand narrative of the Dalai Lama’s life story and the Tibetan saga.

How can it be gluten free cookbook collection by America’s Test Kitchen.

In case you get hit by a bus by Abby Schneiderman.  How to organize your life now for when you’re not around later.

This was Hollywood by Carla Valderrama.  From screen legends who have faded into obscurity to new revelations about movies’ biggest stars, this unearths the most fascinating little known tales from the birth of Hollywood through its Golden Age.

 NEW CHILDREN’S ITEMS

PICTURE BOOKS

All because you matter by Tami Charles

Bedtime for sweet creatures by Nikki Grimes

Bunheads by Misty Copeland

Construction site mission : demolition by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Daddy’s Little Princess by G. Todd Taylor

Elevator Bird by Sarah Williamson

Evelyn Del Rey is moving away by Meg Medina

A feel better book for little poopers by Holly Brochmann

Finding Francois : a story about the healing power of friendship by Gus Gordon

Henry’s important date by Robert Quackenbush

I am every good thing by Derrick Barnes

I talk like a river by Jordan Scott

If you come to Earth by Sophie Blackall

Lulu the one and only by Lynnette Mawhinney

Ocean calls: a haenyeo mermaid story by Tina Cho

Outside in by Deborah Underwood

Sometimes people march by Tessa Allen

Speak up by Miranda Paul

Tiger wild by Gwen Millward

Turtle walk by Matt Phelan

Two White Rabbits by Jairo Buitrago

Uncle Bobby’s wedding by Sarah Brannen

Weekend dad by Naseem Hrab

CHAPTER BOOKS

The canyon’s edge by Dusti Bowling

Diary of a wimpy kid : the deep end by Jeff Kinney

I want to sleep under the stars! By Mo Willems

Maya and the rising dark by Rena Barron

Nancy Clancy : secret of the silver key by Jane O’Connor

Nancy Clancy : star of stage and screen by Jane O’Connor

The princess in black and the giant problem by Shannon Hale

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5 worlds : the amber anthem by Mark Siegel

The Baby-Sitters Club : Logan likes Mary Anne! by Ann Martin

The bad guys in The One?! by Aaron Blabey

Cat Kid Comic Club by Dav Pilkey

Sparks!: Double dog dare by Ian Boothby

NON-FICTION

All thirteen : the incredible cave rescue of the Thai boys’ soccer team by Christina Soontornvat

Bill Nye’s great big world of science by Bill Nye

Feathered serpent and the five suns: a Mesoamerican creation myth by Duncan Tonatiuh

The International Day of the Girl : celebrating girls around the world  by Jessica Dee Humphreys

The little mermaid by Jerry Pinkney

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021 by National Geographic

Rainbow revolutionaries : 50 LGBTQ+ people who made history by Sarah Prager

Resist! : peaceful acts that changed our world by Diane Stanley

She leads : the elephant matriarch by June Smalls

 DVDS

Bill Nye the science guy : climates

Let’s learn : S.T.E.M.

Rock ‘n learn : human body

Rock ‘n learn : life science

Rock ‘n learn : money & making change

Rock ‘n learn : writing strategies

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

 

 

New Items ~ January 2021

FICTION

The awakening by Nora Roberts.  This launches a fantasy trilogy with a heartwarming story of a woman finding her true self across parallel worlds.

Bone harvest by James Brogden.  A dark and haunting tale of an ancient cult wreaking havoc on the modern world.

The children of Red Peak by Craig DiLouie.  With this chilling story of cult abuse, the author proves his mastery of the slow slide from psychological drama into supernatural horror.

Daylight by David Baldacci.  FBI agent Atlee Pine’s search for her twin sister overlaps with a military investigator’s hunt for someone involved in a global conspiracy.

Fortune and glory by Janet Evanovich.  Stephanie Plum deals with a soldier of fortune from Little Havana.

A good marriage by Kimberly McCreight.  A woman’s murder reveals the perilous compromises some couples make – and the secrets they keep – in order to stay together.

Hidden in plain sight by Jeffrey Archer.  William Warwick has been promoted to Detective Sergeant, but his promotion means that he, along with the rest of his team, have been reassigned to the Drugs Squad and tasked to catch a notorious drug dealer.

The housekeeper by Natalie Barelli.  When Hannah Wilson hires Claire as her new housekeeper, she has no idea they share a past.  But I’s not just Claire who has secrets.  Everyone in that house seems to have something to hide.

How to fail at flirting by Denise Williams.  One daring to-do list and a crash course in flirtation turn a Type A overachiever’s world upside down.

The law of innocence by Michael Connelly.  Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller must defend himself against murder charges.

Lord the one you love is sick by Kasey Thornton.  A compulsively readable book about how easily tight-knit communities can unravel.  It may make you think again about what lies beneath the surface of your own community.

Love your life by Sophie Kinsella.  A delightful novel about a woman who ditches her dating app for a writer’s retreat in Italy – to find that real love comes with its own filters.

Miss Benson’s beetle by Rachel Joyce.   Two women are on a life-changing adventure where they must risk everything, break all the rules, and discover their best selves – together.

Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley.  Brilliantly imaginative story of three extraordinary animals – and a young boy – whose lives intersect in Paris.

Reviving the Hawthorn sisters by Emily Carpenter.  The plot of this novel deals with uncovering a faith healer’s elusive and haunted past.

Shadow sands  by Robert Bryndza.  The moors are a perfect place to hide for a serial killer.  And a chilling return to the past for nascent private investigator Kate Marshall.

The star-crossed sisters of Tuscany by Lori Spielman.  A trio of second-born daughters sets out on a whirlwind journey through the lush Italian countryside to break the family curse that says they’ll never find love.

Surviving the fatherland by Annette Oppenlander.  A raw, history-based tale that pays homage to the war children who bore witness while struggling to survive.

Tiny nightmares edited by Lincoln Michel.  Very short stories of horror.

Tomorrow will be better by Betty Smith.  This is the story of Margy Shannon – shy, eager, fully optimistic – and her search for something better than the hard misery of poverty in which she lives.

The vanishing sky by L. Annette Binder.  This follows Etta and Josef Huber and their sons in rural Germany during World War II and provides a fresh take on the madness of war.

We hear voices by Evie Green.  An eerie debut about a little boy who recovers from a mysterious pandemic and inherits an imaginary friend who makes him do violent things.

NEW DVDs

The Irishman (2020) Starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino

North and South (1985) starring Patrick Swayze and David Carradine

Diary of a mad housewife (1970) starring Carrie Snodgress and Richard Benjamin

A view to a kill (1985) starring Roger Moore

The farmer’s daughter (1947) starring Loretta Young and Joseph Cotton

Tarantula (1955) starring John Agar

NONFICTION

The American crisis by The Atlantic.  Some of America’s best reporters and thinkers offer an urgent look at a country in chaos in this collection of timely, often prophetic articles.

The best of me by David Sedaris.  A collection of the humorist’s essays.

The bird way by Jennifer Ackerman.  A new look at how birds talk, work, play, parent, and think.

Braiding sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer.  Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the teachings of plants. The woven essays that construct this book bring people back into conversation with all that is green and growing; a universe that never stopped speaking to us, even when we forgot how to listen

Chicago’s great fire by Carl Smith.  The full and authoritative story of one of the most iconic disasters in American history, told through the vivid memories of those who experienced it.

Clanlands by Sam Heughan.  The stars of “Outlander” use various means of travel to explore Scotland.

Conditional citizens by Laila Lalami.  This profound inquiry into the American immigrant experience deserves to be widely read as the author argues that becoming a U.S. citizen does not necessarily mean becoming an equal member of the American family.

Foolproof fish by America’s Test Kitchen.  Recipes that accommodate multiple kinds of fish and plenty of fish facts will inspire you to dive into seafood cookery with confidence.

Golem girl by Riva Lehrer.  The vividly told, gloriously illustrated memoir of an artist born with disabilities who searches for freedom and connection in a society afraid of strange bodies.

Help yourself by Lindsay Hunt.  A guide to gut health for people who love delicious food.

How to hunt ghosts by Joshua Warren.   A paranormal researcher teaches the novice hunter the basics, which above all include treating the paranormal as any other scientific field: one requiring well-documented research and hard evidence.

Nobody ever asked me about the girls by Lisa Robinson.  An intimate look at the lives of our most celebrated female musicians – and their challenges with fame.

A promised land by Barack Obama.  Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.

7 ways by Jamie Oliver.  Easy ideas for cooking every day of the week.

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

 

 

 

 

Gifts with a Gardiner Maine Connection!

It’s that time of year again – gift giving time!

Are you looking for gift items with a local connection?  If so, we just might have what you are looking for!

Currently, we have ~~

2021 Gardiner calendars – $10.00

Library in Winter – print of a Kay Morris original – $10.00

Library in Winter – note cards of Kay Morris original – $15.00

 

Books ~~

The Eastern, Book One : The Early Years by Deborah Gould – $10.00

The Eastern, Book Two : Later On by Deborah Gould – $10.00

Maine Ingenuity, From Waterwheels to M.I.T. by Michael McCaslin – $10.00

Destination Unknown, An Evacuee’s Story by Gay M. Grant – $10.00

Gardiner Public Library Book Bags – $15.00

 

With all that is going on in the world, many of our usual places to donate non-perishable items have shortened their hours, closed, or for whatever reason, are not able to accept items this year.  We have resurrected our Christmas Tree, and will graciously accept non-perishable items to be donated to those in need.

 

The tree is located on the main floor of the library for those who are interested.  We will also accept items at our Pick-Up Window, located at the rear of the library (parking lot side).

 

Current library hours are ~~

 

Monday thru Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm – limited access to the building.

 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00am – 5:25pm – Pick-Up Window and book returns.

Wednesday 10:00am – 6:00pm – Pick-Up Window and book returns.

New Items ~ December 2020

FICTION

After all I’ve done by Mina Hardy.  An expert nightmare, one of those rare thrillers whose answers are even more scarifying than its mysteries.

The cold millions by Jess Walter.  Two brothers are swept up in the turbulent class warfare of the early 20th century.

Dead man dancing by John Galligan.  Sheriff Heidi Kick is investigating an illicit cage fighting ring with ties to white nationalism when her husband suddenly goes missing.

Death comes as the end by Agatha Christie.  Egypt in 2000 B.C.  A priest’s daughter, investigating a suspicious death, uncovers an asp’s nest of jealousy, betrayal, and serial murder.

The dirty south by John Connolly.  A chilling blend of police procedural and gothic horror tale…perfect for fireside reading on cold, rainy nights.

Fortune favors the dead by Stephen Spotswood.  A sprightly period debut in the noir vein – a provocative gender-flipping of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin.

Hidden Salem by Kay Hooper.  A town shrouded in the occult.  An evil that lurks in the dark.  The S.C.U. returns because what actually hides in the shadows and secrets of Salem is unlike anything the agents have ever encountered.

I saw him die by Andrew Wilson.  In a classic who-dun-it filled with red herrings and double-crosses, Agatha Christie investigates a mysterious death in the Scottish highlands.

Inheritors by Asako Serizawa.  A beautiful and brutal exploration of lives fragmented by the Pacific side of World War II.

Jane in love by Rachel Givney.  Jane Austen, heralded author, ends up time-traveling almost 200 years into the future.  There she finds the love she’s written about and the destiny she’s dreamed of…but is it worth her legacy?

Jingle all the way by Debbie Macomber.  Love can transform even the best-laid plans in this heartfelt Christmas novel.

The last great road bum by Hector Tobar.  A would-be writer leaves a comfortable existence in Urbana, Illinois, in order to travel the world in search of material for a great American novel.  Instead, he finds romance, danger, and the dark heart of the mid-20th century.

Memorial by Bryan Washington.  Benson and Mike, a mixed-race couple in Houston, search for the truth about themselves, each other, and their families.  It’s a subtle and moving exploration of love, family, race, and the long, frustrating search for home.

The missing sister by Elle Marr.  This follows a medical student to, around, and ultimately beneath Paris in search of the twin sister she’d been drifting away from.  Notable for its exploration of the uncanny bonds twins share and the killer’s memorable macabre motive.

Not my Romeo by Ilsa Madden-Mills.  A smart and sexy contemporary romance about a smoking-hot professional football player and the small-town girl he can’t resist.

On borrowed crime by Kate Young.  The Jane Doe book club enjoys guessing whodunit, but when murder happens in their midst, they discover solving crimes isn’t fun and games.

One more for Christmas by Sarah Morgan.  As the snowflakes fall on their first family celebration in years, the Mitchell women must learn that sometimes facing up to the past is all you need to heal your heart.

Plain bad heroines by Emily Danforth.  A horror-comedy centered around a New England boarding school for girls.

Ring shout by P. Djeli Clark.  A dark fantasy historical novel that gives a supernatural twist to the Ku Klux Klan’s reign of terror.

The secret lives of church ladies by Deesha Philyaw.  These 9 stories feature four generations of Black women grappling with who they want to be in the world, caught as they are between the church’s double standards and their own needs and passions.

The sentinel by Lee Child.  Jack Reacher is in Nashville and a voice in his head is telling him to walk away.  Of course, he doesn’t.

Sweet sorrow by David Nicholls.  A bittersweet yet funny coming-of-age tale about the heart-stopping thrill of first love – and how just one summer can forever change a life.

The switch by Beth O’Leary.  A grieving British woman and her grandmother switch homes and lives in an attempt to shake things up.  The result is a cozy hopeful escapade that will make readers laugh, cry, and feel inspired.

The wonder boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg.  A heartwarming novel about secrets of youth rediscovered, hometown memories, and the magical moment in ordinary lives.

 NEW DVDs

The Crown: the complete third season (2020) starring Olivia Colman

Gallipoli (1981) starring Mel Gibson and Mark Lee

The informer (1935) starring Victor McLaglen

Quantum of Solace (2009) starring Daniel Craig

NONFICTION

The Bible with and without Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine.  The author shows how and why Jews and Christians read many of the same biblical texts differently.  Exploring and explaining these diverse perspectives, she reveals more clearly Scripture’s beauty and power.

Blue Sky Kingdom by Bruce Kirkby.  As it explores an ancient – and dying – Tibetan Buddhist culture, this delightful book also tells a timely, heartwarming story of a family’s search for peace away from the din of modern culture.

The bottom line for baby by Tina Bryson.  From sleep training to screens, thumb sucking to tummy time – what science says about it all.

Catching the wind by Neil Gabler.  The epic, definitive bio of Ted Kennedy – an immersive journey through the life of a complicated man and a sweeping history of the fall of liberalism and the collapse of political morality.

Celeste Holm Syndrome by David Lazar.  Fans of Hollywood’s Golden Age will delight in this affecting look at what makes actors truly memorable, even if they’re not in the spotlight.

The dead are arising by Les Payne.  An epic biography of Malcolm X.

Inside game by Keith Law.  Bad calls, strange moves, and what baseball behavior teaches us about ourselves.

Making work human by Eric Mosley.  How human centered companies are changing the future of work and the world.  How do you keep your employees engaged, creative, innovative, and productive?  Simple:  Work human!

Philip and Alexander by Adrian Goldsworthy.  This definitive bio of one of history’s most influential father/son duos tells the story of two rulers who gripped the world – and their rise and fall from power in ancient Greece.

Right place, right time by Bob Gruen.  An action-packed memoir that takes readers on the road with rock’s hardest-working photographer.  And the stories he tells….

Singular sensation by Michael Riedel.  The story of a transformative decade on Broadway, featuring gripping behind-the-scenes accounts of shows such as Rent, Angels in America, Chicago, The Lion King and The Producers – shows that changed the history of the American theater.

West Side Story by Richard Barrios.  While remaining always respectful to the movie and the people who made it, the author lays bare the behind-the-scenes tumult, elevating the book from a typical making-of story to something really special: a no-hold-bared chronicle of what it really takes to get a great movie made.

World wild vet by Evan Antin.  From the star of Animal Planet’s Evan Goes Wild comes a wild look at our natural world that is perfect for fans of Steve Irwin, James Herriot, and Bear Grylls.

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