July 30 Library Notes
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Christmas in July! Summer Reading is over today and school will be starting next week. So what better time to talk about Christmas? It’s too hot to go out, so you can start to work on all those Christmas presents, decorations and menus.

“Pam’s Picks” this week what else the newest Christmas books. “Better Homes and Gardens Christmas from the Heart,” “Christmas with Southern Living 2014,” and “Gooseberry Patch Christmas.”

New Fiction: “Winds of Salem” by Melissa de la Cruz, this is book three in the Beauchamp Family series. A family of witches travels through time to rescue one of their own. In 1692 Salem, Mass., witch Freya Beauchamp wakes up with no memory of who (or what) she is. While working as a maid, Freya begins to piece together her memories and explore her supernatural powers. Meanwhile, in present-day, Freya’s mother, sister, brother, and boyfriend are searching for a way to rescue her from Salem.

“The City” by Dean Koontz, there are millions of stories in the city some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk’s story is all of those things. His life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live and who will change the course of Jonah’s life forever.

“Mambo in Chinatown” by Jean Kwok, the story of new adventures. Charlie Wong grew up in New York’s Chinatown, the older daughter of a Beijing ballerina and a noodle maker. Though an ABC (America-born Chinese), Charlie’s entire world has been limited to this small area. Now grown, she lives in the same tiny apartment with her widower father and her eleven-year-old sister. But when she lands a job as a receptionist at a ballroom dance studio, Charlie gains access to a world she hardly knew existed, and everything she once took to be certain turns upside down.

“In Paradise” by Peter Matthiessen, this is a powerful novel about an American professor of Holocaust Studies. Over the course of a weeklong spiritual retreat at Auschwitz, he is forced to grapple with his own past and a family secret: the Jewish mother abandoned to her doom by his Gentile father.

“The Heist” by Daniel Silva, this is the story of a fallen spy, a missing masterpiece and a daring mission. Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon is in Venice repairing an altarpiece by Veronese when he receives an urgent summons from the Italian police. The eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood has stumbled upon a chilling murder scene in Lake Como, and is being held as a suspect. To save his friend, Gabriel must track down the real killers.

“A Long Time Gone” by Karen White, the story of one woman haunted by generations of family secrets. Vivien Walker left home nine years ago only to return divorced with her dreams shattered. Seeking to find solace with her grandmother she returns. But she is forced into the unexpected world of caregiver. Vivien knows there is now only one way to rediscover herself by uncovering the secrets of her family and breaking the cycle of loss that has haunted them for generations.

New Christian Fiction: “Distortion” by Terri Blackstock, this is the second book in the Moonlighters series. When Juliet Cole’s husband of fifteen years is murdered before her eyes, she thinks it was a random shooting. Devastated and traumatized, she answers hours of questioning, then returns home to break the tragic news to her sons. But a threatening voicemail escalates this from a random shooting to a planned, deliberate attack.

“What Once was Lost” by Kim Vogel Sawyer, this is a story of life’s struggles. Struggling to keep the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor running, Christina Willems turns to reclusive mill owner Levi Jonnson to take in a young blind boy named Tommy Kilgore. Can Levi reconcile with the rejection that led to his hermit-like existence and open his heart and life to something more, especially a relationship with a loving God?

New Mystery: “Nine Lives to Die” by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown, this is a Mrs. Murphy mystery. A winter charity function ends badly when Pete Vavilov, a leader of the Silver Linings charity, is found dead in his car during a snowstorm the same night as the party. Before New Year’s, another member of the Silver Linings Board disappears. Harry and her four-footed felines Mrs. Murphy and Pewter and their canine chum, Tee Tucker must sleuth out the killer.

New Large Print: “The Doctor’s Blessing” by Patricia Davids, this is book two in the Bridges of Amish Country series. Amber is an Amish midwife, Dr. White is the new doctor in town. Amber must teach him that the Amish have a different way of life, one he needs to respect if he is going to stay.

New Nonfiction: “You Can Begin Again” by Joyce Meyer, this book will help you regardless of your past failures or your present struggles, God offers you a new beginning.

“Rachel Carson and Her Sisters” by Robert K. Musil, this is the story of extraordinary women who have shaped America’s environment. From the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, American women naturalists and scientists developed an ecological approach to environmental science.

“Sweedswap” by Josie Jeffery, this is the gardener’s guide on how to save and swap seeds.

“Hiking Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains” by Ken Wise, this is an essential guide to hiking America’s most breathtaking national parks, with information on 125 official trails.

New Biographies: “John Quincy Adams: American Visionary” by Fred Kaplan, this book brings into focus the misunderstood sixth president of the United States and the first son of John and Abigail Adams. He was a brilliant leader and had a wonderful vision for the young nation.

“Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space” by Lynn Sherr, this is the portrait of a woman whose life inspired women in all areas of science.

New Audio Books: “Save the Date” by Mary Kay Andrews, “Walking on Water” by Richard Paul Evans, and “Sounder” by William Armstrong.

New CDs: “Shakira,” and “Kiss Me Once” by Kylie.

New DVDs: “The Monuments Men,” “The Sound of Music Live!,” and “Free Birds.”

New TV Season: “The Vampire Diaries” season 4. Happy Summer Reading!

The Cadiz Record’s Library Notes feature is submitted by John L. Street Library Dirctor Pam Metts.
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