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New titles received include:

            Jane Austen fans will enjoy a hilarious Southern retelling of Pride and Prejudice in Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits by Mary Jane Hathaway.  When two hardheaded Civil War historians find themselves fighting over the centuries-old history of local battles and antebellum mansions, their small college is about to become a battlefield of Civil War proportions.  Shelby Roswell hopes to make tenure at her small college near Oxford, Mississippi.  But that plan is put in jeopardy by the roasting of her new book by famous historian Ransom Fielding.  First impressions can be deceiving and love can conquer all especially with pride, prejudice, love and cheese grits.

            New York Times best-selling author Greg Kincaid follows the theme at the heart of all his books in Tantric Coconuts.  After inheriting her aunt’s bookmobile and half-wolf, No Barks, free spirit Angel Two Sparrow embarks on a pilgrimage across America to jump-start her new profession:  Native American spiritual Consultant.  Literally crashing into burned-out Kansas lawyer Ted Day and his Irish terrier mix, Argo, Angel finds a companion for a wild road trip and maybe the rest of her life.

            Donna Andrews continues her Meg Langslow mystery series with The Good, the Bad and the Emus.  Meg partners with local private investigator Stanley Denton to search for the former love of Meg’s long-lost paternal grandfather, Dr. Blake.  With a killer on the loose, Meg and Stanley use a feral emu rescue for a cover.  Is the killer hiding in the flock of emu rescuing volunteers and will Meg and Stanley flush out the killer before another murder occurs?

            Astoria:  John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire by Peter Stark follows the 1810 to 1813 expedition, financed by Astor and encouraged by Jefferson, to establish Fort Astoria, a trading post on the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest.

            Don’t forget story time is every Tuesday at 10AM!  The library staff invites everyone to visit the library soon. 

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by Dee Hare, Librarian

Several new movies are being released that are based on popular fiction.  Check out some of these titles before they hit theaters:

The Divergent film, due out in theaters on March 21, is part of the best-selling young adult series by Veronica Roth.  Set in a Chicago of the future, sixteen year old Tris must choose among five predetermined factions that will form her identity for the rest of her life, only to discover that she is an anomaly who doesn’t fit into any one group.  The rest of her story concludes with Insurgent and Allegiant as war breaks out across the country and their faction based society becomes shattered, only to have chaos, betrayal and uncertainty take its place.  Tris must now decide whether life beyond the fence may contain the answers she’s looking for.

Released last November, The Book Thief was based on Markus Zusak’s story set against the backdrop of the horrors of World War II.  It stars Liesel, a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help to sustain her family’s spirits as they face dangers every day from the S.S. discovering they are sheltering a Jewish man.

The library has just received the rest of James Dashner’s “Maze Runner” trilogy.  If you’ve read The Maze Runner, now you need to pick up The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure.  After surviving horrific conditions within the Maze, Thomas and 19 other boys become trapped in a scientific experiment designed to gather information about the endurance of the human race.  Then as the third Trial draws to a close, Thomas and some of his friends manage to escape only to face new dangers as the government claims to be protecting citizens from a deadly virus.

Other movies based on books that can be requested through your library include Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, a suspense story about the disappearance of the wife of a seemingly devoted husband; Serena by Ron Rash, a tale set in Depression-era North Carolina that will star Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence; If I Stay by Gayle Forman, the story of a teen in a coma after a car crash claims the life of the rest of her family and Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight and starring Nicole Kidman.

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New additions to the library’s collection include:

The Counterfeit Agent by Alex Berenson finds John Wells going undercover on an assignment that takes him from Guatemala to Istanbul when the CIA is unable to prevent the assassination of one of their stations chiefs.  Iranian hostiles are responsible and they look to be planning a nuclear attack on the United States as their second act of terrorism.

In Dreamwalker by C. S. Friedman, Jessica Drake must use clues left on her brother’s computer to track him down after he is kidnapped during a suspicious house fire.  Jessica follows his abductors all the way to another world filled with creatures that are the source of the Earth’s darkest legends.

The Forever Girl by Alexander McCall Smith is a stand-alone novel by the best-selling author of the “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” series.  Thursday fell in love with her best friend as a preschooler.  Now that she is entering the world of adulthood, Thursday must endure the heartbreak of trying to win her crush’s heart while watching his father fall in love with her mother.

Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini explores the rivalry between the wife of President Lincoln and the daughter of an antebellum presidential cabinet member when the young woman marries Governor William Sprague and becomes one of the most highly regarded women of her day as Mrs. Lincoln falls into obscurity after the President’s death.

If you like to be environmentally-conscious, check out Style, Naturally by Summer Rayne Oakes.  This thorough shopping guide to purchasing beauty and fashion products made from sustainable materials contains everything from cotton basics to organic skincare as Oakes reveals what really goes into the production of our clothes and make-up.

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If you’re stuck inside waiting for the weather to warm up, why not check out some of the wonderful new fiction we’ve recently received at the library.   New additions to our collection include:

What We’ve Lost is Nothing is a first novel by Rachel Louise Snyder.  High school student Mary Elizabeth sees life from both sides of society from her house in a suburban cul-de-sac caught in the middle of extremely wealthy and extremely impoverished neighborhoods.  When a string of burglaries strike her neighborhood, she witnesses several acts of both violence and compassion from unexpected sides.

Snowblind by Christopher Golden is a new horror novel set in a small New England town twelve years after a terrible blizzard tore through town, tearing families apart and changing life as everyone knew it.  As another deadly winter storm approaches, the residents of the town see the reappearance of old ghosts as this storm may prove more deadly than the first one.

In the Blood by Lisa Unger finds master manipulator and compulsive liar Lana Granger taking a job babysitting a troubled boy after she blows through her trust fund.  Luke, who is also accustomed to controlling the people around him, soon uncovers the truth about the disappearance of Lana’s closet friend – a secret he threatens to share with the world.

In Hazardous Duty by W. E. B. Griffin, Colonel Charley Castillo has been forcibly retired and seen most of his former team forced into hiding.  After three U. S. tankers are hijacked by Somali pirates at the height of Mexican drug cartel violence, the vindictive and increasingly unstable U. S. President points his finger at Colonel Castillo and his team as being responsible.

New materials in our children’s department with a wintry theme include Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow by David Soman, Splat the Cat: Blow, Snow, Blow by Rob Scotton, One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo, Those Darn Squirrels Fly South by Adam Rubin and Ice Road Trucker by Nick Gordon.

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by Dee Hare, Librarian

A new year means a new you!  And what better place to start working on the “new you” than your local library?  New materials to help you with your search to create a better life include:

If part of your New Year’s resolutions involved maintaining a healthier lifestyle, check out Healthy at Home: Get Well and Stay Well Without Prescriptions by Tieranoa Low Dog.  Written by an expert in herbal medicines, natural healing and home remedies and backed by the publishers of National Geographic magazine, Dr. Low Dog guides the reader in identifying, responding to and caring for common ailments such as rash, digestive difficulties, headaches and more.

If you would like to become more organized this year, check out Organize and Create Discipline: An A-Z Guide to an Organized Existence by Justine Klosky.  The alphabetical section of the manual lets you go directly to the section you need help with – everything from medicine cabinets to shoes and clothes.  In addition, Klosky outlines successful time management skills, tips for organizing clutter and how to rethink your storage solutions.

If you would like a new hobby, check out Raising Goats for Dairy and Meat by Kim Pezza.  This ‘how-to’ book begins by describing the various breeds of goats before it delves into the practical mechanics of housing, feeding, milking and culling your herd.  Things to watch out for, such as predators and disease and illnesses, are also described.

What Addicts Know: 10 Lessons from Recovery to Benefit Everyone by Christopher Lawford takes the reader step by step through the process of recovering from any type of addictive behavior.  Starting with discovering who you really are on the inside and continuing through maintaining a spiritual practice, Lawford puts forth his strategies for helping a person change themselves for the better.

If you would like to brush up on your culinary skills this year, the library has lots of cookbooks to help you.  New additions include Julee Rosso’ The Silver Palate Cookbook, Better Homes and Gardens: Easy Menus for Dining In by David Feder, Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless, Perfect Recipes for Having People Over by Pam Anderson and Crock-Pot: The Original Slow Cooker

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               Even Hollywood knows the power of a good book.  More new movies that have been taken from the pages of our favorite novels include:

Orson Scott Card’s “Ender” series has been flying off the shelves since the release of the movie version.  Originally released in the late 1980’s as a trilogy (Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide), Card later continued Ender’s tale with the addition of Children of the Mind, the holiday novella War of Gifts and Ender in Exile.  Also of interest to Ender fans will be another story arc that branched out from these novels.  It tells the story of Ender’s friend Bean and is just as compelling as Ender’s story.  The first title in this series, called “The Shadow Saga,” is Ender’s Shadow.

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard is the story of a 13-year-old boy and his single mother who find their lives changed when they make the decision to harbor a fugitive over the course of a holiday weekend.  Filled with unpredictable twists and turns, this thriller stars Kate Winslet and Josh Broslin and can be seen in theatres staring January 31.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner is a highly popular young adult novel that is sure to be a big screen hit.  After sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up in a maze filled with monstrous creatures with no memory at all, he quickly realizes that he must work within the community of boys contained within the maze in order to survive.  But when a girl appears one morning, what she tells the group is as surprising as her arrival.  The big screen translation is due to hit theatres this fall.

The Princess Bride has been a cult classic since the movie’s release in 1987.  William Goldman’s tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles and a frightening assortment of wild beasts has been rebound into a collector’s edition in honor of the book’s 30th anniversary in 2013.  It features beautiful illustrations that complement this great story.

More seasons of your favorite TV shows that we’ve recently received include all nine seasons of Fox’s late 90’s hit The X-Files starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, season 7 of Dexter, season 3 of The Walking Dead, season 6 of The Big Bang Theory and the first season of the ‘80’s crime drama Hunter.

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 by Dee Hare, Librarian

                   It’s too cold outside to do anything but stay indoors and read a great book!  Grab a cup of hot chocolate and your favorite blanket and delve into some of the new materials we’ve recently received at the library.  Titles include:

The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom follows a single father after his release from prison as he sets out to prove that the mysterious phone calls from beyond the grave that the residents of his hometown have been receiving are nothing more than a hoax.  As he talks to more and more people, however, the man begins a journey of personal healing from his own grief.

In Hunted, the newest romance by Karen Robards, top hostage negotiator Caroline Wallace allows herself to be taken captive when a disgraced former co-worker takes the chief of police and mayor of New Orleans hostage.  As she tries to negotiate with the man, Wallace learns that he is being targeted for his discovery of high-level government corruption within the city.

Communion Town is a first novel by Sam Thompson that combines the elements of gothic horror, hardboiled detective stories, film noir and steampunk as it explores the lives of a variety of urban outcasts ranging from a lovelorn folksinger to a ghost.  Their shared city is seen differently by each character as he or she searches for connection, transformation and escape.

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg is a hilarious new mystery that begins in the 1940’s and spans decades, generations and America.  The story is centered around five women who worked in a Phillips 66 gas station during World War II as one of them has been hiding a shocking secret from the rest of her family.

Other new titles by your favorite authors include Rituals by Mary Anna Evans, The New Countess by Fay Weldon, The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly, The Price of Innocence by Lisa Black, Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Retribution by Eric Lustbader, Royal Airs by Sharon Shinn and Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich.

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