Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout

November 29th, 2019 by Library Director

She’s baaaaack. Elizabeth Strout’s 2008 novel, Olive Kitteridge, won the Pulitzer Prize and spawned a hit HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand and Bill Murray. In Olive, Again she resurrects the endearing curmudgeon from Crosby, Maine in thirteen interconnected stories that remind us that you’re never too old to grow up. As the book opens, Olive is being wooed, in a manner of speaking, by fellow widow Jack Kennison. Even he is at a loss to explain the precise reasons for his affection for her, but as we see Olive fumbling through everyday life—still grappling with its disappointments and mysteries—we recognize a kindred soul. Olive, Again is not what you would call a page-turner. There are the none of the requisite heart-racing moments, but a steady beat of ordinary magic (which ends up being not so ordinary at all). –Erin Kodicek, Amazon Book Review

The Last Columnist by Tom Morgan

November 29th, 2019 by Library Director

When he stabs a finger in the eyes of the elite, long-time columnist Mage Haus has to expect retaliation. But is he up for it? After all, he is not the power he once was. He was one of the most popular columnist-critic-commentators in America. Was. Before his angry reaction to his wife’s suicide soured his writing. Before a stroke of ill health, brought this Icarus to earth. Now his notoriety and column gradually regain followers. He once more exposes corruption and malfeasance in Manhattan and lately at its Goth University. He is an equal-opportunity taunter of faculty, administrators and students who embrace political correctness on the campus. Unlike other columnists, Haus’s perspective in his City Haus- Country Haus column is from both the land of rural rube and urban effete. In the city he frequents legendary jazz haunts and befriends Lisa, who owns one of the most famous. In his upstate village of Fergusville (“Forgetusville”) he coddles his beloved Brown Swiss cows in a barn built by the very hands of his great-great grandfather. And he pursues Marge, operator of a down-at-heels diner/saloon that suffers a “time of the month”. When her husband was around, she enjoyed an affair with Haus. Now that her man is in prison she is faithful to him and shuns the exasperated Haus. At Goth, a secretly-funded group organizes to shut down Haus’s speech to students. As the group’s efforts heat toward combustion, Haus unknowingly adds enough petrol (when he antagonizes a mob family) to cause an explosion that rocks the city.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

November 29th, 2019 by Library Director

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.

The Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook/Coco Morante

November 12th, 2019 by Library Director

This is the only book you’ll need when looking for tried-and-true classics like creamy tomato soup, ground beef stroganoff, chicken mushroom casserole, or peach cobbler; international favorites like carnitas, chicken tikka masala, or refried beans; and crave-worthy treats like French toast casserole and triple chocolate cheesecake. There are even easy entertaining recipes, like artichoke-spinach dip, and special occasion recipes such as the classic Thanksgiving favorites of mashed potatoes, creamed corn, and more. With special sections of vegetarian recipes and jams, jellies, and pickles, this collection goes deeper than other Instant Pot books and has something for everyone. And recipes for every meal of the day, from breakfast to dessert, make this book your one-stop source for mouthwatering meals all day long.

Lyme Disease/Raymond Lampke

November 12th, 2019 by Library Director

Lyme disease is not often discussed, which means the general public knows little about it. Many people are aware that it can be passed from ticks to humans, but questions remain. What are the symptoms? Is it contagious? Can it be treated? What are the best prevention methods? These questions and more are answered in this engaging book, with text that is enhanced with full-color photographs, annotated quotes, and informative sidebars. By fully informing themselves about this disease, readers will know the steps to take if they encounter it as well as how to support a loved one who contracts Lyme disease.

Where the Light Enters(Gilded Hour #2)/Sara Donati

November 12th, 2019 by Library Director

Obstetrician Dr. Sophie Savard returns home to the achingly familiar rhythms of Manhattan in the early spring of 1884 to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. With the help of Dr. Anna Savard, her dearest friend, cousin, and fellow physician she plans to continue her work aiding the disadvantaged women society would rather forget.

As Sophie sets out to construct a new life for herself, Anna’s husband, Detective Sergeant Jack Mezzanotte calls on them both to consult on two new cases: the wife of a prominent banker has disappeared into thin air, and the corpse of a young woman is found with baffling wounds that suggest a killer is on the loose. In New York it seems that the advancement of women has brought out the worst in some men. Unable to ignore the plight of New York’s less fortunate, these intrepid cousins draw on all resources to protect their patients.

The Shape of Night/Tess Gerritsen

November 12th, 2019 by Library Director

After an unspeakable tragedy in Boston, Ava Collette flees to a remote village in Maine, where she rents an old house named Brodie’s Watch.

In that isolated seaside mansion, Ava finally feels at peace…until she glimpses the long-dead sea captain who still resides there.

Rumor has it that Captain Jeremiah Brodie has haunted the house for more than a century. One night, Ava confronts an apparition, who feels all too real, and who welcomes her into his world – and into his arms. Even as Ava questions her own sanity, she eagerly looks forward to the captain’s ghostly visits. But she soon learns that the house she loves comes with a terrible secret, a secret that those in the village don’t want to reveal: Every woman who has ever lived in Brodie’s Watch has also died there. Is the ghost of Captain Brodie responsible, or is a flesh-and-blood killer at work? A killer who is even now circling closer to Ava?

Dory FanTasMaGory(#5) Tiny Tough/Abby Hanlon

November 12th, 2019 by Library Director

When her big sister Violet has friend trouble at school, Dory tries to come to her rescue. But, of course, Dory’s active imagination takes over, and Dory’s suddenly sure that Violet’s problem involves pirates – and Violet’s lost friendship bracelet is hidden treasure. When Dory sets sail to recover the treasure, she has to navigate rocky waters without her imaginary friend Mary, who has gone off on vacation with an exciting new friend of her own.

There’s a ton of treasure in Dory’s fifth adventure as Dory mixes in pirates, pals (real and make-believe), and her own imagination into one wild and wet free-for-all.

Rival’s Break(Sharpe and Donovan #9)/Carla Neggers

November 12th, 2019 by Library Director

A deadly poisoning, a stolen painting and a criminal mastermind challenge the skills of FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan as never before in their latest high-stakes case. New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers has crafted a gripping novel of international intrigue and suspense not to be missed.

Emma Sharpe is recovering from a shattering loss while her husband, Colin Donovan, is deep into his latest undercover mission. So they’re grateful to enjoy a peaceful autumn weekend together on the southern Maine coast to celebrate Colin’s brother Andy’s wedding.

But the peace is short-lived when Kevin Donovan, a marine patrol officer, receives a call to check on suspected food poisoning at a party aboard a yacht. Colin decides to tag along. He is surprised to recognize one of the victims as an undercover British intelligence officer, and it quickly becomes evident they’re dealing with something very sinister. At the same time a valuable painting by Irish artist Aoife O’Byrne – a friend of Emma and Colin’s – is missing from the yacht, and the connections make the investigation international and extremely personal.

What Rose Forgot/Nevada Barr

November 12th, 2019 by Library Director

Rose Dennis wakes up in a hospital gown, her brain in a fog, only to discover that she’s been committed to an Alzheimer’s unit in a nursing home. With no memory of how she ended up in this position, Rose is sure something is very wrong. When she overhears one of the administrators saying about her that she’s “not making it through the week”, Rose is convinced that if she’s to survive, she has to get out of the nursing home. She avoids taking her medication, putting on a show for the aides, then stages her escape.

The only problem is – how does she convince anyone that she’s not actually demented? Her relatives were the ones to commit her, all the legal papers were drawn up, the authorities are on the side of the nursing home, and even she isn’t sure she sounds completely sane. But any lingering doubt Rose herself might have had is erased when a would-be killer shows up in her house in the middle of the night. Now, Rose knows someone is determined to get rid of her.

With the help of her computer hacker/recluse sister, Marion, 13-year-old granddaughter Mel, and Mel’s friend Royal, Rose begins to gather her strength and fight back – to find out who is after her and take back control of her own life. But someone out there is still determined to kill Rose, and they’re holding all the cards.