Harper Lee-Go set a watchman

July 29th, 2015 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

A historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.  Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.  Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch – Scout – struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.  c. 2015

Kristin Hannah-The nightingale

July 29th, 2015 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

Two sisters. One must be brave. One should be afraid. Bravery, courage, fear, and love in a time of war. Despite their differences sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close.   Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband, Antoine, and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight, and Viann finds herself isolated, so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.   c. 2015

Susan Wittig Albert-The Darling Dahlias and the silver dollar bush (Darling Dahlias; #5)

July 29th, 2015 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

In the small-town of Darling, Alabama, in the 1930s – where the Darling Savings and Trust has just closed and the women of the Darling Dahlias’ garden club are betting their bottom dollar there’s going to be trouble. It’s the spring of 1933 and times are tough all over. The only businessman not struggling is moonshiner Mickey LeDoux, though he still has to steer clear of federal agents. But banks are closing all over the country, and the small town of Darling is no exception.   c. 2014

Kristin Kimball-The dirty life: on farming, food, and love

July 24th, 2015 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

Single, thirtysomething, working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home. When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses. But on an impulse, smitten, if not yet in love, she shed her city self and moved to five hundred acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with him.   c. 2010

Wanda Brunstetter-The healing quilt (Half-stitched Amish Quilting Club;#3)

July 24th, 2015 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

Join retired Amish newlyweds Emma and Lamar Miller in Florida for the winter as they lead another quilting class with a new group of unlikely students: Jennifer, a pregnant new mom; Mike, a charter boat owner; Erika, a wheelchair bound teen; Kim, a waitress; Noreen, a newly-retired widow, and BJ, an artist facing illness. When old friends visit from Indiana, will romance also become a subject of class discussions?  c. 2014

Anne Perry-Blind justice (Willliam Monk; #19)

July 24th, 2015 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

Anne Perry’s Inspector William Monk: in search of justice, he will not stop until he has found the truth…Oliver Rathbone, William Monk’s close friend, has presided brilliantly over his first cases as a judge. But the next will bring a far greater challenge.   Abel Taft, a charismatic minister adored by his congregation, stands accused of terrible corruption and fraud which has ruined the lives of those he’s betrayed. In court, each victim affirms Taft’s guilt, but when the defence’s star witness tears their stories apart, the case seems lost.   c. 2013

Carla Neggers-Harbor Island Sharpe & Donovan; #4)

July 24th, 2015 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

Emma Sharpe, granddaughter of world-renowned art detective Wendell Sharpe, is a member of a small Boston-based FBI team. For a decade, Emma and her grandfather have been trailing a thief whose first heist was an ancient Celtic cross. Since then, the Sharpes receive a replica after every new theft – reminding them of their failure to capture their prey.  When Emma finds a murder victim holding a small, cross-inscribed stone – one she recognizes all too well – her fiance, FBI deep-cover agent Colin Donovan, is troubled. But together they dig deeper, certain there is more to this murder than meets the eye.   c. 2014

Harlan Coben-The stranger

July 18th, 2015 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.  c. 2015

Ha Jin-Nanjing requiem

July 18th, 2015 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

In 1937, with the Japanese poised to invade Nanjing, Minnie Vautrin – an American missionary and the dean of Jinling Women’s College – decides to remain at the school, convinced that her American citizenship will help her safeguard the welfare of the Chinese men and women who work there. She is painfully mistaken. In the aftermath of the invasion, the school becomes a refugee camp for more than ten thousand homeless women and children, and Vautrin must struggle, day after day, to intercede on behalf of the hapless victims.  c. 2011

Jo Moyes-Me before you

July 18th, 2015 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.   Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.  What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.   c. 2012