» Archive for November, 2017

Patrick J. Kennedy/ A common struggle

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

On May 5, 2006, the New York Times ran two stories, “Patrick Kennedy Crashes Car into Capitol Barrier” and then, several hours later, “Patrick Kennedy Says He’ll Seek Help for Addiction.” It was the first time that the popular Rhode Island congressman had publicly disclosed his addiction to prescription painkillers, the true extent of his struggle with bipolar disorder and his plan to immediately seek treatment. That could have been the end of his career, but instead it was the beginning. Since then, Kennedy has become the nation’s leading advocate for mental health and substance abuse care, research and policy both in and out of Congress.  c. 2015

Tim Dowling-How to be a husband

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

What does means to be a good husband in the twenty-first century? The bar has been raised dramatically in the last hundred years: back in the day, every time you went out for cigarettes, it was simply expected that you came back. Now, every time you’re sent out for espresso pods and tampons, it is expected that you come back with the right sort. And being a father doesn’t seem to command much innate respect these days, either. When his first child was born, Dowling imagined himself eliciting a natural awe as the distant, authoritative figurehead; he did not anticipate his children hijacking his Twitter account to post heartfelt admissions of loserdom like “Hi, I suck at everything I try in life.  c. 2014

Marcia Willet-The sea garden

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

Jess Penhaligon is on her way to Devon to receive an award for her botanical painting. Hosting her will be Kate, who gladly welcomes her into her home. Jess’s own family fell apart several years ago, so she is grateful for Kate’s friendliness – and her close unit of extended family and friends, who embrace Jess just as warmly c. 2012

Lisa Unger-Crazy love you

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

Darkness has a way of creeping up when Ian is with Priss. Even when they were kids, playing in the woods of their small Upstate New York town, he could feel it. Still, Priss was his best friend, his salvation from the bullies who called him “loser” and “fatboy” – and from his family’s deadly secrets. c. 2015

Tami Hoag-Rumor has it (Quaid horses; #1)

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

Katie Quaid could never refuse a dare. It was the quality that had once made her a world-class equestrian. And it was the reason she’d been elected to introduce herself to Briarwood’s intimidatingly gorgeous new resident. It took one week to make Nick Leone the focus of the Virginia town’s rumor mill. So far he was a CIA agent, a male model, a fugitive – maybe all three.   c. 1988

Virginia Morris-How to care for aging parents

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

How to Care for Aging Parents is an authoritative, clear, and comforting source of advice and support for the ever-growing number of Americans—now 42 million—who care for an elderly parent, relative, or friend.  It includes a chapter on fraud; details on the latest “aging in place” technologies; more helpful online resources; and everything you need to know about current laws and regulations. Also new are fill-in worksheets for gathering specifics on medications; caregivers’ names, schedules, and contact info; doctors’ phone numbers and addresses; and other essential information in one handy place at the back of the book.  c. 2014

James Patterson-Crazy house

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her small hometown. She was thrown into a maximum-security prison and put on Death Row with other kids her age. Until her execution, Becca’s told to fit in and shut her mouth… but Becca’s never been very good at either. Her sister Cassie was always the perfect twin. c. 2017

Ken Follett-A column of fire (Pillars of the Earth; #3)

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

Christmas 1558, and young Ned Willard returns home to Kingsbridge to find his world has changed.  The ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn by religious hatred. Europe is in turmoil as high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty and love, and Ned soon finds himself on the opposite side from the girl he longs to marry, Margery Fitzgerald.   c, 2017

Stuart Woods-Fast & loose (Stone Barrington; #41)

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

Stone Barrington is enjoying a boating excursion off the Maine coast when a chance encounter leaves him somewhat the worse for wear. Always able to find the silver lining in even the unhappiest circumstances, Stone is pleased to discover that the authors of his misfortune are, in fact, members of a prestigious family who present a unique business opportunity, and who require a man of Stone’s skills to overcome a sticky situation of their own.  c. 2017

Nancy Pearl-George & Lizzie

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family – his father, an orthodontist, his mother, a stay-at-home mom – while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love.   c. 2017