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What's New at the Library?

New material is coming into the library every day.

People (at least I) think of the library as the ultimate example of stability. It is, but stable doesn't mean static. The library collection is constantly changing. New books come into the system every day.

Following are just a few recent acquisitions: (NOTE: I'm not recommending these books; I haven't read them. The descriptions are based on blurbs used to describe them on Amazon.)

NON-FICTION

Wardrobe Wakeup: Your Guide to Looking Fabulous at Any Age by Lois Joy Johnson - In a fashion world that constantly speaks to youth, The Wardrobe Wakeup is an essential book for every woman 40+. Leading fashion and beauty editor Lois Joy Johnson shares style-boosting, closet-reviving, money-saving fashion tricks she's learned over thirty years working with A-list models. celebrity, and real women.

Chanel Bonfire by Wendy Lawless - From a review in O Magazine: "(A) darkly comic memoir ... (Lawless) chronicles her mother's decline from sparkling femme fatale to desperate drunk in this simultaneously chilling and hilarious tale, whose unmistakable message is that, though Lawless has, in some ways, led a privileged life, she never got the one thing she most wanted: her mother's love."

My Share of the Task by General Stanley McCrystal  (Memoir of general who was relieved of his command of forces in Afghanistan in 2010 after remarks he made in a Rolling Stone interview) - In early March 2010, General Stanley McCrystal, the commanding officer of all U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, walked with President Hamid Karzai through a small rural bazaar. As Afghan townspeople crowded around them, a Taliban rocket loudly thudded into the ground some distance away. Karzai looked to McChrystal, who shrugged. The two leaders continued greeting the townspeople and listening to their views. That trip was typical of McChrystal's entire career, from his first day as a West Point plebe to his last day as a four-star general.

FICTION

Asphenden by Elizabeth Wilhide (Highly touted debut novel for Downton Abbey fans) When brother and sister Charlie and Ros discover that they have inherited their aunt's grand English country house, they must decide if they should sell it. As they survey the effects of time on the estate's architectural treasures, a narrative spanning two and a half centuries unfolds. We meet those who built the house, lived in and loved it, worked in it, and those who would subvert it to their own ends.

Kinsey and Me by Sue Grafton - In 1982, Sue Grafton introduced us to Kinsey Milhone. Thirty years later, Kinsey is an established international icon and Sue, a number-one bestselling author. To mark this anniversary year, Sue has given us stories that reveal Kinsey's origins and Sue's past.

Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (Long awaited fourteenth and final entry in the Wheel of Time series, which has been called the finest American fantasy series, edited by Jordan's widow) - When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

Robert B. Parker's Ironhorse by Robert Knott - For years, Virgil Cole and Everitt Hitch have ridden roughshod over rabble-rousers and gun hands in troubled towns like Appaloosa, Resolution, and Brimstone. Now, newly appointed as Territorial Marshalls, they find themselves traveling by train through the Indian Territories. Their first marshalling duty starts out as a simple mission to escort Mexican prisoners to the border, but when the Governor of Texas, his wife and daughters climb aboard with their bodyguards and $500,000 in tow, their journey becomes a lot more complicated.

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Sandra Cody January 15, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Well said, Maria. Well said!
Sarah Larson January 17, 2013 at 06:43 AM
A reader on our FB page recommended The Kingmaker's Daughter, by Philippa Gregory. Have you read any of her works?
Sandra Cody January 17, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Love Philippa Gregory's books and know that the library has a number of them. I haven't read The Kingmaker's Daughter ... yet.
Sarah Larson January 17, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Thanks, Sandra, I'll check them out. (ha. pun intended.)
Sandra Cody January 18, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Good one, Sarah!

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