New Romance

clThe Winter King by C. L. Wilson. After three long years of war, starkly handsome Wynter Atrialan will have his vengeance on Summerlea’s king by taking one of the man’s beautiful, beloved daughters as his bride. But though peace is finally at hand, Wynter’s battle with the Ice Heart, the dread power hewen embraced to avenge his brother’s death, rages on.

The Perfect Stranger by Wendy Corsi Staub. During the darkest period of her life, Landry Wells found solace in a group of bloggers who had been in her shoes, experiencing a predator masked behind a familiar screen name and living to tell the tale. She’s shared things with her online friends that even her husband and children didn’t know. Things that now, looking back, make her uneasy.

andNo Strings Attached by Susan Andersen Tasha Riordan’s one night with Luc Bradshaw was the best of her life. The following two–when he left her to be thrown into a Bahamian jail on bogus charges–were her worst. Now, seven years later, the undercover DEA agent is back.

The Mistress of Normandy by Susan Wiggs transports readers to the lush French countryside of Normandy in a tale of love, family honor and truemy knights in shining armor…

My Beautiful Enemy by Sherry Thomas. Hidden beneath Catherine Blade’s uncommon beauty is a daring that matches any man’s. Although this has taken her far in the world, she still doesn’t have the one thing she craves: the freedom to live life as she chooses. Finally given the chance to earn her independence, who should be standing in her way but the only man she’s ever loved, the only person to ever betray her.

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Graphic Novels

Graphic novels recently added to the collection.

Letting it Go

March

Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes

Saga 

Link to Recommended Graphic Novels here.

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August 6th First Wednesday Book Group

catcher in the ryeOur selection for August is The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger.

For more information on our lively group call 330-643-9015. We meet the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm. Copies of the discussion books are available at the Culture & AV desk.

Ages 18 and over. Meeting Room 1. Door opens at 6pm.

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More July Debuts

lifeLife Drawing by Robin Black. Augusta and Owen are living a quiet country life of companionship and artistic creation–she a painter, he a writer–until the beautiful Alison moves in to the previously unoccupied cottage next door. As Gus and Owen’s life becomes intertwined with Alison’s, past betrayals, losses, and new desires come to aspark head.

The Spark and the Drive by Wayne Harrison. Justin Bailey is seventeen when he arrives at the shop of legendary muscle car mechanic Nick Campbell. Anguished and out of place among the students at his rural Connecticut high school, Justin finds in Nick, his captivating wife Mary Ann, and their world of miraculous machines the sense of family he has struggled to find at home. But when Nick and Mary Ann’s lives are struck by tragedy, Justin’s own world is upended.

dearDear Daughter by Elizabeth Little. Former “It Girl” Janie Jenkins is acerbic, whip smart, and fresh out of prison. Ten years ago, at the height of her glamour and fame, she was incarcerated for the murder of her mother, a philanthropist best known for her string of rich husbands. Now, released on a technicality, Janiehome chops off her trademark hair, determined to chase down the one lead she has about her mother’s killer.

The Home Place by Carrie La Seur. Alma thought she was done with Montana, with its bleak winters and stifling ways. But an unexpected call from the local police takes the successful lawyer back to her provincial hometown and pulls her into the family trouble she thought she’d left far behind: Her lying, party-loving sister, Vicky, is dead.

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New Fantasy

gregCalifornia Bones by Greg Van Eekhout. When Daniel Blackland was six, he ingested his first bone fragment, a bit of kraken spine plucked out of the sand during a visit with his demanding, brilliant, and powerful magician father, Sebastian. When Daniel was twelve, he watched Sebastian die at the hands of the Hierarch of Southern California, devoured for the heightened magic layered deep within his bones.

Thorn Jack: A Night and Nothing Novel by Katherine Harbour is is a modern retelling of the ancient Scottish ballad, Tam Lin–a beguiling fusion of love, fantasy, and myth. In the wake of her older sister’s suicide, Finn Sullivan and her father move to a quaint town in upstate New York. Populated with socialites, hippies, and dramatic artists, every corner of this new place holds bright possibilities–and dark enigmas, including thehouse devastatingly attractive Jack Fata, scion of one of the town’s most powerful families.

childChild of a Hidden Sea by A. M. Dellamonica. One minute, twenty-four-year-old Sophie Hansa is in a San Francisco alley trying to save the life of the aunt she has never known. The next, she finds herself flung into the warm and salty waters of an unfamiliar world. Glowing moths fall to the waves around her, and the sleek bodies of unseen fish glide against her submerged ankles. The world is Stormwrack, a series of island nations with a variety of cultures and economies–and a language different from any Sophie has heard.

House of the Rising Sun: Crescent City #1 by Kristen Painter. Every vampire has heard rumor of the mythical place where their kind can daywalk. But what no vampire knows is that this City of Eternal Night actually exists. And its name is New Orleans.

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Mind Body & Sole – Summer Reading

MIND, BODY & SOLE

READ AT YOUR OWN PACE

A reading/wellness experience for the whole family to enjoy.

Summer Reading 2014
June 9- August 30

There’s still time to join the fun. Call the Audio Visual Services/Popular Culture desk at 330-643-9015 for more information or stop by to sign up.

Successful walkers
Plan for success!
·   Wear comfortable loose-fitting clothes and properly fitted shoes.
·   Carry water.
Set reasonable expectations
·   Start out slowly.
·   Remember to stretch.
·   Stick with it. Don’t get discouraged.
Make it fun!
·   Find a walking partner or join a walking group.
·   Walk different routes or repeat a route.
·   Listen to music or books.
Track and celebrate your success!

 

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New Science Fiction

littleAll Those Vanished Engines by Paul Park is an intense, compressed SF novel in three parts, each set in its own alternate-history universe. The sections are all rooted in Virginia and the Battle of the Crater, and are also grounded in the real history of the Park family, from differing points of view.

The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma by Brian Herbert. A revolution has taken over the government of the United States and the environment has been saved. All pollution has been banned and reversed. It’s a bright, green new world. But this new world comes with a great cost. allThe United States is ruled by a dictatorship and the corporations are fighting back.

coleSoda Pop Soldier by Nick Cole. Gamer PerfectQuestion fights for ColaCorp in WarWorld, an online combat sport arena where mega-corporations field entire armies in the battle for real world global advertising-space dominance. Within the immense virtual battlefield, players and bots are high-techfish grunts, using drop-ships and state-of-the-art assault rifles to attack the enemy.

Fish Tails by Sheri S. Tepper weaves together the storylines of eleven of her previous works. Two of her characters–Abasio and Xulai (A Plague of Angels and The Waters Rising)–and their children travel from village to village scattered across the sparsely populated land of Tingawa. They are searching for others who might be interested in adopting their sea-dwelling lifestyle.

The Ultra Thin Man by Patrick Swenson. In the twenty-second century, a future in which mortaline wire controls the weather on the settled planets and entire refugee camps drowse in drug-induced slumber, no one–alive or dead, human or alien–is quite what they seem. When terrorists manage to crash Coral, the moon, into its home planet of Ribon, forcing evacuation, it’s up to Dave Crowell and Alan Brindos, contract detectives for the Network Intelligence Organization, to solve a case of interplanetary consequences.

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By Women and For Women

dontWomen’s fiction can cover anything from chick lit to light-hearted comedy, heavy issues to tearjerkers. Here are some upcoming examples.

Don’t Try to Find Me by Holly Brown. When a fourteen-year-old runs away, her parents turn to social media to find her–launching a public campaign that will expose their darkest secrets and change their family forever, in this suspenseful and gripping debut for fans of Reconstructing Amelia andjo Gone Girl.

Owen’s Daughter by Jo-Ann Mapson. Skye Elliot is given a choice after her car accident–jail or rehab–and her ex-husband, a bull rider who introduced her to the party scene, gets custody of their four-year-old daughter Gracie. It takes Skye eight months to get clean, but the day she is released, she has one plan: to be a good mother–better, at least, than Skye’s own selfish mother and absent dad.

dogsThe Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances by Ellen Cooney is a novel of a young woman who, despite knowing nothing about animals, signs herself up for dog training school at The Sanctuary, where she discovers that rescue can find evencan the most hopeless among us and that friends come in all shapes, sizes, and breeds.

Cancel the Wedding by Carolyn Dingman follows one woman’s journey to discover the secrets of her mother’s hidden past–and confront her own uncertain future; a heartfelt fiction debut that will appeal to fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner.

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell. Meet the Bird family. They live in a honey-colored house in a picture-perfect Cotswolds village, with rambling, unkempt gardens stretching beyond. Pragmatic Meg, dreamy Beth, and tow-headed twins Rory and Rhys all attend the village school and eat home-cooked meals together every night. Then one Easter weekend, tragedy comes to call.

For other authors you may like, click here.

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Revisit the Wars of the Roses

connWars of the Roses: Stormbird is the first in Conn Iggulden’s new series. King Henry V is long dead. In 1437, after years of regency, the pious and gentle Henry VI comes of age and accedes to the English throne. His poor health and frailty of mind render him a weakling king–Henry depends on his closest men, Spymaster Derry Brewer and William de la Pole, Duke of Suffolk, to run his kingdom. Yet there are those, such as the Plantagenet Richard, Duke of York,king who believe England must be led by a strong king.

The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory is the sixth book in the Cousins’ War series and the riveting story of Margaret Pole (1473-1541), daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, and one of the few surviving members of the Plantagenet dynasty after the Wars of the Roses. Plantagenet, once carried proudly by Margaret like a crown upon her head, is now, at the end of the 15th century, the most dangerous name in Tudor England…

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July Debuts

sleepThe Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob. Brain surgeon Thomas Eapen’s decision to shorten his visit to his mother’s home in India has consequences that reverberate two decades later as he starts conversing with the dead, and daughter Amina must sort through the family’s past to helplast him.

Last Night at the Blue Angel by Rebecca Rotert stars emerging jazz singer Naomi and her anxious young daughter, Sophia. Naomi, a headliner at the Blue Angel club for almost ten years, is a talented but destructive woman, and Sophie has grown up too fast, with her only real source of stability a man desperately in love with her mother.

greatThe Great Glass Sea by Josh Weil is a magically twisted dystopian tale set in an alternative Russia, where twins Yarik and Dima grow up close, then grow apart even as they work together on Oranzheria, an acres-wide sea of glass lit by space mirrors that is meantland to trap the citizens of Petroplavilsk in perpetual daylight.

Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique. In the early 1900, an important ship sinks into the Caribbean Sea, just as the Virgin Islands are transferred from Danish to American rule. Orphaned by the sunk vessel are two sisters and their half-brother, now faced with an uncertain identity and future. Each of them is unusually beautiful, and each is in possession of a particular magic that will either sink or save them.

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