By Women and For Women

goodThe Good Girl by Mary Kubica. Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, at first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be thewebb worst mistake of Mia’s life.

The Language of Silence by Peggy Webb. Nobody in the family talks about Ellen’s grandmother Lola, who was swallowed up by the circus and emerged as a woman who tamed tigers and got away scot-free for killing her husband. When Ellen’s husband, Wayne, beats her nearly to death, she runs to the only place she knows where a woman can completely disappear–the same Big Top that once sheltered her grandmother.

songA Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray. The Bradleys see the world as a place where miracles are possible, and where nothing is more important than family. This is their story. It is the story of Ian Bradley–husband, father, math teacher, and Mormon bishop–and his unshakeable belief that everything will turn out all right if he can only endure to the end, like the pioneers did. It is the story of his wife, Claire, her lonely wait for a signart from God, and her desperate need for life to pause while she comes to terms with tragedy. And it is the story of their children.

The Art of Adapting by Cassandra Dunn. Seven months after her husband leaves her, Lana is still reeling. Being single means she is in charge of every part of her life, and for the first time in nineteen years, she can do things the way she always wanted to do them. But that also leaves her with all the responsibility. With two teenage children–Byron and Abby, who are each dealing with their own struggles–in a house she can barely afford on her solo salary, her new life is a balancing act made even more complicated when her brother Matt moves in. Oh yeah, Matt has Asperger’s syndrome.


Price Guides

Price Guides recently added to the library collection.

Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles 2015 Price Guide

Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles 2014

Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2014

Antiques Handbook & Price Guide 2014-2015

Warman’s Depression Glass: Identification and Price Guide

Antique Trader Pottery & Porcelain Ceramics Price Guide


Upcoming Debuts

allAll We Had by Annie Weatherwax. For thirteen-year-old Ruthie Carmichael and her mother, Rita, life has never been stable. The only sure thing is their love for each other. Though Rita works more than one job, the pair teeters on the edge of poverty. Before long, Ruthie convinces her mother to leave and in their battered Ford Escort, they head East in search of a better life. When money runs out and their car breaks down, they find themselves stranded in acree small town called Fat River where their luck finally takes a turn.

Season of the Dragonflies by Sarah Creech is a story of flowers, sisters, practical magic, old secrets, and new love, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where for generations, the Lenore women have manufactured a perfume unlike any other, and guarded the unique and mysterious ingredients.

weWe Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas. Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on how much alcohol has been consumed. Eileen can’t help but dream of a calmer life, in a better neighborhood. When she meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of theaud men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit.

The Undertaking by Audrey Magee. In a desperate bid to escape the trenches of the Eastern front, Peter Faber, an ordinary German soldier, marries Katharina Spinell, a woman he has never met, in a marriage of convenience that promises a ”honeymoon” leave for him and a pension for her should he die in the war. With ten days’ leave secured, Peter visits his new wife in Berlin and both are surprised by the passion that develops between them.


Writing Writing Writing

Are you planning to do some writing? 

A variety of new titles have been added to the collection. 

Take a look here.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing

The Complete Guide to Article Writing: How to Write Successful Articles for Online and Print Markets

Writing with the Master: How One of the World’s Bestselling Authors Fixed My Book and Changed My Life



Poetry Hour – Poems from July

Thanks to everyone who participated in our July 2014 Poetry Hour.

We began the afternoon with a poem about love, God, and the soul. Later other poems on love examined a widow’s sorrow and the tentative trust of re-cultivating one’s life; risking a guarded heart – all the while daily chores continue. Another poem extolled filling one’s soul with loving beauty. Near the end of the hour yet another poet reminded us of the importance of our hands – in our venture into the cold to continue our journey and path.

Quotes on justice and uncertainty were shared.

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Poetry Hour : July 2014 Poets

One poet brought three large pieces of original artwork that signified/exemplified/amplified his poems on the sacred drum, dance, and praise to God – praise being the oldest dance of creation. He shared his poetic thoughts on grace and nature affecting/effecting dance, female power, angels existing to assist people, and climbing Jacob’s ladder. Later, another poet shared poetry about giving and the giver, the sacred drum and river of salvation that were inspired by reading Black Elk and James Baldwin.

There were poems about the natural world, smiling, and worshipping God: God’s power to provide, to protect, and to bestow prosperity, and the God-given power to heal. There was a sinner’s confession of needing God. A morality poem exposed a young man’s error and the history of the town crier. Messages of wisdom and value of family were explored as shared over time through children.

One poet shared a first poem. It was about hair (and the lack of).

One poet observed the 4th of July by writing a poem warning “beware that fifth on the fourth!”

Several poems during the afternoon were about dreams: dreams as broken promises and abandoned boarded-up houses, dreams in color or black and white, and the mind’s eye dreaming. We were encouraged to continue dreaming powerful dreams.

And finally – as a surprise to everyone – one poet treated us to two humorous poems: gross humor to be sure; but humor that had the whole room laughing, gagging, and adding even more colorful remarks to the occasion.

See you at our next Poetry Hour – August 9th!


New Fantasy Series

unswUnwept: Book One of the Nightbirds by Tracy and Laura Hickman. Gamin, Maine, is a remote seaside town where everyone seems to know Ellis Harkington better than she knows herself–but she doesn’t remember any of them. Unknown events have robbed Ellis of her memory.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilousqueen journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power.

halfHalf a King: Black Chair Trilogy #1 by Joe Abercrombie. Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.

The House of the Four Winds: Book One of One Dozen Daughters by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. The rulers of tiny, impoverishedfour Swansgaard have twelve daughters and one son. While the prince’s future is assured, his twelve sisters must find their own fortunes. Disguising herself as Clarence, a sailor, Princess Clarice intends to work her way to the New World. When the crew rebels, Clarice/Clarence, an expert with rapier and dagger, sides with the handsome navigator, Dominick, and kills the cruel captain. Dominick leads the now-outlawed crew in search of treasure in the secret pirate haven known as The House of Four Winds.

Dust and Light: A Sanctuary Novel #1 by Carol Berg. How much must one pay for an hour of youthful folly? The Pureblood Registry accused Lucian de Remeni-Masson of “unseemly involvement with ordinaries,” which meant only that he spoke with a young woman not of his own kind or allowed her to see his face unmasked. After that one mistake, Lucian’s grandsire excised half his magic.  Now the Registry has contracted his art to a common coroner.


Planning a Road Trip

August is American Adventure Month so you may want to include some Action/Adventure titles or Legal Thrillers in your vacation reading material.  If you just finished your favorite author’s newest title take a look at the Library’s Readalike list of suggested authors.  We have included a variety of authors and genres including:

Bernard Cornwell    
Historical Naval/Military Adventure

Tom Clancy    

Mary Higgins Clark    
Romantic Suspense



New Cozy Mysteries

adamsWhat better themes for cozies than books or food? How about both together?

Murder in the Mystery Suite: Book Retreat Mystery #1 by Ellery Adams. Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia is the storybook resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all. To increase her number of bookings, resort manager Jane Steward has decided to host a Murder and Mayhem week so that fans of the mystery genre can gather together for some role-playing and fantasy crime solving. Butcook when the winner of the scavenger hunt is found dead, Jane realizes one of her guests is an actual murderer.

Death of a Crabby Cook: A Food Festival Mystery #1 by Penny Pike. When restaurant reviewer Darcy Burnett gets served a pink slip from her San Francisco paper, she needs to come up with an alternative recipe for success quickly. Her feisty aunt Abby owns a tricked-out school bus, which she’s converted into a hip and happening food truck, and Darcy comes aboard as a part-timer while she develops a cookbook project based on recipes from food fests in the Bay Area. But she soon finds someone’s been trafficking in character assassination–literally–when a local chef turns up dead and her aunt is framed for the murder.

wellWell Read, Then Dead: Read Em and Eat Mystery #1 by Terrie Farley Moran. Nestled in the barrier islands of Florida’s Gulf Coast, Fort Myers Beach is home to Mary “Sassy” Cabot and Bridget Mayfield–owners of the bookstore cafe, Read ‘Em and Eat. But when they’re not dishing about books or serving up scones, Sassy and Bridgy are keeping tabs on hard-boiled murder. When a painfully shy customer is murdered, Sassy wants to help any way she can.



Poetry Hour August 9th

Do you like to write poetry? Read and share it with others?

Or listen to local poets read their work?

Join us:

Poetry Hour

at the Akron Summit County Public Library

Main Library, Meeting Room 1

Saturday, 3 – 4pm

August 9, 2014

Please email or call 330-643-9015 to register to read and share your poetry for a 5 minute interval. Reserve a seat to relax and enjoy the words of our local poets.

Free to register. Coffee and cookies provided (bring your own covered mug for a greener program). Adults ages 18 and over.

Poems read at the Poetry Hour should not be overtly explicit in language or subject matter.

Meeting Room door opens at 2:00 pm. Parking in the High/Market deck is free on Saturday.


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.