World Travel Ideas

The greatest adventure is to travel, to see those places in the world
that pack a mysterious power.

The World’s Great Wonders: How They Were Made & Why They Are Amazing
           Go beyond the visual spectacle of the world’s 50 greatest wonders, and discover what makes them such amazing places. With stunning images and expert illustrations, experience and appreciate the most famous sights on earth.

100 Greatest Trips
           An inspiring collection of journeys that will help you discover the world.

Around the World in 500 Festivals: The World’s Most Spectacular Celebrations
           A visual cornucopia that captures the richness and sheer variety of the world’s most colorful, moving, joyful and spectacular events.

Secrets of the National Parks: The Experts’ Guide to the Best Experiences Beyond the Tourist Trail
          Provides all the inspiration and information you need to plan your visit beyond the well-trodden, touristy spots.  Stunning photographs, informative sidebars, and easy-to-use maps to make your national park adventure memorable.



New Biographies and Memoirs

allWhipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully by Allen Kurzweil is the true account of one man’s lifelong search for his boarding-school bully.

Rich Man, Poor Man: A Memoir by the actor Nick Nolte.

Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America by David O. Stewart restores James Madison, sometimes overshadowed by his fellow Founders, to his proper place as the most significant framer of the new nation.

All the Wrong Places: A Life Lost and Found by Philip Connors. The prize-winning author of Fire Season returns with the heartrending story of his troubled years before finding solace in the wilderness.

My Avant-Garde Education: A Memoir by Bernard Cooper. Art critic and writer Cooper (The Bill from My Father, winner of the PEN/Hemingway award,) retraces his youth,nick up to and including the period of his intellectual awakening during the heyday of conceptual art.

I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One on TV: Memoirs of a Middle Eastern Funny Man by Maz Jobrani, a hilarious and moving memoir of growing up Iranian in America, and the quest to make it in Hollywood without having to wear a turban, tote a bomb, or get kicked in the face by Chuck Norris.

The Sound of Music Story: How a Beguiling Young Novice, a Handsome Austrian Captain, and Ten Singing Von Trapp Children Inspired the Most Beloved Film of All Time by Tom Santopietro.



Look What’s New in the “How To” Department

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

Baseball for Dummies 

Banjo for Dummies 

Guitar Amps and Effects for Dummies

Knitting for Dummies

Idiot’s Guides: Crochet 

Idiot’s Guides: Grammar and Style

Piano and Keyboard All-In-One for Dummies



New Mystery and Suspense Series

amyToured to Death: An Amy’s Travel Mystery by Hy Conrad. While Fanny takes care of the business end of Amy’s Travel in New York City, Amy is traipsing around Monte Carlo, managing their first mystery-themed excursion, a road rally in which guests compete to solve a fictional murder along the way. Amy still has reservations about partnering up with her mother. But both women, having lost the men in their lives, need a fresh beginning. The trip starts off without a hitch. Cluesalex quickly mount, the competition is lively, and just when the suspense is peaking, the writer they hired to script their made-up mystery is found murdered in his New York apartment.

Breaking Creed: A Ryder Creed Novel #1 by Alex Kava. Ryder Creed and his dogs have been making national headlines. They’ve intercepted several major drug stashes being smuggled through Atlanta’s airport. But their newfound celebrity has also garnered some unwanted attention.

byBy Book or by Crook: A Lighthouse Library Mystery #1 by Eva Gates. Calling on her aunt Ellen, Lucy hopes that a little fun in the Outer Banks sun will help clear her head, after a ten-year relationship implodes. But her retreat quickly turns into an unexpected opportunity when her aunt gets her involved in the lighthouse library tucked away on Bodie Island. Lucy is thrilled to land a librarian job, but when a priceless first edition Jane Austen novel is stolen and the chair of the library board is murdered, Lucy suddenly finds herself ensnared in a real-life mystery.pla

Plague Land by S. D. Sykes. Young girls go missing from a medieval English village and Lord Oswald de Lacy must find the killer before tragedy strikes again. Oswald was never meant to be the Lord of Somerhill Manor. Sent to a monastery at the age of seven, sent back at seventeen when his father and two older brothers are killed by the Plague, Oswald has no experience of running an estate. He finds the years of pestilence and neglect have changed the old place dramatically, not to mention the attitude of the surviving peasants.


February 4th First Wednesday Book Group

children actOur selection for February is The Children Act by Ian McEwan.

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.


Tales Told from the Grave

seeIf you liked The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, try these new novels:

See How Small by Scott Blackwood. One late autumn evening in a Texas town, two strangers walk into an ice cream shop shortly before closing time. They bind up the three teenage girls who are working the counter, set fire to the shop, and disappear. Hovering above the aftermath of their deaths are the three girls. They watch over the town and makeblack occasional visitations, trying to connect with and prod to life those they left behind.

Black Dog Summer by Miranda Sherry begins with a murder, a farmstead massacre, in the South African bush. Thirty-eight-year-old Sally is but one of the victims. Her life brutally cut short, she narrates from her vantage point in the afterlife and watches as her sister, Adele, her brother-in-law and unrequited love Liam, her niece Bryony, and her teenage daughter, Gigi, begin to make sense of the tragedy.

lifeThe Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth. Six years ago, Melody Pieterson was attacked and left for dead. Only a chance encounter with a dog walker saved her life. Melody’s neighbor and close friend David Alden was found guilty of the crime and imprisoned. Soon after David is released, Eve Elliot is murdered in an attack almost identical to Melody’s. Narrated alternately by Melody and by Eve’s lingering ghost, this thriller is an intimate look at two young women bound together in ways neither of them could ever have predicted.

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Library Closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

All Library locations
will be closed on
January 19, 2015
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Get Crafty

kaf…with new arts and crafts books.

The Urban Sketcher: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location by Marc Taro Holmes.

The Crochet Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem You’ll Ever Face, Answers to Every Question You’ll Ever Ask by Edie Eckman.

The Knitting Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem You’ll Ever Face, Answers to Every Question You’ll Ever Ask by Margaret Radcliffe.

Crafting a Colorful Home: A Room-By-Room Guide to Personalizing Your Space with Color by Kristin Nicholas.jane

Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces: A Mixed-Media Portrait Workshop by Jane Davenport.

Kaffe Fassett’s Brilliant Little Patchworks: 20 Stitched and Patched Projects Using Kafe Fassett Fabrics.

Electronics for Artists: Adding Light, Motion, and Sound to Your Artwork by Simon Quellen Field.

The Best of Jane Austen Knits: 27 Regency-Inspired Designs by Amy Clarke Moore.


New SF/Fantasy/Horror

finnFinn Fancy Necromancy by Randy Henderson. Finn Gramaraye was framed for the crime of dark necromancy at the age of 15, and exiled to the Other Realm for twenty five years. But now that he’s free, someone–probably the same someone–is trying to get him sent back. Finn has only a few days to discover who is so desperate to keep him out of the mortal world.

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear is a steampunk novel set in Seattle in the late 19th century–an era when the town was called Rapid City, when the parts we now call Seattle Underground were the whole town (and still on the surface), when airships plied the trade routes bringing would-be miners heading up to the gold fields ofdead Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront.

Dead Spots by Rhiannon Frater. The stillbirth of Mackenzie’s son destroyed her marriage. Grieving, Mac reluctantly heads for her childhood home to seek refuge with her mother. Driving across Texas, Mac swerves to avoid hitting a deer…and winds up in a dead spot, a frightening place that lies between the worlds of the living and the dead. If they can control their imaginations, people can literally bring their dreams to life–but most are besieged by fears and nightmares which pursue them relentlessly.

echoEcho 8 by Sharon Lynn Fisher. Tess is a parapsychologist, devoting her life to studying paranormal and psychic phenomenon. But when doppelgangers begin appearing from a parallel world, all her training can’t prepare her for what is to come.

The Eterna Files by Leanna Renee Hieber. London, 1882: Queen Victoria appoints Harold Spire of the Metropolitan Police to Special Branch Division Omega.eter Omega is to secretly investigate paranormal and supernatural events and persons. Spire, a skeptic driven to protect the helpless and see justice done, is the perfect man to lead the department, which employs scholars and scientists, assassins and con men, and a traveling circus. Spire’s chief researcher is Rose Everhart, who believes fervently that there is more to the world than can be seen by mortal eyes.


By Women and For Women Debuts

lilLillian on Life by Alison Jean Lester. Born in the Midwest in the 1930s; Lillian lives, loves, and works in Europe in the fifties and early sixties; she settles in New York and pursues the great love of her life in the sixties and seventies. Now it’s the early nineties, and she’s taking stock. Throughout her life, walking the unpaved road between traditional and modern choices for women, Lillian grapples with parental disappointment and societal expectations, wins and loses in love, and develops herlost own brand of wisdom.

Lost & Found by Brooke Davis. Millie Bird, seven years old and ever hopeful, always wears red gumboots to match her curly hair. Her struggling mother, grieving the death of Millie’s father, leaves her in the big ladies’ underwear department of a local store and never returns. Agatha Pantha, eighty-two, has not left her house–or spoken to another human being–since she was widowed seven years ago. Together, they embark upon a road trip to find Millie’s mother.

unbeUnbecoming by Rebecca Scherm. On the grubby outskirts of Paris, Grace restores bric-a-brac, mends teapots, re-sets gems. She calls herself Julie and slips back to a rented room at night. Regularly, furtively, she checks her hometown paper on the Internet. The art heist she planned in exacting detail went bad–but not before she was on a plane to Prague with a stolen canvas rolled in her bag. And so, in Paris, begins a cat-and-mouse waiting game as Grace’sone web of deception and lies unravels–and she becomes another young woman entirely.

One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis. A happy marriage. A beautiful family. A lovely home. So what makes Emily Coleman get up one morning and walk right out of her life–to start again as someone new? Now, Emily has become Cat, working at a hip advertising agency in London and living on the edge with her inseparable new friend, Angel. Cat’s buried any trace of her old self so well, no one knows how to find her. But she can’t bury the past–or her own memories forever.