New Mystery Series

sueSuede to Rest: Material Witness Mystery #1 by Diane Vallere. When Poly Monroe was little, she loved playing in her family’s textile store. But after a fatal family tragedy, Land of A Thousand Fabrics was boarded up and Poly never expected to see the inside again. Now, as inheritor of the long-shuttered shop, she’s ready to restore the family business. However her two new kittens, Pins and Needles, aren’t the ones causing a snag in her plans… Poly ishigh beginning to suspect that a murder behind the shop is tied to a mystery in her family’s unsettled past that she’s determined to solve.

A High-End Finish: A Fixer-Upper Mystery #1 by Kate Carlisle, author of the Bibliophile Mysteries. Shannon’s home-renovation and repair business is booming, but her love life needs work. On a blind date with real estate agent Jerry Saxton, she has to whip out a pair of pliers to keep Jerry from getting too hands on. Shannon is happy to put her rotten date behind her, but when Jerry’s found dead in a run-down Victorian home that she’s been hired to restore, the town’s attractive new police chief suspects that her threats may have laid the foundation for murder.

winkWink of an Eye by Lynn Chandler Willis. On the run from a double-cross, Las Vegas private investigator Gypsy Moran shows up unexpectedly at his sister Rhonda’s house in Wink, Texas. She introduces Gypsy to one of her former students, 12-year-old Tatum McCallen, who is in need of Gypsy’s services. Tatum wants to hire Gypsy to investigate his father Ryce’s alleged suicide. Tatum believes his father was murdered after he went inquiring after the disappearance of several teenage girls, all undocumented immigrants.

Land of Careful Shadows by Suzanne Chazin. A body is found in a reservoir fifty miles north of New York City. The victim is young, female and Hispanic. In her purse, the police find a photograph of a baby they believe is her daughter–a little girl they can’t identify. Or find. Where is the child? Is she still alive? And what is the meaning behind the disturbing note in the woman’s bag? “Go back to your country. You don’t belong here.”

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December 3rd First Wednesday Book Group

the circleOur selection for December is The Circle by Dave Eggers.

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 Audio Visual Services desk.

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

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Books You May Have Missed

Recent additions you may want to take a look at include:

The Unamericans by Molly Antopol – Short Stories
Antopol’s deeply sympathetic characters struggle for footing in an uncertain world, hounded by forces beyond their control. Their voices are intimate and powerful and they resonate with searing beauty.

The Blessings by Elise Juska.
When John Blessing dies and leaves behind two small children, the loss reverberates across his extended family for years to come. His young widow, Lauren, finds solace in her large clan of in-laws, while his brother’s wife Kate pursues motherhood even at the expense of her marriage. John’s teenage nephew Stephen finds himself involved in an act of petty theft that takes a surprising turn, and nephew Alex, a gifted student, travels to Spain and considers the world beyond his family’s Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood. Through departures and arrivals, weddings and reunions, THE BLESSINGS reveals the interior worlds of the members of a close-knit Irish-Catholic family and the rituals that unite them.

The Truth in a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds by Neil Gaiman
Beautifully illustrated by renowned artist Eddie Campbell, this is a four-color edition of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novelette “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains”—a haunting story of family, the otherworld, and a search for hidden treasure.

The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Teenow 
A shy girl with no family, Maria knows she’s lucky to have landed in the sewing room of the royal household. Before World War I casts its shadow, she catches the eye of the Prince of Wales, a glamorous and intense gentleman. But her life takes a far darker turn, and soon all she has left is a fantastical story about her time at Buckingham Palace.

Decades later, Caroline Meadows discovers a beautiful quilt in her mother’s attic. When she can’t figure out the meaning of the message embroidered into its lining, she embarks on a quest to reveal its mystery, a puzzle that only seems to grow more important to her own heart. As Caroline pieces together the secret history of the quilt, she comes closer and closer to the truth about Maria.

Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee by Michael Korda
A contemporary single volume historical biography of General Robert E. Lee—perhaps the most famous and least understood legend in American history and one of our most admired heroes.

Kordam paints a vivid and admiring portrait of Lee as a brilliant general, a devoted family man, and principled gentleman who disliked slavery and disagreed with secession, yet who refused command of the Union Army in 1861 because he could not “draw his sword” against his beloved Virginia.

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By Women and For Women

kayThe Firelight Girls by Kaya McLaren. The summers you spend at summer camp are indelibly etched on your heart. But what happens when the camp you love is about to close? Can you ever really say goodbye to the place that made you who you are? This is the question that plagues Ethel, the seventy-year-old former camp director who is nursing a broken heart after losing the love of her life. It’s also a question that inspires change in forty-year-olddev Shannon, who is directionless after watching her career implode.

A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev. Mili Rathod hasn’t seen her husband in twenty years—not since she was promised to him at the age of four. Yet marriage has allowed Mili a freedom rarely given to girls in her village. Her grandmother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America for eight months, all to make her the perfect modern wife. Which is exactly what Mili longs to be—if her husband would just come and claim her.

branThe Ripper’s Wife by Brandy Purdy. It begins as a fairytale romance–a shipboard meeting in 1880 between vivacious Southern belle Florence Chandler and handsome English cotton broker James Maybrick. Courtship and a lavish wedding soon follow, and the couple settles into an affluent Liverpool suburb. But their marriage is doomed by lies. Florie, hardly the heiress her scheming mother portrayed, is treated as an outsider byhello fashionable English society. James’s secrets are infinitely darker–he has a mistress, an arsenic addiction, and a vicious temper.

Hello from the Gillespies by Monica McInerney. For the past thirty-three years, Angela Gillespie has sent to friends and family around the world an end-of-the-year letter titled “Hello from the Gillespies.” It’s always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself–she tells the truth…. The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be.

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New Art Books

Art Books Recently Added to the Collection

 

Legendary Illustration Art of NC Wyeth

Out of Line: The Art of Jules Feiffer

The Art of Basic Oil Painting

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Spy Vs. Spy

ha…literary style.

From the award-winning author of Waiting, a spare, haunting tale of espionage and conflicted loyalties that spans half a century in the entwined histories of two countries–China and the United States–and two families as it explores the complicated terrain of love and honor. When Lilian Shang, born and raised in America, discovers her father’s diary after the death of her parents, she is shocked by the secrets it contains. She knew that her father, Gary, convicted decades ago of being a mole in the CIA, was the most important Chinese spy ever caught. But his diary–an astonishing chronicle of his journey from 1949 Shanghai to Okinawa to Langley, Virginia–reveals the pain and longing that his double life entailed, in A Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin.den

A post-9/11 literary spy thriller from the National Book Award-winning author of Tree of Smoke. Roland Nair calls himself Scandinavian but travels on a U.S. passport. After ten years’ absence, he returns to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, to reunite with his friend Michael Adriko. They once made a lot of money here during the country’s civil war, and, curious to see whether good luck will strike twice in the same place, Nair allows himself to be drawn back to a region he considers hopeless. Shadowed by Interpol, the Mossad, and MI6, Nair gets mired in lust and betrayal in a landscape of frighteningly casual violence, in The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson.

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Poetry Hour – Poems from October

Thanks to everyone who participated in our October Poetry Hour.

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Poetry Hour : October 2014 Poets

Many of our poems this month dealt with self knowledge. The world never stops and the game is always on but one person’s American dream of shopping and technology is another’s nightmare of a superficial life.

When you must choose – who are you most: mother, father, sister, brother, friend, lover, or spouse?

When you can’t wait for the weekend – what is it you look forward to the most: food, love, or conversation?

The darkness of Halloween month was described several ways:  Depression, emptiness, the horror of his fists; and recurring bouts with the beast of cancer.

Life is a question with no answers. Negative people are wolves to stunt your growth but plan your lists anyway. What will happen when you begin your life’s purpose?

Others may feel our plight. Life has its latest blunders. Let it go. You are free. God loves you and needs you to live. Your time here is not complete.

Orange is an October color. Orange is sunset and trees. Orange is complete.

The hour was ended with a recitation of a few Billy Collins poems about barking dogs, wet dogs, and three blind mice.

See you November 8th!

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New SF and Fantasy

blackBlack Dog: Hellhound Chronicles by Caitlin Kittredge. Ava has spent the last hundred years as a hellhound, the indentured servant of a reaper who hunts errant souls and sends them to Hell. When a human necromancer convinces her to steal her reaper’s scythe, Ava incurs the wrath of the demon Lilith, her reaper’s boss. As punishment for her transgression, Lilith orders Ava to track down the last soul in her reaper’s ledger . . . or die trying.dre

Dreamer’s Pool: A Blackthorn & Grim Novel by Juliet Marillier. In exchange for help escaping her long and wrongful imprisonment, embittered magical healer Blackthorn has vowed to set aside her bid for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that she once held dear. Followed by a former prison mate, a silent hulk of a man named Grim, she travels north to Dalriada. There she’ll live on the fringe of a mysterious forest, duty bound for seven years to assist anyone who asks for her help.

proxProxima by Stephen Baxter. There are hundreds of billions of red dwarf stars, lasting trillions of years–and their planets can be habitable for humans. Such is the world of Proxima Centauri. And its promise could mean the never-ending existence of humanity. But first it must be colonized, and no one wants to be a settler. There is no glamor that accompanies it, like being the first man on the moon, nor is there theerik ease of becoming a citizen of an already-tamed world. There is only hardship…loneliness…emptiness.

Willful Child by Steven Erikson. These are the voyages of the starship A.S.F. “Willful Child.” Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly..oh, never mind. And so we join the not-terribly-bright  Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley crew on board the Starship “Willful Child” for a series of devil-may-care, near-calamitous and downright chaotic adventures.

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Writing and Publishing

 As cooler weather approaches you may be thinking about writing a book or poem. 

Browse these titles for guidance.

Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market

Poet’s Market

 

Additional titles on writing can be found here.

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Library Closed for Staff Development Day

All Library locations will be closed

Tuesday, November 11,

Staff Development Day.

Please visit our website, www.akronlibrary.org,

for renewals, database access, and e-book needs.

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