New Fantasy

badThe Good, the Bad and the Smug by Tom Holt. Mordak isn’t bad, as far as goblin kings go, but when someone, or something, starts pumping gold into the human kingdoms it puts his rule into serious jeopardy. Suddenly he’s locked in an arms race with a speciesfif whose arms he once considered merely part of a calorie-controlled diet.

The Fifth Season: Broken Earth #1 by N. K. Jemisin. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, from which enough ash spews to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

nightNightwise by R.S. Belcher. In the more shadowy corners of the world, frequented by angels and demons and everything in-between, Laytham Ballard is a legend. It’s said he raised the dead at the age of ten, stole the Philosopher’s Stone in Vegas back in 1999, and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen.

The Veil: Devil’s Isle Novel #1 by Chloe Neill. Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was tornveil apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil’s Isle.


New Biographies and Memoirs

smokeDriving Hungry: A Memoir by Layne Mosler is a delicious story that takes us from Buenos Aires to New York to Berlin as the author, driven by wanderlust and an unrelenting appetite, finds purpose, passion, and unexpected flavor.

The Surrender Experiment: My Journey Into Life’s Perfection by Michael A. Singer, the author of The Untethered Soul, is the  true-life story about what happens when you just let go.

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by a New Yorker staff writer for over 25 years, William Finnegan departs somewhat with a personal story of his youth, chasing waves from the South Pacific to Africa.

Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America’s Most Select Airborne Firefighters by Jason A. Ramos offers a rare inside look at the thrilling world of smokejumpers, the airborne firefighters who parachute into the most remote and rugged areas of the United States, confronting theamy growing threat of nature’s blazes.

Blood, Sweat, and My Rock ‘n’ Roll Years: Is Steve Katz a Rock Star?  By a founding member of the legendary Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears.

God and Jetfire: Confessions of a Birth Mother by Amy Seek is a searching, eloquent memoir about the joys and hardships of open adoption.

The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger by Cleveland native Greg Steinmetz is about the Renaissance banker who revolutionized the art of making money and established the radical idea of pursuing wealth for its own sake.  



Get Crafty

morePaper Jewelry: 55 Projects for Reusing Paper by Barbara Baumann.

The Tinkering Woodworker: Weekend Projects for Work, Home & Play by Mike and Paula Cheung.

More Creative Lettering: Techniques & Tips from Top Artists by Jenny Doh.

Warm Days, Cool Knits: Lighter Designs for Every Season by Corrina Ferguson.

Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques and Ideas for Transforming Your World by Timothy Goodman.chin

Project Kid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun by Amanda Kingloff.

A Bit of Applique: Easy Projects with Modern Flair by Amy Struckmeyer.

Chinese Knotting: An Illustrated Guide of 100+ Projects by Cao Haimei.

Dreamy Quilts: 14 Timeless Projects to Welcome You Home by Lydia Loretta Nelson.

The Crafter’s Guide to Patterns: Create and Use Your Own Patterns for Gift Wrap, Stationary, Tiles, and More by Jessica Swift.

Beaded Chains & Ropes: Create Easy-To-Wear Jewelry Using Popular Stitches by Karin Van Voorhees.



August 8 Poetry Hour

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 8, 2015

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.

Registration is requested. Coffee and cookies provided. 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.


Other Stories, Other Families

sonThe Other Son by Alexander Söderberg is a breakneck thriller by the author of The Andalucian Friend. From the moment Hector Guzman entered a coma, Sophie Brinkmann has regretted joining his crime family. Hector’s right hand, Aron Geisler, is doing all he can to keep the sinking ship afloat and keep Sophie in their steely grip. But when Hector’s brother is murdered in Biarritz, Sophie gains thedau upper hand, and intends to use it.

The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig, the author of the Pink Carnation series. Raised by her widowed mother in genteel poverty in the 1920s in an isolated English village, for the past six years Rachel Woodley has been working in France as a nursery governess. When her mother unexpectedly dies, she returns to England to clear out the cottage, and finds a scrapbook full of cuttings from London society pages–all pictures of her supposedly deceased father, very much alive. He’s an earl, socially prominent, with another daughter who is living a charmed life.


New Historical Fiction

orpOrphan Number Eight by Kim van Alkemade. Rachel Rabinowitz must choose between revenge and mercy when she encounters the doctor who subjected her to dangerous medical experiments in a New York City Jewish orphanage, in 1919.

The Flying Circus by Susan Crandall is an adventure tale about two daredevils and a farm boy who embark on the journey of a lifetime across America’s heartland in the Roaring Twenties.

Flame Tree Road by Shona Patel. 1870s India. In a tiny village where society is ruled by a caste system and women are defined solelyflame by marriage, young Biren Roy dreams of forging a new destiny. When his mother suffers the fate of widowhood–shunned by her loved ones and forced to live in solitary penance–Biren devotes his life to effecting change.

janeThe Night Stages by Jane Urquhart. After a tragic accident leaves Tamara alone on the most westerly tip of Ireland, she begins an affair with a charismatic meteorologist named Niall. It’s the 1950s, and Tamara has settled into civilian life after working as an auxiliary pilot in World War II.


August 5 First Wednesday Book Group

euphoriaOur selection for August is Euphoria: a novel by Lily King.

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.


New Romance

dianaUntamed by Diana Palmer. Stanton Rourke lives life on the edge. The steely mercenary is dangerous in every way…especially to Clarisse Carrington’s heart. She and Rourke were playmates as children, but she’s not the innocent girl he once knew.

Second Chance Summer: Cedar Ridge #1 by Jill Shalvis. Cedar Ridge, Colorado, is famous for crisp mountain air, clear blue skies, and pine-scented breezes. And it’s the last place Lily Danville wants to be. But she needs a job, but what has her concerned is theyou other hot property in Cedar Ridge: Aidan Kincaid.

You Can’t Escape by Nancy Bush. When investigative reporter Jay “Dance” Danziger is nearly killed in a bomb blast, journalist Jordanna Winters senses a career-making story. Together they can find out who’s responsible. But as their investigation uncovers a string of unsolved murders, Jordanna realizes that Dance isn’t the only one in danger.

askAsk Me Why by Jodi Thomas et al. From four contemporary romance stars come these stories filled with first kisses, first dances, and happily-ever-afters.

The Art of Sinning: Sinful Suitors #1 by Sabrina Jeffries. American artist Jeremy Keane refuses to return home and take over his father’s business. He’d much rather sample bevvies of beauties abroad, in search of a model for the provocative masterpiece he’s drivenart to paint. When he meets Lady Yvette Barlow at a London wedding, he realizes she’s perfect for his work.

Hell or High Water: Deep Six #1 by Julie Ann Walker. The nation’s security has always been CIA agent Olivia Mortier’s top priority. But a mission-gone-wrong has begun to make her wonder if there’s more to life than risking hers.


New Thrillers

freFrench Concession by Xiao Bai. 1931 Shanghai.  A Nationalist Party chief is assassinated when his ship arrives in Shanghai harbor, and his wife, Leng, disappears. Hsueh, a Franco Chinese photographer also on board, finds himself forced to spy for the police as heend tracks both Leng and his suddenly suspicious White Russian lover.

A Necessary End by Holly Brown. Soon-to-be-40 Adrienne is so desperate for a baby that she allows a pregnant teenager whose child she will adopt to move into her and husband Gabe’s California home. It seems like a small price for Adrienne to pay to get their baby. And with Gabe suddenly on board, what could possibly go wrong?

boneThe Bones of You by Debbie Howells. When Kate receives a phone call with news that Rosie Anderson is missing, she’s stunned and disturbed. Rosie is eighteen, the same age as Kate’s daughter, and a beautiful, quiet, and kind young woman. Though the locals are optimistic—girls like Rosie don’t get into real trouble—Kate’s sense of foreboding is confirmed when Rosie is found

Swerve by Vicki Pettersson. It’s high summer in the Mojave desert, and Kristine Rush and her fiance, Daniel, are making the journey from Las Vegas to Lake Arrowhead, California. But when Daniel is abducted from a desolate rest stop, Kristine is forced to choose: return home, never to see her fiance again, or go on alone into the searing Mojave in search of him…and where a killer lies in wait.


Poems from June Poetry Hour

Thanks to everyone who participated our June Poetry Hour!

Several poems this month dealt with love, religion and humor. We were also given some inspirational thoughts to ponder – such as good intentions getting lost between emotion and thought, the importance of shared memories, and that more isn’t always good.

We listened to one poem about love being a test: the respect, self-respect & self-esteem, responsibilities of love – and also its scars. One poem bemoaned the loneliness of missing one’s beloved. One poem answered the questioner: “Yes, I love you.”

We heard poems about Christianity and the tribulation – hoping to be ready for the rapture; and a poem about God waking someone up in the morning.

Other ideas explored in poetry this month included the friendship of a dog, boxing, reading Billy Collins, waves on water, and flowers as a silent fireworks display.

Three poems dealing with serious life issues asked 1) do we really know who we are – even while looking in the mirror, 2) where do we turn (knowing it’s no one else’s concern) when the situation is grim, and 3) the miseries of a visit to the emergency room.

We laughed aloud at a poem about flushing the toilet; and shrieked with laughter at a hysterically funny poem (spoken in a “child’s voice”) of a recitation of a parent’s dire warnings taken out of context.

Lastly, one shared poem hoped “that you are ok on this lovely day.”

See you July 11th for our next Poetry Hour!ph june 2015