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NEW NOVELS! August 25, 2015

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Racing the Rain by John L. Parker, Jr.

The story of a world-class athlete coming of age in the 1950s and 60s on Florida’s Gold Coast. A prequel to the author’s bestselling Once a Runner.

Racing the Rain

Racing the Rain

The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth

The heart-breaking romance between Wilhelm Grimm and the young woman who told him many of his most famous stories.

The Wild Girl

The Wild Girl

The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock

While America becomes swept up in the fervor of the Space Race, test pilot Jim Harrison turns his attention home, passing up the chance to become an astronaut to welcome his daughter, Florence, into the world.  But when his family is faced with a sudden and inexplicable tragedy, Harrison’s instincts as a father and a pilot are put to test.

The Last Pilot

The Last Pilot

~Ann

Latest Additions August 24, 2015

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Just because kids are going back to school DOES NOT mean that summer is over!  In fact, we still have almost a month until it’s officially fall.  The weather might not be steamy and sticky, but it sure is beautiful out.  In fact, this is exactly the type of weather that I find pleasant to take advantage of.  I can go outside and spend a few hours reading, working in the yard,  and walking without getting incredibly sweaty and uncomfortable.  Plus, there aren’t nearly as many bugs crawling and swarming these days.

If you’re looking for some books to read in this beautiful weather, check out some of our recently added titles to the Reading Room.

Armada
Armada by Ernest Cline
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my grandmother asked me to tell you
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrick Backman
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orchard at the edge of town
Orchard at the Edge of Town by Shirlee McCoy
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book of aron
The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard
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invasion of tearling
Invasion of Tearling by Erika Johansen
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Happy reading!

—Beth

New Travel Book August 18, 2015

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“I am lighthouse rather than lifeboat. I do not rescue, but instead help others to find their own way to shore, guiding them by my example.” – Modern Affirmation

Who doesn’t love a lighthouse? Especially if it’s in Maine. Each year thousands of tourists visit Maine’s lighthouses. Sixty-four lighthouses dot Maine’s rugged coast. The Islandport Guide to Lighthouses in Maine is written by Ted Panayotoff who is a lighthouse historian. It’s a comprehensive and useful guidebook with pages of photographs and vintage postcards of the lighthouses. Maine lighthouses have interesting names such as Burnt Island Light, Owls Head Light, and Whaleback Light. Each lighthouse is profiled with descriptions, contact information, and direction. Plus there is a special section on lighthouses that features overnight accommodations.

~Ann

Latest Additions August 17, 2015

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It’s National Thrift Shop Day!  I’ve been enjoying hunting through thrift shops for over 15 years now.  My search started as a teen when I was looking for vintage skirts and dresses that helped me define my style, as a teen often attempts to do.  I lived in thrifted threads throughout college and graduate school.  As I got older and took on more professional jobs, it was hard to continue that clothing style with the constant mending required of garments older than me.  These days I hunt thrift stores for vintage Pyrex dishes.  You might have some of these in your kitchen, or you’ve seen them on your aunt’s dinner table.  They come in all different shapes, patterns, and colors and I’m slightly obsessed with them.  It’s rare that I pass a thrift store without stopping to see if Pyrex treasures await.

I’ve also recently started thrifting children’s books as I build my daughter’s library.  She hasn’t arrived yet, but I plan on being well armed with lots of books to read to her for years to come.

Everyone seems to be looking for their own treasure, whether that’s at a thrift shop, or even at the library.  If you’re in the market for your next treasured read, check out some of these recent additions to our Reading Room.

Queen of Tearling
The Queen of Tearling by Erika Johansen
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unfortunates
The Unfortunates by Sophie McManus
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west of sunset
West of Sunset by Steward O’Nan
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Where they found her
Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight
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Happy Reading!

—Beth

British Suspense- One Step Too Far August 14, 2015

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one step Emily Coleman leaves her Manchester home, husband, and family and disappears to London where she takes a new name. She finds a room in a dilapidated rooming house and a job as a receptionist. All the while she’s sick about leaving her husband and thinks back on “what happened.” The trouble is the reader doesn’t know “what happened.”

Tension builds as we try and figure out why Emily would leave a loving husband, child, and her job as an attorney to take up another life in London. This is a twisty psychological thriller that reminded me of a mash up of Girl on a Train and some of Ruth Rendell’s books. A debut novel.

~Ann

Be First August 12, 2015

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Be first to read some of these debut novels coming in August!

THE DAUGHTERS by Adrienne Celt

Lulu can’t sing. Since the traumatic birth of her daughter, the internationally renowned soprano hasn’t dared utter a note. She’s afraid that her body is too fragile and that she may have lost her talent to a long-dreaded curse afflicting all of the mothers in her family.

BARBARA THE SLUT AND OTHER PEOPLE by Lauren Holmes

A fresh, honest, and darkly funny debut collection about family, friends, and lovers, and the flaws that make us most human.

MRS. SINCLAIR’S SUITCASE by Louise Walters

Roberta, a bibliophile works at The Old and New Bookshop in England. She discovers a letter inside her grandmother’s old suitcase that provides insight into her grandmother’s past and to the family’s history.

THE GIRL WHO SLEPT WITH GOD by Val Brelinski

A family’s world is upended when the oldest daughter returns from a missionary trip to Mexico and discovers she’s pregnant with—she believes—the child of God.

THE SECRETS OF LAKE ROAD by Karen Katchur

Twelve-year-old Caroline doesn’t understand why her mother avoids the family lakeside home, which she herself loves.

~Ann

Latest Additions August 10, 2015

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Happy National S’mores Day!

Today we celebrate the wonder that is the combination of roasted marshmallow smashed between a piece of chocolate and two pieces of graham cracker.  It’s an ooey gooey delight! Girl Scout Loretta Scout Crew is credited with creating this camping and summer staple and her recipe for “Some Mores” was published in the Girl Scout handbook Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts in 1927 (Chase’s Calendar of Events 2015).

Next time you’re sitting around a fire, be sure to bring the S’more supplies, and if you’re looking to enhance your S’more experience, I suggest swapping the chocolate bar for a peanut butter cup.  If you like peanut butter, you’re going to love this.

As great as S’mores are, their biggest downfall is how sticky they are, so if you’re indulging in them, be sure to wash your hands before picking up your next read. Here are some recently added titles to our Reading Room.

Peter Rose
Pete Rose: An American Dilemma by Kostya Kennedy
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run you down
Run You Down by Julia Dahl
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Saint Mazie
Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg
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so you've been publically shamed
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
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Love song of queenie hennessy
The Love Song of Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
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Happy reading!
—Beth

HOT AUGUST READS August 7, 2015

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August brings lots of new titles from old favorites and new authors!

This Week

Alert by James Patterson

The Summertime Girls by Laura Hankin

Week of August 10

Silver Linings by Debbie Macomber

Devil’s Bridge by Linda Fairstein

Who do You Love by Jennifer Weiner

Week of August 17

Friction by Sandra Brown

A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd

The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman

Week of August 23

The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

X by Sue Grafton

~Ann

That Girl! August 4, 2015

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That “Girl” is incredibly popular. Check out these girls.

The Girl on the Train– Paula Hawkins

The girl sees odd things while commuting on the train

The Boston Girl– Anita Diamant

A turn of the century girl (born in 1900) growing up in Boston

Clever Girl– Tessa Hadley

The girl, born in the mid-1950’s, comes of age in Britain

The Forever Girl– Alexander McCall Smith

The girl follows her longtime love from Scotland to Sydney and to Singapore

Funny Girl– Nick Hornby

The adventures of an intrepid young girl in 1960’s London

Girl in the Moonlight- Charles Dubow

The girl is of shimmering, incandescent beauty with a wild, irrepressible spirit and is the object of his obsession.

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk– Kelli Estes

A modern girl discovers secrets left by a young Chinese girl a century before

The Girl Next Door– Ruth Rendell

Does the girl next door know more about the past than she realizes?

Luckiest Girl Alive– Jessica Knoll

Will the girl’s perfect life unravel when the past catches up to her?

Gone Girl–  Gillian Flynn

The girl that started the “Girl” craze!

~Ann

Latest Additions August 3, 2015

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Our Summer Reading Programs are officially over and they have been a huge success! Thanks to everyone who participated, and a very special thank you to the Friends of RRPL who sponsored our program.  We had a record total of over 350 patrons sign up and over 1,400 titles read in just the Adult program! If you’re looking for some good book recommendations or would like to share a few books yourself, we will be discussing some of the best books we read all summer at our End of Summer Reading Celebration tomorrow, August 4, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in The Community Room of RRPL.

Just because our Summer Reading Program is over, doesn’t mean you need to slow down your reading habits.  Stay tuned in the coming months as we offer more exciting ways to win with reading!

Here are some of our most recent additions to the Reading Room:

Appaloosa
Appaloosa by Robert B. Parker
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dexter is dead
Dexter is Dead by Jeff Lindsay
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Find me
Find Me by Laura Van Den Berg
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Irish meadows
Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason
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our souls at night
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
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Happy reading!

—Beth

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