Your Library Staff @ Home – Making & Crafting

Other than working from home, cooking and baking passionately for my family, reading and following my online programs, I’m trying to finish my traditional needlework -embroidery table cloth- during this pandemic and make the most out of my time while staying at home.

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There are some websites that I would like to recommend for you to check out for patterns and collections such as stitchedmodern.com and if you want to learn how to make cross-stitch designs, I would recommend visiting Creativebug in our Digital Library to see all the classes that we have.

Embroidery is extremely relaxing and fun to do. It adds a little color and design into your daily life. By using this time wisely, I even taught my daughter how to cross-stitch as well and she loves it. Being able to do make art while staying home is truly something special.

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~Semanur

New Fiction Coming in May 2020

 

Take a look at some of the exciting new fiction coming to our shelves in May. Whether you are looking for a literary fiction read, a historical page-turner, or a woman’s fiction, we have something for you!

 

 

5/04: All Adults Here by Emma Straub – A matriarch confronts the legacy of her parenting mistakes while her adult children navigate respective challenges in high standards and immaturity, before a teen granddaughter makes a courageous decision to tell the truth. By the best-selling author of Modern Lovers.

In All Adults Here, Emma Straub’s unique alchemy of wisdom, humor, and insight come together in a deeply satisfying story about adult siblings, aging parents, high school boyfriends, middle school mean girls, the lifelong effects of birth order, and all the other things that follow us into adulthood, whether we like them to or not.

5/05: Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner – A woman confronts the dynamics of friendship and forgiveness while visiting Cape Cod to attend an old friend’s increasingly disastrous wedding. By the best-selling author of Good in Bed and Mrs. Everything.

A sparkling novel about the complexities of female relationships, the pitfalls of living out loud and online, and the resilience of the human heart, Big Summer is a witty, moving story about family, friendship, and figuring out what matters most.

5/05: Close Up, -No. 4 (Burning Cove, California)- by Amanda Quick – Welcome to Burning Cove, California where 1930s Hollywood glamour conceals a ruthless killer.
Protecting a crime-scene photographer who has identified elusive details connecting a string of murders, reclusive investigator Nick Sundridge uses his own uncanny talents to tie the killer to 1930s Hollywood society. By the best-selling author of the Arcane Society series.

 

 

5/05: Robert B. Parker’s Grudge Match, -No. 8 (Sunny Randall)- by Mike Lupica – Reluctantly taking the case of a long-time gangster associate who will forgive a betrayal in return, private investigator Sunny Randall tracks down the man’s missing girlfriend and business partner before the murder of a witness reveals unanticipated dangers. Robert B. Parker’s beloved PI Sunny Randall returns on a case that blurs the line between friend and foe…and if Sunny can’t tell the difference, the consequences may be deadly.

5/19: Furmidable Foes, –No. 29 (Mrs. Murphy)- by Rita Mae Brown – Mary Minor “Harry” Harristeen and her pet sleuths investigate hidden enemies in their effort to expose a scam involving an upmarket organic grocery store that is selling substandard produce. By the author of the “Sister” Jane series. 

Mary Minor “Harry” Harristeen is on the hunt for a killer with a deadly green thumb when a day in the garden turns fatal in this exciting new mystery from Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown.

5/26: Girls of Summer by Nancy Thayer – Skeptical about their single mother’s Nantucket romance with a younger man, siblings Juliet and Theo navigate their own tangled relationships involving an idealistic environmentalist and a girl fighting the trauma of a school tragedy. By the best-selling author of Island Girls

 

~Semanur

 

New Nonfiction Coming in May 2020

 

Check out this selection of nonfiction books for your enjoyment coming this May!

 

5/05: The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America’s 16th President—and Why It Failed by Brad Meltzer & Josh Mensch – The best-selling authors of The First Conspiracy share the lesser-known story of the 1861 assassination attempt on the 16th president by a secret pro-Southern society that organized an elaborate plot targeting a newly elected Lincoln on his inaugural train journey.

5/05: Grand: A Grandparent’s Wisdom for a Happy Life by Charles Johnson – A National Book Award winner and MacArthur Genius Fellow reflects on the joys of being a grandparent in this warm, inspiring collection of wisdom and life lessons and the ideal gift for any new parent or grandparent.

5/12: The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir by John Bolton – He served as National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump for 519 days. A seasoned public servant who had previously worked for Presidents Reagan, Bush #41, and Bush #43, Bolton brought to the administration thirty years of experience in international issues and a reputation for tough, blunt talk. In his memoir, he offers a substantive and factual account of his time in the room where it happened.

 

 

5/12: Sunny Days: The Children’s Television Revolution That Changed America by David Kamp – Reveals the behind-the-scenes story of the cultural heroes who created the beloved children’s TV programs Sesame StreetThe Electric CompanyMister Rogers’ NeighborhoodFree to Be … You and Me and Schoolhouse Rock!—which collectively transformed American childhood for the better, teaching kids about diversity, the ABCs and feminism through a fun, funky 1970s lens.

5/19: Stray: A Memoir by Stephanie Danler – From the best-selling author of Sweetbitter comes a memoir of growing up in a family shattered by lies and addiction, and of one woman’s attempts to find a life beyond the limits of her past.Stray is a moving, sometimes devastating, brilliantly written and ultimately inspiring exploration of the landscapes of damage and survival.

5/26: Dare to Fly by Martha McSally – The first American woman combat jet pilot and Arizona Senator presents a motivational life guide that explains how she overcame formidable boundaries by following a set of key principles based on making courage a choice.How to be resolute, do the right thing, persevere, find gratitude, and learn compassion are just some of the lessons in her inspirational life story.

 

~Semanur

 

Your Library Staff @ Home – A Timeless Classic Recommendation

 

If you’re looking for a bittersweet romance tinted with the painful truth of reality then Madonna in a Fur Coat is your book. I read it with my daughter and to say the least, both of us would not stop analyzing the little details embedded into this marvelous book. 

The book follows Raif Efendi, a shy translator living in the midst of Ankara, Turkey, who is a very mysterious man. He speaks only when spoken to and shies away from interacting with anyone but his translating letters.

The book takes us back to Raif’s youth and guides us through how he leaves home to learn a trade in Berlin, Germany, but discovers something much more of value, a beautiful half-Jewish woman who transforms his life forever. Caught between his desire for freedom and his yearning to belong, he struggles to hold on to the new life he has found with the women he loves.

Emotionally powerful and intensely heartwarming, Madonna In a Fur Coat is an unforgettable novel about new beginnings, love, and the unfathomable nature of the human soul. This book will embrace your heart unlike any other. Definitely a book to try out and think about weeks after you’ve finished it.

~Semanur

 

New Nonfiction Coming in April 2020

 

Spring is all about excitement! Here we have got some interesting titles making their way to our collection this month!

 

 

4/07: Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo & Scott Sonenshein – The best-selling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and the psychologist author of Stretchshare anecdotes, studies, and strategies for promoting workplace fulfillment through focused organization and productivity. One million first printing.

4/07: Mind Over Weight: Curb Cravings, Find Motivation, and Hit Your Number in 7 Simple Steps by Ian K. Smith – Aims to help readers win the battle of weight loss by getting everything in order above the neck, guiding readers to find their motivation, stick to a plan and set the right goals.

4/07: Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering by Joanna Gaines – Following the launch of her #1 New York Times bestselling cookbook, Magnolia Table, and seeing her family’s sacred dishes being served at other family tables across the country, Joanna Gaines gained a deeper commitment to the value of the food being shared. 

 

 

4/13: The House of Kennedy by James Patterson – A revelatory portrait of the Kennedys explores how the dual mottos, “To whom much is given, much is expected” and “Win at all costs” shaped generations of life inside and outside the family.

4/14: Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-century Memoir by Madeleine Korbel Albright – Revealing, funny and inspiring, the six-time New York Times best-selling author and former secretary of state—one of the world’s most admired and tireless public servants—reflects on the final stages of her career and how she has blazed her own trail in her later years.

4/14: No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram by Sarah Frier – The award-winning Bloomberg News reporter presents a behind-the-scenes look at how Instagram defied the odds to become one of the most culturally defining apps of the decade before its founders’ lesser-known but an explosive departure from Facebook.

 

 

4/14: Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace by Carl Safina – The New York Times best-selling author of Beyond Words brings readers close to three non-human cultures—what they do, why they do it, and how life is for them.

4/14: Overkill: When Modern Medicine Goes Too Far by Paul A. Offit – An award-winning patient advocate presents a revelatory assessment of 15 out-of-date, common and widely used medical interventions, from vitamins and sunscreen to prescription drugs and surgeries, that are proving more harmful than helpful.

4/21: Kid Quixotes: A Group of Students, Their Teacher, and the One-Room School Where Everything Is Possible by Stephen Haff & Sarah Sierra – A Yale-trained educator whose experiences in a violent district triggered his mental illness describes how he organized an extracurricular reading program to provide a safe environment for at-risk students, including the silent daughter of an undocumented mother.

 

~Semanur

 

New Fiction Coming in April 2020

 

With so much time at home on our hands these days, you might be in need of something fresh and new to read. We’ve got some exciting titles for you, sure to keep you interested for hours on end!

 

 

4/07: Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth – On the 10th anniversary of the Dark One’s defeat, one of the Chosen Ones—who brought the Dark One down—dies and the remaining four discover the Dark One’s ultimate goal was much bigger than they, the government or even prophecy could have foretold.

4/07: Afterlife by Julia Alvarez – Reeling from her beloved husband’s sudden death in the wake of her retirement, an immigrant writer is further derailed by the reappearance of her unstable sister and an entreaty for help by a pregnant undocumented teen.

4/07: Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler – A tech expert and building superintendent finds his circumscribed routines upended by his significant other’s eviction and the appearance of a teen at his doorstep who claims to be his son. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Breathing Lessons.

 

 

4/07: The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate – A modern-day teacher discovers the story of three Reconstruction-era women and how it connects to her own students’ lives in this latest from the New York Times best-selling author of Before We Were Yours. She brings to life startling stories from actual -Lost Friends- advertisements that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War.

4/07: Hid From Our Eyes by Julia Spencer-Fleming – Police chief Russ van Alstyne races to solve a baffling murder that eerily resembles two unsolved killings from decades earlier for which he was the prime suspect. By the award-winning author of One Was a Soldier.

4/14: Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles – The critically acclaimed, bestselling author of News of the World and Enemy Women returns to Texas in this atmospheric story, set at the end of the Civil War, about an itinerant fiddle player, a ragtag band of musicians with whom he travels trying to make a living, and the charming young Irish lass who steals his heart.

 

 

4/21: The Business of Lovers by Eric Jerome Dickey – While a father struggles to reconnect with his estranged son and spiteful ex, his bodyguard brother is invited by three women escorts to consider a job as a male prostitute. By the NAACP Image Award-winning author of A Wanted Woman.

4/21: Dead Land by Sara Paretsky – Dragged by her impetuous goddaughter into a legal battle over a clandestine deal that is threatening community land, V. I. Warshawski uncovers a developer scheme that ends the life of the young man her goddaughter is dating, in this propulsive novel from New York Times bestseller.

4/21: Walk the Wire by David Baldacci – The best-selling author of The Fix presents a highly charged thriller in which fan-favorite character Amos Decker embarks on an action-packed investigation that is complicated by Baldacci’s signature twists and turns. One million first printing.

 

~Semanur