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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Holiday Mysteries Part Two

            Relax and enjoy some more Christmas-themed mysteries from our library.

            The Mistletoe Murder: And Other Stories is from renowned British mystery author P.D. James, who passed away in 2014. Two of the stories feature poet-detective Adam Dalgliesh; the other two bear some resemblance to the writing style of Agatha Christie.  

            In Murder for Christmas, written by Francis Duncan, the party guests of Benedict Grame discover a body that bears a striking resemblance to Father Christmas under the tree. It is up to Mordecai Tremaine to find the culprit before another death occurs.

            Nantucket Red Tickets is written by Steven Axelrod. It’s Christmas Eve on Nantucket and prominent businessman Jackson Blum is about to live out his own version of A Christmas Carol.

            The Usual Santas: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers is published by Soho Crime. This is a compilation of eighteen holiday crime short stories set in locations around the globe.

            Wagging through the Snow is written by Laurien Berenson and is another in the series of Melanie Travis canine mysteries. With Christmas approaching, Melanie investigates a possible murder after discovering a whimpering Maltese beside the dead body of a squatter on the property that her ex-husband just bought.

            Yuletide Homicide is written by Jennifer David Hesse. Family law attorney and Wiccan Keli Milanni goes undercover when mayoral candidate Edgar Harrison, her boss’s old friend, is blackmailed. Before finding the culprit, Harrison winds up dead, and Keli must risk her own rebirth during the Wiccan holiday Yuletide to catch the killer.  


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Holiday Mysteries

            Though the season may be merry and bright, murder and mayhem never take a holiday at Christmas. Here are some novels that prove the point.

            A Cajun Christmas Killing: A Cajun Country Mystery, written by Ellen Byron, describes how Maggie Crozat must pair up with an unlikely ally and longtime family enemy to catch the killer before Christmas on the bayou is ruined. Includes recipes.

            The Christmas Mystery: A Detective Luc Moncrief Story is written by James Patterson. The story follows French NYPD detective Luc Moncrief during a busy Christmas season as he investigates the theft of a cache of priceless paintings and the murder of a wealthy socialite.

            A Christmas Return: A Novel is the newest annual Christmas mystery by author Anne Perry. Spurred by holiday cheer and a surprise hidden in a Christmas pudding, and elderly aristocrat endeavors to correct a past wrong by solving a decade-old murder.

            Crimson Snow: Winter Mysteries is a short story collection edited by Martin Edwards. It shares Christmas mysteries from such authors as Fergus Hume, Margery Allingham, and Michael Gilbert.

            The Ghost of Christmas Past, written by Rhys Bowen, features Molly Murphy Sullivan and her husband Daniel. They are invited to spend the holidays at a Hudson mansion, only to be embroiled in the mystery of their hosts’ daughter’s disappearance.

            How the Finch Stole Christmas! A Meg Langslow Mystery is written by Donna Andrews. When Meg’s husband organizes a full-scale production of “A Christmas Carol” with a famous veteran actor in the starring role, she finds herself navigating unexpected challenges in the star’s baggage and enemies.  


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Afternoon Book Discussions

Join us for our Afternoon Book Discussions, held on the third Wednesday of every month from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. We select books from a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, encourage lively discussion, and enjoy delicious refreshments. The reading selections for the first half of 2018 are:
January 17th -- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking/ written by Susan Cain. Demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in modern culture, charting the rise of extrovert ideology while sharing anecdotal examples of how to use introvert talents to adapt to various situations.
February 21stThe Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel/written by Nina George. Prescribing books that offer therapeutic benefits to his customers, a literary apothecary in a floating bookstore on the Seine struggles with private heartbreak before embarking on a journey of healing at the side of a blocked writer and a lovelorn chef.
March 21stI Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban/written by Malala Yousafzai. Describes the life of the young Pakistani student who advocated for women’s rights and education in the Taliban-controlled Swat Valley, survived an assassination attempt, and became the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.
April 18thAll the Light We Cannot See: A Novel/written by Anthony Doerr. A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.
May 16thThe Cuckoo’s Calling/written by Robert Galbraith. Working as a private investigator after losing his leg in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike takes the case of a legendary supermodel’s suspicious suicide and finds himself in a world of multi-millionaire beauties, rock star boyfriends, desperate designers, and hedonist pursuits.

June 20thFounding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation/written by Cokie Roberts. Explores the lives of women who helped shape the United States, profiling such key figures as Abigail Adams, Eliza Pinkney, Dolley Payne Madison, Deborah Read Franklin, and Catherine Littlefield Greene. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Healthy Living: New Books to Promote Wellness

            Proactive advice to maintaining your health is available at the library. Here are some new books that can help.
George Demirakos is the author of Fix My Knee: A Guide to Preventing and Healing from Injury and Strain. He is a licensed physical therapist who has worked with Canadian professional hockey, tennis, and Olympic teams. Demirakos explains how the knee works, why your knee is at risk for injury, and the different types of knee injuries. Then he discusses different techniques that help such as acupuncture, yoga, Pilates, cortisone injections, and more. Strengthening exercises, accompanied by photographs, are included.
You Are Getting Sleepy: Lifestyle-Based Solutions for Insomnia provides techniques based on research to induce sleepiness. To aid with this, authors Paul Glovinsky and Arthur Spielman discuss changes to make to your daily routines and show you how to use cognitive behavioral treatments. They also instruct on managing anxiety, depression, an out-of-sync biological clock, and dependence on sleep aids in order to lessen insomnia.

The Diabetes Carbohydrate & Fat Gram Guide, 5th edition, is a concise guide to preventing or delaying the complications of diabetes. The reader learns how to plan meals using carbohydrate counting, calorie counting, and food lists as published by the American Diabetes Association. The main part of the book consists of nutrient tables that include the amount of carbohydrates, sodium, sugar, fiber, protein, and fats from a wide variety of foods, along with calorie counts and serving sizes. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Take Charge of Your Diabetes: November is American Diabetes Month

            29.1 million Americans have diabetes, but 8.1 million more may be undiagnosed. Learn all you can about this disease by reading these books.
            Reverse Your Diabetes in 12 Weeks: The Scientifically Proven Program to Avoid, Control, and Turn around Your Diabetes is written by George L. King, M.D, the chief science officer at Harvard’s Joslin Diabetes Center. He presents the eight proven strategies, which include a modified rural Asian diet deriving seventy percent of its calories from carbohydrates, a five to seven percent reduction in body weight, exercise, reducing stress, using your body’s brown fat, getting at least seven hours of sleep per night, and more.  
            Your Type 2 Diabetes Action Plan: Tips, Techniques, and Practical Advice for Living Well with Diabetes, is a publication of the American Diabetes Association, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to simplifying diabetes management, since 1940. The book includes information on improving glucose management, optimizing medication, designing an exercise program, creating a nutritious meal plan, coping with complications, and other beneficial material.
            Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy, 5th Edition, provides the diabetic reader with updated information on revised food groups and updated food lists. The author is Hope S. Warshaw, who is an expert on health and meal planning with diabetes who has written many other books on this topic.
            The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection: 9 Essential Recipes You Need to Create 90 Amazing Complete Meals, is written by Robyn Webb, the food editor of Diabetes Forecast and the author of 14 cookbooks. This book contains more than ninety recipes based on variations of nine cooking techniques, along with one hundred classic side dish recipes to accompany them.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

New Fiction With 3M E-Books

             If you enjoy reading e-books, take a look at some of the new novels available through our library’s subscription with 3M books. They include:
            Deep Freeze, written by John Sandford, is the tenth book in the Virgil Flowers series. Here, Virgil investigates the death of a woman found frozen in a block of ice, on the eve of her twenty-fifth high school reunion in Trippton, Minnesota.
            Enemy of the State: A Mitch Rapp Novel, is written by Kyle Mills and based on the character created by the late Vince Flynn. Rapp, a CIA operative, goes undercover to thwart a plot by the nephew of Saudi Arabia’s king to support ISIS.
            Fairytale is written by Danielle Steel. Camille is the young adult daughter of a happily married couple who own a vineyard in Napa Valley, California. When the mother dies from cancer, the father is quickly ensnared by a charming Frenchwoman. True to fairytale style, after their marriage the father dies and Camille is at her step-family’s mercy for her legacy and her life. She then receives support from an unlikely source.
            Manhattan Beach, written by Jennifer Egan, is a combination thriller and historical novel, spanning from the Great Depression through World War Two. Here, Anna is a diver at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where she also becomes involved with organized crime.
            Origin, by Dan Brown, returns Harvard professor Robert Langdon to his fifth adventure where he searches for answers to the question “where does humanity come from?” It involves research into symbology, science, religion, and other disciplines.
            Sing, Unburied, Sing is written by Jesmyn Ward. Living with his grandparents and sister on a Gulf Coast farm, Jojo navigates the challenges of his mother’s addictions and his grandmother’s cancer before the release of his father from prison prompts a road trip of danger and hope.
            Sleeping Beauties is written by both Stephen King and his son Owen King. They describe a place in the near future where most women succumb to a sleeping disease, while wrapped in cocoons and at peace. In turn, men instead return to a primal state. In this setting of men comes Eve Black who does not yield to this illness. The men do not know whether to treat her as a demon or a lab specimen.
            You can access these and other e-books on our library’s website at

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

             Mammography and Early Breast Cancer Detection: How Screening Saves Lives, is written by Alan B. Hollingsworth, M.D. He is the director of the Mercy Breast Center, a screening and diagnostic facility at Mercy Hospital, Oklahoma City and his practice is limited to risk assessment, genetic testing, and multimodality screening for high-risk patients. In his book, Hollingsworth discusses the history of breast cancer screening, from its beginnings to today’s latest technology. He presents both sides of the mammography effectiveness controversy – he supports the use of mammography on an annual basis.
            Breast Cancer Clear & Simple: All Your Questions Answered is published by the American Cancer Society. This is a comprehensive guide to coping with breast cancer and includes information in a question and answer format, beginning with diagnostic tests and finding a doctor to treatment options -- radiation, chemotherapy, and more, and surgery options of lumpectomy and mastectomy. It continues with details on the side effects of treatments, clinical trials, cancer stages, and psychological aspects of the disease. References, a resource guide, and a glossary are included.   
            Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What’s Right for You is a guide to the options available through breast reconstruction surgery after both single and double mastectomies. It is written by Patricia Anstett, a medical journalist, with photographs by Kathleen Galligan. Choices available include silicone or saline implants, liposuction and tissue reconstruction, delayed reconstruction, revisions and lifts, and more. There also is information on health insurance and doctor selection. A glossary, bibliography, and index are provided.