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LIBRARY TALK – SEPTEMBER 26, 2019

Looking back at the last few articles, I haven’t had the room or time to mention some of the new books we’ve added, and there is a box of new books at my feet waiting for release, so I think I’ll just mention a few. I suspect many of our regular readers will be more interested in the Brown County Fair or that quick fall vacation!

In the fiction category…we are now getting the Christmas themed sweet romances, and while I don’t purchase all that are out there, we do get a fair number, both in hardback and paperback.  Debbie Macomber spins her latest Mrs. Miracle tale in A Mrs. Miracle Christmas. Jennifer Chiaverini, author of 20 years worth of the Elm Creeks Quilts novels, gives her quilters some holiday cheer in The Christmas Boutique, although it isn’t always easy to get to the happy ending. (Along with books, we note that Hallmark is cranking out the holiday-themed DVDs, and we tend to purchase nearly all of them!—some based on books)

Popular author Tess Gerritsen crafts a spooky tale of ghostly house in The Shape of Night, John Sandford pens another Virgil Flowers novel in Bloody Genius, Oprah Winfrey’s book club book is The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (his first novel—placed primarily in Virginia from a slave’s point of view, but so much more) Mr. Coates writes for the Atlantic Monthly, wrote best-selling non-fiction Between the World and Me, and is co-author of several Black Panther graphic novels.

A mix of non-fiction fills out the box, including Doctor Dogs: How our Best Friends are Becoming our Best Medicine by Maria Goodavage, Crusades: An Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands by Dan Jones It has been a long time since we’ve added anything in our history section-the Crusades were fueled by faith, conquest, power, trade and politics that spanned centuries. United States of Trump: How the President Really Sees America by popular author Bill O’Reilly is to be an observation, not a pro- or anti-Trump piece.

We also add many children’s and young adult level books, and put them on display. We know we have fans of the “Who was…” series, the latest in the Dork Diaries or Ivy & Bean, Pete the Cat or the most current in Tracy West’s Dragon series but there are so many to choose from, and the best way is to come on in and browse.

Matthew