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Still cold early this week, still good soup and stew weather, and the library is a good place to check out a cookbook or magazine to find your next ‘family favorite’. Also good weather to nestle in and read anything, as it can take you far, far away from the grey days of early February in the Ohio Valley.

On our new book shelf we have The Woman Beyond the Attic: The V.C. Andrews Story.  For some of our readers, V.C. Andrews and her first novel that made it big time, “Flowers in the Attic”, made a huge impact.  The series, with the twists and turns, and rather horrible treatment of children, seems to fascinate readers, and now for all her fans, this biography delves into her life and perhaps some of the explanations of her writing theme.

Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas by Jennifer Raff is another interesting non-fiction book added to our collection last week. Combining DNA, cultural and archaeological histories to rough out the paths of the earliest Indigenous peoples while taking a hard look at the myths that have been told for centuries.

Locally, The Assault on Elisha Green: Race and Religion in a Kentucky Community looks at Rev. Elisha Green, who was a Black minister in the Maysville area long before the Civil War. In  1883 he was sitting in a railroad car on his way to Paris, KY and was attacked for not giving his seat up by two men from Millersburg Female College—one the president of the college, one a music teacher.  Friends of Rev. Green convinced him to sue, he did and won, receiving a token compensation. Author Randolph Runyon delves into the past of all of the players and places them in the context of the time, making for a fascinating snapshot of race and history.

FYI, we will be closed on Monday, February 21st in observance of President’s Day.