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From the desk of Alison Gibson, Director
Ripley resident Ann Hagedorn’s 2021 book ‘Sleeper Agent: The Atomic Spy in America Who Got Away’ just came out in the trade paperback edition, and it has been just announced that it is the July nonfiction pick for all Barnes & Noble bookstores. Quite an honor to be picked out of all the possible nonfiction books available. While we don’t have a local B&N store in town, there are over 600 stores that will have the book prominently displayed—congratulations Ann.
We are always adding books to the collection, and a few recent titles have clear Ohio and Brown County roots. The Ohio Biological Survey, Inc. donated a set of their newest volumes, and they are impressive! Reptiles of Ohio, parts I & II are now ready for you to check out. Part I gives overview of Ohio environment, then delves into turtles and lizards of Ohio. Part II contains over 850 pages on Ohio snakes—these are not just identification books, but have lots of pictures and studies along with interesting sidebars. We didn’t know that the Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake might be the snake used in creating the shape of Serpent’s Mound—the coiled tail and head shape certainly could be interpreted as such. These are heavy books, interesting for serious reading or just browsing.
Another book added to the circulating collection was a recent donation. The Legendary Queen from Scotland and Events Before and After by Leslie Glenn. We have a copy of this book in our reference section, but with a second copy we now have one that can leave the building. Author Leslie Glenn wrote and published this book—a history of the Delta Queen and then history and lots of photos of river towns taken in the mid-1980s. Finally, we’ve replaced a copy of Children of Ol’ Man River: The Life and Times of a Showboat Trooper by Billy Bryant—the tales of life and business on the show boat circuit is fascinating.
July has quite a few popular author releases—here’s a sampling of the first half of the month’s new titles: David Baldacci’s 6:20 Man, Linda Castillo’s The Hidden One, David Rosenfelt’s Holy Chow, Tess Gerritsen’s Listen to Me, Debbie Macomber’s The Best Is Yest to Come, Lincoln Child’s Chrysalis, Kathy Reichs’ Cold Cold Bones and Brad Thor’s Rising Tiger. Summer reads, great way to ‘escape’ the world for a little while.