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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 • Posted September 5, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries)

First, thank your city and county commissioners, the mayor, and the judge for working together to get our parking lot re-paved. It sorely needed it, and we are so proud to have it don! Fall will soon officially arrive, and you will see touches of fall in the library. A local gourd grower has graciously placed arrangements of her gourds for public display here in the foyer and in the new arrivals. Be sure to come by and enjoy a hint of fall color!


The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House by Edward Klein (973.9320 KLE)

Crohn’s & Colitis for Dummies by A. Wiley Brand (616.3 ALI)


Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden (F CAM) Christian Fiction

“As owner of the 57th Illinois Watch Co., Mollie Knox’s future looks bright until the night the legendary Great Chicago Fire destroys her beloved city. With her world crumbling around her, Mollie will do whatever it takes to rebuild in the aftermath of the devastating fire.”

The English Girl by Daniel Silva (F SIL All.13)

“When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister’s career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems...and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth.”

The Beast by Faye Kellerman (F KEL Dec.21)

“When Hobart Penny is found dead in his apartment, the cops think that his pet cat - an adult female tiger - attacked the reclusive elderly billionaire. But it soon becomes clear that the beast that killed the eccentric inventor is all too human. Following a trail of clues that leads from a wildlife sanctuary in the San Bernardino Mountains to the wild nightlife of Las Vegas, Pete Decker and his LAPD detectives are left juggling too many suspects and too few answers.”

Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky (F DEL)

“Charlotte and Nicole were once the best of friends, spending summers together in Nicole’s family’s island house, but they have since grown apart. A successful travel writer, Charlotte lives on the road, while Nicole, a food blogger, lives in Philadelphia. When Nicole returns to the island house to write a book, she invites her old friend Charlotte. But what both women don’t know is that they are each holding a secret that may change their relationship forever.”

The White Princess by Philippa Gregory (F GRE Cou.5)

“. . . an epic story of conspiracy, love, revenge, and the deadly feuds that ensue when Elizabeth of York loses both a lover and her family’s royal reign - forcing her to choose between allegiance to the crown and loyalty to her family.”

The Barbed Crown by William Dietrich (F DIE Gag.6)

“Rogue and adventurer Ethan Gage returns to Paris and London. Against a background of imperial pomp and the gathering clouds of war, Gage plots revenge on Napoleon Bonaparte for the kidnap of his son.”

Southern Cross the Dog by Bill Cheng (F CHE)

“Eight-year-old Robert Chatham has lost everything—friends, family, home—to the fast waters of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. He lights out across the country, a refugee seeking shelter with (and from) a Homer-esque cast of misfits, hucksters, and ne’er-do-wells. Wherever he finds himself, Robert is gripped and propelled by his fear of a devil closing in behind him.”

The Beach Trees by Karen White (F WHI)

“From the time she was twelve, Julie Holt knew what a random tragedy can do to a family. At that tender age, her little sister disappeared—never to be found. As an adult with a prestigious job in the arts, Julie meets a struggling artist who reminds her so much of her sister, she can’t help feeling protective. It is a friendship that begins a long and painful process of healing for Julie, leading her to a house on the Gulf Coast, ravaged by hurricane Katrina, and to stories of family that take her deep into the past.”

Light of the World by James Lee Burke (F BUR Rob.20)

“Sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders he committed while capital punishment was outlawed in Kansas. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surrette, the killer escapes and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone with his family, partner Clete, and Clete’s daughter.”

A House Divided by Michael Phillips (F PHI Rus.2)

“As the war in the Balkans draws to its bitter and devastating close, Prince Sergi returns to St. Petersburg and to his love, the young servant Anna Burenin. But the battles still rages—both within Sergi’s heart and in the revolution that threatens to overthrow the tsar’s tenuous control over his vast empire.”

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