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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 21, 2014

A dear and amazing soul went home to heaven last week, and she will be deeply missed. Jane Hoerster was the local “wise woman” when it came to genealogies and Mason County history. She was a delight to know, and when she could no longer be here in the Archives Room, our days weren’t quite as lively or interesting. But I know she’s in heaven now pestering all those kin for the answers she couldn’t find while she was with us. I just know she’s enjoying a fabulous family reunion!

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



Last Tango in Halifax Season 2

The Other Woman

Animals United: Adventure in Africa

Annie’s Point

The Shield: Season 3

Nurse Jackie: Season 3

Adventures of the Penguin King

Nights in Rodanthe


Doctor Zhivago

The Professionals

The Tudors: Season 3

Orphan Black: Season 2

Alvarez Kelly

The Cowboy Way

Corona De Lagrimas

Mrs. Doubtfire

God’s Not Dead

Downton Abbey: Season 4

The Killing: Season 3

True Detective: Season 1


Dockside by Susan Wiggs (CD F WIG Lak.3)

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (CD F MOR)

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When a Secret Kills by Lynette Eason (LTE F EAS Dea.3)


This Is Who We Were in the 1920s by Grey House Publishing (973 GRE)

Hiding through the Holocaust: From Buttercup Fields to Killing Fields by Eva Edmands-Acher (920 EDM)

Sgt. Reckless: America’s War Horse by Robin Hutton (951.904 HUT)


Close Our Eyes Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian (F BOH)

“Emily Shepard is a homeless girl living in an igloo made of garbage bags in Burlington. Nearly a year ago, a power plant in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont had a meltdown, and both of Emily’s parents were killed. Emily takes off on her own for Burlington, where she survives by stealing, sleeping on the floor of a drug dealer’s house, inventing a new identity for herself, and befriending a young homeless kid.”

The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich (F EVA)

“Pro baseball player Chase Walker meets Amanda at her restaurant, and it’s love at first sight. But is Amanda ready to let loose and swing for the fences? Or will the pressure of Chase’s stardom force them to call it quits?”

The Catch by Taylor Stevens (F STE Mun.4)

“In the wake of going head-to-head with international sex traffickers in The Doll, Munroe has retreated to Djibouti, where, while passing as a man, she finds work as an interpreter for a small, private, maritime security company. Pressed into duty at sea by her boss, Munroe discovers she is part of a gunrunning operation and she wants no part in protecting the crew or cargo.”

Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer (F WIT Arc.1)

“No one steps on Archer land. Not if they value their life. But when Meredith Hayes overhears a lethal plot to burn the Archer brothers off their ranch, a twelve-year-old debt compels her to take the risk.”

Eden in Winter by Richard North Patterson (F PAT Mar.2)

“Two months after the suspicious death of his father, it is taking all of Adam Blaine’s character to suture the deep wounds - both within his family and himself - torn open by the tragedy.”

Seal Team Six: Hunt the Jackal by Don Mann (F MAN)

“When a senator’s wife and teenage daughter are kidnapped, Crocker and SEAL Team Six are sent to Mexico and other dangerous destinations, hot on the trail of the Mexican drug lord known as the Jackal.”

The Girls of August by Ann Rivers Siddons (F SID)

“Every August, four women would gather together to spend a week at the beach, renting a new house each year. But the group slowly drifts apart. Years later, they decide to come together once again on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast. There, far from civilization, the women make startling discoveries that will change them in ways they never expected.”

The 6th Extinction by James Rollins (F ROL)

“A remote military research station in Utah sends out a frantic distress call, ending with a chilling final command: Kill us all! Personnel from the neighboring base rush in to discover everyone already dead - and not just the scientists, but every living thing for fifty square miles has been annihilated. The land is entirely sterile-and the blight is spreading.”

Beyond a Doubt by Colleen Coble (F COB Roc.2)

“Arson. Theft. Murder. When Bree Nichols discovers a corpse in her own basement, a whirlwind investigation ushers an unbidden danger to all she holds dear. Without safe haven in her lighthouse home-or in the arms of a new love-the young widow struggles to free her family from the tentacles of an age-old crime that strikes at the heart of Rock Harbor.”

Seasons of Tomorrow by Cindy Woodsmall (F WOO Orc.4)

“Rhoda Byler feels a newfound confidence living in the Old Order Amish settlement she helped establish in Orchard Bend, Maine. She finds that even her unusual gift of profound intuition is less of a burden. But when an Englischer friend’s grandchild is in extreme danger, can Rhoda’s gift make a difference or will it simply be a catalyst to another season of doubt and misunderstanding?”

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