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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 29, 2014

One of our patrons had been trying for a while to get me to read the first book in Diane Gabaldon’s Outlander series. She told me STARZ has just begun the new series Outlander, and she thought I’d enjoy the books and the TV series. But she warned me, “You’ll get hooked!” She was right—I’m in the middle of the first book, and I’m loving it! The story is set in 18th century Scotland, and I’ll admit that the setting and the Scottish history is part of the attraction since I’m of Scots-Irish descent from the clans McLeod and Duncan, but it’s the relationship between Claire and Jamie that’s the core of the story line. I’m watching the series, too, and so far, it’s very true to the book. If you haven’t read Gabaldon, you may want to try her books . . . but you’ll just have to wait for the first one! Remember, we’ll be closed for Labor Day, September 1.

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


Trip to Bountiful

Boardwalk Empire Season 4

Muppets Most Wanted

NCIS Season 5

House of Cards Trilogy

Dolphin Tale, Flipper, Free Willie

Awakening/The Fisher King

The Black List Season 1

NCIS Season 6

The Birdcage

The Amazing Spiderman 2

Ripper Street Season 2

Good Morning Vietnam

Dead Poets Society


How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal (CD F ONE)

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (CD F SED)


Cowboy Corner Conversations by Red Steagall (T978 STE)

Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman (92 1KER)


The Sea Garden by Marcia Willett (F WIL)

“Jess Penhaligon is on her way to Devon to receive an award for her botanical painting. Hosting her will be Kate. When it becomes apparent that her family history may be linked with Kate’s, long-buried secrets from past generations begin to be uncovered - but at what cost have they been kept hidden?”

Hacker by Ted Dekker (The Outlaw Chronicles) (F DEK Out.3)

“Seventeen year old Nyah Parks is a genius hacker who makes a living by cracking the firewalls of the world’s largest corporations. But when the biggest job of her life goes wrong she’s plunged into a desperate situation with only one way out: one last hack that will either save her or kill her.”

An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd (F TOD Cra.6)

“Bess Crawford is asked to accompany a wounded soldier confined to a wheelchair to Buckingham Palace, where he’s to be decorated by the King. The next morning when Bess goes to collect Wilkins, he has vanished. Both the Army and the nursing service hold Bess negligent for losing the war hero, and there will be an inquiry.”

Clandestine Operations: Top Secret by W.E.B. Griffin (F GRI Cla.1)

“James D. Cronley Jr. is spotted and recruited for a new enterprise that will eventually be transformed into the CIA. One war may have ended, but another one has already begun, against an enemy that is bigger, smarter, and more vicious: the Soviet Union.”

The Doll by Taylor Stevens (F STE Mun.3)

“Plunged into an underground world where women and girls are merchandise and a shadowy figure known as The Doll Maker controls her every move, informationist Vanessa Munroe must choose who lives, who dies, or find a way to outthink and outsmart a man who holds all the cards.”

Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde (F HYD)

“Trevor McKinney is a 12-year-old whose imagination is sparked by an extra-credit assignment in Social Studies: ‘Think of an idea for world change, and put it into action.’ Trevor’s idea is to do a good deed for three people, and in exchange, ask each of them to “pay it forward” to three more, so ‘it sort of spreads out.’ Trevor’s early attempts to get his project off the ground seem to end in failure, but his acts of kindness bear unexpected fruit.”

The Bone Orchard by Paul Doiron (F DOI)

“As Kathy Frost lies on the brink of death and a dangerous shooter stalks the blueberry barrens of central Maine, Bowditch is forced to confront the choices he has made and determine, once and for all, the kind of man he truly is.”

The Tylers of Texas: Texas True by Janet Dailey (F DAI Tyl.1)

“Beau Tyler, the cowboy who claimed Natalie Haskell’s heart before taking off on a tour of duty never intending to return, is back. Natalie finds herself suddenly widowed and needing the shelter of his strong arms, but there are rumors that he was somehow involved in her late husband’s death.”

Seattle Brides: Rainy Day Dreams by Lori Copeland & Virginia Smith (F COP Sea.2)

“When the Burgert family moves to Seattle in 1852, Kathryn is convinced her father has destroyed her life until she meets Jason, a lumberjack with dreams for a bright future. But their dreams become intertwined with Seattle’s struggle to survive in the midst of adversity, both manmade and natural.”

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