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New Mysteries!

Check out the latest mysteries including:

U Is for Undertow

Putnam Adult
U Is for Undertow
Through 20 excursions into the dark side of the human soul, Grafton has never written the same book twice. Once again, she breaks genre formulas, creating a twisting, complex, surprise-filled, and totally satisfying thriller. Kinsey Millhone agrees to help Michael Sutton locate a grave he discovered 21 years earlier, but as the investigation unfolds, Kinsey discovers Michael has an uneasy relationship with the truth.

Trial by Fire: A Novel of Suspense



Remarkable Creatures, by Tracy Chevalier


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Viewers of the current Jane Austen series on PBS will likewise enjoy Remarkable Creatures, by Tracy Chevalier. The book is a fictionalized account of the life of the great fossil hunter, Mary Anning, as well as that of her life-long friend, the middle-class spinster, Elizabeth Philpot. The depiction of these women, each with marked class differences, is vibrant; the reader is thrust into the world of early nineteenth century Britain and the complicated friendship of these two unusual women.

Remarkable Creatures explores the nature of female friendships, class and gender prejudices, as well as the tension between faith and science in a pre-Darvinian world.



The Truth About What We Eat

This film lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing how our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profits ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Reveals surprising - and often shocking truths - about what we eat, how it's produced and who we have become as a nation.

Call Number DVD 338.4 FOO



New Joyce Carol Oates is Among Her Best

I do agree with those who are a bit hesitant to read a Joyce Carol Oates novel. She is uneven and you never know if the one you've chosen is going to give you what you're looking for!

My Sister, My Love gave everything that it promised. The story is riveting and centers around the mysterious murder of JonBenet Ramsey. The narrator and source of most of the details of the murder is the little beauty queen's older brother. And what a revealing source of information he proves to be!

Oates has protected herself very carefully and cleverly from the possible libelous consequence of her novel . However, the thinly veiled details of the actual murder are right on the money and the intrigue remains real and riveting. The behind the scenes family life is perhaps the most absorbing part of the story.

It's not easy to find an exceptional story line AND fabulous writing so I recommend that you take this one home! The other recent Oates novel that I thought was brilliant is The Falls. The story, set in Niagara Falls, involves a young honeymoon couple and an unseemly murder! When Oates is good she's VERY good!

This story is psychological suspense at the author's best!  Find it in our catalog.



Spring is coming...

Spring is coming...

Tired of gloomy, cold, and snowy weather? Here are our staff picks to help you plan a beautiful garden.

The American Meadow Garden : Creating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional Lawn by John Greenlee, 2009. 635.964 GRE

Natural Gardening the Old Fashioned Way : Timeless Techniques for the Ecological Gardener With More than 280 Inspirational Illustrations, by Nigel Colborn, 2009.
635 COL