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— Library Gild Update —

Beginning Saturday, January 9, 2021, the library will add Saturday afternoon hours.  Please visit anytime from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.  We will have the fire lit and some good books to read.

New hours:
Saturday 2:30 – 4
Sunday 2:30 – 4
Wednesday 7:30 – 9
Thursday 3 – 4:30

Only ONE visitor at a time will be allowed in the Library
All visitors are required to wear a correctly fitted face mask
The Library will have hand sanitizer, all entering the Library are required to use it when entering the building

The Library will also offer Curbside pick-up of books reserved from the online catalog found here  The search function, called “Blocks”, is located on the right side of the Green Banner in the center of the page. Books may be searched by Title, Author, or Subject.   Please email theardenlibrary@gmail to arrange a window of time for pick-up during our regular hours.

Hours are Sunday 2:30-4PM, Wednesday :7:30 – 9, and Thursday 3-4:30 PM.
 Overdue books fees are currently waived and will be reinstated August 1, 2020.

Thank you for your patronage!

The Arden Library – New Books

Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World – Simon Winchester

Nonfiction star Winchester (The Perfectionists, 2018) tackles an enormous topic, writing about nothing less than all of the land in the world. Starting with his own purchase of some acreage in Connecticut about 20 years ago, he takes readers on a dizzying journey into land ownership, theft, mapping, exploration, conflict, pollution, overdevelopment, and, in the final pages, the increasing land loss now underway due to rising sea levels. Winchester sweeps through history, name drops with abandon and does his best to make writing about it all look effortless. The problem is not of the size of the subject but his insistence on addressing so much of it. Readers learn of the problematic results of the artificial India- Pakistan border, the 1889 Oklahoma Land Run, the incarceration of Japanese Americans, battles in Belfast, threats from Russia, radioactive contamination in Colorado, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and on and on. Expect elegant sentences, intriguing profiles (although sorely lacking in women), and a genial narrator who wanders wherever his curiosity takes him. Be prepared for a very wide-ranging ride.

Hamnet: a novel of the plague by Maggie O’Farrell

“How were they to know that Hamnet was the pin holding them together?” One ordinary afternoon in 1596, 11-year-old Hamnet’s twin sister, Judith, is suddenly taken ill as the Black Death stalks Stratford’s lanes. Hamnet’s father is, as always, away in London. His
mother, skilled with herbs and possessing a numinous second sight, recognizes she will lose one of her children. Yet even she is shocked when it is not Judith who dies, but Hamnet. Historical sources on Agnes (aka Anne) Hathaway Shakespeare are few, so O’Farrell’s imagination freely ranges in this tale of deepest love and loss. Flashbacks document the Shakespeares’ marriage; O’Farrell offering a gentler rendering than the traditional view. While Hamnet’s death inspires aspects of Hamlet, Shakespeare is not the foremost player here (“He is all head, that one. All head, with not much sense.”); rather, it is Agnes, vibrant, uncannily perceptive, who takes center stage. While O’Farrell encapsulates atmosphere through small sensory details—golden honey dripping from a comb, the smell of lavender sprinkled into a vat of soap—she is laser-focused on human connections, their ebb and flow, and how they can drown a person. This striking, painfully lovely novel captures the very nature of grief.

Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult, the author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light comes a “powerful” (The Washington Post) novel about the choices that alter the course of our lives. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn: Simon Basset, the irresistible Duke of Hastings, has hatched a plan
to keep himself free from the town’s marriage-minded society mothers.

The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams: Peter Winceworth, the Victorian lexicographer, is toiling away at the letter S for Swansby’s multivolume Encyclopaedic Dictionary. His disaffection compels him to insert unauthorized fictitious entries into the dictionary in an attempt to assert some sense of individual purpose and artistic freedom.

The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami: The imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America–
a Moroccan slave whose testimony was left out of the official record of the 1527 conquistador Panfilo de Narvaez’s expedition to claim the Gulf Coast of North America for the Spanish crown and which was faced with peril, navigational errors, disease, and starvation, as well as resistance from indigenous tribes.


New hours:
Saturday 2:30 – 4
Sunday 2:30 – 4
Wednesday 7:30 – 9
Thursday 3 – 4:30