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— Library Gild Update —

Oh, do we have some good reads for you this month, so come on down to the Arden Library!
New hours:
Saturday 2:30 – 4
Sunday 2:30 – 4
Wednesday 7:30 – 9
Thursday 3 – 5

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.

Thank you for your patronage!

The Arden Library – New Books

The Nature of Oaks – Douglas Tallamy

The glorious oak—given special mention in entomologist Tallamy’s best-selling Nature’s Best Hope (2020), which concerned the vital interconnections between native plants, insects, humans, and the global ecosystem—has a breakout role here. Walking readers through a year in the life of an oak, month by month, the author celebrates this “keystone” plant’s many and often-unique functions, from the vast and crucial diversity of life an oak tree supports to its central place in water and air purification, soil health, watershed management, and, of course, lumber products. At the same time, Tallamy decries the loss of forests worldwide and the subsequent decline of insect populations by 45 percent in only the last 40 years, all making the reforestation of oaks that much more urgent. To that end, Tallamy offers appended planting tips and oak-variety listings, by U.S. region. An excellent companion to Nature’s Best Hope.


Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

With echoes of themes in his internationally lauded Never Let Me Go (2005)—that life can be manufactured, bartered, bought—Booker-ed, Nobel-ed, and knighted Ishiguro presents a bittersweet fable about the human heart as “something that makes each of us special and
individual.” Or not. Klara is an AF, as in Artificial Friend. She is also “quite remarkable,” “has extraordinary observational ability,”and while she might not be the latest B3 model, her empathic skills are unparalleled. She’s delightedly chosen by 14-year-old Josie, who takes her home to live with Mother and Melania Housekeeper. Next door is Josie’s best friend, Rick, and his single mother. Klara integrates, routines settle. But Josie is ill, with an older sister who died too young. Desperate to save Josie, Mother covertly pushes science, Melania attempts bullish protection, and Rick promises true love. Klara, meanwhile, devises her own plan: a deal with the Sun, who’s already, miraculously, rescued Beggar Man and his dog. Sacrifices will be necessary. In Ishiguro’s near-future dystopia, Klara— appropriately monikered to suggest both clear and obvious—could prove to be the most human of all.


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – by V.E. Schwab

On July 29, 1714, in a small village in France, a young woman named Adeline prays to any god who will May 2021 page 4 answer for salvation from a stifling life. But the one who arrives grants Addie a gift, in exchange for her soul, that comes with a curse: though she will not age or die, everyone, she meets will forget her
as soon as she leaves their sight. For 300 years, Addie moves through the world without touching it, balancing ephemeral but immense suffering against the joy of witnessing, and often underhandedly influencing, art and artists. As the devil she bargained with lingers in the shadows, Addie makes herself his equal, laying claim to her strange life. And then, one day in 2014 Manhattan, she finds a boy who, impossibly, remembers her. Schwab deftly weaves time and place, flitting between Addie’s frantic past and her grounded present while visiting intermittent July 29ths in between. Narratively, this is a whirlwind—deeply romantic, impossibly detailed, filled with lush language, wry humor, and bitter memories. This often startlingly raw story begs the questions: what is a soul? What does it mean to be remembered? And what prize is worth giving those things up?

The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nations Largest Home  – by Denise Keirnan

From the Gilded Age to the present, Kiernan (The Girls of Atomic City, 2013) traces the history of Biltmore, the estate of George Vanderbilt in what was then the sleepy town of Asheville, North Carolina. At a leisurely pace, Kiernan follows the lives of both Vanderbilt fortune heir George and his future wife, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser, who, after George’s death in 1914 from a pulmonary embolism, dealt with Biltmore through WWI and the Depression. Kiernan lavishes attention not
only on the house, made up of 250 rooms and covering four acres, but also on the forestry school designed to revive the over-logged landscape, the Arts and Crafts movement that grew up in Asheville under Edith’s influence, and the many visitors to the estate, including Edith Wharton and Henry James. The story of the house, which now survives on the money of tourists, may not be suspenseful, but the many diverting detours Kiernan takes make the book enticing for even those who will never set foot on Biltmore grounds.



American dirt by Jeanine Cummins
A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny

Successful Aging by Daniel J Leviton

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