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We've got great new books for you this month, so stop by the Arden Library!
Saturday 2:30 – 4
Sunday 2:30 – 4
Wednesday 7:30 – 9
Thursday 3 – 5
Friday: 3-5 (Effective Oct. 6, 2023)
Tom Lake - by Ann Patchett
Patchett (The Dutch House) unspools a masterly family drama set in the early months of Covid-19. Lara and her husband live on a cherry orchard in northern Michigan, where they welcome their three adult daughters home to shelter in place...They pass the hours picking fruit and listening to Lara tell the tale of her long-ago romance with "Duke," a young actor who went on to become a major celebrity... as Patchett’s slow burn narrative gathers dramatic steam, she blends past and present with dexterity and
aplomb, as the daughters come to learn more of the truth about Lara’s Duke stories, causing them to reshape their understanding of their mother. Patchett is at the top of her game. - Publishers Weekly starred (June 26, 2023)
Killers of a Certain Age - by Denna Raybourn
Four female assassins on the brink of retirement are brought back into the game by a surprising assassination attempt—on them. Since they were recruited in their 20s, (they) have been working as secret assassins for a clandestine international organization originally created to hunt Nazis. Now they're in their mid-60s, and the Museum—as its denizens call the elite group—has sent them on an all-expenses-paid cruise to celebrate their retirement. Several hours into the trip, though, Billie discovers another of the Museum's assassins onboard the ship. It turns out that she and her colleagues have uncovered a plot to end their own lives...Raybourn vividly evokes a number of far-flung locations while keeping readers on their toes trying to figure out what's going to happen next. A unique examination of womanhood as well as a compelling, complex mystery - Kirkus Reviews starred (August 1, 2022)
A History of the World in Eight Plagues
by Jonathon Kennedy
World history through the eyes of microbes. Bacteria may be microscopic and easy to disregard, writes Kennedy, a professor of politics and global health, but they’re ubiquitous and astonishingly prolific...However, along with viruses, bacteria shape the fortunes of all life on Earth. It’s hardly news that this includes the course of human history... Kennedy’s book is...well grounded scientifically and
draws on recent literature to examine, for instance, the effect of disease on the eventual hegemony of Homo sapiens over other early humans... Kennedy charts the interaction of climate change with disease—and he helps puzzle out a long-standing mystery concerning the Columbian conquests: “How do we explain the almost unilateral flow of pathogens from Europe to the Americas?”
The answer is nuanced but reveals a great deal about how so many great Native American empires were so quickly subdued. Of interest to students of world history, with lessons to ponder for our own pandemic-hobbled time.
Kirkus Reviews (April 15, 2023)
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.