April 24, 2014 - April Showers

Now that we're passed the Annual Crane Count, Tax Day, Easter, and the end of Passover, it seems like Spring may have finally decided to not only arrive, but stay. It also seems that now that we're nearly into May (May first is a week from today) the April showers which will purportedly bring May flowers have also decided to arrive. Guess we'll have to wait and see about the May flowers. Signs of spring are popping out like the crocus and tulips around the house. Why this weekend I not only saw people actually riding on motorcycles, I saw people washing their cars, and raking their lawns, and spading up flower beds, and cutting and stacking brush. The rain and thunderstorms have helped the grass turn green and the trees are turning lacy as leaves start budding out. The dawn chorus seems to be starting earlier every day and the days are definitely getting longer on both ends. As the weather improves, it seems like the flood of new books being published has slowed down a bit. But we still have lots of new books for your consideration. So, enjoy!

  • cover art Love life / by Rob Lowe. A collection of personal writings by the actor, producer and best-selling author of "Stories I Only Tell My Friends" discusses such topics as his work on a flop television show, an actor's preparation exercises and his experiences while coaching a kids' basketball team dominated by omnipresent helicopter parents.
  • cover art Stronger / by Jeff Bauman & Bret Witter. A survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon, who set off one of the biggest manhunts in the country's history, talks about his experiences that early spring day and his ongoing mission to walk again after losing both legs, proving to the entire world what Boston Strong really means.
  • cover art A view from a broad by Bette Midler. The noted singer's notes from abroad, written during a nonstop concert tour through Europe and Australia, present the Divine Miss M's bawdy, raunchy, innocent and perceptive views of the world at large, in a hardcover reissue that includes a new introduction by the author.
  • cover art The end of dieting : how to live for life / by Joel Fuhrman. The author of "Eat to Live", who is a nationally recognized expert in the field of health and nutrition, shows readers how and why they will never need to diet again.
  • cover art Congratulations, by the way : some thoughts on kindness by George Saunders. Drawing on his well-received convocation address at Syracuse University, one of today's most influential and original writers shows us how to lead kinder, more fulfilling lives.
  • cover art It ain't over-- till it's over : reinventing your life-- and realizing your dreams-- anytime, at any age / by Marlo Thomas. The "New York Times "best-selling author, actress, and activist presents inspiring and empowering stories of women who have reinvented themselves in extraordinary ways, proving to women of all ages that the best is yet to come.
  • cover art Letter composed during a lull in the fighting : poems / by Kevin Powers. An Iraq war veteran, National Book Award finalist and author of "The Yellow Birds" offers poems capturing the life of a soldier, including waiting in the dusty Middle Eastern heat and writing a love letter back home.
  • cover art The little girl who fought the Great Depression : Shirley Temple and 1930s America / by John Kasson. Discusses the optimism and good cheer that surrounded the adored, young, Depression-era, box office star whose singing, acting and charming smile helped revive the American spirit during the 1930s and for many decades after.
  • cover art Aunt Dimity and the wishing well / by Nancy Atherton. Laughingly wishing on a coin tossed into a deceased neighbor's well only to have the wish come true, Lori inadvertently triggers a string of successful wishes that wreak havoc throughout the village, raising Aunt Dimity's suspicions about the late man's handsome nephew.
  • cover art The collector / by Nora Roberts. Witnessing an apparent murder-suicide during a job, professional house-sitter Lila Emerson is recruited by the alleged perpetrator's brother, talented artist Ashton Archer, to help uncover what really happened. By the best-selling author of "Whiskey Beach".
  • cover art A wanted woman / by Eric Jerome Dickey. Set up by her employers after a job gone wrong puts her on a hit list by a ruthless gang, a sophisticated assassin taps the assistance of an equally talented and alluring associate to outmaneuver both the gang and her employers.
  • cover art I've got you under my skin / by Mary Higgins Clark. Five years after her husband's murder, Laurie Moran, an award-winning TV producer and single mother, starts filming a new "cold case" series in which four women involved in the unsolved murder of a wealthy Westchester matron reunite to recreate the scene of the crime--along with the real killer.
  • cover art Murder at Mullings / by Dorothy Cannell. An ill-advised second marriage between dull Edward Stodmarsh and the scheming Regina Stapleton culminates in a scandal involving an eccentric member of the bride's family who becomes a subject of curiosity and suspicion.