April 9, 2015 - Welcome, Spring!
I think we can officially declare that spring has arrived. Not only are there abundant robins on the grass (alas), red-winged black birds, grackles, and killdeer (just to name a few of the myriad springtime migrant birds) but there are also flowers popping up all over (daffodils, crocuses, and tulips just to name a few). The trees are budding out and looking lacy and the ornamental trees are sending forth flowers and pollen (alas). The Easter bunny has made his chocolate and candy deliveries and by the time you read this the NCAA men’s basketball championship shall have been decided. But what really makes this “officially” spring is that I saw my first motorcycle being driven around the area over the Easter weekend and I saw a family out flying a kite. I think when you combine those two sightings with the hints that nature has been giving us, you’d have to say “Welcome, Spring!”. Speaking of spring titles (admittedly not the smooth segue you are used, but, hey, it’s spring) there are a number of new titles for you to peruse below. Enjoy!
- Amish confidential / by Levi Stolzfus & Ellis Henican. The star of “Amish Mafia” presents a confessional about Amish life today to reveal practices of forbidden indulgences, senseless shunnings and colorful family feuds while sharing insights into infamous news events.
- Hissing cousins : the untold story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth / by Marc Peyser & Timothy Dwyer. A provocative dual portrait of first cousins Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth discusses how their tangled lives were shaped by 20th-century history and politics, sharing insights into their childhoods, respective beliefs and adversarial relationship.
- Unforgettable : a son, a mother, and the lessons of a lifetime / by Scott Simon. A moving meditation on the NPR host's relationship with his mother, inspired by the popular tweets he shared during her death, traces their shared love of family while profiling his mother's heroic work as a dedicated single parent.
- The 13th disciple : a spiritual adventure / by Deepak Chopra. The New York Times best-selling author of Buddha traces the story of an anonymous first-century saint whose controversial reliquary is alleged to impart sacred visions about her encounter with Jesus just prior to his crucifixion.
- The complete poetry / by Maya Angelou. An updated collection of the inspirational late writer's complete body of poetry includes her reflections on African-American life in “Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Die” and her tribute to Nelson Mandela, “His Day Is Done”.
- Master thieves : the Boston gangsters who pulled off the world's greatest art heist / by Stephen Kurkjian. A definitive account of the Boston criminal underworld's role in the infamous $500 million Gardner Museum art theft traces the contributions of master thief Louis Royce and gangster Ralph Rossetti while examining the FBI's controversial announcement that they had identified the responsible parties.
- The fifth heart / by Dan Simmons. While in America to solve the mystery of the 1885 death of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James find themselves involved in matters of national importance possibly orchestrated by Moriarty. By the author of “The Abominable”.
- Someone is watching : a novel / by Joy Fielding. Struggling with trauma and isolating herself from the outside world after a brutal attack, a former private investigator uses her binoculars to peep at an alluring neighbor who she fears may be her assailant. By the “New York Times” best-selling author of “See Jane Run”.
- The stranger / by Harlan Coben. Parents Adam and Hannah confront the shocking secret on which their marriage was built, leaving Adam to wonder whether he ever truly knew his wife at all. By the best-selling author of “Missing You”.
- Last one home : a novel / by Debbie Macomber. A standalone novel by the best-selling author of the Blossom Street series traces the reunion of three disparate sisters—one responsible, one rebellious and one free-spirited—who reveal imperfections in their respective lives while mourning their mother's death.
- The harder they come : a novel / by T. Coraghessan Boyle. A Vietnam veteran, his schizophrenic son and the son's older lover endure an anti-authoritarian confrontation marked by the son's violent breakdown and flight through California. By the best-selling author of “Drop City”.
- Normal / by Graeme Cameron. A seemingly mild-mannered, neighborly man who kidnaps young women and holds them in a cage in his basement meets a grocery store checkout girl who becomes his ultimate target before he intends to cease his violent activities.
- At the water's edge : a novel / by Sara Gruen. While her brother, Ellis, and his friend try to find the Loch Ness Monster in an attempt to get back into her father's good graces, Maddie is left on her own in World War II-era Scotland and experiences a social awakening. By the “New York Times” best-selling author of “Water of Elephants”.