December 18, 2014 - Warm Weather
Well the weather certainly has been unseasonably warm these past few days, enough so that the grass has really greened up nicely and in some places looks like it could stand another mowing. Already, though the temperatures are returning to more normal ranges. It has been not only unseasonably warm but rather unseasonably dark and drear. All that warmth has created fog to shorten the days in the morning and the evenings as the melting snow and thawing earth ooze into the atmosphere. The good news is that as of yesterday the length of day has stabilized. Sunrise continues to get a minute later, but we gain that minute on the sunset end. This will continue until December 26th when we actually gain a minute and then we start gaining about a minute every couple of days (at the sunset end) from then on (until, oh, somewhere around June 21st). The other good news is that Christmas is only a week away and since you have already bought and wrapped all your gifts for family and friends, that means you will have plenty of time to come down to the library and check out these new books that have just recently arrived. Enjoy! And Happy Holidays!
- Thirteen soldiers : a personal history of Americans at war / by John McCain and Mark Salter. The coauthors of “Faith of My Fathers” present an evocative history of Americans at war through the personal accounts of 13 remarkable soldiers who fought in major military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Citizens of the Green Room : profiles in courage and self-delusion / by Mark Leibovich. A collection of award-winning, finely detailed profiles of some of today's most notable political, sports and pop-culture figures includes the author's acclaimed pieces on Chris Matthews, Glenn Beck and Chris Christie. By the best-selling author of “This Town”.
- American titan : searching for John Wayne / by Marc Eliot. From the “New York Times” best-selling biographer of Jimmy Stewart and Clint Eastwood comes a major, in-depth look at one of the most enduring American film icons of all time.
- Behind the scenes / by Judi Dench. Complemented by more than 230 photographs from the British Empire Dame's personal collection, a memoir traces her early theatrical and screen roles, family life and numerous award-winning performances.
- Her brilliant career : ten extraordinary women of the fifties / by Rachel Cooke. Profiles 10 pioneering women of the 1950s--including race car driver Sheila van Damm, Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Muriel Box and journalist Nancy Spain--whose professional careers and complicated private lives helped to create the opportunities available to today’s women.
- Money, master the game : 7 simple steps to financial freedom / by Anthony Robbins. Based on extensive research and one-on-one interviews with more than 50 of the most legendary financial experts in the world—from Carl Icahn and Warren Buffett to Ray Dalio and Steve Forbes—a popular motivational speaker has created a simple seven-step blueprint that anyone can use for financial freedom.
- Blue labyrinth / by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. Investigating the murder of a long-time enemy, Pendergast journeys to an abandoned California mine only to uncover a dark secret from his family's past and a plot by a vengeful killer. By the best-selling authors of “Two Graves”.
- The burning room : a novel / by Michael Connelly. Detective Bosch and new rookie partner Lucia Soto chase elusive leads in a case involving a victim who succumbs to complications from a bullet wound sustained nine years earlier.
- The Cinderella murder : an under suspicion novel / by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke. A first collaboration between the MWA Grand Master and the best-selling author of the Ellie Hatcher series follows the launch of a reality television series for unsolved crimes and a case involving a murdered UCLA student.
- The escape / by David Baldacci. A latest entry in the popular series that began with “Zero Day” and “The Forgotten “continues the adventures of military investigator, John Puller.
- The girl next door : a novel / by Ruth Rendell. Discovering an earthen tunnel in their 1944 London suburb, six children share a summer of subterranean exploration and reunite six decades later when a box with skeletal remains is found in the same location. By the Edgar Award-winning author of the Inspector Wexford series.
- Hope to die / by James Patterson. Detective Alex Cross embarks on the most wrenching case of his career to secure their lives of family members who have been abducted by a psychotic genius. By the Edgar Award-winning author of the Women's Murder Club series.
- Sons of Anarchy : Bratva by Christopher Golden. In a novel set in the world of the hit TV show “The Sons of Anarchy”, Jax and the sons go to find his missing half-sister, Trinity, who is mixed up with the Russian mafia.
- The strange library / by Haruki Murakami. From internationally acclaimed author of “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” comes a fantastical illustrated short novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library.