December 4, 2014 - Holidays

It’s December already. Where did the time go? Three weeks from today is Christmas Day. Do you have all your shopping done? Do you know who has been naughty and nice? Are you all set for St. Nicholas Day – which is December 6th(St. Nicholas had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus he became the model for Santa Claus, whose modern name comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas, itself from a series of elisions and corruptions of the transliteration of "Saint Nikolaos"—according to Wikipedia). This is an eve for little gift giving (placed in the shoes you’re supposed to set out) and giving to the needy. Santa will be at the library on Saturday, December 13th at 10 a.m. Be sure to mark your calendar. You can then plead your placement in the naughty or nice category in person! While you’re counting down to Christmas, as the days slowly shorten leaving long periods of darkness in which to read, there are some new titles listed below – some seasonally appropriate—for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

  • cover art On the road with Janis Joplin / by John Cooke. The influential music artist's road manager retraces his eyewitness to Joplin's breakout performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, pivotal career decisions, appearance at Woodstock, attendance at her high-school reunion and tragic final days.
  • cover art Respect : the life of Aretha Franklin / by David Ritz. An acclaimed music writer offers a complete look at the Queen of Soul, chronicling both her troubles and her triumphs over them.
  • cover art 41 : a portrait of my father / by George W. Bush. The 43rd president offers an intimate biography of his father, who went from being a World War II fighter pilot to become the director of the CIA, vice president under Ronald Reagan, and president of the United States himself.
  • cover art Watch me : a memoir / by Anjelica Huston. The Academy Award-winning actress and author of the best-selling “A Story Lately Told” discusses her long-time relationship with Jack Nicholson, her most memorable film appearances and her collaborations with a range of forefront directors.
  • cover art Winners dream : a journey from corner store to corner office by Bill McDermott. The co-CEO of the world’s largest business software company, SAP, uses the story of his life to show how relentless optimism, hard work and disciplined execution can embolden people and equip organizations to achieve audacious goals.
  • cover art You can't make this up : miracles, memories, and the perfect marriage of sports and television / by Al Michaels. An eight-time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster interweaves the story of his life and career with lively tales of major events and engaging figures in modern sports, from the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" finals to the 1989 World Series earthquake.
  • cover art Dead but not forgotten : stories from the world of Sookie Stackhouse / by Charlaine Harris. A collection of original Sookie Stackhouse stories, written by contributors handpicked by Charlaine Harris, includes pieces by such authors as Rachel Caine, MaryJanice Davidson and Jonathan Maberry.
  • cover art Revival : a novel / by Stephen King. Years after a charismatic minister is banished in the wake of a faith-shattering tragedy, a heroin-addicted rock-and-roll guitarist from the same hometown reconnects with the man and forges a terrible pact. By the award-winning author of “Under the Dome”.
  • cover art Star wars : Tarkin / by James Luceno. Tells the complete tale of Grand Moff Tarkin—the man who controlled the Death Star and ordered the destruction of Alderaan in the film “Star Wars: A New Hope” and whom even the dreaded Darth Vader obeyed.
  • cover art All is bright / by Katherine Spencer. A box of old photos renews memories of the Reverend Ben Lewis' challenging first Christmas in Cape Light, while his daughter, Rachel, contemplates a future without her beloved husband before considering a new relationship. By the best-selling author of the Angel Island novels.
  • cover art A Christmas prayer / by Kimberla Roby. Wishing that her family could be whole again after losing her mother, Alexis Fletcher confronts outside forces that threaten her relationship with fiancé Chase Dupont during an inspirational holiday season. By the best-selling author of the Reverend Curtis Black series.
  • cover art An island Christmas : a novel / by Nancy Thayer. Journeying to Nantucket to marry the love of her life, adventurous Felicia regrets the fairy-tale wedding her mother has organized, which is complicated by a mischievous cat and Felicia's opinionated, traditional-minded sister. By the best-selling author of “A Nantucket Christmas”.
  • cover art Us / by David Nicholls. A mild-mannered scientist with a hidden sense of humor struggles to repair his marriage and his relationship with his teen son during a month-long European tour. By the best-selling author of “One Day”.
  • cover art The May bride : a novel of Tudor England / by Suzannah Dunn. Describes Jane Seymour’s brushes with scandal and intrigue at Wolf Hall, after her oldest brother’s new bride is accused of having an affair with their father. By the author of “The Confession of Katherine Howard”.