June 26, 2014 - Gardens

This soggy, humid weather is great for growing gardens, grass, and crops - if you don't have low spots in your acreage and your plants aren't underwater. There dreary, wet days provide a perfect excuse to stay inside and read. If you can't be reading on the beach, you can be reading in the house with the air conditioning running. The summer books just keep appearing at the library. Below you will find a sample of the new books that have been arriving. I'm sure you'll find something to delight, enlighten, or astonish you in the titles below. Enjoy!

  • cover art Man on the run : Paul McCartney in the 1970s / by Tom Doyle. Featuring rarely seen family photos and based on exclusive first-hand interviews, a chronicle of Paul's McCartney's lesser-known struggles in the first decade after the Beatles' breakup discusses his reclusive life, substance abuses, arrests and efforts to launch Wings.
  • cover art I didn't come here to make friends : confessions of a reality show villain / by Courtney Robertson. Revealing the love, heartbreak and reality behind reality television, a former "Bachelor" contestant and Season 16 winner, who quickly became the biggest villain in the history of the show, dishes on her fellow contestants and what really happened on and off the cameras and after the final rose.
  • cover art Sally Ride : America's first woman in space / by Lynn Sherr. A definitive portrait of the history-making first American woman astronaut includes coverage of her service aboard the panel that investigated the shuttle disasters, her co-founding of a science-education organization for girls and her guarded personal life. By the award-wining author of "Outside the Box".
  • cover art The dog who could fly : the incredible true story of a WWII airman and the four-legged hero who flew at his side / by Damien Lewis. A U.S. release of a popular UK account by the best-selling co-author of "Sergeant Rex" documents the true story of a World War II Royal Air Force service dog who aided missions and survived close calls before saving the life of his closest human companion.
  • cover art The dark between the stars / by Kevin Anderson. A long-anticipated first installment in a trilogy set 20 years after The Saga of the Seven Suns finds the cosmos threatened by a new adversary that forces the human race to set aside internal conflicts and rebuild an alliance with the Ildiran Empire.
  • cover art The Long Mars / by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter. When her long-lost father--the inventor of the original Stepper device--contacts her, Sally joins him on an ill-fated voyage to Long Mars, while U.S. Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman leads an expedition to the outer limits of the far Long Earth and Joshua becomes embroiled in the plight of the Next.
  • cover art The quick : a novel / by Lauren Owen. When a shy aspiring poet disappears from late-19th-century London after falling in love, his sister's ensuing confrontation with an institution of powerful men is aided by three underworld helpers. A first novel.
  • cover art Robogenesis : a novel / by Daniel Wilson. A sequel to the best-selling "Robopocalypse" is told through a series of narratives that finds new and former characters fighting to rebuild a war-stricken world under threat of the surviving Archos machine code.
  • cover art The truth is a cave in the Black Mountains : a tale of travel and darkness with pictures of all kinds / by Neil Gaiman. This beautifully illustrated edition of the award-winning novelette of the same name vividly brings to life the haunting story of a family, the otherworld and a search for hidden treasure.
  • cover art The arsonist / by Sue Miller. A series of summer house fires exposes deep social faults in the hometown of Frankie Rowley, who makes unsettling discoveries about her aging parents while engaging in a passionate affair with a local journalist. By the best-selling author of "While I Was Gone".
  • cover art China Dolls : a novel / by Lisa See. Overcoming respective pasts to audition for showgirl roles at an exclusive San Francisco nightclub, three Asian-American girls rely on each other for survival until the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor causes one of them to be betrayed and sent to an internment camp.
  • cover art Top secret twenty-one : a Stephanie Plum novel / by Janet Evanovich. A latest entry in the fan-favorite mystery series by the best-selling author of the Alexandra Barnaby novels finds bounty hunter Stephanie Plum immersed in an ultra-secret case.
  • cover art Written in my own heart's blood : a novel / by Diana Gabaldon. A highly anticipated latest entry in the best-selling series that includes "An Echo in the Bone" finds Jamie returning to Claire's side in Revolutionary War-era Philadelphia.