March 12, 2015 - End of Winter
The Winter Reading Program officially ended on Saturday with the official “End-of -Winter-Reading-Program Party. And with the end of the Winter Reading Program, it seems as if quite suddenly winter has relaxed the stranglehold it has had on the thermometer. Why the days have become downright balmy and the birds have started singing (I have a cardinal who starts in a little before 5a.m. every morning. I would be willing to try to relocate him to your neighborhood, if you’re interested.). The spring books have started to arrive from the publishers with increasing frequency. So, before the snow cover completely disappears and you feel compelled to go out in your yard and start the spring chores, why not check out some of these great new titles and rest up for the great work ahead of you? Enjoy!
- A great and terrible king : Edward I and the forging of Britain /by Marc Morris. Describes the later part of the life of England’s King Edward I, who travelled to the Holy Land, conquered Wales, raised one of the greatest armies of the Middle Ages, fathered 15 children and expelled the Jews from his kingdom. By the national best-selling author of “The Norman Conquest”.
- Live right and find happiness (although beer is much faster) : life lessons and other ravings from Dave Barry / by Dave Barry. A latest collection of previously unpublished writings by the “New York Times” best-selling satirical author of “You Can Date Boys When You're Forty” reflects on his granddaughter's learning permit, the deviant behaviors of the men in his hometown and the loneliness of being a high-school nerd.
- The food babe way : break free from the hidden toxins in your food and lose weight, look years younger, and get healthy in just 21 days! / by Vani Hari. The food activist and creator of foodbabe.com reveals hidden dangers in everyday foods while outlining a three-week plan for eliminating toxins from the body, losing weight and transitioning to an organic, healthy lifestyle.
- Rust : the longest war / by Jonathan Waldman. An environmental journalist traces the historical war against rust, revealing how rust-related damage costs more than all other natural disasters combined and how it is combated by industrial workers, the government, universities and everyday people.
- An appetite for violets : a novel / by Martine Bailey. After accompanying her new mistress to Italy, the under-cook at Mawton Hall begins a culinary adventure that includes secrets and a murderous conspiracy. Includes authentic 18th-century European recipes.
- As chimney sweepers come to dust / by Alan Bradley. Young chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again uses her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve a crime, but this time she leaves behind the English countryside and enters the unexpectedly unsavory world of Canadian boarding schools.
- The love song of Miss Queenie Hennessy : a novel / by Rachel Joyce. Given days to live and attended by a cast of well-wishers, Queenie Hennessy hides the existence of a long letter to Harold Fry revealing shocking and beautiful truths about her life. By the author of the international best-seller “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry”.
- Prodigal son : a novel / by Danielle Steel. Becoming bitter enemies after growing up in a peaceful hometown, twin brothers, including a manipulative schemer and one who leaves, reunite after 20 years amid shattering revelations that test their bond and survival. By the #1 best-selling author of “Pegasus”.
- Someone to watch over me : a thriller / by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. Hired to prove the innocence of a man with Down's Syndrome who has been convicted of burning down his assisted-living facility and killing five people, Thóra Gudmundsdóttir discovers unsettling ties between the case and the suspicious hit-and-run death of a young woman.
- Dead heat : an Alpha and Omega novel / by Patricia Briggs. A birthday vacation to Arizona turns deadly for mated werewolves Charles and Anna, who discover that a dangerous Fae is replacing human children with simulacrums as part of a brewing war against humanity.
- Star Wars. Heir to the Jedi / by Kevin Hearne. Told in a first-person perspective, a tale about a key moment of growth for young Luke Skywalker depicts a Rebel Alliance mission set between the events of “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back”.
- The buried giant : a novel / by Kazuo Ishiguro. A tale of lost memories, vengeance and war by the award-winning author of “The Remains of the Day” follows the experiences of a couple who journeys across a troubled land of mist and rain with the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years.
- Cat out of hell / by Lynne Truss. Traces the uproarious experiences of a cat with nine lives, a wicked sense of humor and decided cattitudes about humans. By the author of the best-selling “Eats, Shoots & Leaves.