November 27, 2014 - Crazy Weather

What crazy weather we’ve been having. The first 22 days of November tied for the 2nd longest run of consecutive days in November below freezing since 1880 (at least that’s what I saw on tv so it must be true!). The average temperature for those 22 days was higher than the average for those days in 1880 which is why we’ve only endured the 2nd coldest start of November. And then, the weekend with absolutely balmy temperatures (50 degrees is balmy in November especially after such a cold snap) and rain which will transition to snow while getting cold again just in time for Thanksgiving. I’m not sure of the publication date of the paper this week, or for that matter when you might actually have a chance to look at it. If it’s Wednesday, before we close – then there are all these great new books to choose from while you’re waiting for the turkey to cook , company to arrive, or before you saddle up to leave for wherever you’re going for dinner on Thanksgiving Day. If you’re reading this on the Friday after, you still have most of your long weekend left with plenty of good books to choose from and plenty of time to read them. No matter when you are reading this the entire library staff wishes you a very happy Thanksgiving. We are very thankful for you, dear reader. So have another piece of pie and enjoy some of these new books!

  • cover art Fields of blood : religion and the history of violence / by Karen Armstrong. The best-selling author of “A History of God” provides a sweeping exploration of religion's connection to violence, from the agrarian societies of early civilized man to the growing post-9/11 disillusionment with religion.
  • cover art Brief encounters : conversations, magic moments, and assorted hijinks / by Dick Cavett. The Emmy Award-nominated former talk-show host and “New York Times”columnist draws on his extensive career to share reflections and reminiscences about Hollywood legends, American cultural icons and everyday absurdities.
  • cover art De Niro : a life / by Shawn Levy. A behind-the-scenes portrait of the Academy Award-winning film icon offers particular insights into his early years and family background, drawing on interviews with friends and colleagues to trace his artistic evolution and the apparent disconnect between his real and on-screen personalities.
  • cover art Fully alive : discovering what matters most / by Timothy Shriver. The chairman of the Special Olympics shares inspiring stories about athletes with intellectual disabilities who have become champions in the face of seeming powerlessness and vulnerability, sharing additional insight into the Shriver family and their dedication to advocacy.
  • cover art Hope : entertainer of the century / by Richard Zoglin. Draws on exclusive reporting to honor Bob Hope's top-rated successes while discussing such topics as his secret first marriage, stint in reform school and ambivalent relationships with fellow stars.
  • cover art I must say : my life as a humble comedy legend / by Martin Short. The Emmy Award- and Tony Award-winning actor and comic shares stories from his life that recount his early years with “Saturday Night Live”, the development of his numerous characters, his family life and his celebrity friendships.
  • cover art The mistletoe promise / by Richard Evans. The best-selling author of “The Christmas Box” presents a new inspirational holiday tale about loss and healing.
  • cover art Deadline / by John Sandford. In the aftermath of a school board's secret decision to have a local reporter murdered, Virgil Flowers' investigation of a sinister dognapping is interrupted by a suspicious death. By the best-selling author of “Storm Front”.
  • cover art Dick Francis's Damage / by Felix Francis. Investigating the activities of a suspicious racehorse trainer, undercover investigator Jeff Hinkley witnesses a gruesome murder and learns that several horses received illegal stimulants before a blackmailer makes a sinister demand. By the best-selling author of “Dick Francis's Refusal”.
  • cover art The empire of night / by Robert Butler. Working covertly in 1915 in a Kentish coast castle owned by a suspected British government mole, Kit is partnered with his spy mother, Isabel, who assists him under the cover of a Shakespearean actress. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Hot Country”.
  • cover art Gray Mountain / by John Grisham. Losing her job at New York City's largest law firm in the weeks after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Samantha becomes an unpaid intern in a small Appalachian community where she stumbles upon dangerous secrets. By the best-selling author of “Sycamore Row”.
  • cover art Havana storm / by Clive & Dirk Cussler. Investigating a toxic outbreak in the Caribbean Sea that is threatening the United States, Dirk Pitt is embroiled in a post-Castro power struggle for control of Cuba; while his children, Dirk Jr. and Summer, embark on a high-stakes treasure hunt.
  • cover art Paris match / by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington returns to Paris only to be embroiled in high-stakes trouble involving an old enemy with a vengeful associate and a scandal that threatens to disrupt a vital project in the United States. By the Edgar Award-winning author of “Cut and Thrust”.
  • cover art Sidney Sheldon's chasing tomorrow / by Sidney Sheldon & Tilly Bagshawe. A sequel to “If Tomorrow Comes” finds con artist Tracy Whitney resolving to distance herself from her wild past and settle down with partner Jeff Stevens by completing a final high-stakes job involving an cataclysmic encounter with an old enemy.