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New mysteries for these stormy days…

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“David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell.  Adult Non-Fiction.  “Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. He begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy (David and Goliath) those many years ago. From there, the book examines Northern Ireland’s Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms, all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.”

“Silver Linings” by Debbie Macomber.  Adult Non-Fiction.   Book #4 in the Rose Harbor Novel Series.  (And yes, we have the first three in the series on the shelf).   “Set in Cedar Cove’s charming Rose Harbor Inn, Debbie Macomber’s captivating new novel follows innkeeper Jo Marie and two new guests as they seek healing and comfort, revealing that every cloud has a silver lining, even when it seems difficult to find. Since opening the Rose Harbor Inn, Jo Marie Rose has grown close to her handyman, Mark Taylor. Jo Marie and Mark are good friends–and are becoming something more–yet he still won’t reveal anything about his past. When Mark tells her that he’s moving out of town, Jo Marie is baffled. Just when she is starting to open herself up again to love, she feels once more that she is losing the man she cares about. And as she discovers the secret behind Mark’s decision to leave, she welcomes two visitors also seeking their own answers. Best friends Kellie Crenshaw and Katie Gilroy have returned to Cedar Cove for their ten-year high school reunion, looking to face down old hurts and find a sense of closure. Kellie, known as Coco, wants to finally confront the boy who callously broke her heart. Katie, however, wishes to reconnect with her old boyfriend, James–the man she still loves and the one who got away. As Katie hopes for a second chance, Coco discovers that people can change–and both look to the exciting possibilities ahead. Heartwarming and uplifting, Silver Linings is a beautiful novel of letting go of the past and embracing the unexpected.”

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Soccer season is starting up… Here’s a book that might help!

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“The Lost Track of Time” by Paige Britt.  Juvenile Fiction.  “Penelope is an imaginative girl, whose every day has been rigidly scheduled by her mother–until one day she falls through a hole in her calendar and lands in the Realm of Possibility, where she discovers that it, too, is stuck in a track of time, and only she can save it.”

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“Mysterious Traveler” by Mall Peet and Elspeth Graham.  Juvenile Easy Fiction.  “Desert guide Issa finds the baby girl Mariama after a sandstorm, and raises her as his own daughter–until a young man and his protectors come seeking a guide for their dangerous journey through the Bitter Mountains.”

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Who’s feeling SUPER?

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“When evil has you whipped, and you don’t have an ounce of strength left in your tired old bones, when everybody around you has given up or is cowering in fear, when you’re down on your knees and the only sure thing is death, when all is lost and hope is nowhere is be found”  — Grandpa leaned over, his face level with Benny’s and mine — “at that horrible moment, a superhero stands, turns so he can look evil right in the eyes, and says, ‘IS THAT THE BEST YOU CAN DO?'”  

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