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206 S. Spring St.Harbor Springs, MI 49740
11/24-12/1 Library Book Sale$1 Paperbacks $2 Hardcovers
12/14 at 7pmTEDtalk and Discussion
This giving season we hope you'll consider donating to the Harbor Springs Library. As one of only a handful of independently-funded libraries open to the public in the nation, we rely on the generous support of our patrons to continue to offer library resources such as free wireless internet, public laptops, community programming, story time, printing services, access to the Michigan interlibrary exchange, and of course our many shelves of books and periodicals to the people of our community without any government funding. The Harbor Springs Library is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization and your donation will be tax deductible.
There are several ways you can give:
As an independently funded library that doesn't receive any tax dollars, we always appreciate your support.
And don't forget that our winter library book sale is in full effect!
The main areas of the library are full of books for sale: paperbacks are $1 and hardcovers are $2. Please stop in and have a look before we take it down next week!
We have fiction, suspense, classics, and children's books displayed in the desk area and nonfiction books in the sitting room.
We had a fantastic turnout for last month's TEDtalk and Discussion. We'll be following up with another one on December 14th at 7pm so mark your calendars! It's a wonderful way to engage with your community and lend your voice and perspective to important topics.
Here are some of the newest books on the library shelves:
Braving the Wilderness, by Brené Brown
How to foster fellowship through fearlessness and visibility.
In her latest book, following three bestsellers, Brown (Univ. of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; Rising Strong, 2015, etc.) turns her attention to cultivating community and the power of belonging in the midst of an era of disconnection. Openly sharing her own history of insecurity, self-destructiveness, vulnerability, and maturation while her quarrelsome parents repeatedly relocated, the author admits to finding inspiration from those she believes have “shaped the world with their courage and creativity,” a list that includes J.K. Rowling and Maya Angelou. Through the result of an extensive research study, Brown discovered, despite the increasing distractions of contemporary daily life, an innate and persistent need for people to experience a real connection to others and how that need can be compromised by a fear of conflict or intolerance from loved ones or respected peers. The author examines the pain of loneliness and how anxiety and uncertainty can undermine focused efforts to engage socially. Also emerging from her fieldwork data are a few elements of true belonging, which encourage readers to get closer to those who are different, set boundaries, propagate trust and truth in yourself and others, learn the art of listening, and be “more curious than defensive, all while seeking moments of togetherness.” She writes that time and patience are required to cultivate the unique kind of courage necessary to achieve each of these goals, but the tools are accessible and the rewards are great. Grounded by moving interviews, case studies, her experience spearheading four educational companies, and a winning combination of perceptiveness and humor, Brown’s enthusiastic narrative urges readers to discover their own “wilderness” by culling the strength and determination (and risk) necessary to truly live “from our wild heart rather than our weary hurt.”
Nothing truly groundbreaking, but an enthusiastic, practical guide to achieving a healthy sense of interconnectedness within one’s culture and community—and likely another bestseller for Brown. (Kirkus Reviews)
The Prague Sonata, by Bradford Morrow
A musical mystery set against the backdrop of a nation shattered by war and loss.
How many piano sonatas did Ludwig van Beethoven write? A music student might be quick to say 32—but that disallows the possibility that there’s one hidden somewhere or one by Mozart or Haydn that no one has ever seen before. That’s the conceit that Morrow (The Forgers, 2014, etc.) spins with this sonically rich novel, in which a Czech woman, Otylie Bartošová, only steps ahead of the German invaders in 1939, divides her inheritance among family and friends—namely, an anonymous Classical-era score given to her by her father and now split up into three, rendering it essentially without value to the avaricious Nazis. On immigrating to America, Otylie loses sight and hope of the treasure—part of which resurfaces years later in contemporary New York, beguiling a musicologist named Meta Taverner, who “knew it was impossible she had stumbled on another Beethoven Werk ohne Opuszahl in deepest, darkest Queens” but presses on, having now found a new source of meaning in a life burdened with quiet tragedies. She goes to Prague, seeking clues. Morrow delights in local color, in the “home of the Golem and crazy Rudolf’s equally crazy alchemists, not to mention Kafka’s bug,” though he works in an intriguing counterintuition: who’s to say that the manuscript isn’t in Prague, Texas, or Prague, Nebraska? The story, which runs a touch too long, takes a conventional whodunit twist with the introduction of a competing musicologist who wants the glory (and money) for himself even as Meta hits walls that induce a crisis of confidence in her abilities—and therein lies something of a leitmotiv. Yet, with the help of a dogged journalist and other allies, Meta works her way toward a hard-won resolution. As she says, “Sometimes in life what’s broken can’t be put back together,” to which Otylie replies, “Or maybe it was never truly broken at all.”
An elegant foray into music and memory. (Kirkus Reviews)
A Legacy of Spies, by John Le Carré
After having turned from his peerless chronicles of George Smiley and his fellow spies to the tale of his own life (The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life, 2016), le Carré returns to put yet another spin on the events of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963).
Looking back from half a century later, Peter (ne Pierre) Guillam resolves to tell the truth of how his senior colleague Alec Leamas met his death along with his lover, Elizabeth Gold, that fatal day at the Berlin Wall. More than an old man’s memories prompt this valediction. When Peter, long retired from the British Intelligence Service to a Brittany farm, is summoned back to London, the Service’s chief lawyer, a man who introduces himself only as Bunny, informs him that Christoph Leamas, Alec’s bastard son, has discovered Liz’s daughter, Karen, and made common cause with her, threatening a lawsuit against the Service and correspondingly ruinous publicity for leading their parents to their deaths through misdirection, falsehood, and professional betrayal. Many of the documents that might help explain the circumstances, Bunny notes with asperity, have gone suspiciously missing; what troubles Peter even more is the documents that survive, which root Alec's and Liz’s fatal shootings not only in Alec’s long-known battle of wits against Stasi Deputy Head Hans Dieter Mundt, but also Alec's well-concealed and institutionally unauthorized attempt to smuggle out of East Germany his most recent supplier of information, Doris Gamp (codenamed Tulip), the put-upon assistant to senior Stasi official Dr. Emmanuel Rapp who’s been passing on photographs of classified documents her husband, ambitious Stasi functionary Lothar Quinz, has brought home.
Any reader who knows le Carré’s earlier work, and quite a few who don’t, will assume that any attempt to second-guess the mandarins of the Service will backfire. The miracle is that the author can revisit his best-known story and discover layer upon layer of fresh deception beneath it. (Kirkus Reviews)
We're thankful for you, our patrons, this Thanksgiving. And as always, we look forward to seeing you in the library!
Amélie Trufant Dawson
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