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Winter seems to be coming in like a lamb this year, doesn't it? We're ready for it here at the Harbor Springs Library. We had a wonderful turnout of children making ornaments for the 100th anniversary of the Main Street Christmas tree lighting, it was great having so many young faces up here. We are so fortunate to live in such a special community, and the tree lighting ceremony this year really reminded us all of that. A big thank you to the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, who awarded us a grant of $1,500 from the Fund for the Community and the Tom and Susie Carruthers Fund. We will be using the money to create new much needed exterior signage for the building, helping us become more visible downtown. We are so appreciative of these funds and will be hanging the new signs as soon as possible. We had a book sale over the course of a few days this month and even made up some Harbor Springs Library canvas book tote bags that are still available for sale for $10 each. They make a great Christmas gift and support the library to boot! A lot of the remainders from the sale are shelved in our used book sale section, please come take a look when you get a chance. Thank you to everyone who donated books and time to the sale, it was a great way to raise money and see old friends up here.We'd like to welcome Kristin Glentz to the Harbor Springs Library team, she'll be helping us with children's programming and we're really excited to have her on board. Our first order of business is reinstating children's storytime, which will be on the first Saturday of each month at 10:30am. We'll read a story then do a related craft. Please let any youngsters you can think of know about these free events! The next storytime will be January 2nd.While we're in the Christmas spirit, we'd like to remind you that Katie down at Between the Covers very generously offers a discount of 20% on books intended to be library donations. We've given her our Christmas wishlist, and there are several children's books on it- we're happy to write your (or your child's or friend's or dog's) name on the inside cover of any donated book. It's a wonderful way to support your local bookstore and your local library at the same time!___________________________________________________________________Here are some of the newest books to arrive in the Harbor Springs Library:M Train, by Patti SmithFrom the National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids: an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the prism of the cafés and haunts she has worked in around the world. It is a book Patti Smith has described as “a roadmap to my life.”M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, and across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations, we travel to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico; to a meeting of an Arctic explorer’s society in Berlin; to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York’s Far Rockaway that Smith acquires just before Hurricane Sandy hits; and to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima. Woven throughout are reflections on the writer’s craft and on artistic creation. Here, too, are singular memories of Smith’s life in Michigan and the irremediable loss of her husband, Fred Sonic Smith. Braiding despair with hope and consolation, illustrated with her signature Polaroids, M Train is a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature, and coffee. It is a powerful, deeply moving book by one of the most remarkable multiplatform artists at work today.
The Crossing, by Michael ConnellyHarry Bosch goes to work for the Lincoln lawyer. There’s no reason why brothers can’t work together, even if they’re only half brothers—unless one of them put in nearly 30 years at LAPD Robbery-Homicide before a suspension that led to retirement and the other works night and day to get crime suspects released. And defense attorney Mickey Haller can really use his half brother’s help finding evidence that will back up his longtime client Da’Quan "DQ" Foster’s claim that he didn’t assault West Hollywood assistant city manager Lexi Parks in her home and beat her to death, because Bosch’s former colleagues have damning DNA evidence DQ can’t explain that links him directly to the victim, and a hit-and-run accident has sidelined Dennis “Cisco” Wojciechowski, Haller’s regular investigator. Bosch (The Burning Room, 2014, etc.) has a million reasons not to cross over “to the other side of the aisle,” but step by step, fearful that the real killer is still out there, he finds himself drawn into the case despite his reservations. The news that his alibi witness was murdered shortly after DQ was arrested both deepens his plight and makes his story more plausible, for Bosch if not for the cops, and he spends some time examining a couple of unhelpfully clean-swept crime scenes before he gets a hunch that the key to the case is a pricey Audemars Piguet watch that Lexi Parks sent off to be repaired and never picked up—and that the killer he’s looking for is actually a pair of killers. The deeper he digs, the more reasons he finds to regret having crossed to Haller’s dark side and the more reasons to be skeptical, even fearful, of the LAPD. Solid, unspectacular, utterly engrossing work from the reigning master of the police procedural. (Kirkus Review)
Along the Infinite Sea, by Beatriz Williams
A pair of fugitives—one from pre-Nazi Europe, the other from the U.S. Senate Chamber (correction: bedchamber)—meet over a rare 1936 Mercedes Roadster that transports first one, then the other out of a god-awful fix. With the killer charm of a Rogers and Hammerstein score and a touch of DuMaurier intrigue, Williams’ latest sexy and enthralling period drama (on the high heels of Tiny Little Thing, 2015, etc.) draws readers into the parallel, luxe worlds of two sparky women in the post-Camelot 1960s: Annabelle Dommerich, a 40-ish widow with a passel of grown stepchildren, who conceals her Baroness title and much else about her past as the mistress of a Jewish resistance agent and wife of a German high-command general (to whit: “whether one man could keep you safe from wanting another”); and Pepper Schuyler, the smart-alecky aide to a powerful politician, who’s hard-put to conceal just one secret—the identity of the man responsible for the baby bump beneath her Lilly Pulitzer shift: “I always thought the more, the merrier. Sex and cigarettes.” (Fans of Williams’ novels will recognize Pepper as the best-dressed and sharpest tongued of the three fictional Schuyler sisters.) The two ladies strike up an irresistible womance when Annabelle shows up at the Breakers in Palm Beach to collect the vintage car Pepper restored then put up at a collectors’ auction so she wouldn't have to accept “help” from the father of her baby or her socially prominent (and often comically obtuse) parents. Gliding up the coast of Georgia in that leather-seated roadster toward the beautifully appointed seaside cottage the Baroness has offered Pepper as a safe house, they’ll spill all their secrets and sorrows and help each other reclaim lost pieces of their hearts. Imagine The Sound of Music for big girls, flavored with a dash of Mad Men bitters.(Kirkus Review)After You, by Jojo MoyesMoyes' sequel to her bestselling Me Before You (2012)—which was about Louisa, a young caregiver who falls in love with her quadriplegic charge, Will, and then loses him when he chooses suicide over a life of constant pain—examines the effects of a loved one's death on those left behind to mourn. It's been 18 months since Will's death, and Louisa is still grieving. She's settled in a London flat purchased with money Will left her and taken a dreary waitressing job at an airport pub. After falling off her apartment roof terrace in a drunken state, she momentarily fears she'll end up paralyzed herself, but Sam, the paramedic who treats her, does a great job—and she's lucky. Louisa convalesces in the bosom of her family in the village of Stortfold, and Moyes is at her most charming here, writing with a sense of humorous affection about family dynamics among working-class Brits. When Louisa returns to London, a troubled 16-year-old named Lily turns up on her doorstep saying Will was her father though he never knew it because her mother thought he was "a selfish arsehole" and never told him she was pregnant. Louisa also joins a formulaically familiar support group that adds little to the story except as a device for her to reconnect cute with paramedic Sam, who stops by to pick up a group member Louisa assumes is his son. While developing wonderfully nuanced characters like Will's grieving parents—particularly his mother, who forms a surprisingly deep bond with Lily—Moyes weakens the novel with stock villains like Lily's narcissistic upper-middle-class mom. As the love interest, handsome, patient, sensitive Sam is too good to be true. Narrator Louisa is not quite as much fun this time around, but the optimistic final pages hint that her adventures may continue into another book. Moyes is a Maeve Binchy for the 21st century, and she has the formula down pat: an understanding of family dynamics, a nod to social issues, plenty of moral uplift, and a sentimental streak, all buoyed by a rollicking sense of humor. (Kirkus Reviews)
________________________________________________________________________Have a wonderful holiday season, we look forward to seeing you soon in the Harbor Springs Library. As a purely privately funded library, we always appreciate your support.Thank you,Amelie Dawson
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