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Wrapping up Summer.... Almost!

posted at 12:21 pm Fri Aug 3rd, 2018 by (WherezIt_Staff)

Many Thanks to The Friends of the Stowe Free Library
I would like to take the time to thank the Board of the Friends of the Stowe Free Library and all their members and volunteers who unselfishly provided a fantastically successful booksale this year. This annual fund raising event came to a close on Sunday, July 29th. Bright and early on Monday morning, a group of these hardworking individuals came to the library to disband the remnants of the booksale in our community gazebo and upon the library’s porch. By 11 a.m., it was as if they had never even been there. What diligence and commitment! What a group of selfless, community-building, team-oriented, and fun-loving individuals! The library staff and I will surely miss the aura of energy that this group of dedicated community members created. Thank you all and may you all be blessed with relaxing and uneventful days throughout the remainder of the summer.
Cindy Weber, SFL Director

P.s. don’t forget that Sally’s Porch Sale is still running out front! Stock up for the rainy days!
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  Another successful BOOK SALE down in the... Books ;)

A BIG Thank-You to all who helped us during the sale as well as set up and take down.  We couldn't do this without the volunteer support of the Stowe Community. 

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Staff Picks!

  Norwegian by Night is about an American gentleman who moves to Oslo Norway, witnesses a brutal crime, and unquestioningly takes on the responsibility of keeping a little child safe from further violence. It is wonderfully written.

American by Day continues the story with the lady police detective who was introduced in Norwegian by Night as she travels to America to find her lost brother. Well written, as well. I loved the connection between the two stories.

This is a story of a recently divorced man who wants to end his life but cannot bear for his daughter to find his body. So he takes a trip to a war torn country to do the job, but finds he has compassion for the survivors living in the ravaged town to which he travels. Simple but elegant story.
  In November of 2013 in Oakland, California, an agender teenager riding the 57 Bus was set on fire. In an instant – with a flicker of flame and a reckless lapse in judgment – the lives of two teenagers were changed forever.
Using information garnered from interviews, social media, public records, and surveillance videos, journalist Dashka Slater expands - in an unbiased manner - on her article published in the New York Times Magazine in January of 2015.
An excellent book about race, gender, and the criminal justice system.

  After escaping the clutches of his evil Uncle Mike, who is nothing but a no good pickpocket, Carter jumps on a train and runs away.
He gets off in the small town of Mineral Wells, which appears to be peaceful and bucolic, a place he has always dreamed of. Until he meets B.B. Bosso, a circus boss who goes from town to town bilking people of their money and jewels.
Carter meets a colorful cast of Magicians who bond together to stop one of the biggest heists that is about to happen in their small town.

  A hauntingly ambitious historical novel of the sea and New York, set during the Depression era and the Second World War. It is impeccably researched in its period details and well plotted. Anna Kerrigan is a young girl when her father disappears. She suspects that he has been killed by the mob after he got involved with a shady boss.  The impact of the war and, particularly, its impact on women is astutely observed through Anna and her determination to find out what really happened to her father.

  Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes and the will to change it.  This was an amazing read - and listen as the author reads the accounts herself.  This was also the July read for the Adult book club at the library.

  "True belonging doesn't require us to 
change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." Social scientist Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives--experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.

  Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.  Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.  I listened to this title - it was really brought to life hearing what the incantations and cultural names of animals and people! I highly recommend this first book in the series!
This is a book heavy on psychology, as most of Crichton's books focus on some scientific or technological aspect of our experience and then fleshes it out and explores what would happen should it go wrong. In this novel the United States Army has found a 500 year old spacecraft on the bottom of the ocean and enlists a team of specialists to uncover its origins. What they find challenges the way we think and behave. This book is very frightening and I found myself having to put it down at night. If underwater science fiction horrors are your thing, I would recommend this book!

This biography is written much like a novel which makes for a fun read. This is the story of a young woman from Lyme Regis England, whose passion for fossils rocketed her into historical importance as one of the first paleontologists (before the term was even in common knowledge). If you like biographies, English history, or paleontology this is a fantastic read!

I only recently got the chance to read this sci-fi classic. It is quite long, but tells the story of Paul Atreides who leaves his home planet due to a political move where his family takes over the Melange spice production planet called Arrakis. The local population has prophecy of a chosen one who will become the new leader and when the Atreides fall to war with old planet owners, the Harkonnens, Paul and his mother must find a new way to live. I was surprised by the use and role of religion as well as philosophy throughout the story. It is an epic and deserves the hype as one of the greatest, and most complex, science fiction novels of the 20th century.
  Traumatized by his experiences as a POW in Viet Nam, survivalist Ernt moves his family (again), to a remote Alaskan homestead. Unprepared for the long winters and isolation, his wife Cora and their daughter Lenora struggle not only with old demons but for their very survival.

  Can Penelope go home again? Her aging father needs her attention and she barely recognizes the gentrified (Bedford-Sty) Brooklyn of her youth. An unsuccessful artist, Penelope comes to terms with the changes in her father, the community, and her strained relationship with her mother in the Dominican Republic.
 Tin Man is a haunting story of loss, love, questioning, and acceptance. Michael, Ellis and Annie form a bond in Oxford England in the days leading up to the time of AIDS.
And so MUCH more on our website!

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