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What’s New At The Library?


Last updated 4/5/2021 at 3:15pm

The following books are now available at the Transylvania County Library:


Brooks, Malcolm. “Cloud-maker.” Set during the Great Depression, Huck finds a dead body in a creek and decides it is a sign that he must move forward with his plan to build his own airplane. His cousin Annelise is visiting for the summer and it turns out she has had flying lessons – Huck thinks this is another sign. Though he has to hide the plane from his mother, Huck and Annelise are inspired by their youthful idealism and the impending flight of Amelia Earhart. (FIC BRO)

Livings, Jack. “The Blizzard Party.” Albert was miserable so when a devastating nor’easter is headed towards New York, he decides it will be the perfect time to drown himself in the Hudson River. Emergency workers will be busy with other things and his friends won’t notice he’s missing until it is too late. But 6-year-old Hazel changes everything setting up a future of love, death, and the beautiful pain of life. (FIC LIV)

Ryan, Jennifer. “The Kitchen Front.” It is two years into WWII, when the BBC decides to have a cooking contest – the winner will become the “first-ever female co-host” on the popular show “The Kitchen Front.” Winning would be life-changing for each of the four women competing. There is a widow with four children who is struggling to feed and house her family, a wealthy woman trying to escape her horrible husband, a kitchen maid, and a trained chef. (FIC RYA)

Wilson, Diane. “The Seed Keeper.” Rosalie spent her childhood with her father, Ray, learning about plants, animals, her ancestors and the universe. She never felt like she was missing out on anything, though she knew she was different. Then one day her father never returns from checking his traps and Rosalie is sent to live with a foster family who do not understand her need to be in nature. Years down the road, Rosalie returns to her father’s home to reconnect with her soul. (FIC WIL)


Dean, Patrick. “A Window to Heaven: The Daring First Ascent of Denali: America’s Wildest Peak.” At close to 20,000 feet, Denali is even taller and more dangerous than Everest, mainly because of its severe weather. It is frequently forty below zero with wind sustaining eighty to 100 miles per hour. No one had made it to the top until 1913 when four men, including a 50-year-old Episcopal priest, a guide, and two other young men in their 20s made it to the top. Author Patrick Dean tells the groups’ story of traversing Denali against all odds. (979.83 DEA)

Harford, Tim. “The Data Detective: Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics Tim Harford,” the “best popular economics writer in the world” takes “com-plicated ideas and untwists them for millions of readers.” In this book he encourages everyone to understand that statistics are not meant to mislead us, but to improve our lives. Harford believes statis-tics are simply numbers that reflect human behavior. (001.422 HAR)

Li, Juan. “Winter Pasture: One Woman’s Journey with China’s Kazakh Herders.” In a remote region of northwestern China, Li Juan decides to accompany a family of Kazakh herders as they take nearly 1,000 animals to what they call “winter pasture.” Li describes the desolate landscape and difficult hardships that not only she and the herders face, but also the nomadic men and women they meet along their journey. (B Li)

Telfer, Tori. “Confident Women: Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion.” It is more common for men to be associated with being swindlers and conartists, but writer Tori Telfer shows that women can be equally as cunning as their male counterpoints, if not more so. A teenager named Roxie Ann Rice scammed the entire NFL and Jeanne de Saint-Remy pretended to be best friends with Queen Marie Antoinette to gain access to a necklace containing 647 diamonds. Many more stories are included. (364.163 TEL)


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