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Smythie
The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
June, 2018
Volume 12, No.3

Events…
Get your teams together!!!
2nd annual
TRIVIA CONTEST
Thursday, June 7, 6:45 p.m.
Two things of note: The emcee promises better questions and “We Have Pizza” has disbanded and will not defend their title.
Teams up to six people

1st and 2nd place teams win gift certificates!

Wild Brook Trout Restoration Program

with NH Fish and Game Wildlife Steward, Doug Whitfield
Wednesday, June 13th at 6pm
Brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) are the only native stream dwelling trout species located in the eastern United States. This species require cold, clean water to survive. Brook trout are extremely sensitive to environmental changes and habitat alterations. This sensitivity has made brook trout a particularly important indicator species. They thrive in small streams and larger rivers within forested watersheds where suitable temperatures and habitat exist. Poor water quality and other environmental perturbations can force brook trout and other sensitive species out of their local habitats. These population declines can serve as early warning signs of a reduction in the overall health of the aquatic ecosystem. Conservation and rehabilitation methods must be implemented along the eastern brook trout’s entire range to halt further population declines of this indigenous species.

HOW-TO’s

How to Hand Stamp Cards
Tuesday, June 12th at 6 pm
Led by Debbie Dunn
Registration required-Sign up at front desk

How to Hiking Safety
Wednesday, June 20th at 6 pm
Led by Julie Boardman
Since 1849, over 200 hikers, climbers and backcountry skiers have died in the White Mountains. Although many fatalities took place on Mount Washington, in recent years more deaths have occurred elsewhere. Most of the deaths didn’t have to happen. They were the result of an oversight or a bad decision. Julie Boardman wrote Death in the White Mountains in the belief that by studying past fatalities and identifying the mistakes that caused them we can learn how to be safe in the mountains. Boardman has a PowerPoint presentation in which she tells the stories of several victims, describing the fatal errors they made, and also shares surprising facts from her research.

How to Growing & Caring for Daylilies

Wednesday, June 27th at 6:30 pm
Led by Fiona McKenna
Join us for a presentation on planting and growing day lilies.

If you have a special talent you’d like to share, please see Heidi at the front desk

Check out our monthly calendar on our website for all our events and programs.

New!!!!!!

SERVICE FOR HOMEBOUND PATRONS:
Smyth Public Library is now offering home delivery of library materials for any Candia community residents in need. Please contact us for a registration form for this service or use the link to a form to fill out on our website.

The library is proud to now offer The Healing Library; reading kits to aid with coping with difficult situations. We offer The Death of a Loved One, The Death of a Pet, plus Alzheimer’s & Your Family. These are located in the children’s room, along with books relating to each topic. The kits are available now for check out.

Another evening to share a great book…see book clubs below

NOW HERE!:
Digital Movies, Music and More –Instantly Available –24/7 –Free with your Library Card!
We are excited to announce hoopla digital coming next month: a new digital media service provided to you, our patron, through which you may access and enjoy nearly half a million titles, from six different formats: Movies, TV,Music Albums, eAudiobooks , eBooks, and Comics/Graphic Novels. All in one location, from your computer, tablet or Smartphone!
With hoopla, there are no hold lists, no extra apps or accounts needed or special steps to use it.
It just works! On a mobile device, borrowed content may be temporarily downloaded and accessed offline or, in either the app or on a computer, all borrowed content may be enjoyed while connected to the internet by streaming.

Don’t forget – you can always borrow our internet hot spot or telescope!

New on our shelves…

New Fiction…

The darkling bride: a novel Andersen, Laura
The high tide club Andrews, Mary Kay
Overkill: an Alex Hawke novel Bell, Ted
The high season: a novel Blundell, Judy
The lonely witness: a novel Boyle, William,
The pisces: a novel Broder, Melissa,
The 49th mystic Dekker, Ted
The forgotten road: a novel Evans, Richard Paul
The return Fisher, Suzanne Woods
By invitation only: a novel Frank, Dorothea Benton
The comedown: a novel Frumkin, Rebekah,
The dark angel Griffiths, Elly
Promise Gwin, Minrose,
The soul of a thief: a novel Hartov, Steven
In dust and ashes Holt, Anne
Mr. Flood’s last resort: a novel Kidd, Jess
The outsider King, Stephen
The crooked staircase: a Jane Hawk novel Koontz, Dean R.
How it happened Koryta, Michael
Gale force Laukkanen, Owen
Ivory pearl Manchette, Jean-Patrick
Send down the rain Martin, Charles
Love and ruin: a novel McLain, Paula
Castle Butte Nesbitt, John D.,
Warlight Ondaatje, Michael
Robert B. Parker’s old black magic Atkins, Ace
Savage liberty: a mystery of revolutionary America Pattison, Eliot
The other lady vanishes Quick, Amanda
Warning light Ricciardi, David
Ice trap: a novel of suspense Sewell, Kitty.
Two steps forward: a novel Simsion, Graeme C.
The cast: a novel Steel, Danielle
All the beautiful lies: a novel Swanson, Peter
The age of miracles: a novel Walker, Karen Thompson.
The death of Mrs. Westaway Ware, Ruth
Jane Seymour, the haunted queen: a novel Weir, Alison

New Non-Fiction…

A life beyond amazing: 9 decisions that will transform your life today
Jeremiah, David
Everything I need to know I learned from a Little Golden Book Muldrow, Diane.
Unlikely angel: the untold story of the Atlanta hostage hero Smith, Ashley,
New power: how power works in our hyperconnected world –and how to make it work for you Heimans, Jeremy,
After the affair: healing the pain and rebuilding trust when a partner has been unfaithful Spring, Janis Abrahms.
A spy named Orphan: the enigma of Donald Maclean Philipps, Roland,
A brotherhood of spies: the U-2 and the CIA’s secret war Reel, Monte
The feather thief: beauty, obsession, and the natural history heist of the century Johnson, Kirk Wallace
The man who climbs trees Aldred, James
Voice lessons for parents: what to say, how to say it, and when to listen Mogel, Wendy,
The deals that made the world: reckless ambition, backroom negotiations, and the hidden truth of business Peretti, Jacques,
Out there: the wildest stories from Outside magazine
The Flying Tigers: The Untold Story of the American Pilots Who Waged a Secret War Against Japan Kleiner, Samuel.
The coffin corner boys: one bomber, ten men, and their incredible escape from Nazi occupied France Avriett, Carole Engle,
Eight survived: the harrowing story of the USS Flier and the only downed World War II submariners to survive and evade capture Campbell, Douglas A.

New Books on CD…

The saboteur CD (10): a novel Gross, Andrew
Shattered Mirror CD (9) Johansen, Iris
The outsider CD (15) King, Stephen
The crooked staircase : CD (13) Koontz, Dean R.
Robert B. Parker’s old black magic CD (7): a Spencer novel Atkins, Ace
The return CD (5): Spirit Animals-Fall of the Beasts Johnson, Varian,

New Video…

Forever My Girl DVD 1089 [PG]
Coco DVD 1056 [PG]
Red sparrow DVD 1090 [R]
Peter Rabbit DVD 1091 [PG]
Ocean’s twelve DVD 480 [PG13]
Down with love DVD 730 [PG13]
The Last kiss DVD 744 [R]
The cell DVD 836 [R]
Elizabethtown DVD 890 [PG13]
Crossing Delancey DVD 937 [PG]
The other Boleyn girl DVD 940 [PG13]
The United States and the Middle East, 1914 to 9/11: GC DVD (12) Part 1&2 Yaqub, Salim.
Oceanography GC DVD (6): exploring earth’s final wilderness
Alive inside DVD NF 615.8 ALI
The adventures of Swiss Family Robinson ; DVD SWISS1

A blithering idiot enters a building and goes to the counter. “I would like a large soda, a hamburger, and French fries, please,” he says. The woman behind the counter says, “Sir, you are in a library!” He looks around and notices others sitting quietly and reading. He leans in to the librarian and whispers, “I would like a large soda, a hamburger, and French fries, please

Coloring night for all ages, all supplies provided,
Fridays 6-7 pm
Plus, packets available to use anytime we are open and you feel the urge

Tip from the front desk
DOWNLOAD THIS!
Whether you’ve read on a Kindle, Kobo, or iPad for years or you’re just transitioning from paper to screen, up your digital game with these apps and services.
REVISIT THE LIBRARY-The free Overdrive and Hoopla apps connect you to your local library. Log in with your library card number and you can borrow e-books, audiobooks, comic books, music and videos.
STAY TUNED-The latest trend in e-books is serialization, according to Michael Kozlowski, editor in chief of the blog GoodEreader.com. Like Charles Dickens, who published his novels in monthly installments, the free Pigeonhole app is a virtual book club, sending daily passages and bonus content (interviews with authors, playlists, photographs) to facilitate reading-group discussions.
REDISCOVER THE CLASSICS-Want to carry the complete works of Shakespeare without lugging around a 20 pound tome? Download them for free through Project Gutenberg (Gutenberg.org), a volunteer-run website of public-domain books.
GET WELL VERSED-Sign up for the poem of the day from the Academy of American Poets (poets.org).
SIMPLY LISTEN-“Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment in publishing,” says Kozlowski. Sites like Audible.com, Downpour.com and Audiobooks.com are bringing books to life in full sound, with A-list celebrity narrators such as Natalie Portman, Morgan Freeman, and Colin Firth.
Visit the Smyth Public Library website for links and information for downloadable reads of all types and contact us for any help you need getting started.

Heidi Deacon, Director

Writers’ group
2nd and 4th Friday of every month, 6:30pm
The Smyth Public Library hosts a gathering of writers once or twice a month where we work together on timed writing exercises using prompts and other sources of inspiration. The writing periods will be followed by sharing some of the work with each other. The goal of the group is to loosen up and get the pen moving on paper. We don’t seek to have a finished work by the end of the session and you don’t need to arrive with a finished piece of writing to share. The writer’s group is a place to meet with other writers and to flex your writing muscles.
Please come ready with a writing medium of your choice: paper and pen/pencil, computer, tablet, etc.

The preacher annotated his hymn book making it a guided missal.
Ongoing Book Sale!
You can browse at your leisure now and bring home a favorite to keep or to give away to a friend. Just look for the bright signs just inside our main doors on the left. Pay at the front desk. Only… $1 for hardcover and $.50 for paperbacks. Proceeds go to the Friends of Smyth Library.

Family Game Nights!!
First Friday of every month at 6:30
Coming up: card games, Giant Yahtzee, Dominoes and Quidditch

Knitting & Crochet Circle
Help with the cap, blanket, and scarf charity project, work on your own items, or just come to learn. Call Lisa 587-0603 for more info.
Third Thursday of the month, 7pm

Try out our new “Volunteer Your World” ideas at Smyth Public Library. Visit our Volunteer Your World Page

Monthly Lego Night!
EVERY third Friday 6:30-7:30 for all ages.

Coming for Summer!
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT THE GAZEBO
Smyth Public Library will present the 8th annual Summer Concert Series on seven consecutive Wednesdays beginning July11th. The series is held at the Candia Pond Park gazebo, behind the library at 55 High Street, and will move to the CYAA field house if it rains. The concerts are free, with funding from the Friends of Smyth Library and the Friends of the Concert Series. The concerts run from 6:30-8pm. Bring a chair or blanket for the lawn, and a hat, as the view is toward the setting sun. Ice cream will be available. Call the library at 483-8245 for updates, or watch our Music page at www.smythpl.org.

July 11th- Summer Reading Opener for Families- Odds Bodkin
July 18th- Nicole Murphy
July 25th- Granite Planet
August 1st- Windham Swing Band
August 8th- Lumberjills Summer Reading Dance Party for all ages
August 15th- Bedford Big Band
Come enjoy the magic of summer music under the stars, complete with ice cream!

MAGIC GAME CLUB
Featuring : Magic-The Gathering
Held monthly on the First Wednesday of the month at 4 pm!
For ages 8 and up! Next meeting-July 11th

Family Movie Night
Friday, June 22, 6:00 p.m.

“Paddington 2” rated PG ~

Did you Know???
In 1910, Virginia Woolf and her friends dressed up in costumes and donned fake beards in order to convince the Royal Navy they were a group of Abyssinian princes. And thus they pulled off what became known in newspapers as the ‘Dreadnought Hoax,’ earning a 40-minute guided tour of the ship.

In theGallery…

A Brilliant Life: The Musical Career of New Hampshire’s Amy Beach
This is a traveling panel exhibit about the life of Amy Beach, America’s first woman to write a symphony. The exhibit was planned in honor of Beach’s 150th birthday by the University of New Hampshire’s Special Collections and the University Museum.

ART WANTED!!!
Our art gallery and (locked) glass case is always available for the works of local artists. Just see Heidi at the front desk to display your works

LOVE TO SHARE A GOOD BOOK?
Now! 2 times!
How about sharing your thoughts on a book at the friendly monthly book discussion group?

Thursdays mornings…

Thursday,June 14, 11:00 a.m.
The Story of Arthur Truluv
By Elizabeth Berg
For the past six months, Arthur Moses’s days have looked the same: He tends to his rose garden and to Gordon, his cat, then rides the bus to the cemetery to visit his beloved late wife for lunch. The last thing Arthur would imagine is for one unlikely encounter to utterly transform his life.

Eighteen-year-old Maddy Harris is an introspective girl who visits the cemetery to escape the other kids at school. One afternoon she joins Arthur—a gesture that begins a surprising friendship between two lonely souls. Moved by Arthur’s kindness and devotion, Maddy gives him the nickname “Truluv.” As Arthur’s neighbor Lucille moves into their orbit, the unlikely trio band together and, through heartache and hardships, help one another rediscover their own potential to start anew.

Wonderfully written and full of profound observations about life, The Story of Arthur Truluv is a beautiful and moving novel of compassion in the face of loss, of the small acts that turn friends into family, and of the possibilities to achieve happiness at any age.
“I dare you to read this novel and not fall in love with Arthur Truluv. His story will make you laugh and cry, and will show you a love that never ends, and what it means to be truly human.”—Fannie Flagg

An emotionally powerful novel about three people who each lose the one they love most, only to find second chances where they least expect them
*Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk

Thursdays evenings…

Thursday, June 28, 7:30 p.m.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now….

Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and literary tour de force.
*Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk

Library Assets…

LITTLE FREE LIBRARY
Brought to you by the Friends of the Smyth Public Library
The Little Free Library is up and running at the CYAA complex – anyone can take advantage!!

Making Your Life Easy:
By going to our website, you can search our entire catalogue for books, CD’s, DVD’s and movies. Once found, you can check to see if what you want is in. If so, just to our website and reserve the book. The next time you come in, it will be waiting for you at the front desk. WITH OUR NEW WEBSITE YOU CAN DO IT WITH YOUR MOBILE DEVICE!
PLUS!! Check out our smythpl.org website updates and Smyth Library’s new Public Catalog featuring:

– A crawl of new items.
– “What’s Hot” now covers several choices.
-“Most Popular” titles (a combination of checkouts and reserves are used to determine this list).
– “More Search Options” includes Medium that lets members search by DVD or Large Print, etc.

Available at the library…
Candia Walking Tour Guides to Candia Village, East Candia and Meetinghouse Hill ($2 each or $5 for all three to the Heritage Commission)
A Sense of Place: Candia’s Past & Present 1763-2014: A Compilation of Town Tributes, Personal Histories & Cherished Memories in Celebration of the Semiquincentennial ($15 to the Heritage Commission) Water Powered Mill Sites in Candia, New Hampshire ($20 to the Heritage Commission)

More Research Options:

Full text articles from thousands of magazines, journals and national newspapers, plus NoveList. Call or e-mail us and provide your name and your library card number, and we’ll give you the password.

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Look at our page on Facebook for events and updates about our library!

Downloadable Books!!!!
Ipods and Kindles work and you can
Order right from our website!
Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Smyth Library

PASSES….PASSES….PASSES
Check our website for passes!!!
Two new passes: NH State Parks and Fuller Gardens
All are listed in the “museum passes” tab of the website and can be reserved there.
New England Aquarium expires June 30th so make your plans and hurry in for a pass.

Kids’ Stuff…
NH libraries set to ‘rock out’ to this year’s Summer Reading Program theme

SUMMER READING IS HAPPENING Here at Smyth Public Library
Wednesdays from JULY 11- AUGUST 15
Come in and sign up and be a part of the fun!

Baby—Preschool children- stories, games, crafts, music, puppets-During Thursday Story Time 10am

School Age Children (K-6)
Wednesday, July 11th 3pm- Rock Our Local Heroes Gift Making
Wednesday, July 18th 3pm- Egg&Rock Drop Challenge
Wednesday, July 25th 3pm- Gratefulness Rocks
Wednesday, August 1st 3pm- Habitat Building with Rocks
Wednesday, August 8th 3pm- Animal Shelter Toys
Wednesday, August 15th 3pm- Marble rock Maze

TWEENS/TEENS SUMMER READING
~Read a book~fill out a mini review form at the front desk~enter for gift card raffle prizes~

Wednesday, July 11th 4pm- Messy Twister
Wednesday, July 18th 4pm- Book review videos
Wednesday, July 25th 4pm- Tie Dye
Wednesday, August 1st 4pm- Book review videos
Wednesday, August 8th 4pm- Paint Slip and Slide
Wednesday, August 15th 4pm- Book review videos

TIC-TAC-READ ADULT SUMMER READING
Pick up your own inspiring game sheet at the front desk for summer long fun with a chance to win.
Check out our monthly calendar for children on the children’s tab on our website.

Baby—Preschool children-
Stories, games, crafts, music, puppets
During Thursday Story Time 10 a.m.
School Age Children (K-6)
Art Club (K-5)
First Thursday every month. Last club on June 7th.
STEM Club (gr. K-2)
Second Thursday only this month. Last meeting: June 14th

READING CLUBS

Book Clubs (please book up first book at the Smyth Public Library front desk)
Magic Tree House Book Club (gr. K-2)-3 pm-third Thursday every month! Last meeting: June 21st (A Perfect Time for Pandas)
Dear America Book Club (gr. 3-4)-3 pm-first Wednesday every month Last meeting: June 6th (West to a Land of Plenty)
Fifth Grade Book Club (gr. 5)-3 pm-second Wednesday every month Last meeting: June 13th (Stuart Little-White)
Sixth/Seventh Grade Book Club-4 pm-third Thursday every month Last meeting: June 21st (The Unwanteds-McMann)
FOR TEENS!!
Teen Book Club:
Teen Book club (gr. 8+)-Third Wednesday every month at 4pm last meeting: June 20 (w/pizza)
Reading: Wonder woman Warbringer (Leigh Bardugo)
Teen Creative Club (gr. 8+)-Fourth Wednesday every month at 4pm last meeting: June 27
Vision Boards!~

Read to Simon, Gwen Paprocki’s Certified Therapy dog.
Want to boost reading confidence?
Monday afternoons.
Why is reading to a dog educational AND fun? Because Simon is soft, furry and warm and he loves the attention you give him when you practice your reading out-loud skills! In the Children’s Library Room ~ one-on-one with Ms. Gwen and Simon present. (Simon and Gwen Paprocki are certified through Therapy Dogs International)
Please sign up if interested. Call Gwen for more info at 483-8245

Pajama Story Night
2nd Thursday of the Month, 6-7 pm
Join us monthly for a night of storytelling and treats!
Storytime with Samantha
Thursdays, 10 a.m.
Preschoolers and babies welcomed

New!!
FUTURE ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS!!
Second Friday, 6:00 p.m.
We break out our snap circuits! Build exciting projects including computer interfaced experiments and solar cell applications. Build over 175 exciting projects now with lights. All new kits and all ages welcome! Check our Facebook page for some cool snap circuit projects

1000 BOOKS before Kindergarten
Personal memory registers and book bags are available for parents.

New books for children…
Fun with Roman numerals Adler, David A
Yankee Doodle dandy Gingrich, Callista
Melena’s jubilee: the story of a fresh start Elliott, Zetta,
Girls can make it happen
The critter club Barkley, Callie,
The Critter Club: 4 books in 1! Barkley, Callie,

New books for young adults…
War storm Aveyard, Victoria
Jane, unlimited Cashore, Kristin
The dark Curley, Marianne.
The key Curley, Marianne.
The Named Curley, Marianne.
Payback time Deuker, Carl
Runner Deuker, Carl
Unbreakable Garcia, Kami
Unmarked Garcia, Kami
Batman: the Dark Knight strikes again Miller, Frank
In the chat room with God Hafer, Todd.
The madness underneath Johnson, Maureen
The name of the star Johnson, Maureen
SummerHill secrets — 1 / Lewis, Beverly
SummerHill secrets — 2 / Lewis, Beverly
Say what you will McGovern, Cammie
Surface tension Mullin, Mike
Treasure at the heart of the Tanglewood Pierce, Meredith Ann.
Mapping the bones Yolen, Jane

From the Young Adult Shelves~

Surface Tension
by Mike Mullin
After witnessing an act of domestic terrorism while training on his bike, Jake is found near death, with a serious head injury and unable to remember the plane crash or the aftermath that landed him in the hospital.

A terrorist leader’s teenage daughter, Betsy, is sent to kill Jake and eliminate him as a possible witness. When Jake’s mother blames his head injury for his tales of attempted murder, he has to rely on his girlfriend, Laurissa, to help him escape the killers and the law enforcement agents convinced that Jake himself had a role in the crash.

Mike Mullin, author of the Ashfall series, delivers a gripping story with memorable characters and all-too-real scenarios.

New books for juniors…
The Penderwicks at last Birdsall, Jeanne
The wizard’s dilemma Duane, Diane
Just Ella Haddix, Margaret Peterson
The two princesses of Bamarre Levine, Gail Carson
Time jumpers Mull, Brandon
The burning maze Riordan, Rick

From the Junior Shelves~

The Two Princesses of Bamarre (The Two Princesses of Bamarre #1)
by Gail Carson Levine
Twelve-year-old Addie admires her older sister Meryl, who aspires to rid the kingdom of Bamarre of gryphons, specters, and ogres. Addie, on the other hand, is fearful even of spiders and depends on Meryl for courage and protection. Waving her sword Bloodbiter, the older girl declaims in the garden from the heroic epic of Drualt to a thrilled audience of Addie, their governess, and the young sorcerer Rhys.

But when Meryl falls ill with the dreaded Gray Death, Addie must gather her courage and set off alone on a quest to find the cure and save her beloved sister. Addie takes the seven-league boots and magic spyglass left to her by her mother and the enchanted tablecloth and cloak given to her by Rhys – along with a shy declaration of his love. She prevails in encounters with tricky specters (spiders too) and outwits a wickedly personable dragon in adventures touched with romance and a bittersweet ending.

TriviaTime!

Every month we ask a trivia question. If you know the answer, drop it off at the front desk or e-mail it here. We will randomly select the winner from the correct answers and the WINNERwill win ONE FREE WEEK of OVERDUE FINE AMNESTY ON ONE BOOK

Last month’s question and answer:
Q. According to the Browning poem, he could also get rid of “the mole and toad and newt and viper”.
From “Jeopardy”

A. Pied Piper of Hamelin
No Winner!

This Month’s Trivia Question:

What acclaimed children’s author and poet spent much of his career as a cartoonist for Playboy and also wrote songs for the 1960s folk scene?

From the New and Recent Shelves~
We (being I) are always looking for contributors to this reviews section. The editor has a limited range of taste, so any reviews would be more than welcomed. Just e-mail them in reply to this, or to librarian@smythpl.org
I admit to a rather limited taste in reading materials. I generally eschew science fiction, fantasy and what are euphemistically referred to as “chic books”. I realize this is a deficiency in not only me, but the “From the New and Recent Shelves” section of “The Smythie”.
I may therefore resort to pilfering reviews from Amazon.com for a book at times to widen the breadth of this service. I’d much rather have a contributing reviewer (or twelve). If you’ve read a book you’ve loved, please shoot me a review so we can enjoy a more personal perspective.

Fiction…

Philip Kerr’s GREEKS BEARING GIFTS is the thirteenth in the Bernie Gunther series. To be honest, I’ve never been a big fan. The rave reviews caused me to pick this one up. Rather than happening during the Nazi regime, this one is set in 1957 and most of it happens in Greece. The author’s notes at the end of the book, reveal how much is historically correct. As much of a strong murder mystery, this is a historical novel. The most amazing part is how much the German/Greek relationship of 1957 foretold of events between the two countries in the 2010s.

There is dark humor and plenty of plot twists and turns that make this a plain old good mystery. It is greatly enhanced by the history.

Kate Vaughan is no stranger to tough choices.

She’s made them before. Now it’s time to do it again.

Kate has a secret, something tucked away in her past. And she’s getting on with her life. Her business is thriving. She has a strong relationship with her family, and a devoted boyfriend whom she wants to love with all her heart. If Kate had ever made a list, Rowan would fill the imagined boxes of a perfect mate. But she wants more than the perfect on paper relationship; she wants a real and imperfect love. That’s why, when Kate discovers the small velvet box hidden in Rowan’s drawer, she panics.

It always happens this way. Just when Kate thinks she can love, just when she believes she can conquer the fear, she’s filled with dread. And she wants more than anything to make this feeling go away. But how?

When the mistakes have been made and the running is over, it’s time to face the truth. Kate knows this. She understands that a woman can never undo what can never be undone. Yet, for the first time in her life she also knows that she won’t fully love until she confronts those from her past. It’s time to act.

Can she do it? Can she travel to the place where it all began, to the one who shares her secret? Can the lost ever become found?

And Then I Found You gives new life to the phrase “inspired by a true story.” By travelling back to a painful time in her own family’s history, author Patti Callahan Henry explores the limits of courage, and the price of a selfless act. Goodreads

Non-fiction…

ABOVE AND BEYOND: JOHN F. KENNEDY AND AMERICA’S MOST DANGEROUS COLD WAR SPY MISSION is an account of the Cuban Missile Crisis. What separates and makes this account different from others is the perspective. Rather than starting with Kennedy and the Oval Office, it gives the history of America’s U-2 spy plane program. It is far more than Gary Powers, who is almost a footnote in this chronicle. This follows the development of the plane, its pilots and their training and then their tremendously important role in the Cuban Missile saga.

This is well worth the read even if, like me, you’ve read other books about the Crisis.

Ever want to be one of those know-it-all reviewers?
Got a book to recommend?
Want to write a blurb?
Have a child with a favorite book who would like to contribute to the Smythie?

We welcome contributors (less for us to write!), especially children and teens to review and recommend favorite books. Just drop Heidi Deacon an e-mail at librarian@smythpl.org or “reply” to this and we’ll include it here. It need not be a new book – it can be a golden oldie, a classic, a trashy beach book or whatever you have enjoyed.
I hope you have enjoyed this edition. Comments, suggestions and, of course, reviews are always welcomed.
Rick Mitchell
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