Enjoying the Classics (02/17/2021): The Remains of the Day

The Remains of the Day (cover)

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

A compelling portrait of the perfect English butler, who, at the end of his career in postwar England, reviews his life and secretly questions the “greatness” of the nobleman he served. This Booker Prize-winning novel is now a Merchant-Ivory film starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.

Next Meeting:
February 17th @ 7:00 PM at Virtual Library

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Happily Ever After (02/15/2021): Now That You Mention It

Now That You Mention It (cover)

Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins

One step forward. Two steps back. The Tufts scholarship that put Nora Stuart on the path to becoming a Boston medical specialist was a step forward. Being hit by a car and then overhearing her boyfriend hit on another doctor when she thought she was dying? Two major steps back.
Injured in more ways than one, Nora feels her carefully built life cracking at the edges. There’s only one place to land: home. But the tiny Maine community she left fifteen years ago doesn’t necessarily want her. At every turn, someone holds the prodigal daughter of Scupper Island responsible for small-town drama and big-time disappointments.
With a tough islander mother who’s always been distant, a wild-child sister in jail and a withdrawn teenage niece as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was, Nora has her work cut out for her if she’s going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family. Balancing loss and opportunity, dark events from her past with hope for the future, Nora will discover that tackling old pain makes room for promise…and the chance to begin again.

Next Meeting:
February 15th @ 7:00 PM at Virtual Library

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Hail to the Chief with these Presidential Reads

This week, Joseph R. Biden will be inaugurated as our nation’s 46th president, which makes it a great time to read a book written by or about a president, his family or his legacy. AAPLD has a large collection of books devoted to American history, current events, and also biographies. If you’re taking part in Reading Resolutions, January is the month to read a biography, autobiography or memoir. Why not give a one of these a try?

Books by Presidents and Vice Presidents:

Promise Me, Dad by Joseph R. Biden

The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris

Crippled America: How To Make America Great Again by Donald Trump

Dreams From My Father: A story of race and inheritance by Barak Obama

Decision Points by George W. Bush

My Life by Bill Clinton

An Inconvenient Sequel by Al Gore

An American Life by Ronald Reagan

Faith: A Journey For All by Jimmy Carter


Books About Presidents

Dead Presidents by Grady Carlson

Andrew Johnson by Annette Gordon Reed

All The President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

The President’s House: A First Daughter Shares the Secrets of the World’s Most Famous House by Margaret Truman

The Presidents vs. The Press by Harold Holzer

The President’s Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs

Abraham Lincoln by George S. McGovern

First Family: Abigail and John by Joseph Ellis

The Accidental President: Harry S Truman and Four Months that Changed the World by A.J. Baime

Zachary Taylor by John S.D. Eisenhower

John Tyler: The Accidental President by Edward Crapol

William Henry Harrison by Gail Collins

Thomas Jefferson, Revolutionary by Kevin R.C. Gutzman

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham

Everything Beautiful in its Time by Jenna Hager Bush

Washington by Ron Chernow

The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America by Douglas Brinkley


Library Reads (02/18/2021): Longbourn

Longbourn (cover)

Longbourn by Jo Baker

If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah often thought, she’d most likely be a sight more careful with them.

In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.

Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austen’s classic—into the often overlooked domain of the stern housekeeper and the starry-eyed kitchen maid, into the gritty daily particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars—and, in doing so, creates a vivid, fascinating, fully realized world that is wholly her own.

Next Meeting:
February 18th @ 7:00 PM at Virtual Library

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Book Wizards (02/09/2021): Stardust

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Stardust by Neil Gaiman

In the sleepy English countryside of decades past, there is a town that has stood on a jut of granite for six hundred years. And immediately to the east stands a high stone wall, for which the village is named. Here in the town of Wall, Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he’ll retrieve that star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran through the only gap in the wall, across the meadow, and into the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

Next Meeting:
February 9th @ 6:30 PM at Virtual Library

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Forever Young (02/08/2021): Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (cover)

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism—and antiracism—in AmericaThis is NOT a history book.This is a book about the here and now. A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.A book about race. The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited. Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas—and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.

Next Meeting:
February 8th @ 6:30 PM at Virtual Library

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Safe, Convenient and Fun! Discover Digital in 2021

The year 2020 saw record levels of digital book circulation worldwide, according to OverDrive, one of AAPLDs digital material providers.  Check-outs of ebooks, downloadable audiobooks and digital magazines, from both public libraries and schools, grew by 33% over 2019.

The Covid-19 pandemic is the primary reason for the growth, as more patrons discover how to use their Smartphones, computers and e-reading devices to safely access materials from home. But social justice protests and the Trump presidency had an influence on what patrons were reading, particularly when it came to non-fiction.

Top 10 Fiction Ebooks & Audiobooks (Released in 2020) from Public Libraries Worldwide in 2020

  1. Walk the Wire by David Baldacci
  2. Camino Winds by John Grisham
  3. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  4. The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  5. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
  6. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
  7. American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
  8. In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
  9. Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
  10. Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Top 10 Nonfiction Ebooks & Audiobooks (Released in 2020) from Public Libraries Worldwide in 2020

  1. Untamed by Glennon Doyle
  2. The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
  3. Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
  4. Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump
  5. Open Book by Jessica Simpson
  6. Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker
  7. The Room Where It Happened by John Bolton
  8. Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
  9. A Very Stable Genius by Philip Rucker
  10. Wow, No Thank You. by Samantha Irby

Ready to learn how to download ebooks, magazines and newspapers onto your device and use the library from the comfort of your home? AAPLD’s Kenny Duray will hold a virtual class, Your Library at Home on Monday, Jan. 11, at 7:00 p.m., and Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 10:00 a.m. Click your preferred time to register!




Book Wizards

If you love dragons, alternate worlds, fairy tales, or mythology, this fantasy genre book club is for you. Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at our branch library on Eastgate Dr.

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Unicorns and Spaceships (06/14/2022): The Midnight Library

The dazzling reader-favorite about the choices that go into a life well lived, from the acclaimed author of How To Stop Time and The Comfort Book.

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig’s enchanting blockbuster novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place. […]

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Unicorns and Spaceships (05/10/2022): The House in the Cerulean Sea

Linus Baker is a by-the-book case worker in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. He’s tasked with determining whether six dangerous magical children are likely to bring about the end of the world.

Arthur Parnassus is the master of the orphanage. He would do anything to keep the children safe, even if it means the world will burn. And his secrets will come to light.

The House in the Cerulean Sea is an enchanting love story, masterfully told, about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours. […]

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Unicorns and Spaceships (04/12/2022): Remote Control

The day Fatima forgot her name, Death paid a visit. From hereon in she would be known as Sankofa­­—a name that meant nothing to anyone but her, the only tie to her family and her past.

Her touch is death, and with a glance a town can fall. And she walks—alone, except for her fox companion—searching for the object that came from the sky and gave itself to her when the meteors fell and when she was yet unchanged; searching for answers.

But is there a greater purpose for Sankofa, now that Death is her constant companion? […]

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Book Wizards (03/08/2022): The Song of Achilles

“Mary Renault lives again!” declares Emma Donoghue, author of Room, referring to The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s thrilling, profoundly moving, and utterly unique retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan War. A tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart, The Song of Achilles is a dazzling literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad.

An action-packed adventure, an epic love story, a marvelously conceived and executed page-turner, Miller’s monumental debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from some of contemporary fiction’s brightest lights—and fans of Mary Renault, Bernard Cornwell, Steven Pressfield, and Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series will delight in this unforgettable journey back to ancient Greece in the Age of Heroes. […]

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Book Wizards (02/08/2022): The Eyre Affair

Great Britain circa 1985: time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. Based on an imaginary world where time and reality bend England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in Wordsworth poems, militant Baconians roam freely spreading the gospel that Bacon, not Shakespeare, penned those immortal works. And forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. This is all business as usual for brainy, bookish (and heat-packing) Thursday Next, a renowned Special Operative in literary detection — that is, until someone begins murdering characters from works of literature.

When this madman plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte’s novel Thursday faces the challenge of her career. Aided and abetted by characters that include her time-traveling father, an executive of the all-powerful Goliath Corporation, and Edward Rochester himself, Thursday must track down the world’s Third Most Wanted criminal and enter the novel herself to avert a heinous act of literary homicide. […]

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Book Wizards (01/11/2022): The Fifth Season

At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this “intricate and extraordinary” Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution. (The New York Times)

This is the way the world ends…for the last time.

It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.

This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

Read the first book in the critically acclaimed, three-time Hugo award-winning trilogy by NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin. […]

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Book Wizards (12/14/2021): The Bear and the Nightingale

“A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up.”—Naomi Novik, bestselling author of Uprooted

Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil.

Then Vasya’s widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow. Fiercely devout, Vasya’s stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village.

But Vasya’s stepmother only grows harsher, determined to remake the village to her liking and to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or a convent. As the village’s defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed—to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales. […]

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Book Wizards (11/09/2021): A Discovery of Witches

Deborah Harkness’s sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.

Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar’s depth to this riveting tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in book two, Shadow of Night, and concludes with The Book of Life.

Book one of the New York Times-bestselling All Souls trilogy—”a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight” (People).

Look for the hit TV series “A Discovery of Witches,” streaming on AMC Plus, Sundance Now and Shudder. Season 2 premieres January 9, 2021! […]

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Book Wizards (10/12/2021): The Starless Sea

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world—a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues—a bee, a key, and a sword—that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians—it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose—in both the mysterious book and in his own life. […]

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Book Wizards (09/14/2021): The Once and Future Witches

In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.
But when the Eastwood sisters―James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna―join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote―and perhaps not even to live―the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.
There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.
An homage to the indomitable power and persistence of women, The Once and Future Witches reimagines stories of revolution, motherhood, and women’s suffrage—the lost ways are calling. […]

Spinecrackers (02/05/2021): No Judgments

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No Judgments by Meg Cabot

The storm of the century is about to hit Little Bridge Island, Florida—and it’s sending waves crashing through Sabrina “Bree” Beckham’s love life…

When a massive hurricane severs all power and cell service to Little Bridge Island—as well as its connection to the mainland—twenty-five-year-old Bree Beckham isn’t worried . . . at first. She’s already escaped one storm—her emotionally abusive ex—so a hurricane seems like it will be a piece of cake.

But animal-loving Bree does become alarmed when she realizes how many islanders have been cut off from their beloved pets. Now it’s up to her to save as many of Little Bridge’s cats and dogs as she can . . . but to do so, she’s going to need help—help she has no choice but to accept from her boss’s sexy nephew, Drew Hartwell, the Mermaid Café’s most notorious heartbreaker.

But when Bree starts falling for Drew, just as Little Bridge’s power is restored and her penitent ex shows up, she has to ask herself if her island fling was only a result of the stormy weather, or if it could last during clear skies too.

Next Meeting:
February 5th @ 10:30 AM at Virtual Library

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