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Courtesy of the Friends of the Epsom Public Library, the library offers free passes to the American Independence Museum in Exeter, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, the Millyard Museum in Manchester, the SEE Science Center in Manchester, and the Strawberry Banks Museum in Portsmouth.
On Wednesday, March 29 the Epsom Public Library will be showing the movie, “Hackshaw Ridge” at 1:30. Directed by Mel Gibson the film tells the true story of Desmond Doss who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of World War II saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor according to publicity for the film. Pete Hammond of “Deadline” said “This is a truly remarkable and moving film about unimaginable courage in the face of impossible odds.”
TODDLER TIME – Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Toddlers and their parent/caregiver enjoy songs, stories, movement activities and a craft
By Christina Van Horn
Former Boston Globe Editor
EDITOR’S NOTE: When I started writing these reviews, I included a quote about libraries at the top of the section. To make my intent clear to our readers, I have started using a sub head, “Libraries cum laude” above the quote. The reviews themselves will begin below the quote. I hope these quotes will inspire everyone who uses and loves libraries.
Libraries’ cum laude:
“Libraries are the foundation of a democratic society, a home away from home, and the key to a wider world.” – Ellen Kirschman, psychologist and author
A Tale and the Time Being, 2013
by Ruth Ozeki
To maintain a reader’s interest, every book requires a main plot and several underlying plots that weave in and about their parent to keep the action moving.
But Ruth Ozeki and her editor clearly subscribe to the more-than-you-can buffet approach of reading and editing, forgetting that often less is more. In this one book, set in contemporary Japan, we are deluged with disquisitions on Silicone Valley, parental suicide, philosophers Heidegger, Montaigne and Dogan, the first Japanese woman to be hung, anarchist Emma Goldman, Fukijama, Kamaikaze pilots, WW II Japanese officer brutality toward other officers, a 104-year-old Buddhist nun living in a crumbling convent, the Changhou massacre, pet deaths in British Columbia, global warming, writer’s block, teenage abuse and child prostitution.
I may have overlooked a topic or two, but for all intents and purposes, overlook this novel as you peruse the shelves for something to read.
Outcasts United, 2009
By Warren St. John
This story about a Jordanian woman and her determination to help refugee boys resettled in the sanctuary city of Clarkson, GA, is as inspiring and heartwarming a tale as you will ever read.
Luma Mufleh organized a soccer team to keep young boys off the streets. This was no easy feat in the small, blue-collar town whose neighborhoods had to undergo radical change as refugees moved in from countries many people had never heard of, let alone dreamed that refugees would one day be their neighbors.
Mufleh was no pushover and made her players toe the line, often incurring conflict and heartbreak. In return, she turned her players into a team to be contended with in its league and within Clarkson itself, which was far from easy..
The author provides informative context as to how sanctuary cities are organized and the consequences for the refugees and the cities themselves. This process transforms everyone involved, but not without anger, stress and eventually positive growth. Outcasts United is a remarkable story and, through a ragtag group of boys, infuses meaning into our country’s heritage of offering refuge to our teeming shores.
Spider Bones, 2010
by Kathy Reich
This mystery, starring Kathy Reich’s character forensic scientist Temperance Brennan, is a prime example of how far mysteries have evolved from the village mysteries first conceived by Agatha Christie. In Spider Bones, Brennan is called in to identify a body found in Quebec. However, it turns out to be the body of an American ex-soldier “Spider” killed in South Vietnam in 1968. Brennan travels to Hawaii to check US military records as the body, identified as Lowery, may not actually be Lowery. After exhuming the remains buried under Lowery’s name, she checks the US military records kept on Pearl Harbor.
The plot then twists and turns as Brennan finds more contradictions in the military records and finds herself and her daughter in danger. Reich keeps upping the scientific ante as Brennan’s research depends on DNA in all its complexities, eventually solving the identities of long-lost bodies and longtime marriages and mothers who weren’t quite as they seemed.
The book is not only an entertaining romp but it also offers extensive information about how DNA works its life spiral.
The next meeting of the Friends of the Library will be April 17 13, at 7 p.m. at the library. New members are always welcome.
Patrons of the Epsom Public Library may access and download audio books and ebooks from the New Hampshire State Library at nh.lib.overdrive.com. Prior to checking out, the patron must call the Epsom Library for its code to be used with their library card number. This is a free service.
Eyewitness Travel: Brussels, Bruges, Ghent & Antwerp
Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard, Jennie Allen
Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission, Bret Baier
A Long Way Home, Saroo Brierley
The Earth is Weeping: the Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West, Peter Cozzens
The Miracle Morning`: the Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life Before 8 AM., Hal Elrod
Sunrise in Spain: Finding the Good Life Hiking the Camino de Santiago, Theresa Fersch
Beyond Mars and Venus: Relationship Skills for Today’s Complex World, John Gray
200 Fun Things to Knit: Decorative Flowers, Leaves, Bugs, Butterflies, and More!, Victoria Lyle/
At the End of the World: a True Story of Murder In the Artic, Lawrence Millman
New England Farmgirl: Recipes & Stories From a Farmer’s Daughter, Jessica Robinson
Racehoss: Big Emma’s Boy, Albert Race Sample
The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars, Dava Sobel
The Sound of Gravel: a Memoir, Ruth Wariner
Land of Silence, Tessa Afshar
The Japanese Lover, Isabel Allende
A Darkness Absolute, Kelley Armstrong
Borderline: the Arcadia Project, Mishell Baker
Death of a Ghost, M.C. Beaton
The Prisoner, Alex Berenson
Modern Girls, Jennifer S. Brown
Puppet Master, Dale Brown
The Seekers, Wanda Brunstetter
Perfume River, Robert Olen Butler
A Dog’s Purpose, Bruce Cameron
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, Becky Chambers
First Strike, Ben Coes
A Catered Tea Party: a Mystery with Recipes, Isis Crawford
Garden of Lamentations, Deborah Crombie
Pines, Blake Crouch
The Dollhouse, Fiona Davis
Close Call, Laura A. H. DiSilverio
The Dark Flood Rises, Margaret Drabble
America’s First Daughter, Stephanie Dray
A Step of Faith: the Fourth Journal of the Walk Series, Richard Paul Evans
Knit Your Own Murder, Monica Ferris
The River at Night, Erica Ferencik
A Murder of Magpies, Judith Flanders
A Reluctant Bride, Kathleen Fuller
Right Behind You, Lisa Gardner
Sunday Kind of Love, Dorothy Garlock
Gunmetal Gray, Mark Greaney
High Stakes: a Wild Cards Mosaic Novel
Frost Line, Linda Howard
Heartbreak Hotel, Jonathan Kellerman
Sorrow Road, Julia Keller
My Not So Perfect Life, Sophie Kinsella
Robert B. Parker’s Revelation, Robert Knott
The Patriots, Sana Krasikov
On Turpentine Lane, Elinor Lipman
The Two-Family House, Lynda Cohen Loigman
I See You, Clare Mackintosh
Murder Most Malicious, Alyssa Maxwell
A Pinch of Poison, Alyssa Maxwell
Arrowood, Laura McHugh
Bright, Precious Days, Jay McInerney
Crash and Burn, Fern Michaels
The Red Dog: a Slim in Little Egypt Mystery
The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, Louise Miller
The Fifth Letter, Nicola Moriarty
The Refugees, Viet Thanh Nguyen
Behind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough
A Hundred Thousand Worlds, Bob Proehl
Rather Be the Devil, Ian Rankin
The Second Mrs. Hockaday, Susan Rivers
Echoes in Death, J.D.Robb
Nine Women, One Dress, Jane L. Rosen
The Secret Language of Stones. M.J. Rose
Idaho, Emily Ruskovich
The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir, Jennifer Ryan
Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
In Twenty Years, Allison Scotch
Apricot’s Revenge: a Crime Novel, Ying Song
Racing the Devil: an Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Charles Todd
No Man’s Land, Simon Tolkien
Crazy Love You, Lisa Unger (lg. print)
The Storyteller, Everett A. Wentworth
Perfect Little World, Kevin Wilson
Mrs. Bixby’s Last Day, John David Anderson
The Dream Lover, Elizabeth Berg
The Jealous Kind, James Lee Burke
Nothing but Trouble, Jacqueline Davies
Tunnel Vision, Arie Davis
The Nix, Nathan Hill
Midnight Hour, C.C. Hunter
If I Fix You, Abigail Johnson
Rain Dogs: a Detective Sean Duffy Novel, Adrian McKinty
Now You See Her, James Patterson
Unlucky 13, James Patterson
The Initiation, Ridley Pearson
A Great Reckoning, Louise Penney
Barkskins, Annie Proulx
Stories for 4-Year-Olds, Joan Stimson
The Big Bang Theory, Seasons 4,5,6
Dora the Explorer: Super Silly Fiesta
Elena of Avalor: Ready to Rule
Homeland, the Complete Fourth Season
Jack Reacher, Never Go Back
Madame Secretary, Season One
Popular Mechanics for Kids, the Complete First Season
Popular Mechanis for Kids, the Complete Second Season
Prime Suspect, Series 1-6
Prime Suspect, Series 7, the Final Act
The Secret Agent
Surf’s Up 2: Wave Mania
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
When Calls the Heart, Complete Season 3
The Wild Fire
Baby Animals Take a Nap, Marsha Diane Arnold (Board Book)
The Tooth Fairy
Puppy’s Big Day: Bad Kitty Series, Book 10, Nick Bruel
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet, Carmen Agra Deedy
Warm Hearts Day, Rebecca Elliott
Eva and the New Owl, Rebecca Elliott
A Pig, a Fox and Stinky Socks, Jonanthan Fenske
Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library, Julie Gassman
Put Me in the Zoo, Robert Lopshire
Hair, Leslie Patricelli (Board Book)
Good Night, Little Rainbow Fish, Marcus Pfister (Board Book)
Sweet Dreams, Peter, Beatrix Potter
Mighty, Mighty Construction Site, Sherri Rinker
Everybunny Dance! Ellie Sandall
Bunny’s Book Club. Annie Silvestro
Knuffle Bunny Free: an Unexpected Diversion, Mo Willems
Grand Canyon, Jason Chin
Penguin, Meredith Costain
Porcupines, Sebastion Avery
Panda, Meredith Costain
Five Little Ducks, James Dean
I Wave the American Flag, Roaslie Gaddi
I Visit the Liberty Bell, Whitney Hopper
Big Book of Where, Linda C. Falcon
Mission to Pluto: the First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt, Mary Kay Carson
Finland, Chung Lee Tan
Iceland, Jonathan Wilcox
Tibet, Patricia Levy
Cambodia, Sean Sheehan
Ethiopia, Steven Gish
Panama, Susan M. Hassig
Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret, Wanda Coven
Heidi Heckelbeck Casts a Spell, Wanda Coven
Heidi Heckelbeck and the Cookie Contest, Wanda Coven
The Castle in the Mist, Any Ephron
The Jolly Regina, Kara LaReau
Short, Holly Goldberg Sloan
YOUNG ADULT FICTON
The Cruelty, Scott Bergstrom
The Siren Kiera Cass
Happily Ever After, Kiera Cass
The Crown, Kiera Cass
Caraval, Stephanie Garber
Wires and Nerve, Marissa Meyer (Graphic Novel)
Have you read a book or seen a movie that has left a definite impression on you? The library is looking for patrons who would be willing to write a review for our newsletters. If you are interested or have questions, please check with Nancy or Maggie. Patrons now have the opportunity to receive notices, newsletters, and other information from the library via e-mail. The staff will be asking patrons if they would be agreeable to provide their e-mail address.
The Center is closed for the winter months. We will re-open on Wednesdays, from 6 – 8 p.m. in the spring. The Trustees would appreciate volunteers for those hours. Please call the library if you would be willing to help.
Former Boston Globe editor
EDITOR’S NOTE: When I started writing these reviews, I included a quote about libraries at the top of the section. To make my intent clear to our readers, I have started using a sub head, “Libraries cum laude” above the quote. The reviews themselves will begin below the quote. I hope these quotes will inspire everyone who uses and loves libraries
.Libraries’ cum laude:
By Laura Hillenbrand
This is a biography that requires only a brief review, because so much of it is tied up in what happens next. In 1943, Lt. Louis Zamperini’s B-24 crashed into unbroken miles of the Pacific Ocean with no way of notifying headquarters as to where the bomber had crashed. He and two other flyers spent days on a raft with little water, even less food. They were surrounded by sharks. Their ocean travail is described in bone-chilling detail.
Zamperini had been a juvenile delinquent who discovered he could run. And run he did, as a teenager, right into the Berlin Olympics, where he talent was recognized and took him into the life of a national athlete. But then the war started. His country had other ideas for him and he was drafted as an airman into the Pacific theater. There began the events that would change his life.
After days on the raft, he was rescued, but that rescue shuttled him into yet unthinkable horrors. His story, through the end of the war and after, is a testament to one man’s unflinching will and determination to survive whatever the cost.
In the Company of Liars
By David Ellis
This is one unusual thriller — kudos to lawyer David Ellis who wrote this novel chronologically in reverse. This would have been no easy feat; this book defines itself as one of a kind. Reading it is not always easy. You have to pay close attention as the narrative moves from one day to the day before it. Each day follows the life of Allison Pagone, who is accused of the murder of her lover, a powerful lobbyist. She is desperate to ensure that her hostile daughter and former husband are not caught up in the legal web tightening around her. She has to discern who is telling the truth, who is lying. Those around her are convinced only she is the liar.
The plot becomes more complex because bribes given by her ex-husband and taken by three state senators muddy the water and spark a FBI investigation.
But an indepeTndent FBI agent, running a top secret investigation, is focused on arresting a Moslem student — operating in the area with a terrorist cell (can there be novels today terrorist-free?) — who is determined to kill Pagone, whatever the outcome of her trial.
As with any well-written thriller, all of the players are not necessarily who they seem, a plot made all the more complex because all the action must be followed as it happens in the present, but introduced as it occurred in the past. A book to read —for the challenge of its style and its plot.
Former Boston Globe editor, Christina Van Horn
Out of the Mouths of Movie(Commentary)”Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937
Snow White was the only major character then-18-year-old Adriana Caselotti ever voiced. “Walt Disney thought it would spoil the illusion if you knew who the people were who provided the voices in the film,” she disclosed in a 1987 interview, about the strict contract that kept her from other parts. She died in 1997 at age 80. www.hollywoodreporter.com
NORTH COUNTRY – 2005 – Based on a true story
(This film is emotionally, physically and sexually violent. Not for the faint of heart.)
Fleeing from an abusive partner, Charlize Theron acting as Josey Aimes just wants a job that will support herself and her two children, born to different fathers out of wedlock. She returns to her childhood home, to a cautiously loving mother and a hostile father, who feels she has shamed the family with her illegitimate children. She takes a job at one of the Minnesota uranium mines that the federal government has required to hire women. In this environment suffused with testosterone poisoning, the men wage an unceasing war against Josey and the other few female workers. They spit, call filthy names, dangle sex objects, physically threaten, assign life-threatening jobs and attempt rape of all of the women. Aimes is the only one to protest their treatment — to no avail.
She decides to sue the company, and guilt trips a lawyer, played by Woody Harrelson, to file the nation’s first class-action sexual-harassment suit. The first half of the film was excruciatingly painful for me to watch — as an employee who hit the glass ceiling, endured white-collar harassment and abuse. However, my experience pales beside what these mining women experienced.
The second half of the film will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat.
Watch this. It is an important film.
Five stars *****
POLDARK – New version of the 1975 British-American TV series
Oh how wonderful! A recast version of Poldark! We can now revisit on DVD Captain Ross Poldark (AidanTurner, who is to die for) and his kitchen maid-come wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson — most easy on the eye) as they struggle to revive Poldark’s copper mine. They must find copper in an old mine to avoid losing his estate to banking predators.
I watched Season 1 on TV in my early 20s and never forgot it. The new version does not disappoint, remaining true to the original. It provides hours of entertainment. I’m impatiently awaiting Season 2, which is due out sometime this month.
The series is filmed on the dramatically beautiful, but harsh, Cornish coast and depicts the plight of the poverty-stricken mine workers, who are all but owned by the great mining estates, and are subject to the whims of the mine owners. Starvation is a daily part of their lives. So is smuggling and watching the cove for ships that crash in a storm so that they can plunder what washes up on shore from the wrecks.
Poldark offers hours of mystery, betrayal, romance, history, class struggle and engaging characters, all skillfully interwoven in captivating plots set in the late 1700s.
Turn off your phone and settle in for hours of living in another time.
+THE NIGHT LISTENER — 2006 – Based on true events
Although billed as a Robin Williams film, Toni Collette wins my Oscarette hands down as the blind, crazed mother of Pete. A teenager, he has purportedly written what could be a bestseller about his survival of a childhood filled with physical and sexual abuse.
The book and Pete come to the attention of Gabriel Noone (Robin Williams who is a New York late-night radio talk show host who also reads books over the air. ) Gabriel and Pete begin conversing over the air waves and all goes smoothly until Gabriel questions whether Pete exists. He decides to locate Pete so he can meet him in person, concerned because Pete’s adoptive mother has told Gabriel by phone that Pete is dying.
Gabriel’s journey into the snow-ridden West turns his life upside down. Where is Pete? Is he real? What is the truth of his life? Why have none of the locals ever seen Pete?
This film has definitely creepy under and overtones, and I usually avoid William’s movies, because he had a difficult time getting over himself. The rule proves the exception, and this movie will keep your attention waiting to find out Pete’s truth.