Panorama Library Newsletter
Issue: September 2017 Panorama Library Newsletter
New Axis 360 eBooks available from the Panorama Library
Tales from the Mountainside Verl Rogers, Panorama resident 2015 Nonfiction – Biography Axis 360 eBook
“A collection of essays from mountain climber and outdoorsman Verl Rogers. He recounts humorous and ambitious adventures from youth to his 80s on outings covering everything from climbing to fishing with family in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.”
“The irrepressibly charming duo of Emerson Knight and Riley Moon returns in another gripping mystery by #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich. Buddhist monk Wayan Bagus lost his island of solitude and wants to get it back. The island was about two hundred miles northeast of Samoa. It had a mountain, beaches, a rain forest, and a volcano. And now it’s gone. Poof! Vanished without a trace. Brilliant and boyishly charming Emerson Knight likes nothing better than solving an unsolvable, improbable mystery. And finding a missing island is better than Christmas morning in the Knight household. When clues lead to a dark and sinister secret that is being guarded by the National Park Service, Emerson will need to assemble a crack team for help. Since a crack team isn’t available, he enlists Riley Moon and his cousin Vernon. Riley Moon has a Harvard business degree and can shoot the eyes out of a grasshopper at fifty feet, but she can’t figure out how to escape the vortex of Emerson Knight’s odd life. Vernon has been Emerson’s loyal and enthusiastic partner in crime since childhood. He now lives in an RV behind Emerson’s house. Together, this ragtag, mismatched trio will embark on a worldwide investigation that will expose a conspiracy one hundred years in the making.”
“The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it’s kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine’s aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don’t talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she’s dead. But she isn’t. She is not far away, part of a new family, one she never chose–and her mind has been shattered… When a bartender leaves the resort late one night, and Bo and Cal discover her battered body in the snow, it’s the first sign that danger lurks in the mountains that surround them. The police suspect Cal, but Bo finds herself trusting him–and turning to him as another woman is murdered and the Longbows are stunned by Alice’s sudden reappearance. The twisted story she has to tell about the past–and the threat that follows in her wake–will test the bonds of this strong family, and thrust Bodine into a darkness she could never have imagined.”
“The year is 1876. Among the warring Indian tribes and lawless gold-rush towns of America’s western territories, two paleontologists pillage the Wild West. They are hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars. Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled Yale student William Johnson. Determined to survive a summer in the west to win a bet, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition. But Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, so he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice. Soon William joins forces with Cope and stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions. The struggle to protect this extraordinary treasure tests William’s newfound resilience, and pits him against some of the West’s most dangerous and notorious characters.”
“Angelique Latham has grown up at magnificent Belgrave Castle under the loving tutelage of her father, the Duke of Westerfield, after the death of her aristocratic French mother. But when he dies, her half-brothers brutally turn her out, denying her very existence. Angelique has a keen mind, remarkable beauty, and an envelope of money her father pressed upon her. To survive, she will need all her resources–and one bold stroke of fortune. Unable to secure employment without references or connections, Angelique desperately makes her way to Paris, where she rescues a young woman fleeing an abusive madam–and suddenly sees a possibility: Open an elegant house of pleasure that will protect its women and serve only the best clients. With her upper-class breeding, her impeccable style, and her father’s bequest, Angelique creates Le Boudoir, soon a sensational establishment where powerful men, secret desires, and beautiful, sophisticated women come together. But living on the edge of scandal, can she ever make a life of her own–or regain her rightful place in the world?”
“Hue 1968 is the story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point in the American War in Vietnam. In the early hours of January 31, 1968, the North Vietnamese launched over one hundred attacks across South Vietnam in what would become known as the Tet Offensive. The lynchpin of Tet was the capture of Hue, Vietnam’s intellectual and cultural capital, by 10,000 National Liberation Front troops who descended from hidden camps and surged across the city of 140,000. Within hours the entire city was in their hands save for two small military outposts. American commanders refused to believe the size and scope of the Front’s presence, ordering small companies of marines against thousands of entrenched enemy troops. After several futile and deadly days, Lieutenant Colonel Ernie Cheatham would finally come up with a strategy to retake the city, block by block and building by building, in some of the most intense urban combat since World War II. With unprecedented access to war archives in the U.S. and Vietnam and interviews with participants from both sides, Bowden narrates each stage of this crucial battle through multiple viewpoints. Played out over 24 days and ultimately costing 10,000 lives, the Battle of Hue was by far the bloodiest of the entire war. When it ended, the American debate was never again about winning, only about how to leave. Hue 1968 is a gripping and moving account of this pivotal moment.”
The Swamp Eric Bolling 2017 Axis 360 eBook Nonfiction – Historical
“An infuriating, amusing, revealing, and outrageous history of American politics, past and present, Republican and Democrat. From national political scandals to tempests in a teapot that blew up; bribery, blackmail, bullying, and backroom deals that contradicted public policies; cronyism that cost taxpayers hundreds upon hundreds of millions of dollars; and personal conduct that can only be described as regrettable, The Swamp is a journey downriver through the bayous and marshes of Capitol Hill and Foggy Bottom.
The presidential election of 2016 was ugly, but it exposed a political, media, industry, and elite establishment that desperately wanted to elect a politician who received millions of dollars from terror-funding states over a businessman willing to tell the corrupt or incompetent, “You’re fired.”
The book concludes with a series of recommendations for President Trump: practical, hard-headed, and concise ways to drain the swamp and force Washington to be more transparent, more accountable, and more effective in how it serves those who have elected its politicians and pay the bills for their decisions.
Last year President Trump declared Wake Up America to be a “huge” book; Eric Bolling’s second book is sure to build on that success. Entertaining and timely, The Swamp is the perfect book for today’s political climate.”
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall Diana Gabaldon 2017 Axis 360 eBook Fiction – Historical
“A magnificent collection of Outlander short fiction—including two never-before-published novellas—featuring Jamie Fraser, Lord John Grey, Master Raymond, and many more, from Diana Gabaldon “The Custom of the Army” begins with Lord John Grey being shocked by an electric eel and ends at the Battle of Quebec. Then comes “The Space Between,” where it is revealed that the Comte St. Germain is not dead, Master Raymond appears, and a widowed young wine dealer escorts a would-be novice to a convent in Paris. In “A Plague of Zombies,” Lord John unexpectedly becomes military governor of Jamaica when the original governor is gnawed by what probably wasn’t a giant rat. “A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows” is the moving story of Roger MacKenzie’s parents during World War II. In “Virgins,” Jamie Fraser, aged nineteen, and Ian Murray, aged twenty, become mercenaries in France, no matter that neither has yet bedded a lass or killed a man. But they’re trying. . . . “A Fugitive Green” is the story of Lord John’s elder brother, Hal, and a seventeen-year-old rare book dealer with a sideline in theft, forgery, and blackmail. And finally, in “Besieged,” Lord John learns that his mother is in Havana—and that the British Navy is on their way to lay siege to the city. Filling in mesmerizing chapters in the lives of characters readers have followed over the course of thousands of pages, Gabaldon’s genius is on full display throughout this must-have collection.”
Hunger Roxane Gay 2017 Axis 360 eBook Nonfiction – Biography
“I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere. . . . I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognized or understood, but at least I was safe.”
“In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her past—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.
With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved—in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.”
“In a graveyard outside the walls of Old Delhi, a resident unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet. On a concrete sidewalk, a baby suddenly appears, just after midnight. In a snowy valley, a bereaved father writes a letter to his five-year-old daughter about the people who came to her funeral. In a second-floor apartment, a lone woman chain-smokes as she reads through her old notebooks. At the Jannat Guest House, two people who have known each other all their lives sleep with their arms wrapped around each other, as though they have just met. A braided narrative of astonishing force and originality, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once a love story and a provocation–a novel as inventive as it is emotionally engaging. It is told with a whisper, in a shout, through joyous tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Its heroes, both present and departed, have been broken by the world we live in–and then mended by love. For this reason, they will never surrender.”
Not Your Normal Bookclub
On Tuesday, Oct 17th at 7pm, you are invited to the upper level of Panorama Library for the opening meeting of the Not Your Normal Bookclub. Share a short summary of a book you’ve read, listen to others describe one of their recent reads, and build a good book list at the same time. Questions? Karen Romanelli x5671 or Sue Ballard x5149
New Large Print Books on the Library Shelves (Lower Level)
Property of a Noblewoman: a Novel Danielle Steel 2016 Fiction – Mystery Large Print
“A young woman discovers a cache of heirlooms in an abandoned safe deposit box: bundles of handwritten letters, photographs, expired passports, both American and Italian, and twenty-two leather boxes, each holding a priceless piece of jewelry. Drawn to the mysterious woman in the photographs, law clerk Jane Willoughby digs deeper into the woman’s luxurious, golden life and the older, dashing man who occupies her pictures and letters. The details are both glamorous and tragic, with a transcendent romance at the heart of it all that forever changes Jane and those around her.”
Deadfall: a Novel Linda Fairstein 2017 Fiction – Mystery Large Print
“A wild heart beats within New York City. Amid concrete and skyscrapers, the Wildlife Conservation Society works to preserve and protect the animal kingdom both within and beyond the borders of the five boroughs. But dangerous creatures don’t always have claws and fangs, as Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper and NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace know all too well. Predators lurk close to home, and in the aftermath of the shocking drive-by murder of an important city employee someone Alex has worked with for years the trio must discover who the bigger snake is: the killer or the victim. Investigations into the death provide more questions than answers, as a tangled mess of secrets slowly comes to light. From bribes to secret societies, from big-game hunting to the illegal animal trade, from New York City zoos to behind closed doors in government buildings, Alex will have her work cut out for her if she wants to uncover the truth and uphold the integrity of the office she has so proudly served.”
The Last Tudor Philippa Gregory 2017 Fiction – Biographical Large Print
“Seventeen-year-old Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days. Her father and his allies crowned her instead of the dead king’s half-sister Mary Tudor, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her throne, and locked Jane in the Tower of London. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner’s block, where Jane transformed her father’s greedy power-grab into tragic martyrdom. “Learn you to die,” was the advice Jane wrote to her younger sister Katherine, who has no intention of dying. She intends to enjoy her beauty and her youth and fall in love. But she is heir to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and then to her sister Queen Elizabeth, who will never allow Katherine to marry and produce a Tudor son. When Katherine’s pregnancy betrays her secret marriage she faces imprisonment in the Tower, only yards from her sister’s scaffold. “Farewell, my sister,” writes Katherine to the youngest Grey sister, Mary. A beautiful dwarf, disregarded by the court, Mary keeps family secrets, especially her own, while avoiding Elizabeth’s suspicious glare. After seeing her sisters defy the queen, Mary is acutely aware of her own danger, but determined to command her own life. What will happen when the last Tudor defies her ruthless and unforgiving cousin Queen Elizabeth?”
Magpie Murders Anthony Horowitz 2017 Fiction – Mystery Large Print
“When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway’s latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the bestselling crime writer for years, she’s intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan’s traditional formula has proved hugely successful. So successful that Susan must continue to put up with his troubling behavior if she wants to keep her job.
“Conway’s latest tale has Atticus Pünd investigating a murder at Pye Hall, a local manor house. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but the more Susan reads, the more she’s convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder.”
Paradise Valley C. J. Box 2017 Fiction – Mystery Large Print
“For three years, Investigator Cassie Dewell has been on a hunt for a serial killer known as the Lizard King whose hunting grounds are the highways and truck stops where runaways and prostitutes are most likely to vanish. Cassie almost caught him…once. Working for the Bakken County, North Dakota sheriff’s department, Cassie has set what she believes is the perfect trap and she has lured him and his truck to a depot. But the plan goes horribly wrong, and the blame falls on Cassie. Disgraced, she loses her job and investigation into her role is put into motion. At the same time, Kyle Westergaard, a troubled kid whom Cassie has taken under her wing, has disappeared after telling people that he’s going off on a long-planned adventure. Kyle’s grandmother begs Cassie to find him and, with nothing else to do, Cassie agrees all the while hunting the truck driver. Now Cassie is a lone wolf. And in the same way that two streams converge into a river, Kyle’s disappearance may have a more sinister meaning than anyone realizes. With no allies, no support, and only her own wits to rely on, Cassie must take down a killer who is as ruthless as he is cunning. But can she do it alone, without losing her own humanity or her own life?”
Crime Scene: a Novel Jonathan Kellerman & Jesse Kellerman Fiction – Mystery Large Print
“A corpse lying at the bottom of the stairs. A beautiful but troubled young woman. A brutal, decades-old murder. And the man charged with making sense of it all. Clay Edison is a former star athlete turned coroner’s investigator. It’s his job to care for the dead and the people they leave behind. It’s not his job to solve mysteries. But some cases–and some people–can’t be resisted. What he discovers will set him on a quest to overturn a hideous injustice, no matter the consequences.”
Beach House for Rent Mary Alice Monroe 2017 Fiction – Domestic Large Print
“When Cara Rutledge rents out her quaint beach house on Isle of Palms to Heather Wyatt for the entire summer, it’s a win-win by any standard: Cara’s generating income necessary to keep husband Brett’s ecotourism boat business afloat, and anxiety-prone Heather, an young artist who’s been given a commission to paint birds on postage stamps, has a quiet space in which to work and tend to her pet canaries uninterrupted. It isn’t long, however, before both women’s idyllic summers are altered irrevocably: the alluring shorebirds — and the man who rescues them — begin to draw Heather out of the shell she’s cultivated toward a world of adventure, and maybe even love; at the same time, Cara’s life reels with sudden tragedy, and she wishes only to return to the beach house that had once been her port amidst life’s storms. When Heather refuses to budge from her newfound sanctuary, so begins the unlikeliest of rooming situations. While they start out as strangers, as everything around the women falls apart they learn that the only thing they can really rely on is each other.”
The Breakdown B. A. Paris 2017 Fiction – Suspense Large Print
“If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?
“Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside—the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.
“But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.
“The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.
“Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…”
The Essex Serpent: a Novel Sarah Perry 2016 Fiction – Mystery Large Print
“London, 1893. When Cora Seaborne’s husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was an unhappy one. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space, she leaves for coastal Essex, accompanied by her eleven-year-old son and his nanny. Once there, they hear rumors that after nearly three hundred years, the mythical Essex Serpent, a fearsome creature that once roamed the marshes, has returned. When a young man is mysteriously killed on New Year’s Eve, the community’s dread transforms to terror. Eager to investigate, Cora is introduced to parish vicar William Ransome. As they attempt to discover the truth, these seeming opposites find themselves inexorably drawn together in an intense relationship that will change them in ways entirely unexpected”
House of Spies Daniel Silva 2017 Fiction – Adventure Large Print
“Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11, terrorists leave a trail of carnage through London’s glittering West End. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread.
“The thread leads Gabriel Allon and his team of operatives to the south of France and to the gilded doorstep of Jean-Luc Martel and Olivia Watson. A beautiful former British fashion model, Olivia pretends not to know that the true source of Martel’s enormous wealth is drugs. And Martel, likewise, turns a blind eye to the fact he is doing business with a man whose objective is the very destruction of the West. Together, under Gabriel’s skilled hand, they will become an unlikely pair of heroes in the global war on terror.”
The Lying Game Ruth Ware 2017 Fiction – Thriller Large Print
“On a cool June morning, Isa Wilde, a resident of the seemingly idyllic coastal village of Salten, is walking her dog along a tidal estuary. Before she can stop him, Isa’s dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, she discovers it’s not a stick at all but a human bone. As her three best friends from childhood converge in Salten to comfort a seriously shaken-up Isa, terrifying discoveries are made, and their collective history slowly unravels.”
The Force Don Winslow 2017 Fiction – Mystery Large Print
“Our ends know our beginnings, but the reverse isn’t true . . .
“All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop.
“He is “the King of Manhattan North,” a, highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of “Da Force.” Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest, an elite special unit given unrestricted authority to wage war on gangs, drugs and guns. Every day and every night for the eighteen years he’s spent on the Job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps. He’s done whatever it takes to serve and protect in a city built by ambition and corruption, where no one is clean—including Malone himself.
“What only a few know is that Denny Malone is dirty: he and his partners have stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash in the wake of the biggest heroin bust in the city’s history. Now Malone is caught in a trap and being squeezed by the Feds, and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the Job, his family, and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.”
DVDs from PCTV available in the Library upper level
Help to get you started eBook reading
Would you like some help getting started reading eBooks? Every first, third, and fifth Wednesday at 1:00 – 3:00 P.M., we will be available to help you get started with your eBook reader device. Bring your device and your questions to the Panorama Library, Upper level, and we will do our best to get you reading eBooks.
The Best Retirement Community Library
an Extraordinary Contribution by and for the Panorama Community
by David Forsythe, President of the Panorama Library Association Board of Trustees
Thanks to our vibrate and supportive community, we have achieved the goal of our annual fund drive. Your generous response is heartwarming. We will continue to do our best to provide our community with many books and excellent programs throughout the coming year. We invite you to come and enjoy our beautiful library, its services, and our programs.
Welcome New Board Members
Three of our finest residents, Sue Ballard, Denise Colley, and Roxanne Nelson have stepped up to the plate to join the Library Association Board and guide the association and library through the coming years. Another, Mary Anne McClaire, our sterling co-leader of the Board’s Out Reach Committee who has produced so many fine programs throughout the years, has been reelected for another term. Join us in welcoming them at the Library Association’s Annual Meeting, September 19th at 1:00 pm in the Library.
Upcoming Library Event
On September 21st at 1:30 pm in the Library, we continue our series with Panorama authors. This month RUTH SHEARER, editor of The Voice of Panorama, will share her experience. Ruth’s book, Adventures in Seeking Environmental Justice in the 1980s is available in the library.
Ruth is a retired registered nurse and toxicologist with a Ph.D. in Genetics, and author of the book, Adventures in Seeking Environmental Justice in the 1980s, published in 2010. She is active with a variety of community organizations, including the Panorama Democratic Study Group and she has served on the City of Lacey Planning Commission and the LOTT Clean Water Alliance, Groundwater Recharge Study Group.
Our Library on the World Wide Web
Did you know that the Panorama Library is available on the web? Apollo, the library catalog, is accessible at https://panorama.biblionix.com/. All of the library’s holdings are available. And an account is maintained for each resident. The many features and functions are available from any Internet capable computer, anywhere. You can view item checked out and its status, renew items, reserve items, designate a vacation delay so you won’t miss your turn, designate how you wish to be contacted, and see a history of all the books that you have checked out.
Our eBooks are also available through our Magic Wall at http://panlib.axis360.baker-taylor.com/. From there, you can search and checkout books to read on your mobile device with the Axis 360 app, directly in your browser, and on the Axis 360 app on your desktop device. eBooks can be accessed and checked out through Apollo, too.
The Panorama Library website is available at https://panoramalibrary.org/. There you can access news and events, find information about the library and how to use our services, search Apollo, read our monthly newsletter and much more.
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Read this month
by Sue Ballard, Co-chair of the Library Operations Committee
I read several authors this month that I have already reviewed. I decided to list some authors instead of reviewing them and use the bulk of my space to talk about one book. The authors I read are (surprise) mysteries: J.A. Jance, Stuart Woods and Janet Evanovich. For a cozy mystery I read Nancy Atherton, who writes about Aunt Dimity, who is a ghost. It is such a sweet book. I love the stories.
The book I want to talk about is “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy” by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. When we moved to Panorama we gave away hundreds of books and since then I have used libraries, however this is one book I want to own and so I will be purchasing it. This book was written by Sheryl after the loss of her husband. It has her personal insights and Adam’s research on “finding strength in the face of adversity.” (That was taken directly from the summary of the book.) I went through the book after reading it twice marking with post it notes on pages that had something I wanted to share with you. After I reached over 20 notes, I realized that there were too many to share, so I’ll share a few things that rose to the surface for me. It would probably be different for everyone.
- Children and adults recover more quickly when they realize that “the hardships aren’t entirely their fault, don’t affect every aspect of their lives and won’t follow them forever.”
- S. Lewis wrote “No one told me that grief felt so like fear.”
- Ordinary events become land mines…especially when you think you are prepared and ready, such as holidays, family gatherings, etc.
- Not every story has a happy ending. Recovery is not the same for everyone.
- Silence is crippling. Acting like nothing significant is happening to people denies two things when they are in pain – one: they are not crazy to feel the way we do and two: we have support.
- “I am more vulnerable than I thought, but much stronger than I ever imagined” which is reworded from the Nietzsche statement “what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.”
This book is in the library and I highly endorse reading it for all of us.
*Thought for the month:
I just want to read my books and ignore all of my adult problems.
Upcoming Library Events
September 21: RUTH SHEARER, editor of The Voice of Panorama, will share her experience with Adventures in Seeking Environmental Justice in the 1980s.
October 26: Berta Kasmar will talk about her work in compiling the history of Panorama, Panorama History, the First Fifty Years.
November 2: Alec Clayton: an Olympia author, who has published 8 novels, including Tupelo.
December 14: Bob Bowers, Panorama resident/author of Minnie, a first novel and book about his grandmother
January 18: Judith Mowery: Panorama resident/author of The Elizabeth Ann Trilogy: Vol. One, The Parallel Lives of Elizabeth Ann; Vol. Two, The Paradigm Shift of Elizabeth Ann; Vol. Three, The Final Exemplar of Elizabeth Ann.
DVDs located in the Library (upper level)
Donated to the Library by the generous residents from the Panorama community
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt 2009 DVD
“An ambitious journalist frames himself for murder in order to catch an unscrupulous district attorney, who he believes is tampering with evidence to secure his near perfect conviction rating.”
Dances With Wolves 2004 DVD
“A U.S. Army soldier is allowed to pick his post; he decides to see the West before it is settled. Based on Michael Blake’s novel. On AFI’s 100 Movies list.”
Godzilla 1994 DVD
“Nuclear testing resurrects Godzilla and it’s up to a select group of people to stop him before he completely destroys New York City and perhaps the world.”
Star wars, I — The Phantom Menace 2002 DVD
“As imminent conflict brews between the powerful Trade Federation and the peaceful planet of Naboo, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi travel to Naboo to warn the Queen of the galactic fallout which is to follow. Eventually, Naboo is invaded forcing the Jedis to evacuate the planet with the Queen and her court. They travel to the desert planet of Tatooine where they meet a slave boy called Anakin Skywalker who is evidently one with the Force. They enlist his help in fighting the war, while the Jedis confront one of the Dark Jedis behind the invasion, Darth Maul, while his master Darth Sidious continues to lead the invasion as a “phantom” behind the scenes.”
“Ten years after the events of Phantom menace, Senator Padme Amidala survives an assassination attempt. The Jedi Council send Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker to protect her. After tracking the assassin, Obi-Wan is sent to Kamino to continue investigating while Anakin is sent with Amidala to Naboo, where they begin to fall in love. Obi-Wan’s investigation leads to a connection between the assassination attempt and a separatist movement, which could bring the Republic to the brink of civil war.”
“Torn between loyalty to his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the seductive power of the Sith, Anakin Skywalker ultimately turns his back on the Jedi, thus completing his journey to the dark side and his transformation into Darth Vader.”
Star Wars — Episode IV, — A New Hope 2006 DVD
“Luke Skywalker, a young man living on a remote planet, stumbles onto his destiny when he accidentally intercepts a message from a captured princess and, in an effort to rescue her, becomes involved in a rebellion against the evil rulers of the galactic empire.”
CD Audiobooks located in the Library (upper level)
Donated to the Library by the generous patrons of the Library
You Could Call It Murder Lawrence Block 2011 Fiction – Mystery Audiobook
“A missing person case brings private eye Roy Markham to the remote winter-bound college town of Cliff’s End, New Hampshire. But what began as a routine investigation quickly becomes dark and dangerous.. Six pornographic photos and a tidy little blackmail scheme result in a brutal and baffling murder, and no one is safe-especially Markham himself.”
Make Me Lee Child 2015 Fiction – Mystery Audiobook
‘Why is this town called Mother’s Rest?’ That’s all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It’s a tiny place hidden in a thousand square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, and sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal. Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there and there’s something about Chang; so he teams up with her and starts to ask around. He thinks: How bad can this thing be? But before long he’s plunged into a desperate race through LA, Chicago, Phoenix, and San Francisco, and through the hidden parts of the internet, up against thugs and assassins every step of the way, right back to where he started, in Mother’s Rest, where he must confront the worst nightmare he could imagine. Walking away would have been easier.”
The Inn at Rose Harbor Debbie Macomber Fiction – Romance Audiobook
“Jo Marie Rose first arrives in Cedar Cove seeking a fresh start. A young widow coping with the death of her husband, she purchases a local bed-and-breakfast—the newly christened Rose Harbor Inn—ready to begin her life anew. Her first guest is Joshua Weaver, who has come home to care for his ailing stepfather. The two have never seen eye to eye, and Joshua has little hope that they can reconcile their differences. Jo Marie’s other guest is Abby Kincaid, who has returned to Cedar Cove to attend her brother’s wedding. Back for the first time in twenty years, she almost wishes she hadn’t come, the picturesque town harboring painful memories. And as Abby and Joshua try to heal from their pasts, and Jo Marie dreams of the possibilities before her, they all realize that life moves in only one direction—forward.”
1776 David McCullough 2005 Nonfiction – Historical Audiobook
“In the twelve fateful months of 1776, the American colonies could have– and probably should have– been forced back under British rule. But a combination of cunning, determination, and sheer luck helped the colonists forge a path toward independence.”
Southern Lights Danielle Steel Fiction – Trials/Lawyers Audiobook
“Set in the Deep South, Danielle Steel’s Southern Lights unfolds the story of a mother and daughter both commencing new and separate lives, one in corporate Manhattan, fighting to put a serial killer behind bars, and the other in sultry Charleston, reconnecting with the father she’s barely known.
New Regular Print Books on the Library Shelves (lower level)
The Store James Patterson & Richard DiLallo 2017 Fiction – Suspense Regular Print
“Jacob and Megan Brandeis have gotten jobs with the mega-successful, ultra-secretive Store. Seems perfect. Seems safe. But their lives are about to become anything but perfect, anything but safe. ALWAYS WATCHING. Especially since Jacob and Megan have a dark secret of their own. They’re writing a book that will expose the Store–a forbidden book, a dangerous book. ALWAYS. And if the Store finds out, there’s only one thing Jacob, Megan and their kids can do–run for their bloody lives.”
Brother Cadfael’s Penance Ellis Peters 1994 Fiction – Historical Regular Print
In 12th Century Britain, Brother Cadfael searches for his son, Olivier de Bretagne, taken prisoner in a war between the grandchildren of William the Conqueror. In the process he discovers intrigue and murder. By the author of The Holy Thief.
A Morbid Taste for Bones: The first chronicle of Brother Cadfael, of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, at Shrewsbury Ellis Peters 2014 Fiction – Mystery Regular Print
It is 1137, and the ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey wishes to acquire the remains of Saint Winifred for the glory of his Benedictine order. Brother Cadfael is part of the expedition sent to the saint’s final resting place in Wales, where he finds the villagers divided over the Benedictines’ quest. When the leading opponent to moving the grave is shot dead with a mysterious arrow, some believe Winifred herself delivered the blow. Brother Cadfael knows that an earthly hand did the killing. But he doesn’t know that his plan to root out a murderer may dig up a case of love and justice, where the waves of sin may be scandal–or his own ruin.
Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist Richard Dawkins ; edited by Gillian Somerscales 2017 Nonfiction – Science Regular Print
“In 1976 Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene caused a seismic shift in our understanding of biology by proffering the gene-centered view of evolution and was called ‘The best work of popular science ever written” by the New York Review of Books. Then in 2006, Dawkins wrote The God Delusion, transforming the world’s cultural and intellectual landscape once again with this takedown of religious faith. In this carefully curated collection of forty-two pieces of his shorter work, Dawkins focuses on what science is and how it is done, the inexhaustible wonders of nature, the importance of critical thinking, and the great minds who have changed his life–including Charles Darwin, Carl Sagan, and Christopher Hitchens. The clarity of thought, felicity of expression, serious engagement and sober confidence in rationality that have made so many of his books bestsellers are on full display in these essays, showing Dawkins, again, to be an ingenious maker of connections and the fearless assassin of sacred cows.”
The Importance of Being Seven: a 44 Scotland Street Novel Alexander McCall Smith 2010 Fiction – Humerous Regular Print
“The great city of Edinburgh is renowned for its impeccable restraint, so how, then, did the extended family of 44 Scotland Street come to be trembling on the brink of reckless self-indulgence? After seven years and five books, Bertie is—finally!—about to turn seven. But one afternoon he mislays his meddling mother Irene, and learns a valuable lesson: wish-fulfillment can be a dangerous business. Angus and Domenica contemplate whether to give in to romance on holiday in Italy, and even usually down-to-earth Big Lou is overheard discussing cosmetic surgery. Funny, warm, and heartfelt as ever, The Importance of Being Seven offers fresh and wise insights into philosophy and fraternity among Edinburgh’s most lovable residents.”
Umbrella Guide to Washington Lighthouses Sharlene P. & Ted W. Nelson 1998 Nonfiction – Historical Regular Print
“Since the first edition of this book, much has changed at the Washtington State lighthouses. Many are now being leased by the U.S. Coast Guard to public or private groups, and at some sites, visitors can stay in a century-old keeper’s dwelling. These changes are updated in this new addition, illustrated with maps and photos, both current and historic. 30 photos.”
The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution Alan Taylor 2007 Nonfiction – History Regular Print
“The Divided Ground tells the story of two friends, a Mohawk Indian and the son of a colonial clergyman, whose relationship helped redefine North America. As one served American expansion by promoting Indian dispossession and religious conversion, and the other struggled to defend and strengthen Indian territories, the two friends became bitter enemies. Their battle over control of the Indian borderland, that divided ground between the British Empire and the nascent United States, would come to define nationhood in North America. Taylor tells a fascinating story of the far-reaching effects of the American Revolution and the struggle of American Indians to preserve a land of their own.”
Undaunted Diana Palmer 2017 Fiction – Love Story Regular Print
“Summary Falling in love with her boss’s handsome millionaire neighbor was easy for young Emma Copeland. Despite the vast differences between them, and a past that’s left Connor Sinclair reclusive and wary, Emma gambles her heart on a desire that rocks them both. But there’s something Connor doesn’t know: Emma is responsible for an accident that changed his life forever. Connor lives by rules intended to protect both him and his vast wealth. Emma’s innocence is the only thing that’s ever broken through his cold reserve, but now his trust is shattered. By the time he realizes how much he stands to lose, it might take a miracle to win her back. But it’s a challenge he’ll gladly face for the woman and the family he needs more than his next breath.”
“Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall that claimed the lives of Sherlock Holmes and criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase and Scotland Yard Inspector Athelney Jones, a devoted student of Holmes’s methods of investigation and deduction, must track down a sinister figure who is determined to stake his claim as Moriarty’s successor.”
“A woman finds the strength to overcome a painful history and faces the challenge of learning to trust and love again in this powerful and uplifting novel. Shay has never had a happy life. After growing up in an abusive home, she finally secures a job at a bank when her father passes away. Her brother, Caden, quickly falls into the wrong crowd and finds himself indebted to a dangerous drug lord. In a desperate attempt to rescue her only living family member, Shay risks everything, and finds herself sentenced to two years in prison. When she’s finally released, even the brother she gave everything to save has abandoned her. Dejected and alone, Shay wanders into a church. She catches the attention of Pastor Andrew Douglas, a leader in the community and recent widower. Together, she and Andrew find healing and remember how to open their hearts to a brighter future.”
“Under the tutelage of Stone Barrington, Herbie Fisher has transformed from a bumbling sad sack into the youngest partner at the white-shoe law firm Woodman & Weld, and a man whose company is in high demand both because of his professional acumen and his savoir faire. But even his newly won composure and finely honed skills can’t prepare him for the strange escapade he’s unwittingly pulled into, and which—unbeknownst to him—has put him at the center of a bull’s-eye. In the city that never sleeps there are always devious schemes afoot, and Herbie will have to be quick on his feet to stay one step ahead of his enemies…and they’re closing in.”
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