Panorama Library Newsletter
Issue: January 2018 Panorama Library Newsletter
New Books in the Library
Approximately 75 new books arrive in our Library over the course of a month. By the end of the fiscal year we will have added over 900
books and spent approximately $20,000 on new books; fiction and nonfiction, in large print, regular print, and eBooks. We list a few of the New and Notable books every month followed by a link to all the books added during the month in this newsletter.
Can’t wait for our monthly newsletter to find out what’s new? Just go to our Apollo catalog and click on the What’s New tab in the What’s Hot Box and adjust the pull downs for the type of material and time frame. Then click on the Search box.
And did you know that we have four subscriptions to daily newspapers including The Olympian, the Seattle Times, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal?
So come on over to explore our Library and find a good read. All this thanks to the generous support of the Panorama Community.
Sponsored by the Panorama Library Association
FEBRUARY 22ND — Ruth Kirk
New & Notable Fiction Titles
The story of Arthur Truluv: a novel by Elizabeth Berg.
Arthur, a widower, meets Maddy, an angry and friendless teenage girl, while visiting his late wife at the cemetery, where he goes every day for lunch. Against all odds, the two strike up a friendship that pulls them out of a serious rut. They band together with Arthur’s nosy neighbor Lucille, to create lives that are truly worth living.
Hardcore twenty-four by Janet Evanovich.
Jersey’s favorite bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, babysits a boa constrictor while investigating the mysterious appearances of headless bodies all across town and juggling the 3 men in her life.
American drifter by Heather Graham and Chad Michael Murray.
A young veteran of the US Army, River Roulet is struggling to shake the horrors of his past. War is behind him, but the memories remain. Desperate to distract himself from the images haunting him daily, River abandons the world he knows and flees to the country he’s always dreamed of visiting: Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is everything he hoped for and more. In the lead-up to Carnaval, the city is alight with music, energy, and life. With a few friends at his side, River seems to be pulling his life together at last. Then he meets the enchanting Natal, an impassioned journalist and free spirit–who lives with the gangster that rules much of Rio, as well.
Death in the stacks by Jenn McKinlay.
“Lindsey Norris and her staff are gearing up for the Briar Creek Library’s annual Dinner in the Stacks fund-raiser. The night of dinner and dancing is not only a booklover’s dream-, it’s the library’s biggest moneymaker of the year. But instead of raising funds, the new library board president is busy raising a stink and making the staff miserable. Although Olive Boyle acts like a storybook villain, Lindsey is determined to work with her and make the event a success. But when Olive publicly threatens the library’s newest hire, Paula, Lindsey cracks like an old book spine and throws Olive out of the library. The night of the fund-raiser, Lindsey dreads another altercation with Olive, but instead finds Paula crouched over Olive’s dead body. Paula may have secrets, but Lindsey and the rest of the crafternooners know she’s not the one who took Olive out of circulation. As the plot thickens, Lindsey must catch the real killer before the book closes on Paula’s future”–
Ghost on the case by by Carolyn Hart.
“Bailey Ruth finds herself comforting a distraught sister when she’s sent to Adelaide, Oklahoma, on her latest mission. Susan Gilbert receives a $100,000 ransom demand for her younger sibling. When the caller wants Susan to pay a visit to her wealthy boss and take the cash from his safe, Bailey Ruth follows Susan to the home. But she finds herself in a quandary, knowing that robbery is hardly a Heavenly pursuit. While Susan waits to hear back from the kidnappers, Bailey Ruth attempts to piece together how the criminals targeted Susan and how they know about her boss’s money. At a luncheon the previous week, Susan’s boss asked her to open the safe so all the attendees knew it was filled with cash. Could one of the rich man’s closest confidants be behind the abduction? “
In the wake of her husband’s inexplicable suicide, and the equally mysterious deaths of scores of other individuals, Jane picks up the trail of a secret cabal of powerful players who think themselves above the law and beyond punishment. But these ruthless people bent on hijacking America’s future for their own monstrous ends never banked on a highly trained FBI agent willing to go rogue.
The midnight line: a Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child.
“Reacher rides the bus north from Milwaukee. At a comfort stop in Wisconsin dairy country he takes a stroll. Among the cheap junk in a pawn shop window he notices a West Point class ring for sale. It’s tiny. A woman cadet’s ring. Why would she pawn it? Reacher knows what Serena Sanderson must have gone through to get it. He fights through a biker gang and a South Dakota gangster, following the trail of the ring to the emptiness of Wyoming, in search of Major Sanderson. Is she OK?”–
Enchantress of numbers: a novel of Ada Lovelace by Jennifer Chiaverini.
Educated in math and science by her mother, the only legitimate child of Lord Byron is introduced into London society before forging a bond with Charles Babbage and using her talents to become the world’s first computer programmer.
Tom Clancy Power and empire by Marc Cameron.
Jack Ryan is dealing with an aggressive challenge from the Chinese government. It seems that President Zhao is determined to limit Ryan’s choices in the upcoming G20 negotiations. But there are hints that there’s even more going on behind the scene. A routine traffic stop in rural Texas leads to a shocking discovery–a link to a Chinese spy who may have intelligence that lays bare an unexpected revelation. John Clark and the members of the Campus are in close pursuit, but can they get the information in time?
The people vs. Alex Cross by James Patterson.
Many more titles were added last month. Click here to see them all.
Can’t Remember if you have Read A Book From Our Library?
The history of items that you have checked out through Apollo is available in your account. Just log in to your Apollo account and click on the “History” tab at the top right of the tabs.You can also export the complete history to an Excel spread sheet.
by Sue Ballard, President of the Panorama Library Association
Have you ever read several books and then realized that you didn’t enjoy any of them? Well, that is what happened to me this past month. I don’t know if it was the flu, which wasn’t that bad, probably because I had a flu shot or the cataract surgery I went through. I discovered that while I had been scrubbing my kitchen sinks a couple of times a day, the sinks were not dingy – they are sparkling white. It was my cataracts that gave them the dingy looks. This give me more time to read, but I will find some good books to recommend next months.
However, I found one book that I loved. The title is “Dancing at the Edges” which is a collection of poems by the Fusion Collective, who are nine local residents. Two of them are from Panorama – Sue Prince and Gail Madden. One of my favorite poems is by Sue and it tells of a day sailing on Budd Bay. Now I think the reason I like this poem so much is that it is a day spent in our boat – Adventure. One of Gail’s poems that I liked so much was Life Tide. The opening line is “I wonder where they went all the people who left flotsam as they drifted through my life.” It reminded me of people who I once was close to and don’t see any more. Their collection of poems is available in the library and also is for sale in Gifts Etc. After reading the Library’s copy, I bought my own copy.
I hope to see you at Ruth Kirk’s presentation on February 22 at 1:30 in the library talking about Mt. Rainier. Ruth has climbed Mount Rainier five times, once with two rangers carrying a sack of cement to put a new benchmark on the summit. She is back by popular demand!
Thought for this month: “:Just because I know I could get a lot more done if I didn’t read as much doesn’t mean I have any intention of ever trying it.” (From Someecards.com)
New & Notable Nonfiction Titles
What unites us: reflections on patriotism by Dan Rather.
“In a collection of essays, the venerated television journalist celebrates our shared values, reminds us of what matters most in our great country, and shows us what patriotism looks like”–
The evolution of beauty: how Darwin’s forgotten theory of mate choice shapes the animal world– and us by Richard O. Prum.
What can explain the incredible diversity of beauty in nature? Richard O. Prum, an award-winning ornithologist, discusses Charles Darwin’s second and long-neglected theory–aesthetic mate choice–and what it means for our understanding of evolution. In addition, Prum connects those same evolutionary dynamics to the origins and diversity of human sexuality, offering riveting new thinking about the evolution of human beauty and the role of mate choice, thereby transforming our ancestors from typical infanticidal primates into socially intelligent, pair-bonding caregivers. Prum’s book is an exhilarating tour de force that begins in the trees and ends by fundamentally challenging how we understand human evolution and ourselves. —
Bobby Kennedy: a raging spirit by Chris Matthews.
A revelatory new portrait of Robert F. Kennedy by the anchor of MSNBC’s Hardball depicts him as a perpetual family underdog, sharing insights into his decision to join the military as a common sailor, his ability to connect with voters from all walks of life and his assassination during his 1968 campaign.
The wisdom of Sundays: life-changing insights from super soul conversations by Oprah Winfrey.
Now, for the first time, the aha moments of inspiration and soul-expanding insight that have enlightened millions on the three-time Emmy Award-winning Super Soul Sunday are collected in The Wisdom of Sundays, a beautiful, cherishable, deeply-affecting book.
Promise me, Dad: a year of hope, hardship, and purpose by Joe Biden.
The former vice-president of the United States chronicles the difficult final year of his son’s battle with cancer, his efforts to balance his responsibilities to the country and his family, and the lessons he learned.
The inner life of animals: love, grief, and compassion : surprising observations of a hidden world by Peter Wohlleben.
Presents a revelatory exploration of the diverse emotional intelligence of animals as demonstrated in stories about loving pigs, cheating magpies, scheming roosters, and rats who regret bad choices.
Overload: finding the truth in today’s deluge of news by Bob Schieffer
“We are in the midst of a communications revolution. We have access to more information than at any time in history. But are we more informed or just overwhelmed by so much information we can’t process? In [this book], legendary television journalist Bob Schieffer examines today’s journalism and those who practice it — how they see their profession, how it has been changed by new technology, and how well they believe they are carrying out their responsibility to provide Americans with the information they need to be good citizens. Based on interviews with over forty media leaders from television, print media, and the Internet, Schieffer surveys the perils and promises of journalism’s rapidly changing landscape.”
The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President edited by Bandy X. Lee, M.D.
Collects the assessments of more than two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists, who mutually agree that the 45th President is seriously mentally ill and poses unprecedented consequences to the world if allowed to remain in office.
Locking up our own: crime and punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr.
In recent years, America’s criminal justice system has become the subject of an increasingly urgent debate. Critics have assailed the rise of mass incarceration, emphasizing its disproportionate impact on people of color. As James Forman, Jr., points out, however, the war on crime that began in the 1970s was supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centers. In Locking Up Our Own, he seeks to understand why. Locking Up Our Own enriches our understanding of why our society became so punitive and offers important lessons to anyone concerned about the future of race and the criminal justice system in this country.
No time to spare: thinking about what matters by Ursula K. Le Guin.
Many more titles were added last month. Click here to see them all.
PCTV Programs Available
Didn’t watch a PCTV program when it was broadcast? DVD’s of many of the program such as “Now where were we? a series of short videos about the history of Olympia, Lacey, and surrounding area.” are added to our collection as received. They are available on the Upper Level and listed in Apollo, our online catalog.
“Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.”
― Carl Sagan, Cosmos