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This week’s staff pick is The Alienist by Caleb Carr.  Mystery, murder, mayhem, grit… If you like shows like Gotham, give this a go.  It has a sequel as well, The Angel of Darkness.

“The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or “alienist.” On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan’s infamous brothels.

The newly appointed police commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt, in a highly unorthodox move, enlists the two men in the murder investigation, counting on the reserved Kreizler’s intellect and Moore’s knowledge of New York’s vast criminal underworld. They are joined by Sara Howard, a brave and determined woman who works as a secretary in the police department. Laboring in secret (for alienists, and the emerging discipline of psychology, are viewed by the public with skepticism at best), the unlikely team embarks on what is a revolutionary effort in criminology– amassing a psychological profile of the man they’re looking for based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who has killed before, and will kill again before the hunt is over.

Fast-paced and gripping, infused with a historian’s exactitude, The Alienist conjures up the Gilded Age and its untarnished underside: verminous tenements and opulent mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, shining opera houses and seamy gin mills. Here is a New York during an age when questioning society’s belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and mortal consequences.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

Check it out from the library (and here is the sequel).

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Thanksgiving is this week, which means our schedule is different than usual.  We still have our normal programs on Monday and Tuesday this week.

Please keep in mind that we are closing at 5 on Wednesday, Nov. 26 and that we will be closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  We will reopen Saturday at 10 am.  As always, you can use our online catalog system or the Bookmyne app to place holds, renew items, etc.

Just for fun, why not test your literary knowledge and see if you can match the first lines of these novels with their titles?

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The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon is this week’s Staff Pick. A story of suspense and secrets in a small town with… ghosts?

West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara’s farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea’s diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother’s bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked deeper into the mystery of Sara’s fate, she discovers that she’s not the only person who’s desperately looking for someone that they’ve lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.“–Taken from Goodreads.com


The Winter People: A Novel

Jennifer McMahon

Published: Feb 11, 2014 by Doubleday
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We also have the audiobook.

Don’t forget you can search our catalog or place a hold on your smartphone! Learn more and get the app here.  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog to get all our updates!

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On Wednesday, November 19, come attend a free program that will provide basic information about memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease issues. The program starts at 7:00 pm in the Community Room, and registration is requested.  Learn more about this program here.

Our Children’s department always has great craft and reading programs.  Check out the Children’s Calendar to see which ones you and your little one(s) want to attend!

Thursday evening at 7 pm we are holding our monthly Writer’s Group meeting in the Historical room! New Members are always welcome and no registration is required.

Friday’s free movie starting at 2 pm is Jersey Boys!  Come see the movie version of the Tony Award winning musical about four young men in New Jersey who came together to form the cionic ’60s rock group, The Four Seasons.  Rated R for language; 134 minutes.  Registration is requested.

Sunday we are hosting a Family Film Cafe where you bring your own picnic lunch or snack and watch a great movie! Come watch Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, a film about food – lots and lots of food – just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday! Please register so that we can prepare a table for your group.  Get more details at the registration link.

Whatever you come in for, we can’t wait to see you!

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Have you come in to see our newest book display: “It’s All Relative : Authors From the Same Family”? If not, you should and take one of our new “We’re Related” staff pick bookmarks while you’re at it.  Stephen King, Faye Kellerman, and more are on this list.  You’ll be surprised by who’s related!

We’ve gotten in a lot of great new titles throughout the library and tons of great new DVDs! If you missed some of your favorite show last season, we may have it, making it easy to catch up way before you can catch up on Netflix.

You can search our catalog anytime, via this link or our homepage!

 

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