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Library Corner by Gloria Kinley & Library Lines by Andrea Trembath

Library Corner June 8th

New Fiction

 Ginny Moon is exceptional. Everyone knows it - her friends at school, teammates on the basketball team, and especially her new adoptive parents. They all love her, even if they don't quite understand her. They want her to feel like she belongs. What they don't know is that Ginny has no intention of belonging. She's found her birth-mother on Facebook, and is determined to get back to her - even if it means going back to a place that was extremely dangerous. Because Ginny left something behind and she's desperate to get it back, to make things right. But no one listens. No one understands. So Ginny takes matters into her own hands... Benjamin Ludwig's whip-smart, unforgettable novel called Ginny Moon is an illuminating look at one girl's journey to find her way home and one of the freshest debuts in years.

It's been ten years since the events that changed Johnny Merrimon's life and rocked his hometown to the core. Since then, Johnny has fought to maintain his privacy, but books have been written of his exploits; the fascination remains. Living alone on six thousand acres of once-sacred land, Johnny's only connection to normal life is his old friend, Jack. They're not boys anymore, but the bonds remain. What they shared. What they lost. But Jack sees danger in the wild places Johnny calls home; he senses darkness and hunger, an intractable intent. Johnny will discuss none of it, but there are the things he knows, the things he can do. A lesser friend might accept such abilities as a gift, but Jack has felt what moves in the swamp: the cold of it, the unspeakable fear. More than an exploration of friendship, persistence, and forgotten power, The Hush leaves all categories behind, and cements Jon Hart's status as a writer of unique power.

As a teenage runaway and child of an addict, Christy-Lynn learned the hard way that no address was permanent, and no promise sacred. For a while, she found a safe haven in her marriage to bestselling crime novelist Stephen Ludlow - until his car skidded into Echo Bay. But Stephen's wasn't the only body pulled from the icy waters that night. When details about a mysterious violet-eyed blonde become public, a media circus ensues, and Christy-Lynn runs again. Desperate for answers, she's shattered to learn that Stephen and his mistress had a child - a little girl named Iris, who now lives in poverty with her ailing great-grandmother. The thought of Iris abandoned to the foster care system - as Christy-Lynn once was - is unbearable. But she's spent her whole life running - determined never to be hurt again. Will she finally stand still long enough to open herself up to forgiveness and love? In her book called When Never Comes Barbara Davis deftly explores an emotionally charged landscape of pain, loss, and despair-and the risk one woman will take in the hope of loving again.

In the shadows of World War II, trust becomes the greatest risk of all for two strangers in Eoin Dempsey’s book called White Rose Black Forest. December 1943. In the years before the rise of Hitler, the Gerber family's summer cottage was filled with laughter. Now, as deep drifts of snow blanket the Black Forest, German dissenter Franka Gerber is alone and hopeless. Fervor and brutality have swept through her homeland, taking away both her father and her brother and leaving her with no reason to live.  That is, until she discovers an unconscious airman lying in the snow wearing a Luftwaffe uniform, his parachute flapping in the wind. Unwilling to let him die, Franka takes him to her family's isolated cabin despite her hatred for the regime he represents. But when it turns out that he is not who he seems, Franka begins a race against time to unravel the mystery of the airman's true identity. Their tenuous bond becomes as inseparable as it is dangerous. Hunted by the Gestapo, can they trust each other enough to join forces on a mission that could change the face of the war and their own lives forever?

New Non Fiction 

Granite Mountain, by Brendan McDonough, is the firsthand account of a tragic wildfire, its lone survivor, and the firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice. Brendan McDonough was on the verge of becoming a hopeless heroin addict when he decided to turn his life around and enlist in the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a team of elite firefighters. Then, on June 30, 2013, while McDonough served as lookout, they confronted a freak, 3,000-degree inferno. The firestorm ultimately trapped his hotshot brothers, tragically killing all 19 of them within minutes. A harrowing and redemptive tale of resilience in the face of tragedy this book is a powerful reminder of the heroism of the people who put themselves in harm’s way to protect us every day.

 

Krista Law