Library Corner April 12th
Linden Malegarde has come home to Paris from the US. It has been years since the whole family was all together. Now, the Malegarde family is gathering for Linden's father Paul's 70th birthday. Each member of the Malegarde family is on edge, holding his or her breath, afraid one wrong move will shatter their delicate harmony. Paul, the quiet patriarch, an internationally renowned arborist obsessed with his trees and little else, has always had an uneasy relationship with his son. Lauren, his American wife, is determined the weekend celebration will be a success. Tilia, Linden's blunt older sister, projects an air of false fulfillment. And Linden himself, the youngest, uncomfortable in his own skin, never quite at home no matter where he lives - an American in France and a Frenchman in the US - still fears that despite his hard-won success as a celebrated photographer, he will always be a disappointment to his parents. Their hidden fears and secrets slowly unravel as the City of Light undergoes a stunning natural disaster, and the Seine bursts its banks and floods the city. All members of the family will have to fight to keep their unity against tragic circumstances. In this profound and intense book of love and redemption, called The Rain Watcher, Tatiana de Rosnay demonstrates all of her writer's skills both as an incredible storyteller but also as a soul seeker.
Spencer Collins thinks his life at Harvard will be all about basketball and pre-med, hard workouts and grinding work in class. The friends he's made when he hits the storied, ivy-clad campus from a very different life in urban Chicago are a happy bonus. But Spencer is about to be introduced to the most mysterious inner sanctum of the inner sanctum: To his surprise, he's in the running to be "punched" for one of Harvard's elite final clubs. The Delphic Club is known as "The Gas" for its crest of three gas-lit flames, and as Spencer is considered for membership, he's plunged not only into the secret world of male privilege that The Gas represents, but also into a century-old club mystery. Because at the heart of the Delphic, secured deep inside its guarded mansion club, is another secret society: a shadowy group of powerful men known as The Ancient Nine. Who are The Ancient Nine? And why is Spencer - along with his best friend, Dalton Winthrop - summoned to the deathbed of Dalton's uncle just as Spencer is being punched for the club? What does the lore about a missing page from one of Harvard's most historic books mean? And how does it connect to religion, murder, and to the King James Bible, if not to King James himself? Ian Smith's The Ancient Nine is both a coming-of-age book and a swiftly plotted story that lets readers into the ultimate of closed worlds with all of its dark historical secrets and unyielding power.
Elle Stowell is a young woman with an unconventional profession: burglary. But Elle is no petty thief - with just the right combination of smarts, looks, and skills, she can easily stroll through ritzy Bel Air neighborhoods and pick out the perfect home for plucking the most valuable items. This is how Elle has always gotten by - she is good at it, and she thrives on the thrill. But after stumbling upon a grisly triple homicide while stealing from the home of a wealthy art dealer, Elle discovers she is no longer the only one sneaking around. Somebody is searching for her. As Elle realizes her knowledge of the high-profile murder has made her a target, she races to solve the case before becoming the next casualty, using her breaking-and-entering skills to uncover the truth about exactly who the victims were and why someone might have wanted them dead. With high-stakes action and shocking revelations, The Burglar, by Thomas Perry, will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they barrel toward the heart-racing conclusion.
The president is the greatest threat to his country. He is a liar. You can prove it. He is a traitor. You know his secret.
He's ordered your death. The President must die. . . But how do you kill the most powerful man in the world? Breathtakingly bold, brilliantly accomplished and blisteringly fast-paced, Out of the Dark is the stunning new thriller from author Gregg Hurwitz.
New Non Fiction
One of the most important psychological studies of the late twentieth century, On Death and Dying grew out of Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ros’s famous interdisciplinary seminar on death, life, and transition. In this book she explores the now-famous stages of death: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. This book gives readers a profound understanding of how imminent death affects the patient, the professionals who serve the patient, and the patient’s family. This book provides the essential framework we need to understand death and the comforting wisdom to help us heal.