What’s new at the James V. Brown Library

‘Blue Jasmine’ directed by Woody Allen

After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal, elegant New York socialite Jasmine moves into her sister Ginger’s modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again.

As Jasmine struggles with her haunting memories of a privileged past bearing dark realities she ignored, she tries to recover in her present.

Unfortunately, it all proves a losing battle as Jasmine’s narcissistic hang-ups and their consequences begin to overwhelm her. In doing so, her old pretensions and new deceits begin to foul up everyone’s lives, especially her own.

‘A Bend in the Road’ By Nicholas Sparks

Miles Ryan’s life seemed to end the day his wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago.

As deputy sheriff of New Bern, N.C., he not only grieves for her and worries about their young son Jonah but longs to bring the unknown driver to justice.

Then Miles meets Sarah Andrews, Jonah’s second-grade teacher. A young woman recovering from a difficult divorce, Sarah moved to New Bern hoping to start over.

Tentatively, Sarah and Miles reach out to each other – soon they are falling in love. But what neither realizes is that they are also bound together by a shocking secret, one that will force them to re-examine everything they believe in – including their love.

In “A Bend in the Road,” Nicholas Sparks writes with a luminous intensity about life’s bitter turns and incomparable sweetness.

His affirming message carries a powerful lesson about the imperfections of being human, the mistakes we all make, and the joy that comes when we give ourselves to love.

‘Dog Shaming’ By Pascale Lemire

Based on the runaway web phenomenon (, Dog Shaming”features the most hilarious, most shameful and never-before-seen doggie misdeeds.

Our dogs are our best friends. They are always happy to see us. They comfort us in our times of need. They also eat our shoes, stain our carpets, and embarrass us in front of our guests.

Dog owners everywhere have found their outlet in “Dog Shaming,” where they can confess their dogs’ biggest (and often grossest) sins, which turn out to be recognizably universal – complete with snapshots of ridiculously cute but shamed pups who don’t seem capable of humping humans, pooping on pillows or snagging steak straight from a grill.

So share in the shaming and laugh through your frustration as “Dog Shaming” reminds us that unconditional love goes both ways.

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‘The Battle of the Crater: a Novel’

By Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen

With “The Battle of the Crater,” New York Times best-selling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen take readers to the center of a nearly forgotten Civil War confrontation, a battle that was filled with controversy and misinterpretation even before the attack began.

Drawing on years of research, the authors weave a complex narrative interweaving the high aspirations of African American troops eager to prove themselves in battle and the anxiety of a President who knows the nation cannot bear another major defeat.

June 1864: the Civil War is now into its fourth year of bloody conflict with no end in sight. The armies of the North are stalled in fetid trenches outside of Richmond and Atlanta, and the reelection of Abraham Lincoln to a second term seems doomed to defeat – a defeat that will set off the call for an end to the conflict, dismembering the Union and continuing slavery.

Only one group of volunteers for the Union cause is still eager for battle. Nearly 200,000 men of color have swarmed the recruiting stations and are being mobilized into regiments known as the USCTs, the United States Colored Troops.

“The Battle of the Crater” is Gingrich and Forstchen’s most compelling fact-based work yet, presenting little known truths, long forgotten in the files of correspondence, and the actual court of inquiry held after the attack.

The novel draws a new and controversial conclusion while providing a sharp, rousing and harshly realistic view of politics and combat during the darkest year of the Civil War. This must-read work rewrites our understanding of one of the great battles of the war, and the all but forgotten role played by one of the largest formations of African American troops in our nation’s history.

‘The Complete Idiot’s Guide to 40,000 Baby Names’ By Marcia Layton Turner

With 10,000 additional names and 50 additional lists (200 total), this latest edition is the most comprehensive guide to naming newborns on the market – and the most fun.

With specialized lists – from world leaders to favorite characters from children’s literature, biblical figures to Wiccan/Gothic/Vampire names, Olympic medalists to Nobel Prize winners-plus alphabetized lists for each gender, this guide makes the name game easy, pleasurable and enlightening.

‘The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Well on a Budget’ By Lucy Beale and Jessica Partridge

“The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Well on a Budget” is packed with tips, strategies, ideas and more than 150 recipes for those who are either new to food budgeting or have had to greatly tighten their food budgets. Readers will not only learn how to do savvy grocery shopping, they will learn how to eat out on a budget.

The book includes:

Features preparation and cooking strategies.

More than 150 budget-conscious recipes.

Addresses the challenge of buying healthier foods, which are often more expensive, and maintaining a careful budget.

‘Dog Body Language Phrasebook: 100 Ways to Read Their Signals’ By Trevor Warner

A dog’s body language communicates a multitude of emotions, but pet owners who don’t happen to speak “dog,” may be misunderstanding what their best friend wants or needs. With the help of the new “Dog Body Language Phrasebook,” pups and their people will be on their way to better communication.

This book features:

100 of the most common types of dog expression and is organized by categories of dog behavior, including contentment, anger, fear, playfulness and interaction.

Each specified behavior features a photograph and caption that explains things such as the many different meanings of how a dog holds his tail and ears, or what the condition of his fur signals.

Helpful fact boxes include tips on choosing the right breed of dog, advice on how to help a dog cope with the stress of boarding kennels and how to test a dog’s IQ.

Learn how to undo bad behaviors like excessive digging, barking and whining.

Dogs really are man’s best friend – they’re the world’s most popular household pet. This unique picture-reference guide makes a valuable training tool or wonderful gift for dog lovers.

The James V. Brown Library and the Lycoming County Library System continue to add new books, e-books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks each week.

To request a personalized reading list, visit and fill out a short online questionnaire about reading habits or stop in and see a member of the Information Services department.

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‘The Love Revolution’ By Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer is not satisfied with the status quo. She believes that we each need to become a revolutionary and practice love every day. And if Joyce has her way, the revolution will spread – person by person, house by house, town by town, until the old culture of selfishness and greed gives way to a new culture of concern for others.

The book is a revolutionaries’ manual, a hands-on primer for bringing the Golden Rule to life in the twenty-first century. Meyer starts out by giving some stunning statistics. Right now, 210,000 children will die this week because of poverty; 640 million children do not have adequate shelter; every day, 3,000 children are abducted into the sex-trafficking industry; every day, 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes. She goes on to say that although crisis is global, the solution is local. We can’t solve the world’s problems, but that isn’t a reason to remain idle.

“Love Revolution” focuses on personal behavior on the local scale. It’s not just a call to action; it is a call to being: being the person who goes out of your way to encourage someone who’s out of hope; being the one who smiles at a stranger; being the one who is willing to do something for nothing. The paradox: when we do something for nothing, what we often get is something far greater.

’40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World’ By Howard G. Buffett

If you had the resources to accomplish something great in the world, what would you do?

Legendary investor Warren Buffett posed this challenge to his son in 2006, when he announced he was leaving the bulk of his fortune to philanthropy. Howard G. Buffett set out to help the most vulnerable people on earth – nearly a billion individuals who lack basic food security. And Howard has given himself a deadline: 40 years to put more than $3 billion to work on this challenge.

Each of us has about 40 chances to accomplish our goals in life. Howard learned this lesson through his passion for farming: all farmers can expect to have about 40 growing seasons, giving them just 40 chances to improve on every harvest. This lesson applies to all of us, however, because we all have about 40 productive years to do the best job we can, whatever our passions may be.

“40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World” is a book that captures Howard’s journey. We join him around the world as he seeks out new approaches to ease the suffering of so many. It is told in a unique format: 40 stories that will provide readers a compelling look at Howard’s lessons learned, ranging from his own backyard to some of the most difficult and dangerous places on Earth.

‘Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds to Your Backyard: Watch Your Garden Come Alive With Beauty on the Wing’ By Sally Roth

Roll out the welcome mat for butterfles and hummingbirds. “Attracting Butterfles and Hummingbirds to Your Backyard” reveals the secrets for creating irresistible gardens and a welcoming landscape, which will lure these amazing creatures up close and personal for your enjoyment and wonder.

Author Sally Roth knows the best plants, feeders, and water features that appeal to butterflies and hummingbirds, plus she offers an entertaining and insightful guide to butterfly and hummingbird behavior.