What’s new at the James V. Brown Library

‘Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School’ by Kimberly and James Dean

Pete the cat can’t decide what outfit he should wear to make him look cool at school. He has so many colorful choices in his closet to choose from, how will he decide on one?

In this hilarious I Can Read tale, Pete learns it’s not what you wear, but how you wear it that makes you cool.

‘Sea of Hooks’ by Lindsay Hill

‘Sea of Hooks’ is a novel structured to reflect the interweaving of the two worlds inhabited by its main character, Christopher Westall. Christopher holds the spheres of ordinary days and weeks in precarious balance against the shifting field of images and voices that lies behind them. A series of traumas shatters this balance.

The parallel narratives recount Christopher’s youth in San Francisco, where he struggles within the icy Victorian household of his mother, and his subsequent journey to Bhutan for answers to questions that haunt him.

‘The Awakening’ by Heather Graham

The tree-lined streets and mystical shops of Salem, Mass., resonate with a seductive and brutal history. New Orleans musician Megan O’Casey has returned to the home of her ancestors to perform, with her husband Finn, in a weeklong series of concerts, culminating on All Hallow’s Eve and to renew her connection with the past.

But from the moment they arrive in Salem, Finn seems different – sensual beyond belief one moment; cold and ruthless the next. Megan must soon face the fact that something powerful is rising, a malevolence that may have already claimed Finn for its own. As the full moon approaches, Megan senses that she, too, is in great danger.

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“A Growing Suspicion: A Rebecca Mystery” By Jacqueline Dembar Greene

Rebecca and Ana are spending spring vacation volunteering at a Japanese garden in Brooklyn. Rebecca is enchanted by the lush landscape of ferns and waterfalls, the exotic orchids and the gardener’s beautiful wife.

Yet everything Rebecca does there turns out wrong. Someone seems determined to damage the garden – and to cast suspicion on her and Ana.

Can Rebecca find the real culprit before the girls are banished from the garden for good?

“The Setup Man: A Novel” By T.T. Monday

Johnny Adcock is an aging Major League Baseball pitcher with the perfect retirement plan – he moonlights as a private investigator.

Major League Baseball, as it turns out, is a prime source of employment for a philosophically inclined, discreet detective who has both the brains and the brawn to handle the unique problems of professional athletes.

What sounds like the standard story of a pro athlete’s marriage gone sour quickly turns into the most dangerous case of Adcock’s second career when a teammate is killed in a car accident.

The investigation draws Adcock into a deadly ring of murder, porn, Mexican cartels and a conspiracy that threatens to become the biggest scandal to hit baseball since HGH and steroids.

“Jury of Six” By Dave P. Fisher

“Jury of Six” is a steadily moving western set against the backdrop of 1880 Nebraska. Families like the MacMahons were the backbone of the developing west. It was a time when the law was spread thin and honest men and women took care of difficulties in black and white.

Good men were respected; bad men were dealt with by the law of rope and gun. For eight years the disappearance of Niobrara ranchers Owen and Aiden MacMahon remained a mystery.

When an outlaw gang begins running roughshod over the country leaving another MacMahon for dead, the hard-as-nails MacMahons go hunting for those responsible only to find an old enemy and the answer to the eight-year-old mystery.

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‘The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return’ by Kenan Trebincevic and Susan Shapiro

A young survivor of the Bosnian War returns to his homeland to confront the people who betrayed his family.

At age 11, Kenan Trebincevic was a happy, karate-loving kid living with his family in the quiet Eastern European town of Brcko. Then, in the spring of 1992, war broke out and his friends, neighbors and teammates all turned on him.

Pero – Trebincevic’s beloved karate coach – showed up at his door with an AK-47, screaming: ‘You have one hour to leave or be killed!’ Trebincevic’s only crime: he was Muslim. This poignant, searing memoir chronicles Trebincevic’s miraculous escape from the brutal ethnic cleansing campaign that swept the former Yugoslavia.

‘A Man to Hold on to’ by Marilyn Pappano

Therese Matheson doesn’t know if she’ll ever get over losing her husband in Afghanistan. Surviving Paul’s death has been hard, but raising his sullen son and his 13-going-on-30 daughter alone has been even harder.

All they need is a fresh start, and Tallgrass, Okla., could be the perfect new beginning especially when Therese meets Sgt. Keegan Logan. The sexy combat medic and single dad soon awakens a desire she’d thought long buried.

What begins as a friendship soon ignites into something far more and gives him the courage to be the kind of man-and father-he always dreamt he could be. But his secret still stands between them. Can Keegan reveal the truth and convince Therese they share something too special to lose-a love that can bring two families together?

‘Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy’ by Karen Foxlee

Unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard, 11, doesn’t believe in anything that can’t be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a strange museum in a city where it always snows.

On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen. And he has been waiting for Ophelia’s help.

As Ophelia embarks on an incredible journey to rescue the boy everything that she believes will be tested. Along the way she learns more and more about the boy’s own remarkable journey to reach her and save the world. A story within a story, this modern day fairytale is about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.

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’18 in America: A Young Golfer’s Epic Journey to Find the Essence of the Game’ by Dylan Dethier

At 17, Dylan Dethier couldn’t help but think that he hadn’t really done anything with his life.

So, two months before his freshman year begins, he defers admission to Williams College.

With the reluctant blessing of his parents, Dylan set out on his idea of the Great American Road Trip: to play a round of golf in each of the lower 48 states.

What began as the teenage wanderlust of a sheltered New England kid became a journey into America’s heart and soul, to “figure out where and why golf fit in” and what it means to be a young man today.

‘Teaching the Cat to Sit: A Memoir’ by Michelle Theall

From the time she was born, Michelle Theall knew she was different.

Coming of age in the Texas Bible Belt, a place where it was unacceptable to be gay, Theall found herself at odds with her strict Roman Catholic parents, bullied by her classmates, abandoned by her evangelical best friend whose mother spoke in tongues, and kicked out of Christian organizations that claimed to embrace her – all before she’d ever held a girl’s hand.

At 43 years old and seemingly settled in her decision to live life openly as a gay woman, Theall and her partner attempt to have their son baptized into the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in the liberal town of Boulder, Colo.

Her quest to have her son accepted into the church leads to a battle with Sacred Heart and with her mother that leaves her questioning everything she thought she knew about the bonds of family and faith.

‘Disney’s Frozen: An Amazing Snowman’ by Barbara Jean Hicks

Olaf is a snowman who walks, talks and even dances.

But the things that make Olaf special are his caring heart and endless imagination.