What’s new at the James V. Brown Library

The James V. Brown Library and the Lycoming County Library System add new books, e-books and audiobooks each week. If you’re looking for your next great book, “We’ve Got U Covered” at the Brown Library. To request a personalized reading list, visit and fill out a short online questionnaire about your reading habits or stop in and see a member of the Information Services department. Questions may be directed to the James V. Brown Library’s circulation staff at 570-326-0536.

‘Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration’ By Ed Catmull

In 1986, Ed Catmull co-founded Pixar, a modest start-up with an immodest goal: to make the first-ever computer animated movie. Nine years later, Pixar released “Toy Story,” which went on to revolutionize the industry and establish Pixar as one of the most successful companies.

The book details how Catmull built an enduring creative culture – one that doesn’t just pay lip service to the importance of things like honesty, communication and originality, but committed to them, no matter how difficult that often proved to be.

‘How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days: An American Heiress in London’ By Laura Lee Guhrke

From USA Today bestselling author Laura Lee Guhrke comes the story of a bargain, a marriage of convenience and the chance for love to last a lifetime.

From the moment she met the devil-may-care Duke of Margrave, Edie knew he could change her life. And when he agreed to her outrageous proposal of a marriage of convenience, she was transformed from ruined American heiress to English duchess.

Five years later, she’s delighted with their arrangement, especially since her husband is living on another continent.

But when a brush with death impels him home, he decides it’s time for a real marriage with his luscious American bride, and he proposes a bold new bargain: 10 days to win her willing kiss.

‘Complete Guide to Natural Home Remedies: 1,025 Easy Ways to Live Longer, Feel Better and Enrich Your Life’ By National Geographic

Combining science and folklore for health, the book features practical cures, medicinal herbs, healing foods, green housecleaning, sustainable cosmetics, alternative therapies and lifestyle changes to boost health naturally.

Created with a nationally recognized advisory board of medical professionals and leading figures in natural healing fields, the guide covers topics ranging from the familiar to the new and promising: from mint tea for a stomachache to onion juice for a bee sting.

Sections on healing traditions and best life practices from around the world offer readers all-around guidance on the path to optimal health.

Photographs, recipes, cautions and quick tips on page after page make this both a handy look-up reference and a fascinating browse to keep close at hand for years to come.

What’s new at the James V. Brown Library

‘Everybody’s Got Something’

By Robin Roberts

“Regardless of how much money you have, your race, where you live, what religion you follow, you are going through something. Or you already have or you will. As Momma always said, ‘Everybody’s got something.’ “

So begins beloved “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts’s new memoir in which she recounts the incredible journey that’s been her life so far, and the lessons she’s learned along the way.

With grace, heart and humor, she writes about overcoming breast cancer only to learn five years later that she will need a bone marrow transplant to combat a rare blood disorder, the grief and heartbreak she suffered when her mother passed away, her triumphant return to GMA after her medical leave, and the tremendous support and love of her family and friends that saw her through her difficult times.

‘India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy’

By Carol K. Carr

In Victorian London, India Black has all the attributes a high-class madam needs to run a successful brothel – wit, beauty and an ability to lie with a smile.

Luckily for Her Majesty’s Government, all these talents also make her a first-rate spy. India Black, full-time madam and occasional secret agent, is feeling restless, when one of Disraeli’s men calls on her to meet the prime minister – alone.

Even though all her previous meetings have been organized by the rakishly handsome spy French, it’s been decided this is a mission India must attempt on her own. Revolt has spread across Europe and reached the shores of England – anarchists have begun assassinating lords and earls, one by one. Now India must infiltrate the ranks of the underground group responsible for those attacks, the sinister Dark Legion.

‘Chess is Child’s Play: Teaching Techniques That Work’

By Laura Sherman and Bill Kilpatrick

Chess is one of the oldest strategy games known to man. Studies show that children who learn chess at an early age gain such valuable life skills as: problem-solving ability, improved patience and focus, enhanced imagination and greater self-confidence.

Chess educators Laura Sherman and Bill Kilpatrick have created an easy, step-by-step method for teaching chess that parents of all skill levels can use to teach children of any age. You don’t have to know how to play in order to use the system. This book will teach you the game, while showing you how to teach your child to play. You will learn together.

What’s new at the James V. Brown Library

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 our Information Services department.

‘Fair Play’

By Deeanne Gist

From the bestselling author of “It Happened at the Fair” comes a historical love story about a lady doctor and a Texas Ranger who meet at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Saddled with a man’s name, the captivating Billy Jack Tate makes no apologies for taking on a man’s profession. As a doctor at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, she is one step closer to having her very own medical practice – until Hunter Scott asks her to give it all up to become his wife.

‘The Devaney Brothers: Ryan and Sean’ By Sherryl Woods

Author Sherryl Woods brings readers two classic tales of the Devaneys, brothers torn apart in childhood and reunited by love. Abandoned by his parents and separated from his brothers, Ryan Devaney doesn’t believe in love. Son of a shattered family, fireman Sean Devaney knows love never lasts, so he refuses to chance it. Then he meets single mom Deanna Blackwell, who has just lost everything in a devastating fire.


By Peter Clines

When he’s awake, George Bailey is just an ordinary man. Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life, curses the Los Angeles traffic and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college.

But when he sleeps, George dreams of something more. But as George’s dreams and his waking life begin bleeding together, he starts to wonder – which is the real world, and which is just fantasy?

What’s new at the James V. Brown Library

‘Co-Parenting with a Toxic Ex: What to Do When Your Ex-Spouse Tries to Turn the Kids Against You’ by Amy J. Baker, Ph.D.

Children often are considered the most important aspect of one’s life. But for those who have gone through a messy divorce, the relationship with children may become strained if dealing with a toxic ex.

The ex may bad-mouth in front of the children, accuse of being a bad parent, and even attempt to replace one parent in the children’s lives with a new partner. In “Co-parenting with a Toxic Ex,” a nationally recognized parenting expert offers a positive parenting approach to dealing with a hostile ex-spouse. Readers will learn to avoid common mistakes of co-parenting, how to avoid “parental alienation syndrome” and effective techniques for talking to children in a way that fosters open and honest response.

‘1,107 Baby Names That Stand the Test of Time’ by Jennifer Griffin

“1,107 Baby Names That Stand the Test of Time” is a curated, considered, opinionated and richly informative guide that winnows down the world of baby names to help moms and dads make smart choices.

It is the book for parents who know they are naming – not only a cuddly newborn – but an actual human being who will be proud to carry the name throughout their entire life.

The book makes a strong case for each name selected and features the name’s definition, its use in history, its connotations and subtleties, and its “meaning” in the fuller, cultural sense of the word.

There also is a guide to the basic rules of baby-naming: scansion – the sounds, syllables and rhythm of a name, and how it goes with a last name; ethnic traditions; recent trends; and effective use of a middle name.

‘Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade’ by Walter Kirn

In the summer of 1998, Walter Kirn – then an aspiring novelist struggling with impending fatherhood and a dissolving marriage – set out on a peculiar, fateful errand: to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from his home in Montana to the New York apartment of one Clark Rockefeller, a secretive young banker and art collector who had adopted the dog over the Internet.

Thus began a 15-year relationship that drew Kirn deep into the fun-house world of an outlandish, eccentric son of privilege who ultimately would be unmasked as a brazen serial impostor, child kidnapper and brutal murderer.

Kirn’s one-of-a-kind story of being duped by a real-life Mr. Ripley takes us on a bizarre and haunting journey from the posh private clubrooms of Manhattan, New York, to the hard-boiled courtrooms and prisons of Los Angeles, California.