What’s new at the James V. Brown Library

‘Every Last Drop: Bringing Clean Water Home’ By Michelle Mulder

In the developed world, if you want a drink of water you just turn on a tap or open a bottle. But for millions of families worldwide, finding clean water is a daily challenge, and children often are the ones responsible for carrying water to their homes.

“Every Last Drop” looks at why the world’s water resources are at risk and how communities around the world are finding innovative ways to quench their thirst and water crops.

‘The Beekeeper’s Ball’ By Susan Wiggs

Author Susan Wiggs returns to Bella Vista, where family secrets have long been buried.

Isabel Johansen, a celebrated chef, is transforming her childhood home into a destination cooking school. But Isabel’s carefully ordered plans begin to go awry when journalist Cormac O’Neill arrives to dig up old history.

He’s always been better at exposing the lives of others than showing his own heart, but the pleasures of small-town life and Isabel’s kitchen coax him into revealing a few truths of his own.

‘Gun Trader’s Guide’

“Gun Trader’s Guide” is the original reference guide for gun values. For more than a half a century, the book has been the standard reference for collectors, curators, dealers, shooters and gun enthusiasts.

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 www.jvbrown.edu 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.

‘Charlie the ranch dog: Charlie goes to the doctor’ By Ree Drummond and Diane deGroat

Charlie – the loveable character inspired by Ree Drummond’s basset hound – is nervous about going to the doctor but he puts on a brave face for his friend Hickory.

Mama knows something’s wrong with Charlie when he’s not even hungry for bacon! So they’re off to see Dr. Jan. Even though Charlie is nervous about his visit to the doctor, he’s not half as scared as Hickory, the basset hound puppy he befriends in the waiting room.

As the older hound, can Charlie put on a brave face for Hickory?

‘Chop Chop’ By Simon Wroe

Fresh out of university with big dreams, the narrator is determined to escape his past and lead the literary life in London.

But soon he is two months behind on rent and forced to take a menial job in the kitchen of The Swan, a gastro-pub with haute cuisine aspirations.

Mockingly called “Monocle” by his co-workers for a useless English lit degree, he is thrust into a brutal, chaotic world full of motley characters.

Worst of all is the head chef, Bob, who runs the kitchen with an iron fist and an alarming taste for cruelty.

But Monocle’s past is never far away and soon an altogether darker tale unfolds. With The Swan struggling to stay afloat and Monocle’s father dredging up lingering questions from an unhappy childhood, “Chop Chop” accelerates toward its blackly hilarious, thrilling and ruthless conclusion.

‘Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves’ By Laurel Braitman

For the first time, a historian of science draws evidence from across the world to show how humans and other animals are astonishingly similar when it comes to their feelings and the ways in which they lose their minds.

Laurel Braitman got her lessons closer to home-by watching her dog. Oliver suffered debilitating separation anxiety, was prone to aggression and may even have attempted suicide.

After all of the digging in the archives of museums and zoos, the years synthesizing scientific literature, and the hours observing dog parks, wildlife encounters and amusement parks, Braitman found that understanding the emotional distress of animals can help us better understand ourselves.