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New Reads for February


February 20, 2020

Weller Public Library

212 Main Street, Waitsburg

Hours: Monday and Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed noon -1 p.m.)

Saturday. 10 a.m. - noon

Saint X

by Alexis Schaitkina


Claire is only seven years old when her college-age sister, Alison, disappears on the last night of their family vacation at a resort on the Caribbean island of Saint X. Several days later, Alison’s body is found in a remote spot on a nearby cay, and two local men—employees at the resort—are arrested. But the evidence is slim, the timeline against it, and the men are soon released. The story turns into national tabloid news, a lurid mystery that will go unsolved. For Claire and her parents, there is only the return home to broken lives. (Goodreads)

The Boston Massacre: A Family History

by Serena R. Zabin

Historical fiction

A dramatic untold ‘people’s history’ of the storied event that helped trigger the American Revolution. The story of the Boston Massacre—when on a late winter evening in 1770, British soldiers shot five local men to death—is familiar to generations. But from the very beginning, many accounts have obscured a fascinating truth: the Massacre arose from conflicts that were as personal as they were political. (Goodreads)

Dear Edward

by Ann Napolitano


Inspired by a true story of one child’s incredible survival—riveting, uplifting, unforgettable. One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. And then, tragically, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor. (Goodreads)

Dayton Memorial Library

111 S. 3rd Street, Dayton, WA

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday: Noon – 8 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Grammarians

by Cathleen Schine

Adult Fiction

“The Grammarians” are Laurel and Daphne Wolfe, identical, inseparable redheaded twins who share an obsession with words. They speak a secret “twin” tongue of their own as toddlers; as adults making their way in 1980s Manhattan, their verbal infatuation continues, but this love, which has always bound them together, begins instead to push them apart. Their fraying twin-ship finally shreds completely when the sisters go to war, absurdly but passionately, over custody of their most prized family heirloom: Merriam Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition. (Goodreads)

The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life

by Piero Ferrucci


Dr. Piero Ferrucci, one of the world’s most respected transpersonal psychologists, explores the many surprising facets of kindness and argues that it is this trait that will not only lead to our own individual happiness and the happiness of those around us, but will guide us in a world that has become cold, anxious, difficult, and frightening. He reveals that the kindest people are the most likely to thrive, to enable others to thrive, and to slowly but steadily turn our world away from violence, self-centeredness, and narcissism- and toward love. (Goodreads)

The Solid Grounds Coffee Company

by Carla Laureano

Christian Fiction

Analyn Sanchez can handle the long hours and arrogant clients that come with her high-powered job as a crisis management associate at Denver’s largest publicity firm, but a conflict of conscience forces her to sacrifice her career. When a climbing accident – and a few bad decisions – leave professional rock climber Bryan Shaw at loose ends he jumps on the opportunity to buy a coffee farm in Colombia, only to discover his wandering ways have left him utterly unprepared to run a business. When Bryan returns home and offers Ana a role in his company as a solution to both their problems, she’s desperate enough to consider the offer even though he’s the polar opposite of her type A nature. As they delve deeper into the business, she begins to suspect there’s much more to Bryan than she’s given him credit for… and that sometimes the best plans are the ones you never see coming. (Caitlyn Dare)


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