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Drinking the Rain by Alix Kates Shulman

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

drinking rainPart memoir, part meditation on solitude, Drinking the Rain chronicles Alix Kates Shulman’s decade long journey of self-discovery. At fifty and facing a crumbling marriage, novelist Shulman (Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen) leaves the hustle and bustle of New York City and retreats to a small rustic cottage on an island off the coast of Maine. The cottage has no plumbing, power or telephone yet Shulman wants for nothing. As she forages for wild greens and shellfish among the tidal pools and sandy beaches, she discovers the joys of frugality, self-sufficiency and harmony with nature.

Yet, no man – or woman – is an island. As medical waste washes up on her beach and local fisherman combat the “red tide,” Shulman mourns the increasing toxicity of the environment and reflects on the interconnectedness of the world. And when her job as a writer and teacher takes her to Colorado, Arizona, New York City, and back again to her cottage in Maine, she struggles with how to stay true to her solitary self and to be connected to the world at the same time.

Like Thoreau, I believe that, “in wildness is the preservation of the world.” Shulman’s account of living in solitude on a Maine island spoke to me on a spiritual level.

Favorite quote: “To be whole requires one to be in oneself and the world at once.”

— Sarah Brown

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Clammed Up – A Maine Mystery

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Summer has come to Barbara Ross’s latest mystery, “Clammed up”, and the Snowden Family Clambake Company is putting on their annual clambake. People come from near and far to Busman’s Harbor Maine to experience this authentic New England seafood. But there is something evil brewing this season. Someone has crashed a wedding party and the results are deadly. The best man’s corpse is found hanging from the grand staircase of the Snowden family mansion.
Julia Snowden was not expecting murder when she came home to help save the family business. With the State Police shutting down the event Julia has to put everything aside to get this murder solved or say good bye to the family business. The books also Includes Traditional Maine Clambake Recipes!
Some other mystery authors have reviewed “Clammed up”.

“A tasty whodunnit with a real Maine twist.” –Sarah Graves, author of A Bat in the Belfry

“If you haven’t been on a Maine clambake, Barbara Ross’s book is the next best thing…except for the murder.”–Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author of Buried in a Bog

“If you like seafood and salty air, you’ll love Clammed Up. A tasty tale that will have readers clamoring for second helpings.” –Leslie Meier, author of Easter Bunny Murder

Meet the Author – Barbara Ross, Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

barbara rossBarbara Ross, a member of Maine Crime Writers, will visit Curtis Memorial Library on October 15th at 7pm.

Take lobster, clams, and an ear of corn. Add one murder. Fold in a complex heroine, an assortment of colorful suspects, and a plot with lots of twists and turns.

Heat up on an island off the coast of Maine. The result? Clammed Up – a tasty treat, and first in a series of Maine Clambake Mysteries, from Boothbay Harbor author Barbara Ross.

"Deliciously atmospheric, delightfully suspenseful, divine!"states bestselling author Sarah Graves.

This author book talk and signing will begin at 7:00 pm in the library’s Morrell Meeting Room with refreshments provided by Bohemian Coffee House.

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Gulf of Maine Books.

For more information contact Carol Briggs 725-5242 ext 212

“VERDICT This very satisfying series debut keeps a steady and confident pace from the beginning; readers can enjoy both figuring out the mystery and taking an armchair visit to coastal Maine.”
— Library Journal, 9/1/13

J.A. Hitchcock Book Talk – Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

jayne3Jayne Hitchcock, non-fiction true crime writer and noted cybercrime and security expert, has written about the subject in Net Crimes and Misdemeanors.

In her newest book, True Crime Online: Shocking Stories of Scamming, Stalking, Murder and Mayhem, Jayne journeys into the darkest recesses of the internet to document the most depraved criminals imaginable, from bullies and stalkers to scam artists, sexual predators, and serial killers.

This author book talk and signing will begin at 7:00 pm in the library’s Morrell Meeting Room with refreshments provided by Bohemian Coffee House.

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Gulf of Maine Books.

“J. A. Hitchcock uses her own experience as the victim of a cyberstalker to help others avoid the very real problems of online crime.”
— St. Petersburg Times

James Hayman Book Talk – Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

James HaymanThe Fall 2013 Mystery Authors series continued Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 PM.

When author James Hayman moved on from a full career as a creative advertising director in New York, he packed his bags for Maine. And he didn’t come alone.

With him came his fictional wise-cracking Portland, Maine homicide cop Mike McCabe. Hayman’s series of suspense thrillers featuring McCabe, and partner Maggie Savage, will keep you on the edge of your seat and reading long into the night.

Booklist Magazine praises his “twisting, action-filled plot,” and states that he “puts Portland, Maine firmly on the crime fiction map.”

This author book talk and signing began at 7:00 pm in the Morrell Meeting Room with refreshments provided by Bohemian Coffee House. Books were available for purchase courtesy of Gulf of Maine Books.

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Mystery Authors Series – FALL, 2013

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

hallie-ephronlOnce again, Curtis Friends, Sisters in Crime, and Maine Crime Writers are working together to bring some very talented mystery authors to Curtis Memorial Library on Tuesdays this fall.

Each talk begins at 7:00 pm in the Morrell Meeting Room with refreshments provided by Bohemian Coffee House. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Gulf of Maine Books.

Highlight these special dates on your calendar and join us for some very pleasant evenings getting to know these wonderful authors!

September 10, Hallie Ephron: Hallie Ephron’s newest book, There Was an Old Woman, is garnering rave reviews and New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen calls it “an absolute must read.” Ephron’s earlier works include Never Tell a Lie, Come and Find Me, and Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel. She is also an award-winning book reviewer for the Boston Globe and recently wrote about growing up in Hollywood in a family of writers in the March, 2013 issue of “O” The Oprah Magazine.

Check out additional authors appearing in the Fall Mystery Series at CML!

The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid

Friday, June 21st, 2013

The Mermaids Singing

If you’re not afraid of the shocking or put off by British slang and are looking for books that will keep you awake at night, you should try Val McDermid’s Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series.  In the first book, “The Mermaids Singing”, a future killer discovers what he has been looking for at the museum of criminology.  The gruesome exhibits inspire him to even greater fantasies and desires.  After 4 men are found tortured and mutilated in Bradfield, a northern town in England, Tony Hill, a clinical psychologist, is brought in to profile the serial killer. A task force is put together among them are police detective, Carol Jordan.  What Tony Hill does not realize is that he has come in contact with the killer who Tony has dubbed, “Handy Andy”, and will again.  During the course of the book the reader is allowed to read the killers journal where the torture instruments are described as well as the emotional state of the killer during the murders.  The BBC produced a television series, 2002-2008, “Wire in the blood”, that brought the books to life. Enjoy – Carol Briggs

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Learning to Swim by Sara Henry

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

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“If I’d blinked, I would have missed it” is the opening line from “Learning to swim” by Sara J. Henry. Troy Chance didn’t blink but what did she see? Someone throwing trash off a passing Lake Champlain ferry, or a child sized doll or what she knew she saw, a small wide eyed human face.

Saving the child is just the beginning of a search for the answers, who would do this to a 6 year old child and why. Finding the answers and more would take her from the United States to Canada and back. This is the first book in the series.

– Carol Briggs

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In the Garden With Nora Roberts

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

It appears that prolific New York Times Bestselling author Nora Roberts is passionate about more than just writing. Her In the Garden trilogy – Blue Dahlia, Black Rose, and Red Lily – celebrate all things gardening.blue dahlia

Roberts is best known for her well crafted characters and relationships and here she doesn’t disappoint. In Blue Dahlia, we meet Stella Rothschild, recent widow, mother of two young boys, and the new manager at In the Garden nursery. We discover more about Roz Harper, widowed owner of the nursery and Harper House, a historic Tennessee mansion, in Black Rose. The main story in Red Lily surrounds Hayley Phillips, unmarried, pregnant, distant cousin of Roz, looking for a new start. The friendships that develop between the women are the highlight of the stories and, in my opinion, what Roberts writes best. But it wouldn’t be a “Nora Roberts” without romance – love blooms and there’s a Hero for each of our Heroines.

There is also an element of the supernatural in each of the stories. The mysterious and sometimes malevolent ghostly Harper Bride walks the halls of Harper House at night, singing lullabies. As their friendships and romances develop, Stella, Roz and Hayley must each face their own ghosts and that of the Harper Bride if they are to find happiness.

With the tie in to the supernatural, readers will be reminded of Roberts’ MacKade Brothers series: The Return of Rafe MacKade (1995), The Pride of Jared MacKade (1995), The Heart of Devin MacKade (1996), The Fall of Shane MacKade (1996).

Enjoy!  Sarah

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Award-Winning Historical Fiction for Middle Grade Readers

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

countdownCountdown by Deborah Wiles.

The first in a trilogy, this novel is about an 11-year-old girl and her family in 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Photos and other artifacts from the time period add to the book’s appeal.

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once crazy summerOne Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia.

Set in the 1960s, this novel is unusual in that it focuses on the Black Panther movement in the context of one African American family and the summer three sisters, who have been raised by their father and grandmother, visit their mother in California where she is involved in the Black Panther movement.

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HuffPost Books Summer Reading List

Monday, July 30th, 2012

gone girlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

I hadn’t read a thriller since high school, but this book came so highly recommended that I had to read it. It certainly didn’t disappoint. This tale of the aftermath of a woman gone missing will keep you up reading all night just so you can get to the very satisfying, very chilling ending.

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who will run the frog hospital?Who will run the frog hospital? : a novel by Lorrie Moore.

A cult classic in which a woman recalls a teenage summer spent working at an amusement park with her boisterous, beautiful best friend. It’s a breeze to get through, but the language is lyrical.

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Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust Rediscoveries: Summer Reading Beyond the New Shelf

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

AcaciaAcacia by David Anthony Durham.

Acacia (Anchor, 2004, reprinted 2012) is an excellent choice to suggest to fans of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire. (Not the least of the reasons for doing so is that all three books in this trilogy are published and available, the first two in paperback editions.) When Acacia, their homeland, is invaded by their longtime enemy, the Mein, the four children of the royal family of the Akaran dynasty are forced to run for their lives.

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The Way Men ActThe Way Men Act by Elinor Lipman.

Of all of Elinor Lipman’s wonderful novels, my favorite remains The Way Men Act (Washington Square Pr., 1993). Because Lipman adores her characters, it’s impossible for readers not to love them, too. After she returns to the New England college town where she grew up, Melinda LeBlanc works in her cousin’s flower shop, takes up old friendships, and falls in love with a man apparently uninterested in her, all the while trying to get along with her mother and live down a high school reputation as a “bad girl.”

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Hot Books for Summer Reading

Friday, July 20th, 2012

The_Fault_in_Our_StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

This novel gives us a feisty protagonist in cancer-stricken Hazel, who falls hard for fellow cancer patient Augustus Waters. The way these two characters speak to each other is both ridiculous and charming, and you’ll find yourself rooting for their love to flourish. Be warned, though: You’ll need half a box of tissues to get through the ending.

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THE-GREAT-GATSBYThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The plot takes Nick’s character — a Midwesterner — into the lavish yet tragic world of his Long Island neighbor Jay Gatsby. Remember the symbolism of the green light at the end of the dock? If you don’t, it’s time to read this one again.

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Jennifer Weiner shares her summer reading list!

Monday, July 16th, 2012

troubleTrouble: A Novel, by Kate Christensen.

It’s wonderfully written, full of vivid details about tastes and smells and what it’s like to be totally out of your element, in a new place, and a new life.

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ladder of yearsLadder of Years: a Novel, by Anne Tyler.

Delia Grinstead, a housewife from Baltimore walks off the beach, in her swimsuit, with a tote bag and five hundred dollars, away from the husband and children who’ve taken her for granted, and off to wrestle with her own painful history, and make a new life of her own

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Summer Book Picks

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Jeni's splendid ice creams at home Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, by Jeni Britton Bauer.

Jeni Britton Bauer writes of home-made gourmet treats to cool you during the heat of summer. Her creative, innovative, and nuanced recipes are inspired by the ingredients available any given day at the market. Try the goat cheese and roasted cherries.

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the last chinese chefThe Last Chinese Chef, by Nichole Mone.

Nicole Mone’s book is a literary and gastronomic delight. A food writer, struggling with grief, is sent on assignment to China to research a young American-born Jewish-Chinese chef.

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See the full reading list at azcentral.com