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New Titles on the Bestseller Express

Posted by Pamela Bobker on November 21st, 2016

commonwealthThese titles were just added to the Bestseller Express!


And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel  by Lee Child

No Man’s Land by David Baldacci

Today Will be Different by Maria Semple

Trespasser by Tana French

Turbo 23 by Janet Evanovich

The Whistler by John Grishamhillbilly

Woman of God by James Patterson

Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly


Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance

Truck Full of Money by Tracy Kidder

Sponsored by Curtis Friends, Bestseller Express titles are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be checked out for 7 days. Exclusively for Curtis cardholders, they cannot be reserved or renewed so you’ll have the best access to new titles, but you will have to read fast. The Bestseller Express books are located in the New Books Room, across from Lending Services.



Blue Lights & Funny Cider

Posted by sarah brown on November 9th, 2016

ford-and-nickerson-jacketsOld Cops (and authors) Ret. Maine Warden JOHN FORD, SR. and Ret. State Trooper MARK NICKERSON bring their “Blue Lights and Funny Cider” tour to Curtis Memorial Library on Thursday, November 17, at 7 pm.

John Ford Sr.  and Mark Nickerson regale audiences in Maine and beyond with their hilarious stories of law enforcement “back in the day,” based on stories from their best-selling books. Ford, a retired Maine game warden, is the author of two books, Suddenly, the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good: Adventures of a Game Warden in Maine and This Cider Still Tastes Funny!: Further Adventures of a Maine Game Warden 2013. Nickerson is the author of Blue Lights in the Night: Real Life Stories of Maine State Trooper 2013.

John and Mark have been doing presentations together at libraries and other venues in the state, and are, reportedly, “a real hoot!” “Let’s share a night of laughter and fun – on a subject that many folks never realize — what happens in their own back yards!” says John Ford Sr. Copies of the author’s books will be available to purchase and a book signing will follow this free presentation.


John Ford, a natural storyteller, comes from a long line of Maine Game Wardens. He was sworn into the service shortly after finishing up a four-year stint in the U.S. Air Force. He spent all of his twenty-year warden career in Waldo County in central Maine. Upon his retirement in 1990, he was elected as county sheriff and re-elected in 1994. He has written a local newspaper column and is a regular contributor to the Northwoods Sporting Journal.  “John Ford’s stories from his long career as a Maine game warden are offered with humility and good humor, and demonstrate an abiding affection for the land, creatures, and quirky characters of Maine,” said fellow author and game warden chaplain Kate Braestrup. “Ford is an appealing character, a great storyteller, and he’s FUNNY.”

Mark Nickerson, born and raised in a State Police family from Vassalboro, Maine, got to know many of the original 1925 Maine Troopers as they congregated at the Nickerson home once a month for a friendly game of cards. Awed by their presence and the stories they told he wanted to be like them. He became a Maine State Trooper in 1977, first assigned to the Moosehead Lake region and living in Greenville Jct. Transferring in 1982 to Unity, Mark spent the remainder of his career patrolling the roads of Waldo and Kennebec counties. He became proficient in identifying and apprehending drunk drivers from our highways creating many a memory in dealing with them. After twenty-eight years, Mark retired, and went on to write a column in local papers titled, Real Life Stories from a Maine State Trooper, in which he began to relive most of his harrowing and humorous times of being a trooper.

Bookmarks Magazine

Posted by Pamela Bobker on November 4th, 2016

“Bookmarks: For Everyone Who Hasn’t Read Everything”bookmarks-2

If you are looking for information on new books, check out a copy of Bookmarks Magazine.

Jon Phillips and Allison Nelson of Chapel Hill, NC created Bookmarks in 2002 as a comprehensive source for readers to find literary advice. Their research team summarizes book reviews, highlights the best works of classic authors, polls experts on non-fiction recommendations, and uncovers everyday readers’ favorite books. The magazine (and its website is considered an “aggregate book review source” as it summarizes reviews from other sources, and provides links to those other review sites. That means, you can just read Bookmarks and you will find out what the publications like Dallas Morning News, Minneapolis Star Tribune and the New York Times reviewers thought about a particular book.

Each week, the staff at Bookmarks pores over the Sunday book reviews, the week’s new magazines, and the latest news, reading every last bit of fiction, non-fiction, and children’s book coverage. They catalog and rate each new book from each review, looking for consensus, evaluating differences of opinion, and searching for that great unsung book that quietly got one or two enthusiastic reviews. Every two months they publish the results of their research in the New Books Guide portion of Bookmarks—all the ratings, critic quotes, and summaries their readers need to make the best reading choices.

One of my favorite features is in each issue they choose a topic and consult a panel of experts for the best books on that subject. American Biographies, Writing, Islam, Gardening, American West, Jazz, War, Yoga—if you ever wonder what one book you should read about, well, everything, they’ll have the answers. A recent issue included an essay on “World-Class Travel Writers” – describing authors like Bill Bryson, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Paul Theroux and others I had never heard of.

Bookmarks also asks their readers and their book groups to write about their favorite books. They publish a compendium of these inspiring lists in each issue.

Find the library’s copies of Bookmarks Magazine in the Periodical Room. The latest copy must be read in the library, but older copies can be checked out.