my grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry —Fredrik Backman

July 17th, 2017 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

 

grandmotherA charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove.

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters [for Elsa to deliver] apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s instructions lead her to an apartment building full of different people, including the woman in the black skirt, Wolfheart, the wurse, and the boy with the syndrome; but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman’s bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.

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I HATE EVERYONE EXCEPT YOU by Clinton Kelly

July 3rd, 2017 by Goshen Public Library No comments »


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From the best selling author & beloved TV host, comes a hilariously candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult.

In I Hate Everyone Except You, Clinton Kelly reveals some unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks & perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker.Whether he’s throwing his younger sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb.

With his signature wit and relatable voice, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations. Clinton delves into outrageous topics in his thoroughly unabashedly frank & uproarious collection.

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“KIRK and ANNE” by Kirk & Anne Douglas, with Marcia Newberger

June 24th, 2017 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

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KIRK and ANNE :  Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood, published in 2017, takes a look back on a lifetime filled with love and drama both on and off the screen.  Sharing priceless correspondence with each other as well as the celebrities and world leaders they called friends; a candid portrayal of the pleasures and pitfalls of a Hollywood life.

Kirk’s and Anne’s vivid descriptions of their 60+ years of  experiences reveal remarkable insight and anecdotes about legendary figures they knew so well.  From the very beginning they were opposites who could not help but attract.  Kirk wears his heart on his sleeve; Anne protects hers with a caution borne of bearing life’s burdens with dignity and strength.

Kirk has distinguished himself as an actor, producer, philanthropist and author.  Anne built her career in the film industry as a publicist. She met Kirk during the making of Act of Love (1953) and they married a year later.

 

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THE CANAL HOUSE by Mark Lee

May 9th, 2017 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

the canal house“The Canal House takes the reader to far-away and troubled places and tells the story of four people whose lives are forever changed by their experiences with violence, disaster and treachery.  While there is plenty of action, the real story—the story of a photographer so divorced from his subjects and from life that he cannot be said to be fully alive—moves with telling subtlety toward a gripping denouement.” -Robert Bausch, author of The Gypsy Man.  

Mark Lee is an experienced foreign correspondent.  His knowledge of that life comes across powerfully in this somber novel.  Lee clearly knows his locations and a great deal about aid organizations, journalistic scoops and human suffering and need.

Daniel McFarland, the main character, has refined his life of a war correspondent down to an art.  He falls in love with Dr Julia Caldell, an idealistic doctor and begins to see the world anew.

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UNDERGROUND AIRLINES by Ben H. Winters

April 22nd, 2017 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

Underground AirlinesThis novel takes place in present day America except for one thing: the Civil War never occurred.

“Victor”, a young black man, is acting as a bounty hunter for the US Marshal Service returning runaway slaves from the Hard Four, the places that slavery is allowed to exist: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Carolina [North and South Carolina are only one large state.

Victor suppresses the memories of his childhood on a plantation and works to infiltrate the abolitionist movement called the Underground Airlines.  A figure of speech: it’s the root of a grand, extended metaphor, “pilots”, “stewards”, “baggage handlers”, “gate agents” “connecting flights” and “airport security”.  The Airlines flies on the ground, in package trucks,unmarked cars and stolen tractor-trailers.  It flies in the illicit adjustment on packing slips, bribery of border security agents…

A rich novel of a terrifyingly alternate America.  Everything is possible.

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