BENEATH A SCARLET SKY—Mark Sullivan

August 20th, 2018 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis.  He’s a normal Italian teenager, but his days of innocence are numbered.  In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat.  But after Pino is injured, he is recruited (at the age of 18) to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious & powerful commanders.

Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of war & the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna & for the life he dreams they will one day share.

Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage & resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.

 

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BEYOND THE MESSY TRUTH: How we came apart How we come together—by VAN JONES

August 6th, 2018 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

Van Jones burst into the American consciousness during the 2016 presidential campaign with an unscripted, truth-telling style and an already established history of bridge-building across party lines. His election night commentary, during which he coined the term “whitelash,” became a viral sensation. A longtime progressive activist with deep roots in the conservative South, Jones has made it his mission to challenge voters and viewers to stand in one another’s shoes and disagree constructively.

In Beyond the Messy Truth, he offers a blueprint for transforming our collective anxiety into meaningful change. Jones urges both parties to abandon the politics of accusation. He issues a stirring call for a new “bipartisanship from below,” pointing us toward practical answers to problems that affect us all regardless of region or ideology.

 

Jones shares memories from his decades of activism on behalf of working people, inspiring stories of ordinary citizens who became champions of their communities, and little-known examples of cooperation in the midst of partisan conflict. In his quest for positive solutions, Van Jones encourages us to set fire to our old ways of thinking about politics and come together to help those most in need.

Includes an invaluable resource of contacts, books, media, and organizations for bipartisan bridge-building and problem solving.

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#NEVER AGAIN A new generation draws the line by David Hogg and Lauren Hogg

July 23rd, 2018 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

“When you open your eyes but the nightmare doesn’t go away, you have no choice but to do something.  Our first job now is to remember.  Our second job is to act.  Remember, act, repeat.  Since that day, none of us are the same.  But we are alive.  And in memory of those who are not, we will remember and act for the rest of our lives.”  This is the opening paragraph of #Never Again.

On February 14, 2018, seventeen-year-old David Hogg and his fourteen-year-old sister, Lauren, went to school at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, like any normal Wednesday. That day, of course, the world changed. By the next morning, with seventeen classmates and faculty dead, they had joined the leadership of a movement to save their own lives, and the lives of all other young people in America. It’s a leadership position they did not seek, and did not want–but events gave them no choice.

This book is a manifesto for the movement begun that day, one that has already changed America–with voices of a new generation that are speaking truth to power, and are determined to succeed where their elders have failed. With moral force and clarity, a new generation has made it clear that problems previously deemed unsolvable due to powerful lobbies and political cowardice will be theirs to solve. Born just after Columbine and raised amid seemingly endless war and routine active shooter drills, this generation now says, Enough. This book is their statement of purpose, and the story of their lives. It is the essential guide to the #NeverAgain movement.

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NORTHLAND a 4,000-mile journey along America’s forgotten border—Porter Fox

July 23rd, 2018 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

America’s northern border is the world’s longest international boundary, yet it remains obscure even to Americans. The northern border was America’s primary border for centuries―much of the early history of the United States took place there―and to the tens of millions who live and work near the line, the region even has its own name: the northland.

Travel writer Porter Fox spent three years exploring 4,000 miles of the border between Maine and Washington, traveling by canoe, freighter, car, and foot.

In Northland, he blends a deeply reported and beautifully written story of the region’s history with a riveting account of his travels. Setting out from the easternmost point in the mainland United States, Fox follows explorer Samuel de Champlain’s adventures across the Northeast; recounts the rise and fall of the timber, iron, and rail industries; crosses the Great Lakes on a freighter; tracks America’s fur traders through the Boundary Waters; and traces the forty-ninth parallel from Minnesota to the Pacific Ocean.

Fox, who grew up the son of a boat-builder in Maine’s northland, packs his narrative with colorful characters (Captain Meriwether Lewis, railroad tycoon James J. Hill, Chief Red Cloud of the Lakota Sioux) and extraordinary landscapes (Glacier National Park, the Northwest Angle, Washington’s North Cascades). He weaves in his encounters with residents, border guards, Indian activists, and militia leaders to give a dynamic portrait of the northland today, wracked by climate change, water wars, oil booms, and border security.

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MEDDLING KIDS by Edgar Cantero

July 9th, 2018 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

In 1977, four teenagers and a dog—Andy, Nate, Kerri , Peter, and Tim (the Weimaraner)—solved the mystery of Sleepy Lake. The trail of an amphibian monster terrorizing the quiet town of Blyton Hills leads the gang to spend a night in Deboën Mansion and apprehend a familiar culprit: a bitter old man in a mask.

Now, in 1990, the twenty-something former teen detectives are lost souls. Plagued by night terrors and Peter’s tragic death, the three survivors have been running from their demons. When the man they apprehended all those years ago makes parole, Andy tracks him down to confirm what she’s always known—they got the wrong guy. Now she’ll need to get the gang back together and return to Blyton Hills to find out what really happened in 1977, and this time, she’s sure they’re not looking for another man in a mask.

Edgar Cantero’s Meddling Kids is a story filled with rich horror, thrilling twists,outright hilarity, and surprising poignancy.

Meddling Kids is an utterly charming paean to a squad of animated teen detectives who fought down the crime wave of early-70’s America. Amidst the homages and playfulness, it then transforms into a rip-roaring page turner. Throughout, Cantero plays with form and language in ways that are both mischievous and delightful. This would be impressive enough coming from a native of the country, decade, and language that the book operates in. As Cantero is none of the above, it’s flat-out masterful.”
Rob Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Year Zero

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