INTO THE WATER by Paula Hawkins

December 4th, 2017 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

into the waterPaula Hawkins, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Girl on the Train, has an addictive new novel of psychological suspense about the slipperiness of truth—and one family drowning in secrets.  Ms.Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate.  Their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl.  Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.

THE POWER OF DIFFERENT: the link between disorder and genius by Gail Saltz, MD

November 29th, 2017 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

power of differentThe Power of Different is a powerful examination of the connection between the potential for great talent and condition commonly thought to be “disabilities”—revealing how the source of our struggles can be the origin of our greatest strengths.

Psychiatrist and best-selling author Gail Saltz examines the latest scientific discoveries, profiles famous geniuses who had been diagnosed with all manner of brain”problems”—including learning disabilities, ADD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder schizophrenia, & autism—& tells the stories of lay individuals to demonstrate how specific deficits in certain areas of the brain are directly associated with the potential for great talent.

Saltz shows how the very conditions that cause people to experience difficulty in school, in social situations, at home, or at work, are inextricably bound to creative, disciplinary, artistic,empathetic,& cognitive abilities.  In this pioneering work, readers will find engaging scientific research & stories from historical geniuses & everyday individuals who have not only made the most of their conditions but also have flourished because of them.

Enlightening and inspiring, The Power of  Different proves that the unique wiring of every brain can be a source of strength & productivity, and contributes to the richness of our world.

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GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

November 15th, 2017 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

The small town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some very strange events & unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told…until now.  Every day in the summer of 1974, twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the “Suicide stairs”  up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock.  One day, at the top of the stairs , a stranger calls to Gwendy: “Hey girl. Come on over here for a bit.  We ought to palaver, you & me.”

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black suit coat, & a white shirt unbuttoned at the top.  On his head is a small neat black hat.  The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat…

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COLLARED by David Rosenfelt

November 1st, 2017 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

collaredCollared is one in a page-turning series of mystery & crime.  Dog lovers will adore these books but serious mystery fans will love the puzzle.

Lawyer Andy Carpenter’s true passion is the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he runs with his friend Willy Miller.  All kinds of dogs make their way to the foundation, and it isn’t surprising to find a dog abandoned at the shelter one morning—although this one was accompanied by a mysterious anonymous note.  But they are quite surprised when they scan the dog’s embedded chip and discover that they know this dog.  He is the “DNA dog”.  A critical part of an earlier kidnapping  investigation of a baby & his dog. A conviction was made, but the baby & the dog were never found.

Now with the reappearance of the dog, the case is brought back to light & the search for the child renewed.  What Andy & his team start to uncover is far more complicated & dangerous than they ever expected.

 

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No One Cares About Crazy People by Ron Powers

October 30th, 2017 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

no one cares about crazy peopleFrom the centuries of torture of “lunatics” at Bedlam Asylum to the infamous eugenics era; from the follies of the anti-psychiatry movement to the current landscape in which too many families struggle alone to manage afflicted loved ones, Powers outlines in clear sharp detail our fears and myths about mental illness & the fractured public policies that have resulted.

Braided with that history is the moving story of Powers’ beloved son Kevin—spirited, endearing, & gifted—who triumphed even while suffering from schizophrenia until finally he did not, & the story of his courageous surviving son Dean, who is also schizophrenic.

A blend of history, biography, memoir, & current affairs ending with a consideration of where we might go from here.  This is a thought-provoking look at a dreaded illness that has long been misunderstood.

 

 

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