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Hot New Releases on Order for January

Click on a title to visit its record in our catalog, where you can place a hold online, or call the library to ask us to place a hold for you.

January 5
Twenty – James Grippando
All the Colors of Night – Jayne Ann Krentz
Neighbors – Danielle Steel
 
January 12
Robert B. Parker’s Someone to Watch Over Me – Ace Atkins
Spin – Patricia Cornwell
The Lost Boys – Faye Kellerman
 
January 19
Out of Hounds – Rita Mae Brown
Before She Disappeared – Lisa Gardner
Pianos and Flowers – Alexander McCall Smith
Land – Simon Winchester
 
January 26
Let Me Tell You What I Mean – Joan Didion
Tropic of Stupid – Tim Dorsey
The Russian – James Patterson

 

Staff Picks for January 2021


Jenny, Library Assistant

If you're looking for a new way to stay active indoors this winter, you might enjoy the YouTube fitness channel Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone. Leslie has been teaching walking fitness classes since the 80s with the idea that aerobic exercise doesn't have to involve dancing or fancy footwork. Pretty much all of the videos are built upon the four basic steps (walking; side steps; knee lifts; and kicks) and then add challenges to further engage your mind and muscles. If you find yourself overly challenged by an exercise, you can always go back to one of the basic steps until you're ready to join back in. Anything goes as long as you're moving to the music and having fun.
 
The channel contains a wide selection of Leslie's video workouts from across the years, but it also features several new instructors who add their own spin to the original exercises. I like how the instructors are all very encouraging, and I find Rocky to be a particularly uplifting leader. There are also videos that focus on strength training. A recent series called “Steel City Workouts” has some fun new music, and another new series “A Walk and a Talk” features a “walk box” in the corner of the screen so that you can walk while the health and fitness experts talk.
 
The videos range from about 5 to 50 minutes long with most in the 10 to 30 minute range, and I find that there's enough variety on the channel that it usually doesn't take long before I find a video that I like. If online workouts aren't your thing, you can also borrow Leslie's books and DVDs from the library. I started with her DVDs back in the 2000s as a great way to stay moving when it wasn't safe or practical to walk outdoors, and I'm now really enjoying having all of these videos to choose from online. However you choose to get moving in 2021, I wish you all a healthy new year!

Kat, Library Assistant

Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty: Are you thinking about ways you could improve your quality of life in 2021? If so, this might be a good starting point to get a new prospective on how you do you. The author spent 3 years as a monk and uses the wisdom of many religions to explain how to live with intention, courage, compassion and determination. Jay focuses in on what he believes are the roadblocks to our potential and power, helping you develop the skills and tools to breakthrough negativity, anxiety, overthinking and people’s expectations in a practical way. This is an enjoyable journey into possibility.
 
See You at the Campground, A Guide to Discovering Community, Connection, and a Happier Family in the Great Outdoors by Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi: Never been camping but feeling the pull to give it a try? Or maybe you have some experience but are considering an upgrade or going into the wild, whatever your experience level this book provides valuable information, useful tips and light-hearted stories about how this family with children has figured it out. What to expect while tenting, what you need to do about food/cooking and some really good pro and con information about equipment, all presented in a friendly format. As a person with decades of all kinds of camping from wilderness trips to luxury fifth wheeling, I recommend this book. January is a perfect time to indulge in it.
 
In Pieces by Sally Field: This not an easy read, though valuable for the honest memoir of childhood abuse, confusing adolescence and a very young adult catapulted into the public eye as “Gidget” and “The Flying Nun”. How the heck did she manage to become the award-winning actress that awed us in “Norma Rae”? Her messy story that comes together with grace and dignity explains her response as she recieved the Oscar for best actress for “Places in the Heart: “You like me, right now you like me."

Kyle, Library Assistant

The World Aflame: A New History of War and Revolution 1914-1945 by Dan Jones and Marina Amaral pace of change the world experienced in the 20th century is both breathtaking and difficult for us to fully wrap our understanding around. Countless books have been written to describe the world wide upheaval that took place between the start of World War I and the conclusion of World War II (1914-1945). But even the most vivid descriptions in words struggle to convey the same emotion, provide the same level of comprehension, or instill in the reader a shared human connection to someone in another time and another place quite like a photograph can. That is what sets this book apart.

In The World Aflame, noted author and historian Dan Jones once again teams up with visual artist Marina Amaral. Amaral’s specialty is the colorization of historical photographs. She takes the black and white originals and, only after much research, adds color to the image that is as historically accurate as possible. It is upon those photographs that this book is built.

Through the roughly 200 colorized photographs and their short accompanying text readers are taken on a global tour of those turbulent years in a way I had yet to experience in a book. We start with a photograph that shows the waning days of the previous era — one taken in London in 1910 of the funeral procession for Edward VII. It included nine kings and emperors along with a host of princess, princesses, and other royalty. Seeing the vivid pomp and splendor, one would easily be forgiven if you momentarily scoffed at the idea that most of these royals, along with the centuries old traditions and institutions that surrounded them, would be deposed or dead within the decade. From there the book progresses chronologically: briefly through the lead up to World War I, then the horrors of the Great War itself before detailing the interwar years, all leading to the climax of World War II.

There are stirring photographs of smartly dressed young men marching in their sendoff parades to glorious battle, followed by the haunting images of battlefields littered with the dead in torn and tattered dress, some still in their complete human form while others having been reduced to mere pieces. There are the stately portraits of the major leaders and players during these years: Chamberlain, Churchill, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Roosevelt, and many others. The most meaningful and lasting images of the book are those of the ordinary people caught up in the storm that was this time period. The Armenian woman kneeling over a dead girl during the genocide at the close of World War I, the starving Russian children during the famines of 1921 and 1922, the Auschwitz entry photo of Czeslawa Kwoka — a 14 year old Roman Catholic Pole deported along with her mother to clear her home village for future German settlement, and a French woman, head shaven, being forcibly paraded through a newly liberated French town to publicly shame her for allegedly consorting with the Germans during occupation are just four of the countless images that stayed with me after I finished the book.

Alongside each photograph is a short, two to four paragraph caption by Dan Jones. The captions give the reader a clear understanding of the who and what is going on in the photograph, along with how this specific freeze frame interconnects with the larger global geopolitical events. The calm, evenhanded manner of Jones’ writing is the perfect compliment to the bold and dramatic nature of the photographs.

This book would serve as a great introduction to the complex storylines of this time period for the novice historian, but it also would provide a deeper human perspective and nuanced narrative for someone well read on this history. As much of our modern world was forged, for better or for worse, during the course of these years, this is an important reading, and viewing, to better understand not only our past but also our present.