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With great anticipation, the staff of the Daland Memorial Library have been preparing for the return of Wizarding Week! Student registration is full and all of the professors have their lesson plans ready!  Listen in to hear from a returning student, a prefect, and Head Mistress Clearwater herself. It’s going to be an amazing vacation week!

Amy’s Book Recommendations

Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwartz

Magic Air Liars by Sarah Gailey

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Berry

Her Majesty’s Royal Coven by Juno Dawson

Acts of Violet by Margarita Montimore

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Spring is in the air and Town Meeting is behind us.  Tune in to hear voting results and all the good news about what you can look forward to in Mont Vernon this spring.  Catch our interview with the newly elected Selectman John Quinlan and don’t miss Amy’s book reviews.  Happy Spring!

Amy’s Book Recommendations

This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris

Clark & Division by Naomi Hirahara

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

Love & Saffron by Kim Fay

Books on Libby:

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson

The Masters of the Revels

New Releases:

Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart- April 5th

Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng- Oct. 4th

Trust by Hernan Diaz- May 3rd

Let’s Do This Again- April 5th

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How do I love thee, let me count the ways (Sonnet 43)….So many lovely things happening in tiny town in the month of February. Tune in for chatter about library events and up coming Town Meeting. Catch our interview with resident Lou Springer, Chairman of the Cemetery Trustees and so much more!

NOTE: Our Galentine’s Day program and Super Bowl Sledding Party were cancelled post podcast recording. We shall try again next year.

Amy’s Book Recommendations:

The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman

How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu

New Releases Coming Soon:

Our American Friend by Anna Pitoniak Feb. 15

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley, Feb. 22

This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel, Feb. 22

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Tune into this episode for a quick recap of the holiday season in tiny town, a review of Amy’s Best of 2021 book list, and New Year’s resolutions. Happy New Year!

Amy’s Best of 2021 Books

Lists in no particular order

Fiction Top Ten:
1. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

2. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

3. Sin Eater by Megan Campisi

4. Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

5. Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker

6. Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

7. The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

8. Matrix by Lauren Groff

9. The Overstory by Richard Powers

10. Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy

Thrillers Top Ten:

1. Pretty Things by Janelle Brown

2. His & Hers by Alice Feeney

3. The Last Flight by Julie Clark

4. The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

5. Falling by T. J. Newman

6. Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

7. For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing

8. The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

9. Verity by Colleen Hoover

10. The Last One by Alexandra Oliva

Non Fiction Top 5

1.These Precious Days by Ann Patchett

2. Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

3. Finding Freedom by Erin French

4. Food Saved Me by Danielle Walker

5. Tinsel by Hank Stuever

Books I’m Looking Forward To in 2022:

1. Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins – January

2. Violeta by Isabel Allende – January

3. How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu – January

4. Jane and the Year Without a Summer by Stephanie Barron #14 – February

5. Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano – February

6. This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel – February

7. All the Queen’s Men by S.J. Bennett – March 

8. Woman on Fire by Lisa Barr – March

9. The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd – March

10. The Fell by Sarah Moss – March

11. Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel – April

12. The Candy House by Jennifer Egan – April

13. The Latecomer by Jean Hanff Korelitz – May

14. When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill – May

15. The Lioness by Chris Bohjalian – May

16. The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner – May

17. You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi – May

18. Gilt by Jamie Brenner – June

19. How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix – July 

20. Prince Harry’s As-Yet-Untitled Memoir, Pub Date TBA

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We’ve missed you! Tune into the latest episode of the podcast for a recap of summer and fall activities at the library. Amy has made some great book recommendations and we’ll take a sneak peek at what’s in the works for the holidays in Tiny Town.


Amy’s Book Recommendations:

Summer Reads I Enjoyed:

  • The Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
  • The Paper Palace by Miranda Cooley
  • Falling by TJ Newman
  • The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett
  • Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  • For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing
  • The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
  • Verity by Colleen Hoover
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Fall Releases:

  • Matrix by Lauren Griff
  • The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towels
  • My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
  • State of Terror by Hillary R. Clinton and Louise Penny
  • The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  • Oh William by Elizabeth Strout
  • The Death of Jane Lawrance by Caitlin Starling
  • Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps you Alive by Philip Dettmer
  • Five Tuesdays in Winter by Lilly King

Coming Soon:

  • Three Precious Days by Ann Patchett
  • Go Tell the Bee’s I am Gone by Dianna Gabaldon
  • Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult
  • A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw

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Amy:

Older Releases:

  • Mr. Rochester by Sarah Schumaker 

New-ish Releases:

  • The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan
  • Where the Stars Go Dark by Paula McClain
  • Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

New Releases:

  • The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Yo
  • The One Hundred Years of Lenny and Margo by Marianne Cronin
  • The Gunckle by Stephen Raleigh
  • The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid

Coming Soon:

  • Survive the Night by Riley Sager
  • The Husband by Chandler Baker
  • Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte Mcconagh
  • A Slow Fire Burnings Paula Hawkins
  • Velvet Was the Night by Silva Morano Garcia

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Are you a Friend of the Library? We are dedicating a good portion of this episode to highlighting and thanking the Friends of the Library for all they do for the staff and the community. Our dear Friend of the Library, Sue Ries, stopped by for a chat and all the details about the upcoming Library Plant Sale!

Amy:

New-ish Releases:

  • Good Company by Cynthia Sweeny D’Aprix
  • Heartwood by The Art of Living With The End of World In Mind by Barbara Becker

Upcoming Releases:

  • Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
  • The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix
  • Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
  • State of Terror by Louise Penny and Hilary Rodham Clinton
  • The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny

Recent Reads:

  • Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Celebrate National Library Week with us as we look back over the past year and forward to all that is to come. Listen to the end for a special interview with beloved Mont Vernon resident Eileen Naber!

Amy:

Suspense Thrillers:

  • Who is Maud Dixson by Alexandra Andrews
  • The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
  • Pretty Things by Janelle Brown
  • His + Hers by Alice Feeney
  • The Last Flight by Julie Clark

General Reccomendations:

  • Sin Eater by Megan Campisi
  • The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

Upcoming:

  • The Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjolalian
  • Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
  • Finding Freedom by Erin French

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We missed you in February and are catching up with a full episode for March. Spring is in the air, the vaccine is rolling out, and we are looking forward to better days. We welcome the new principal of the Mont Vernon Village School, Dr. Kim Sarfde to the podcast and look forward to hearing good news from the school.

Amy:

  • Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
  • The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • Who is Maud Dixon by Alexandra Andrews
  • Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi
  • Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia
  • Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Bonnie:

  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

JoAnn:

  • The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

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Episode 13- Best of 2020

We’re pulled together a list of the best books of 2020. Join us as we take a look back at 2020 for the highs and lows of the year.

Amy:

2020 New Fiction

1. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

2. Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy 

3. Greenwood by Michael Christie

4. Beheld by TaraShea Nesbit

5. Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore

6. The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow

7. The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E.Schwab

8. The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

9. Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Honorable Mentions:

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia

The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

Conjure Women by Afia Atakora

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

Fiction Published Before 2020

1. A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

2. The Warehouse by Rob Hart

3. The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

4.Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

5.The World We Knew by Alice Hoffman

6. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

7. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

8. History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

9. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Honorable Mentions:

The Witch Elm by Tana French

The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia

Non-Fiction

1. Children of the Land by Marcello Hernandez Castillo

2. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

3. She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

4. The Yellow House by Sarah Broom

5. Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

6. The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

7. The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede

8. Breath by James Nestor

9. A Most Beautiful Thing by Arshay Cooper

Honorable Mentions:

The Unwinding of the Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

Meg, Jo, Beth & Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters by Anne Boyd Rioux

Bonnie:

  • Dear Edward by Anna Napolitanio
  • Breathe by James Nestor

Madison:

  • When Things Fall Apart by Peme Chodron
  • Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
  • The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

JoAnn:

  • Louise Penny Inspector Ganache Series
  • Station 11 by Emily John Mandel

…. And More Best of 2020 Booklists:

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