Records, poems and family subject of books at library

The highest. The deepest. The fastest, the slowest. The tallest, the shortest. The longest, the shortest. The oldest, the youngest. The hottest, the coldest. The most, the least. The strangest, the still-pretty-strange-but-less-so.

What else could it be than the “Guinness Book of World Records,” now in its edition for 2016? 

JAN DAWSON — @yourlibrary

This is always popular with youth, but grown-ups won’t be disappointed by a look through this lavish, colorful bonbon.

With the spring equinox in sight now, here’s some of what else is new at your library. 

Local favorite Jim Harrison gives us a new title, this time a volume of verse, “Dead Man’s Float.” 

Describing his title’s derivation from the survival tactic for exhausted swimmers, Harrison’s poems spring from a bout with shingles and the rigors of back surgery in his recent life. Though acknowledging the frailties of older age, the poems are, as always, vibrant, wry and deeply felt.

An interesting adjunct is American poet Dean Young’s “Shock by Shock,” all poems written since his heart transplant in 2011. 

The joy of renewed life imbue these poems while the prolific Young continues to explore and employ themes and techniques from his nearly thirty-year career.

In new series fiction, our reliable friend, Jonathan Kellermann, has “Breakdown” — a new psychological thriller concerning the death of a long-ago actress friend of Alex Delaware and the disappearance of her son.

In “Corridors of the Night,” Anne Perry takes us along with Commander William Monk of the Thames River Police and his wife, Heather, as they become involved with two brilliant, but obsessed scientists who have unfortunately veered into madness and murder. 

Anne Perry takes us to Victorian England, but look to Stephanie Barron to take us back further to the England of George III in her series of Jane Austen mysteries. 

Barron’s newest entry is “Jane and the Waterloo Map,” with Jane encountering murder and intrigue in the weeks following the battle of Waterloo. Lots of good “Austeniana” here with characters, atmosphere, writing style and with our fictional Jane hard at work editing the proofs of “Emma.” 

Back to the 21st century with Meg Moore’s “The Admissions,” portraying a frazzled family — parents with busy careers and three children, one of whom is a senior in high school and equally frazzled with AP courses, extracurricular activities, and college applications. 

The “frazzlement” of all involved reaches a critical mass — how can/will the family emerge from the chaos? Look for this well-reviewed novel of contemporary family life — some regard it as a cautionary tale — in large print.

The library has received a fresh new copy of Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk’s, “My Name is Red.”

The Sultan in 16th century Istanbul wants a book created that will celebrate his many glories. He also wants the book to be illustrated in the Western-style of medieval Europe illuminations, which is a problem since (as we know) representational art is not acceptable in Islam. 

Pamuk’s book, besides concerning itself with art, religion, and power, has a mystery built in as well — one of the master illuminators is found murdered. What to do? What to do? Inventive, absorbing, and probably more relevant to us now than when it was first published in 1998. 

And whether you are in search of that which is relevant, or that which is escape, the library has you covered.

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