Featured Book of the Week: 

Each week, library staff, volunteers or trustees will highlight a book in the collection. This might be a newly published book or an older book made relevant by current events or local interests. If you'd like to suggest a book, please feel free to contact us! 

Book of the week: 1/19/2022

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The World Played Chess by Robert Dugoni is an exceptional coming of age story. The reader gets to see the points of view of three young men on the cusp of adulthood. William’s story mainly takes place as an 18-year-old fighting in Vietnam.  The summer before going to college; Vincent meets William about ten years after his time in Vietnam. During that summer, the two work on a construction site. Vincent learns what courage is from William. Later, when Vincent’s son Beau is a senior, William sends Vincent the journal he wrote in Vietnam. Vincent learns more about life through the journal and is able to help his son through a tragedy.

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave follows Georgia Ford from her final wedding dress to the final harvest at her parent's winery. During her final fitting, Georgia sees her fiancé walking with another woman. Upset and angry, Georgia drives nine hours to seek comfort from her parents. What greets her is even more upsetting. She sees a man wrapped only in a towel coming out of her mother's bedroom. These are just two of the secrets that Georgia discovers about her life and family. Will she be able to hold together all that is important to her? 

Book of the week: 12/30/2021

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Book of the week: 12/30/2021

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave follows Georgia Ford from her final wedding dress to the final harvest at her parent's winery. During her final fitting, Georgia sees her fiancé walking with another woman. Upset and angry, Georgia drives nine hours to seek comfort from her parents. What greets her is even more upsetting. She sees a man wrapped only in a towel coming out of her mother's bedroom. These are just two of the secrets that Georgia discovers about her life and family. Will she be able to hold together all that is important to her? 

Book of the week: 12/21/2021

The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom is a book that causes the reader to rethink choices that we make in difficult times. Benji, the main character, is racked with guilt because he didn’t stop his cousin from committing a terrible act. However, Benji has spent his life dealing with guilt from his mother’s death and the love of his life leaving. Is he accurately remembering the explosion of the yacht? Jarty LeFleur is torn apart from guilt and sadness due to the death of his young daughter. Benji’s and Jarty’s lives cross and will be impacted by each other and their beliefs.

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Book of the week: 12/9/2021

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Going There by Katie Couric is a no-holds-barred biography. Couric has accomplished many goals in her career. However, there has been plenty of heartbreak and tragedy in her life as well. Couric is brutally honest in her assessment of people she has met throughout her professional life.  Undoubtedly, there are celebrities and politicians who are not thrilled about being included in her recounting.

Book of the week: 11/23/2021

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Amor Towles' new book has characters who, like in real life, are beautifully flawed. The main character, Emmet, wants to turn his life around for himself and his younger brother Billy. He is thwarted at every turn by Duchess. Another character, Woolly has the purest of hearts, but is easily misled. Duchess is determined to find the $150,000 that Woolly has told him about and says half the money will be Emmett's. That amount of money in 1954 is a powerful incentive, what lengths will Duchess go to to get that money? 

Book of the week: 11/17/2021

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This beautifully illustrated new children's book is by Maine author's Suzanne Greenlaw, a citizen of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and Gabriel Frey, a citizen of the Passamaquoddy Nation. It tells the story of a young Native American child learning the tradition of picking sweetgrass for basket weaving from her grandmother.  

Book of the week: 11/3/2021

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The story of a young woman related to Eleanor of Aquitaine in 12th century, Marie is too tall, too strong and too awkward to be welcome at the royal court. She is sent to become the abbess of a convent in England and becomes a force to be reckoned with. The character development in this book delves deep and pulls you in without revealing too much at once. 

Book of the week: 10/27/2021

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One of our library trustees is offering up this suggestion, The Incredible Winston Browne by Sean Dietrich. This book is a capsule of small town life with a baseball under theme. Lots of wisdom is woven into this story without being preachy or sentimental. It takes place in the 1950s when the Brooklyn Dodgers won the World Series. 

Book of the week: 10/20/2021

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We've added the Sandman series by Neil Gaiman to the library collection this week in preparation for the new Netflix series which is due out at the end of 2021 or start of 2022. The first book, Preludes and Nocturnes, follows the story of Dream of the Endless after he is captured and held prisoner by magicians for 70 years. A classic graphic novel that cleverly weaves together many different stories from human history and mythology, this 'comic' is definitely not for children! 

The teaser trailer for the show can be found here.

Book of the Week: 10/13/2021

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This biography of Annie Wilkins, a resident of Minot for most of her life, was outstanding. To call her interesting would be an understatement; she decided to travel from Maine to California by horseback at the age of 63 in the 1950s. The book also contains unique historical information about Maine and the other states through which she traveled. Give us a call to get on the reserve list, it's been a popular read! 

If you've read it already, have a look at the time that Annie was on You Bet Your Life with Groucho Marx here.  Annie appears at 12:28 in the video.