Library Treasures


The Hearts of Men, by Nickolas Butler (BUT), is a novel of a young scout whose life experiences lead him to the Vietnam War and an eventual return to his childhood camp, in the role of scoutmaster. Bravery in the face of challenge, strength of character and spirit are driving forces. Over a lifetime of cold and warmhearted experiences, deep scars are mended and relationships evolve.

You Say it First, by Susan Mallery (MAL), is a love story about a wedding planner and a sculptor. The highs and lows of their creative life is the perfect design for love. The novel is an amusing and heartwarming addition to Mallery’s many successful and entertaining works.

Love and Other Consolation Prizes, by Jamie Ford (FOR), is inspired by a true story. The setting for the novel is the 1909 World’s Fair where a Chinese American orphan is auctioned as a fair prize. The boy is awarded to a madam who sets him up to be the houseboy in her brothel. His story begins in Victorian Seattle and continues on into forty years of bittersweet life experience. Charming and gripping are regular reader emotions during this read.

The War Bride’s Scrapbook, by Caroline Preston (PRE), is an enchanting wartime love story of Lila and Perry Weld. Their love blossoms and blooms in this rich and multilayered novel. The difference between this story and so many other novels is that author Caroline Preston illustrates with original vintage full color scrapbook style. The author is inspired by collecting old scrapbooks and her work in Harvard’s archives.

In his previous work author Andrew Keen has warned his readers of the risks and pitfalls of our new virtual world. In his new book, How to Fix the Future Keen (Science, Keen), he writes about his many international experiences searching for positive workable solutions. Social responsibility, competition, digital literacy, regulation and education are his focus for creating a safe and strong future.

The Gift of Anger: And Other Lessons from My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi is a first hand account by Author Arun Gandhi (Philosophy, Ethics, Gandhi). As a child he attended his Grandfather Gandhi’s Ashram Sevagram for two years. This rich experience enabled him to harness his anger and see it as a gift to motivate him and help him bring about good. This has prompted the eleven valuable life lessons found herein dealing with self-discovery, identity, anger, depression, loneliness, friendship and family. The reader is also able to get a rare, three-dimensional portrait of the person behind Mahatma Gandhi.

Dr. Mithu Storoni ‘s book, Stress-Proof: The Scientific Solution to Protect Your Brain and Body (Psychology, Storoni) is extensively researched yet easily understood information. Dr. Storoni writes about new stress prevention solutions and strategies. Translating cutting-edge scientific finds into clear and simple advice can help reduce the impact of stress on our bodies and minds.

Author Dan Harris’ book, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics (Personal Growth, Harris), introduces the process of creating a meditation practice. His book is helpful as it is written specifically to avoid common rookie mistakes. Many try meditation and give up for a variety of reasons. Harris helps solve the mysteries and elusiveness of enjoying the benefits of meditation.

In The Usefulness of the Useless, author Nuccio Ordine (Philosophy, Ordine) invites the reader to consider the value of life’s minor thoughts and activities. In suggesting that our curious, creative, experimental moments have hidden value, Ordine supports his research by writing about classic philosophies that illustrate and support this idea.

Power Kids Press series, How Your Body Works, is a set of scientific children’s books by author Jacqui Bailey (J 612.1 BAI). Each book includes easy “See for yourself!” experiments, glossary, key word index and the publisher’s web address with current links. This series was designed to inform curious children about the facts of their own body. The six titles are, What Happens When You are Born and Grow?, What Happens When You Eat?, What Happens When You Move?, What Happens When You Use Your Senses?, What Happens When You Breath? and What Happens When Your Heart Beats?

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (J 740.92 STE) is a biography written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. The artist Basquiat grew up having many influential people throughout his art career with the most important being his mother, who this book introduces. Basquiat’s mother encouraged him to learn and create; details of their bond are shared throughout the story. Basquiat’s mother inspired him predicting that one day he would become a famous artist.

The Impossible Clue, by Sarah Rubin J M RUB), is the tale of Alice Jones, a successful junior detective, code maker and crime breaker. Her detecting skills are put to the test when a scientist who invented a cloaking invisibility suit disappears. Little Alice Jones is on the case, and most middle-schoolers will be along for the adventure!


By Dr. Leroy Hommerding
Beach Library Director