Showtime

movies “Solo (Star Wars)” tells the story behind Han’s famous Kessell Run. “On Chesil Beach” based on a novel by Ewan McEwan, in which a collision of anticipation and fear clouds a couple’s wedding night.  “The Only Living Boy in New York”   a recent college graduate seeks the guidance of an eccentric neighbor. In “20th Century Women”, A single mom  enlists the help of two younger women to raise her teenage son. “The Death of Stalin” satirically depicts the power struggle following the dictator’s death.   “Good evening, Mr. Wallenberg” depicts the final days of Raoul Wallenberg,  who was instrumental in saving the lives of thousands of Hungarian Jews.  “Genius: Einstein” profiles the creator of modern physics;  “One Strange Rock” profiles our planet.

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Long ago and far away

Fantasy_Fiction“The Fall of Gondolin”, edited by Christopher Tolkien from a story by J.R.R. Tolkien, continues the pre-history of LOTR.  Gondolin is a hidden stronghold sought by Morgoth (a pre-cursor to LOTS’s Sauron) in his war against Elves and Men.  The story was developed from sketches that originally appeared in “The Book of Lost Tales” and “The Silmarillion“.  If  this appeals,   “Beren and Lúthien” is Tolkien’s most heartfelt love story, while “The Children of Hurin” is  tragic tale about a family cursed by Morgoth .  Also new in fantasy, “Starless” by Jacqueline Carey is a “rich, evocative fantasy epic” about prohesied princeess and her compromised guard, while “Spinning Silver” by Naomi Novik, meanwhile, is a “fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin story.

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People

field“Fly Girls” by Keith O’Brien reminds us that there was more to the early history of flight that Amelia Earhart. He recounts the lives of women aviatrixes who defied convention by participating in races, exhibitions and long-distance flights. “Educated” by Tara Westover tells how the author went on from a survivalist family to earn a PhD at Cambridge.  “In Pieces” recounts actress Sally Field’s journey from Gidget to Norma Rae while “Reckless Daughter” explores the life and art of Joni Mitchell, one of pop music’s finest chirper-cleffers. If these catch your interest, you might also look at recent lies of Princess Margaret, Bunny Mellon, and Stevie Nicks.

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Library closed for Columbus Day

ColumbusThe Nichols Library will be closed on Monday October 8th in observance of Columbus Day.  Regular hours will resume on Tuesday.

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Crime scenes

Poirot  For fiction readers,   we have new mysteries by Archer Mayor and M. C. Beaton.  In “Bury the Lead”, Mayor’s Joe Gunter investigates an arson that may be related toan ebola outbreak.  In “The Dead Ringer”, Beaton’s Agatha Raisin ponders a string of murder  in a village parish.  “A Forgotten Place” by Charles Todd, has Bess Crawford taking a case involving a damaged war veteran.  “The Mystery of Three Quarters”  by Sophie Hannah has a new case of Hercule Poirot.  In  Wild Fire” by Ann Cleeves, Jimmy Prerez tries to find who is harassing a family of newcomers to the Shetlands.

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New discoveries in non-fiction

non fiction things  Michael Lewis, the popular explainer of all things pertaining to the stock market (“The Big Short”, “Liar’s Poker”) is back with “The Fifth Risk”, in which he ventures into the political marketplace. His piece is a commentary on what he considers a dangerous lack of expertise in the present administration.  Meanwhile, “Crashed” by Adam Tooze looks back on the changes brought about by the 2008 market downturn.  “Trump’s America” by Newt Gingrich celebrate’s “our nation’s great comeback”, while “Our Revolution, Bernie Sanders insists we have a long we to go.  And in  “21 lessons for the 21st century”,  Yuval Harari (“Sapiens”), looks ahead with  provocative questions about some of challenges that lie in wait for us.

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New in Fiction

fiction  “Transcription”, a bravura novel of extraordinary power, wit and empathy“ tells about a former MI5 agent who is troubled by her past. “The Labyrinth of the Spirits” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón  blends  suspense, history and literary magic in a story set during the Spanish Civil War. ”Times Convert” by Deborah Harkness is a romance that crosses time to bridge the American Revolution and the present. “When the Lights go Out” by Mary Kubica is a psychological thriller about a women who finds there is not paper trail to prove she exists.

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