Visitors often comment on how charming the Nichols Library is. What’s surprising, then, is that more people spend time enjoying its charms. It’s the perfect place to do some personal business. With our Wi-Fi network, plug-ins for electronics, and fax, scanning and printing capabilities, the library would make a perfect office on the fly. Just the thing for visitors or locals who need a quiet place to work. We can accommodate small meetings during library hours (just be sure to call ahead). Mom’s with kids? Our kid’s nook has toys a-plenty to keep your toddler occupied for a spell. And if you have kids or grand kids who would enjoy some read-aloud or sing-along time, talk with us! Or just come by for a bit to sit and read. There’s nothing like sitting in a pleasant space and letting the imagination run free for re-charging one’s mental batteries. Find one of our comfy chairs by the fireplaces and settle in. Take this quick virtual tour to find your favorite cozy corner.
“The Friend” by Sigrid Nunez is an award-winning story about a woman and her dog that is “allusive and charming”. “More than Words” by Jill Santopolo finds a woman seeing her relations with men in a new light. “Black Leopard, Red Wolf” by James Marlon is a fantasy about a mercenary that is hired to find a missing child. “My Sister, the Serial Killer” by Oyinkan Braithwaite is an indie bestseller about a young beauty with a black widow complex that is “sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit”.
“At Eternity’s Gate” is a drama about Van Gogh’s last years. On a self-imposed exile in Arles, he grapples with religion and mental illness while developing a unique style of painting. William Dafoe in the title role got a best actor shout. “If Beale Street Could Talk” is a romantic drama about a woman who seeks to clear the name of her wrongly charged lover and prove his innocence before the birth of their child. Tho snubbed in the major categories, the film did get nominations for supporting actress (Regina King) and adapted screenplay.
“Cemetery Road” by Greg Iles is another story about privilege and mayhem in Mississippi. “The Malta Exchange’ by Steve Berry features Templars, and clerics and treasures (oh my). “Never Tell” by Lisa Gardner finds the same woman present at two murder scenes. Coincidence? “The Perfect Alibi” by Phillip Margolin uses campus rape as a set-up for suspense. “The Chef” by James Patterson plays the wrongly accused cop card. ‘Wolf Pack” by C. J. Box plays the meddling FBI card.
In “The Lost Man” by Jane Harper (“The Dry”), two brothers find the body of their third sibling in a remote corner of the outback. His death seems suspicions and the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects. Charles Todd is back with “The Black Ascot”. Inspector Rutledge is in search a murder suspect who has eluded capture for ten years. In Jonathan Kellerman’s “The Wedding Guest”, Sturgis and Delaware investigate a death at a wild saints and sinners-themed wedding reception. In “The Killer Collective” by Barry Eisler, a joint FBI-Seattle Police investigation of an international child pornography ring gets too close to powerful people. Visit our catalog by clicking on the links to see a snapshot of these items or to place a reserve. “The Lost Man” and “the Wedding Guest” are also available on audio CD.
“Valley Forge” by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin is a seasonally-appropriate account of the longest winter of the American Revolution. In 1777, after being beaten at Brandywine and Germantown, Washington’s army abandoned Philadelphia. Congress fled to Lancaster, and the army took up winter quarters at Valley Forge. Equal measures of privation, disease and dissent threatened the army’s survival. Drury tells how Washington kept the army together and prepared them to fight another day.
“The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee” by David Treuer tells the story of Native America from the surrender of the tribes in the 1890s to the present. Treuer details the forced assimilation of native children at government-run boarding schools. He shows how military service and urban migration brought native people into the American mainstream. He also explores the native cultural resurgence and resistance movements. This is an “essential, intimate history of a resilient people,” and, in light of the Standing Rock protests and the election of the first native women to Congress, is as timely as today’s news. It also makes an excellent companion to Tommy Orange’s bestselling “There There” and David Grann’s “Killers of the Flower Moon”.