Dear Friends and Book Lovers,
I’ve decided to start off each newsletter with our hours of operation, just so you know: Saturday, September 16, we will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Annex Building in the library’s large parking lot.
Collectors Corner: History is the theme for our September 16 Collectors Corner. We begin with more old newspapers from the past, the oldest being the Dayton Daily News headline of FDR’s death on April 12, 1945 ($5). For Kennedy’s shocking assassination, an assortment: November 22, 1963 from the Xenia Daily Gazette and the Dayton Daily News and November 24 and 25, 1963 from the New York Times (all for $10). Less than five years later, Kennedy’s brother Robert fell victim to another assassin’s bullet and we have editions of the Dayton Daily News and the Dayton Journal Herald from June 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, 1968 (all for $10). In 1974, we lost another president, this time to scandal. The August 8 edition of the Dayton Daily News and the August 9 edition of the Dayton Journal cover Nixon’s resignation (two newspapers for $3).
As history is being made today in Texas and Florida, it is interesting to look back at the Great Storm of 1900 in Galveston (GALVESTON: THE HORRORS OF A STRICKEN CITY by Murat Halstead, published in 1900 and selling for $5). It is estimated that 8,000 or more people lost their lives on September 8, 1900 in that category 4 hurricane.
On a happier note, you may page through Elise Lathrop’s HISTORIC HOUSES OF EARLY AMERICA (1927, $2) beginning with the oldest surviving houses in the United States and ending in the mansions of Maryland.
Other history books are AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WORLD HISTORY, edited by William Langer (1948, $2) with genealogical tables of dynasties the world over; HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA by Henry Elson (1910, $2) with many interesting maps; ADVENTURES OF AMERICA 1857-1900 by John Kouwenhoven (1938, $2) filled with beautiful engravings from Harper’s Weekly; and THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA II FROM THE CIVIL WAR by David Muzzey ((1924, $2). In 1941, Emil Lengyel published a history, DAKAR: OUTPOST OF TWO HEMISPHERES (hardback in good dust jacket, $2).
We have an 1840 copy of MEMOIRS OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (ex-library, in very good condition, $5).
Alfred Kinsey made history of another kind with SEXUAL BEHAVIOR IN THE HUMAN FEMALE (1953, $2.50) and SEXUAL BEHAVIOR IN THE HUMAN MALE (1948, $2).
We have two history books for children: FAMOUS AMERICANS by Richard Uhrbrock and Albert Owens (1926, $2) and FRONTIERS TO EXPLORE (1956, $2). However, the prize in our children’s section is THE CHILD’S BIBLE, published in 1884 ($10). It has over 200 illustrations in leather binding with gold lettering and edging. This beautiful book was published before my grandmother was even born!
Last but not least, from Wm. H. Wise & Co., a terrific 1952 cookbook, THE WISE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COOKERY ($2). This covers the ground from abalone to zythum, an ancient kind of beer, features 32 pages of pictures in full color and a dust jacket with a fifties housewife cheerfully pulling a pie from the oven.
On the Special Sale Table: Actress Lauren Bacall would have celebrated her 93rd birthday on Saturday and we are dedicating our Theater, Movies, Radio & TV book sale to her with a 50% discount on all books in this section, including plays and Shakespeare. We also have Ms. Bacall’s autobiography, NOW.
Choice Selections Fiction: A GAME OF THRONES by George R. R. Martin; COMMONWEALTH by Ann Patchett; CIRCLING THE SUN by Paula McLain; THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead; LOVE & TREASURE by Ayelet Waldman; THE BOOKSHOP ON THE CORNER by Jenny Colgan; and THE WOMAN IN THE CASTLE by Jessica Shattuck.
Choice Selections Non-Fiction: THE STORY OF GRAPHIC DESIGN by Patrick Cramsie; THE HERBAL YEARBOOK by Gillian Haslam; THE PERSONAL MEMOIRS OF ULYSSES S. GRANT, in facsimile edition—Grant finished this one week before he died in 1885 at the age of 63; THE GIRL WITH THE LOWER BACK TATTOO by Amy Schumer; DESTINY AND POWER: THE AMERICAN ODYSSEY OF GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH by Jon Meacham; and BUSH by Jean Edward Smith.
In Memoriam: The late novelist Susan Vreeland, who died last month at the age of 71, blended art with her fiction. We have THE PASSION OF ARTEMISIA, about the post-Renaissance Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi and LIFE STUDIES, a look at the lovers, servants, children and neighbors of the Impressionist artists—Renoir, Manet, Monet and more. Both are hardbacks in dust jackets in excellent condition.
Puzzles: Bath time for dogs and kitty in this cute 500-piece jigsaw puzzle.
Animals & Pets: I KNEAD MY MOMMY AND OTHER POEMS BY KITTENS by Francesco Marciuliano; I LOVE MY CAT from Woman’s Day with photos by Laura Moss; HOW TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD: A LOLCAT GUIDE TO WINNING by Professor Happycat; THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE FURRY: LIFE WITH THE WORLD’S MOST MELANCHOLY CAT by Tom Cox; ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW I LEARNED FROM MY CAT by Suzy Becker; FOREST ANIMALS from North Word Press; and THE CAT WHO CRIED FOR HELP: ATTITUDES, EMOTIONS AND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CATS by Nicholas Dodman.
Biography: ROSE: MY LIFE IN SERVICE by Rosina Harrison, personal maid to Lady Astor; JENNIE: THE LIFE OF LADY RANDOLPH CHURCHILL, THE ROMANTIC YEARS 1854-1895 by Ralph Martin; KILGALLEN: A BIOGRAPHY OF DOROTHY KILGALLEN by Lee Israel (I include this old chestnut because of a photograph of Dorothy’s ad promoting Camels cigarettes—for digestion’s sake! She died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 52 in 1965); SWEET JUDY BLUE EYES: MY LIFE IN MUSIC by Judy Collins; JOHNNY CARSON by Henry Bushkin; THE PHANTOM OF FIFTH AVENUE: THE MYSTERIOUS LIFE AND SCANDALOUS DEATH OF HUGUETTE CLARK by Meryl Gordon; STEPHEN KING: THE ART OF DARKNESS by Douglas Winter; and I AM MALALA by Malala Yousafzai.
Classics: A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce; NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND by Fyodor Dostoevsky; DOCTOR ZHIVAGO by Boris Pasternak; ESSAYS by Thomas Mann; THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck; and THE GILDED AGE, THE AMERICAN CLAIMANT & PUDD’NHEAD WILSON, PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS OF JOAN OF ARC and A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT by Mark Twain.
Cookbooks: THE PRESIDENT’S COOKBOOK by Poppy Cannon & Patricia Brooks and THE SHAKER COOK BOOK by Caroline Piercy.
Crafts & Hobbies: OUR BEST BABY AFGHANS from Leisure Arts; NATURAL DYES AND HOME DYEING by Rita Adrosko; THE WEAVING, SPINNING AND DYEING BOOK by Rachel Brown; THE FIRST APARTMENT BOOK: COOL DESIGN FOR SMALL SPACES by Kyle Schuneman; THE COMPLETE CANDLEMAKER by Norma Coney; and PAGES: INNOVATIVE BOOKMAKING TECHNIQUES by Linda Kenzle.
Fantasy: MYSTIC QUEST by Tracy & Laura Hickman; BEAUTY AND THE WEREWOLF and WEREHUNTER by Mercedes Lackey; THE DRAGON WAITING, an alternative medieval history by John Ford; ON FIRE’S WING by Christie Golden; TOUCH OF VENOM by Janine Cross; HARSHINI by Jennifer Fallon; and THE SMOKE THIEF by Shana Abe.
Fiction: BELOVED by Toni Morrison; BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MUSEUM by Kate Atkinson; SOUTH OF BROAD by Pat Conroy; THE FEAST OF LOVE by Charles Baxter; THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING by Milan Kundera; ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes; AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED by Khaled Hosseini; and STORM SURGE: A NOVEL OF HURRICANE KATRINA by Ramsey Coutta.
Gardening: 100% ORGANIC PEST CONTROL FOR HOME & GARDEN by Tom Roberts; THE WORLD OF HERBS AND FLOWERS by Adelma Simmons; GARDENING THROUGH YOUR GOLDEN YEARS by Jim Wilson; CULPEPPER’S COLOR HERBAL, edited by David Potterton; and THE HERB BOOK by Arabella Boxer & Philipps Back.
History: CHURCHILL’S TRIAL: WINSTON CHURCHILL AND THE SALVATION OF FREE GOVERNMENT by Larry Arvin; A NEW AGE BEGINS: A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION by Page Smith; SURGERY: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY by Ira Rutkow; SOLDIER OF THE EMPIRE: THE NOTEBOOKS OF CAPTAIN COIGNET, edited by Bob Carruthers; GRAY FOX: ROBERT E. LEE AND THE CIVIL WAR by Burke Davis; MORNINGS ON HORSEBACK: THE STORY OF THE UNIQUE CHILD WHO BECAME THEODORE ROOSEVELT by David McCullough; BUNKER HILL: A CITY, A SIEGE, A REVOLUTION by Nathaniel Philbrick; FREEDOM FROM FEAR: THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN DEPRESSION AND WAR, 1929-1945 by David Kennedy; and THE SIXTH GREAT POWER: A HISTORY OF ONE OF THE GREATEST BANKING FAMILIES, THE HOUSE OF BARINGS, 1762-1929 by Philip Ziegler.
Horror: ESCAPE FROM ZOMBIE CITY by Ray Wallace; BLOODCURDLING TALES OF HORROR AND THE MACABRE by H. P. Lovecraft; HAUNTED by Chuck Palahniuk; QUINCEY MORRIS, VAMPIRE by P. N. Elrod; and THE WINTER PEOPLE by Jennifer McMahon.
Household: HOW TO CONQUER CLUTTER by Stephanie Culp; THE COMPLETE BOOK OF HOME ORGANIZATION by Toni Hammersley; and THE ONE-MINUTE ORGANIZER: 500 TIPS FOR GETTING YOUR LIFE IN ORDER by Donna Smallin.
Kentuckiana: HISTORICAL INDIANA COOKBOOK by Patricia Knott and THE THIRD WITCH, a woman’s take on Macbeth by New Albany native Rebecca Reisert.
Mystery: DEATH OF A DOWAGER and DEATH OF A SCHOOLGIRL, two books in the Jane Eyre series by Joanna Slan; A HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER, THE BEGGAR KING and THE DARK MONK, three books in the medieval series by Oliver Potzsch; and THE UNSCRATCHABLES, a satiric dog mystery by Cornelius Kane.
True Crime: TO THE LAST BREATH: THREE WOMEN FIGHT FOR THE TRUTH BEHIND A CHILD’S TRAGIC MURDER by Carlton Stowers.
New & Notable: THE JUMBO DUCT TAPE BOOK by Jim and Tim, the Duct Tape Guys and WOMEN WHO LOVE BOOKS TOO MUCH by Brenda Knight.
New Age & Parapsychology: HEALING CRYSTALS AND GEMS FROM AMETHYST TO ZIRCON by Flora Peschek-Bohmer; HEALING GARDENS: AROMATHERAPY, FENG SHUI, HOLISTIC GARDENING, HERBALISM, COLOR THERAPY, MEDITATION by Romy Rawlings; THE WICCA HANDBOOK by Eileen Holland; ADVANCED CANDLE MAGICK by Ray Buckland; THE ONLY BOOK OF WICCA SPELLS YOU’LL EVER NEED by Marian Singer et al; THE CRAFT: A WITCH’S BOOK OF SHADOWS by Dorothy Morrison; EARTH POWER, SPELL CRAFTS: CREATING MAGICAL OBJECTS, LIVING WICCA, THE MAGICAL HOUSEHOLD, MAGICAL AROMATHERAPY and THE COMPLETE BOOK OF INCENSE, OILS & BREWS by Scott Cunningham; and WHAT IS SCIENTOLOGY by L. Ron Hubbard.
Paranormal Romance: CHANGELING by Yasmine Galenorn.
Philosophy: TEACHINGS OF THE TAO, selected by Eva Wong.
Psychology & Self-Help: FURIOUSLY HAPPY: A FUNNY BOOK ABOUT HORRIBLE THINGS by Jenny Lawson.
Religion: SISTER OF WISDOM: ST. HILDEGARD’S THEOLOGY OF THE FEMININE by Barbara Newman and MYSTICS AND MESSIAHS: CULTS AND NEW RELIGIONS IN AMERICAN HISTORY by Philip Jenkins.
Science & Nature: UNDERSTANDING GREEN BUILDINGS by Traci Rider; GORGEOUSLY GREEN: 8 SIMPLE STEPS TO AN EARTH-FRIENDLY LIFE by Sophie Uliano; and HOW TO BUILD A DINOSAUR: EXTINCTION DOESN’T HAVE TO BE FOREVER by Jack Horner and James Gorman.
Science Fiction: THE WHITE ABACUS by Damien Broderick; WHEN SHE WOKE by Hillary Jordan; STAR CORPS by Ian Douglas; CALLAHAN’S LADY by Spider Robinson; THE IRON DRAGON’S DAUGHTER by Michael Swanwick; THE WORLD INSIDE by Robert Silverberg; and CHROME CIRCLE by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon.
Westerns & American Indians: COWGIRL UP by Linda Dockery and THE FIRST MOUNTAIN MAN: CHEYENNE CHALLENGE by William Johnstone.
FOR THE CHILDREN
Comics: WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS and B & V FRIENDS COMICS.
Hardback Picture Books: DOWN IN THE GARDEN ALPHABET BOOK by Anne Geddes; THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF THE PRINCESSES FROM PLANET STEM by Erin Albert with pictures by Pam Fraizer; and I SPY MYSTERY: A BOOK OF PICTURE RIDDLES by Jean Marzollo.
Foreign-Language Picture Books: PEACE IS AN OFFERING (LA PAZ ES UNA OFRENDA) by Annette Le Box with pictures by Stephanie Graegin.
Series Books: Volumes 2-9 and 11-12 in AVALON: WEB OF MAGIC by Rachel Roberts and DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODERICK RULES by Jeff Kinney.
Intermediate Fiction: SMALL STEPS by Louis Sachar; EGGS by Jerry Spinelli; THE PEPINS AND THEIR PROBLEMS by Polly Horvath; THE WITCHES by Roald Dahl; THE SUMMER OF RILEY by Eve Bunting; ABSOLUTELY NORMAL CHAOS by Sharon Creech; and THE TIGER RISING by Kate DiCamillo.
Non-Fiction: SEVENTEEN ULTIMATE GUIDE TO STYLE by Ann Shoket and DINOSAURS ON MY STREET by David West.
Children’s Biography: A BOY NAMED GIOTTO by Paolo Guarnieri with pictures by Bimba Landmann.
Newbery Shelf: OLIVE’S STORY by Kevin Henkes; HATCHET by Gary Paulsen; PRINCESS ACADEMY by Shannon Hale; A GIRL NAMED DISASTER by Nancy Farmer; HOLES by Louis Sachar; and NUMBER THE STARS by Lois Lowry.
Classics: A LITTLE PRINCESS by Frances Hodgson Burnett and THE PRINCESS AND THE GOBLIN by George MacDonald.
Ready-to Read: SPLAT THE CAT: GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT (Level 1) by Rob Scotton.
Young Adult & Intermediate Fantasy: HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE, HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE and HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by J. K. Rowling; NOMANSLAND by Lesley Hauge; WILDWOOD IMPERIUM by Colin Melot; INHERITANCE, BRISINGER, ELDEST and ERAGON by Christopher Paolini; THE LIGHTNING THIEF by Rick Riordan; GRACELING by Kristin Cashore; BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE by Annette Klause; THE TROLL KING by John Vornholt; AQUAMARINE by Alice Hoffman; DRAGON’S BREATH by E. D. Baker; SISTERS OF ISIS: THE SUMMONING and DAUGHTERS OF THE MOON: GODDESS OF THE NIGHT by Lynne Ewing; WITCH & WIZARD: THE GIFT by James Patterson; DRAGONOLOGY CHRONICLES: THE DRAGON’S EYE by Dugald Steer; PRINCESS NEVERMORE by Dian Regan; and THE TWO PRINCESSES OF BAMMARE by Gail Carson Levine.
Young Adult Fiction: LOCKDOWN by Walter Dean Myers and THE WORM TUNNEL by Michael Dahl.
Finally a reminder—when you join the Friends of the Library, you are supporting all the library’s programs and resources in your community. Ask at the cashier’s desk when you check out—joining is easy! And don’t forget to go to the library’s website at www.nafclibrary.org to find out about all the neat FREE programs that are available in part because you are a Friends member.