Dear Friends and Book Lovers,
I’ve decided to start off each newsletter with our hours of operation, just so you know: Saturday, January 19, 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: Once again, it’s time for an Indiana Sale. New Albany High School yearbooks, both Vistas and Blotters, are a major feature of this sale. Selling for $2 each, we have 1982, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1970, 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962 and 1961 (multiple copies available for some years). Going back to the years of the Blotter and selling for $3 each, we have 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947 and 1948. Blotters from the Roaring Twenties will sell for $4 each and include: 1931, 1926, 1925, 1924, 1923 and 1922. Our oldest Blotters come from the turn of the last century and will sell for $5 each: 1912 ½, 1917 and 1917 ½ -1918. We also have SILVER JUBILEE PRO-SEMINARY from Mt. St. Francis (1936, $3).
We have many, many of those old City Directories for New Albany, Jeffersonville and Indianapolis covering time periods from the 1940s to the 1990s. We hope you will be interested in doing a little research with one of these—1980s and 1990s, $2 each, 1960s and 1970s $3 each and anything earlier than 1959, $5 each!
Three books of poetry include: POEMS by Meredith Nicholson (1906, $2); HOOSIER BARDS by Benjamin Parker (1891, $5); and THE OLD SERGEANT AND OTHER POEMS by Forceythe Willson, who moved to New Albany with his family as a boy and married a young woman from New Albany, Elisabeth Smith, who tragically died in childbirth a year later (1867, $4).
We have many more books of interest to Hoosiers and their friends: SONGS OF THE WAR FOR THE UNION AND THE MYSTIC ISLE by Philip Bevan (1887, $6); INDIANA IN THE CIVIL WAR ERA 1850-1880 by Emma Lou Thornbrough (1965, $2.50); JENNETTE BROWNING OR A HOOSIER GIRL’S VICTORY by Jennie Brown Doremus (1889, $7.50); WEST BADEN SPRINGS: LEGACY OF DREAMS by Chris Bundy (2000, $2); HOLIDAY WORLD by Pat Koch and Jane Ammeson (signed, 2006, $3); THE CYCLONE OF 1917: THE STORY OF THE DEVESTATING TORNADO WHICH STRUCK SOUTHERN INDIANA ON MARCH 23, 1917 by Gary and Sara Purlee (2007, $2); THE VILLAGE AT THE END OF THE ROAD: A CHAPTER IN EARLY INDIANA RAILROAD HISTORY by Wylie Daniels (1938, $2); CAVES OF INDIANA by Richard Powell (contains many maps—1961, $4); REPORT OF GEOLOGICAL RECONNOISSANCE OF INDIANA by David Owen (1862, $15); THE OHIO RIVER by R. R. Jones (many charts and drawings—1916, $9); PRIVATE BILL’S SKETCH BOOK OF THE WORLD WAR by Buck Private Will E. Rogers (signed—1931, $7.50); TORNADO: APRIL 3, 1974 from The Courier-Journal (1974, $2); HISTORY OF HANOVER COLLEGE 1829-1927 by William Millis (1927, $2.50); MEMOIR OF SYLVESTER SCOVEL, D. D., late president of Hanover College by James Wood (1851, $12.50); CELEBRATED AMERICAN CAVERNS, ESPECIALLY MAMMOTH, WYANDOT AND LURAY by Horace Hovey (1882, $9.50); A GRAMMAR OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE by William Cobbett; a leather-bound, limited edition of MEN OF THE COMPASS AND THE LEGEND OF THE INDIAN HILL SILVER by D. J. Ruckman (2010, $9); and a giant doorstop of a book, AN AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE by Noah Webster, bound in leather and presented to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1885 by the publisher ($12.50).
We have a book on Indiana railroads, MONON: THE HOOSIER LINE by Gary and Stephen Dolzall (1987, $2) as well as a magazine, The Hoosier Line, from August 2014 ($1) and three pamphlets, THE BOTTLE DIGGER’S HANDBOOK by Jerry & Elaine Schmitt of Jeffersonville (1975, $2), REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOLDIERS OF HARRISON COUNTY, INDIANA by Arville Funk (signed, 1975, $3) and GOLD AND DIAMONDS IN INDIANA by John Hill (1988, $4).
Although she wasn’t a Hoosier, Marguerite Higgins was a courageous war correspondent. Her WAR IN KOREA (1951, $2) is a classic.
Finally, two cooking pamphlets from the Culinary Arts Institute in Chicago might provide some humor: HOW TO FEED A FAMILY OF 5 ON $15 A WEEK COOK BOOK and CUT 20% FROM YOUR FOOD BILL COOK BOOK, both from 1942 and both $2.
Puzzles!: When you’re stuck inside during the winter, it’s a good time to work a jigsaw puzzle. We have two, each 1,000 pieces and each selling for a dollar: CHILE PEPPERS (photograph) and NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE (photograph).
On the Special Sale Table: Our annual Mystery & True Crime sale is here! We honor Patricia Highsmith, the eccentric creator of the Tom Ripley series, who was born ninety-eight years ago on Saturday. Her first novel, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, was made into a memorable movie by Alfred Hitchcock. Although her output was small compared to many in the genre, she has been praised as a genius. We have STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, RIPLEY UNDER WATER and THE MYSTERIOUS MR. RIPLEY, a collection of Ripley novels. And, of course, we have many, many other books by popular favorites like James Patterson, David Baldacci, Sue Grafton and more. Stock up on your winter reading this Saturday!
Choice Selections Fiction: THE PEOPLES OF MIDDLE EARTH and THE LEGEND OF SIGURD & GUDRUN by J. R. R. Tolkien and HIDDENSEE: A TALE OF THE ONCE AND FUTURE NUTCRACKER by Gregory Maguire.
Choice Selections Non-Fiction: THE EVERYDAY LIFE OF THE ANCIENT INCAS by Dr. David Jones; TOMB RAIDER: THE ART OF SURVIVAL by Brian Horton; OBSESSED WITH STAR WARS: TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY by Benjamin Harper (this neat book has 2,500 questions and a little battery-powered box to test yourself with—I tried it and it works!); and BECOMING by Michelle Obama.
In Memoriam: Amos Oz, the renowned Israeli writer, died at the end of December at the age of 79. We have his memoir, A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS.
Animals & Pets: HERO DOGS: 100 TRUE STORIES OF DARING DEEDS by Peter Jones; PEDIGREE POINTS: DOGS by Janice Gardner; THE ULTIMATE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF DOG BREEDS & DOG CARE by Peter Larkin; LIVING WITH DOGS: COLLECTING AND TRADITIONS, AT HOME AND AFIELD by Laurence Sheehan; DOGS GONE BAD by Jack Russell; DOGS WITH JOBS: WORKING DOGS AROUND THE WORLD by Merrily Wiesbord; CARING FOR YOUR DOG by Bruce Fogle; and THE HUMMINGBIRD BOOK: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO ATTRACTING, IDENTIFYING AND ENJOYING HUMMINGBIRDS by Donald and Lillian Stokes.
Automobiles: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF MOTORCYCLES by Roy Bacon and THE CULT OF THE BIG RIGS AND THE LIFE OF THE LONG HAUL TRUCKER by Graeme Ewens.
Biography: FRANKLIN AND WINSTON: AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF AN EPIC FRIENDSHIP by Jon Meacham; THE SECRET LIFE OF MARILYN MONROE by J. Randy Taraborrelli; TRUMBO by Bruce Cook; THEFT BY FINDING: DIARIES 1977-2002 by David Sedaris; ENCHANTMENT: THE LIFE OF AUDREY HEPBURN by Donald Spoto; THE DEVIL’S HIGHWAY: A TRUE STORY by Luis Alberto Urrea; SELENA, WITH LOVE by Chris Perez; MY LIFE IN FRANCE by Julia Child; THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeannette Walls; WEST WITH THE NIGHT by Beryl Markham; IDEAS AND OPINIONS by Albert Einstein; LOVE IS THE CURE by Elton John; BLUES ALL AROUND ME by B. B. King; and GRANT AND TWAIN: THE STORY OF AN AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP by Mark Perry.
Christian Fiction: SHARING A LAUGH, with stories by Barbara Johnson, Patsy Clairmont and more and STRANDED IN PARADISE by Lori Copeland.
Classics: SWANN’S WAY by Marcel Proust and UNCLE TOM’S CABIN by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Crafts & Hobbies: NEW GLASS: STAINED GLASS FOR THE AGE OF HANDMADE HOUSES by Otto Rigan and STAINED GLASS: TRADITIONS AND TECHNIQUES by Joan Scobey.
Erotic Fiction: SEVEN YEARS TO SIN by Sylvia Day.
Fantasy: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING and THE RETURN OF THE KING by J. R. R. Tolkien and THE SPARROW by Mary Doria Russell.
Fiction: In SELECTED WRITINGS OF TRUMAN CAPOTE (here you’ll find the short story BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S and learn the real story of Holly Golightly, not the movie version); LIFE OF PIE by Yann Martel; BLONDE, an imagining of Marilyn Monroe’s life by Joyce Carol Oates and TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty.
History: THE SLAVE TRADE AND THE ORIGINS OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW by Jenny Martinez.
Horror: THE CHEMIST by Stephenie Meyer.
New & Notable: CROSSING OVER: ONE WOMAN’S ESCAPE FROM AMISH LIFE by Ruth Garrett and IF TEACUPS COULD TALK: SHARING A CUP OF KINDNESS WITH TREASURED FRIENDS by Emilie Barnes with paintings by Sandy Clough.
New Age & Parapsychology: PALM READING: A NEW GUIDE TO A MYSTERIOUS ART by Dennis Fairchild.
Paranormal Romance: SHADOW RIDER, FIRE BOUND and EARTH BOUND by Christine Feehan.
Radio: IN SEARCH OF LAKE WOBEGON by Garrison Keillor with photos by Richard Olsenius.
Reference: BOOK OF GREAT THOUGHTS & FUNNY SAYINGS by Bob Phillips.
Religion: DEVOTIONS UPON EMERGENT OCCASIONS & DEATH’S DUEL by John Donne.
Science Fiction: STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel.
Audio Books on CD: New for 2019! All books on CD will sell for $1 per book. Also, the 50% discount will apply to mysteries on CD and include GONE FOR GOOD by Harlan Coben.
Music CDs: ELTON JOHN: SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT, in memory of Princess Diana and DOUGLAS BLUE FEATHER: SEVENTH FIRE, a musical journey around the Universal Peace Shield of Truths featuring the Native American flute.
DVD: THE AVENGERS ’63 with Patrick MacNee and Honor Blackman; THE AVENGERS ’63 with Patrick MacNee and Diana Rigg; THE BLIND SIDE with Sandra Bullock; THE NOTEBOOK with Ryan Gosling; THE WEDDING CRASHERS with Owen Wilson; and MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE with Kevin Costner.
FOR THE CHILDREN
More Books for Winter: THE SNOWY DAY (UN DIA DE NIEVE) by Ezra Jack Keats; three Little Polar Bear books by Hans de Beer; THE VERY FAIRY PRINCESS SPARKLES IN THE SNOW by Julie Andrews with pictures by Christine Davenier; two board books, BABY DONALD MAKES A SNOWFRIEND (also in Spanish) and AMY AND THE SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE; and paperback picture books like THE FIRST DAY OF WINTER by Denise Fleming; SADIE AND THE SNOWMAN by Allen Morgan with pictures by Brenda Clark; MILLIONS OF SNOWFLAKES by Mary Siddals with pictures by Elizabeth Sayles; and many more.
Pop-Ups: OCEAN PICTURE POPS from Priddy Books.
Graphic Novel: TINTIN, 3 complete adventures in 1 volume, by Herge.
Board Books for Little Ones: MY DINOSAUR ABC by Luisa Adam; DISNEY BEST FRIENDS, a Look and Find for Toddlers;
Hardback Picture Books: GOOD ZAP, LITTLE GROG by Sarah Wilson with pictures by Susan Meddaugh; PENNY AND PUP by Linda Jennings with pictures by Jane Chapman; and SILLY STREET by Jeff Foxworthy with pictures by Steve Bjorkman.
Paperback Picture Books: ALEXANDER, WHO’S NOT (DO YOU HEAR ME? I MEAN IT!) GOING TO MOVE by Judith Viorst; THE CIRCLE OF DAYS by Reeve Lindbergh with pictures by Cathie Felstead; BRAVE LITTLE MONSTER by Ken Baker with pictures by Geoffrey Hayes; A COLOR OF HIS OWN by Leo Lionni; BEAR’S SHADOW by Frank Asch; OVER IN THE RAIN FOREST by Connie and Peter Roop with pictures by Carol Schwartz; ICKY BUG SHAPES by Jerry Pallotta with pictures by Shennen Bersani; THE LITTLE SPEEDY BUG by Bill Martin Jr. with pictures by Patrick Corrigan; DANDELION by Don Freeman; RABBITS & RAINDROPS by Jim Arnosky; THE WIND BLEW by Pat Hutchins; I LOVE YOU THE PURPLEST by Barbara Joosse with pictures by Mary Whyte; THE BUGLIEST BUG by Carol Shields with pictures by Scott Nash; and CURIOUS GEORGE AND THE PUPPIES by Margret & H. A. Rey.
Series Books: THIS ISN’T WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: THE SECRET SERIES BOOK 4 by Pseudonymous Bosch.
Intermediate Fiction: FLUSH by Carl Hiaasen; UNDER THE BLOOD RED SUN by Graham Salisbury; IF A TREE FALLS AT LUNCH PERIOD by Gennifer Choldenko; and DISTANT WAVES, a novel of the Titanic by Suzanne Weyn.
Non-Fiction: MUMMIES, TOMBS AND TREASURE: SECRETS OF ANCIENT EGYPT by Lila Perl; CHILDREN’S NIGHT SKY ATLAS with detailed maps, stunning photography and see-through pages by Robin Scagell; G IS FOR GOOGOL, A MATH ALPHABET BOOK by David Schwartz with pictures by Marissa Moss; ANIMAL BABIES IN PONDS AND RIVERS by Jennifer Schofield; and HOW YOUR PET GROWS: FRECKLES THE RABBIT by Jane Burton.
Newbery Shelf: HOOT by Carl Hiaasen.
Caldecott Medal: OWEN by Kevin Henkes.
Classics: STORIES FROM THE ARABIAN NIGHTS, retold by Naomi Lewis with illustrations by Anton Pieck; OUR FAVORITE STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD by Jamila Gavin; THE MASTER OF BALLANTRAE by Robert Louis Stevenson, in comic-book format; and several books based on Johnny Gruelle’s beloved Raggedy Ann and Andy.
Ready-to Read: BABY ANIMALS by Seymour Simon; THE SHY SCARECROW (Level 1) and I’M A FIREFIGHTER (Level 1) by Mary Packard; WHAT DOES OTIS SEE (Level 1) by Loren Long; BATS (Level 1) by Lily Wood; MOLE IN A HOLE, a Read-a-Rebus by Rita Gelman; REAL LIVE MONSTERS (Level 1) by Ellen Schecter; and FLYING BATS (Level 1) by Fay Robinson.
Young Adult & Intermediate Fantasy: PEGASUS, THE FLAME OF OLYMPUS by Kate O’Hearn; HALO, HEAVEN and HADES by Alexandra Adornetto; RAPTURE, UNFORGIVEN and FALLEN IN LOVE by Lauren Kate; A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness; FAIREST OF ALL: A TALE OF THE WICKED QUEEN by Serena Valentino; STOLEN AWAY by Alyxandra Harvey; WHO NEEDS MAGIC by Kathy McCullough; DISNEY DESCENDANTS: SECRETS OF AURADON PREP, adapted by Matthew Foreman; INKHEART by Cornelia Funke; THE GLASS SLIPPER by Eleanor Farjeon (I loved this writer as a child—I hope somebody out there will give her a try); and HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS by J. K. Rowling.
Young Adult Fiction: MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE and MED HEAD by James Patterson.
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.