“Lessons in Loss and Living,” “Preemie Primer,” “Complete Idiot’s Guide to Guitar” and more arrivals

“You keepin going your way.

I’ll keep going my way.

River stay away from my door.” River Stay Away from my Door, words by Mort Dixon, music by Harry Woods, Kate Smith with Guy Lombard, artists: Fiona Apple, Charlie Rich, and Frank Sinatra. I hope the rivers stayed away from your door.

I am going to do something a little different in my column this week. I decided to feature Non-fiction books!!! We have so many great Non-fiction books to read and lots of them go un-noticed. Don’t sigh, I’ll include some great fiction also.


New Fiction:

“Night Road” by Kristin Hannah, the story of a mother who life has come down to a series of choices hold on, let go, forget, and forgive. Which road will you take?

“West of Here” by Jonathan Evison, this story chronicles the life of one small town, connecting lives and centuries.

New Non-fiction:

“Sew Charming” by Cath Derksema, this book has 40 simple sewing and hand printing projects for your family and your home.

“The Style Strategy” by Nina Garcia, this book has a less is more approach to staying chic and shopping smart.

“Feed Your Face” by Jessica Wu, M.D., this is an easy to follow 28 day diet plan that will help you banish blemishes, wipe out wrinkles, shed unwanted pounds and generally feel better in your clothes and in your skin.

“Lessons in Loss and Living” by Michele Reiss, Ph.D. this book has the hope and guidance for confronting serious illness and grief.

“When the Hurt Runs Deep” by Kay Arthur, this book has the healing and hope for life’s desperate moments.

“The Good Divorce” by Raoul Felder and Barbara Victor, this is a survival guide to teach you how to walk away financially sound and emotionally happy.

“Preemie Primer” by Jennifer Guer, M.D., this is a complete guide for parents of premature babies from birth through the toddler years and beyond.

“Menopause Reset!” by Mickey Harpaz, PhD., with Robert Wolff, this is a how to book for getting your body back during and after menopause. Reverse weight gain, speed fat loss, all in three simple steps.

“Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hearing Loss” edited by William M. Luxford, M.D., learn what you can do to improve your hearing.

“Complete Idiot’s Guide to Guitar” by David Hodge, learn the basics and start playing now. This book includes an audio CD that features over an hour of practice music.

New Audio Books: “Strategic Moves” by Stuart Woods, and “Decision Points” by George W. Bush.

New CDs: “Get Closer” by Keith Urban, and “Number One Hits” by Tim McGraw.

New DVDs: “Watchmen,” and “Letters to Juliet.”

A very special thank you to the James Thomas Chapter DAR for: “American Patriots Bible.” This is the word of God with the shaping of America too. Thank you DAR for this wonderful donation to our library.

Congratulations to our bookmobile librarian Lucy! She gave birth to Abigail on Mother’s Day, May 8. What a nice present. Ms. Abigail weighted 7lbs. and 5ozs. and was 20 inches long. Welcome to the world Abigail.

Pam Metts


“Gardening Basics” and more May Mysteries

Rain Sound

At first it’s like drumming

As it patters down, then stops,

Now it’s an animal

Outside the window

Quietly licking its chops.

-By Lillian Morrison


And we have all had that feeling in the last few weeks. We have lots of new good books to help soothe that stormy feeling away.

“Pam’s Pick” of the week…”Gardening Basics” by Ken Beckett, this book will help you with how to design, plant, and maintain your garden.

Just a few May is for Mysteries, that I could not list in my column last week.

“I’ll Walk Alone” by Mary Higgins Clark, this is a spine chilling identify theft. Zan Moreland is terrified to discover that somebody is not only using her credit cards and manipulating her financial accounts to bankrupt her and destroy her reputation. Zan is still haunted by the kidnapping of her son, Matthew. When pictures surface that seem to show Zan kidnapping her own child a chain of events to turn her world upside down. She desperately wants to know who is behind this and who has her son.

“Mobbed” by Carol Higgins Clark, is a Regan Reilly mystery.

“Secret Soldier” by Alex Berenson, super spy John Wells goes undercover in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon in this thriller.

“The Jungle” by Clive Cussler with Jack DuBrul, this is book eight of the Oregon Files. Juan and the crew have never had an adventure like this one.

New Christian fiction: “Leaving” by Karen Kingsbury, this is the first book in the new Bailey Flanigan series featuring members of the Baxter family. Bailey is headed off on the adventure of a lifetime, while Cody is in Indianapolis. Will the distance expose the cracks in their relationship?

“Angel Sister” by Ann H. Gabhart, the story of love and survival. Little does young Kate Merritt realize that bringing home the half-starved five-year-old abandoned on the steps of her grandfather Reece’s church will set in motion a chain of events destined to reveal long-buried secrets in the town of Rosey Corner, Kentucky.

New Non-fiction: with subject matter about as far apart as it could possibly by.

“In the Blink of an Eye” by Michael Waltrip, this stories of Dale, Daytona and the day that changed everything.

“Afterlives of the Rich and Famous” by Sylvia Browne, featuring intimate afterlife accounts over 40 stars we’ve loved and lost.  Like Princess Diana, John Lennon, Heath Ledger, Marilyn Monroe and several others.

New CDS: All three of these are soundtracks for the Chronicles of Narnia: “The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe,” “Prince Caspian,” and “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”

New DVDs: “A Little Princess,” and “The Bounty Hunter.”

We have a New Bridge! We would like to thank Samantha Harper and her Dad for the new bridge over into the woods in back of the library. Samantha plans to clean up some of the walking trail back there too. This was part of a Girl Scout project for Samantha.  Thank you so much Samantha for a job well done!

New Display: In the display case this month is scuba gear! David Westerfield has filled the case with all kinds of scuba gear and even a couple of scuba diving GI Joes. One tank is setting out of the case for you to examine.  So dive in and see the display!

Happy Reading!

Pam Metts


“M” is for May, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and …

… in the library’s case… “M” is for Mystery, Mystery, and Mystery.

That’s a clue, “Pam’s Picks” a few good mysteries.

In no special order, except alphabetical by author:

“Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree” by Nancy Atherton, this is a charming read just right when life gets too hectic.

“Death of a Chimney Sweep” by M.C.  this is a Hamish Macbeth mystery. In the south of Scotland, residents get their chimneys vacuum-cleaned. But in the isolated villages in the very north of Scotland, the villagers rely on the services of the itinerant sweep, Pete Ray, and his old-fashioned brushes. Pete is always able to find work in the Scottish highlands, until one day when Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices blood dripping onto the floor of a villager’s fireplace, and a dead body stuffed inside the chimney. The entire town of Lochdubh is certain Pete is the culprit, but Hamish doesn’t believe that the affable chimney sweep is capable of committing murder. Then Pete’s body is found on the Scottish moors, and the mystery deepens. Once again, it’s up to Hamish to discover who’s responsible for the dirty deed.

“Fadeaway Girl” by Martha Grimes, this book has three murders, an attempted murder, and a kidnapping. This is the sequel to “Bell Ruin.” Twelve year old Emma is still hard on the trail of the truth behind the murders of Mary Evelyn Devereau, Rose Queen and Fern Queen, the attempted murder of Emma herself and most of all the kidnapping of the four month old Slade baby, twelve years earlier.

“A Bone to Pick” by Charlaine Harris, this is an Aurora Teagarden. Aurora is surprised to inherit a friend’s estate. And ever more surprised to find a scull hidden in a window seat. She inherited a murder mystery too.

“Fatal Error” by J. A. Jance, this is a pulsing tale of suspense where no one is safe from a fatal error.  Ali Reynolds agrees to help a friend whose fiancé is missing. Ali soon learns that he is a cyber sociopath who has left a trail of broken hearts in his virtual wake. When he turns up murdered Ali must clear her friend’s name.

My Non-fiction Pick, It’s not an “M” but a “D” for Derby Day. A unique book called “Derby Day” by Pamela Pease. What makes it unique, it a Pop-up book a celebration of the Kentucky Derby. Plus, two new “H” is for Horse books.

“What Every Horse Should Know” by Cherry Hill, this is an in-depth look at how horses think, learn, and respond to stimuli, and interpret human behavior.

“Kingfisher Illustrated Horse and Pony Encyclopedia” by Sandy Ransford.  This book has general information on horses and pony breeds. It also covers keeping, feeding, grooming, health care, and riding with beautiful illustrations.

New Audio Books on CD: “Fatal Error” by J.A. Jance, and “Devil’s Food Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke.

New CDs: “Come Around Sundown” by Kings of Leon, “The Element of Freedom” by Alicia Keys, and “Loud” by Rihanna.

New DVDs: “Annie’s Point,” and “Back to You and Me.”

SPRING BOOK SALE: We are having a Spring Book Sale this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 5-7!! We will have great buys ($1 a bag). 9:30-4:00 Thursday & Friday and 9:00-12:00 on Saturday.

Happy Reading!

Pam Metts


You’re a poet and didn’t know it – It’s National Poetry Month

It is still National Poetry Month…so here is my chosen poem.

Humming Birds by Betty Sage

I think it is a funny thing

That some birds whistle, others sing.

The Warbler warbles in his throat,

The Sparrow only knows one note,

But he is better off than some,

For Humming Birds can only hum.

I guess you know by now, They’re Back! So get your feeders and sugar water ready.

Every now and then (sounds like a good book title) I like to do what I call a doubles column, well…”Pam’s Picks” for Fiction: “Heartbeat Away” by Michael Palmer, this books is at the crossroads of politics and medicine in this shocking thriller. His son Daniel Palmer has his debut novel, “Delirious.” This is a mind bending novel of paranoia, deception and revenge. Doubles!

“44 Charles Street” by Danielle Steel, where strangers become roommates, and roommates become friends in an old Victorian house. This is in regular and large print.

“Indulgence in Death” by J. D. Robb, this is a NYPSD Eve Dallas novel.

“Treachery in Death” by J. D. Robb, this is also an Eve Dallas novel.

Pam’s Picks for Non-fiction: “Good Old Dog” by Faculty of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Nicholas H. Dodman BVMS and Lawrence Lindner, this book has expert advice for keeping your aging dog happy. (My dog Ashes is 12 years old) I tell her we are going old together!

“Your Dog: Owner’s Manual” by Dr. Marty Becker, this book contains hundreds of secrets for raising a healthy happy dog.

New Kentucky Non-fiction: “Kentucky Fresh Cookbook” by Maggie Green.

“Tastes of All Seasons” by Trigg County Hospital.

New Audio Books on CD: “Hell’s Corner” by David Baldacci, and “The Distant Hours” by Kate Morton.

New DVDs: “Grown Ups,” “Bugs Bunny’s Easter Funnies,” and “The Fat Albert Easter Special.”

For all of you who have asked…we do have the 2011 Edition: “Calorie, Fat, and Carb Counter.” Plus sodium and alcohol, too. But you will need to ask for it at the Circulations desk.

Happy Reading!
Pam Metts