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Friends of the Library book sale set for July 17-18
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Only two weeks to go until a very special weekend for book lovers, as the annual Friends of the Library book sale is being be held July 17-18.

The annual meeting, potluck and advance sale to members takes place Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. The public book sale is Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both events are at the Pagosa Springs Community Center.

New members will be warmly welcomed Friday evening and you can pay your dues at the door. Memberships are $15 for an individual, $25 for a family and $100 for a lifetime individual.

If you want to attend the annual meeting, please call the library at 264-2208 to let us know what you are bringing to the potluck. After eating and a very short meeting, you get first dibs on the books on sale. On Saturday, books go on sale to the general public.

About 3,600 books will be available from many genres including cookbooks, mysteries, children’s, collectibles, science fiction, Native American, religious/spiritual, westerns, history and home improvement. The Friends also will have the Reading Woman note cards, postcards and journals for sale, as well as book bags and bookmarks showcasing local scenery and events. The Friends of the Library organization’s annual book sale is a bonanza for book lovers and library patrons. The library raises money for new books by selling those no longer needed and you can add books to your personal library at very low prices. A perfect win-win situation!

If you would like to join this great group, please contact Sharee Grazda, president of the Friends, at 731-0666.

New series

We have three novels from the Brides of Gallatin County series by Tracie Peterson — “A Promise to Believe In,” “A Love to Last Forever” and “A Dream to Call My Own.”

New novels

“A Thread of Truth” by Marie Bostwick is the story of a woman and her children escaping an abusive husband.

“I am Not Sidney Poitier” is a comedic satire by Percival Everett. “The Signal” by Ron Carlson is a powerful novel about a man and his ex-wife taking their tenth and last hiking trip together in Wyoming. “The Enthusiast” by Charlie Hass is a the story of a magazine writer exploring others’ and his own enthusiasm.

“Shanghai Girls” by Lisa See chronicles the lives of two sisters in 1937 Shanghai and Los Angeles. “April & Oliver” by Tess Callahan is about two inseparable childhood friends who have drifted apart and now will be brought together again after the sudden death of April’s brother. “Home Safe” is the latest by bestselling author Elizabeth Berg, this one about a mother and daughter facing secrets and shock after the death of their husband/father.

Cookbooks and diet help

“Master Your Metabolism” by Jillian Michaels offers a three-phase plan to naturally balance your hormones and help you reach your optimum health and weight.

“Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day” by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois promises French bakery-type bread and mouth-watering pizzas with only five minutes of active preparation time.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Pulse” by Jeremy Robinson is an adventure about a man who owns a genetics company and has just discovered the key to eternal life buried in a Peruvian desert. “Nightwalkers” by P.T. Deutermann tells of a detective retiring to a peaceful North Carolina plantation, only to find a killer after him. “Choker” by Frederick Ramsay explores what happens after a small-plane pilot drops off the radar one night over the Chesapeake Bay. “Razor Sharp” is the newest in Fern Michael’s bestselling Sisterhood series.

Futurism and fantasy

“The Human Disguise” by James O’Neal is a futuristic view of an earth ravaged by disease and war from the point of view of a police officer. “Prayers for the Assassin” by Robert Ferrigno is set in 2040 when New York and Washington, D.C. are nuclear wastelands, Phoenix has been abandoned, Chicago is the site of a civil war battle, and Islamic and Christian forces fight to control a very different U.S.A. “The Strain” by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan is an epic novel about a battle between man and vampires that threatens all humanity.

Memoirs and biographies

“A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez” is the biography of the highest-paid player in baseball by Selena Roberts, the Sports Illustrated writer who broke the story of his steroid use.

“Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life’s Adversities” is the memoir by Elizabeth Edwards, wife of 2004 presidential candidate John Edwards. “Horse Soldiers” by Doug Stanton is the true story of a band of U.S. soldiers who overcame great odds to ride to victory in Afghanistan.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful for the generous donation from the Purgatory Metropolitan District in memory of William Seielstad.

For books and materials this week we thank Julie Crilley, Valiant Fulco, Don and Donna Geiger, Lori Gonzales, Cindy Gustafson, Eugenia Hinger, Carole Howard, Judy Lechner, Jennifer Matcham, Ala Meinhausen, Don and Jan Nicholls, Cathy Rose, Anna Royer, Peggy Shipman, Linda Tilson, Patti Vyzralek and Bill Wetzel.

Quotable quote

“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.” — Chinese proverb.

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