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October 2020

Volume 10, Issue 7

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library

We will be hosting our silent auction the entire month of October!

Call the library during our regular hours of operation (Monday and Thursday and Saturday 10:00 am -12:00 noon; Monday and Thursday 6:00-8:00 PM) to bid.  Provide your name, contact number, item name(s) and number(s) along with your bid amount for each item.

There is no limit to the number of times you may call to increase your bid.

All items are new. 

Winning individuals will be contacted by telephone on Monday, November 2, 2020.

Pictures are posted on our library website and Facebook page.

Items available for bid include the following:

1) Eco and Chef Enamel Cast Iron Saucepan

2) Chef’s Counter Cast Iron Skillet

3) Eternal Coffee Pod Holder

4) Eternal Coffee Grinder

5) Mr. Coffee Coffee Press

6) Hamilton Beach Pizza Maker

7) Crescent Jewelers Cubic Zurconia Necklace

8) Crescent Jewelers Cubic Zurconia Bracelet

9) Nic and Syd Watch with Swarovski Crystals

10) Mia K. Farrow Collection Crossbody Bag

11) Mia K. Farrow Collection Shoulder Bag

12) Burgundy Tote and Wallet

13) Kenneth Cole Reaction Cosmetic Bags

14) Ring Video Doorbell

15) Pocket Juice Endurance AC Portable Charger

16) Eternal Oil Diffuser Portable Aromatherapy

17) Eternal Cozy Place Warm Room Heater

18) Key Finder



Posted on our Facebook page; call for your craft packet!



October 20 at 6:30 pm

Cold Woods by Karen Katchur

November 17 at 6:30 pm

The Rent Collector by Camron Wright

If you would like to join please contact the library to receive the Zoom links.


New Fiction

It Started With A Secret, Jill Mansell

We Came Here to Shine, Susie Orman Schnall

The Safe Place, Anna Downes

Old Lovegood Girls, Gail Godwin

Fair Warning, Michael Connelly

Girls of Summer, Nancy Thayer

The Summer House, Lauren Denton

The Black Swan of Paris, Karen Robards

Seabreeze Summer, Jan Moran

Montauk, Nicola Harrison

Spring Girls, Karen Katchur

Fast Girls, Elise Hooper

Home to Me, Catherine Bybee

Three Hours in Paris, Cara Black

Seabreeze Sunset, Jan Moran

New Large Print

The Silent Wife, Karin Slaughter

A Walk Along the Beach, Debbie Macomber

Outsider, Linda Castillo


Borrowing News ! You may borrow a total of 5 items per membership card which  includes 2 new items.


Book review:

Chasing My Cure: A Doctor’s Race to Turn Hope into Action 

Book by David Fajgenbaum

Review by Katy Albanese

  When David Fajgenbaum    entered college, he planned to continue in his father’s footsteps and become an orthopedic surgeon like his father.  During his sophomore year, his mother died of a brain tumor, and he decided to switch to oncology and find a cure for brain cancer.  After graduating from Georgetown University, then earning a Masters degree from Oxford University in cancer prevention, he began medical school at the U. of PA.

   Very suddenly during his second year of medical school, this Division I football player who was able to bench press 375 pounds became very ill. High fever, swollen lymph nodes, nausea, pain and extreme fatigue drove David to the emergency room.  Soon he was a patient in the same hospital where, just days before, he was seeing his own patients. Gradually his organs began to fail–his liver, kidneys, bone marrow, and heart.  After massive doses of corticosteroids and five weeks in the hospital, David’s body began to recover.

   Still, the diagnosis confounded doctors.  At first, lymphoma was thought to be the cause.  But it became evident that there was something else making this young man so sick.  Oncologists, nephrologists, rheumatologists all conferred but couldn’t find the reason.  And then, all the symptoms returned, and David was near death again.

   Finally, after a liver biopsy, a definitive diagnosis was found.  He had idiopathic multicentric Castleman disease, a very rare disease involving the overgrowth of cells in the lymphatic system.  Again, huge amounts of corticosteroids and chemotherapy brought another remission.  In all, David has endured five setbacks and remissions.

   During times of remission, David completed his medical degree as well as an MBA from The Wharton School.  He has made it his mission to find a cure for this devastating disease.  His relentless search for a treatment and a cure for Castleman disease has resulted in the discovery of drugs to treat sufferers but not cure them.  These drugs have been used for other diseases but are having a positive effect on this rare malady.  The hope is that one day a definitive cure can be found, and Dr. David Fajgenbaum is doing all he can to find it.  He is, indeed, “chasing my cure.”


Book review:

Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers

book by Brian Kilmeade

review by Sonya Pin

   When Mexico urged settlers from America to come into the vast empty plains of the north, it could not envision the outcome of that invitation.

   The history of Texas is filled with larger than life men and women who came from the East for a “second chance.”  Eventually, these immigrants began to baulk at the restrictions placed upon them by the Mexican government.  When the dictator-president, Santa Ana, decided to impose his will on the settlers, Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, W.B. Travis, and others took a fatal stand at a little mission church called Alamo.

   The story of how Sam Houston and the Texans took their revenge and ultimately carved Texas into a republic and later the 28th state is told in this account.  It is nonfiction, but it reads like a thrilling adventure novel.