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Newsletter

September 2019

Volume 9, Issue 9

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library


 Welcome to Georgiann Camus as a board member!

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2019 summer bingo winners!!

Middle school:  Jayden Goss

High school:  Frederick Blasi

Adults:  Laura Goss

Thank you to all who participated!

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Thank you to pie bakers for the August 18th Pies in the Park:

Katy Albanese

Dana Apgar

Nancy Chuss

Mary Lou Cole

Lisa Farnan

Laura Giss

Judy Hahn

Elizabeth Meehan

Judy Piper

Cheryl Reesman

Jamie Severson

Cindy Strunk

Linda Woerner

Valerie Viglione

Thank you to workers at Pies in the Park:

Katy Albanese

Vicki Black

Nancy Chuss

Lisa Farnan

Elizabeth Meehan

Jeff Meyers

Katlyn O’Brien

Judy Piper

Valerie Viglione

Thank you to Pies in the Park attendees on August 18 and recent diners at Scorecard Sports Bar and Grill and Emmy Lou’s Ice Cream Cafe!

Thank you to Judy Piper, Georgiann Camus, and Elizabeth Minnich for the Summer Fun with Books program!

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Preschool storytime programs begin Wednesday, Sept. 4!

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Book Nook special for September:  buy a James Patterson book and receive two other James Patterson books of equal or lesser value free!  WOW!

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Cafe on Broadway fundraiser:

21 S. Broadway, Wind Gap

Thursday, September 19

11:00 AM-7:00 PM

Call 610-881-4261 to place your order.

Menus are available at the library and at www.cafeonbroadwaypa.com, with weekly specials listed on www.facebook.com/cafeonbroadwaywindgap/.

Please allow 15-30 minutes for order preparation.  All orders benefit the library!

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The Slate Hotel and Pub fundraiser:  details coming soon!

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The library will host a food drive for Hope UCC Food Pantry through September 28.  We are accepting non-perishable items. Thank you for your donations!

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The next board meeting will be September 21 at 6:30 PM.  The public is welcome to attend.

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The library gratefully accepts donations of adult books published within the last five years.  This is due to very limited storage space. Thank you for your consideration of this guideline.

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Adult book discussion group selections: 

September 17 at 6:30 PM – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

October 15 at 6:30 PM – Educated by Tara Westover

November 19 at 6:30 PM – The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey

All adults are welcome to join the group!

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Book review:

My Lovely Wife

book by Samantha Downing

review by Jill Silvius

   Creepy, creepy, creepy.

   The inner flyleaf’s description of the book as “Dexter meets Mr. & Mrs. Smith” is quite accurate; its narrator is a married tennis coach who, with his “lovely” real estate agent wife Millicent, find excitement in plotting and carrying out murder.  He is also a man who pretends to be deaf in order to lure their victims.

   Years earlier, Millicent was plagued by her neurotic sister Holly and, in an act of self-defense (or was it?), the couple killed her and disposed of her body.  When Holly’s coworker shows up, with blackmail in mind…you can imagine what happens. Now they plan, he kidnaps the victims, and Millicent carries out the murders.

   Woven through this twisted story is that of escaped serial killer Owen Oliver Riley.  What better way to get away with murder than to pin new victims on a returned Riley?

   Nothing happens as planned, of course, due to a domestic backdrop of organic groceries, house rules against watching the news, attempts at social climbing, and typical teenage romance and angst.  Rory finds his dad sneaking out at night and accuses his dad of cheating on his mom, and Jenna suffers from anxiety and fear that Riley will find and kill her. (Some of the scenes with her parents comforting her are the most ironically and devilishly freakish in the book).  And the secrets that both the narrator and Millicent hide from each other start to surface. And snowball. To say more would give too much away.

   There are a few holes in the story.  (Return to these after you’ve read the book).  How is Riley unable to be found for so many years?  What happens when the narrator doesn’t move “his” car, after persuading the meter maid not to give him a ticket?  How is evidence like Naomi’s car gotten rid of so easily? Would the killer really not have known important details about DNA?  How is the “deaf Tobias” explained away?

   The creepiest part of the thriller is the reader’s inevitable sympathy for the narrator, the (less) “bad guy.”  Yes, you will start rooting for him – a lying, cheating killer. (Reminiscent of Gone Girl, anyone?)  Read My Lovely Wife, and you’ll see…

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Book review:

Park Avenue Summer

book by Renee Rosen

review by Nancy Chuss

   Alice Weiss leaves her home in Ohio to go to New York City in search of her dreams.  Her mother died when she was young and she knows her mom was from the city. As she searches for a job, she maintains her love of photography.  She lands a job at Cosmopolitan Magazine as it is transitioning under the direction of Helen Curly Brown. In the story which takes place during the mid 1960’s we see the male dominated society trying to hold down women in the workplace.  The struggles, failures and victories of women rising to take their place in the business world are the themes in this book and the fact that it is based on a true story make it a fascinating read.