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Weekly Book News

February 23, 2016

Save the Date!

Tuesday, February 23rd- James Dworkin signing the Dog and the Dolphin 11-1

Tuesday, February 23rd- Frances Mayes at the Sanibel Library (Ticketed Event)

Wednesday, February 24th- Frances Mayes at the Sanibel Library (Ticketed Event)

Thursday, February 25th- Coloring Club 5-7


If you are unable to attend an event, but would like to purchase a signed book, simply call 239.472.1447.

I'm Glad About You by Theresa Rebeck

The pathos of Beautiful Ruins meets the hilarity of Crazy Rich Asians in this comedic and tender novel.

Their meeting in a parking lot outside a high school football game was both completely forgettable and utterly life-changing. Because no matter how you look at it, it is piss-poor luck to meet the love of your life before your life has even started. Fierce and ambitious, Alison is determined to shed her mid-western roots and emerge an actress. Kyle, all heart and spiritual yearning, believes medicine can heal the world. What could these mismatched souls have to do with each other? Everything and nothing. Even as their fates rocket them forward and apart, neither can fully let go of the past.

When Alison gets her lucky break in New York City, she ends up on the fast track to stardom and a world far more different from Cincinnati than she could have ever imagined. Back home in Ohio, Kyle has a shotgun wedding and starts a pediatric practice in suburban hell. While Kyle’s dreams begin to molder, Alison learns that the spotlight is always circled by shadows. As their lives inevitably intersect, Alison and Kyle must face each other in the revealing light of their decisions. I’m Glad About You is a glittering study of how far the compromises two people make will take them from the lives they were meant to live. Buy Now

Playing the Edge by Michael Hayden

An unprecedented high-level master narrative of America's intelligence wars, from the only person ever to helm both the CIA and the NSA, at a time of heinous new threats and wrenching change

For General Michael Hayden, playing to the edge means playing so close to the line that you get chalk dust on your cleats. Otherwise, by playing back, you may protect yourself, but you will be less successful in protecting America. "Play to the edge" was Hayden's guiding principle when he ran the National Security Agency, and it remained so when he ran the CIA. In his view, many shortsighted and uninformed people are quick to criticize, and this book will give them much to chew on but little easy comfort; it is an unapologetic insider's look told from the perspective of the people who faced awesome responsibilities head on, in the moment.

How did American intelligence respond to terrorism, a major war and the most sweeping technological revolution in the last 500 years? What was the NSA before 9/11 and how did it change in its aftermath? Why did the NSA begin the controversial terrorist surveillance program that included the acquisition of domestic phone records? What else was set in motion during this period that formed the backdrop for the infamous Snowden revelations in 2013?

As Director of CIA in the last three years of the Bush administration, Hayden had to deal with the rendition, detention and interrogation program as bequeathed to him by his predecessors. He also had to ramp up the agency to support its central role In the targeted killing program that began to dramatically increase in July 2008. This was a time of great crisis at CIA, and some agency veterans have credited Hayden with actually saving the agency. He himself won't go that far, but he freely acknowledges that CIA helped turn the American security establishment into the most effective killing machine in the history of armed conflict.

For 10 years, then, General Michael Hayden was a participant in some of the most telling events in the annals of American national security. General Hayden's goals are in writing this book are simple and unwavering: No apologies. No excuses. Just what happened. And why. As he writes, "There is a story here that deserves to be told, without varnish and without spin. My view is my view, and others will certainly have different perspectives, but this view deserves to be told to create as complete a history as possible of these turbulent times. I bear no grudges, or at least not many, but I do want this to be a straightforward and readable history for that slice of the American population who depend on and appreciate intelligence, but who do not have the time to master its many obscure characteristics." Buy Now

New York Non-Stop by Gabriella Kogan

A perfect keepsake of the city in a fresh collection of New York photos that explore the vibrant, chaotic, joyous, gritty day-to-day life in the city. This memorable collection of photographs is a virtual love letter to the world’s favorite city. It presents diverse images taken by various contributors that capture the quirky heart and frenetic life of the city and how it is experienced. From subway scenes to park life, from culinary delights to impressive works of street art, these evocative, thought-provoking, and sometimes humorous images show that beauty and inspiration can be found around every corner.


Pieced together from a variety of people’s experiences, the resulting album of snapshots is an irresistible keepsake that will appeal to natives and visitors alike. Looking through the details, angles, and Instagram-era photos collected here reveals a New York that is at once familiar yet also like a new discovery. To view these images is to see the city anew, refreshing the desire to experience it. Buy Now

What Do You Do With an Idea?

This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens. This is a story for anyone, at any age, who's ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult. It's a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow, and to see what happens next. Because your idea isn't going anywhere. In fact, it's just getting started. Buy Now

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