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Librarian Pics Spring 2018

Ernt Albright, a former POW, comes hoem from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man.  When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America's last true frontier.

 

Thirteen year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents' passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family.  she is desperate for a place to belong.  Her mother Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for tthe man she loves, even if it means following him inot the unknown.

 

At first, Alasks seems to be the answer to their prayers.  In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women.  The long sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Albrights' lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

 

But as winter approaches and the darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt's fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture.  Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within.  In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own.  In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

Stella has life under control- and that's the way she likes it.  For twenty-five years she's been trusted assistant to a legendary designer but after her boss dies suddently, she 's left left with nothing to do apart from clear the studio.

 

It seems the life she wanted has vanished.  she is lost- until one day she finds a house swap website and sees a beautiful old villa in a southern Italian village.  Could she really exchange her poky London flat for that?

 

But what was just intended as a break becomes much more, as Stella finds herself trying on a stranger's life.  As the villa begins to get under her skin, she can't help but imagine the owner from the clues around her.  She meets his friends, cooks the local food he recommends and follows suggestions to go to his favorite places.  But can an idea of someone ever match up the reality?

 

 

At a time when women did not commonly travel unescorted, carry a rifle, sit down in bars, or have romantic liasons with other women, Lucy Lobdell bodly set forth to earn men's wages.  Lucy Lobdell did all of these things in a personal quest to work and be paid, to wear what she wanted, and love whomever she cared to.  but to gain those freedoms she had to endure public scorn and wrestle with a sexual identity whose vocabulary had yet to be ivented.  In this riveting historical novel set in upstate New York in the 19th century, William Klaber captures the life of a brave woman who saw well beyond her era.

 

The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell is the fictionalized account of Lucy's foray into the world of men and her inward journey to a new sexual identity.  It is her promised memoir as heard and rcorded a century later by William Klaber, an upstream neighbor.  Meticulously researched and told with compassion and respect.  

Book Three in the Outlander series.

 

Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took.  Two decades before, she travelled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jaime Fraser.  Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden.  Yet his memory has never lessened it hold on her... and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.

 

Then Claire discovers that Jaime survived.  torn betwen returning to him and staying wiith their daughter in her won era, Claire must choose her destiny.  And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and the pain awaiting her... the deadly intrigues raging a divided Scotland... and the daring voyage into a dark unknown that can reunite- or forever doom-her timeless love.

 

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