Southeast Kansas Library Newsletter June 2024

The SEKnFind Newsletter
June 2024

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New Fiction

All the colors of the dark : a novel
by Chris Whitaker

After a string of disappearances in 1975 Missouri, a one-eyed boy heroically thwarts a kidnapping, igniting a chain of events that blur the lines between triumph and tragedy as the townspeople of Monta Clare confront hidden truths.

Hall of mirrors
by John Copenhaver

Suspicious after his lover and writing partner’s death in house fire is ruled a suicide in 1954 Washington, DC, Lionel joins forces with two friends and amateur sleuths to investigate and stop a serial killer.

The unwedding
by Allyson Braithwaite Condie

Recent divorcee Ellery Wainwright, while staying at the luxurious Resort at Broken Point in Big Sur, finding the place beautiful, yet unsettling, especially when a mudslide traps her and the other guests with a murderer who has something horrific in store for them all.

The glassmaker
by Tracy Chevalier

From the height of Renaissance-era Italy to the present day, this spellbinding novel follows Orsola Rosso and her family of glassblowers as they live through creative triumph and heartbreaking loss, and how through every era, the Rosso women ensure their work, and their bonds, endure.

Lula Dean’s little library of banned books ; : a novel
by Kirsten Miller

When Lula Dean, trying to rid public libraries of“pornographic” books, starts her own lending library in front of her home, Lindsay, the daughter of Lula’s arch nemesis, sneaks in nightly, secretly filling it with banned books wrapped in“wholesome” dust jackets, changing the lives of those who borrow them in unexpected ways.

You should be so lucky : a novel
by Cat Sebastian

Ordered by the team’s owner to give a bunch of interviews to reporter Mark Bailey, baseball shortstop, Eddie O’Leary, during the 1960 season, slowly gives in to the attraction between them, and when it’s just them against the world, they must decide if that’s enough. Original.

Horror movie : a novel
by Paul Tremblay

The only surviving cast member of a notorious, disturbing 1993 art house horror movie joins the remake, but begins having trouble distinguishing between reality and film in the new novel by the author of The Pallbearers Club. 150,000 first printing.

How to become the Dark Lord and die trying
by Django Wexler

“Davi has done this all before. She’s tried to be the hero and take down the all-powerful Dark Lord. A hundred times she’s rallied humanity and made the final charge. But the time loop always gets her in the end. Sometimes she’s killed quickly. Sometimesit takes a while. But she’s been defeated every time. This time? She’s done being the hero and done being stuck in this endless time loop. If the Dark Lord always wins, then maybe that’s who she needs to be. It’s Davi’s turn to play on the winning side”

The stardust grail
by Yume Kitasei

Once the best art thief in the galaxy, anthropology student Maya Hoshimoto, when an old friend comes to her with a job she cannot refuse: find a powerful object that could save an alien species from extinction, sending her on a breakneck quest through the universe with her visions as a guide.

The wealth of shadows : a novel
by Graham Moore

In 1939, Ansel Luxford uproots his family and moves to Washington, D.C., to work on a clandestine project to undermine Nazi Germany, one involving economic warfare, and is plunged into a world of espionage, danger and deceit, especially when his wife takes a job with the FBI, bringing subterfuge to the home front.

A lonesome place for dying : a novel
by Nolan Chase

The town’s new chief of police, Ethan Brand, receiving threats on his first day on the job, is faced with the first homicide case Blaine, Washington, has seen in years and with no one to trust, must find the killers and bring them to justice before anyone else winds up dead.

Iron star
by Loren D. Estleman

A pioneering film star searching for a cinematic story that will launch his career, Buck Jones approaches a retired Pinkerton detective to set the record straight about the larger-than-life Deputy U.S. Marshal Iron St. John to tell the truth about this part-time hero in the American West.

New Audiobooks

Long Island
by Colm Toibin

In 1976 Lindenhurst, Long Island, Ellis Lacey, an Irishwoman in her 40s with no one to rely on in this still-new country, discovers her husband got a woman pregnant and the woman’s husband refuses to raise it, forcing Ellis to decide what she will do and not do in this unexpected situation.

The Rom-Commers
by Katherine Center

Emma Wheeler desperately longs to be a screenwriter. She’s spent her life studying, obsessing over, and writing romantic comedies, good ones! That win contests! But she’s also been the sole caretaker for her kind-hearted dad, who needs full-time care. Now, when she gets a chance to re-write a script for famous screenwriter Charlie Yates it’s a break too big to pass up. Emma’s younger sister steps in for caretaking duties, and Emma moves to L.A. for six weeks for the writing gig of a lifetime. But what is it they say? Don’t meet your heroes? Charlie Yates doesn’t want to write with anyone, much less “a failed, nobody screenwriter.” Worse, the romantic comedy he’s written is so terrible it might actually bring on the apocalypse. Plus! He doesn’t even care about the script, it’s just a means to get a different one green-lit. Oh, and he thinks love is an emotional Ponzi scheme. But Emma’s not going down without a fight. She will stand up for herself, and for rom-coms, and for love itself.

Red Sky Mourning
by Jack Carr

When three seemingly disconnected events are about to ignite a power grab unlike anything the world has seen, Navy SEAL sniper James Reece, to save America, must reconnect to a quantum computer called“Alice” who is positioned to act as either the county’s greatest savior or its worst enemy.

New Nonfiction

Swimming pretty : the untold story of women in water
by Vicki Valosik

Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of synchronized swimming’s elevation to Olympic status, this breathtaking book, tracing a century of aquatic performance, from vaudeville and dime museums to the Olympic arena, honors the grit, glamor and sheer athleticism of an utterly unique sport that forever changed women’s relationships with water. Illustrations.

Raising a socially successful child : teaching kids the nonverbal language they need to communicate, connect, and thrive
by Stephen Nowicki

Reveals how to identify the nonverbal areas where a child might be struggling, and equips readers with a set of simple exercises for helping any child learn how to: follow the rhythm of conversations, respect others’ personal space and much more.

The art and science of connection : why social health is the missing key to living longer, healthier, and happier
by Kasley Killam

In this groundbreaking redefinition of health and wellbeing, an internationally recognized expert in social health argues that the definition of wellbeing is missing a major component: social connection, proving that relationships not only make us happy, but they are also critical to our overall health and longevity.

Crossing the desert : the power of embracing life’s difficult journeys
by Payam Zamani

“By blending the personal with the historical and the technical with the motivational, Crossing the Desert gives readers an intimate look at how the paths we choose, the values we embrace, and the systems we decide to participate in-or not-can make or break us, not only financially, but spiritually”

The great river : the making and unmaking of the Mississippi
by Boyce Upholt

In this landmark work of natural history, a journalist tells the epic story of the Mississippi River and the centuries of efforts to control it, which have damaged its once-vibrant ecosystems, carrying readers along the river’s last remaining backchannels and exploring how scientists hope to restore what has been lost. Illustrations.

Dog smart : life-changing lessons in canine intelligence
by Jennifer S. Holland

Based on evidence from trainers, owners, behaviorists and the animals themselves, this cutting-edge science narrative, filled with heartwarming and tail-wagging case studies, seeks to understand the world’s smartest dogs and how they got that way. Illustrations.

Big dip energy : 88 parties in a bowl for snacking, dinner, dessert, and beyond!
by Alyse Whitney

“Food editor, recipe developer, and TV host Alyse Whitney has been a Dip Queen for decades, making her the perfect diplomat for this first-of-its-kind cookbook. Big Dip Energy offers endless fun and easy ways to both entertain and enjoy solo with creative dips and dippers”

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  1. I wrote my autobiography several years ago. I was born and raised in Fort Scott leaving when I was seventeen to join the Navy. Eight of my 1seventeen years in Fort Scott were in the Goodlander Childrens Home. If you are interested, my book titled “My Story” is available on Amazon Books.

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