There are summer activities galore at the Mount Union Community Library (MUCL)! The children’s reading programs fill July’s schedule.

Gretchen Crouse will lead Music Mania Thursday, July 18, and a local children’s author is scheduled to visit MUCL Thursday, July 25.

Hartman Village will see even more special programs for kids Mondays, July 8, 15, 22 and 29.

For MUCL adults, there are always new and popular books added to the collection. An adult book club at MUCL meets at 2 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month to discuss a great selection of “reads.” Check the library for a list of upcoming book club selections. Following are a few of the most recent additions to our collection:

“The Skin Game” by Stuart Woods — Teddy Fay is on a freelance assignment jetting off to Paris on the hunt for a treasonous criminal. But he unearths information that does not seem to connect to his mission. It is far bigger and stranger than he could imagine. There are secrets hidden within secrets, evildoers trading in money and power, and a global threat on an unprecedented scale.

“Lost and Found” by Danielle Steel — Spurred by old memories and forced to take time off work due to a broken ankle, Madison Allen takes off on a road trip in search of the three men she might have married. There are three different men, one in Boston, one in Chicago, and one in Wyoming. As the days and miles pass, Maddie’s life comes into focus with a new future. A story of motherhood, love, family and fate.

“Lost Roses” by Martha Hall Kelly — Devastated by her husband’s death, New York socialite Eliza Ferriday throws herself into helping the city’s newly arrived White Russian refugees on the eve of World War I. It is not just a distraction, it is personal since Eliza’s friend Sofya and godson are caught up in Russia’s violent regime change. Based on true events, this is a prequel to the author’s Lilac Girls.

“Redemption” by David Baldacci — Amos Decker, the man with the perfect memory, is visiting his hometown in Ohio when he is approached by Meryl Hawkins who claims he is innocent of a crime of which Decker had convicted him. Out now, and dying of cancer, he wants Decker to clear his name. The case had seemed so open and shut, but when Hawkins turns up dead, Amos realized he has to finally uncover the truth.

“The Mother-in-Law” by Sally Hepwroth — Lucy could never win the affection of her husband’s mother. When the chilly, intimidating woman is murdered, Lucy learns she is not the only one who found her difficult. This entertaining Australian novel is packed with wit and suspense while delivering sharp insights into family dynamics and love.

“Sunset Beach” by Mary Kay Andrews — Drue Campbell is miserable working at her estranged father’s law firm. But things pick up when she finds out she has inherited her grandparents’ beach house in sleepy Sunset Beach. When a suspicious death at a nearby resort exposes possible corruption at her father’s firm, she becomes an investigator and is drawn into the case. With an office romance building, a cottage in rehab, and a missing person case, things are no longer sleepy at Sunset Beach.

“Unsolved” by James Patterson — FBI agent Emmy Dockery is totally baffled by a shocking new case. The victims all appear to have died by accident, and it seems there is nothing connecting them. But this many deaths cannot be a coincidence. And the killer is one step ahead of every move Emmy makes. Special agent Harrrison Bookman thinks that everyone is a suspect, and even though Emmy is his ex-fiancée, she is also on his suspect list.

“The Gifted School” by Bruce Holsinger — The opening of a Colorado school for gifted students prompts the unraveling of a tight group of families. The lengths to which parents go to secure spots for their children brings out the meaningful lessons of honesty and loyalty. Previous friendships are destroyed and the result hurts the children, marriages, careers, and the town in general in this timely story.

“More News Tomorrow” by Susan Richards Shreve — On her last trip canoeing Wisconsin’s Bone River, Georgia Grove was 4, and her mother was murdered. Her father later confessed to the crime. Sixty-six years later, Georgia returns with her children and grandchildren in tow to determine what really happened that night. A compelling family drama.

“City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert — A unique love story set in the theater world of New York City during the 1940s. Told by an older woman who relates the story as she looks back on her youth with regret but mostly with pleasure. This book, by the author of Love, Eat, Pray, explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity as well of the chance of finding true love.

“The Chain” by Adrian McKinty — Rachel thinks she is living a nightmare when her 13-year-old daughter is kidnapped. But there’s more: If she wants to see Kylie alive, she must kidnap a child herself. She must also pay ransom and stay away from the police. It’s a chain, and when her victim’s parents kidnap a child, Kaylie will be released. Crime after crime if anyone breaks the chain, their child will be killed. Soon to be a major motion picture.

“Confessions of an Innocent Man” by David Dow — Rafael thinks he has the perfect simple life, an upcoming restaurant in Houston, a pilot with the ability to fly over the wide expanse of Texas, and a contentment with the few simple possessions he owns. All this until he falls in love, madly in love with the beautiful woman he meets in his restaurant. She is his soul mate, very generous to the charities she is involved with, and so devoted to him. Shortly after they wed, she is murdered brutally in their home, and he is convicted of the crime. What follows is an account of his release and his plan to deliver justice to those who robbed him of everything.

“Summer of ‘69” by Erin Hilderbrand — It is 1969 and the Levin family is again at their grandmother’s Nantucket home for the summer. But times are changing: Blair is stranded in Boston pregnant with twins and unable to get to the island, Kirby is caught up in civil rights protests, and Tiger is deployed to Vietnam. Youngest sister Jessie feels like an only child stuck with her grandmother. As Ted Kennedy sinks a car, and a man lands on the moon, each siblings comes to deal with upheavals of their own and their country

“The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead — The story of two young black men who struggle to survive at an abusive reform school in 1960s Florida. Elwood, raised by his grandmother is ready to go to college, but one small mistake in the Jim Crow south is enough to destroy his future. To endure the horrors of the Nickel Academy, he hangs on to the words of Dr. Martin Luther King. But his friend Turner thinks that is naïve and all the world is evil. Based on a real detention center, it is a shocking tale. Due to be released July 20.

“The Guest Book” by Sarah Blake — Ogden Milton buys a Maine island in 1936 to help his wife Kitty recover from heartbreak. Two generations later, the Miltons face the possibility of losing their treasured summer refuge. But this story is about more than ownership. The family history is rife with secrets and moral failings, including a deep-seated bigotry, that gives us a timely tale of America itself.

“Conviction” by Denise Mina — Abandoned by her husband, Anna McDonald finds distraction by immersing herself in a true-crime podcast about a wealthy family killed in a yacht explosion. But then she recognizes the father’s name and realizes there is much more to the story, including her own secret past. With an unlikely sidekick– washed up rockstar Fin Cohe – she sets out to uncover the truth on a hilarious hair-raising roadtrip.

Christian Fiction: “Shadows Among Sheaves” by Naomi Stephens — The great Rebellion of 1857 was a bloody business as Britain’s influence in India was sparking brutal clashes. No one would have expected Rena, an Indian woman to marry a British officer, nor to follow her mother-in-law to England after her husband’s tragic death. Once the two widows are settled, Lord Barric seeks to help them, but finds that despite his better judgment, he really wants to capture Rena’s heart.

“The Noble Guardian” by Michelle Griep — Abigail Gilbert embarks on a journey across the English countryside to marry one of the most prestigious bachelors in the land, but highwaymen capture her and threaten her life. When patrol captain Samuel Thatcher arrives in time to save her, she offers him money to get her safely to her destination. So the cynical lawman and the proper lady begin a trek that will change them by the time they reach her betrothed. Will they kill each other or fall in love?

There are several new items added to our children and teen collections. Come check them out!

MUCL continues to be grateful to be an affiliate agency of Huntingdon County United Way!


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